Oh man. I seems to be hit by one problem follow by another one and another one. Not sure if you ever heard about this myth before, I used to hear about people getting cracked heels from wearing strappy high heels often. Okay, here’s the thing. I’ve been wearing strappy high heels all my life. Nope. I don’t find my foot to be drier than usual nor do I suffer any cracked heels. Then I develop a new profound love for pumps so I stopped wearing strappy high heels. But because I have rather large foot, narrow pump hurt my toes a lot. So once in a while I take a breather or rather a break from pump to strappy high heels.
A few months ago I notice that my foot is rather err…ugly, dry and cracked. I asked my mum if this is cracked heels and mum said “oh yeah, that’s certainly cracked heels”. I panicked, then I make my brain work overtime for a home solution. Lucky for me, I have the tools at home, tried one very simple solution and it works well on me. Here’s my version of achieving a soft and smooth heels.
Step 1: Scrub Gently
Thanks to MIVVA July 2013 for including a pumice stone in the box that I didn’t have to go search blindly at the drugstore without knowing what to look for. I am certainly a noob in this.
I did a quick Google to read about how to use the pumice stone. I was scared the first time I used this. I cannot help but to think what if I accidentally scrub too hard until the skin peels off. What I do is to wet both my feet and the pumice stone then lightly scrub the cracked heels area while standing under the shower. Of course you can soak both your feet in warm water sitting down and scrub. I didn’t want to waste too much time on this so I literally scrub while standing on one leg under running shower. The first time after scrubbing, I feel that my heels are somehow feeling weird. I’ve checked thoroughly and my heels are still intact lol. It’s just a psychology mind game that’s going on in my mind 🙂 . I usually scrub until I couldn’t feel the rough skin anymore or until I couldn’t see the cracked lines.
Step 2: Moisturise With Foot Cream
I have no idea why I bought this L’Occitane Foot Cream two years ago. Initially I read about people raving this cream. So I bought it. It’s quite an impulsive purchase actually. I thought I should apply a foot cream onto my feet just like applying hand cream onto my hands. Eventually I grew lazy and this foot cream has been put on a side.
Again, lucky for me, this foot cream is handy to me when I needed it the most now. After scrubbing with pumice stone and drying up both my feet, I will apply a generous amount of L’Occitane Foot Cream onto the cracked heels area. I choose not to apply all over my feet as that would mean my movement will be limited. Usually I apply before bed. I would rest my leg onto a pillow while waiting for the foot cream to dry. When it does, I’ll change position and sleep like normal. This foot cream does set to a dry finishing. It’s not tacky or sticky at all.
L’Occitane Foot Cream has a lavender scent. It’s not my favourite scent of all but since it’s going to my feet, I couldn’t be bothered. It does a pretty good job so far in moisturising my cracked heels. The texture is more runnier than other foot cream and not sticky like other foot cream as well.
Perhaps it could be my cracked heels is not that severe so I can see result in just one day. Believe it or not, I woke up with a feet like it wasn’t cracked before. Sad to say this is a temporary solution. I don’t do this process on daily basis. I only do it as and when needed only. If I repeat the process for a few days in a row, I can see a more softer and smoother feet. Sometimes I grew lazy and the cracked heels is back.
Overall, I’m quite pleased to maintain this 2-step home solution because it doesn’t take too much of my time. I have read about other home remedies and boy that is so time consuming and tedious.
Do you suffer from cracked heels as well? How did you combat it? What’s your solution or remedy? Do share! 🙂