Does anyone know of good products to help with cracked heels? How does one prevent this? I do moisturise regularly but my heels are always dry... thanks!
I have started to notice this recently too ... never before tho!
I am just trying to remember to moisturise there too now... but any tips will be gr8 for prevention!
Avon have a product called Foot Works Foot Cream. I have used this product in the past and found it works a treat.
I use the body shop's shea body butter after a good foot soak and scrub (nutrimetics corsica) and put some socks on overnight. In the morning my feet are quite soft and after a couple of weeks, no more cracks or anything, just smooth heels!
I suffer from this big time! I used to have to go to the podiatrist every season and get the dry hard cracked skin physically removed first them lather my feet in balm every night and put socks on just to keep them reasonable. But now I use milky foot occasionally and wear shoes with socks as much as I can during the year ( by this I mean boots ...nice ones of course). In the warmer months now I just really apply a foot balm like pawpaw ointment or cracked heal balm and now my heals are super smooth and soft and no more cracks!!!Yay!!!!!
I am suffering from cracked heels now. I might need to try a few different creams. I'm currently wearing socks to bed and rubbing Eulactol Heel Balm into them every night. I just want to be able to wear thongs for a couple of days straight without this happening!
The main thing is that you need to remain consistent with the care you are using to treat the cracked heals and you need to do it it daily if your heels are bad and if you are wearing thongs daily you need to put more effort in before the cracks appear compared to if you wear shoes with socks, I know that open shoes are easier in summer but it also means more work.
At the moment I am using QV Heel Balm on some nights and it is a good affordable option for me but I also don't wear thongs that often so that I don't need to treat my feet with foot files and cream daily.
Any balm works wonders for me, even things like Vicks or Vaseline if you have nothing else, but it just has to be a balm. Slather it all over your feet and pop socks on and sleep with them on, after a few days you will have super smooth heels :) My favourite is Trilogy Everything Balm :)
I read so many articles about foot care over the weekend, including the great blog post here on BH and I have to say it's all done a great job of giving me a kick up the bum in this department! Home mani pedi is on the cards for tonight, plus I've booked in for my first ever (squeee!) profesh pedicure for just before Cup Day!
head to the beach for a walk in the sand... The sand acts as a natural exfoliant :)
It should help if you have a warm bath/shower to soften the skin first, then slather on the balm/moisturizer/whatever, pop on the socks (as melmeko sez), then turn in for the night, and let the magic happen...
I sort of grew out of it, but before that, I used a good/intense moisturiser every night. Apparently wrapping them in cling wrap after moisturising helps as well, but I never had to go that far.
I use Eco tools bamboo socks at night, put foot balm/moisturizer on first and the socks help it absorb better.
I can't usually wear socks to bed but these ones are nice as they are thinner.
I use cheap chest rub on my feet, especially at night when my feet are cold. It warms my feet and leaves them really soft
Perhaps using a good foot scrub/exfoliator will help?
It should help if you have a warm bath/shower to soften the skin first, _then_ slather on the balm/moisturizer/whatever, pop on the socks (as melmeko sez), then turn in for the night, and let the magic happen...
Yep! Best advice i've found. if you have crusty heels though you will need something more heavy duty to get rid of the dead skin otherwise the moisturiser won't have any effect. You can use a foot file (tons out there) or a good old pumice stone. You can use them wet or dry and on dry or wet skin, it just depends on your preference. My bf prefers to use it in the shower but my mum would be happy to do it completely dry (which always freaked me out).
To stop my feet getting to the dry, crusty stage, I wear socks a lot, moisturise my feet regularly with a good foot cream (Soap & Glory's Heel Genius or Ecotools Heel Cream) and exfoliate my feet once a month with a coarse exfoliant like St Ives Apricot Scrub.
I also use the Ecootools bamboo socks after I moisturise my feet. The bamboo rayon isn't as absorbant as cotton so your feet soak up the cream, not your socks. And as PrettyPrincess said, they're nice and light, you forget that your wearing them (I still have mine on under my thick socks from last night, haha).
I don't often get cracked heels but every now and again after wearing certain shoes I find my heels get very dry. That's when I crack out the pumice stone in the shower and scrub scrub scrub, then moisturise like crazy and slap on the socks.
Hubby thinks it's hilarious watching me balance on one leg in the shower trying to scrub my foot - our shower is quite small and I can't quite seem to sit down without pulling out the yoga move of the century!
dont use things like baby feet, its so grose the skin just keeps coming off for days
I like using sorbolene cream, as my heels aren't badly cracked. It takes about 10 days to work, but its more gentle on my feet and it's so cheap. I just put socks on afterwards. Also, i lovveeee foot soaks and foot scrubs! Foot buddies are great, you can get them anywhere and they shave the dead skin of your heels, just moisturise afterwards. Always wear shoes that are gentle on your heels and have padding if you walk around alot though the day :)
The perfect trick - put some moisturiser / cold cream on you feet ( a lot!!) before bed and stick on some socks and when you wake up for feet are so much softer !!
One of the main causes of cracked heels is wearing things, slip ons and uncovered shoes.
Make sure you wear covered foot products, even a few times a week. People who live in things are notorious for having the worst feet.
Moisturise nightly, use a foot file, and scrub weekly. If they are really cracked use NS8 cream, or a more powerful foot cream for the cracks. Normal moisturisers are good but wont treat cracks.
What i like it to do is to soak my feet in some warm water with sea salt in it, and then use a a hard bristle brush to scrap all the deep skin from my heels. The warm water should help soften the tough skin, making it easier to remove. And finally, use vaseline and smoother it all over and use glad wrap to cover your feet so you can still walk around the house!
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