Cracked heels can be a cause of dead skin around the feet and toes. Our feet accrue most of the dirt and grime throughout the day which then accumulates into cracks of the heel which leads the situation worst. So cleaning and scrubbing this dead cell off is the important part of foot care. Take out just 2 minutes while you are bathing and scrub your toe edges and heels using a pumice stone and clean with soap or body wash. Dead skin becomes soft under water so it takes less effort to get rid of it. Make this a habit and try to follow every day or alternate days for softer and cleaner heels.
It is really important to lock the moisture into your feet which is lost in cleansing and scrubbing. So after bath, apply a good moisturizer or body lotion to damp feet, so that it can penetrate deeply into the skin and keep the moisture lock for a while. In winter it tends to lose moisture easily from our skin, hence this step would definitely help in retailing the moisture.
On weekends treats your feet with mini pedicure. No, no you don’t have to go to the salon for the pedicure done. You can easily do this at your home. Pour some lukewarm water into a big vessel, add some bath salt and few drops of your favorite essential oil into it and your foot soak is ready. Relax and soak your feet for 15-20 minutes. This makes the dead skin around your toes and heels soft and also clear out the grimes from cracks and edges. At this point scrub your feet using a soft brush which can take off the dry rough skin with an ease making your feet and heel softer and smoother than before.
Now the crucial part is to clean the toenail using a small angular brush. Dirty nails and cuticles look bad, so make it a habit to clean them properly during foot soak.
The most important thing is to choose right foot cream. Appling only petroleum jelly onto your cracked heels is not sufficient I believe as it can only soften the area and provide hydration for few hours. It doesn’t play any role in curing and healing the wounds. So choosing a right kind of foot cream that has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties like Himalaya Foot Care cream is the most essential thing.