NATURAL REMEDY FOR CRACKED HEELS
Cracked heels are a common problem for both men and women. It doesn’t look pretty and it can become very painful when they develop into deep cracks or fissures. Sometimes they may even bleed or become infected.
The causes of cracked heels and the corresponding natural remedies are discussed in the paragraphs below.
CAUSES OF CRACKED HEELS
Cracked heels are usually a result of dehydration. The skin retains less moisture and loses its elasticity, sometimes it’s even stiff. As a result, the skin of the heels is no longer able to cope with the weight of the body. This may eventually lead to cracks. Other factors that increase the risk of cracked heels are poorly fitted shoes, prolonged standing at work, age, diabetes, obesity, thyroid problems and a lack of certain vitamins and minerals.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
There are several natural remedies available to cure cracked heels. Coconut oil, olive oil, beeswax, lanolin and vitamin E give visible results within a few days. If the cracks are deep, it is preferable to use a combination of natural vitamin E and vegetable glycerine. The following elaborates on the benefits of this remedy.
VEGETABLE GLYCERIN AND NATURAL VITAMIN E
Vegetable glycerin is made from oils and fats of vegetable ingredients, usually coconut oil, palm oil or soy. In cosmetics, this liquid is used as a humectant or moisturizing agent. If glycerin is applied to the skin in combination with water or oil, it is able to retain moisture and to protect the skin from drying out.
Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant and protects the body from premature ageing and damage. In addition, this vitamin helps the healing process of the skin.
Apply a mixture of about forty percent vegetable glycerine and sixty percent vitamin E on the cracked heels twice a day. Make sure you use natural vitamin E. Natural vitamin E is in fact twice as effective in the body as the synthetic form. This emerges from a study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. You can also combine vegetable glycerin with olive oil.
WATER AND BALANCED DIET
Besides the already mentioned natural remedies, it is important to drink plenty of water and follow a balanced diet. Deficiencies in vitamin E, iron, calcium, magnesium, zinc and omega 3 possibly contribute to the formation of cracked heels.