Cracked heels are not only unsightly, but they can also be embarrassing and uncomfortable…even painful at times. Walking around with bare feet is one of the culprits that will lead to cracked heels, as well as lack of moisturizing and exfoliating.
And, unless you are a child with fresh and smooth skin, you probably know exactly what I am talking about. People with the resources and time to get frequent pedicures might not battle this on such a severe level as others do, but it’s a very common occurrence in most adults.
However, for those who do not have the time for frequent pedicures, there is an inexpensive and simple home treatment that can help save the heels, simply by using lemons.
What You Need
There aren’t too many items that you will need for this treatment. It’s simple and inexpensive, but powerful in the end. Here is what you will need:
- Lemon (large)
And, other than the time to leave the lemon on your heels, this process is also very quick!
But first, why are your heels dry and cracking?
The Reason Behind Cracked Heels
Our feet do not have oil glands, like most other areas of the body. So, they do not get any natural moisture. Therefore, unless you moisturize them consistently, they are prone to extreme dryness. And, extreme dryness can lead to unpleasant and painful cracking.
Other culprits for dry and cracked skin could be medications, improper footwear, or frequently going barefoot.
In addition to cracking, with extreme dry feet, you might also experience itching, flaking, and rashes. All of which could require medical attention if left untreated for too long. A podiatrist or dermatologist could help determine if there is an underlying reason for the extreme dryness and cracking. However, typically a person just needs to moisturize and apply a natural treatment more frequently to avoid discomfort.
Finding natural treatments that work is a great option. Otherwise, you could be exposed to unnecessary chemicals often found in prescription or over the counter treatments. And, it does not get more natural than this lemon treatment.
Lemons are often used in natural treatments for various ailments due to their medicinal traits. But, for dry and cracked heels, it’s their acidity that makes lemons an ideal treatment. The natural and mild acid that lemons contain works as a gentle exfoliator in removing the dry and dead skin on the heels.
While the results of this lemon treatment can be rather significant, the process itself is fairly straightforward.
How to Use a Lemon on Cracked Heels
Perhaps the most difficult part of this process is finding the time to set aside in order for it to work with the best possible results. In our busy lives, taking time to sit and wait for a treatment process to take effect isn’t always easy. That is why some people have chosen to let the treatment work in their sleep. Whether you choose to treat overnight, or for a couple hours during the day, the preparation is the same.
And, it’s so easy:
#1. Slice the lemon in half
#2. Juice the lemon
You can save the juice for homemade lemonade, or add it to a foot soak for additional exfoliating. Make sure to leave a thin layer of pulp behind in the rind.
#3. Place the juiced lemon half on the heel
Be prepared, it will feel wet, cold, and a little slimy!
#4. Pull a sock over the lemon
Choose a sock that is secure and tight enough to hold the lemon in place.
Timing on how long to leave it on is where opinions differ a bit between those who use this treatment. Ideally, the longer the lemon is left on the heel, the more effective it becomes. Some people will go to bed with the lemon cups and socks on, while others say anywhere from 30 minutes to a couple hours is long enough.
It will depend on how severely cracked your heels are, your preference for sleeping with lemons, and how much idle time you have to sit for a treatment. If you don’t like the idea of sleeping with lemons on your feet, find a time when you can sit for a while, such as sitting down to fill out your grocery list, pay bills, read a book, or watch a movie. The great thing about this treatment is that it works on its own, without much effort on your part, so you can multitask.
When you remove the lemons from your heels, you should notice a difference right away. But, as you wipe the lemon pulp from the heels, you will also notice some sloughing off of the dead skin.
Finish up the treatment by rubbing in some added moisture into the feet, such as a lotion or oil.
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