Home-Made Remedy For Dry Heels

We pride ourselves here at The Relationship Supermarket on our self-improvement articles. Today's post is short and sweet, and is simply about improving the health of dry heels. If you consistently suffer from cracked, parched heels and are ashamed to wear strapped shoes and sandals in the summer, this is the home-made remedy for you to bookmark. Regain your self-confidence and step out in style in time for spring.

There is a simple, cheap way of waking up every morning with lovely baby-soft heels. The hardest part of the routine is sticking with it.

You will need
A pumice (heel scrubber)
Two pairs of old bed socks 
A tub of Vaseline

What to do
You'll need a two-month start-up routine, after which you can settle into a more relaxed phase.
  1. Rub Vaseline on heels every night before bed. 
  2. Wear bed socks to prevent Vaseline from sticking to bed linen. 
  3. In the morning, wash Vaseline off and firmly rub down with pumice while still wet.
  4. Apply your normal skin cream and dress feet as usual. 
  5. In addition to this, soak heels for 10 minutes in warm water three times a week (with a drop of bath lotion). This can be done easily in an old basin  while watching TV or reading on the couch. You can also do this while having a bath if you prefer. 
  6. After soaking, rub heels down carefully and completely with pumice. Apply Vaseline and start over.
  7. During the work day, it will help to moistures heels with your normal skin cream.
After two months 
Your heels are now softer and easier to manage, so you can adopt a more relaxed routine. When most of the hard skin build-up is gone, you will only need regular up-keep methods to maintain softer heels. For this you need the same 'equipment' as above.

Keep using Vaseline on your heels nightly. Make sure the socks you're wearing are bed socks which don't hold you too tightly around the ankles. Day wear socks are not suitable for sleeping in. 
Soak and scrub heels twice a week and if needed, also maintain a quick scrub when you wash or rub the Vaseline off in the morning.

If you can't use Vaseline, a heavy moisturiser will have to do but it will take a lot longer to make any difference.

Always remember to apply your normal skin cream to keep heels moisturised. 

Let me know how you get on. If you don't want to go the home remedy route as I've shown you above, I can recommend you buy this:


Unknown February 8, 2010 at 11:41 PM  

Thanks for the skin softening tips, Anne.

•°°• IcyBC •°°• February 9, 2010 at 3:09 PM  

I use Vaseline during the winter since my heels seem to crack during the cold weather. It works, and thanks for the tip on pumice!

Self Sagacity February 10, 2010 at 8:05 AM  

I need this so bad, thanks for posting. My son would say about my heal, mom, what is this huh?

Ching ya February 11, 2010 at 4:30 AM  

Vaseline is the best! Thank you so much for the tip. My mom is facing the cracking problem from time to time, now I can ask her to do something about it. :-)

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Anne Lyken-Garner February 11, 2010 at 6:22 AM  

Glad I can help, ladies. This is what works for me.

Anne Lyken-Garner is a published author, editor and freelance writer. Her specialities include relationships and confidence building. You can find her inspirational memoir here.
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