Cracked heels can be unpleasant, and they may shame you into hiding them away. Find out more here about the causes of cracked heels, and how you can treat and prevent them.
There are several reasons as to why cracked heels occur. Insufficient moisture and continued pressure on the heel from walking and standing can cause this. Dry skin becomes inflexible and will, therefore, crack under pressure. If you’re overweight, the pressure on the heels can be amplified.
You may not think it, but your diet can have an adverse effect on your heels. Dehydration and a lack of vitamins, minerals and zinc can affect the health and appearance of your heels, leaving them dry. Medical conditions such as diabetes and an underactive thyroid can also cause cracked heels. This is because these conditions contribute to inactive sweat glands, which in turn can lead to dry skin.
The constant exposure to air can also dry out your skin. This means that although wearing open shoes in the summer may be your favourite pastime; this too can cause cracked heels, if you do not take the appropriate protective measures.
Scholl Cracked Heel Repair Cream K+ helps the natural renewal process of the skin. It does this by moisturising the skin and providing ‘active’ skin repair for rough, dry & cracked heels Apply twice a day to cracked heels. Once the skin is improved, use daily to maintain soft heels. 85% of people agreed that they saw a visible improvement in just three days.
An oatmeal and olive oil concoction may sound strange, but it can help in treating cracked heels. Mix one tablespoon of oatmeal and one tablespoon of olive oil to form a paste. The paste should then be applied to the affected area and rinsed after about half an hour. Doing this several times a week can help heal your cracked heels.
There are certain steps you can take to prevent cracked heels from happening in the first place. Make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day to help moisturise your body. If you live in a dry climate, using a humidifier in your home can be a good idea to moisturise the air. Although it may be tempting to wear open footwear as much as possible when the weather heats up, do try and limit this as closed in footwear will help the skin to retain its moisture. Also, you can use Scholl Velvet Smooth Essential Moisture Cream daily to maintain your soft skin. Massage into the skin until fully absorbed.