Honey is a miracle product. Putting it simply it is laden with antioxidant, antibacterial and even anti viral properties that are vital for nourishing and moisturizing the skin. You can consume it and even apply it generously to get rid of many skin woes and cracked heels are one of them. Basically cracked heels can be the result of everyday wear and tear, especially in the winters, when the cold air sucks the moisture out of that fragile area. Result, dry and cracked heels.
Honey is a wonder product that can be combined with an array of ingredients for making making the perfect making your own honey heel moisturizer that works great for dry and cracked heels. It works amazingly well for even the worst kind of heels, which may be bleeding, because it is rich in antibacterial properties and helps in faster healing. Here are some of them.
Honey With Cream And Orange Juice
Honey here acts as a humectant that helps to seal the moisture and retain it. You can use it to keep away infection and bacteria that works well for cracks that run deep into the skin. Cream here is suggested because it is rich in vitamin A along with providing nourishment for the skin. It works well with honey and aids in thinning the honey, which helps in better application too. Orange juice is used here because it is rich in vitamin C and helps in producing collagen.
This collagen makes your skin soft and supple, along with being more elastic. This reduces wrinkles and also prevents further damage and splitting. For this pack, you need to combine one cup of honey, which is organic and slightly heated. Add two spoons of whole milk cream to this and the juice of a medium size orange. Use a fresh one. Combine all of these three ingredients together and apply on the skin. Massage gently and let it stay for about 30 minutes. Wash off with warm water.
Honey, Lime And Sugar Scrub
For getting rid of the dry and cracked heels along with the peeling skin, you need a good scrub. Again the good old honey really comes to use here. For this remedy, you will need granulated sugar, either white or brown, really doesn’t matter. About a cup of the sugar should work just fine. Then combine about 3/4th cups of the honey to it along with the juice of a lime.What happens here is that the sugar dissolves slightly, but is still granulated to act as a natural scrub. You have to take this paste and apply and scrub generously all over the foot.
The dry and chipped layers of skin are removed gently. The honey again acts as a humectant and protects the spread of bacteria or infection, which could be caused because of the peeling. It also moisturizes the skin and works in the inner most layers too. Lime helps to deep cleanse the layers of the skin, which ensures that no further damage to the heels take place.
Honey And Rice Flour With Olive Oil
This again is a pack that nourishes and scrubs the skin at the same time, but it works very well for individuals who are suffering from very deep cuts or have wounds in the heels because of all that peeling. For this, you need to combine some rice flour, about half a cup and take equal quantities of honey. Add two spoons of extra virgin olive oil to this paste and then massage and scrub all over.
The rice flour exfoliates the skin gently but doesn’t peel off too much. The olive oil nourishes along with honey providing it with all other goodness needed like protection, nourishment, etc. You can also use this as a pack rather than massaging if the cracks are too deep or cause pain.
Honey And Shea Butter or Cocoa Butter
For those who are always on the run and foot creams don’t seem to provide any relief, this pack works wonders. What you have to do here is take a small spoon of honey and mix it with your favorite Shea or Cocoa butter cream. This provides some extra nourishment to the skin, without all that stickiness that one gets from using a lot of honey.
You can also use the fresh cream of cocoa or shea butter. Just apply and massage quickly all over the feet and feels. Cover with socks and let it stay as you rush to work. Again the combination of these two moisturizers helps in repairing damaged skin, while preventing further cracking, drying or chipping.
Honey With Fresh Fruits And Veggies
Now if you really have the time, or even if you don’t these packs and moisturizers and super quick to make and so economical that you would avoid buying any more ready foot creams from the market. For this, you need a moisturizing agent like papaya, avocado or even banana. All of these three are rich in nourishing agents that helps in healing and preventing damage to the heels, while repairing it. Simply take the mash of either of these fruits (1 cup for both the feet).
You can also mix the three together if you want and add about 4 spoons of honey to it. Apply this generously on the foot and then let it stay for about 20 minutes. Wash off and get skin that is supple, soft and and so touchable! All of this, for the price of peanuts.
Honey And Apple Cider Vinegar
Along with the above packs, you can also make a moisturizing soak at home to get a pedicure, while cleansing the skin. Of course, you can also mix the two and massage. There is no need to wash off. But if you want to use it as a soak, simply add 3-4 spoons of honey and equal quantities of apple cider vinegar to warm water.
The vinegar deep cleanses while healing internal damage and the honey forms a protective layer. Slightly scrub using a pumice stone if you want. Soaking the foot in this water cleanses and moisturizes dry and cracked heels. You can also add some essential oils to this soak for added nourishment and a gorgeous fragrance.
So the next time you have dry heel issues, avoid rushing for over the counter creams and try these home remedies instead laden with richness of honey!