Home Remedies for Dry, Cracked Heels and Skin


Everyone has different skin, but most people suffer from one common problem- dry skin. You may not have dry skin in the same area, but most people have dry skin on their heels, elbows, and knees. Individuals with chronic dry skin may have similar problems on other areas of the body.

How can you heal dry skin? All you have to do is follow the steps outlined below:

Clean Gently

Harsh cleaners are even more drying on the skin. Do not use products containing alcohol, witch hazel, or salicylic acid. These ingredients are drying and can make cracked, dry skin worse. Water-based cleaners and oil-based cleaners will work effectively to heal and repair dry skin.


Exfoliation is a necessity for removing dead skin cells. Heels in particular are prone to forming hard, dry callouses. If you do not exfoliate regularly, your heels will continue to roughen and get drier, harder, and more cracked. You can exfoliate with a variety of tools, including granular scrubs, pumice stones, and even callous scrapers. All of these tools will help reveal the new, soft skin underneath your dry, rough skin. Exfoliate your feet at least once a week, and the rest of your skin at least once a month.


Moisturizing is an essential step in the care of dry, cracked skin. Without moisturizer, your skin has no barrier against the harsh air. Moisturizing keeps your skin moist and soft and prevents callouses from forming. Oil-based moisturizing creams are the best at rapidly healing dry skin. Natural oils, like olive oil, jojoba oil, almond oil, Shea butter, and coconut oil can provide moisture without any harsh ingredients.

Plump and Repair

As you age, your skin loses elasticity and becomes drier. This is, in part, due to the loss of collagen in your skin cells. One ingredient, pure hyaluronic acid, can help stimulate collagen production in your skin. This will help your skin have a firmer, softer, and less dry appearance. Vitamin C-based products can also be effective at restoring moisture and improving the appearance of skin.

 Nourishing Dry and Cracked Skin

If you already have dry, cracked heels and skin, you may have to take additional steps to remove the unwanted skin from your feet. In addition to the above maintenance methods, use the following methods to restore moisture to your skin:

 Mix turmeric powder and olive oil and apply to the skin. Leave for 15 minutes, then wash and pat dry.

Pour some warm water into a bowl and pour in an equal amount of alcohol-based mouth wash. Soak a towel in the solution. Place shaving cream onto the towels and your feet and wrap your feet with the wet towels. Leave the towels on your feet for 30 minutes. Use a pumice stone to rub the cracked skin off your feet after treatment. Cover your feet with coconut oil, olive oil, or another oil-based moisturizer to lock in moisture after revealing callous-free skin.

Once the initial callous are removed from the skin, use olive oil to maintain the softness of your feet. Rub olive oil into your feet and wrap your feet in a plastic bag to lock the moisture in. Keep the bags on your feet for 30 minutes, then rub any remaining oil into your skin.

Follow these tips and you will soon find that your dry, cracked skin is healthier and looks better than ever before. You won’t be ashamed to show your elbows, knees, and feet this summer!