It's not the end of your feet if your heels are cracked.
Rushing for appointments, running errands, picking up the kids from childcare, whipping up nutritious meals in the evening… Stuff like this keeps many of us on our feet throughout each day.
You may not think much of these everyday activities, but they involve a good deal of walking or standing, and put a lot of pressure on your feet. If the skin around your heels is dry or thick, it loses elasticity and may crack under the pressure.
Cracked heels are not a pretty sight. Even worse, those fissures may also be painful, and allow bacteria and viruses to enter broken skin and cause infection. Hiding your feet in covered shoes is not the solution. Instead, follow this simple routine to rescue hard-working feet and transform those cracked heels.
An ultra-moisturising formula for the hardest skin and toughest calluses, OPI Feet Callus Therapy, $32 (118ml), is said to boost skin repair with powerful botanical extracts and vitamins. It also neutralises odour.
Don’t have time for a foot scrub? Aveda Foot Relief, $46 (125ml), gently removes hard, dead skin cells with salicylic and lactic acids, and revitalises feet with castor, jojoba, lavender and rosemary oils.
For intense hydration, slip on Sephora Collection Almond Foot Mask, $6 per pair. These disposable socks soften and moisturise rough and damaged skin in 20 minutes with almond extract, hyaluronic acid and urea.
Leave Etude House Bebe Foot Mask, $12.90 (173g), on for 60 to 90 minutes as you watch TV and then rinse it off. Over the next four to six days, dead skin cells will peel off as skin renewal takes place, leaving you with baby-soft skin.
TIP: If you expect to be standing or walking for long periods, avoid killer stilettos or uncomfortable shoes. You need footwear with good cushioning and support.