feet crackedJust because sandal season is winding down doesn’t mean you should ignore your feet.

The pain, itching, and discomfort of cracked feet is uncomfortable year-round, even when others can’t see it.

So don’t resign yourself to it just because summer’s over – heal cracked feet.

And heal them in the privacy of your own home, without the expense or embarrassment of a spa pedicure.

Also, avoid the risks associated with running a blade across your heels!

These ten remedies that heal cracked feet will get you through the fall and winter staying perfectly smooth.

No snagging on your wool socks or snuggly blankets. Just soft, smooth feet year-round.

1. Moisturizer and socks. Speaking of socks, they can be your best friend when it comes to healing cracked feet. Right before bed, scrub your feet with a pumice stone and rinse. Dry well. Then apply your favorite moisturizer liberally all over your feet. This can be your normal lotion, or a hydrogenated oil-like vegetable oil or coconut oil. Slip socks on your feet and crawl into bed. By morning, your feet will already feel smoother. Repeat each evening until your cracked feet have healed.

2. Petroleum jelly. To take that same concept a step further, instead of just lotion or oil, rub your feet with petroleum jelly after you’ve scrubbed and rinsed them. Get a thick layer of petroleum jelly covering the whole foot. Wrap your foot in plastic wrap from the kitchen, and slip socks on. Only do this once a week in order to ensure your feet don’t get too soft.

3. IncrediCream. Under socks before bed, after your morning shower, whenever you use IncrediCream, it’s the moisturizer you’ve been looking for to help with your cracked feet. Specially designed to work better the more cracked and uncomfortable your feet are, smooth IncrediCream over your roughest, driest skin, and let it do the rest.

4. Rice flour. So, you’ll need a bit more than rice flour to fix your feet, but not much. Take a handful of rice flour – you can make it by simply grinding dried rice in a spice grinder or food processor until fine, or just buy it at the grocery store – then add equal parts honey and apple cider vinegar until it becomes a thick paste. Soak your feet in warm water, then gently scrub with the rice flour mixture. Rinse and pat dry. Repeat as often as you’d like, or as your feet need.

5. Lemon water. This one may be the easiest way to help your hurting feet. Fill a basin or bowl with warm water. Squeeze the juice of one lemon into the water. Soak your feet for ten to fifteen minutes, or until the water starts to cool. Pat dry and repeat twice a week.

6. Epsom or sea salt soak. You may know that an Epsom salt bath can help with aches and pains, but it can also help heal cracked feet, too! Start with a bowl of warm water, and mix in ½ c Epsom salts. Soak your feet for ten minutes. Scrub with a pumice stone, then soak for another ten minutes. Pat your feet dry, and apply your favorite lotion.

7. White vinegar. Add ¼ c white vinegar to a bowl of warm water and soak your feet for 5-10 minutes. Scrub your feet gently while they’re soaking. Consider using a loofah, a sponge, or even just a washcloth, all of which are easier on your skin than a pumice stone. Wash your feet with your daily body wash and water. Pat dry and massage in a natural moisturizer, like cocoa butter. While the acetic acid in the vinegar is good for healing cracked feet when used properly, it can also cause dryness when used too often. So, don’t soak in vinegar and water more than 1-2 times per week.

8. Bananas. As strange as this one may seem, it really can work. Mash a ripe banana into a paste and apply to clean, dry heels. Let sit for 10-15 minutes. Rinse well in warm water. Soak in cool to cold water for 5-10 minutes. Repeat every day until your cracked feet are healed.

9. Honey. The last soak on the list, dissolve one cup of honey into a foot bath of warm water. To increase the healing power, use two cups of milk instead of warm water. If you need more liquid, maintain the 2:1 ratio. Soak for 15-20 minutes, then scrub your feet gently. Rinse thoroughly and pat dry. Repeat several times a week – or even daily to heal those feet.

10. Oatmeal and oil. You’re going to make a paste with this one, so we’ll look at oil options. Start with 1 T of oatmeal powder – as with rice powder, you can simply grind some oatmeal in a food processer or spice grinder. Add enough oil to make a paste. Some people like to get exotic and use jojoba oil, but it can be simpler than that if you prefer. Argan, olive, coconut, and sunflower oils all make good substitutes for jojoba oil and will heal cracked feet just as well. And plain old vegetable oil isn’t going to hurt you or make your cracked feet worse! Once you’ve made your paste, apply it liberally to your feet. Pay special attention to the cracks and rough spots. Leave on for 30 minutes, then rinse, and pat dry. For best results, repeat daily.

You can heal cracked feet – and you can do so with ingredients you’ve probably already got in your kitchen.

Don’t brave the spa. And don’t risk a blade. Soak, scrub, and sleep your way to the smooth, soft feet you’ve been hoping for.