How do you repair cracked heels? Look no further than this cracked heel balm stick recipe; it is the ULTIMATE cracked heel remedy!
I love to be barefoot. Always have always will (hence the need for a cracked heel balm). There’s something about the cool wood floors under my feet or the blades of grass between my toes. But, as I’m nearing closer each year to the BIG 4-0, my feet are ready to throw in the towel.
And wearing shoes in the house is just not an option for me. As for socks, I’ve never been a fan. But the new cozy sock craze has them growing on me (the socks in the photo below feel as soft as cashmere).
Needless to say, my heels have gone from dry to cracked to achy. I’ve even experienced sharp pains at times from cracked heels. That is until I put 2 and 2 together and learned what causes cracked heels and how you can prevent them from occurring.
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What causes dry cracked heels?
If you’re looking down at your feet right now, asking yourself, “Why is the heel of my foot cracking?” you’re not alone. Cracked heels are a pretty common skin problem. You see, heels crack when the skin around the rim of the heel becomes dry and thick. And when pressure is increased on the fat pad under the heel, the skin splits.
According to the Mayo Clinic, a number of things can increase your chance of having cracked heels. Such as:
– prolonged standing
– wearing open-heel footwear
– lack of cushioning in your shoes
– walking barefoot for extended periods of time
– cold, dry skin on your feet
– excessive weight gain
– skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis
How can cracked heels be repaired?
The good news is you don’t have to completely give up sandals and flip-flops or go on a fad diet. You can easily repair cracked heels with the right moisturizing ingredients and a tool that thins the skin on your feet. Ever heard of a pumice stone? I’ll explain how to use it later…
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How I repaired my cracked heels –
It wasn’t until I was writing material for the Simple Skin re-boot that I realized what I was missing. But let me rewind for a moment.
Last Christmas, I found a homemade lotion stick in my stocking. It was in a recycled paper deodorant tube with a cute little label. When I looked it up, I happily confirmed it was made with natural ingredients. And gave “Santa” a kiss of approval.
I had been wanting to make lotion bars, which I later did here and here. But I hadn’t thought of a lotion stick. Turns out it wasn’t only convenient in the form of a roll-on stick, but it was also very effective on my cracked heels!
With a little bit of reverse engineering, I created a cracked heel balm stick. It’s made with just the right amount of moisturizing ingredients and essential oils to keep your heels soft and smooth. If you follow my tips below, you’ll see results after the first application, too!
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What’s a cracked heel balm stick made of?
This homemade heel balm is made of a combination of well-known moisturizers: vitamin-rich shea butter to deeply moisturize and reduce inflammation, coconut oil to soften the skin, and beeswax to create a barrier of protection for the skin. All in addition to specific essential oils to promote healing.
Altogether, poured into a zero-waste deodorant tube for ease of application. Similar to a lotion bar, this cracked heel balm stick is a solid lotion. It stays solid at room temperature. But, it slightly melts on contact with the skin. As our body heat warms up, the ingredients.
So, being able to roll on the heel balm versus digging your fingers into a tin is less messy. I roll one onto my feet each night just before slipping into bed. And, I gotta say, my feet have never been softer!
How do you make cracked heel balm?
This recipe for a cracked heel balm stick is fairly easy to make and pairs well with cozy socks or pumice stone as a gift. It’s just one of my many simple skincare recipes that I know you’ll find soothing too.
Ingredients for Heel Balm:
⅓ cup beeswax pastilles
⅓ cup shea butter
⅓ cup coconut oil
15 drops spearmint essential oil
15 drops eucalyptus essential oil
Cracked Heel Balm Recipe:
1. Using the double boiler method (this is the double boiler I use), add ⅓ cup each of coconut oil, beeswax pastilles, and shea butter to a glass measuring cup with a spout over a small saucepan filled with 2 inches of water. Melt together on low heat.
2. Stir often with a heat-resistant silicone spatula. Once melted, remove from heat and add 15 drops of each eucalyptus and spearmint essential oil. Stir or swirl the ingredients to infuse the oils.
3. Then, pour the mixture into each empty kraft deodorant tube. Allow the heel balm sticks to cool and harden for several hours before use or placing the lids on (I let my stand overnight).
How to Repair Cracked Heels
Want to know what is the fastest way to heal cracked heels? If you remember, I mentioned I had an epiphany for getting rid of cracked heels permanently when I was developing the Simple Skin re-boot. What unfolded was the fact that if I wanted to get rid of cracked heels for good, I needed a simple yet effective routine I could follow.
Hear me out,
You can’t expect to have amazing skin if you rarely do anything more than cleanse your face. It takes a few extra steps and a solid routine. The same holds true for repairing cracked heels. Here’s the 4-step routine I use to keep my heels smooth and healthy – it’s practically an at-home pedicure!
4-Step Cracked Heel Repair:
1st: Clean and Soak
The first step to healing dry, cracked feet is to soak. Cleanse your feet with a simple body wash. Then, fill the bathtub or a basin with just enough warm water to cover your feet. Add Epsom salts or go all in with my easy-to-make refreshing citrus mint bath salt recipe. Soak your feet for up to 20 minutes.
After soaking, apply a pumice stone, a unique porous, abrasive stone made when hot lava mixes with water and hardens. Pretty cool, right? Wet the stone and gently rub it over rough areas in a circular motion to exfoliate dead, cracked skin on our feet and stimulate circulation.
Use it once or twice a week at most to achieve softer feet. Rinse and store it in a dry place.
Depending on the severity of your cracked feet, alternate the pumice stone with a foot scrub or apply as a third step. An easy citrus and lime DIY salt glow is all you need for a quick remedy to dry, dull skin. The recipe uses a mixture of salt, nourishing apricot oil, vitamin E, and fresh ingredients to make your skin feel like new!
Scoop a small amount of the salt glow into your hand. Then massage in a circular motion over the bottoms and tops of your feet. Rinse with warm water.
Last, pat your feet and apply the heel balm stick to deeply moisturize and prevent cracked heels from returning. Because when you use this heel balm regularly, the skin on your feet, especially the heels, will become super soft.
Repeat this soft heels routine once a week to permanently get rid of cracked heels.
- ⅓ cup beeswax pastilles
- ⅓ cup shea butter
- 4 deodorant tubes
- ⅓ cup coconut oil
- 15 drops spearmint essential oil
- 15 drops eucalyptus essential oil
- glass measuring cup
- silicone spatula
- Using the double boiler method (this is the double boiler I use), add ⅓ cup each of coconut oil, beeswax pastilles, and shea butter to a glass measuring cup with a spout over a small saucepan filled with 2 inches of water. Melt together on low heat.
- Stir often with a heat-resistant silicone spatula. Once melted, remove from heat and add 15 drops of each of eucalyptus and spearmint essential oil. Stir or swirl the ingredients to infuse the oils.
- Then, pour the mixture into each empty kraft deodorant tube. Allow the heel balm sticks to cool and harden for several hours before use or placing the lids on (I let my stand overnight).
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Have you made this heel balm? Tag #lifenreflection on Instagram to share yours! I know it’s made such a difference for my feet. I apply it nightly and slip into a pair of cozy socks while I’m journaling and reading before bed.
Say goodbye to cracked heels and show your feet some love with this heel balm stick recipe!
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