Warning: This post is full of nasty pictures of my feet.
My feet are gross. They are the only part of my body that my husband truly cannot stand. They are SUPER dry and my heels crack and sometimes bleed.
Once, as a gift, my mom even gave me a cream meant for a cow’s udders, hoping it would help. It didn’t.
Yes, I have already had a pedicure this year (and paid extra for the “scraping”) and my heels still looked like this:
Yuck. I know.
But then I read somewhere (I think it was a Facebook comment on a recipe) that coconut oil made a great moisturizer, so I decided to try it on my heels.
Method #1: Coconut Oil
We had this one on hand because it is what I like to use to pop our popcorn. They sell it at our regular grocery store. You can also buy it here.
I’ll walk you through how I use it in case you need to heal your heels too.
It is solid in the container and looks like this
I use about a teaspoon’s worth for each foot.
I spread it on with a washcloth because I don’t like the way it makes my hands feel greasy for hours if I use my fingers.
Grease up your feet and put on a pair of socks. Otherwise you will slip and fall trying to walk on laminate or tile floors. Not that I would know. (Yeah, I totally fell on my butt the first time.)
This is after 2 treatments. I’m going to continue twice a day every day until Thursday. There are still a few small cracks in the back right now. Hopefully after a few more treatments I won’t be too embarrassed to break out the flip-flops when we are in North Carolina for Bloggy Boot Camp this weekend!
I should also note that I have REALLY sensitive, fair skin. I can’t even use most laundry detergents without breaking out in hives. The coconut oil is very gentle and doesn’t cause me any irritation. It also doesn’t have any odor, which is a plus.
Method #2: Stridex and Vaseline
I have also had very good luck in the past with a tip I leaned on an old episode of the Oprah show. The doctor on the show said to use a Stridex pad (if I remember correctly, the dermatologist on the show said it has to be Stridex because the active ingredient in those pads was a little different than other brands), and then coating my feet with Vaseline and sleeping in a pair of white cotton socks. After about a week of using that method my feet were perfect!
Let me know if you try either one of these tips and how they work for you!