How to use Shea Butter to heal cracked feet
Cracked feet is not only embarrassing, it can cause long term damage and can reveal some underlying skin issues – dry skin, under nourished skin, stressed skin. It is advisable to repair cracked feet quickly and with as less chemical-based products as possible.
Step 1 – Before going to bed, soak your feet in warm soapy water
In a foot tub, mix some liquid soap in warm water. Place feet inside the tub for about 15 minutes.
Why before going to bed? Night time is perfect for healing your skin and body in general. Besides, your feet isn’t moving much while asleep.
In this case, it is advisable not to use bar soap as a substitute. Apart from difficult miscibility of bar soaps compared to liquid soaps, bar soap usually harbor bacteria on the surface. You don’t want that getting into already existing cracks on your feet. Also, bar soap causes more drying on effect on skin because they usually contain sodium hydroxide.
Step 2 – Scrub any loose dead skin cells
By now, most dead skin cells on your feet will become loose enough for a pumice stone to gently scrub them off. It is important to be gentle while scrubbing to avoid further damage to the skin.
Step 3 – Rinse and Dry
Rinse your feet with clean water and dab dry with a soft towel.
Step 4 – Apply Raw Shea Butter on feet and cover
Apply raw/unrefined natural shea butter generously on your feet. Pay more attention to areas where cracks are obvious. Wear a clean cotton socks to cover the feet while the shea butter heals it.
Depending on the severity of the cracks, you can usually see results within 3 days. Continue the treatment daily until your feet is completely healed. Afterwards, you can consider using shea butter to maintain a supple feet.