When it comes to the warmer months and slipping on a pair of sandals, I'd argue that most people start to panic about booking in that pedi. Not me. I'm okay about sorting that out. But the back of my feet? Not so much. The thing is (and I'm slightly embarrassed to admit it) that I get really badly cracked heels.
During the summer, it can get so bad, thanks to my daily wearing of open-backed shoes, that I would have to pull out the pumice stone every morning just to keep them in check. And I probably don't need to tell you that no one has time for that. Instead, I end up with heels that gradually get worse until I hide them in a pair of trainers or flats.
However, recently, when I spoke to podiatrist Andrew Gladstone at CityChiropody.co.uk, I discovered a super-easy trick to tackling my cracked heels once and for all. All it takes is using a bit of this classic cream that pretty much every household owns already. Intrigued?
Keep scrolling to discover the secret to banishing cracked heels.
First up, I should say that if your cracked heels are really bad and a cause of discomfort, it's worth finding a podiatrist and booking in. However, when I spoke to Gladstone about treating cracked heels at home, he advised the following: "Don't use knives or anything designed to get rid of hardened skin. Always use an emery board." He recommends doing it on dry (rather than wet) feet.
But when it came to topical products, his recommendation totally surprised me. "If your cracked heels get really bad, you can always use Sudacrem," he said. This was something I hadn't ever considered before, but immediately, I knew I had to try it. The cream is often used for baby nappy rash, eczema and other skin problems, so it makes sense that this would also be useful for cracked heels. After a quick google about using it, I stumbled across plenty of blogs and discussion boards touting the magic of this cream for heels that had seen better days.
I used it after I'd gently cleaned and exfoliated my feet before I went to sleep, and I applied enough that it sank right into my skin. I won't show you pictures of my feet (no one needs to see that), but let's just say they are dramatically improved, and I'm going to be wearing my summer sandals with pride. One final note: You can also use this wonder stuff for sunburn, creating a barrier for hair dye and helping to soothe eyebrows after plucking. Incredible.
Next up: how to exfoliate like a pro.