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Cracked heels are one of the most painful problems associated with dry skin. Not only do they hurt and are prone to bleeding, they can also be a bitter source of embarrassment, forcing you to wear closed shoes only.

It is the imbalance of the Ayurvedic Vata element which causes skin to lose moisture and become pale and hard. Cracked heels and toes are nothing but layers of rigid and dehydrated dead skin cells. These are easy to treat with simple home-care tips, without the need for expensive foot creams. Illustrated below is a daily two-step Ayurvedic regimen that will transform your feet in a matter of days:

Exfoliate using Foot Scrubs

Orange-Oil Scrub

Make a scrub using one cup each of sea salt and vegetable oil. Slice two oranges into thick slices and dip them in the scrub. Rub your feet with these for about 10 minutes. This will soothe the hardened skin and eventually make it go away with repeated use.

Strawberry Scrub

Take 10 ripe strawberries and two spoons each of sea salt and olive/almond oil. Mix all the ingredients into a paste. Thoroughly massage your feet with the paste and leave it on for 15 minutes before washing it off. You can substitute the strawberries with coarsely ground walnuts or almonds.

Moisturize with Rich Creams

 Coconut Cream

Mix together half a cup of coconut oil and one teaspoon of glycerine. To this, add sufficient (2-3 tablespoons) rose water to achieve a smooth consistency. This lotion can be stored in a jar and kept in the bathroom. Massage your feet with it after you take a bath and before going to bed.

Turmeric Butter

Add a pinch of turmeric powder to a spoonful of fresh butter. You can also add to it a fine paste of garlic, but that is optional in case you find the smell too strong. Rub the butter all over your feet. This will provide your dehydrated heels the much needed nutrition they lack.