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The Skincare Products You Need To Soften Your Dry, Cracked Heels

You don't need to buy special foot care products.
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The heel of one's foot or sakong is one of the thickest and coarsest parts of the body. This roughness is typically caused by repeated friction and pressure on the foot, which causes it to expand and crack, especially if it lacks moisture. The good news is you don't always need to buy a foot scrub or cream to treat your dry feet—there are effective treatments that can already be found in your skincare routine!

Check out these beauty products that can double as foot treatments for your dry, cracked heels: 

  1. Petroleum jelly

    This multipurpose beauty product doesn't only double as a lip balm and a makeup remover, it can also get rid of the rough texture of your feet. Petroleum jelly is a sealant, which means it can help lock in moisture. Slather it on your heels after a moisturizing lotion or cream. Pro tip: Wear cotton socks after applying and leave it on overnight. You'll wake up with baby-soft heels!

    Apollo Petroleum Jelly Protectant, P35.25, Watsons


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  2. Beauty oils

    Nourishing your feet with moisturizing beauty oils can keep them from cracking. Add a few drops to your heels, and massage them in for a few minutes before heading to bed. You'll wake up with softer feet!


    Human Nature Sunflower Beauty Oil, P174.75, Humanheartnature


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    Bio-Oil Skincare Oil, P520 (60 mL), Watsons


  3. Exfoliating toner

    To soften thickened skin, exfoliating is a must and scrubbing your heel with a pumice stone isn't the only way to do it. According to Medical News Today, you can also use products containing keratolytic agents—this includes your alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and beta hydroxy acids (BHAs)to gently remove the dead skin buildup on your feet, which causes the skin to feel rough. 

    There are many exfoliating foot creams online, but you can simply repurpose your acid face toners as an alternative. Give your cracked heels a quick sweep before moisturizing! 

    COSRX AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner, P680, Lazada


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  4. Night cream

    Got a tub of night cream that you no longer reach for? If it hasn't expired, why not get the most bang for your buck and apply it on your feet para sulit? Night creams are typically richer and thicker than your daily moisturizer, so they'll do wonders for your dry feet!