Aromatherapy A-Z: Cracked Skin

Dry, cracked skin on the hands and the feet and can be extremely painful.

Cracked skin often occurs on the heels, as the skin is thicker here than other areas of the foot and requires more moisture to keep it soft and supple. If the skin becomes too dry and lacking in moisture, the upper layers lose their flexibility which causes the skin to split and crack, Vertical cracks are known as fissures, and the pressure placed on these when walking can sometimes cause the fissures to split open and bleed. They then become very painful and susceptible to infection.

To help avoid this, make sure you file back the dry skin regularly, following a bath or shower, then massage your feet with a rich moisturising cream with natural plant oils and therapeutic essential oils renowned for their soothing, nourishing and healing effects.

We recommend adding 5ml Calendula oil and 5ml Vitamin E oil to 100ml of Base Formula's fragrance free Moisturising Cream. Then add 6 drops Benzoin essential oil, 4 drops Frankincense, 4 drops Patchouli, 4 drops Myrrh and 20 drops Lavender. You can also include 10 drops of Tea Tree oil if there is any sign of infection.

If cracked skin appears on the hands it's usually as a result of using detergents or from gardening/other outdoor work. Use the above Moisturising Cream before you go outside, to help prevent the skin drying out, and try to use gloves to protect the skin as much as possible.

It is also worth remembering that the skin reflects your internal system and general health. If you are very prone to cracked/dry skin, you may be deficient in Essential Fatty Acids & Vitamin E & A. Try increasing your intake of oily fish, nuts and seeds, and leafy green vegetables.

Joannah Metcalfe
Consultant Aromatherapist

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