Having pretty feet isn’t at the top of our priority list. With booties
being our go-to in this arctic weather, we won’t be showing off
our feet anytime soon. However, with the constant friction and pressure
between our shoes and feet, it’s the most crucial time to fend off
calluses. But before you go scraping one off with a metal file—this
breaks the skin, opening it up to bacteria and infection, gross—use
these quick tricks.
Got five minutes? Use a pumice stone.
To soften the skin, use a pumice stone. Soak your feet in water for five
minutes, then wet the stone and rub it along the wet callus with light
pressure to remove the dead skin.
Note: You don’t want to remove the entire callus. The hardened skin
actually protects the underlay from the constant friction with your shoes.
Got three minutes? Soften with a soft callus file.
Skip the bath and use a soft file. It’s so soft you can rub it on
dry callus without breaking the skin. Like a cushion, you can grip the
file to touch hard-to-reach places like in and around the toes.
Got one minute? Lotion them up.
Although the results won’t be instant, softening the callus with
salicylic acid will reduce callus within days.