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How to Get the Most out of a Callus Remover

Updated on April 28, 2012

A Callus remover is one of those skin care tools that we all use but never talk about. It is most certainly not the most glamorous of gadgets, but does work wonders on calluses and hard skin. There are a few ways to get more out of the callus remover you’re already using, and the extra minutes spent will leave you with smooth and silky soft feet for weeks afterward.

How to Prepare

Before you start using a callus remover, you should ensure you’re working over a surface or area that is easy to clean. It’s best to work over a hardwood or tile floor, so you can vacuum up flakes when you’re done. Carpets are not the best option for this, because the excess skin may sit inbetween the fibers for some time afterwards.

Which type of callus remover you use is really down to your personal choice, so whether it’s a pumice stone, or one of those pedi egg devices, it’s all good. You’ll also need something to moisturize your feet once you’re done, so make sure that’s within reach as well. A pair of warm socks or plastic baggies will also come in handy if you want to really give your feet an intensively moisturizing treatment.


Always start with dry feet. If you wash your feet beforehand, allow them to dry entirely before trying to use a callus remover. Even if the feet are only slightly damp, it will affect how easily the skin comes off. If the skin is dry, it’ll be harder and easier to remove. Gently work the callus remover over the affected areas and remember that less is more. Apply only enough pressure to get rid of the hard bits, because you can always repeat it a few days later. Being too rough can leave you with really tender skin. Once you have greater ‘feeling’ or sensation in the area you’re working on, you’ll know you’ve removed most of the hard skin, and it’s time to stop.

Moisturize your feet once you’ve removed all the hard skin. You can use any moisturizing product, or you could even settle for almond oil, olive oil, glycerin or petroleum jelly. Massage the moisturizer into your feet to help it soak in. It’s also a great way to get rid of tired feet or sore feet, so a few minutes of massage could make all the difference. You can now pull plastic baggies over your feet, or even wrap them in cling film before putting on the socks. Keep this on overnight to really see the difference in the morning.

If you follow these simple steps, you feet should be in tip top condition, and the great thing is that this is easy enough to do while you watch your favorite TV programs or just before you go to bed in the evenings. The time it takes is really nothing in comparison to the benefits you’ll see, and your feet will not only be more beautiful but healthier as well.


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