Calluses form on our feet when we use them frequently, or just over time as we go about our day to day lives. The thickened skin causes no problems, but some find it unattractive and prefer to have smooth feet free of calluses. But how do we remove them once they’ve already formed? Let’s find out. Before performing any of these tasks, be sure that your feet are not cracked or bleeding. Treat that condition first before dealing with the calluses.
First, fill a bowl that can comfortably fit your feet with hot water and stir in a half a cup of Epsom salts. Dip your feet into the water and let them soak for five minutes.
Second, remove your feet from the basin and rest them on the edge and apply a foot scrub. You can buy a pre-made one from the drugstore or you can make your own using 2 tbsp. of olive oil and 2 tbsp. of sugar. Whatever mixture you decide to use, massage the scrub into your feet, concentrating on the parts of your feet where the calluses are present.
Finally, use a pumice stone to loosen and remove any remaining dry and thickened skin from your feet. Be sure to use this product gently to avoid cuts and scrapes and skip the pumice stone altogether if you have cuts or blisters present.
As an optional step, you can apply the scrub once more before rinsing your feet with warm water and drying them off thoroughly with a towel.
Once dry, moisturize with a generous amount of lotion or olive oil, then put on some socks to help your feet absorb the moisture. Repeat this process twice a week for optimal results.
For severe cases, contact your podiatrist for personalized tips and help on how to remove tough calluses.