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Whether you’re wearing open-heeled sandals or going on a tropical getaway, there will be a time when you’ll want to get your feet in the best shape possible. Your first step? Getting rid of all the dead skin that may have (unfortunately) accumulated over time. From calluses to corns, we’ve rounded up the best products and tools that slough off rough areas and get your feet baby soft.
Below, the best callus removers for show-stopping tootsies.
Best File: Rikans Foot File and Callus Remover
With thousands of positive reviews, you can trust that this simple foot file gets almost everything off. Flaky skin, calluses, corns…consider them banished after using this product. It can be used on wet and dry surfaces—so shower scrubbing is encouraged—and only light pressure is needed. Focus on areas that get the most friction during the day, like your heels and toes.
Best Peel: Baby Foot Exfoliation Foot Peel
If you don’t like seeing the skin on your feet peel for days at a time, this one-time disposable foot treatment isn’t for you. But, if you’re like me, and you find satisfaction in knowing that your dead skin is shedding then keep reading. Packed with botanical extracts, the gel formula penetrates the skin to soften dry, cracked feet over the course of two weeks. Simply slip on the foot masks and cover them with socks. After an hour, remove the masks and wash your feet. Then, sit back and watch the magic happen.
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Best Gel: Lee Beauty Professional Callus Remover Gel
Thick calluses got you down? This gel will literally dissolve years off your feet. Start by soaking your feet until they’re nice and pruny. Then, scrub all over with a pumice stone. Towel-dry your feet and apply this gel to areas of concern. Let the product sit for ten minutes; during this time, you can continue scrubbing with the pumice stone for extra exfoliation. Finally, rinse off your feet. It’s best to follow up with a cream to soften the soles even further.
Best Cream: PurSources Urea 40% Cream
Urea’s best known for treating rough skin conditions, like eczema, psoriasis, corns, and calluses. Basically, what it does is remove dead tissue and ups the moisture in your skin. It’s also the star ingredient in this thick, rich cream. Reviewers rave that after consistent use their calluses significantly decreased without any buffing, filing, or grating. While it works wonders for your feet, it can also be applied to dry elbows.
Want to take a look at some other options? See our guide to the best foot creams.
Best Value: ProLinc Callus Eliminator Bundle
Included in this bundle are a callus and dry heel eliminator, both formulated to battle hard, thick calluses. Start with the callus eliminator first—make sure you wear gloves as this formula is powerful and essentially liquifies your calluses. Let it sit for about five minutes, then rinse off. Immediately follow with the dry heel eliminator, a cream that helps to seal the newly exfoliated area.
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Best for Hands: Muikaa Hand Callus Remover
Surgical equipment? Nope, just a super handy and mighty callus and corn remover that’s small enough to get all the nooks and grooves of your hands. Made of high-quality titania, this tool comes with ten sharp blades, so be extra careful and light-handed when removing rough skin. We recommend starting with small strokes first until you feel comfortable.
Best for Toes: Esarora Foot Scrubber Foot File Callus Remover
Smooth every inch of your toes with a pack of four files that do all the dirty work. Though all four of these files do a great job at filing down your feet, we recommend using the grit file for smaller surfaces like your toes. It makes it easier to get into hard-to-reach areas without accidentally hurting yourself.
Best Electric: Emjoi Micro-Pedi Callus Remover
I’ve been using my Emjoi for years. It’s battery-powered, strong, and so simple to use. Whenever I’m in-between pedicures, it’s my go-to method in smoothing out my soles and my heels. And it really works—the spinning nail file evens everything out and in a matter of seconds, my feet are touchable. If you have particularly stubborn calluses, opt for the ultra coarse refill rollers.
Best Pumice Stone: Pumice Valley Natural Earth Lava Pumice Stone
This naturally black foot stone is made of pure volcanic lava. When massaged onto the feet, it not only buffs away unwanted dead skin, but rejuvenates and stimulates blood flow. A lot of our time is spent on our feet—whether that’s walking, running errands, working out—so it’s important to give our feet a break and focus our attention on relieving fatigue. Rub onto areas where your feet get the most pressure and friction and really turn this exfoliation into a therapeutic experience.
Best Natural: Majestic Pure Callus Remover Gel for Feet
Reviewers love that this 100% natural formula is not only effective but gentle on the skin. It works as an exfoliator, buffing away coarse areas of the skin and loosening hard calluses. What we like about this particular product is that while it does remove dead skin, it’s also moisturizing, which is an important step in softening your feet’s skin.