There’s an elephant in the room and its name is Cracked Heels. Let’s face it: When it comes to our body care, skincare, and even our makeup routine, we’re all about giving it the best of the best. Yet between subjecting our feet to four-inch heels, standing and walking for hours on end, and restricting airflow with socks, boots, and everything in between, our feet rarely get the love and attention they deserve. Besides that 30-minute pedicure every so often (polish changes don’t count), our feet get the short end of the self-care stick.
Luckily, we take our foot care very seriously—so seriously we’ve discovered a tool that, once you try it, you won’t be able to live without again. When used sparingly, it provides smooth, callous-free heels you’ll be proud to show off (even in the dead of winter). Did we mention it’s only $9 and it’s available on Amazon? Prime delivery has never felt so good. You’re welcome in advance. Keep reading to find the one product that works to exfoliate, smooth, and heal your dry feet in minutes.
The Miracle Product
Introducing this game-changing foot rasp (aka a foot file). Call it what you want— simply put, this thing is nothing short of amazing. And we know what you’re thinking, "This looks like a cheese grater." And it is, except it’s for your feet instead of your favorite aged parm (though, it could probably work for that too, but we don't recommend it). Made of a largely-surfaced, surgical-grade stainless steel, this is one of those beauty tools you never knew you needed until you start using it. Unlike other foot files on the market, this one can be used on wet or dry feet, depending on the dryness level you’re working with. The result will be soft, crack-free skin you never knew was hiding underneath.
With nearly 4500 reviews (and counting), this nifty little tool is being used by everyone from professional runners to those in the military. Consistently reviewers lament how impressed they are with just how much dead skin comes off their feet—exclaiming that it's both gross and mesmerizing in equal measure. They all agree it's pretty much the best product they've ever purchased on Amazon, hands down.
As with many beauty tools, there’s a bit of a learning curve with this one. The key is to resist getting carried away and grating off too much skin. Doing so will result in a raw, tender surface that’ll be unbearable to walk on (trust us on this one). Start slow and don’t overwork the area. Newbies may want to space out the grating sessions a few days apart to get used to the intensity. Also, we recommend using a foot soak 10 minutes before filing— the dead skin will just fall off.
And for all of the overachievers out there, if you really want to get your feet looking (and feeling) their very best, complete your foot pampering routine with Gold Mountain Beauty's Therapeutic Foot Soak ($15) to reduce inflammation and calm tired, aching feet, as well as J.R. Watkins' Foot Repair Salve ($8) for a thick, peppermint-infused magic balm to apply post-treatment.