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 at Byrdie take our foot care very seriously. So seriously, that 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, callus-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? You’re welcome in advance. Keep reading to find out more about the Rikans Colossal Foot Rasp ($9) works to exfoliate, smooth, and heal your dry feet in minutes.
Rikans Colossal Foot Rasp Foot File And Callus Remover
Best for: All skin types
Uses: Exfoliating your feet, removing calluses and dead skin
Star Rating: 5/5
Potential allergens: None
About the brand: Rikans is an Amazon brand that specializes in foot care products like foot rasps, callus removers, and cuticle pushers.
This game-changing foot rasp (aka a foot file) 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 Parmesan (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 42,000 reviews (and counting), this nifty little tool is being used by everyone, from professional runners to those in the military. Consistently, reviewers state 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.
How to Use
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, using a motion like your grating cheese, and most importantly, 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, even though this product can be used on dry feet, we recommend using a foot soak 10 minutes before filing—the dead skin will 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 ($20) 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.
You know the saying, "A picture says 1000 words?" Well, I think we can all agree that this before and after picture does all of the talking. After soaking my feet for about 20 minutes, I proceeded to use the foot rasp on my extremely dry, cracked heels. I could physically see the skin shedding from my feet (if you're squeamish about these sorts of things, this is important intel). I was in complete awe in not only how fast the process was—I'm talking five minutes here—but how incredibly soft and smooth my feet were afterward. It was like I went to the nail salon and got a professional-grade pedicure.
The Rikans Colossal Foot is priced at a more-than-reasonable $9, which IMO, makes this pretty much a no-brainer buy. It's great to use if you're trying to save money on pedicures or if you need a top-up for in-between spa days.
Barefoot Scientist The Gratest Professional Micro-Grated XL Rasp: This extra-large foot rasp is designed with over 200 micro-grates and an easy-to-grip silicone handle. It's priced pretty similarly to the Rikans option at $12.
Revlon Callus Remover with Catcher: If the thought of your dead skin flying everywhere grosses you out, this tool with an attached "catcher" ($10) will be your saving grace. You can use it on wet and dry skin and features over 190 micro files to smooth and soften rough skin.
I don't think there's a single bad thing I can say about the Rikans Colossal Foot Rasp. It's incredibly affordable and makes my rough, callused feet feel silky smooth. It's one tool I plan on keeping in my beauty tool kit for years to come.