A callus is a thick and hard outgrowth on the edges of your fingernails that demands to be sloughed off every few days. You don’t need the added fear of it infecting your skin when it cracks. Also, who doesn’t like their feet to look smooth, supple, and free of calluses? But what is most surprising is how absolutely simple it is to get rid of them without much pain right at home. You don’t need to rush off to the salon anymore. Here’s the DIY for callus-free, soft, and healthy feet. Bonus: you do not have to put yourself through the trauma of ripping off dry skin.
1. Get your feet soaked
Some of us run for the scissors to chip off the extra growth. But that may potentially hurt your skin. Give your feet a nice soaking before we get on with the sloughing process. Soaked skin is softer and easier to work with than the coarser, drier pre-soaked version. Also, soaked skin leads the epidermal layers to expand and porous, making it easy for the creams and oils to penetrate deeper and be absorbed better. Not just that, a good foot soak hydrates your skin, eases pains and aches after a long day at work, reduces inflammation, improves blood circulation, and provides relief to the tired muscles and ankles.
2. What to use for a soak?
For this step, you can soak your feet in a tub filled with some lukewarm water and Epsom salt. But for a dreamy footbath, you can use specific essential oils that carry more moisturizing and relaxing benefits for the skin, like Shankara’s Calming Body Oil made from the richness of exotic herbs like Vetiver, which is purifying, rejuvenating, calming, and grounding; Dashmoola, which grounds, strengthens and naturally soothes the skin; Borage, which rejuvenates and moisturizes the skin while providing strong soothing and calming benefits, apart from other richly nourishing herbs and EOs like sesame oil, macadamia nut oil, almond oil, avocado oil, hempseed oil, vitamin E tocopherol, evening primrose oil, sandalwood EO, borage oil, cardamom EO, Haritaki extract, shatavari extract, Gotu Kola extract, Aniseed EO, clary sage EO, cypress EO (Leaves), ginger EO (root), extracts of Bala, shavegrass, rose, calendula, jasmine and CO2 extract of Helio Carrot.
3. Pick a natural scrub
You can make a scrub at home using ingredients like baking soda, coffee and brown sugar, or better yet, pick out a natural blend made from multiple exfoliating, softening, nourishing, brightening herbal extracts. Shankara’s Dead Sea Salt Scrub, for example, comes with the goodness of more than a dozen natural ingredients like fossilized mineral salts; fenugreek powder; sunflower oil powder; neem powder; orange peel powder; yucca root powder; barley flour; lemon peel powder; Honey powder; amalaki powder; papaya leaves powder; turmeric powder; amorphous diatomaceous earth; spirulina; bladderwrack powder; ashwagandha powder; brahmi powder; and manjista powder. These ingredients facilitate sloughing off the dead skin better, exfoliate the outermost layers of the skin very well, while giving the living cells all the nourishment they need to look young and new.
Here’s how you can use the scrub
- Apply to wet feet and massage over the wet skin or mix equal parts of Scrub and Shankara’s Calming Body Oil and massage over dry skin.
- Rinse it off or soak it in a warm bath.
- Use 2x- 3x a week or as needed
NOTE: It is not recommended for sensitive irritated skin.
4. The magic of a pumice stone
Now you are ready for the next step. Slough off the calluses by gently rubbing the specific dry areas of your feet with a pumice stone. Pumice stone is usually made from lava and water and has an earthy feel to it. Using a pumice stone softens the calluses and corn in your skin without hurting too much. It may create a nice tingly sensation. Rub it in circular motions and then back and forth for about three minutes over the calluses, with light pressure. Make sure you are using the abrasive side of the stone. Also, you can soak the stone while you soak your feet before exfoliating. Ideally, avoid using a dry pumice stone for removing calluses. Rub rub rub until the dead skin falls away. But make sure you do not overdo it. If the skin feels too sensitive, stop.
5. Apply a foot cream
Now remove your feet from the soaking tub and pat it dry with a clean towel. Now apply a moisturizing cream for the feet to oleate the impact of exfoliation, since the new skin that is now exposed needs good moisturizing and tending.
6. How about a mask…only for your feet
The skin on your feet tends to be drier and coarser than skin anywhere else on your body. After a good exfoliation, you can top it up with some more hydration by applying a moisturizing foot mask. This one comes with soothing honey, oat flour, and avocado oil that form the base of this hydrating, nourishing, moisturizing mask that leaves skin satiny smooth. Fatigued skin is rejuvenated while the rich oils like castor, avocado, sesame, ginger, and turmeric target dryness in mature skin for a younger, dewy glow and protect the skin from infections and germs.
You can apply the mask generously over your feet and calves. Let it sit for 20-30 minutes before you rinse it off.
7. Peel not. Cut not.
Lastly, all the exercises above should ensure the calluses come off naturally. If they do not, avoid peeling the extra dry patches of skin jutting from the edges of your fingers. As you regularly moisturize and exfoliate your feet, the calluses are likely to soften sooner than later, and you will be able to see the joy of these unwelcome guests leave your soft, supple, and beautiful feet. Until then, do not peel or cut the dry skin.