Since our feet get so much mileage, repeated friction can cause calluses — or hardened, thickened skin — to form on heels and the bottom of toes. While not always painful, calluses can be quite unattractive. Thankfully, however, there are a range handy tools on the market to help remove dead skin and reveal ultra-soft feet in the comfort of your own home.
From electric options to handheld devices and special gels, we’ve rounded up our favorite callus removers to get your feet ready for sandal season. And no matter your budget, there’s a pick here for everyone. Read on to shop them all.
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1. Care me Electric Foot Callus Remover
This electronic callus remover is designed to tackle the toughest calluses via a powerful motor and coarse roller — with little to no effort on your part. Plus, the handy device easily fits in a purse or bag, making it convenient for travel.
Pros: The tool can be applied on dry feet, meaning you don’t have to take the time to soak them first. It comes with an extra roller and is rechargeable, with the battery able to last up to 45 minutes of consistent use. Cleanup is a breeze; simply remove the head and wash it with soap and water.
Cons: The device can’t be used in the shower, as it’s not 100% waterproof.
2. Rikans Colossal Foot Rasp Foot File
While this handheld device requires a bit more manual labor than electronic alternatives, it will effectively help remove dead skin for a fraction of the cost.
Pros: The affordably priced tool features tiny stainless steel blades (similar to a cheese grater) to shave off tough calluses. It can be used on dry or wet feet.
Cons: May not be as easy to use without cutting the skin; light pressure and taking your time with the device is recommended. May be too abrasive to use on mild calluses.
3. Lee Beauty Professional Callus Remover Gel
Another budget-friendly option, this professional-grade gel can be used to soften dead skin so that it falls off easily when using a pumice stone.
Pros: The formula is designed to deeply penetrate the skin to lift even the toughest calluses.
Cons: The gel is part of a three-step process (first soaking feet, applying the gel and letting it soak and then using a pumice stone), so removing calluses this way is slightly more involved. The gel will damage normal skin, so make sure to avoid contact with hands by wearing gloves.