Here’s a cute little fact about me: Winter does a g’damn number on my feet. Dry skin, dry cuticles, rough spots, calluses. Ugh. Basically, after stuffing my feet into chunky boots for weeks on end, there’s nothing I need more than a callus remover. I don’t care if they’re basically the least ~sexy~ beauty product on the market—callus removers are 100 percent necessary if you (A) want soft feet and (B) don’t have a weekly nail salon allowance. So in preparation of spring and summer, I rounded up the 10 best callus removers of all time, including ultra-relaxing soaks, super-innovative gels, and your classic cheese graters (JK…kinda). Prepare to master the art of DIY pedicures.
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Best Callus Remover Stone
Tweezerman Sole Smoother Anti-Bacterial Callus Stone
It doesn’t get more classic than this double-sided callus stone from Tweezerman. After soaking your feet (or, you know, standing in the shower), run the coarse side over your callus to gently smooth and exfoliate your skin. Then flip it over and rub the smooth side over the bottom of your feet and around your toes. Boom—soft-AF feet in five mins.
Best Electric Callus Remover
Amope Pedi Perfect Electronic Foot File Extra Coarse
If basic foot files aren’t really doing it for you (which, TBH, been there), this electronic callus remover from Amope is a no-brainer. Turn this bb on and the extra-coarse roller head works to gently—but effectively—buff away your dead, dry skin. Just make sure you follow up with plenty of moisturizer.
Best Callus Remover Treatment
Patchology PoshPeel Pedi Cure Foot Treatment
This exfoliating callus remover is basically like a face mask for your feet. All you gotta do is pour the formula (which is spiked with alpha and beta hydroxy acids) into the socks, stick your feet into them, wait, 60 to 90 minutes, then rinse it all off. You’ll obviously be pretty immobile while the formula is doing its thing, so queue up your Netflix and get cozy.
Best Callus Remover Foot Scrub
Earth Therapeutics Charcoal Purifying Foot Scrub
Bamboo charcoal and tea tree oil are the hero ingredients in this callus remover foot scrub. Massage the gritty formula on clean, dry skin to smooth out any rough patches on your heels and toes, rinse it off with warm water, and load up on moisturizer.
Best Callus Remover Gel
Lee Beauty Professional Callus Remover Extra Strength Gel
This mysterious little gel is the top-rated callus remover on Amazon (for real), thanks to its ability to zap dry, dead skin in legit 10 minutes. Just keep in mind that this formula is pretty strong, so you’ll want to follow the directions to a T (that includes wearing gloves while you apply it and rinsing it off after 10 mins max).
Best Callus Remover Foot Soak
M3 Naturals Premiums Tea Tree Oil Foot Soak
Full disclosure: No soak is going to remove your calluses as efficiently as a scrub or foot file, but I love using this formula before my scrubs (it helps soften my skin a little before I really go in). Alongside soothing and hydrating coconut oil, it’s got a hefty dose of tea tree oil (which is great for treating things like athlete’s foot and tough odors).
Best Callus Remover Foot Peel
Baby Foot Original Exfoliant Foot Peel
This callus remover is really similar to a face peel, only it targets dead, rough skin on your feet. Slip on the mask for an hour, wash it off, and expect your feet to look and feel softer in three to seven days (during which your dead skin cells will slowly peel and flake off). And as with any peel, your skin might look worse before it gets better—just be patient.
Best Affordable Callus Remover
Colossal Foot Rasp Foot File and Callus Remover
Yes, this callus remover looks like a cheese grater. And, yes, it actually really works. Use it like you would any foot file, but just be suuuper mindful when you’re buffing—you definitely don’t want to go overboard with this one, so use a light hand and keep it gentle.
Best Callus Remover Bath Bomb
Dionis Pure Goat Milk Foot Fizzies
How cute are these baby bath bombs?! Formulated with vitamin A-rich goat milk, these fizzing foot soaks are the perfect way to soothe stressed out, callused feet. Add them to your pedicure routine before or after you scrub for a super-hydrating treat.
Best Callus Remover Cream
Gehwol Med Callus Cream
Think of this callus remover as your longterm solution—it’s basically a super-intense moisturizer (it’s got avocado, sea buckthorn oil, and glycerin which work to loosen and soften your calluses) that helps keep dry skin at bay. Slather it on every night for 28 days and you’ll definitely see a difference.
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