Starting to feel a rough patch of skin, or worse, pain on your heels, balls and sides of your feet? Honey, that’s probably a callus. Calluses are built-up thick, coarse, hardened, dead skin produced by the cells named keratinocytes. Basically, this is your body’s way of protecting your feet from excessive pressure or friction. It can be from wearing shoes that don’t fit properly, not wearing socks, or walking barefoot too often on rough surfaces. They’re never a pretty sight to see, and worse, they can be very uncomfortable. So here are four tips to prevent you from having those infuriating and unsightly calluses:
- Only wear shoes that fit you perfectly. Wiggle your toes while your shoes are on. If it’s too difficult to move them, then the shoes are too tight for you. Also, shop for shoes during the afternoon. Your feet tend to swell during the day due to constant work.
- As much as possible, wear different shoes every day so as to prevent trapping moisture. Remember that moisture with friction is a recipe for sore and unsightly feet.
- Apply petroleum jelly on your feet if you’ll do a routine that may take longer than the usual time. In this way, your feet will experience less friction.
- Use anti-fungal powder that helps in keeping your feet dry.
If in case, you already have calluses around your feet and want to get rid of it immediately; here are some home remedies with things that are probably already in your pantry:
- Create a baking soda solution. Mix 3 tbsp of baking soda to a basin of warm water. Soak your feet in the solution.
- Douse a cotton ball with vinegar and stick it to your calluses for the whole night.
- Leave a square of pineapple rind to your callus for overnight. Do this for four nights.
- Use a moisturizer.
- Do a paste made of 1 tbsp of lemon juice and 6 pounded tablets of aspirin. Apply it to your callus and use a plastic bag to cover your foot. Leave it for 10 minutes. Sand it with a pumice stone or foot buffer. It takes a while and requires quite a bit of work, but no pain no gain, right?
Never ever try to remove your calluses with metal file, blade or any sharp-pointed objects. It may irritate and make its condition worse. You wouldn’t want to see nasty-looking wounds on your feet or feel the stinging pain from them. For an easy, fast, convenient and safe way to take them out, use the Emjoi Micro Pedi.
The Micro Pedi is a spinning roller which buffs rough and tough skin, running on AA batteries. It comes with two rollers made of micro minerals with the pink one for lighter exfoliation, and the blue one for those stubborn, hard areas. No more tedious scrubbing with a pumice stone for you!
Using the Micro Pedi is as easy as 1-2-3:
- Take out the battery cover at the bottom part of the handle, and insert two AA batteries into the battery slots. Close the battery cover afterwards
- Wash your feet and pat or air out to dry completely.
- Slide on the Micro Pedi Roller to the base.
- Turn on the unit, and gently slide over the callus or rough skin areas for a few seconds. Once you achieve your desired smoothness, move on to the next rough patch of skin.
- Rinse your feet or use a moistened towel to wipe off excess skin particles or flakes. Apply lotion or moisturizing foot cream after.
- Clean the rollers with the cleaning brush provided in the package
- Enjoy your new baby soft and smooth feet!
It’d be best for you to do this in the tub or sitting on a towel because the skin that you buff turns into white particles.
- For most cases the Micro-Pedi should be used once or twice (at most) per week, and every two days for people with very callused feet. This is to maintain soft and smooth skin, without bruising or damaging the skin.
- Do not use on wet, broken, bruised, or bleeding skin
- Do not press too hard against the skin
- Discontinue use if skin becomes sore or inflamed
- Do not use in the same area for more that 2-3 seconds at a time
- Do not immerse the unit in water