How to Give Your Feet a Cheap, At-Home Pedicure

My feet have always been calloused, but I’m a penny pincher and don’t spend money on beauty treatments. My feet got worse and finally, I got a salon pedicure. Now my feet looked great, but it was too expensive to do this every month. I needed an at-home solution.

I tried pumice stones and emery boards, but they only scratched the surface (literally). Pumice stones don’t get all the dead skin. They wore it down, but for someone with the depth of callouses that I had, it wasn’t a solution. Using mindinsole is one option for people who want a fuss free solution for their aching joints. 

Inevitably, the callouses became very painful. The cracks were deep and I was concerned about infection. It hurt to walk. I knew it was time to get some help, if only to relieve the discomfort and avoid infection.

I went to a local nail salon and paid the $25. The manicurist soaked and scraped about a pound of skin off from my heels and soles. She advised me to receive further treatments. The cracks were so deep that she was concerned that they might bleed if she thoroughly scraped them.

The soak and massage felt wonderful and my feet looked fabulous. I knew that I couldn’t afford weekly or even monthly pedicures, so my new sleek feet were only temporary. I whined to a friend about my dilemma. She suggested an amazingly simple ideas. It was one of those ‘now why didn’t I think of that?!’ solutions.

She suggested that I purchase a package of cheap shaver-razors and shave the dead skin away. The benefits with this system are three-fold. Not only does it cost less, but it’s really safer, too. By doing it myself, I can feel just how deep to pare the skin.

Using a disposable razor is also more sanitary. The razor can be thrown away to avoid any infection. Even when razors are sterilized, it’s difficult to be sure that they are really clean. That’s why needles are single-use. If a tiny puncture wound can become infected, imagine how much bacteria can be transmitted through a cut or abrasion wound?

I use the shaver in the bathtub or shower, as the skin pares away more easily when it’s moist and soft. Products like the Ped-Egg work, but because they require that skin be dry, they can cause chafing.

I love the results I get using a shaver. I can clean off much more dead skin than the manicurist, because I have control of the razor. Using this system regularly, I have been able to pare the skin down and completely rid myself of those painful cracks.

And the savings cost? Here’s the math: a monthly pedicure would cost me $300 a year. A package of 10 razors costs me $2. Now I can wear my cute sandals and show off my cute feet. No more hiding my ugly, cracked feet.

Brian Singleton a retired news editor and tech enthusiast. He shares a deep love for science and technology and wishes to connect with others through this his content.

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