Summertime means sandals — at least, when you absolutely have to wear shoes at all!
It also means painting your nails cute colors, feeling the grass beneath your soles, and enjoying the cool breeze on your toes.
But it also means that you might become more aware of the less cute aspects of your feet…
After years of wear and tear, being stuffed in shoes, and holding up your whole self, everyone’s feet develop rough patches and bumps. This is normal and natural, but it’s not always pleasant.
While calluses typically only look unpleasant and feel rough to the touch, corns — which are hard, rounded types of calluses — can be painful when pressure is applied, such as when walking or wearing a shoe.
It can also make you self-conscious if you’re walking around barefoot or in shoes that leave your feet mostly exposed.
And since there’s a lot of evidence that shows going barefoot is really good for your overall health, you’ll definitely want to show off your tootsies this summer.
But if you have corns, calluses, or other rough, hard skin on your feet? Never fear. There are simple, inexpensive, and all-natural ways to smooth your feet and get them soft and ready to show off, and you can do them all right at home.
And of course, this isn’t just for feet, so if you have corns or calluses elsewhere, like on your hands, you can try these remedies there, too.
Read on to learn how to make your feet summer-ready, and then break out some nail polish and wiggle your toes!
WHAT IS A CALLUS?
A callus is a thick, tough area of skin that forms in response to repeated and regular friction or pressure. Your body builds up a callus to protect your skin.
Most people have calluses on their hands and feet caused by walking, holding a pen, or other activity.
Calluses might be unsightly, but they’re typically harmless and painless.
WHAT ARE CORNS?
A corn is actually a type of callus. It’s a round bump of hard, dead skin and is usually found on the thin skin of your body, like the tops of your fingers and toes.
Like a callus, corns form where the skin regularly rubs against something, like where the knuckles of your toes run against the top of your shoes.
Unlike a callus, corns are often painful due to being a hard, ball-like shape that digs in, rather than a broader surface.
So, if you have issues with corns and calluses, what can you do?