Complete Guide to Foot Files and Exfoliators

With our foot files & exfoliators guide, you can find out everything you need to know before buying or using the product including how do I use a foot file and how often should I exfoliate my feet. If you're ready to buy or want to see our selection, visit our foot files and exfoliators page.

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Foot Files and Exfoliators FAQs

How do I use a foot file?

A foot file is a tool that can be used to remove dry skin or calluses on the feet. They're super simple and effective, meaning anyone can use them at home.

Before using a foot file, you want to ensure that your feet are both clean and damp, as working on dry skin can cause irritation and tenderness. You should also dampen the foot file.

Using the rough side of the foot file, gently brush over dry patches of skin, working in a downward direction. Be careful not to use sawing motions, as this can cause irritation or damage the healthy skin surrounding. Keep filing until the dry area becomes soft and smooth.

How often should I exfoliate my feet?

While exfoliating feet isn't exactly a daily beauty ritual, it is a great way to avoid dry and cracked skin. How often you exfoliate your feet, however, truly depends on the amount of TLC they need.

Giving your feet and toes a good scrub when in the bath or shower once a fortnight can help prevent dry and cracked patches from forming. Using a foot file as and when is also a great way to maintain the health of your feet.

If you have severely dry, cracked or callused feet, then incorporating a weekly exfoliation and foot file treatment into your routine can stop hardened areas from building.

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Are foot scrubs good for exfoliating feet?

One way to keep feet soft and smooth is to regularly use an exfoliating foot scrub.

Although many foot scrubs are specially formulated to combat cracked and dry skin, it's important to find one that caters to your specific needs.

Scrubs that are infused with apricot seeds and walnuts can give a gritty texture, which is great for sloughing away dead skin, whilst sugar scrubs are perfect for those with more sensitive areas.

Ingredients such as tea tree and peppermint oil are ideal when it comes to fighting foot odour and relieving aches, pains and inflammation.