A pumice stone is an age-old beauty tool for exfoliating skin and rubbing away calluses. But there are other options for scrubbing the whole body from head to toe.
This dense, cylindrical net of tough, rough fibers is a vegetable from the same family as the cucumber. Get your body and the loofah wet, then apply a cleanser to the loofah and gently scrub your skin.
A dry brush has stiff, natural bristles and is meant to be used on the body dry, as its name suggests. Proponents believe it removes dead skin cells and also improves circulation to give skin a glow and even minimize the appearance of cellulite. Use it just before showering or bathing.
Usually made from a brightly colored plastic material, exfoliating gloves and mitts might look and feel silly to wear, but they're a cinch to use. Squeeze a cleanser into your gloved hands, then wash your body as usual. You might want to avoid sensitive areas like your face.
Don't underestimate the exfoliating ability of the humble washcloth. The textured surface may be too gentle for heavy-duty callus removal, but daily use gently scrubs away dead skin cells and softens skin. Great for anyone with sensitive skin.
Scrubs and exfoliators get the job done. Some are designed specifically for feet, some for the face and some for the whole body. These products generally contain tiny, textured grains like oatmeal, jojoba beads or volcanic ash, among other substances. You can also DIY and whip up a sugar- or salt-based scrub.
There are many tools designed specifically for exfoliating feet and removing calluses. A stainless-steel foot file resembles a fine kitchen grater. Rotary foot tools have rough-textured rollers that revolve as you pass them back and forth over the rough skin on your feet. For the toughest of calluses there are handheld callus shavers. These have a sharp blade that acts like a razor, shaving off the outermost layer of tough skin.
For most skin types, exfoliating once or twice a week is plenty. If you have oily skin, you might exfoliate more often; if your skin is dry, you generally only need to exfoliate a few times per month.
Limit exfoliating with harsher tools and products to once or twice a week.
If you exfoliate frequently, follow up by applying coconut oil to replenish your skin's natural moisture.