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How to Use Foot Shavers

by Kimbry Parker, studioD

Dry, callused skin can make your feet feel like sandpaper and might even look so bad that you want to hide your tootsies under socks all day long. Ditch the socks and break out the sandals and flip-flops because you can shave away the dead skin from your feet with a foot shaver. These handy tools come in various shapes and sizes, but all work relatively the same way: a sharp blade is scraped over the bottom of the feet to shave off dead skin.

Fill a tub or basin with warm water. Place your feet in and soak them for 10 minutes to soften the skin. Remove feet and dry off thoroughly with a towel.

Lay a towel down underneath where you'll be shaving your feet. Some foot shavers come with a reservoir to hold the shavings, but others do not.

Hold the foot shaver in your dominant hand. Move the shaver slowly over the dead skin on the bottom your foot, gently moving it back and forth vertically over your skin until all of the dead, hardened skin has been removed. Start at the area of the foot with the thickest dead skin. Repeat on the other foot.

Apply moisturizer or foot lotion to your feet. Put on cotton socks until the lotion dries onto the skin.

Empty the shavings from the foot shaver. Refer to the manufacturer’s instructions for emptying the shaver, as this will vary among models. Wash the shaver with warm, soapy water and dry it thoroughly.

Items you will need
  •  Tub or basin
  •  Towels
  •  Foot Shaver
  •  Lotion or moisturizer
  •  Cotton socks
  •  Dish soap


  • The blade on the foot shaver is very sharp. Use it with extreme caution.
  • Only use the foot shaver on dead skin.
  • Do not use on healthy, live skin or foot warts.
  • Do not use a foot shaver if you are a hemophiliac or diabetic.
  • Keep the foot shaver out of the reach of children.

About the Author

Kimbry Parker has been writing since 1998 and has published content on various websites. Parker has experience writing on a variety of topics such as health, parenting, home improvement and decorating. She is a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Arts in organizational communication.

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