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Biology is ubiquitous [Sep. 15th, 2010|12:15 am]
Beemer
Heel splits suck.

Several years ago I learned that they manufacture a thing called a callus shaver, with which you can remove dead skin from your feet to keep it from building up to the point that it cracks, which helps A LOT, and immediately felt really dumb for taking so long to realize this was an avoidable problem. (Some people swear by pumice stones, but I can scrub for twenty minutes with one of those suckers and barely make a start.)

Sometimes I feel like that's what being in your thirties is all about: realizing that whatever it is, it probably has happened to lots of other people as well, and there's something out there -- a product, a social convention, an expert, a work of art, an industry, something -- maybe several somethings -- that's all about dealing with it.

Which I find both comforting and a little deflating.

I put off the maintenance a bit long this time and got a nasty split that left me limping for the last couple days. It's better today, but now I'm sitting around with one sock on to keep the skin on my foot from drying out. I think the thirties are also about letting go of the illusion that you're cool enough not to have inconvenient biology.
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[User Picture]From: bitterlawngnome
2010-09-15 07:30 am (UTC)
Watch it with the shaver thing, what you want is to reduce the thickness of skin around the spilt and let the pressure push it back together. Not shave down the areas *between* the splits, which will make them open even wider.

Also, Aveeno foot cream. It's the only one that actually worked, for me.
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2010-09-15 04:16 pm (UTC)
Yup, I can see that.

The problem with moisturizers is remembering to insert them into my ablutionary routine at the correct point. Greasy fingers + contact lenses = bad.
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[User Picture]From: bitterlawngnome
2010-09-15 04:18 pm (UTC)
oh ugh yeah.
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[User Picture]From: dpolicar
2010-09-15 03:11 pm (UTC)
I often feel this is what being "one of the smart kids" is about: preferring to invent my own solutions rather than master more cost-effective pre-existing ones.
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[User Picture]From: goddessdster
2010-09-15 03:42 pm (UTC)
I didn't hit that letting go part until I hit my forties, but this is probably due to the fact that it took me until I was in my thirties to feel comfortable inside my own skin. Damn shame that I only allowed myself scant years to be that way before biology got in the way. *sigh*

Completely OT: what do you use to style the 'stache?
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2010-09-15 04:32 pm (UTC)
Sheer force of will!

Wait, no, sorry, that's the answer I use for random people on the street.

Depends on the length, the weather, and god-only-knows what else. Sometimes I can just wet it, shape it, and let it air-dry, and it will do what I want.

When it needs product, though, I use Garnier Fructis sculpting wax. I used to use Pinaud moustache wax, but then I had to add a little bit of mascara for color and the Garnier stuff is easier to work with. It's pretty much all just fluffed-up beeswax anyway, regardless of who makes it or what they call it...
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2010-09-15 04:18 pm (UTC)
I'll give it a shot. I bought a bottle of Nair because I read that it's also good for eating away callus, but it didn't do a damn thing.
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[User Picture]From: shirtlifterbear
2010-09-15 10:53 pm (UTC)
The thirties are when you realize that the warranties are all running out!
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[User Picture]From: thedragonweaver
2010-09-16 05:03 pm (UTC)
Wow. I never had these problems— but I go barefoot all the time, and for some reason don't tend to callus heavily. Even though I have feet of steel. Good to know that some things are necessary to watch out for...
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[User Picture]From: backrubbear
2010-11-07 01:54 pm (UTC)
Chris solves this particular problem through chemical warfare: Neet will happily dissolve much of the problem.
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