I cringe in empathetic pain when I see people wearing flip-flops in weather most unfit for exposed toes. That, and I’m not partial to the appearance of flip-flops in non-beach conditions. I joke about not liking feet, but it’s true — I hate them. Maybe it’s overexposure, since, as a user of public transportation, I am treated to the sights of feet of all shapes and sizes in every condition on the regular.
I don’t expect everyone to have perfectly groomed feet, but I will say this: most unsightly foot stuff is because of actual conditions, be they fungal, bacterial, or cosmetic. Seeing a podiatrist once in a while to make sure calluses or ingrown toenails are not also caused by complications of the skin or foot bones is important. Keeping feet well groomed is more than a vain pursuit; it can prevent some of those problems from taking root in the first place.
This is why I tried the Silk’n Pedi, an electric pedicure aid, to see if it made the process of callous removal is easier for me.
This tool works like a spinning sander, and when you use it on dry skin, it grinds it off.
Before I embark on any pedicure adventures, my feet get soaked in some sort of salt mixture, and lately I've been feeling the Earth Therapeutics Tea Tree Oil Foot Soak. It's pretty concentrated, has germ-busting and relaxing peppermint, spearmint, rosemary, and tea tree along with dead sea salt and magnesium salts. The soaking helps get skin ready to be sloughed better than any shower could do. Then your feet also smell nice for days.
OK, it's time to get down to the literal nitty gritty. There are feet pictures below — beware.
Before I test any foot products, I put a two-week ban on any foot scrubbing. It helps the results look more apparent than just trying something in the midst of my normal care. So here's a pic of my nasty-ass 14-day-not-scrubbed heel.
That's what was happening before I took a 20-minute tea tree soak, allowed my feet to dry, and set to work with the two different grits of rotating heads that come with the Pedi tool.
I gave each foot about two minutes of work with the tool, and although it got off a pretty good amount of dead skin, there was still some left behind as you can see here:
So I think that at 30 bucks, this tool is a little on the pricey side, but it makes a really nice gift. My feet stayed really smooth for a few days after use, and the actual effort I typically put forth with a pumice stone was altogether skipped.
If you have a mom-to-be you need to gift or are having a hard time accessing your feet with the fury and elbow grease to take care of business, this is a great purchase. I would say it works better to maintain smooth feet than to attack them from square one. (Leave that to the Baby Foot.)
- Do you get regular salon pedicures?
- Would you use a tool like this regularly?
Photos: Maria Penaloza
Foot Selfies: Danizig