I’m a sucker for smooth heels, yet frustratingly it’s one of the first things I skip when I’m in a rush – I just plaster on foot cream and hope that it lasts well enough to hide my rough heels when I’m wearing sandals *hangs head in shame*
But enough about me, let’s talk about the Scholl Velvet Smooth Electronic Foot File. It’s a nifty little device that fits comfortably into my hand (although honestly, I wouldn’t mind if it was a bit smaller and a bit quieter, but that’s just me being pedantic). It has an on/off switch that controls the tubular Microlumina roller head that does the work. It operates on four AA batteries.
While it’s less aggressive than I expected (I had visions of a super fast roller that causes dead skin to fly in all directions), it definitely does work. The roller spins with a very controlled feeling, and all you need to do is move it along your feet while applying light pressure. You can move over an area for as long or short as you want, and while it takes some time on the rough spots, it takes care of every bit of dry or rough skin.
Aside from the efficacy, what I like best about it is the safety and practicality – it simply stops rotating if you apply too much pressure. And as a former beauty therapist I get palpitations every time I see a callus plane in a store (those blades that you can use to slice off hard skin from your heels) as they’re definitely not a good choice for over-eager, unskilled users.
To make your Microlumina roller last as long as possible, I’d advise detaching and removing it as soon as you see some white buildup on it, and cleaning it with a soapy scrub brush.
Scholl Velvet Smooth Electronic Foot Files are out this month and they’ll be available from Pick n Pay, Dischem, Clicks, Takealot and Rubybox for R400 each. Replacement Microlumina rollers are R150 for a pack of two. I’ve used my current one about 5 times now, and the roller is still going strong.
They’re also launching a Velvet Smooth Essential Moisture Cream to go along with it, and I reckon it makes a good supplement to the device. It has a thin texture and it absorbs quickly, and I spotted a mild retinol and AHA on the ingredient list that will help maintain your perfectly polished feet.
If, however, your feet is in a bit of a state, be on the lookout for a foot cream that has 10 – 20% Urea in it – I’ve found those most effective. The only one I can think of now is Epimax Foot Cream (10%), but just have a browse through the foot cream section in your local pharmacy – the percentage Urea is usually indicated on the front on the packaging.