Product Type: JML in Beauty
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Ped Eggs are Brilliant aren't they.....
JML Ped Egg
Member Name: vanillaman
JML Ped Egg
Advantages: Files away calluses and hard skin better than anything else I have tried.
Disadvantages: A little pricey for the cost of the component parts and manufacturing costs.
The Ped egg we bought was the same as the wifes, the basic original plain white model as the Dooyoo picture, which came with only the blade that was attached and two replacement 'sandpaper' sticky things, which create a smooth effect after grating your feet.
The contraption is somewhat like a little flat oval cheese grater attached to a mouse (the computer sort not the ones that go eek), the size of grater you use to get fine little worms of cheese, not the rough spiky one to powder parmesan. That is where the similarity ends though the blades on the Pedegg are very sharp, they slice on both sides of the blade so you shave off dead skin with the forward and back stroke.
The instructions inform you to use in a lengthwise motion along the longer axis of the 'egg', this is fairly obvious even to me, as if you rub across the narrower direction you will not be using the blades at all. This also works best on dry skin nor skin that is fresh out of the bath/shower/trainer.
The egg comes in three parts, the removable lid, the removable blades and the base to which it and the scouring pad/sandpaper thing attaches. This base is hollow and is meant to catch the foot shavings. It doesn't unless you are double jointed and can treat your foot in a position which means the base is always facing upwards to catch the 'dust'
While the wife was doing this for me the position of my foot could be controlled somewhat so most of the ick was caught in the base, but even then we did need to use a towel or something else underneath so as not to get the carpet thoroughly seeded with my genetic imprint.
I was surprised at how well this gadget worked, as the missus has had variable results with other brands that claim to do the same thing, entirely variable on a spectrum of cr*p to rubbish. However as she had already succumbed to the allure of the Pedegg we knew it was up to the job. She refused to allow me to use hers which I completely can see the reason for, also it is recommended by the manufacturers that you do not share your blades. It would be a fine way to spread any foot related nastiness, such as verrucas and athlete's foot. The manufacturers also recommend that people with circulatory issues or difficulty healing such as diabetics use a different non blade related skin removal system.
When I first started using the egg I used it about every three days for just over a week, each time I was surprised at how much dead skin was removed. Once the layers of historical me had been dealt with sufficiently we reduced use to about once every three weeks or so during treatment physio, hospital visits etc all seemed to need me to strip off to my skivvies for some reason; so I felt it was important to maintain the pretence that I was a metrosexual.
You do have to be careful when using the Ped Egg as the blades are so sharp that it takes much less pressure and time to hit soft pink skin than you might think, especially when the product is new. So I would advise checking every few strokes how much skin has been removed, and to be honest if you only have minor dry skin rather than actual calluses and problems with dry skin build up I would opt for another treatment method as this may be too drastic for you.. The wife actually made one of her feet quite painful the first time she used hers as she was so used to this sort of item needing quite some welly to work. So it is possible to over do it.
The blades last at their sharpest for about a year taking into account the frenzied grating that may occur in the first month or so then lesser use for maintenance. The "exfoliatating pads" are not so long lasting but pretty good and better than other 'foot smoothers' of this type we've used. We did go through all the replacements though before the blade needed changing. You need to keep the pads dry or it spoils the rather effective smoothing action and you will need to replace the pad if it should get thoroughly wet. It happened to me and despite patting dry and allowing to thoroughly air dry before using it was no longer very effective. I have to admit that I really like the effect the finishing pad has. The blade does the donkey work but the pad makes your feet very smooth.; so smooth in fact that I found the shower rather difficult as my feet weren't gripping the porcelain as they did pre Ped Egg.
I'd never been that bothered about the aesthetics of my feet before my hip disaster and thought they were pretty good anyway. Though when the local nurse was coming to the house every few days then once a week for several weeks she sometimes had to manipulate my leg. This often involved holding my foot so I became very self conscious about what the wife referred to as my carbuncled rhinoceros feet. Pedegg helped give me some modicum of grooming and confidence at what was quite a vulnerable and awkward period. My three weekly use has reduced now that I don't have to expose myself any more (though a further operation on the knee is coming up, so that usage is due to rise again), and even though I don't use as often at the moment my socks still slip on a treat and don't get all snarled up on my heels as they used to. I used to think that it was poor fabric that was causing that, oops!
The price of the Ped Egg hasn't changed much and can be bought on the high street for about £10.20, I have noticed one on Amazon for £7.99. Replacement blades can be bought for the same price as the whole egg! However you do get on average 2 blades for this price. Other pack sizes and colours etc can also be found.
Summary: A Good product which does exactly what it's supposed to
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