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I don't like my feet. Come to think about it I don't know anyone who really likes their feet. I tend to wear pump/ballet style of shoes, both in work and outside as I find them comfortable to wear and heels are just impractical for me with two young children. I think the downside of not wearing heels or sandals is that my feet haven't 'toughened up', so wearing these shoes tends to cause me blisters and hard skin on the soles of my feet and on the side of my toes.
I was determined to be able to wear some nice sandals to work, especially when the weather was nice, so popped along to my local Co-op pharmacy and purchased Scholl Hard Skin & Callus foot file for £4.19.
Scholl Hard Skin & Callus foot file claims to: provide instant visible results, instantly removes even the toughest build up of hard skin and callus, has a soft grip and easy reach and is safe and easy to use. Hard skin and callus's can be caused by prolonged standing, friction from ill-fitting shoes and just being on your feet a lot can cause hard skin.
The foot file comes in two parts - the file and the handle. The reason for this is to make it portable and easy to store as it is 22cm long when assembled. I have kept the original hard plastic box that it was packaged in, so that it is easy to store. The file is an odd shape, not quite rectangular and measures approx 2cm x 7cm. The file has a dual action: coarse side (indicated by one dot on the file) and a finer side (indicated by two dots).
To assemble the foot file you just push, twist and click the file into the handle - which is easy to do. To disassemble you slide the button down, twist and pull file head away from handle. I consider myself to have a strong grip; however trying to slide the button down is very difficult. The button is only around 1cm in length but it has 3 grooves across it for grip, which to be honest - the grips hurt my thumb and leave an indent. Despite having used this foot file for over 6 months, I still find it a struggle to slide down the button, so for those who have a weaker grip or suffer discomfort in their fingers and hands, then this is a disadvantage.
Obviously before you start filing the skin on your feet it is best that they are clean and dry. You start with the coarse side of the file, remembering not to file too vigorously as it is coarse - like a cheese grater, then finish off with the finer side to smooth away any flakes of skin and to buff your skin.
One of the main disadvantages of Scholl Hard Skin & Callus File is that the foot file doesn't collect the dry skin. There is a space between the coarse and finer sides of the file so that some of flakes of skin can be collected, however if you start swapping and changing which side you are going to use, then some of the dead skin falls out of the gap in between the file. The solution is easy - just file your feet over a bin or towel to collect any debris.
After filing my feet, I wash the file in warm soapy water and leave to dry naturally. I then wash my feet to ensure that all dead skin has been washed away and apply a moisturiser - nothing too expensive just a cheap baby moisturiser. This makes my skin feel silky soft and I have noticed by doing this regularly, my feet have become softer and each time I file the skin, it comes away easier.
As with all foot files, it is not suitable for people who are diabetic or have poor blood circulation.
Overall, I give Scholl Hard Skin & Callus foot file 3 stars. It is good at getting rid of hard skin and I feel it has improved the condition of my feet (whether this is through the use of the file alone, or moisturising - I'm not sure), however I feel that is loses stars because it is difficult to disassemble and it doesn't collect dead skin in a separate container.
For further information, please visit: www.scholl.com.
Thanks for reading xx
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