“ Type: Files / Brand: The Body Shop / Sub-type: Foot Care / What it does: Smoothes, „
I tend to get allot of hard skin on the bottoms of my feet and for years I couldn't even count how many foot files and products I have bought to help remove the skin. I honestly don't have the time nor energy to sit a few times a week to file my feet but this foot file is just amazing. £5 you may think is expensive for a foot file as I did at first but never again will I use any other foot file from another brand. The appearance of the file you may find plain and boring with a wooden handle and the file on one side which looks like sand paper and the smooth side on the other side no wow factor but plain and boring is fine by me for how good it is. Within minutes your feet feel brand new - smooth as a baby's bot with minimal effort. I have 2 of these as on a regular basis I give my mam a pedicure so one for me and one for her... my mam totally loves it - I used to spend a lot of time filing my mams feet as she is disabled and spends allot of time in slippers so they can get extremely dry, flaky and hard and unable to give her feet attention needed but with this product not no more I can have them looking fab within minutes! Please please please give this a try if you need to find a foot file!
The Body Shop File A Foot
The winter months really play havoc on my poor feet with the cold, rain and snow, then factoring in running and wearing lots of party shoes during December my poor feet get into quite a state! For Christmas I was given a lovely Body Shop selection box from a friend which had lots of goodies like shower gel and moisturiser and a Body Shop File A Foot that I had seen many times in the shop but never thought to purchase for myself.
The file a foot looks like a very large nail file shaped as a paddle, as you would expect with a name like 'file a foot'. The file has approximate dimensions of 18 cm length, 5 cm wide (as its widest point) and a depth of 0.5 cm. The file is slightly tapered at the end where the file is.
The file is made of silver birch Betula pendula wood from the Kosikhinsky Forestry Enterprise according to the Body Shop, which is the first forest in Russia to be credited with Forest Stewardship Council certification which is an endorsed standard given to well-managed forests. This wood is a lovely golden pale brown colour with a slight varnish finish to it.
Half of the paddle is made up of a double sided black file surface, which is obviously rough and has the coarse textured panel for filing your feet. There is a slightly smoother side for a gentle scrub and a harsher one for tough areas. The rest of the file is made up of the wooden handle with the Body Shop branding on it. There is also a hole drilled through thehandle end with string attached so that you can hang it proudly in your bathroom...or not!
The foot file is intended to remove those rough and dried skin areas that can accumulate on your feet, generally on the sole of your foot and heel areas. I have to admit I wasn't immediately running to scrub at my feet when I received this having never used one before. When I did finally use the foot file it felt really strange and slightly ticklish and it took me a good few scrubs to get used to it.
After a few uses of this my feet felt totally different to how they had before, they were smoother, softer and shinier believe it or not! Having and using one of these I see that I have been neglecting my feet and I have even started moisturising them as a result to keep them in pristine condition.
I have got a couple of gripes about this product which are no fault of the file or the Body Shop, they are simply little annoyances. Firstly the file obviously removes dead skin and as a result leaves a horrible mess; I always do my feet whilst sat on the edge of the bath for this reason. Secondly it is still a very strange sensation and still freaks me out a little bit when using it.
This product costs £5 from the Body Shop store or online at www.bodyshop.co.uk which I feel is a reasonable price for a good piece of grooming kit.
Like a lot of people I suffer with hard skin on the heels of my feet, it is really unsightly and I like to keep on top it as best I can as I don't really like touching my own feet (I know it's weird). For many years I used to give my feet a good long soak in a tub of warm water then I would go at them like a mad woman with a Pumice Stone. The result was a lot of effort for smooth if slightly sore feet.
Then one year my sister gave me a foot care set from Body Shop, within the set there was the File A Foot. At first I was a little unsure about this odd looking paddle with what looked like some sand paper on, but I decided to give it a go as I was sick of scrubbing the calluses away with a pumice stone and I really did not want to start using a Ped Egg or similar style device.
The File A Foot is very comfortable to hold, it is made from Birch which is reputed to give good energy to those who use it. The Birch comes from a sustainable source in Russia and supports community trade, so not only are you sorting out your crusty old feet but you are helping provide stable employment and funding housing initiatives for homeless children.
The File A Foot has two sides, one is quite rough and the other is somewhat smoother. I like to use the rough side of the File A Foot after having a bath as the skin has softened on my heels and is easily buffed away, I then finish off with the smooth side so as my heels are smooth and don't snag my socks. I also use the File A Foot on dry feet when I am in a rush and want to freshen my heels up before slapping on some moisturiser and popping on my sandals, not something I have been able to do much of this summer.
I have had and used the File A Foot once a week for at least five years maybe more and it still looks as good as the day I got it out of the foot care pack. The sand paper panels have not worn down which makes me think they must be made of tougher stuff than sand paper.
I would advise placing a towel under your feet before you start filing them as sometimes it can get a bit dusty/messy if you have neglected your feet for a while and have a lot of dry skin to remove. I have never used my File A Foot in the bathroom so it only gets wet when I give it a quick rinse under the tap to freshen it up, this is probably why it still looks like new.
The File A Foot is part of my weekly foot care regime, where I soak my feet, remove dead skin, moisturise and then paint my nails. I believe that if I look after my feet they will keep going for me as I do a lot of walking. The File A Foot can be found online at www.bodyshop.co.uk or instore for £5, I personally think this is a great little item at a great price.
Thank you for reading.
Earlier today, I reviewed the Ultimate Pedicure from Avon, which I purchased a couple of months ago, in the hope that by using it I may achieve softer and smoother feet. As explained in that review, I found that the foot file part of it was absolutely useless, as it was much too smooth for the bottom of my feet, which seemed to have layer upon layer of hard skin. I therefore decided to invest in a different foot file, and that is how I cam across the Body Shop File A Foot.
This product is made out of silver birch wood from a forest in Russia which has been credited with a FSC Certification - a standard given to wood from well managed forests. The wood itself is quite smooth but unvarnished. On one side there is the Body Shop Logo and it states "support community trade". On the other side, there is the FSC symbol and you are advised that this file is for dry use only (I use mine before getting in the bath/shower, so that I can then wash my feet off).
The File A Foot is approximately 9.5" long and 1.5" wide (at it's widest point) and is double sided. At the bottom of the file there is a hole with a piece of cord through it, ideal for hanging up. One side features a filer that is coarser than the one on the other side. The filing part of the product basically resembles sanding/emery paper, in a dark grey/almost black colour. The File A Foot is comfortable to hold and it's size and shape make it easy to use. It seems to be quite robust an long lasting. I tend to run mine under hot water for a few seconds after each use, and the emery part comes up as sparkly as new. The File A Foot costs £4.50, not a bad price for an accessory from the Body Shop!
I found the coarse side of the filer excellent for my feet, as it seemed to work a lot better and remove a lot more dry skin than the smoother side. In my opinion this is an excellent product, it is a great exfoliator and fantastic for dry skin, but it does not remove hard skin to the same extent as a pumice or a foot grater do (see the Avon Ultimate Pedicure review re the foot grater). However, for those who do not generally suffer from very hard skin, I would really recommend this filer as a preventative measure. Like they say, prevention is better than cure! But for those with rhino foot skin, do not expect miracles, you will have to do more than just try to file away the hard skin!
Because the Body Shop claims that this products removes hard skin, I have awarded it 4 out of 5 doyoo stars only, as I really feel that yes, it does exfoliate and remove dry skin, but not so much hard skin.
I have really horrible feet, I'm sure you wanted to know that!! I need to exfoliate my feet everyday if I want them to look nice for the rest of the day. They seem to attract dry skin all the time no matter how much I file them and soak them in lotion the day before. It's not so bad when it's winter time but during the summer it was a nightmare. I have a ped egg which I use to get the really dry cracked skin off and that works really well but for a quick file in the mornings before I start the day I use a foot file from The Body Shop. The Ped Egg is such a drama to use as you have to get rid of all the dry skin afterwards but the file is really simple just to quickly whip out over your feet for a minute or two to polish them up.
The file has a nice wooden handle to it which allows you to grip the file and then really work at your feet at a nice angle. You can hold the file forward or to the side and that allows you to not only file your heels but also the sides of your feet as well. The wood is a nice soft wood and is actually part of the Body Shops Fairtrade product range. According to their website they, "source silver birch wood from the Kosikhinsky Forestry Enterprise. This is the first forest in Russia to be credited with FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certification - a standard given to wood from well-managed forests. The Fair Trade File A Foot is produced by Timber Productions in Russia. A percentage of each sale is put into a social fund for local communities. This has helped to fund a power generator and ambulance for a local hospital, and has helped to refurbish a kindergarten for 50 children.
So, not only are you helping your feet by buying this product you are helping local communities too.
The foot file has a file on both sides so you can if you wish have one side for your right foot and one for your left foot. The file itself is really strong and quite a good quality file. Some files I find are quite flimsy but this one is really hard and really works well to buff away your hard skin. I find it works well on my feet with only a couple of brushes which is good as I don't want to spend forever doing this. I usually follow up with a bit of cream to soften the skin that I have uncovered. The foot file only costs £4.50 so I think that's a good price. As it is such a hardwearing file it does last quite a long while. One little tip I have picked up, if it starts to get a bit worn out and white when you have used it for a few weeks you can run the file under the hot tap and it almost restores it to being new again although at just £4.50 you can buy a new one after a couple of months and not have to worry about it.
As I am a diabetic I tend to be quite careful about my feet as we are prone to nerve damage thereabouts so I try to keep them in good order.
I use the Body Shop Hemp Foot Protector or Soap and Glory Heel Genius after I shower to keep my feet as soft and smooth as possible but occasionally I need an extra bit of help.
I sometimes get dry skin round the edge of my heels especially if I have been wearing sandals and I need some kind of exfoliator to deal with this problem.
The one that I use is a Body Shop File A Foot which currently costs £4.50 although I do then get 10% off as I have a Love Your Body Card so that helps.
The File A Foot is made from silver birch wood from a forest in Russia - incidentally the first one to be credited with FSC (Forest Stewardship Control) certification which is a standard given to well managed forest. This in turn is part of the Body Shop Community Trade programme and a percentage of each sale goes into a fund to help local communities. There is more information about this on the Body Shop website at www.thebodyshop.co.uk
At the end of the handle there is a little hole through which is threaded a piece of cord so that it can be hung up.
On each side of the wooden shaft there is a kind of dark grey sandpaper panel with one side slightly more abrasive than the other. This way you can have gentle or firm exfoliation.
To use you just have to rub it over the soles and heels of your feet each time you have a shower using whichever side is best for the dry skin you need to remove. It really is very easy to do.
I find that this exfoliation is enough to keep my heels nice and smooth without taking off too much skin and causing any problems. I just rub the File A Foot around my heels and then knock off any bits into the bin.
I then rub some foot cream into my feet and they feel really good and the hard skin is pretty much smooth again.
Originally each time I used the file I thought that it looked as though it wouldn't last much longer as it looks grey / white and, as such, possibly less abrasive. I was wrong though - I have had mine for a couple of years now and it is still going strong. Admittedly I don't use it every time I have a shower but it does get regular and frequent use.
In conclusion I find this piece of kit to be invaluable in my foot care routine. It helps me to keep my skin smooth and I can also check for any other problems whilst I am doing this too.
I shall definitely buy another one of these when this one finally wears out and I would recommend it to anyone.
I recently noticed my feet were in appalling condition. Despite having walked around knocking doors for a living last summer, somehow, this summer, my feet were in a worse condition then there were then. I noticed a lot of try skin. I picked up this foot file for £4.50 when I was ordering online to qualify for free delivery. I thought I might as well get something extra that I'll use than pay the same amount because I had a delivery charge.
This foot file has a rough side and a slightly smooth side. I have mainly used the rough side of my heels, where I have the driest skin, and used the gentler side on smaller patches of rough skin on my toes and the sides of the foot. The filing parts are a bit like emery boards, but a bit more rough.
When using this product, it was by no means a quick fix, but I did certainly feel dead skin being budged of the more problematic areas of my heels. I found it best to use after being in the shower, after thoroughly drying my skin. I found my heels feeling somewhat smoother. I haven't been using this product long, but hopefully after prolonged use, I will see even better results. I found the smoother file worked well on slightly problematic areas almost immediately, combined with moisturising.
The handle is made of wood, and is easy to grip. The area of the file is quite big, which is great for feet, allowing you to file bigger areas in less time.
My only quibble with this product is that after the initial use, it looks really worn out. However, I have continued using this product, and am convinced it is still working effectively, despite appearing as if the the board has worn down completely. This is definitely a step in the right direction to restoring my feet to softness, but is taking some commitment on my part of keeping up regular use.
Our feet can be quite abused at times. From wearing the wrong shoes, exercising and standing on them all day. Yet, a lot of people don't take good care of them. Sure, they may give them a good wash in the shower or enjoy the odd foot massage but do they really care for them? The answer in a lot of cases is no. We spend ages washing and conditioning their hair, applying lotions to their bodies and all sorts of products on our face. Our feet carry us about all day, everyday and I think everyone should take better care of them.
This is why I bought the foot file from The Body Shop to remove the dead skin from my feet as part of my foot care regime. Especially recently I have noticed my feet requiring extra care and attention, especially from my foot file.
-- What is the foot file? --
The foot file is double sided, with one side quite rough and the other more smooth. The latter is used for more exfoliating and the former to remove the dead, hard skin from your feet. They are set into a wooden, hand held paddle with a number of stamps to tell you that the file is from the Body Shop and part of 'Community Trade' and 'FSC'. This makes it sturdy to use to ensure you get close to the skin and easy to handle.
That hard skin on your heels? This file will slowly remove it. To do this, you simply rub the rougher side over the hard skin and watch it flake off. You will know how hard to press and fast to go quite instinctively.
-- Does it work? --
Yes! In fact you can see it working as the skin falls off in flakes onto the floor/ the surface your feet are over. So you may want to put something down below your feet. Depending on how bad your feet are, it can take a bit of work. I generally stop when I don't think my feet can be filed down anymore. And again depending on how bad your feet are, it won't get rid of all your hard skin - you put a lot of pressure on your feet, expect the skin to be hard - but it does a good job in getting rid of a majority of it, especially the the dry and rough patches. Which leaves your skin feeling smooth and looking a lot more healthy.
I use mine whenever my feet need it and always finished by using a really good moisturiser on it, such as a body butter. Keep this up and you will have great looking feet!
The file should be replaced probably one or two times a year. I wait for the file to be obviously worn out, I've had mine for about 6 months so far and with some heavy use I am beginning to think of buying a new one. Not quite yet but soon.
-- Price and Availability --
You can pick these up from Body Shop stores or online for the good price of £4.50
-- Compared to other foot files --
When I lost this foot file, I bought another one to test it out. However, I didn't get along with it. The handle would bend when I tried to use it, meaning I couldn't get the file close enough to my skin to get rid of the rough skin effectively. Plus, I have this file for years and it still has at least another year in it. I wouldn't trust cheaper ones to do this.
A couple more great points about the file is that it is made from FSC birch wood, the FSC certification is a standard given to wood from well-managed forests, so you know its coming from a good source. Also a percentage of each purchase goes towards a social fund for local communities from the timber productions in Russia. This has helped fund an ambulance and refurbish a nursery for 50 children.
-- Conclusion --
I love this file. It is effective at removing the tough, hard skin from your feet and leaving them smooth. My feet feel so great after using this product! I'd recommend it to everyone to use as part of their footcare regime. I find this one is better than others I have tried plus the Community Trade and FSC stamp make me feel much better about the purchase. And after years of use, it has proven to be of great value.
** The Body shop **
Most people know about The Body Shop brand or have heard about it at some point in their life but in case you haven't this is a very brief run down of who they and what they do. The Body Shop is a HUGE company, it has over 2400 stores in 61 countries and they have a product range of over 1200 different products, and this is growing all the time!! The Body Shop was originally set up in 1976 by human rights activist Dame Anita Roddick. The body shop company have very strong values in terms of caring for the environment and everything in it. Hence, why all of their products are naturally sourced, not tested on animals and all fair trade. This means all people who are part of making the Body shop products, especially in developing countries, get a decent income. Thumbs up to an organisation that puts others to shame! Because of all this I feel it is beneficial to buy a lot of my beauty products from The Body Shop, but another reason I do is because their stuff is splendid!
** File A Foot **
The File a foot is really self explanatory. It is a foot file which is made to smooth down the feet's hard and rough skin. It is two sided. It has a course side which is aimed at the rough areas and the other slightly smoother side is used as an exfoliater. It advises you to use it dry and on dry skin.
Priced at £4.40 it is slightly on the expensive side for a basic foot file but what makes this no ordinary foot file is the material it is made from and I like using things that are a little bit special. This foot file is made from community trade birch wood from Russia. This means that the Body Shop has provided stable employment in an area of few opportunities and also built safe houses for homeless children. Beyond this Birch wood is renowned for imparting good energy to all those that use it. So before you go for you early morning run give yourself a little spiritual boost!
** What Is It Like To Use? **
It is so simple to use it hardly requires explaining, just smooth it from one side to the next and see what happens. It is advised not to use this wet as it stops the roughness of the file from working and it glides over the skin rather then smoothing it down. The rougher side does work to get some areas of dry skin away from the soles of the feet and I always use the softer side to just make the area a little softer. It is basic stuff really but don't expect miracles. It does make the feet look slightly more appealing and tends to just make the feet softer then actually getting rid of any hard skin. You will be much better off using a pumice stone of some kind if hard skin is your issue. The file a foot is great at maintaining already healthy and cared for feet. It is also a grand way of increasing your own little pamper session into a large pamper session!
The file itself lasts depending on how often you use it. Just like a nail file after a certain amount of use the file becomes blunt and thus this is relatively the same. You can easily tell when the file is warn down because the black sanding area turns grey and the side becomes a lot smoother and of course it stops working as effectively on the skin. I have had mine for about 4 months now using it once a week or so and it still has plenty of life left in it. However for maximum effect I would use this as often as possible to prevent the dry skin returning. The fact it is also made with wood makes it extremely easy to hold and stops your hands getting sweaty and losing your grip. You have to b quite firm in order for the file to work effectively and the wood allows your grip to do that.
Most foot products including this one advise you to use on the foot after you have been in the bath or shower because the skin is softer and it prevents you rubbing away good skin as well as the bad. But I find with this it works better on my feet when they are completely dry. I think it's because it doesn't actually get rid of the dry skin is simply makes it smoother. So if the skin is already soft it doesn't have anything to cause friction against and doesn't smooth down the skin as good as it does when the feet are slightly dry and not as soft. However this may be different for you, just try it both ways.
** Conclusion **
A simple product that is great at MAINTAINING good feet with good skin. It did smooth down my feet a little by no means an amazing product that my feet can not leave with out. It can be quite time consuming to get some decent results but a handy product to have floating around. I probably will buy something similar but look around for a cheaper price. If I added another few pound on I could get a professional pedicure from my local high street!
File / Double-Duty Smoothing foot file made from Community Trade birch from Russia /