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Scholl is a very popular and good quality brand that specialises in foot care, so I was confident I'd be getting a safe and effective product. There are lots of things out on the market that claim to have similar benefits when it comes to getting soft feet, but this is probably for more of a 'blitz' attack on hard skin rather than simply applying a lotion.
The Scholl Instant Hard Skin Remover comes in a plastic box, which I've kept to store it in. I bought mine from Boots when there was a 3 for 2 offer, so I picked up some Scholl foot creams too. They suggest you use the softening cream after using this, and I'll admit that helps, but it doesn't detract from the instant effectiveness of using the remover.
At first I thought this was ridiculously overpriced, but then I remembered the Ped Egg thing that probably came out costing more than this. I haven't used that so I can't really compare the two, but this one does stand out from the crowd as having something different to offer, and because I find it to be effective, it's actually been worth the pennies.
This is described as a 'revolutionary way to remove thick, hard skin'. What makes it different? It's shaped like a handle with 8 metal bits at the top that protrude with holes in. These are circular blades with rounded tips that are slightly angled so as to be safe and easy to use. It's a simple design but an interesting alternative to a classic foot file.
Using this is really simple as you just scrape it over your foot where there's hard skin using up and down motions. You only need to do it fairly gently, but you'll notice what works when you see the skin coming off (sounds gross, but it does the trick!). Dead skin will accumulate in the blades and this can be washed out quickly by rinsing and shaking under water.
It depends what condition your feet are in, but doing this regularly for just a few minutes should keep your feet smooth. I make my feet slightly damp before using and find that using continuous motions without having to put too much pressure on works well. After one use you notice the difference because it obviously works instantly, getting rid of hard skin visibly without hurting or being uncomfortable. The only thing I've noticed is that some parts of my feet are ticklish, but that's all!
This is suitable for regular use and I'd say that's the best way of using it to keep hard skin minimal. Discontinue use if you notice your skin becoming sore or inflamed, or use without as much pressure. You shouldn't use on broken / bleeding skin, and it should also be noted that it's not suitable for those with poor blood circulation or diabetics. I've not noticed anything; I find this actually quite pleasant to use because it works and it's easy to do. The product itself is easy to hold and to clean afterwards, and I feel reassured that it's definitely safe, despite seeing the word 'blades' on the box!
The box also informs us that 98% agree they noticed 'instant visible improvement' because it 'reveals soft, smooth skin after one use'. I'd agree with this - you may not get perfectly smooth feet first time, but it definitely works and if you use regularly to look after your feet then I would say this is an excellent product. I definitely prefer this over the average foot file or a pumice stone, so for me it's been an investment product for the health of my tootsies.
Sells for around £10.20 (Boots)
I will rarely leave the house without a full face of make up and I pride myself on looking my best (or at least trying to) at all times (although after a bottle of wine I do occasionally forget this motto)! Now when we had those few boiling hot weeks in April I was rather ashamed of my feet when it came to wearing flip flops as I'd clearly neglected them during the winter. My heels were cracked and the hard skin was clearly visible... they looked rather disgusting to be honest and I wouldn't have wanted to touch them if they weren't my own! I've tried using foot creams and scrubs in the past and, although they have worked in the past, I've found that the results were very slow to show and that you had to persevere with them religiously! While shopping in Tesco back in April my mum and I noticed the Scholl Instant Hard Skin Remover, which we'd seen advertised in a magazine, and decided to invest in one to "share" which actually meant my mum ended up paying for it but I've ended up keeping it at my house... oops!
The Scholl Instant Hard Skin Remover comes in a plastic box which is yellow and blue in colour, both colours that I associate with the Scholl brand. It also shows a picture of some very healthy looking feet which I hoped was what I could achieve by using the product! The plastic box contains the hard skin remover and a basic guidance leaflet that offers some information on how to use the product. Overall the packaging does seem a little wasteful as it's at least twice the size it needs to be but it is effective in advertising the product. The hard skin remover is blue and white in colour and is shaped a little like a bulky razor, for want of a better way to describe it. It's made of thick plastic and looks like it would be very hard to break! The handle of the hard skin remover is about five inches in length and on the underside is a grey area of thick plastic. On this grey area are eight silver, circular, slanted blades that stick out of the bottom of the hard skin remover (in a row of one, then three, then four).
Scholl advertise this product as being ergonomically designed by experts to ensure comfortable and easy use in order to remove thick, hard skin. Its safe blades are designed to provide an effective way to remove hard skin without damaging your feet in any way. Obviously the skin on your foot is slightly thicker than your average skin due to it being designed to withstand the pressure of standing and walking. However sometimes hard skin can build up here which can look cracked, flaky and very unattractive indeed! Now I've been using foot creams for years, off and on, in an attempt to reduce this hard skin but have found that if I have a couple of days without the cream the hard skin is back to where it was before. However the experts at Scholl suggest that this instrument will not only provide you with soft heels but it also will need to be used once a week or so to maintain soft skin... much more fitting to my hectic lifestyle! It's advertised as being safe and effective and promises to reveal soft, smooth skin.
It's recommended that you use this on recently bathed or softened feet as the skin on your heels will be softer and easier to remove. You take the hard skin remover in your hand and wrap your fingers around it to keep it steady. The circular blades are specially angled in the head of the file and have a rounded tip that needs minimal pressure to remove hard skin build up. I tend to gently scrap the blades against my heel and repeat multiple times, I found the first time I used it I probably repeated this process about forty times - you'll know when you've done enough as your heels can start to feel ever so slightly tender or you won't be able to see anymore hard skin. I find the whole process a bit like grating, it's that same sort of repeated motion with the remover as it is with the cheese against a grater and you need to use the same amount of pressure. It's a fairly easy process and it doesn't take much getting used to at all, after I'd been using it for about thirty seconds I felt a bit like a professional!
As you use the Scholl Instant Hard Skin Remover you'll see layers of your skin coming off in small strips, again I'll refer to the grating comparison in that it looks rather like shaves of parmesan coming off in the bathtub! It's not exactly the nicest process to watch and you do need to be careful to use this somewhere where your filed off skin won't spread - I always try to do it in the bath as then I can wash it out afterwards. My feet were particularly bad the first time and after the first use I had a pea sized amount of shaved off skin from each foot! Once I'd dried my feet off they were instantly smoother and softer, I couldn't see any hard skin in sight! The only thing I noticed was that they were slightly rough so I used my pumice stone for about thirty seconds on each one and they were all smooth. The results really are instant and they're very noticeable indeed, 98% of people who tested this actually said it instantly removes thick and hard skin while 87% said it improves the condition.
After use you'll notice that the silver blades can become clogged with the sheared off skin which isn't attractive, but this can be removed by using water to clean it. I also find that I sometimes need a kirby grip or something pin shaped to poke through the blades in order to get rid of all the skin. You do need to remember to moisturise or wash your feet before use as if not the results aren't nearly as noticeable. I would fully recommend the Scholl Hard Skin Remover to anyone that suffers from dry or hard skin on their heels as it's actually a miracle worker... and it's simple to use as well! It's currently priced at £10.20 in Boots stores (it's also on a buy one get any second Scholl product half price offer) although I bought mine from Tesco when it had a third off. I would thoroughly recommend buying one and will continue to use mine in the future, I've got no doubt that it will last a couple of years with weekly usage (you won't need it more often) and will ensure I have soft and supple feet all year round!
Thanks for reading.
I am prone to hard skin on my feet due to the amount of running that I do. I know I put my feet under an enormous amount of pressure and am probably not as good to them as I should be. I am always on the look out for new lotions and potions to help keep them in shape and like to also check out any new gadgets that can keep my hard skin at bay!
So when I saw the Scholl Instant Hard Skin Remover advertised in a magazine I thought I would check it out. On a visit to Boots I made a bee line to the foot products and Scholl products specifically. I found the Hard Skin Remover prominently displayed and priced at £9.99, after reading the directions and having a look at the product I decided I would give it a go. What have I to lose my hard skin needs to be kept under control and not much else was working so I was willing to try virtually anything!
The product, which is part of the new Hard Skin range from Scholl, is plastic (but doesn't feel too cheap) and smallish in size although it fits perfectly in my hand for using. It is white with blue trim and has 8 round blades at the top of the handle to use on your feet (the blades are in 3 lines with the top having one blade, the second row having 3 blades and the bottom row having four). The blades aren't that sharp to touch but do their job effectively. The product is easy to use and is ergonomically designed so it is comfortable to use (some of us need to use it for longer than others!!) and has Scholl safe blade technology which aims to provide effective removal of hard skin helping you to achieve professional style results in the comfort of your own home!
You are recommended to regularly use skin softening cream in conjunction with the hard skin remover for the best results. To use it you scrape the blade heads over hard skin, you don't need to apply too much pressure for it to remove any hard skin build up. You are warned not to use it on broken and bleeding skin and it is not suitable for diabetics or those with poor blood circulation.
The stats for this product speak for themselves:
98% people agree that it instantly removes thick hard skin/callus
87% people agree it instantly improves the condition of the skin
87% people agree it instantly reveals healthy, soft and smooth skin
On all these counts I have to agree.
I really like this product and have been using it regularly over the last couple of weeks and have noticed a real difference in my feet, they are far softer and the build up of hard skin is dramatically less. I am hoping that within a short time it will almost be unnoticeable. You don't have to spend long using it on your feet and as long as you use it regularly the results are pretty impressive. While it is priced at £9.99, there are sometimes offers on Scholl products and it is worth looking out for them, it will also last for a long time and is very easy to clean. I am looking forward to walking on air soon without my hard skin particularly as it is sandal season and my feet will be on show!
Using the Instant Hard Skin Remover is a revolutionary way to remove tough, thick, hard skin / Ergonomically designed by the experts at Scholl for comfortable and easy use / Its safe blades are designed to provide safe and effective removal of hard skin / Achieve professional results at home.