After using various diferent methods of hard skin removal and suffering arm ache as a result! I thought I'd give this gadget a go. Its so easy to use and you can get 2 different types of roller. One thats coarse and one not so coarse. To be honest I think the less coarse one isn't really of much use and I have only ever used the rougher one. It files your skin off gently but very effectively in very little time. My feet were left much smoother than any other hard skin filing item I have used in the past. Its very simple to remove the roller to rinse in water after use. My only critisism would be that it's a little noisy but it's not a huge issue. I would definitely recommend these and they make a great gift idea. Batteries last a good while with this product.
I quite a lot of dry skin on my feet. Its not particularly hard, but, just dry and it doesn't look very nice. I used to use a Ped-Egg (which I have reviewed) and put lots of cream onto my feet, which helped somewhat.
My partner bought me the Micro-pedi for Christmas and I used it for the first time yesterday.
The Micro-pedi came in a big box and I believe it cost £39.99. I'm pleased I have it has a gift, but there is no way I would have spend £40 on a foot filer. The Mico-pedi also comes with additional items to complete a pedicure like foot cream, nail clippers, nail scissors and a some tools to attach to the machine.
The unit itself looks a bit like an electric razor or an epilator. It has a long thin handle and a wide top, which holds the blade. The Micro-Pedi takes two AA batteries, which, considering the price, I was surprised that batteries didn't come included. Other than the batteries, its already set up to use - all you need to do is remove the lid and off you go.
The device itself has a barrel shaped emery board which you hold to your feet and it removes the dead skin. Unlike the Ped-Egg, you need put something underneath your feet, like a bin or some newspaper, or the filings will fall onto your floor. According to the manufacturers, you shouldn't hold the device at any one spot for more than 2-3 seconds. I rolled it up and down my feet and the different was amazing and too half the time of a manual foot file. There is also a pressure sensor which stops the barrel rotating if you press too hard. I was surprised at how little pressure it took to clear my feet. The shape of the devise means you can use it all over your feet. I have dry, flaky skin in the middle of my feet and never found a filer that could easily cope with this areas, whereas I can with this, as you can just rub it up and down. I do have ticklish feet and never felt uncomfortable using this in anyway. In fact, I could barely feel it.
There the devise also comes with some pedicure tools for your nails, like a butter and cuticle too. To use this, you remove the filing barrel and insert the other barrel which you then insert the tools. I tried the buffer yesterday, but found it awkward as the design means it is at a 90 degree angle to the handle and I haven't yet worked out a way to use it comfortably.
The product also comes with some foot cream, which I used after filing my feet. The cream did leave my feet feeling lovely and soft, but no more so than my normal products. I assume you can buy the cream separately, but I don't know how much its costs. Likewise, new barrels can be bought, but I don't know the price of these, although other reviews suggest they are £10 for 2, which, in my opinion is really expensive.
Like many of these products, the companies that make them try and sell them for as much money as possible, normally by throwing in a few extra 'essentials'. As I said, my Micro-pedi came with some extra tools. Other than the toe-separators (which you use to separate your toes when you paint them, but I've always managed to do my toes without them), I already have foot cream, nail scissors and clippers, so I felt it was a bit of a waste. I would have liked to have seen the device sold for a cheaper price, but without all the extras which I found unnecessary.
Overall, I'm pleased with this product and love how soft my feet are.
I am reviewing the MicroPedi gift set currently on half price offer at Boots. For £39.99 (discounted from £79.99) you get:
* the MicroPedi device with roller and brush for cleaning
* MicroPedi Manicure/Pedicure set which has five interchangeable attachments for buffing, shaping, emery, fine shaping and cuticle tools.
* MicroPedi foot cream (100ml)
* Nail scissors
* Nail clippers
* Pair of toe separators
* Nail brush
* Drawstring pouch to keep everything in
I've never liked my feet and their appearance hasn't exactly improved as I've got older. I do my best to help them along with semi-regular pedicures and a splash of colour with nice shiny nail colour but I often have patches of hard skin. I use a file to tackle the hard skin and use moisturising cream but it is hard work! So when I saw this gift set I decided to treat myself. It was a complete impulse buy and I felt guilty immediately as I hurried home. However I'm now really pleased that I gave in to impulse. It's a great little device.
How to use
The MicroPedi takes 2 AA batteries - these aren't included. Once inserted, you are ready to go. To use you just run the roller over the hard skin moving it back and forth. It's that simple - a really painless and quick way to remove all that unslightly hard skin.
The MicroPedi in the gift set comes with a coarse blue roller. You can get a pink which one which is finer but the blue one was perfect for my feet and I think would do for most feet. You can't take away too much skin as the system is designed to only buff away dry and hard skin. When that's been removed, the roller will stop taking off the skin although it continues to spin.
According to the MicroPedi website, a roller will last between 8 and 10 uses but of course this will depend on how much rough skin there is to remove. Boots sell replacement rollers -£12.99 for two.
NB the MicroPedi is not suitable for children, of for anyone with diabetes or poor blood circulation. It should also not be used on areas that are red, irritated, inflamed or infected
To use the attachments, you remove the roller and pop in a small cylinder which takes an attachment at one end. The hardest thing was removing the attachments from their small plastic case - they are certainly held very securely!
The MicroPedi really works well. It's easy to use and is very effective. You just need to move the MicroPedi gently across your foot - moving it back and forth over the hard skin. I hold my foot over a large lipped wastebin when I use it and the first time I was really surprised by the amount of skin that fell into the bin. It's not an unpleasant sensation at all and it leaves the skin feeling lovely and smooth. Because I have been trying to look after my feet, it's not needed much to get them in tiptop condition - just a couple of hard areas where shoes have rubbed. A couple of minutes and I'm done.
I have tried the various attachments but have not been quite so bowled over with these. I've used them to shape my toe nails (having cut them with the clippers first) and have given them a light buff before applying nail varnish. They've done the job but are nothing special and I'm not convinced by the tool for pushing back the cuticles. May be I need more practice, but I found it quite difficult to use and in any case I think you have to be very careful with cuticles. It is a manicure/pedicure set and I find that the tools work better on my finger nails (my toe nails are so much thicker and harder to trim). I thought I would find it difficult to use with my left hand (I'm right handed) but was pleasantly surprised to find I could manage it.
All the other little extras are nice to have particularly the little pouch which is handy for storing the set and keeps everything together. They are decent scissors and clippers and the foot cream is nice too. It's quite minty as it contains peppermint oil but it also has cocoa butter and witch hazel in it. Bought on its own, the foot cream costs £9.95
This is a difficult one. I am really pleased I got this but I would not have paid the full price for it. I strongly suspect that it's often on offer so if you are thinking of buying, my advice would be to shop around. Also the replacement rollers at just over £6 seem a little expensive. So for the cost I'm knocking off one star, but otherwise this is a great little device which I whole heartedly recommend. A very strong 4 stars.
This product has been quite possibly the best thing I have purchased this year. As someone who suffers with terrible hard skin, which has build up and up from years of wearing high heels and silly shoes (oops!) I can't praise it highly enough.
It is quite expensive but if you suffer with hard skin, and have bought countless other products which don't work then the price doesn't seem too high. I have spent a fortune over the years buying hard skin remover cream, files, foot knife things, I even tried the gel which you leave on which makes the skin peel off and nothing has worked as well as the Emjoi Micro Pedi.
It is pain free and easy to use anytime on your feet, and it leaves your skin feeling silky soft. I would say it works from the first use at making your skin softer and getting rid of the hard skin but you do need to keep up using at least once or twice a week. It is really quick to use though, so you only need to spend 5 - 10 mins using and your feet will feel fantastic after.
The rollers are about £12 to buy but they last a long time so it is a good investment.
The only downside to the product is how quickly it runs batteries out, it's not as effective without full strength ones in. I would recommend investing in rechargeable batteries to go with it.
Overall a great product which really works!!
I've suffered with disgusting feet for all my adult life - I always seem to have dry feet and thick hard skin on my heels, and have tried all manner of scrubs and creams to try and reduce the problem. In the last few years, I started to use a Ped Egg which proved very effective, although it did still take some time and effort to use. I became aware of this Micro Pedi - a "Rapid Hard Skin Remover" - via Dooyoo - I believe it was alyson39's review that introduced me to it (thanks Alyson!).
The standard price of the Micro Pedi is over £30, but I was able to pick one up from Amazon.co.uk for the bargain price of £24 when it was on offer during their limited time Daily Deals. I was very excited to receive my product, which promises "Revolutionary salon results instantly" and claims to achieve beautiful feet in seconds!
The Micro Pedi is described as being safe and easy to use, with no scrapers or graters. It gently buffs away dry, hard and rough skin from the soles and heels. The micro-mineral rollers spin 360 degrees, 30 times per second to remove skin.
The device is about the size of an epilator and fits into the hand. It comes with two rollers, coarse (pink) and extra coarse (blue). Up to now I've only used the blue one, as I need a strong roller to get rid of all the horrible skin! An instruction booklet and a cleaning brush is also included, however the 2 AA batteries needed to operate the machine or not.
As claimed, the device is very easy to use, and it is also quick. A simple flick of the switch turns it on, and I simply hold it over my heels and other parts of my skin that need to have dry skin removed. The sensation is rather ticklish at first but then becomes rather relaxing, even pleasant. Using this is like having a mini foot massage! It is very gentle, but obviously works: it only takes me about five minutes to do each foot, impressive considering my feet are in such a state before I start. I would point out that it's important to change the battery regularly, as it doesn't work anything like as well when the batteries are running out (the roller is slower).
The device causes no pain and is really effective at leaving me with soft, smooth feet. Unlike when I use a Ped Egg, there's no need to go over my feet again with a finer pumice to smooth my feet more thoroughly. I normally use this at night, then cover my feet in foot lotion and pop some socks on. The next morning, my feet are in great condition.
I definitely recommend this product - it's easy and simple to use and I don't know how I managed without it! Its only fault is that it can be a bit noisy, but I don't mind that. If you have a problem with hard skin on your feet, this is brilliant.
I can honestly sing nothing but praise about the emjoi hard skin remover and it is worth forking out £30=£40 for. Whilst some may believe the price is a little steep; it is in fact a worthy investment and saves you time, effort and costly trips to places for pedicures and treatments.
I have gone through a number of different manual micro pedis that claim to be the best at what they do, when all i'm left with is the same hard skin on my feet and an overwhelming sense of regret for wasting my money on these ridiculously flimsy and pointless manual pedis. I was introduced to this marvelous contraption by my mother whom first bought the product from amazon, it was like christmas in July when I used this electric pedi - it took me all of 5-10 minutes to thoroughly remove all the cracked and hard skin from every part of my foot and I have never been so amazed at the results!
My feet are no longer dry, nor are they painful or peeling. In fact they look cute now and much more appealing to the eye and I was no longer embarrassed about wearing sandals or taking my socks off when staying over at someone's house. I use this once a week at a 5-10 minute interval to ensure my feet are smooth and soft all the time, obviously this will vary on each persons feet and how quickly they become dry but I guarantee it doesn't take long at all and there is no strenuous effort required whatsoever.
I would highly recommend this to those who have arthritis, joint problems or are just simply fed up of manual pedis because this makes sorting your feet out so much easier. The model I have is pink but I believe there are other colours such as white available. It works using AA batteries and it is best that you use rechargeable ones for ease of use as they run out after a couple of uses much like an electric toothbrush does.
It also comes with a handful of different emery board rolls to suit how soft or abrasive you need it to be. These can easily be removed by clicking the button at the side of the slot where they insert. Cleaning them is easy too - all you do is remove them from the pedi and rinse the emery board rolls in water. (be warned, do NOT rinse the pedi itself in water as this will most likely damage or break it! instead use a tissue to dust it out or blow it away from you outside or into a bin). It also has a protective clip to cover the emery board section so that it doesn't wear it down when not in use.
It is completely and utterly stress free and is not painful in the slightest, in fact it is very pleasant to use and worth every penny. If you have problems with dry and cracked skin on your feet then I really do recommend buying this product.
I have been suffering with dry and damaged heels for a few years now. I'm not really sure why but I put it down to wearing lots of backless shoes and rarely wearing socks. My feet don't hurt but they do look rather unsightly from underneath and behind! I have tried many products to solve the problem but haven't found anything that seems to really work (not in the long run and without lots of time and effort anyway), so I was really pleased when the Emjoi Micro-Pedi came up to try on Amazon Vine. I snapped one up and eagerly awaited its arrival!
It came packaged inside a cardboard box and had instructions inside. The device requires 2 x AA batteries, which disappointingly weren't included. I would have expected batteries to be included for the price (although I have been using the device regularly for a few weeks now and the batteries haven't needed replacing, which is good). I hadn't heard of the brand 'Emjoi' before so I didn't really expect this product was going to be up to much. The Micro-Pedi is said to be a 'safe, portable, professional pedicure system that can be used on all areas of your feet and heels to easily remove rough, calloused, hard, dry and cracked skin safely, gently and instantly from the comfort of your own home'.
The Micro-Pedi is about 10 inches long in total and has a plastic handle which is comfortable to grip. Above the handle is a blue coloured roller (which looks like it's covered with sandpaper). There's no need to set up the Micro-Pedi, it's ready to use right away. There is an 'on/off' switch on the handle. It's really simple to use. The Micro-Pedi makes a quite a loud buzzing noise when in use but it's no louder than an electric toothbrush.
You are advised to wash and dry feet thoroughly before use. You should then turn the Micro-Pedi on and gently rotate the roller over the hard skin, back and fourth or side to side. I tend to do a combination of back and fourth and side to side. The roller is said to spin 30 times per second! The instructions state that you should only leave the device on the hard skin for 2-3 seconds at a time (or longer until you achieve the softness you desire). However I find that I use the device for up to about a minute on each foot. I really think timing is an individual thing depending on how much hard skin you have, so don't pay too much attention to the instructions. I concentrate on my heels, although I also use the device on the underside of my big toes which I've recently noticed have started to get a little rough. You don't need to push down hard (the device actually stops if you do) and only need to gently glide it over the skin. It's really effortless to use and a thousand times quicker and easier than filing the skin by hand (with a foot file, Ped Egg etc). You should use the Micro-Pedi over the bath or over a towel, because a large amount of dust-like dry skin comes off when using the device. It's very effective, you can physically see how much dry skin the Micro-Pedi has removed. I wasn't overly impressed the first time I used the Micro-Pedi because my feet weren't soft and smooth like the advert showed! I now realise that you need to give your feet some extra care, as well as using the Micro-Pedi. The Micro-Pedi gets you off to a good start but it's up to you to do the rest. I now moisturise my feet daily (morning and evening if possible) and after I use my Micro-Pedi. I have also started wearing socks more often and wearing slippers when indoors (oppose to bear foot). After about 3 weeks of use, my feet have really improved. They feel and look so much softer and smoother than before.
The instructions state that you should use the device at least once a week (or as often as you need to). I find that I use my Micro-Pedi about 3 times a week. You don't need to plug it in to anything, so it's totally portable too. I plan to take it on my holidays to keep my feet in tip top condition! The device is easy to clean, it comes with a small brush which is useful to remove dry skin from the roller. You can also rinse the roller in water (but not the whole device as it's not waterproof).
Unfortunately the rollers do wear out and need replacing. The Micro-Pedi doesn't come with any refills, which I think is disappointing, especially given the price of the device. There are 2 types of rollers to choose from - pink and blue. The pink rollers are softer and designed for sensitive skin but the the blue rollers are more coarse and designed for rough/tough skin. I haven't tried the pink rollers but it sound as though the blue rollers are definitely more suited to me. I would definitely recommend the blue rollers to anybody who really suffers with dry heels - it doesn't hurt at all and really gets the job done nicely. A pack of 2 rollers (either colour) generally cost between £11.00 - £13.00.
The Emjoi Micro-Pedi is available to buy at many places including Boots, Superdrug and Argos. It's currently selling on Amazon for £30.00 and I think it's definitely worth purchasing. Just remember it's not a miracle cure, but you will see a 100% improvement if you regularly use the Micro-Pedi and give your feet the TLC they deserve!
I will definitely continue to use the Micro-Pedi. It's the most effortless and effective dry skin treatment that I have used on my feet and I'm happy to recommend to others.
I suffer terribly with hardened skin on my feet, particularly on the heels. My prayers were answered several years ago by way of a Ped Egg, which enabled me to shave the dry patches away. Whilst the results were first class, the use of the device required a lot of dedication and hard work to ensure my feet remained in tip top condition. In addition, an operation on my right foot just over two years ago has resulted in me not being able to place my foot flat on the ground when I walk. Consequently, the build up of hardened skin is much more problematic for me. When reading one of my women's monthly magazines several months ago my husband pointed out a new product, which he felt would be perfect for me although I dithered for a while before making a purchase, particularly as I read a number of negative reviews on Amazon. However, a few weeks later due to the fact that I had a few vouchers in my Amazon account I decided to go ahead with my purchase. Whilst I was able to form an opinion within minutes of using the product I have continued to use it for the past few months and this review discusses my experience of using my newly found miracle product.
WHAT IS THE PRODUCT?
The product is manufactured by Lifes2Good UK Ltd, which is a company I've never come across before and is named Emjoi Micro Pedi. The pedicure device is operated by 2AA batteries, which unfortunately, are not included in the box. Accompanying my purchase were two interchangeable micro-mineral rollers with the pink one being coarse and the blue one being described as extra coarse. The appearance of the device is very similar to a man's razor and is fairly lightweight with its approximate measurements of 15 ½ cm in length and 6 cm in width at its widest part. It has been made from a sturdy and high quality white coloured plastic with touches of silver and my initial impression was that it would be of a high quality.
WHAT ARE THE CLAIMS?
Whilst I read the magazine advertisement some time ago, it was the claims of "rapid hard skin removal", "revolutionary salon results instantly" and "safe and easy" that captured my interest. The rapid hard skin removal was the biggest selling point for me, particularly as my old and very faithful Ped Egg would make my arm ache after a while and as a consequence, I would not always complete the task in hand (or perhaps I should say say foot!).
HOW TO USE MICRO PEDI
After hunting high and low around my home for the appropriate batteries I easily inserted them into the lower section of the device. I then needed to remove the sturdy plastic transparent protective cover, which is located on the upper section. As the skin on my feet were pretty neglected when I purchased my Micro Pedi I opted to use the extra coarse micro mineral roller, which offers a texture similar to that of an emery board although much more coarse. It is easily inserted into the device where it needs to be gently slid through the two loops until it clicks into place. Similarly, removing the roller is just as simple by way of the pressing the release button to enable the roller to slide out. The device offers a 10 cm in length chunky handle, which enables an easy and comfortable grip.
Situated on the upper section of the handle is the safety locking mechanism together with the on/off switch, which is easily pushed into the upper position for the device to spring into action. A whirring sound can be witnessed as the micro mineral roller spins around at a rate of 360° per second. I know it sounds sad, but I was quite excited when I received my new toy and couldn't wait to place it onto my hardened skin and watch it works its magic. I followed the instructions contained within the accompanying booklet and washed and fully dried my feet as directed. I began with my heel and as soon as the roller made contact I was able to hear a slightly different sound to the device and I watched in amazement as the hardened skin simply flaked away as the roller rapidly buffed away along the skin's surface.
It was at this point that I realised I should have placed a towel underneath my foot, as a scattering of dried dead skin was beginning to form on the wooden floor! I gently rotated the device back and fore over the patches or hardened skin for 2 - 3 seconds. The unit should not be pressed too hard against the skin as otherwise it will automatically turn off. It is recommended that the device be used for a maximum of 2 - 3 seconds on each area of skin, as otherwise it can become inflamed and/or sore. I must admit that I got a little carried away during my first use and whirred away over and over again without causing any irritation to my skin. However, I have religiously followed the directions in relation to further uses. In order to free the feet of any dead skin particles, they should be wiped or rinsed and to assist in maintaining their super soft condition I apply a good coating of body or foot cream.
Absolutely superb! Each area of skin, which had previously been dry and hard with a rough texture, was extremely soft and silky smooth to the touch and I was absolutely amazed, particularly as it took so little effort. In addition, my feet offered a lovely appearance as opposed to the horrid rough patches that they had previously displayed. In order to maintain the good condition of my feet it is necessary for me to use the device on a weekly basis where it takes only a few minutes per foot as opposed to the half and hour or so with my Ped Egg, which now is unloved and very lonely at the back of the drawer!
MAINTAINING YOUR MICRO PEDI
In order to keep the device in excellent working order it is necessary to clean it on a regular basis and after using, the roller and the area situated beneath, becomes very dusty with tiny and very fine fragments of skin, which give an appearance of flour. There is small cleaning brush provided with the device, which enables me to thoroughly clean the skin away in readiness for my next use.
REPLACEMENT MICRO-MINERAL ROLLERS
It is difficult for me to advise how long the rollers will last, as obviously this is dependent upon the level of usage and the degree of hardened skin. However, the remaining lifetime of the rollers is easily determined by gently smoothing my fingertips along their surface. However, in my experience I have needed to change the roller after two months' of usage where I initially would use the device twice a week and thereafter once per week. My husband has also started to regularly use the device, so it's a little difficult to ascertain how long the current roller will last. Additional rollers can be purchased separately and I will provide the relevant information at the end of my review.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
Whilst the Emjoi Micro Pedi carries a high price tag, in my experience it is worth every penny and at the time of writing it can be purchased from Amazon for £34.99 inclusive of postage and packing whereas Boots are charging £39.99. This price includes the coarse roller and the extra coarse roller. Replacement rollers can also be purchased with Amazon charging £12.95 for a pack of the coarse with the extra coarse being £10.45 for a pack of two. To be honest, I don't really see the point of the coarse, as the extra coarse rollers are much more effective and slightly cheaper going by Amazon prices. The device carries a two year warranty against any defects.
WOULD I RECOMMEND?
Most definitely yes as Micro Pedi is a fantastic device and far exceeds the results offered by Ped Egg. My only regret is that this product wasn't introduced years ago! My only grumble is that the device isn't accompanied with a wipe clean case, as the only place I'm able to store it is in the original box, particularly as I don't want to dispense any dead skin particles.
I hope you found my review useful and thanks for reading.
Okay, so maybe my title isn't strictly accurate, but it's not a million miles away! The Emjoi Micro-pedi is a gadget for removing hard skin from your feet, particularly from your heels, and is rather like a pumice that works without any effort!
The Micro-pedi - what is it, and what do you get?
The device itself is battery-powered and it works by rotating a coarse cylinder (textured rather like a pumice stone) extremely fast - according to the manufacturers, 30 times a second. If you move the device gently over the hard skin, it buffs and files away, leaving your feet smooth and soft. The cylinders, which they call 'rollers', are replacable and come in blue (extra coarse, for the toughest areas) and pink (coarse). You get one pink and one blue cylinder in the box, but have to provide your own batteries (two, AA).
How much is it, and where can I buy it?
The RRP in the UK is £39.95, but better deals are sometimes available on Amazon (looking at a price tracker, the price fluctuates quite a bit and it's often £5 or more off the RRP - the lowest price in the last six months has been £27.79). It's also available at Boots.
Does it work?
In my experience, absolutely yes! My feet were absolutely shameful and my heels were the stuff of nightmares: hard, cracked, painful..... A few times with the coarsest cylinders transformed my heels, particularly when I used softening cream in between the treatments. It's a tiny bit messy, with lots of dust from the shaved-off hard skin falling from the device (sorry if that's too much information) so I'd recommend carrying out the treatment over a basin if you can, although of course an electrical device shouldn't actually come into contact with water. It's really easy to use and the cylinders are a snap to replace - just pop one out and the other one in. It also has a safety switch, where you have to press down as you switch on, so no worries about children switching it on - although I think that the damage they could do with it would be pretty limited.
What about the disadvantages?
As far as the device itself goes, I don't see any disadvantages. It's absolutely up to the job and much better than anything else I've tried. However, there is no getting away from the fact that it costs more than any other means of removing hard skin except, perhaps, a professional pedicure. Not only do you have the costs of the original gadget, but you have to buy new rollers every couple of months. The blue ones cost £10.45 for a pack of 2 at Boots or Amazon, or the pink ones cost £12.95 from Amazon. It's possibly worth knowing that if you 'Subscribe and Save' at Amazon, you save 10%. You also have the cost of batteries to take into account, and the device is pretty power-hungry - I need new batteries after just a couple of weeks, admittedly with quite a few uses. Obviously you could just get cheap batteries, but I get the feeling that they may be drained very quickly - good-quality rechargables may be better in the long run.
It works, but it's relatively pricey. So really, the final decision comes down to you - how much would you be willing to pay for something that works really well? If you are happy with the price of the units and replacements, then I would thoroughly recommend this product!
I am not an easy person for whom to buy presents. If I want something enough to have registered that I want it, then I've probably already bought it. I have enough of almost everything that if a satellite hit the earth and wiped out all the shops (except Morrisons, I'd need something to eat), I could pretty much get by on what I've got around me for a couple of decades. I also have lost interest in 'stuff'. I'd rather have presents that are about doing something or going somewhere than getting another 'thing' to put on a shelf or put away in a cupboard. Luckily, my husband is a pretty good present buyer and the Emjoi Micro Pedi pedicure device was one of his inspired choices.
I have often wondered about the purpose of human life. What are our bodies actually here for? In my case the answer has long been clear - my body exists entirely for the purpose of creating ever increasing amounts of hard skin on my feet. This means I can never be truly bored as there will always be a foot full of hard skin in need of attention to keep me from losing interest in life. I was once told by a scalpel-happy chiropodist who had removed half a ton of hard skin from my paws that my feet were always going to create a lot of hard skin - it was something to do with my unfeasibly high arches. It's not uncomfortable, it's not particularly unsightly, but I do rather enjoy messing about with my feet. It helps that - from above at least - I have rather nicely elegant feet and I like to look after them.
~The eternal battle~
I've tried all sorts of things to get rid of the skin. Like everyone who ever went to a boot fair, I've got a foot bath with spa bubbles and the like. It's a nuisance, I don't even know where it is any more. I've had a couple of Ped Eggs - wonderful little parmesan-shavers but rather unwieldy. I rather enjoy a good foot file but find it can be difficult to get at some parts of the outside of the foot without contorting myself into strange positions. What I needed - though I didn't realise it - was the Emjoi MicroPedi. Apparently I had seen an advert for one in a magazine or on the television and had made some comment about how clever it was and then instantly forgotten all about it. My husband hadn't - he'd filed it away in the 'potential present' section of his mind and presented me with one on my birthday back in March.
There had been a really good reason why I'd forgotten all about the Micro Pedi and that was the price. I really couldn't imagine paying £39.99 for a foot file no matter how good it was going to be. And for one that ran on batteries, this seemed like a ridiculous expense. But a good gift giver is willing sometimes to spend more on you than you would spend on yourself.
I was quite excited by this gift - mostly because I'd totally forgotten ever saying it looked like something I might like. Unfortunately when we finally found some batteries - since you can't possibly expect them to be included in an item costing a penny less than £40 (as if)- we realised that there was a fault in the product and the battery cover wouldn't stay in place. The item went back to Boots and was replaced. Second time round everything was fine.
The MicroPedi looks a lot like an epilator and I was not surprised to discover that Emjoi also make such products. In effect, they've removed the rolling-tweezing epilator head and instead given the MicroPedi a rapidly rotating sanding head. The product comes with two heads - blue for coarse sanding and pink for finer. If you want to share your product I'd suggest one person takes each head as I'm really not convinced of the hygienic aspects of sharing a product like this. However, assuming you're not sharing, then the heads can be changed really quickly and you could (which is a nice way of saying I don't) easily swap back and forth between the two cylinders in just a moment or two.
The head of the MicroPedi is angled to make it very easy to keep the sanding surface in contact with your foot. I've previously seen foot files that use a rotating disc rather than a cylinder and thought that it's probably quite hard to keep the head flat against the skin. This isn't a problem with the MicroPedi. The sanding surface is wide and you can easily get a good contact with the foot. There's a button on the front that slides into place to switch on the device and that's all you have to do. It's so intuitive that there's no need to read the instruction book - other than to register the need to keep the product moving over your foot and to not keep it in one place for too long or you can remove too much skin and that could be rather painful.
If you've ever done a lot of sanding - as part of a DIY decorating project - and experienced the difference between manual sanding and using an electric sander then you'll understand just how much difference there is when you're not having to put all the energy into the sanding process. This is foot care for lazy people - and I love it.
The fascination with steadily sanding piles of foot dust off my feet was almost addictive. In the first weekend of use I flattened a set of brand new Duracell batteries and created a heap of foot dust on the bedroom carpet that looked like I'd dropped a bag of flour on the floor. A small bag, but still a bag full. I soon learned to put down a hand towel before I got started. I'm the type of person who likes to see the immediate impact of any kind of 'beauty' treatment. Give me a product that says "results in 2 weeks" and I guarantee by day 3 I will have got bored and given up. But give me a product that produces an impressive heap of foot-parmesan and I'm going to keep going until my feet are reduced to bloody stumps.
I've had this MicroPedi now for 3 months and I adore it. Aside from the one time I got so carried away that I could hardly walk the next day, it has enabled me to keep my hard skin so much under control that I could almost pass for a normal human being now rather than a cross between a human and a tortoise. Not only do I have less hard skin, but the skin that remains is in much better condition because foot creams are able to soak into the skin more easily than in my hard skin days. I'm still using the original blue roller and I'm onto my 4th set of batteries by now but I've overcome the reluctance for battery powered tools because the product is just so darned effective. I use the MicroPedi so much that it's found an almost permanent place in my suitcase each week as I just don't want to leave home without it.
I still think that the product is over priced and I would be infinitely happier with it if it came with a mains adapter so I wasn't reliant on battery power, but the product is just so good that I can almost forgive the power issue. My Ped Egg is in the bin along with old foot files and I'm completely converted.
(For those concerned that this is a really unromantic present, I should point out that this was just one of several presents, the others of which were rather more romantic).
In the summer months (not that you could call June a summer month so far of course) I frequently suffer from dry and hard skin on the bottom of my heels. I've used numerous different creams and even considered taking a cheese grater to my heels on several occasions, but never found something that fixes the problem once and for all. On a recent shopping trip to Boots my mum noticed that the Emjoi Micro-Pedi was half price, still at the rather grand price of £19.99 mind you, and decided to invest in one for us both to try. I'd never even heard of the brand or product before but was willing to try anything!
Emjoi is an American brand based in New York who have dedicated themselves to making the little details of personal care as "trouble free and enjoyable as possible." They advertise themselves as being at the forefront of innovative solutions in this field and use the latest technologies to achieve their aims. From what I can gather they operate in four markets; the beauty care line which offers products such as hair styler and lice-removal combs, the hair removal line which offers products such as tweezer action discs and non-invasive alternatives to electrolysis, the wellness line which offers products such as electro acupuncture and waterproof massagers and the oral hygiene line which offers products such as electronic toothbrushes and hygienic storage kits. In my own opinion half the products do sound like gadgets that I'd either quickly tire of or have absolutely no use for after the first time but I was willing to try this new product in Boots to see if it could help... plus my mum was paying so I'd never say no!
The Emjoi Micro-Pedi is advertised as a rapid hard skin remover which offers revolutionary (that word alone would have sold it to me!) salon results instantly using a safe and easy method. To look at it resembles an epilator in many ways although it appears to have a roller with what can only be described as coarse sand paper at the top, this is the bit that comes into contact with your skin. From what I can understand from using it, the idea is very much similar to the principle behind sand paper, the roller part with the "sand paper" on effectively buffs over your feet in a rotating motion to remove the callused and dry skin. It's operated by two AA batteries to give it more power than a manual action would.
Using the Micro-Pedi is really straightforward and the instructions booklet tells you everything you'd need to know. Simply switch it on using the switch located on the front, grip the handle and move it over your heel. The micro-mineral rollers spin three hundred and sixty degrees at thirty times each second to gently remove the hard and rough skin in a painless way. The first time I used it I was initially a little worried about it scraping off my entire heel and by the faint buzzing noise which almost made it sound like an industrial instrument! However the whole process was painless, I could see tiny flecks of skin being removed and landing on my bathroom mat (don't do this on your carpet as you'll then be trampling dead skin into it) and it didn't hurt one bit. The first time I probably spent about a minute on each heel, it does say to be careful not to overdo it and start removing the fresh layers of skin though.
The batteries are not included in the packaging so you will need to buy some (it may be worth getting rechargeable ones) but you do get a pink and blue interchangeable micro-mineral roller. The blue one is labelled as being extra coarse and certainly feels like much harsher sand paper whereas the pink one is labelled as coarse so is a bit less intensive. I started off with the pink one the first time but quickly switched to the blue, now I find the pink one is fine although I do revert back to the blue one if I've got any patches of stubborn hard skin at all. You can clean the rollers under running water which I tend to do after every use, purely because skin can get stuck to the roller or trapped at the sides of it.
If you do wish to purchase one of these they're currently priced at £39.99 in Boots but are also on a three for two offer so you could save money if you want two other, similar priced products. It's also on Amazon at the moment for £33.95 so you could make a saving if you purchase it from there instead. Despite the initial cost I'll no longer be spending money on heel softening creams (which can often be quite expensive) so I do think it's worth investing in one of these, especially if you'll use it regularly like I will. Of course the only other expense is buying replacement rollers which vary in price depending where you go. I've seen two blue ones for £10.45 at Boots although they didn't have any pink ones but I presume you can buy them as I've seen two pink ones on Amazon for £12.95. I've not seen any packs that offer a blue and pink one at the same time though which could be a slight criticism of the company.
Personally I was really impressed with the Emjoi Micro-Pedi as it was both effective at what it promised to do and painless as well. In the past I've used a metal scraper almost which uses small blades to cut the skin and I definitely feel that this is safer and a slightly more pleasant method as well. It's really easy to use and I've found that using it once or twice a week ensures that my feet stay smooth and soft. I've had mine for over a month now and have used it on about six separate occasions, plus my mum has borrowed it a couple of times too. I've not had to change the batteries yet so they're lasting quite well and neither of the rollers shows any signs of needing to be replaced yet. It is recommended that you replace them every four to six months but of course this will vary on how often you want to use the Micro-Pedi. I can honestly say this is the single best thing I've used on my cracked and dry heels!
Thanks for reading.