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Honestly I don't think I will ever buy another brand for a foot file apart from the Body Shop one. As mentioned in my body shop review I have tried many foot files as I like to take care of my feet and regularly give my mam and sister a pedicure so a foot file is a no 1 needed tool within the kit. This foot file is £1.99 to buy from Superdrug. The handle is plastic with a normal sized head with what you could call sandpaper attached - at first I did like this foot file but it was just like the rest - I found my self-filing for ages and it just took too long. When using it, it felt like the plastic handle was going to snap which isn't so good? For £1.99 you get what you pay for really and I wouldn't buy it again. This still doesn't put me off buying Superdrug branded products as there are some good products available from Superdrug.
I got my feet in great condition last year - soft skin and heels included, thanks to regular moisturising and filing. I was ready for the flip flop season, but we all know what happened with that! I neglected my feet a bit over the winter, until I felt I had let all my previous efforts go to waste. I decided to get back into a caring routine but was hampered by the fact my previous foot file was worn out and the fact I had stood on my tube of foot cream and squirted it all over the floor. I rushed into Superdrug on a lunch break and picked up the first file I could see, plus a moisturising cream. It turned out I had bought a Superdrug Travel Foot File, the subject of today's review..
The file is a bit smaller than the last one I had when opened out- I estimate it is about 20cm long in total. What makes it a travellers friend is the fact it folds in the middle. I have never actually travelled with a foot file in my luggage,, but I think if I wanted to I wouldn't go and buy a special travel one, I would have just packed my regular one when it was still functioning. After all, they tend to be quite thin and so should be easy to slide in amongst things anyway. But there is obviously a demand for the travelling kind as this isn't the only one Superdrug sell, from the look of their website. I paid £1.99 for mine.
The casing is white plastic which makes it easy to rinse clean under the tap. At each side of the joint there is oval shaped filing pad. One resembles a black gritty sandpaper, the other a fine grater. The joint feels sturdy and it doesn't collapse in as you file away which is what I feared it would. The file as a whole feels lightweight though and rather cheap as a result but I haven't actually had any problems with it getting out of shape.
You don't get any fancy packaging, just a plastic bag which you have to tear open so it couldn't really be used to store the file in later. The pack does give brief usage instruction which is fair enough as it is a simple product. Superdrug recommend using the file after a bath when the skin is soft for best results. I have read so called experts declaring that the best way to use a product such as this is to use it on damp skin, while others will say using it on dry skin is the key. I have experimented with both methods over the years, and I have found dry skin use most productive for me. So that is how I proceeded to test this.
The side that resembles a fine metal grater is by far the best of the two. It feels quite rough if you touch it with your fingers but the effect on the feet feels much milder and not at all uncomfortable. Of all the files I have used, ranging from the vicious to the barely a tickle kinds, this one sits firmly in the middle. Rubbing it over the heels feels satisfying, like scratching an itch, but they may just be me! A pale "dust" appears as you rub away at the hard skin, which is the nasty stuff flying away so while there may be a little "eurgh" factor, it is to your own benefit to see it disappear. Much of this dust stays amongst the grater parts so I like to tap it on a paper cover surface to get rid of this. When I was done the first time, I was really impressed with how much difference it had made to my feet. The amount of hard skin had significantly reduced, while the most stubborn areas took 3-4 goes to look really better. I always followed the filing with a moisturiser, most recently Astral cream, and I think the "grating" helped that be absorbed. My feet didn't feel sore and I had put some effort into the filing. At first I used it every day for a week, but now I can maintain a routine of once a week, maybe twice if I remember. This seems sufficient to prevent the hard skin coming back, along with careful moisturising.
As for the other half of the story, the "sandpaper" look alike side, it isn't such a positive result. The file there feels about as rough as others of a similar kind I have used. It didn't seem to have any affect on my skin initially, so I thought it would be better to use once the "grater" side had dealt with more of the worst bits as it is intended to "smooth the skin" according to the packet. Sadly it still had little effect. It did produce a little dust, so I presume it was exfoliating away a little something but my feet didn't feel softer or look smoother afterwards. I actually get better results from my old file that I rejected as being "blunt". It does feel gentle on the skin, but this is not much comfort if that that is because it isn't actually doing much.
I paid only £1.99 for and I am very happy with the difference the rougher side has made to the hard skin areas. I think the other end of the file is useless but I would have paid the price just for the other. I wouldn't say a travel specific foot file is a must have, but if you want a reasonably priced one, and don't care for the finer sort of file, then this is worth buying.
Only available at Superdrug as it is an own brand product. Find it with the foot accessories rather than the travel shop.