Do you like the way your feet look? If you’re like most people, the answer is: “No!” dry skin, callouses, and cracked heels are some of the things on our feet we’d rather not reveal to the world. But Summer means we’re wearing sandals, or (if you prefer the more romantic vision), walking barefoot in the sand. Alas, feet take a beating, from shoes, sidewalks,and life! This week’s weekly obsession on advicesisters.net is the Emjoi Mcro-Pedi, with two new sets of attachments.
There are scrubs, files, chemicals, and mechanical devices that are abrasive enough to remove, or smooth, unattractive, rough or thickened skin on our feet, but some work better than others. Some are too wimpy to be effective, others, simply scratch or shave your skin to a pulp. But one device that really removes even hardened callouses from skin, and does so safely, quickly, pleasantly, and smoothly, is the Micro Pedi from Enjoi ($39.95 for the basic unit). This silvery, hand-held device with two rubberized side grips runs on two AA batteries (not included), and has a rolling file on the top. This battery operated foot beautifier’s roller spins 30 times a second, easily buffing away rough, callused skin on feet, without ripping, bruising, or pain. The Micro-Pedi instantly buffs off the dead, dry, rough, cracked skin leaving nothing but completely smooth skin behind. It is the ultimate in instant gratification. For those who worry about sensitive skin, no worries. There is a blue roller (extra coarse) and a pink roller (less coarse) replacement rollers are $19.00 each.. Although I have really sensitive skin, I found the blue roller to be fine. The only issue you need to be careful about it not overdoing a session, until you know just how much, and how long, your skin requires to be smooth.
The micro pedi’s rollers are changed in a second, but pressing the button on the side of the handle. The roller will pop out, and you can simply push another one, in. There is also a clear protective cover for storage. Otherwise, it’s an all in one tool. This describes the basic (but fabulous) Micro Pedi.
Now, the Emjoi Micro Pedi has two different spa attachment options that give you home manicure AND pedicure tools. These little attachments enhance the functionality of the basic unit (which pretty much just removes rough, dry skin and callouses).
One set is a Micro Pedi Manicure Kit ($19.95) that has 5 tiny tools plus an attachment roller. These are nestled into a little plastic case. The tiny tools easily attach to a metal micro-pedi roller, which fits in the same chamber as the abrasive, filer rollers. There is a tiny hole in the side where you can attach any of the five tools. These are a buffing tool to make nails naturally polished, a shaping tool to smooth the surface of your nails, an emery tool to smooth and shape nails, a fine shaping tools, to shape and contour nails and a cuticle pusher, to groom your cuticles. All of this sounds great, but unless you are truly ambidexterous, you may find it a little difficult to groom both hands precisely. I kind of gave up on the emery tool, because I just didn’t feel that I had enough control of a device rotating so quickly on my soft fingernails. It was easier, on the slightly thicker, toinails. But I particularly liked the buffing and shaping tools that made my nails look smoother and nicer even when I didn’t have time to polish. In addition, smoothing the nail with these tools helps nail polish look smoother, and it adheres better, too.
The other new attachment is a set of three Precision Cone Rollers plus the attachment roller ($19.95). These are used for reaching small spaces between and under the toes. The “coneheads” attached as the mini manicure tools do, with a roller featuring a hole in the side to attach the cone. Pop the metal roller with the hole into the Micro-Pedi unit (make sure the hole is facing out). Insert the Precision cone roller into the roller holder. Glide the Precision roller over the skin for one to two seconds in the desired area (in between or under the toes). Do not press hard. Stop and check the result, as the toes can be very sensitive (I learned this the hard way when trying to remove a hard piece of skin. Don’t be over-zealous. Remember, you are sloughing off your actual skin! It might be tempting to keep filing off all that skin at once, but if you overdo it, your feet will be sore. Do a little, moisturize, wait. Then, perhaps slough off a little more until you feel your skin is as flat and smooth as you always dreamed it could be.
Another thing to remember is that dead, dry skin is sloughed off and has to go somewhere. As you use the Micro-Pedi over your skin, it will produce a soft shower of what looks to be white powder or flakes. This is the dead skin being sloughed off your feet. If you have a lot of rough skin, you will have a pile of flakes, so use the Micro Pedi over a piece of newspaper, or your trash skin.
Since it is still sandals season, you will want one now, but you will find yourself reaching for it all year. Even my husband uses the Emjoi on his feet. It’s nifty, it works, and it’s affordable. It is just one of my favorite grooming tools. It might not take the place of a full service spa, but it comes close. Emjoi’s Micro Pedi and new attachments aren’t just my Weekly Obsession, they’ll be my obsession, all year long.
Emjoi Micro-Pedi and other Emjoi Epilators and products can be purchased on the Emjoi Web Site and also at Bed, Bath and Beyond, Sally Beauty and ULTA among other places. You can also get it at QVC (their version comes in a couple of colors, too).