Keeping your feet in an acceptable condition for flip flops and sandals can be such a chore in the summer. I think it's one of the many reasons that I prefer winter, as you can just hide unsightly hooves in socks and thick black tights! Regularly going for a pedicure can become an expensive habit, and you need to find the time to fit those appointments in too, so having an at-home alternative like the Scholl Velvet Smooth range might be just what you need. Personally I don't like paying for something I can do myself, like manis and pedis, tanning and waxing - I'd rather spend more money on things like hair cuts and individual lash application that I'd be hopeless at!
The Scholl Velvet Smooth range has just about everything you could need to prep your feet for summer, and I've been trying out three of the products over the past few weeks.
Firstly, the star of the show is the Scholl Velvet Smooth Express Pedi. If you've tried an at-home pedicure before, you'll know that tackling rough, dry skin on the soles of your feet, and especially your heels can be a real nightmare. If you're guilty of a bit of foot neglect, the tough skin can really build up, and it gets more difficult to sort out. I think we've all spotted someone wearing sandals with desperately dry and deeply cracked heels - they need to Express Pedi asap!
The express pedi is a battery operated electronic foot file that gentle buffs away that dry, rough skin from heels, toes and the balls of your feet. It gently rids your feet of parched, hard skin and reveals the new baby soft skin underneath.
The file part of the tool whizzes around when you switch the Express Pedi on, and you just move it around against your skin while it does all the hard work. You don't need to scrub or apply pressure - and if you accidentally push too hard, you won't hurt yourself, as the file will just stop turning. It's incredibly easy to use, but worth keeping in mind that on your first try, if your feet aren't in great condition, it may take a little while to break down all of the hard skin. Once you've achieved your baby soft feet, I think it's a good idea to use the Express Pedi once or twice a week to maintain the results.
I've also tried out the Velvet Smooth Foot Soak containing green caviar, marine serum and vitamin E. It's a great idea to use this before the Express Pedi, as soaking your feet can help loosen the hard skin up a bit. Straight after soaking, dry feet thoroughly and then move straight on to the Express Pedi. Personally I found that you don't need to soak your feet to get good results with the Express Pedi, but it can help. If you've not got time to treat yourself to a nice foot soak, think about using the Express Pedi after a bath for the same results.
Generally I wouldn't think to use a foot soak, but considering the holiday I have coming up which involves lots of walking around theme parks and shopping malls all day, this is going to be coming in my suitcase. I think it'll be a welcoming relaxing and refreshing treat when I get back to the hotel with tired, aching feet!
And lastly, my favourite product of the three - the Velvet Smooth Intense Serum. I've been thoroughly impressed with the Express Pedi, but this serum is completely amazing! It really transforms dry skin in an instant and is the perfect thing to apply after using the Express Pedi to hydrate your skin and seal in all that good buffing work you've done. It's also great to apply daily - I like to use it at night - to help keep the soles of your feet soft. I think it's helping to prevent more dry and tough skin from building up for me. Also, it's a great quick fix if your feet are looking a little dry and you don't have any time to spare - you can just apply this and your feet immediately look ten times better. I've already ordered a back up!
All that's left to do it tidy up my toenails with a fresh coat of polish - I always tend to wear pinks on my feet - and suddenly it's socially acceptable for me to wear flip flops again :)
The Scholl Velvet Smooth range is available at Boots where the Express Pedi currently has £10 off. I've spotted that as well as being able to get refill files for the Express Pedi, there's also an 'extra coarse' version, which I imagine is extra effective on really tough skin.
Do you tackle your feet at home, or leave it to the professionals?!