I bought this tool at a beauty show this past year, but you can get it online at various retail websites. I watched the video where they scraped some crusted up feet and was intrigued, so I had them try it on the heel of my foot. Not that my foot was looking like a set of goat horns or anything, but any nail tech will tell you, we neglect ourselves because we’re always taking care of other people 🙂 . It was totally painless (my feet and skin are really sensitive) and so simple to use, that I bought it.
I also bought it because I’ve been finding out during my quest to find gentle scrubs/callus dissolving stuff that most removers involve blades (bad for diabetics, pregnant clients, elderly clients, psoriasis clients, etcetera etcetera) OR dissolve using lye, which is yuck on many different levels and BURNS. I tried using a lot of baking soda and manual scrubbing with a foot file, but that takes a long time. Although I will say, baking soda is nice for removing excess cuticle and is very gentle on skin. I am also looking for products to make my waterfree pedicures possible and effective, so a soak in baking soda is not meeting the criteria for that. So ok, I bought it and did a little prayer that it would be worth 20 something dollars for two little sticks in a tube.
Their website is archaic, their facebook page hasn’t been updated in months, no one answered my emails, so I would say just buy one and try it out instead of ordering a bunch. They say it has a warranty, but I’m not believing it.
This turned out to be a fun tool for me to use. It’s fun for what some would consider a ‘weird’ reason. Many women who like grooming other people will be able to relate to me on this, whereas others will just be like ‘ew’.
You see, in the beauty industry I’ve identified two types of professionals in existence; ‘Bedazzlers‘ and ‘Fixers‘. This product is definitely for ‘Fixers’.
Bedazzlers are the pros that like to work on models, on already healthy, perfectly fine hair/skin/nails. They want to be artistic, and have their work strut down the catwalk in fashion shows. They do NOT like making problematic clients look normal through their talent. They want already beautiful to mold into something awe-inspiring. They can spend hours redoing something to get it ‘just right’ for their artistic eye. They create some cool stuff, but for the average client, well, average is really boring for Bedazzlers. Average clients are just a way to pay bills until some tv show calls them to create a cast of hairstyles, or until Milan calls and says such and such designer wants YOU to put 3d gel extensions on their models for their fall collection.
Fixers are the pros that like to get those ‘before’ and ‘after’ photos by the boatload. They particularly LOVE having a person come in with jacked up hair/nails/skin so that they can fix it and have them leaving feeling/looking like a million bucks. They have just the right tool to get all that facecheese out of your pores and secretly want to take pictures of how much gunk they got out, knowing they fixed your face for the better. They want to show you how your ‘problem’ hair will end up ‘like you woke up perfect’ after you leave their chair. For Fixers, models are stuck up, fashion shows are exhausting, and the only show they might be interested in is a makeover show. They would much rather have regular customers that would look like crap without their maintenance visits from their favorite salon ‘fixer’ type pro. I’m a fixer. So seeing how much dead skin callus I can get off a foot without cutting or burning my client is really fun!
The key to using this item is you have to always scrape downward, and hold the tube at a 90 degree angle. holding it less than that will scratch your client. Not cut them, but score too deeply into the skin layers and make them sore. There’s no sharpening, no batteries, just autoclave or clean/disinfect like you would a metal pusher or set of nippers. It’s so functional and simple that it’s something that I find myself wondering why hasn’t someone come up with this before?
I’m wondering if I could soften the skin with cold pressed extra virgin olive oil and easily score the dead skin off during a waterless pedicure. I plan to ask that at the waterless pedicure workshop at the Orlando Premiere Show in June!
If you don’t have the option to soak your clients feet before exfoliation, what do you use to exfoliate them?