I think the general idea for this tool is that you are to use it EVERY day -- I first read about it on a beauty website but it took me a year to finally cough up the $$ for it. The instructions are very specific -- use it on DRY feet and clean it from time to time with soap and a brush (I use an old toothbrush and bar soap). It's much easier to use if you prop your foot on the toilet (toes at the back to do the heels, heels at the front to do the toes). I have on occasion slipped and had a foot to go in the toilet, but it's no biggie. If you are diligent (and this only takes a few minutes a day), this file should take care of even very thick, serious callouses. I LOVE it!
ok so this is nothing short of a miracle worker. put it this way. i live in florida, wear flip flops everday even in the winter, and would never get pedicures. Needless to say my feet were not very attractive and as a college student getting a pedicure isnt exactly at the top of my list. But I decided to go ahead and splurge on this foot buffer and it really has made such a huge difference. As soon as i got it my feet looked way better and it makes your feet so smooth! I may need to get a pedicure in a month or so b/c they were pretty bad in the first place but if you are in need of a serious foot tool i would def recommend this!
I absolutely love this thing! I won't get pedicures anymore because I know a few people who have gotten pedicures at NICE salons but gotten infections from the nasty-ass basins! (No matter how well they're cleaned after each pedicure, there is still GROSS stuff like skin and hair that accumulates in the jets! MMMM!) Anyway, I now do at-home pedicures, and this thing is AWESOME. I justified the price because $48 is one pedicure, and I do it myself now! With this gem, it's quick and easy, and my feet feel as soft and wonderful as they did when I used to get professional pedicures!
I've read all the rave reviews...but this file is definitely the worst pedicure product I've ever used (I'm 52). I used it for about 6 months, and my heels became so thick with dead tissue it was disgusting! I thought it was because I always wear backless or sling back shoes, even with a monthly pedicure. Then I had a pedicure at the EA Red Door Salon while on a trip, and the technician said it was from the file. She told me Never to use a metal file! After the best Ped I've ever had, she kindly gave me a list of products she used, and one year later my feet have never felt softer! The file I now use is one I bought at ULTA...red plactic with balck emery...one course, one fine. I use it in the shower and all that nasty dead skin goes right down the drain! I don't even need the oily slougher I used to use that made me slip & slide all over the shower.
I bought the #11 from Nordstrom ($48 + tax), because I was just too excited to wait for it to come in the mail.
I feel bad giving it a bad review, but I really didn't feel like it deserves even 4 lippies! It's basically sandpaper on a plastic stick, and took me a good 10 minutes and hard work to get all the dead skin off of my heels. I really worked up a sweat doing this! My feet were soft, but it didn't last long (maybe 2 days?). I tried it three times before returning it to Nordstrom.
I think I'll try the Kerasal lotion next....
This thing is truly amazing. I sprung for this after all of the reviews here and at Drugstore.com and I'm not disappointed. As soon as it arrived I had to give it a quick test run so I only buffed for about a minute. I then slathed on my Philosophy Sole Owner and now I can't stop rubbing my feet together - they are that smooth. I can't wait to see how soft my feet will be after using this for a while! Very sturdy looking as well, so I don't think I'll have to replace it any time soon. Even if I had to buy a new one every year, it's still cheaper than getting pedicures at the salon. AWESOME!
After reading all the reviews, I bought myself one. I LOVE IT! I can't believe how great this file is. It cuts my at-home pedicure time in half and what a savings over getting monthly pedicures. Plus, I'm never fully satisfied when I get a professional ped and it is over in 25 min. and I am out $50. This is the price of one ped. and I have my toes done just the way I like them. Very happy and would purchase again, but from the reviews, I may never have to.
UPDATE: Feb.2009 - I still use the same file! Love it.
This is well worth the $$$ as it will save you a fortune in pedicures when sandal season comes. It makes your feet baby smooth.
Although this is pretty pricey, it works very well and I use it a lot. I don't think it has to be replaced very often, so at least you feel like you get many years of use. Makes your feet feel smooth.
Hi--I've used the Tough Buffer for years. Normally, I have the Scaly Feet from Hell--I live in Wisconsin, where it's very dry & cold in winter = scaly feet!
I use it in the shower on wet, soapy feet, even though it says you shouldn't. I use a very light touch and use it every time I shower. If I use a heavier touch in the shower, it can cause abrasions, so I make sure to use it every time I shower and use a very light touch. Then my feet always stay in baby soft condition.
I found that I needed to replace mine after about 3 years. The diamonds in the center part (the part that was used the most) got dark and didn't seem to buff as well. I recently bought a new one, and boy do I see a difference! So I'd have to be in the minority and say that these buffers DO wear out over time. But $50 every 3 years versus a pedicure every 3 weeks? No comparison!
One thing I did notice on the newer one that I just purchased is that the handle seems a little less rigid than before. That's OK--it just reminds me to use a lighter touch, which I need to make sure to do anyhow.