Footloose with the Clarisonic Pedi Foot Transformation Set
Beauty tools — from handheld cleansing brushes to hair-removing lasers, at-home teeth whitening systems, and so forth — can be quite pricey, so it’s important to research whether they’re worthy investments before shelling out hundreds of dollars. In the case of the various Clarisonic brushes on the market, I’ve long touted their complexion-changing powers and confessed to being completely and utterly reliant on my own Mia 2 brush. As far as I’m concerned, few beauty tools are as worthy of their price tags as a Clarisonic brush. I also appreciate how the brand has tried to cater to the needs of every single customer via the development of unique brush heads (all of which I’ve dutifully reviewed): from the standard Normal brush head to the Sensitive, Deep Pore, Delicate, and Acne models.
The brand’s newest device, however, has absolutely no connection to the complexion. Instead, Clarisonic decided to take its innovative approach to skincare all the way down south, concentrating on our feet, hence officially helping to make our skin smooth and soft from head to toe. The Clarisonic Pedi Foot Transformation Set ($199 at Clarisonic.com or Sephora.com), then, represents an entirely new frontier for the brand but one that’s still rooted in its sonic cleansing technology. Instead of scrubbing away at feet with pumice stones, never truly being satisfied with the level of exfoliation obtained, women can use the Clarisonic Pedi system and visibly reduce the appearance of any calluses or rough patches, while also making feet feel significantly softer. Instead of having to venture to the nail salon every week or every two weeks, then, women can buff, cleanse, and moisturize their feet from the comfort of their own homes and at their own convenience (no waiting in line at a crowded spa or salon!).
At the core of this set is the Pedi Device, which resembles a typical Clarisonic brush but is engineered with a new and more powerful motor that can exfoliate rough, dry, cracked, scaly, callus-laden feet. The Pedi Device, then, should only be used with the Pedi Disc and Wet/Dry Buffing Brush Head included in the set. It should never be used to cleanse the face as its motor will prove too abrasive — even if you use it at the lowest of the three speeds. That said, the brush functions much like a standard Clarisonic in terms of its ergonomic design, its rechargeable nature, and its built-in timer (which lets you know when you’ve completed a step).
The first step in the at-home pedicure process involves snapping the Pedi Smoothing Disc onto the Pedi Device. You can then press the disc against the rougher areas of each foot — the heel, the skin under the big toe, the ball of the foot, and so forth — and, thanks to its sonic oscillating technology, this textured stainless steel disc will slough away all that dry, dead, unseemly skin. Thanks to the built-in timer, you’ll know when you’ve completed each smoothing stint and then move onto the other foot and repeat the process. Now, because you’re dealing with a metallic part, you’ll want to complete this step when your feet are completely dry and you’re far away from any water source.
Once the smoothing step is complete, you can snap off the Pedi Smoothing Disc and store it in a dry place, then snap on the Wet/Dry Buffing Brush Head. This wide, two-toned brush head features shorter, more rigid, hot pink-colored filaments and longer, more flexible, orange-toned filaments arranged into an “X” shape at the center of the brush head. This combination facilitates a more thorough cleansing experience while also ensuring that any foot scrub used will migrate perfectly along the crevices of the brush, thereby making the exfoliation all the more effective.
In addition to these tools, the set includes some handy skin care products. First, there’s the Pedi-Buff, a cleansing scrub that incorporates exfoliating beads and a blend of natural ingredients like lactic acid, which exfoliates the skin, maximizes its moisture retention properties, and improves its overall texture; apricot seed oil, which is rich in essential fatty acids and antioxidants; soothing aloe vera; and a tri-fruit complex rich in Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) that work as natural exfoliants, helping to slough away dead skin cells and reveal the radiant skin beneath. To use, you’ll want to squeeze a quarter-sized amount of the Pedi-Buff onto the soles of your feet and then use the wet Clarisonic Pedi Brush Head to work the scrub onto the skin, using the highest speed setting for 2-3 minutes per foot.
Once you’ve finished exfoliating your feet, you can dry them off and then apply the Pedi-Balm, a delicious foot moisturizer formulated with shea butter, honey, and apricot oil. The Pedi-Balm feels rather thick at first but it’s readily absorbed by the skin so that it doesn’t leave feet feeling greasy or oily. Also, you’ll notice an enormous difference in terms of the texture of your feet, in how soft they feel.
Last but not least, the set includes a powerful treatment: the Pedi-Boost. Packaged in a brown bottle with a built-in dropper, this is a powerful peel that’s formulated with lactic and glycolic acid and designed to deliver a level of exfoliation that can’t truly be achieved at the surface level alone (i.e. with standard pumice stones, foot scrubs, loofahs, etc.). It’s not necessary to use the Pedi-Boost every single time you give yourself a pedicure with the system but if your feet are in bad shape, you can use this peel up to twice weekly, after cleansing feet and before applying the Pedi-Balm. Because the Pedi-Boost contains glycolic acid, it really is essential to follow any peels by applying foot moisturizer — otherwise, the high acidity will dry out skin, which will prove counterproductive.
Considering how harsh this winter has been, my feet have been rougher and drier than ever before and, given that there’s been a snowstorm or some other heinous weather advisory practically every other day since early January, I’ve hardly had time to venture to the nail salon for a thorough pedicure. Fortunately, the Clarisonic Pedi Foot Transformation System has saved my feet from feeling like bits of steel wool. I’ve been so amazed with the results that I wonder whether I’ll even resume going to the nail salon once spring arrives. I’ve been particularly impressed with the Smoothing Disc’s ability to transform the appearance of my heels, which have been looking a bit cracked and ashy. I also really enjoy the Pedi-Balm since I find that it delivers more of a moisture punch than most foot balms.
Sure, the system costs $200 but that’s equivalent to only about 10 pedicures at a salon so, in the long term, you’ll be saving a lot of money if you rely on this device instead of those salon pedicures.
Jump in feet first and grab a Clarisonic Pedi system before sandal season arrives!