When was the last time you cared for your feet? And I don’t mean getting that scheduled pedicure ahead of sandal season. I mean *really* considered that caring for your feet is, too, caring for your health? After all, everyone knows that patients with diabetes must be vigilant of their feet; and that toenail fungi are a fairly common occurrence. Stop for a moment and take a look at your feet. Consider the shoes you wear and *how* your feet rest inside and against them. The possibly long hours you spend standing up. The fact your entire weight sits on your feet, all the time. Perhaps now you see why footcare is an important health practice.
About three years ago, I was working in a health unit. Most of my hours were spent standing on my feet, either rushing to and fro or bedside to feed my palliative patients or do their hygiene. If between meals and writing charts I ended up spending an hour in a sitting position, I could count myself happy.
That’s when I bought the gadget which concerns this post — the Scholl Velvet Smooth™ electric foot file, for your heels and calluses. And guys, not only did it impact the look and feel of my feet from its first use, it also improved my general wellbeing upon continued use.
In the featured image above, you can see two foot files. That is because the white-and-blue one belongs to my mother, while the other with the solid blue body belongs to me. She just had to get one for herself, after seeing the results on my feet. I figured I would show you both models.
Scholl offers a variety of these foot files while seemingly maintaining the Velvet Smooth™ name for all of them. I have seen at least three different varieties. My model is called Wet & Dry, while a second one is named Express Pedi. As for my mother’s model, it appears to have no additional description other than the trademark. Both this anonymous foot file and Express Pedi are available in a hot pink alternative. All share the same body shape and working mechanism, with interchangeable roller heads covered in diamond crystals. These rollers are available in three colour-coded intensities. Here in Europe, shades of blue get increasingly deeper as the file’s work capacity goes from soft to regular, to extra. Additionally, there’s a bristle-covered roller for exfoliating dead skin cells.
So how do these two differ from one another?
Firstly, I should address the fact that both my mother’s gadget and Express Pedi appear to be quite the same thing, with the exception of a second speed being available in the former. As such, I will speak of the difference between hers and mine.
They do not charge the same, nor do they cover the same terrain, two aspects that might justify an increase in price towards my Wet & Dry, though this does not appear to be the case across several retailers I perused.
As suggested by its name, the Wet & Dry foot file can be used underneath running water, making it safe for use in the shower, while the regular file cannot. Though that is not how I personally use mine, there is a sense of extra safety knowing it can, as an electric device, withstand water. Secondly, the Wet & Dry is rechargeable — it comes with a horseshoe-shaped base that accommodates the file on top, a USB cable and an adapter. One single charge should be enough for some 5-6 uses, and I exfoliate my feet 2-3 times a week, as needed. As for the regular foot file, it works with four AA batteries. Depending on how eco-friendly you are, you might prefer the rechargeable option, as even rechargeable batteries must be… well, recharged.
A difference between the foot files which I saw no one else talk about is how they feel. My Wet & Dry model feels heavy enough on the hand, the weight shifting towards the roller head, which helps with not making it tiresome to hold. The body is covered in soft silicone, so it is very comfortable against my palm. On the other hand, my mother’s file feels cheaper all around, made of thin plastic. What is more, the batteries make this model heavier than the Wet & Dry — about twice as heavy, I would say. Even with its ergonomic format, it can get tiring to hold it when posed under the back of the heel.
If rough, callused skin is the battle to face, you can go no wrong with about any of the Velvet Smooth™ foot files, seeing as all of them use the same roller heads and, thus, create the same results. What you have to consider is what you value in a gadget in terms of energy and how you’d use it. In the shower, while the hair products act? Perhaps this is something you see yourself bringing on your next trip? If so, the Wet & Dry is your best option. Or do you just want something functional? Then, the regular foot file might be cheaper, depending on where you are shopping.
As a final note, I want to point out that the roller head refills are sold in packs of two and I do recommend buying them from Notino, where a bundle of six units usually costs about €24, whereas in the supermarket a pack (of two) sells for €14.
My wonderful experience with the Scholl Velvet Smooth™ foot file has left me curious about trying the nail file of the same line, which I hope I can someday.
- interchangeable rollers
- 2 speeds
- interchangeable rollers
- 2 speeds
- not so comfortable to use
- not rechargeable
- not waterproof