Pedicure Foot Files: the What, the Why and the How
Nurse, pedicure foot file, please. Ever felt like entering the world of home pedicure is a bit like entering a foreign world of surgical instruments and operating tables? [Wait… I’m having a George Clooney in the early days of ER moment here.]
Pedicure foot files sure can look scary, but the advantages of DIY pedicures (any time, any place) are more than just monetary. There’s no need to fear germs and bacteria since you’re the only client in your at home salon. Don’t be afraid to take your own pedicure tools and implements to be used at a professional pedicure appointment, either- we do!
Footsies at the ready? Here are the best types of pedicure foot files:
What: Foot file or stone
Why: The smooth feet essential. This extremely cost effective basic usually has a handle and two sides with what looks like sandpaper. When the surface wears down, buy a new one.
How: Soak feet first then towel dry. Slough off any rough skin with the file in a back and forth motion, concentrating on your heels and any rough areas. Use the rougher side first then smooth with the finer side.
- With Handle: Credo Pop Art Duo Soft Foot File, Pink
- With handle and with replaceable pads: Tweezerman Spa Callus Smoother
- Stone Version:Tweezerman Callus Stone
What: Ceramic pedicure stone
Why: Slightly more expensive than a regular foot file, however, the ceramic pedicure stone will last you a long time as it is extremely hard wearing, easily cleaned and able to be disinfected.
How: Same process as the foot file. Being a ceramic stone, it’s perfect to keep in the shower and use every few days.
What: Pedicure or foot rasp
Why: Now we’re onto the heavy duty tools. Ideal for calluses and really tough, rough skin. The foot rasp has a metal file with one side slightly coarser than the other.
How: After soaking feet and drying, use the rough side first with a back and forth motion to smooth calluses and tough skin. Follow with a regular foot file or ceramic stone to really smooth and buff the skin to perfection.
What: Callus shaver or corn planer
Why: A serious tool for those who have experience in the pedicure arena. This tool lightly shaves off a layer of skin in callused areas. The protective guard allows for only the thinnest of layers to be taken off.
How: Used in place of, or in addition to, a metal rasp on heavily callused, rough skin.
For our complete selection of foot tools, files and callus removers shop our i-glamour Pedicure Tools section.
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