There’s something about the heel of the foot that resists all taming. No matter how frequently I scrub with a pumice stone or slather on intensive body butter, my heels remain unattractively dry and cracked. It’s not surprising I guess, given the amount of pressure our feet are under – bearing the full weight of the body and constantly on the go. I’m especially conscious of unsightly heels in the summer when I live in flip-flops but even in the autumn or winter, it’s not a great look, if one’s wearing open-backed kitten heels or just au naturel at the swimming pool.
So it was with a mixture of hope, trepidation and, ok, a little cynicism that I picked up the Heel Smoother Pro by Artemis Woman, which promises ‘Beautiful Soft Feet in just three simple steps’. Included with this nifty-sounding gadget is a 30 g tub of Topaz Foot Butter, which also claims to revitalize my spirit whilst it polishes my feet. For £18.95, I thought this rather a bargain. (Although for this price, I did think they might have included batteries). But it’s still cheaper than visiting a chiropodist or beauty salon so I thought I’d give it a try.
Here’s what I did:
1. Going for the full pedicure experience, I soaked my feet in some Lavender sea salts first, dried them well as recommended, then settled down with a towel beneath my feet, hoping to restore feet and soul. For the record, the Heel Smoother is also water resistant, so you could theoretically use it in the shower for a quick fix.
2. The buffer is fitted with a large rounded tip but also comes with a second slimmer tip, that’s cleverly fixed in the lid. A neat idea, since extra attachments invariably get lost in my experience. Each is covered in what look like tiny crystal chips – which perhaps accounts for the description of ‘DuraCrystal Power Tips’. I set to with the large tip on the ‘Soft’ setting but quickly progressed to ‘High’, once I’d acclimatised to the strange but not unpleasant friction of the spinning tips.
3. A built-in safety feature means that too much pressure on one area of skin, halts the rotating action until the tip is lifted off again. This prevents ‘over-exfoliation’ and damage to the skin.
4. The buffer swiftly chiseled away at the tough ‘shelf’ of skin on my heel (sorry, too much information?) and visibly wore down some of the dry cracks. I found it quicker and more productive than my trusty pumice – and, thanks to the all-important batteries, far less effort.
5. Progressing to the dry skin and calluses elsewhere on the sole of my foot and toes, I found the large tip too powerful. Switching over to the smaller tip was easy enough and it was far better suited to these more sensitive areas.
6. Finally, for the nicest part of the treatment…that soul-restoring Topaz Foot Butter. Made with shea butter and sesame seed oil and scented with bergamot, tea tree and lemon oil, this thick moisturiser felt reassuringly unctuous. And now that I’d removed a layer of dry skin, it actually had half a chance to penetrate my hard-worn epidermis and do its job. I found one application was not enough as my thirsty skin drank it up so greedily, so slathered on a few more generous layers.
How it felt afterwards:
Visibly smoother and beautifully soft after the foot butter had soaked in. The whole treatment took around 15 minutes and was very easy to do. But would the softness last?
12 hours later:
My feet feel significantly softer than prior to using the buffer and foot butter but they’re not yet ‘soft as a baby’s bottom’! I think my hardened heels may take a few more treatments before I achieve a truly polished finish. But, at least with this device, the task is easy and painless. As for my soul being revitalised…hmm, perhaps that requires a little more attention.