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Scholl - Velvet Smooth Range

25 April 2016

I was lucky enough to score an invitation to an event held by Scholl to promote their new Velvet Smooth range. At this event I met a man named Bastien Gonzalez, he is the worlds leading pedicurist and he knows his shit, not only did I pick his brain about all things feet but I managed to squeeze a few questions in regarding hands too, I figured it was worth asking since his were immaculate.

Bastien talked us through the key points of caring for our feet, all of which were very basic and easy to incorporate in to my routine.

Bastien getting passionate about all things hands & feet
The first step was to remove your shoes when you get home and give your toes a wiggle and roll your joints around to loosen up your feet, this literally takes 5 seconds and doesn't actually require any work.

The next step was to scrub your feet twice a week to remove dead skin cells and prevent the skin from building thick, unsightly callouses. Scholl made this easy by creating the Velvet Smooth Wet & Dry Foot File, this baby is waterproof so it can be used in the bath or shower after your skin has had a chance to soften under the flow of warm water, you simply turn the file on and allow the weight from the file to do all the work.

While I was trying this out I was very careful not to apply excess pressure while using this, I had tried the original Scholl Foot File in the past and found that I took off too much skin resulting in discomfort for a few days. It's really important to take this step slowly, just letting the file do all the work with it's own weight and using it twice a week over 3 weeks has removed all of the hard skin on my feet, I didn't try to get it all done in one sitting. It's much better to do a little bit multiple times a week rather than trying to take all the hard skin off at once!

If you do happen to get a little file happy and press too hard the file will stop automatically.

Another upside to this tool is that it's rechargeable so there is no need for batteries, you simply rest it on the charging dock, wait for the flashing green light to become a solid green light and it's good to go!

The file has two speed settings and a rubberised grip so it doesn't get all slippery in the shower. Replacement heads are available and you simply replace it when you feel it's not as effective as it was when new.

The Scholl Velvet Smooth Wet & Dry Foot File retails for $89.99 at Priceline. Refills retail for $24.99 for a pack of 2 at Priceline.

Steps two and three were all about massage and hydration. Massaging your feet is important for mobility, skin elasticity, blood circulation and to re-plump the fatty cushions under your feet. All you need is a few minutes a day, I like to do mine at night before I jump in to bed and I pair the massage with a hydrating cream.

Scholl provided us with three different foot care products and my favourite is definitely the Scholl Velvet Smooth Essential Moisture Cream. This is a fast absorbing cream that contains vitamins A & E and omega 6, it leaves the skin feeling really soft and smooth and since it is quickly absorbed and doesn't leave any sort of greasy residue it can be used during the day or at night. I have dyshidrotic eczema on my feet and they have a tendency to look really ugly if they aren't hydrated well but it's a fine line, if I hydrate too much I end up with tiny little blisters that are also ugly and itchy to point where they drive me mad, it's the kind of itch that hurts when you scratch it but remains itchy constantly.

This cream gives me the best of both worlds, I get to hydrate my feet daily, but I also don't have to deal with the itchy blisters. I get to enjoy my feet at their best without having to worry about switching out products to ensure they aren't being over hydrated.

The Scholl Velvet Smooth Essential Moisture Cream retails for $14.99 at Priceline.

The product swatch above is the Scholl Velvet Smooth Intense Serum, this is best used after exfoliating with the foot file, it contains hyaluronic acid, green caviar and pentavitin and gives instant visible results to feet that look really dry, I typically use this just once a week and follow up with a little of the Essential Moisture Cream. I also use a tiny bit of this on my hands in the evening when I've spent a day doing housework and they are particularly dry.

The Scholl Velvet Smooth Intensive Serum retails for $14.99 at Priceline.

The third cream they provided us with is the Scholl Velvet Smooth Night Mask, this is basically a super hydrating cream for your feet, you apply it at night and wake up with softer , smoother skin. This has a thicker consistency, it's almost a little balmy, it leaves a sheen on the skin, kind of like a rich night cream for the face does and it slowly works its magic overnight, helping to soften the skin. I like to use this the night before I plan on using the foot file and when I wake up in the morning I shower, allowing the water to soften and plump the dead skin on my feet, I then use the foot file to gently take off the dead skin.

The Scholl Velvet Smooth Night Mask retails for $14.99 at Priceline.

Erin receiving some hand TLC
The fourth and fifth steps were about nail maintenance, first up cuticles shouldn't be pushed or cut. Oil should be used to keep them soft yet strong and beyond that they will maintain themselves. I discovered a few months ago that this doesn't just apply for the feet but obviously for the hands as well. Since using an oil on my nails daily I have had a major increase it my nail strength, growth and condition. This was a game changing step for the health of my nails and I'm converted!

Next was trimming and filing nails, keeping your toe nails trimmed in to a square shape with the corners rounded will help to avoid ingrown nails. That's where the Scholl Velvet Smooth Electronic Nail Care System comes in.

The Scholl Velvet Smooth Electronic Nail Care System is basically an automatic filer and buffer. It runs on a single AA battery which is included and also comes with three nail care heads.

The nail care heads are numbered 1 through 3 and are used in that order, the first one smooths out the nail and can also be used to gently file the nail and round off the corners. Number two prepares the nail for buffing and number three buffs the nail for a high shine.

This tool can be used on both the hands and feet, I preferred to use it on my feet though, I have extremely thin finger nails so I tend to avoid doing anything other than a gentle file when needed. It is certainly effective on the hands and cuts out a lot of the time involved with the process of buffing nails.

The first time I used this on my toe nails I knew it was going to be a game changer for me. I really hate maintaining my toe nails, it's a pain in the ass! I can barely be bothered clipping them when they grow let alone filing and buffing them. They always look a little discoloured because I like to paint them bright colours and leave it on until it basically grows out so my toe nails tend to just look ugly.

This tool took all the work out of what I consider a chore. I was left with toe nails that were filed in to a smooth shape, were a healthy looking colour and I wouldn't be embarrassed if someone saw what they looked like. This is the nail buffer for lazy people (me).

The Scholl Velvet Smooth Electronic Nail Care System retails for $59.99 and comes in Pink or Blue at Priceline. Refills retail for $19.99.

Group photo with fabulous faces!
The final tips Bastien passed on to us were to buy new shoes at the end of the day rather than in the morning, our feet swell throughout the day and purchasing shoes this way will ensure that they are comfortable for you all day long and don't become too tight towards the end of the day. Finally treating your nails to a little oil each day will help to keep them strong and healthy, a small amount is all that's needed, massage in to nail beds if they are free of polish or just in to the cuticles before bed. I can attest to this particular tip, my nails actually grow since I've been applying oil to them each day.

Do you have any feet, hands or nail care tips? Let me know in the comment section below!

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