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Review: Clarisonic Pedi Foot Transformation System

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Review: Clarisonic Pedi Foot Transformation System
Marissa Gold

Clarisonic is known for its sonic, oscillating skincare brush. Their facial cleansing brushes became an instant hit when they launched, and remain a best-seller years later. After several incarnations of the product, including skin type-specific brush heads, products meant just for the eye area, and more, the brand has yet again reinvented their original idea with a new spin. Guess what it's for? Your feet! Meet the new Clarisonic Pedi Foot Transformation System.

What It's All About

Now, first thing's first: Since the Clarisonic device is not about exfoliation, its goal is to deeply cleanse feet with its special oscillating head and sonic action, all of which are meant to help the products work even better than they would on their own. For this reason, the exfoliating scrub, skin-smoothing serum, and super-softening cream are just as important as the tool itself. The Clarisonic brand received a lot of requests to create something just for feet, so they created this complete pedi system that can take the place of a salon pedicure (or help one last longer by providing maintenance in-between pedis).

What It Comes With

The $199 kit contains the Clarisonic Pedi brush, which operates on three different speeds. The device is fully waterproof just like its popular predecessor, so you can use it in the bath or shower without worry. The brush comes along with two attachments, the Pedi Smoothing Disk, a rotating metal disk that gently smooths dry skin, and the Pedi Wet/Dry Buffing Brush Head, a rough-textured brush with stiff bristles that helps thoroughly cleanse the skin and saturate it with the products.

The Process

The three primary products included with the kit are meant to be used in succession. First, use the Pedi Smoothing Disk on dry feet to smooth any rough skin. Then, twist off the smoothing disk attachment and pop on the Pedi Wet/Dry Buffing Brush Head. Wet your feet and use the buffing brush to apply a dollop of the Pedi-Buff product, a grainy exfoliating scrub. Once you've thoroughly scrubbed both feet, dry them off and apply either the Pedi-Boost (and exfoliating serum) or the Pedi-Balm (a rich moisturizing foot cream).

What's in the Products

Pedi-Buff: This scrub contains lactic acid, apricot seed, and an alpha hydroxy acid complex. Pedi-Boost Sonic Foot Renewing Peel Treatment: This liquid "peel" contains lactic and glycolic acid to exfoliate away dead skin cells as you wear it. Pedi-Balm: This rich cream contains apricot oil, honey, and shea butter to soften feet. Apply under socks overnight.

What We Thought

The Tool
It's a nice concept to have a motorized tool to add a little power behind the sanding and smoothing action of the buffing heads. Overall, I thought the effect of the tool itself was less impactful than that of a pumice stone, so it's crucial to actually use the products that come with the tool for full results as intended. I think this kit is worth buying for anyone who enjoys spending time doing at-home pedicures and doesn't mind investing in a pricy system.

The Products
The tool is meant to amplify the effects of products, so it's only as good as the products that are used with it (if you read my introduction about what the Clarisonic does and is meant for, then you remember). Since the products happen to be great, they definitely make the kit worth it, and I especially loved the exfoliating Pedi-Boost serum, which dries quickly and doesn't leave a greasy, slick feel behind. These products will definitely give you pedicure-like results when used regularly, and again, the only drawback is the price, which might be prohibitive for some.

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