Oh those ugly feet

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Since we started this skin care mini-series at the top of our heads, it seems only fitting that we should end it at the bottom of our feets. Our dry, callused, ugly feet. Well, my feet are ugly. The world's ugliest, even. Yours maybe not so much.

To keep my feet only slightly ugly, rather than the hideously ugly they become when ignored, I used to use one of those razor things that shaves off the calluses and other rough spots. You know the one. It looks like this:


Or you can get disposable ones now, like these ones made by Tweezerman (4 for about $8):
There are a couple of problems with this thing. First, your foot has to be damp. Which means the only time you can do it is when you've just stepped out of the shower. Inconvenient. Of course, you could soak your feet for 15 minutes or so at a more convenient point during the day. I really don't see that happening all too very often. Or ever.

Secondly, you have to make sure that you angle your damp foot over a trash can, or some other receptacle you've designated as the shavings catcher. It can get messy. Especially if it's been a while.

Finally, that thing can be dangerous. Especially if you get a little overzealous because you are secretly kind of enjoying all the slivers of dry, dead skin dropping into your trash can. You might bleed. And limp for days.

I have found the perfect replacement product for that dangerous blade. It's called the Microplane Orb Foot File and it looks like this:

The beauty of this product is that it allows you to "clean up" your feet anywhere, anytime. I use it in my family room while I'm watching tv, for pete's sake. And nobody around me finds it gross. Well, except for the having to look at my bare feet part.

Here’s the fun part: The "shavings" drop into the unit where they stay stored until you empty it. Nobody has to see them at all. And, as you may have gathered, your feet do not have to be damp. Dry as a bone is the recommended state of your feet before microplaning.

For only $17.95 and a few minutes of your time, your feet will be nice and soft and amazing. No ugly cracked skin. And you can throw away that pumice stone.

I saw an infomercial recently for a knock-off version of the Microplane Orb, called the Ped Egg:


At 2 for $10, it’s definitely cheaper, but I really can’t say if it works as well as the Microplane version, as I have never tried it. But the reviews for it seem to be good, so it might be worth a try.

After you get all the ugly stuff off of your dawgs, you want to slather on a moisturizer and put on some white socks. Or spa socks are fun. So you don’t walk all over your carpeting collecting lint and dog hair and God knows what else on your newly buffed and moisturized feet.

Taking a few small steps to save your feet over the winter months will help you avoid springtime panic when you bring those flip flops back out.

So that concludes my skincare mini series. Tomorrow, back to our regularly scheduled programming.

101 comments:

MizFit said...

THANK YOU!!

I need feet help STAT and have picked up and put back the pedi egg a milion times.

off to walgreens today :)

(oh that I were exaggerating on the need & the almostbuying. Im not)

MomToTwo said...

I love my PediEgg. Seriously, it's true love. Remember to pick up some refills. I was using mine for months before I got a refill and when I did it was like, "oh, this is what it's suppose to be like!"

midlife mommy said...

Oh, I'm such a hick. I go barefoot every chance I get, and those callouses come in handy.

Tanya said...

Man, mine need major help! I really need one of these things. Great idea, Jeano!

How dare you hate Twilight. Don't you want a 500 year old, super hot vampire to lust after you? Come on!

Mrs. Jelly Belly said...

Okay, I thought Twilight was a good story, but the writing was AWFUL.

And come on - if you remember the end of the first book where Edward, who can do ANYTHING is apparently totally incapable of getting himself off of an airplane and back to the hotel. They ALL have to go pick him up, giving whatshername a chance to escape. Lame, lame, lame. LOL I know, I'm the only person in the world who hated it. :)

And I don't want a 500 year old ANYTHING lusting after me. I've got enough problems.

Cathleen Farrell said...

You are right on with this post! The Blades are illegal in most states for salon use, and are really dangerous as you mentioned. I have the orb and love it. Thanks for the great post.
:-) Cathleen

Tanielle said...

Love, love , love my PedEgg it is awesome...now I need some flipflop weather!

Congrats on your SITS day!

Jolene said...

That callous razor sounds horribly dangerous!

blunt delivery said...

ah feet. the necessary evil.

i like that shaver thing, i always marvel at them when i get a pedi.

i'll have to try out that egg.

Melissa said...

My poor feet. They have never had any pampering! I had never even heard of those horrible blades. Thinking about them makes me shiver! Maybe I should look into one of the other options...

janis said...

i've seen those ped eggs for quite a while (tv, magazines, etc). but... does it really work? :D

Just say Julie said...

Do you think if I bought two of those the hubs would get the hint?

Ritch in Love said...

I love pedicures! But I need the hardcore stuff. I have terribly rough heels. I was a modern dancer my entire life and went barefoot every day all day! Sadly the pedi-egg doesn't work on my feet. :( I had such high hopes for it too!

Days of Whine & Noses said...

I have a HUGE fear of feet! I do not like to touch them or see other people touch their own feet. I don't even touch my own feet! I crinch when getting a pedicure and they file!

My husband actually using a foot file on my cracked heals because he knows I can't touch my feet, let alone file them so I'd rather pay someone else to do it...he'd rather do it himself than have me pay for a pedicure! If I can only get him to polish my toenails...

Eve said...

Oh totally need one of those!! Stopping by from SITS!!

Housewife Savant said...

Happy SITS day today.
More importantly; Happy Bday [late. I was out of town.]
I think it's GREAT that you're SITS' FB. The SITSters are sure to love your witty style and learn a bit along the way.
I LOVE reading your blog.

April said...

Happy SITS Day! I could definitely use one of those nifty gadgets...my feet need serious help!

Yaya said...

That ped egg thing always grosses me out because of the commercials where they are dumping out a pound of dead skin cells....eek!

cat said...

Happy SITS day and happy feet.:-)

Beth said...

I'm breaking out the flip flops this weekend, although my feet are no where NEAR ready. I'll get to work on them right away :)

Nicole O'Dell said...

I've always been afraid to try those shaver things. I've been thinking about trying the egg, though. maybe I'll look for the one you recommend. But, it's still scary. lol

Thanks!

Here from SITS.

Fruitful Vine2 said...

Thanks for the reminder that I need to pay attention to my feet more often.

Preston said...

Congratulations on your SITS day. I've never done anything to my feet except put socks on them. (ok sometimes a little lotion if they seem really dry.) I'm glad you like the Ped Egg even though I hate their commercials. LOL

Bethany said...

I have been wanting a Ped Egg for quite awhile. Your post makes me want one even more.

K said...

It is almost that time of year again...I need to tackle my ugly feet.

Thanks for the tips.

{Katie Lane} said...

I think all feet are ugly, but pink nail polish helps!

Lanie said...

Cool! I love hearing from a "real person" whether something works or not. i might have to try this one.

Astrid said...

I've not seen that Microplane version for sale. Where did you find it? I've not tried the PedEgg but it sounds like something I NEED. My feet are a nuclear waste zone. Just kidding. They are bad though. I put Vick's Vapor Rub on them after I've scraped them. Feels soothing and it seems to be helping. Sorry if that's strange!
Happy SITS day!

blueviolet said...

I have that PedEgg but I haven't cracked it open yet. ;)

mommytoalot said...

Hmmm some interesting products there. Thanks for sharing.

Bunny said...

My daughter has terrible problems with her feet I'll have to get the egg for her, the only thing wrong with my feet is my second toe is longer than my big toe, hubby calls it the ALIEN toe!

Janna Bee said...

I have a pediegg and I like it, but the dead skin flies everywhere- gross! It's definitely only a bathroom over the tub or toilet type thing!

Kimm at Reinvented said...

I'm going to have to break down and buy one of those egg thingies. Happy SITS day, enjoy the spotlight!

carma said...

great tips! May need to avoid the Pediegg if the skin flies all over like Janna Bee says above. But will look into the other product :-)
carma

Amber, That's Me! said...

My feet are so bad! My hubby calls them "hooves"!

Pam said...

Congrats of being SITS FB! I've heard great things about the Ped Egg. I take the lazy way out and get a pedicure every 5 weeks or so. I love it!

Cammie said...

I have the ped egg. it rocks!!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Happy Sits Day!

WhisperingWriter said...

Oo thank you for this. My feet are NOT attractive so I'll have to check some of these products out.

OH, okay, I was being nosy and glanced at some of your other notes and saw that you aren't into Twilight. Finally! Someone who can JOIN me! I mean, I don't HATE it or anything. I did enjoy the series. But I'm a little confused over the obsession of it all. And how grown adults are crazy over Edward ??? I suppose that's just baffling to me. I write on a forum and there is an entire thread dedicated to mothers who are crazy about Twilight. Baffling.

Meg W. said...

Thanks!!! I've been needing to get a pedicure... I usually get one every year when I break out the flip flops... but it's just too expensive for my budget!! I'm also too active and the pedicure wont last a week before I ruin it. Until your post, I was too scared to try one of those things!

Porters said...

I would love to get a pedicure but they seem kind of pricey. Never knew about that razor thing. Don't think I would like it. It was giving me the heebie jeebies just reading about it!

"FINE"al thoughts... said...

I'm embarrased to admit that I have never had a pedicure or even filed my feet. Ever. Sad, I know. But when I get brave enough to try I think I'll check out that orb or ped egg thingy. The whole razor idea would never fly...yikes! I love the way you write your posts. So fun!

WishTrish said...

I have a Ped Egg and it's great! I also love Flexitol's Heel Balm. Wonderful, amazing stuff.

jubilee said...

Happy SITS Day! Thanks for the foot info.

Procrastinator Crafter said...

I use the PedEgg and love it!! I wear flip flops all year round in the house and EVERYDAY during the summer. I have the ugliest skinniest feet (my two middle toes are longer the my big toe) so to not bring any further attention to them I do not paint my nails, but I do keep them callus free!! Love this post!! Made me laugh!!

Sturgmom said...

Visiting from SITS!!

Thanks for the tips! I've tried the PedEgg and didn't think it was worth it. Maybe my feet are just THAT BAD.

I had no idea you could buy those razor things. I'll have to look into those.

The Kooky Queen--Rachel said...

I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE my PedEGG!!! The best 9.47 I ever spent!

wenderful said...

Thanks for that tip. I need to get my feet into flip flop shape soon.
Happy SITs Day!

Vickie said...

Those razor looking things look scary. Yikes.

But I might just try the egg thingy.

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I so need a pedi!

Java Cupcake said...

I just used one of those scrapers on my husbands feet last night. Shhhh don't tell anyone though... he'd get laughed at at work. LOL

Stopping by from SITS. :)

Juliet Grossman said...

I HEART my Diamancel foot file. But....I am mesmerized by those Ped Egg commercials. And I got to thinking, all that foot dust that collects in the egg is *coming off* my feet when I use my Diamancel, but where does it go? Onto my floor? Into the air I'm breathing?

tammy said...

I love my PedEgg, too! In fact, I should pull it out and start getting ready for the warmer weather. :)

Ryan Ashley Scott said...

I've been looking at the Ped Egg everywhere I go for some time now - maybe I'll splurge and pick one up while I'm at CVS today. :)

Mammatalk said...

A Ped Egg? Oh! Hope the Easter bunny leaves that in my basket!

Brandy said...

I love my PedEgg. In fact I've given it out as gifts since I love it so much! Trust me my feet are sandal ready!

Laura said...

Our poor neglected feet do so much for us. Thanks for reminding us to show them a little love.

Kara said...

Visiting from SITS. Thanks so much for this idea-my feet need some serious help!!

Kim/ungourmet said...

Happy SITS day to you. I will have to go look for this foot thingy!

Karen Brown Letarte said...

Happy SITS day! What a fun post! I just loooooooove having my feet taken care of. In an effort to save$$ I have given up my twice-a-month pedicures. My feet are so bad, they need professional help, LOL! Thanks for some tips on how to take care of them better at home.

:) Karen

Joy said...

Interesting info!

Tara said...

I ♥ the ped egg!! we have 5 of them!!!

Mimi said...

I have sad feet from always being barefoot.

Rachel said...

I love flip flop season. Thanks for all the foot care info/advice!

Rachel said...

I love flip flop season. Thanks for all the foot care info/advice!

Tori C. (The Sweet Jelly Bean) said...

I will have to try "The Egg."

Marrdy said...

I use a Ped Egg and I really like it. It doesn't rip up my feet like other things can. Gotta have pretty feet!

cath said...

thanks for the endorsement ... i have been debating the purchase, and now i have a good reason to do so ... thanks also for all your efforts to educate on important subjects!! well done!

Jaden Paige said...

I definitely need one of those! I hate dealing with my pumice stone... what a headache!

Jamie said...

I have the ped egg and love it! It's time to use it, hehe...thanks for the reminder!

StampinMom :-)

mommaof4wife2r said...

i have a flip flop fetish...and i must have my toenails painted always. now, i need to head to get my ped egg...i must admit i have wondered whether it worked but i'm sold...yes! thank you...

and enjoy your FB day at SITS! wooo hooo!

Christina said...

I wanna try to the Ped Egg....it looks fantastic.

Ali said...

I love my ped egg! It really does such a great job!

Dianna said...

hmm...sounds like I need a PediEgg for Easter!

Donnetta said...

Flip flop seson is my FAVORITE, but it's definitely time for some foot maintenance!

Happy SITS Day!

Heather said...

I have been wanting one of those Ped Eggs for forever! Happy SITS day!

Laretha said...

Hi - happy SITS day. Love this site. It is time for flip flops - which means time for the pedi!

hellosweetworld said...

For me, feet are just one of those things that have to be manicured and looking pretty!

Happy SITS day to ya!

Andrea said...

I've used the Ped Egg before but not the green one you have. It's very nice having soft, presentable feet. I'm very weird about feet. I can't stand seeing anyones feet in the spring and summer, bare, all dry and cracked with peeling polish! I want to drag them to the nail salon STAT!

I've started getting pedicures with my sister every month and it's heaven! It's the one personal extravagence that I really do for myself that is all about me and I highly recommend it!

Stopping by from SITS!

AP said...

we have the PED eg, as much as it grosses me out, we love it
happy SITS day again

Hairline Fracture said...

I really need to get one of those. Thanks for the reminder!

wendy said...

I should really get one of those. I definitely need to be better about the toenail polish!! *sigh*

Happy SITS day!

Willo said...

Perfect post to read as Spring kicks off!

Ryan and Katie said...

The PedEgg is great for a little bit of dry skin on the feet but it's not great for really rough patches. That's my opinion at least!

Melissa said...

Ugh..I hate my feet! Thanks so much for this post!

Laura said...

Avon has a great lotion for rough feet that I use. Works great.

Future Mama said...

Haha! Great post! I didn't know the pet egg was the knock off! My friend swears by that thing! I'll have to try it!

Happy SITS day!

Amy said...

I was always scared to use this on my feet. I was not sure what it would do.

Girly Do's said...

Man I wonder about how ugly MY FEET are, because I've never paid any attention to the care of my feet and I am the bare foot queen. You may have given me a foot complex with this post. I may never look at my own feet the same way. OY! Happy Sits day.

Stacie Haight Connerty said...

Man I hate my feet. They always need work.

Happy SITS Day!

polymerclaysnails said...

I love PedEgg ... and another good moisturizer for your feet is Dr. Scholl's Foot Butter (w Shea Butter) ... it smells real nice and after some use I noticed my heels actually got softer ...

Very informative post thanks!

ConversationsWithACupcake said...

Oh, Pedegg. How I love thee. Ever since I purchased mine, I haven't had wildly cracked feet (as I did ALL my life.)

I definitely think it's a better and safer) alternative to the heel razors.

Happy SITS day!

Shannon said...

I have a PedEgg and I love it!

Xazmin said...

What? You mean my bare feet arent supposed to leave scuff marks on my tile?

Also - saw a little Twilight banter up at the top of the comments - I agree, although it was a page turner for suspense reasons, the writing totally made me roll my eyes!

Mathea said...

I love the ped egg! It works great for my scaley feet! Hi from the SITS gals!

Texan Mama @ Who Put Me In Charge said...

Hey I have like FOREVER used just a disposable razor to "shave my feet". Of course I never admit this to anyone lest I get the stink-eye and a questioning look downward toward my heels. BUT it works! And I have some other callous-file-thingamabob that I got at walgreens and it also works well. Sometimes, after I've already worked off the dead skin, I get a little too anxious to keep the skin soft and I keep scraping, much to the pain of my sole. There should be a warning disclaimer for idiots like me!

angie said...

I love my pedegg! I actually used it last night, right before I used my foot spa.

Gamma Sharon said...

I know what you mean about the bleeding part, been there done that. I have been wanting to try one of those, I guess it is time.
Have a great week and congrats on being the FB

Adrian's Crazy Life said...

Oh ick. I can't bear to use the PedEgg. The stuff that comes out of it on TV just looks too much like parmesan cheese - gives me the heebie-jeebies!

Lisa M said...

I have been interested in buying the pedegg for a while now but never made the move to get it. Now that I read this, I realize that I DO have to take care of my feet and that I DO wwant them to look fabulous when I'm at the beach this summer!

Thanks for posting.
Lisa M

Rachael said...

I have a pedegg and I think it rocks!