Going to a salon for a pedicure has always felt like an unnecessary luxury to me, a wasted $15-$35 dollars on a service that always feels both superfluous and subpar. I think that a big part of this, for me, is that the tiny bit of time the technician spends scrubbing my feet with a pumice stone isn’t enough to put a dent in the calluses on my feet. Plus, given that when I polish my own toenails I have the benefit of using both hands—a luxury not afforded when polishing fingernails—I can generally polish my toenails well enough myself. Feet often require less perfection than hands in the polishing department, so if my laughably bad polishing skills can get the job done, then I think anyone can polish their own toenails.
But let’s get back to callus removal. It’s always been a bit of a frustration for me that I can’t seem to really get my calluses smoothed out. And the issue isn’t even entirely aesthetic. It’s also tactile. Nobody wants to cuddle up to rough feet, and when I’m running or hiking a lot my calluses have gotten thick enough to be painful.
If you’re in a similar boat to mine, then I’m happy to report to you that I’ve found a solution. Emjoi, the company responsible for the epilator I reviewed back in January, recently reached out and asked if I’d like to review their Micro-Pedi tool. I had actually been thinking of purchasing a tool like this myself around the time they reached out, so you can be assured that this post, though sponsored, contains nothing but my genuine opinions.
On that note, lets review a few of my favorite home pedicure tips before we get to the Micro-Pedi.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Nail polish remover. Get the real acetone stuff. The gentle kind takes so long to actually remove nail polish that I feel like it’s almost worse for my nail after I’m done scrubbing for what feels like hours.
- Cotton balls.
- Nail Tek Keratin Nail Treatment.
- Emjoi Micro-Pedi tool.
- Emjoi Micro-Pedi Extreme Course Micro Mineral Rollers.
- Nail polish.
- Optional: rubber gloves.
Start like this. I’m being bold and showing you my late-winter toenails. They haven’t seen the sun or a fresh coat of polish since I went to Hawaii in January. Don’t judge—I live in Chicago.
First, remove all that old polish. I like to wear rubber gloves for this step to protect my fingernails. Even if your fingernails aren’t polished, this is a good idea because acetone is insanely desiccating.
If you’re like me and have let your last polish stay on for way (way way) too long, then you might have a bit of damage and dryness on your nails. I like to remedy this with a bit of nail oil. I picked this one off the shelf from a multitude of options at Ulta recently and it seems to do just fine.
You’ll want to let the oil really soak in for a while. While it’s working its magic, it’s time to pull out the Micro-Pedi tool and take care of any and all calluses.
This was my first time using the Micro-Pedi and I have to say, I was really impressed. I’ve used pumice stones before, and generally they just seem to, well, not do much other than sort of tickle my feet. The Micro-Pedi is the exact opposite of that. You can literally see your calluses being sanded away. It’s a simple tool, basically just a motor that rapidly rotates a sand papery cylinder. Your calluses don’t stand a chance. Mine didn’t. I couldn’t believe how quickly it smoothed them away.
It was almost sort of addicting. It has honestly been a long time since my feet have been as smooth as this tool left them. I’ll be using it regularly throughout the summer.
I was a big fan of the Extreme Course Micro Mineral Rollers that you can buy in addition to the regular ones that come with the tool. They really got the job done. If you’ve got thick calluses like me, then I recommend it.
I mostly focused on the sides of my toes, the inside ball of my foot, and my heels. It took a little while because there was so much work to be done—maybe 15 minutes total. I think it’ll take less time once I start using it regularly in the summer.
Once you’re all done and your feet feel baby soft, apply a coat of polish. I prefer lighter, more neutral shades simply because my toes are so, well, long. My feet have never been my best feature, so I don’t like to draw too much attention to them.
And then you’re done! I actually did this as part of my prep for attending the opera. It honestly felt sort of luxurious to spend so much time on my feet, and somehow better than going to the salon—perhaps it was because I was at home in a cozy robe, but I also think the effectiveness of the Micro-Pedi made the whole thing feel like I accomplished something. I highly recommend it.