Friday, September 19, 2014

Clarisonic Pedi Sonic Foot Transformation: Review

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Clarisonic Pedi Sonic Foot Transformation Review
If you love that great feeling the Clarisonic skin cleansing system leaves behind, you'll be happy to know that you can achieve the same result with the Clarisonic Pedi Sonic Foot Transformation ($230 CAD) system. Designed to give you soft, supple, and beautiful feet, this at-home pedi-care system works by scrubbing and buffing away dead skin caused by uncomfortable footwear and harsh environments. So how well does this system work? Find out by clicking........
Clarisonic Pedi Sonic Foot Transformation Review
What's included:
-White pedi device (with USB pLink Charger + outlet adaptor)
-Pedi wet/dry buffing brush
-Pedi smoothing disc
-Pedi-Buff (117ml)
-Pedi-Boost (30 ml)
-Pedi-Balm (100g)
The Pedi Device & The Brush Heads:
Designed just for the skin on the foot (the device is not recommended for use on the face, although any Clarisonic brush heads, even the ones for the face, can be attached), the device has three speed (oscillating frequencies) when the wet/dry buffing bush is attached and it has a build in timer that pulses at one minute intervals and shuts off when a cycle is done. When the device is turned on, the brush head will oscillate (but not spin 360 degrees) back and forth.
The pedi device is only slightly larger compared to the Mia 2 (reviewed here). I do not own the Aria but I believe the size of the Pedi is comparable to that one.
Clarisonic Pedi Sonic Foot Transformation Review
Pedi Wet/Dry Buffing Brush Head:
This is quite a large brush with a combination of long, soft bristles and rigid, short bristles. It is designed to be used with the Pedi-Buff scrub to exfoliate the feet.
Pedi Smoothing Disc:
This is a smoothing disc designed to really buff out any calluses on the bottom of the feet. It is metal and has small non-abrasive grooves etched on it.
Clarisonic Pedi Sonic Foot Transformation Review
Pedi Wet/Dry Buffing Brush Head (top) and Pedi Smoothing Disc (bottom)
The Add-ons:
Included with the system are three pedicure products (also available separately) designed to be used with the brush heads, they are:
Pedi-Buff Sonic Foot Smoothing Treatment: A "triple-kick" foot scrub formulated with lactic acid, apricot seed, and tri-fruit complex. The scrub works amazingly well on its own, it's super rich and scrubby. This contains AHA (alpha hydroxy acid), which increases skin's sensitive to the sun, so make sure to avoid the sun or apply sunscreen on your feet if you going to be exposed.
Pedi-Balm Sonic Food Softening Treatment: This is a non-greasy foot balm with a blend of shea butter, honey, and apricot oil. It absorbs very quickly and smells subtly of mint.
Pedi-Boost Sonic Foot Renewing Peel: This is a gentle foot peel formulated with lactic acid and glycolic acid that helps slough off dead skin cells. Use twice per week, contains AHA (alpha hydroxy acid), which increases skin's sensitive to the sun.
Clarisonic Pedi Sonic Foot Transformation Review
The device is only slightly longer than the Mia 2.
Charging:
The Pedi device needs to be charged for a full 24 hours each time and the a full battery life lasts about 18 minutes (6 to 9 uses on average, the device basically needs to be recharged once every week if you are using it everyday). The charger snaps on magnetically and it can either charge via a USB adaptor on your computer or through an outlet with the included outlet adaptor.
Clarisonic Pedi Sonic Foot Transformation Review
The Pedi Regimen:
Daily:
Use the Pedi-Buff with a moist buffing head (2 minutes on each foot) and finish with a generous application of the Pedi-Balm.
Twice a week:
Use the smoothing disc on dry feet, focusing on the rough patches (1 minute on each feet). Follow with the buffing head/Pedi-Buff regimen and finish off by applying a few drops of Pedi-Boost, followed by the Pedi-Balm.

Result & My Thoughts:
I've used this device for about a week now and here is what I like and don't like about the system. I love the Pedi-Buff and buffing brush and how well they work together to really exfoliate and soften the feet. The smoothing disc, though, I don't love so much. The disc is way too gentle and non-abrasive to have any effect on the skin, I can get better results by using a manual smoothing file. Both the Pedi-Boost and the Pedi-Balm are great and they really help keep the feet soft and silky. 
The other thing I am not a big fan of is how long this device takes to fully charge and how short each full battery life is. I think that's definitely something that needs to be improved upon. 
Overall, this is a good device if you are someone who really likes to pamper your feet and more importantly, have the time to pamper your feet. The scrubbing head works great for exfoliation but if you want something to effectively take off rough calluses, I recommend sticking to the good old fashioned pumice stone.

Availability:
Clarisonic is available online and in stores at Sephora.
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