Ever since L’Oreal bought Clarisonic in 2011, the line has expanded like wildfire to include a variety of skin-care products and different versions of their rotating facial and body cleansing brush. Adding to their ever expanding collection is the Pedi Sonic Foot Transformation, a kit which includes a special brush plus three foot-care products.
This pricy handheld, rechargeable device comes with two attachments, one resembling a scrub brush for your pots and pans and the other a fine citrus grater only with very tiny, refined edges. Clarisonic claims their rotating brushes are sonically designed but that’s misleading because there’s no such thing as a sonic- (sound) designed product, and this machine certainly doesn’t rotate at the speed of sound!
Even sillier is the claim this Clarisonic device runs at a powerful “foot frequency”. We can’t even begin to decipher what that is supposed to mean but rotate it does and yes, it exfoliates calluses on the feet. Whether you decide to try this depends strictly on your budget; there’s no downside to using it but we see no advantage over routine use of a callous remover like Be Natural Callus Eliminator ($6.25 for 4 ounces) along with a foot file. Not only does this duo cost far less, in all likelihood it will produce better results.
Now that we’ve commented on the device itself, what about the three products that are included in the kit (and also sold separately as indicated below, as are the removable discs, each of which costs $25 to replace)? They’re truly a mixed bag. Let’s begin with the Pedi-Buff Sonic Foot Smoothing Treatment ($27 for 6 fl. oz.). This extremely standard, overpriced apricot seed scrub works as well as any of this type, such as the one from St. Ives sold at drugstores. The twist for Clairsonic’s version is they included luffa fruit which is the source of the loofah scrubbing sponge. Luffa fruit is definitely a clever addition but a scrub variation your feet won’t notice. There are a few beneficial ingredients in the formula such as lactic acid, vitamin E, and vitamin C but those are minimally present and would be rinsed down the drain before they had a change to improve skin on your feet. Overall not a bad formula, just a wholly unnecessary one especially given a foot file with a callus remover works just as well, or you can just use the pricey Clarisonic device discussed above.
Next up is the Pedi-Balm Sonic Foot Softening Treatment ($27 for 3.5 fl. oz.). As a lightweight moisturizer this works just fine but it’s about as ordinary as it gets. There is nothing in this standard mix of glycerin and thickeners that a $6 moisturizer at the drugstore won’t deliver and many of those will do a better job. The fragrance in this product is significant but while we dislike fragrance for skin care in general we know to a large degree your feet don’t quite get assaulted by the irritation it causes the same way skin on the face or body does.
The last of the three products included in the set is the Pedi-Boost Sonic Foot Renewing Peel Treatment ($32 for 1 fl. oz.). There is nothing renewing or boosting about this liquid, toner-like exfoliant. It is a basic lactic acid and glycolic acid AHA product with a pH that allows those ingredients to provide effective exfoliation. Although that could be a positive for your feet, unfortunately the second ingredient in this formula is alcohol and that’s a problem for skin becomes of the irritation and dryness it can cause. It can be argued the feet don’t have the same issues of being irritated as the rest of the body has but setting aside that negative the problem of dryness is not attractive for the heels and alcohol delivers lots of dryness and no benefit for skin whatsoever. If you want to use an AHA exfoliant (or BHA, which is salicylic acid, an ingredient many find works wonderfully on dry, cracked heels), there are better, less expensive choices to explore in our list of Best AHA Exfoliants
and Best BHA Exfoliants.
Designed to smooth and soften dull, rough feet at home or between professional pedicures, the Pedi Sonic Foot Transformation System combines expertly engineered tools with sonically designed formulations to counteract the factors that cause dry, rough patches. Feet – especially heels and toes – become soft, supple and sandal-ready The Clarisonic Pedi Device is precision-engineered with an entirely new motor, running at a powerful “foot frequency” that safely exfoliates rough, dry foot skin. Our facial cleansing devices run at a gentler “face frequency,” and aren’t designed to drive the Pedi Smoothing Disc and Wet/Dry Buffing Brush Head.
Pedi-Buff Sonic Foot-Smoothing Treatment Ingredients: Aqua/Water, Propylene Glycol, Behenyl Betaine, Prunus Armeniaca Seed Powder/Apricot Seed Powder, PPG-5-Ceteth-10 Phosphate, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Luffa Cylindrica/Luffa Cylindrica Fruit, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Chloride, Prunus Armeniaca Kernel Oil/Apricot Kernel Oil, Caprylyl Glycol, Lactic Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate, Disodium Edta, Allantoin, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit Extract, Saccharum Officinarum Extract/Sugar Cane Extract, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Aloe Barbadensis/Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil/Sweet Almond Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Fruit Water/Orange Fruit Water, Citrus Limon Fruit Extract/Lemon Fruit Extract, Acer Saccharinum Extract/Sugar Maple Extract, Sodium Hydroxide, Citric Acid.
Pedi-Balm Sonic Foot Softening Treatment Ingredients: Aqua/Water, Glycerin, Isopropyl Palmitate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Dimethicone, Cetyl Esters, Phenoxyethanol, PEG-100 Stearate, Prunus Armeniaca Kernel Oil/Apricot Kernel Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter/Shea Butter, Parfum/Fragrance, Sodium Polyacrylate, Caprylyl Glycol, Mel/Honey, Limonene, Linalool.
Pedi-Boost Sonic Foot Renewing Peel Treatment Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Alcohol Denat., Propylene Glycol, Lactic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit Extract, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Saccharum Officinarum Extract/Sugar Cane Extract /Extrait De Canne A Sucre, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Fruit Water/Orange Fruit Water, Citrus Limon Fruit Extract/Lemon Fruit Extract, Acer Saccharinum Extract/Sugar Maple Extract, Biosaccharide Gum-1.
The Classic Clarisonic system is one of the most expensive ways to clean your face on a daily basis we've ever seen. It is a battery-powered, rotating brush with adjustable power levels for different skin types, along with two different brush heads for normal or sensitive skin. It also comes with 1- ounce-each tubes of Clarisonic's three cleansers (for $195 you'd think they could at least give you more than a three-week supply of cleanser). Does the expense mean you'll get significantly cleaner skin? Is Oprah Winfrey on to something by naming this device one of her favorite things? Read our review of the Clarisonic system to find out!
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