Pumice Foot Polish

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$7.47 - 4 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Body-Care Products > Foot Scrubs
Last Updated:
12/17/2013
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Tested On Animals:
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This is a standard, somewhat waxy foot scrub that, true to its name, contains ground-up pumice as the abrasive agent. Although pumice does work to scrub dry, rough skin on the feet, a pumice stone or pedicure file is far easier to use and more effective for regular use in the shower. Another advantage of pedicure files is that you don't need to repurchase them over and over, as most last forever if they are cleaned on a regular basis.

Pumice Foot Polish is a decent, inexpensive option if you want to deal with a scrub for your feet, but for truly impressive results for chronically dry, callused skin on the feet, use a combination of a callous-softening product, a pedicure file that you use in the shower, and nighttime application of a high-strength BHA (salicylic acid) exfoliant followed by a rich, balm-like moisturizer—that will give you baby-soft heels all year long.

Examples of high-strength BHA exfoliants include Paula's Choice RESIST BHA 9 and Kerasal One Step Exfoliating Moisturizer (not reviewed on this site, but sold in most large drugstores). If you want, or perhaps need, to use a foot-care product with the AHA ingredient glycolic acid or exfoliating agent urea, try Alpha Hydrox Extra Strength Deep Therapy Foot Cream 12% Glycolic AHA or Eucerin Intensive Repair Extra-Enriched Foot Creme.

Pros:
  • Works to make dry, callused skin on the feet smoother and softer.
  • Inexpensive.
Cons:
  • High wax content makes this scrub difficult to rinse cleanly.
  • Not as easy to use in the shower as a plain pumice stone or pedicure file.
  • Doesn't produce the kind of results you can get with a combination of treatments for softening calluses.

Luxurious pumice scrub gently polishes feet, revealing soft, touchable skin. With lavender and tea tree oil known to nourish and deodorize feet.

Aqua/Water/Eau, Paraffin, Palmitic Acid, Pumice, Stearic Acid, Cera Alba/Beeswax/Cire D’abeille, Methyl Gluceth-20, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Triethanolamine, Lanolin Alcohol, Parfum/Fragrance, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Propylparaben, Methylparaben, Myristic Acid, Linalool, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Papain, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Butylene Glycol, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Lactose, BHT, Sodium Metabisulfite, Phenoxyethanol, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Isobutylparaben.

Sally Hansen, having long been synonymous with affordable, well-distributed manicure products, without question is a well-recognized staple on drugstore shelves around the country. Owned by global beauty brand conglomerate Coty, Inc., Sally Hansen has now dipped its perfectly polished toes into selling makeup and a broad selection of body-care products, most focused on hand and foot care. This range of lip, hand, foot, and novelty body-care products extends well beyond this brand’s bread-and-butter nail polish and dubious "nail strengthening" products, giving Sally Hansen even more visibility.

Sally Hansen's new lip product selection is so large that in many stores it occupies a display that is entirely separate from their vast selection of nail products. Dubbed the Lip Lab, this section of the Sally Hansen display is where you'll find an assortment of lip plumpers, lip moisturizers, and so-called lip treatments, nearly all of which claim to make lips look fuller and younger. Of course the sculpting, lifting, and plumping claims are outrageous and deceptive, but what's worse is the ingredients in almost every one of these products end up doing just the opposite of the claims because they include irritants like rosemary and peppermint extracts, which actually break down collagen and impair the lips' protective barrier. Not surprisingly, the lip plumpers are the worst offenders; with ingredients like cinnamon, ginger, and black pepper, they deliver some of the most acutely painful experience we've endured from applying a lip product. None of these products come close to professionally administered lip injections, although the claims are certainly intended to lead you to believe otherwise.

Hansen's makeup range extends beyond the lips, with a few spray-on tan and shimmer products, although we're not sure why they added these ancillary products. Regrettably, most of the makeup products are a disappointment and poorly formulated. There are a handful of reasonably priced lip products that make lips look lovely without making them hurt, too. As if copied straight from the department store brand trends, two of Sally Hansen’s best products are veritable knock-offs of Smashbox and M.A.C. lip glosses—at less than half the price! Also worth noting is Sally Hansen's unique Airbrush Legs spray-on body makeup, which looks, feels, and wears better than expected.

If you're shopping this brand for hand and nail care, prepare to be overwhelmed. The selection of hand creams and cuticle products is daunting, and frustrating, too. Why frustrating? Mostly because the formulas are repetitive, but they have different claims, which makes no sense. As for the claims themselves, prepare to read about everything, from oils stimulating nail growth to minerals making nails stronger to vitamin E being the cure-all for ragged cuticles. The company can't make up their mind about what works.

None of this is legitimate, but when you're offering as many hand and cuticle options as Sally Hansen does, you have to have product-specific hooks or consumers may be tempted to look elsewhere. Overall, there is nothing spectacular about most of these hand and cuticle products, although there are a couple of inexpensive options worth your attention.

When it comes to foot care, Sally Hansen offers several creams, balms, and odor-fighting products. Most are gimmicky and have average formulas and some contain irritating ingredients that no one's feet truly need. Perhaps most disappointing is the company's limited offerings for dry, cracked skin on the feet. They offer only thick moisturizers, but those aren't enough to handle the problem. Those help, but if you're not taking steps to remove the thickened layers of unsightly dead skin, you'll see little improvement. What you need is an exfoliant before the moisturizer, but there is not such an option in this line. That's to your detriment, because skipping the exfoliation step is like covering acne with a layer of makeup rather than taking steps to treat the blemish and encourage healing.

For more information about Sally Hansen, call (800) 953-5080 or visit www.sallyhansen.com.

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