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Thankfully the Clarisonic Pedi was launched just in time to aid my foot-care needs. The cult-fave company’s latest DIY skin gadget promises an at-home treatment that will buff, smooth, and return feet to their sandal-worthy state. When I was faced with a plans-free Friday evening last weekend, I declared it spa night and gave the Pedi a try.

If I was going to pamper myself, I was going to do it right, so I enlisted the expertise of Dr. Robb Akridge, who co-founded Clarisonic and is currently the global general manager at the company. “Your feet are going to love you,” he assured me, before laying out his steps for use. These feet? Really?

Step 1: “If you want the full spa service, start with the smoothing disc on dry feet, especially on those rough areas,” Dr. Akridge advised me. The smoothing disc is one of the attachments that comes with the device, and essentially acts like an electronic pumice stone as it sloughs the dry skin from my soles. It pulses in one-minute intervals, to remind users to move on to a different area of the foot. Also, despite putting it on its highest setting, it doesn’t tickle, which was a welcome surprise as I have nearly kicked the faces of more pedicurists than I’d care to admit.

Step 2: Next, I’m supposed to switch out the smoothing disc attachment for the buffing brush head, which looks very similar to the Clarisonic Mia, and can be used with or without water. Dr. Akridge told me he does this step in the shower for easy rinsing, so I followed his lead. After washing my hair, I prepped my feet for exfoliation with the kit’s minty Pedi-Buff scrub before tackling them with the electronic brush.

Step 3: I was already in awe of my reclaimed soles (“Is that smoothness I feel?” I thought), but, according to Dr. Akridge (and my Pedi kit), I still had a couple of tools left in my Clarisonic arsenal: the Pedi-Boost, a sort of gel peel that he calls a “secret weapon to soften your feet,” and the Pedi-Balm, a lotion that goes on five minutes after the gel. Instructions on the balm’s tube advised to use it liberally, which I did—before slipping my feet into spa socks, under advisement from nobody but myself. Hey, I might be getting the hang of this.

A few minutes later, the socks came off and my feet were ready for their close up. Also, despite the application of three different liquid products, they were not greasy in the slightest (something Dr. Akridge had informed me would be the case, but the skeptic in me needed evidence). Maintenance is also blessedly easy: Lest I be tempted to revert to my initial state of neglect, I just have to use the electronic brush head about twice a week, followed by the Boost gel and the Balm. The only negative that I can see is that the kit doesn’t come with a steady hand for applying nail polish.

All in all, my soles are looking quite happy. In fact, I’d like to take this opportunity to officially declare war on sweater weather.

Thanks Elle.com!

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