Monday, 4 April 2011

3 Weeks To Pretty Feet! Garra Rufa Fish & Ped Egg

The weather has definitely been getting nicer over the last few days, and to me this only means one thing - flip flops! I practically live in my flip flops during the late spring/summer months but before I'm ready to bear my toes to the world I need to get my feet looking their prettiest!
This three week guide will leave your feet feeling soft, smooth and beautiful - I hope you enjoy it!

Garra Rufa Fish Pedicure
On Saturday just gone I had an appointment for a Garra Rufa Fish Pedicure. If you've never heard of this, you basically dip your feet into a big fish tank and tiny little Garra Rufa fish nibble away at any hard, dry skin, leaving your tootsies feeling lovely and smooth again! As it was my first time I decided to go for the shortest treatment time of fifteen minutes which cost £10.

I had to put my feet into a foot spa first, then I hopped onto the bench and dangled my feet in the fish tanks. It was a very strange feeling to begin with! The fish all swarmed onto my feet and in-between my toes and immediately got to work.

The feeling can be compared to putting your feet into bubbling water, like a tiny jacuzzi - by no means unpleasant, and after a few minutes I relaxed and really enjoyed the experience; so much so that I was really disappointed when my 15 minutes were up!

After I took my feet out the beautician dried them off and applied a nice foot cream. I have to say, I'm really pleased with the result! The majority of hard skin was on my heels and I wasn't expecting a massive difference after one treatment but they feel so much smoother now - I'll probably book a couple more sessions in the coming weeks to make sure all traces of dry/dead skin are completely gone.

I was chatting to the beautician while I was being nibbled on and she told me the fish are fed everyday and the tank is very regularly cleaned out - the water may look a funny colour in the photos but this is due to the funky lighting in the room I was in.
If you are close to a salon that offers this treatment, and you're not too squeamish, then I definitely recommend it!

Ped Egg
If the idea of fish nibbling on your toes isn't your cup of tea then I highly recommend a Ped Egg to gently but effectively remove any build up of dry skin on your feet.
You can purchase Ped Eggs from Boots for £10.21 - I actually bought mine from eBay for just a couple of pounds however I'm pretty sure it's a fake! The quality of it just doesn't seem up to scratch but it still does the job - I think I'm going to buy a new one from an actual shop though, I'm sure the real thing will be a lot better than mine.

Use this once, twice, three times a week depending on how often you think you need to! It effectively works like a cheese grater - sounds really icky but you are basically scraping away all the dead skin build up from your feet. This is great for your heels in particular and after a couple of uses you will see such a difference in the condition of your skin. 

I plan on using mine in-between fish treatments to keep the hard skin at bay - nobody wants dry, cracked heels for all the world to see!

Would you consider a Garra Rufa Fish Pedicure? Have you already tried one?

Next week I'll be testing and reviewing a range of foot creams to give you soft, silky, moisturised feet! 


  1. I would love to try a Garra Rufa Fish Pedicure, really want to, sounds like a fun experience, I need to 'pretty up' my feet for summer too xxx

  2. I think i bought a fake egg too- and I love the idea of one on a handle- much less fiddly!

    Still not braved the fishies yet :)


  3. I really want to try a fish pedicure, sounds fun!
    I got a fake Ped Egg from The Vitality Show last week and I'm really impressed, hated the TV adverts for it but it does work wonders on hard skin. x

  4. awesome, I really want to try fish pedicure, but i don't know any where near me that does it xx

  5. I saw something similar advertised in town recently! My feet are really horrible, really really dry...I wouldn't want to overwhelm any fish with my dead skin'd be cool to try though!


  6. really really wanna try this! thaks for the pics, i was curious to see hwta the fish were like!

    ped eggs make me cringe - as much is i try, i just cant bring myself to use it, so the fish may be the way forward to summery feet! :)

    great post!

  7. @Miss LV - It's defo worht trying just for the experience!

    @BeautyH2T - The handle does make it easy to use, but I've never used an original one to compare it to!

    @LilyLipstick - I've never seen the adverts for it!

    @Nicole - Top To Toe - Aw, thats a shame, it's defo worth trying if you ever find somewhere that does it!

    @Chuui - haha! you should go and try it, it's so good!

    @corsets, crafts and cupcakes - I know what you mean about the ped egg but it does give great results!

  8. Hi Leah! I've heard about the pedicures before, but the idea of it kind of freaks me out. I'm not sure it's for me. It was great to read about your experience though :)

    Kisses, Melanie


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