When someone first offered me the opportunity to try out a ‘face file’, I have to admit I was slightly bemused. Nail files? Yes. But a file for your face and body? That just seemed bizarre.
But, never one to turn down the chance to try a new beauty product or procedure, I thought it might be fun to give ’em a go. Much like the glass nail files that I’m sure many of you are familiar with, the Sakury Beauty Files are made of glass with a silica coating, which is the bit that you use for the filing.
First up, the traditional manicure and pedicure files which function in the usual way; the nail file can also be used to tend to the cuticles. Effective without being abrasive or rough, they did the job perfectly as far as I was concerned! Same with the heel file, which helps to remove any dry or hardened skin on the feet – I know, what a beautiful image, right?! – much like a pumice stone. I found this most effective when used in or just after the shower. Followed up with some moisturiser or foot cream, they left my tootsies feeling super smooth and soft. At home pedicure action may become a much more regular occurrence at this rate.
The most interesting of the bunch are by far the face and body offerings. I was slightly apprehensive that they would take off a layer of skin leaving me red and raw but I was brilliantly surprised by the results. The body lens’ two sides have different levels of abrasiveness which can be used on different areas of the body depending on how much exfoliation you’re aiming for. I focused the rougher side on elbows and then used the softer side for everywhere else. According to Sakury, the body lens can also be used to help treat skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema too, making the body much more receptive to lotions and medicines. As I don’t suffer with this kind of condition I can’t say for sure, but I can vouch for its effectiveness as an exfoliator – silky smooth skin be mine.
The face lens is the most delicate of the files and is ergonomically designed to make it easy to hold. This lens also has the softest silica surface, making it the most gentle of the lot. Used in the shower, alone or with a gentle cleanser – I used the Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm – it exfoliates and smooths, leaving skin looking softer, healthier, brighter and plumper. It can also be used to treat acne and dermatitis; I’ve only given it a couple of tries myself but admit that my skin has been looking clearer of late and wouldn’t be surprised it this was at least one of the reasons.
All in all I have to say I’m thoroughly impressed; though sceptical at first, these files do exactly what they promise to, leaving you with softer, healthier skin – and beautifully filed nails (provided you know what you’re doing that is!).
What do you guys think? Will you be giving these beauty files a go?