The first time I heard of a foot peel was when I was watching “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” and Kimmy’s tres faux chic employer, Jacqueline Voorhess, had her foot stuck in an ice bucket due to a foot peel. I knew it was something cosmetic but the ice bucket didn’t make sense to me. However, the words foot and peel stuck and since it was something related to a cosmetic enhancement, it definitely stuck. I still wasn’t convinced enough to buy them but the name came up again at my dermatologist. They were selling the same thing out of their offices. I did some more research and it stuck around in my head for a while.
Baby Foot Peels?
I know it sounds wrong at first but allow me to break it down for you. No, we’re not peeling any baby’s foot. We’re simply trying to get fruit acids to peel ours so we can achieve smooth feet like a baby’s. The at-home version basically comes in a box that looks like a facial mask pack. I’ve seen them as low as $9 to as high as $25 for a pair of the real Baby Foot versions. I bought one pair (they are one-time use only) from Amazon and I admit I was pretty excited about them.
So what the hell is it?
An at-home foot peel is basically a spa treatment where lactic, glycolic acids, and a variety of other serums (depending on whether you get the Baby Foot brand or an off-brand) are premixed into a pair of plastic booties. You wear them for an hour preferably with some fuzzy knee-high socks on and watch your favorite movie. You take them off when the time’s up, wash your feet … AND you wait for a couple of days. Essentially, the acids cause a chemical exfoliation as opposed to a mechanical one (i.e. using a pumice stone) and actually removes a few layers of skin (just the epidermis). Your skin does look like it’s shedding and essentially molting off but that’s okay.
The box of foot peels sat in my Amazon shopping cart for a while before I finally decided to buy them. To be honest, I don’t think there is anything wrong with my feet physically. I keep them moisturized and taken care of but I always envied people with soft, unwrinkled feet. Thanks to genetics, I’ve got drier skin which means more wrinkles so figured it was time for a new start. I got them about three days ago and started the peel that same day.
I actually prepped a bit before the peel by exfoliating with a pumice stone and removing any excess cuticles. I also followed the directions of a fellow Amazon user and soaked my feet before hand. I’m not posting pictures though. There are enough photos on Amazon for that purpose lol.
Results so far?
On day one: My feet looked moisturized but felt a little tight on the soles. I was secretly hoping for them to start peeling but since it was a light peel, that wasn’t going to happen. I soaked my feet in warm water for thirty minutes before bed because one of the reviews said this helped intensify the peeling. I also noticed immediately after the peel, the lines on my feet are much lighter.
Day two: My feet are feeling and looking a little rough. Kind of like sandpaper. Just the soles and the thicker skin of the feet. I applied a lotion with AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) in it to intensify the effect. Soaked the feet in warm water once again but didn’t see any peeling yet.
Day three: Now they feel like coarse grit sandpaper so that means it’s working. I soaked them for thirty minutes and after I dried them this morning, it could see loose, dead skin starting to roll off. I am resisting the urge to pick at them but I’ll definitely apply some more AHA lotion and soak again tonight. The skin underneath the recently rolled off dead skin feel really soft.
The directions said the whole process takes about two weeks so we’ll see how this goes. I’ll post updates again soon and I’ll write a condensed review after I see if this really works.
If you’re interested in getting them, check them out on Amazon.com. The treatment is for both guys and girls and I think they make the ultimate gift for all the at-home spa folks.