We put our feet through a lot, ladies. So much, that it’s not uncommon for us to experience dry cracked feet. You know, the kind of dry feet that make that audible scraping sound against your bed sheets at night. Not good. For the past few months, I’ve been trying to remedy my dry cracked heels but nothing has really worked. I feel like I’ve purchased every foot cream, lotion, mousse and moisturizer out there and nada. Relief has only been temporary and my sandpaper-like heels soon return to mock me. One day while running through my Twitter feed, I learned about Baby Foot Skin Exfoliator, a deep skin exfoliant that rids you feet of it’s dead skin, revealing feet as soft as a baby’s (I’m serious, this is what it says on the package!). Sounding like just the ticket to soft baby feet nirvana, I had to give it a try. I’m going to warn you though, we’re about to get real (and a bit gnarly) about the subject of dry feet.
Baby Foot Skin Exfoliator, $21.99 CAD, Well.ca
Claim to fame
Baby Foot is a foot exfoliant that penetrates into the layers of dead skin cells and breaks down desmosomes (aka your cell structure) that holds the layers together. In 5-7 days, your dead and dry skin starts peeling away like a bad sunburn (without the pain), leaving healthy and fresh skin beneath that feels as soft as…well, a baby’s foot.
This exfoliant contains 17 different kinds of natural fruit and plant extracts that eat away at dead skin. Each pack of Baby Foot exfoliator comes with one pair of single-use plastic booties laced with the exfoliating gel.
How to use it
I’m not going to lie, the entire Baby Foot process from start to finish is pretty involved. But curing really bad dry feet takes commitment, so here we go.
Prep… Before slipping into your wonderful Baby Foot plastic booties, you will need to wash and soak your feet for about 15 minutes.
Apply… Slip on your booties and secure booties with the pieces of tape that it comes with. The booties fit pretty big but the tape helps you secure the booties on your feet. Next, sit and wait for an hour. The package advises you to leave them on for 60 minutes, but many other reviews I read advised to give it another 20 minutes which I did. You won’t be very mobile while wearing your booties and you will feel like your feet are being marinated in some sort of lavender-scented sauce, but it’s a good opportunity to take a seat, watch Netflix or surf the web. If you must walk around, pull on a pair of socks over your booties to prevent from slipping. Let’s just say I learned this the hard way and almost fell on my face. Twice.
Wait… Once your 60 to 80 minutes are up, rinse and dry your feet. Your feet won’t feel much different at that point. But just you wait! In the days following, you will need to soak your feet in warm water for at least 15 minutes each day to encourage the peeling process. I admit, after day 4 I started to get lazy with the whole foot soaking process, and just let my morning shower act as a “soak.” At about day 5, the real fun begins. You feet will begin to peel and flake, revealing a soft layer of skin underneath. Ahhhhh! This peeling continues on for another 7 to 10 days, revealing feet as soft as a baby’s foot.
My dry cracked heels are a thing of the past, and my feet have never been softer. The sound of my dry feet scraping against the bed sheets? Utter silence.
Good to know
There’s just so much to tell you! Be forewarned, while the end result was awesome, the journey to get there was pretty gnarly.
- The peeling process is messy. I’m talking pieces of skin flaking off all over the place, and being left behind wherever you step or sit (yes, it’s embarrassing, and yes your significant other/family member will be grossed out).
- There’s no crevice left untouched with Baby Foot. You will experience peeling all around: bottoms of you feet, in between your toes and toe nails and on the tops of you feet. You’ll want to wear socks or enclosed shoes until the peeling has stopped.
- The peeling process is addictive. If you were that kid who found great joy in peeling dried liquid glue off your fingers, the whole Baby Foot peeling process resembles that. Oh what fun!
- Do not add lotion to your feet during the peeling process as it could slow down the peeling process. Once the peeling finally subsided, I started using Curel Dry Foot Therapy to keep my feet moisturized.
- Don’t rush the peeling process by trying to pick off pieces of skin that aren’t ready to shed yet. Patience, my friends.
- If you Google this product to learn more, you’ll find yourself in a slightly disturbing foot peeling vortex of reviews and grotesque images. Be forewarned. Also, for me, my skin didn’t peel off in giant sheets like a lot of other product reviews said they would. My skin peeled off in little pieces (much less dramatic) and over a series of 2 weeks.
- You can use Baby Foot again two weeks after your initial application and it’s recommended that you use it every 2 months.
- If you’re wearing nail polish, Baby Foot will dull your nail polish so watch out for that. I had gel polish on my toes and it kind of took off the first layer of gel.
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