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Hiding your feet in boots all summer because they’re a bit…tragic? Me too. But now that summer’s over, I’m here to offer a solution so you won’t have to suffer your toe woes next year. Japanese import, Baby Foot, touts itself as a “fruit acid peel,” which is a more gentle way of saying it’s an alpha hydroxy acid or AHA peel. And trust me – peel is the important word here!
Pre-packaged in plastic booties, there is a clear gel that soaks into your feet and does it’s magic, until – a few days later – your feet start to shed off all that dead skin to reveal new, dare I say, baby skin underneath. And when I say peel, I’m talking, “Oh look, I just pulled a piece of skin the size of a half dollar off of the sole of my foot…” kind of peel.
A delicate few of you just slammed your laptops shut. My apologies. For the rest of you who leaned in a bit closer to the screen, horrified and yet intrigued, keep reading.
Since my feet could really use some love, I was looking forward to seeing this new cult classic in action for my Baby Foot review. The directions are simple; shower or wash your feet, put on the booties and let them soak for an hour. Once done, rinse and then go about your business for five to seven days. All the while, that AHA will be working to loosen all that ugly, dead skin until it starts to peel off. The shedding process can last a few days, but once it’s done, your feet will be smoother and less callused than they have in a while.
As for the peeling – have you ever put a thick layer of Elmer’s glue on your hand, let it dry and then slowly peeled it off? Baby Foot is pretty much the same thing and it’s oddly satisfying. The skin peels in patches and it’s not suggested that you hurry the process along by actively peeling it; the most you should do is a gentle rub to coax the dead skin off.
However, when you inevitably go to town on the soles of your feet in sick fascination, and you know you will, just be careful. Pulling the dead skin off too soon can leave your feet a little raw.
A Few Baby Foot Tips:
- • Queue up Netflix and don’t plan to move much for 60 minutes. Technically you can secure the booties with socks and then walk around, but you’re basically wearing goo-filled plastic bags and that’s just asking for a Three Stooges pratfall.
• Try soaking your feet for at least 10 minutes before you use it and then every other day until they start peeling. The water will help the process.
• Stay away from lotion as much as possible. Seems counter-intuitive, but it can slow the shedding.
• However, make socks and shoes your new best friend. My feet took a full 7 days to shed the first time I did it, and just when I was ready to send a strongly worded letter to the retailer, I pulled off my sock and there was…evidence that it worked. All up in my sock and on the carpet. I can’t imagine the damage I’d leave behind if I’d worn sandals that day.
If you have naturally lovely feet, I salute/envy you. But for the rest of us, I say give Baby Foot ($25) a try. It’s one part magic, one part science experiment, and one part grossness that you want to poke with a stick. Maybe, just maybe, your tootsies will eventually see the light of day, after all.
we heartsters – Are you intrigued by Baby Foot? How do you keep feet soft and smooth?
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