Have you “peeled” your feet yet?
Baby Foot—the foot mask that exfoliates layers of dead skin off your feet—has taken the world by storm since the lockdown started, and for good reason! These suckers peel off–and I mean really peel off–layers of dead skin from your feet, leaving them, well, baby-like after use.
But I’ve learned some things from my Baby Foot #1 to Baby Foot #2, and these tips, I promise, will make your Baby Foot pack work so much better!
Here’s the thing about Baby Foot: It works because the chemical exfoliants inside the plastic packs soak into your skin, gradually activating over time, resulting in the peeling skin you see days after you apply it.
It stands to reason, then, that the more permeability your skin has, to allow those acids in, the better it should work. So run yourself a foot bath, or soak in a regular bath, for a good 20-30 minutes before applying your Baby Foot. It will help soften the skin ahead of time.
This tip actually comes from friend who says a dermatologist mentioned this. Expect a much deeper penetration of the product, and more intense peeling.
I know, I know… It technically goes against the directions on the box; and by all means, if you have some sort of skin sensitivity or foot issue, don’t do this!
But if your skin is normal and you have the time, doubling the time you leave the mask on your feet can seriously help. I’ve had friends who did this and said the peel worked so much better with that additional time.
Of course, follow your instincts and your own doctor/expert’s recommendations. If you have any open wounds or cuts on your foot, or generally have reactive skin, skip this recommendation.
Listen, I know this one is hard!
I would legitimately sit cross-legged on my bed and peel my feet off, layer by layer, if I didn’t think I’d be left with bloody stumps. I LOVE peeling, popping, exfoliating, or otherwise torturing my skin. When I first did Baby Foot, I loved rolling my little piggies around under the sheets and feel my skin peel of like layers of scotch tape. YEAH BABY.
But if you want the peel to work its best, you have to let your skin peel off naturally, and not rush the process. My theory is that if you peel too soon, you expose the tender skin beneath before it’s ready, and then it can cause irritation or make the skin not as soft as it otherwise would be if you left it alone.
So be patient and let those puppies peel on their own time. The baby soft skin underneath will be worth it!