Warning: This post is about feet. My feet, in particular. There will be pictures of feet. If seeing pictures of feet grosses you out (ahem, 2nd sister), you may want to skip this post.
I’m on a message board with local women in Austin – many of whom I met online 10 years ago when I was planning my wedding. These women have been a great resource for advice in all things lady-related. In the marketing world, they are ultra influencers, and they’ve certainly influenced me in my purchase decisions. The Baby Foot Peel is no exception.
It’s exactly what you’d expect the name to mean. It’s a chemical peel for your feet so that they’re baby soft. At under $20, I was lured in by the promise. While I was eager to jump right in, I realized the timing for such a peel is not so easy for a yoga teacher. The peel takes at least a week, and I am barefoot ALL. THE. TIME. Scary, flaky feet are not exactly what I want to parade around. So I waited until I knew I had a few good days off from teaching during the holidays to give in to the peel.
If you’re intrigued already by this product, let me add some advice in here that I learned about after the fact. SOAK YOUR FEET in warm water (20 minutes or so) before starting the peel. And then, soak your feet every day/other day after doing the peel to help the process along faster.
In the box are two plastic booties filled with gel. Cut it open at the top, slip your feet in and use the adhesive tape to make sure the booties are on nice and tight around the ankle. Wear socks over to keep the booties in place. Sit and relax for 30 minutes.
Remove the booties, and wash the gel off thoroughly with soap and water. My feet felt really slippery, and it took a good while to feel like I washed it all off. And then, you wait.
My husband will be the first person to say that I am a person with little patience. I was expecting to see some peeling within a day or two. (This was before I read about doing more warm water soaks.) By day 3, I was getting worried that my holiday break was coming to an end soon, and I promptly started soaking my feet.
This picture was from Day 6. I tinkered with brightness and contrast to see the peeling action better, so my feet didn’t actually look that gross.
You’ll notice the outer layer of skin got really dry. I saw some Instagram photos and videos of people pulling skin off like it was a layer of Elmer’s glue, and that wasn’t what I experienced. It was more like a sunburn with little edges of flaky skin.
Around the heel and the sole of the feet were the first areas to peel. Then, the callous that I have on the outside of my big toe. The bottom of my toes. The edges of my feet. The top of my feet. And the last parts to peel were the more delicate areas between and on top of the toes and around the ankles.
I soaked my feet each night, and the best amount of peeling happened then. There were maybe really only a few days of horrendous peeling where I really couldn’t show my feet to anyone (not even my husband). The other days, the peeling was more subtle and less noticeable unless you really got close up.
The end result was lovely. Problem areas for me were soft and smooth. I felt like my feet got a fresh start!
I will note that once I got back to teaching, my feet felt really COLD. Losing a layer of dead skin meant hardwood and tile floors chilled my feet almost immediately. And of course, now that I’m back to teaching and using my bare feet a lot, I can already tell where callouses will develop again. I guess I can’t have it both ways, but it was fun while it lasted!
I ordered the Baby Foot Peel on Amazon, and I have a feeling this will make for a great white elephant exchange gift next December!