Let me start off by saying the pictures in this post may gross some of you out! I will put all pictures at the end of the post, so if you don’t like seeing peeling skin, just avoid scrolling all the way down.
My poor feet have been put through hell with the shoes I wear, city living (constant walking), compounded with the fact that I absolutely HATE getting pedicures done. Between a friend getting a staph infection from a nail salon, having a chunk of my heel taken out with a foot razor, and the sensitivity I feel during pedis, I just stopped doing them, and the result was thick calluses.
I came across Baby Foot Peel in an online add, and started researching it. Essentially it is a chemical peel for your feet that uses fruit acid to penetrate into the layers of dead skin cells. The product makes dead skin peel easily away from the fresh layer beneath. Baby Foot claims to get rid of the toughest calluses and reveal baby soft skin. If you don’t get grossed out, just go to google images and type in ‘baby foot peel’ – you will be amazed at what it does – sheets of foot skin peel off. Seeing this, I HAD to try it!
So what’s in this stuff? Baby Foot has 17 types of natural extracts which exfoliate and moisturize at the same time. According to an article by One Medical Group, “fruit acid also known as alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), naturally occurs in foods like citrus and sour milk, and includes citric acid, glycolic acid, lactic acid, and more. AHA is often used to moisturize and remove dead skin cells, treat acne, improve the appearance of acne scars and photo-aged skin, and to firm and smooth skin. It’s also considered an effective treatment for extremely dry skin.”
So here’s my experience and tips for using the product.
Tip 1- Soaking before application is key!
I washed and soaked my feet in a warm foot bath for about 20 minutes to get the skin nice and soft and ready for the Baby Foot booties.
Putting them on was easy – you simply cut open the top of the booties, slip your feet in, use the tape they provide to make them nice and snug, and throw on a pair of socks.
Tip 2 – Stay seated during application, and add a little extra time if your feet are really callused
Baby Foot recommends putting the booties on for an hour and to stay seated if you can. I definitely get why they recommend this – it’s super slippery to walk in them. I ended up leaving it on for 80 minutes since my feet were in pretty rough shape.
Tip 3 – If you are preggers, diabetic, or have open cuts, don’t use it!
Baby Foot does not recommend using this if you are pregnant or diabetic. I think it goes without saying that since this is a chemical peel, you shouldn’t use it with open cuts. I had a blister, and waited to use it until it was healed – I didn’t want to take any chances.
Tip 4 – Soak your feet every night
Your feet won’t start peeling for 3-7 days after you apply the product. For me I started seeing a little peeling start on day 3, and by day 5 I was in complete peel mode. I found that the skin came off much easier by soaking for 20 minutes every night – this accelerates the process. And believe me, you will be leaving little skin presents everywhere, so you want to get it over with as soon as possible. Hindsight, I wish I had done this before sandal season, but I timed it so that it would start peeling on the weekend.
Tip 5 – It’s OK to help the peeling process
Baby Foot tells you in the instructions to not peel the skin off. Honestly, I peeled the skin…A LOT. I just did it after soaking, and if it wasn’t easy to peel, I left it alone.
Tip 6 – Don’t moisturize
My feet, especially my heels, got really dry after application. It was hard not to moisturize, but Baby Foot doesn’t recommend doing it.
So what’s the final verdict? I give this product a solid A – I highly recommend it! It quickly removed most of my really bad calluses, and my feet feel moisturized and super soft. I still have some slight calluses left – they aren’t completely gone, but I didn’t expect them to be with how bad my feet were. I also didn’t think about the fact that the top of my feet and heels would peel off. That skin was much thinner, and took longer to peel off – in fact 2 weeks later, I still have a little peeling on the top of both feet.
You can use the product again after waiting for 2 weeks. I just ordered my second batch from Overstock and plan to use it again as soon as I get it – it’s currently on sale for 16.99 (originally $25). Once you are happy with the results, Baby Foot recommends using it every 2-3 months for optimal results.
STOP reading here if you don’t want to see pics of my peeling process and final results!
Here’s a before and after of my right foot. You can see, the difference, especially in my heels. My foot actually looks a different color! I still have some calluses on the ball of my foot, so I will repeat this one more time.
Top pics are before treatment; bottom is after.
I saw the biggest difference in my heels…