Baby Foot: The Crazy Treatment You Must Try Before Sandal Season
There are certain things you never knew you needed until they found their way into your life. I can speak from experience: An Asian foot peel that magically gets rid of decades' worth of dry, callous foot skin with very little effort is one of those things. Ever heard of Baby Foot? I hadn't either, but trying it was nothing short of mindblowing. Before Baby Foot came along, I never knew how badly we all need an intensive foot peel to shed the layers upon layers of gross, rough skin encasing our heels and toe pads, for significantly softer and prettier feet. (And trust me: Your pumice stone has nothing on this treatment.) Keep scrolling to read what it's all about!
For a beauty import, the product could not come in a more streamlined, simple package with easy-to-understand instructions (and yes, it all comes in English). Inside the box is a pair of plastic booties that have been prefilled with the peeling foot gel. You simply slip them on your feet, tie them up with the tape that comes in the box, leave them on for an hour, and wash them off.
It does ask that you wash your feet beforehand and afterward. So, I chose a Sunday to do the peel since it's generally a day of leisure and beauty treatments (aka experiments, for this beauty editor). I washed my feet off in the bathtub using the classic Dove beauty bar soap. Then I slipped into the cute little booties (they require you to snip the top off with scissors in order to stick your feet in) and tied them closed with one piece of tape. They come with six pieces, but one was enough to secure each foot for me. The package instructions suggest the option of putting socks on, which I 100% recommend. The Baby Foot booties are a bit too big and bulky to fit under a typical athletic sock, but if you have a pair of fuzzy knock-around sleep socks, those work perfectly. I found that the socks made the whole operation feel more secure and comfortable, and I almost forgot I had a squishy plastic gel-shoe on underneath.
The sensation felt cold, gooey, and squishy—nothing beyond that. It was kind of fun and exciting. At first, I didn't realize that the instructions say to remain seated, and I walked around easily, doing laundry. You're supposed to stay in place, for safety reasons—because, you know, the chance of slipping on a slimy wet bootie is pretty high. But wearing socks does make it easier to get around. In just the booties, it would definitely have been more slippery, and you'd risk the product leaking out more. So after a few minutes, I just kicked back on the couch and sent some emails while wiggling my toes around in the cool liquid.
I kept them on for a little under one hour, then removed the booties, washed them off with soap and water, and was done. Keep scrolling to read the rest!
To be perfectly honest, my feet already looked young and pretty the minute I washed the peel off. They looked like fresh young chickens. I remember looking down at them and thinking, Wow, the effects of this peel are pretty instant! They looked soft, taut, and literally young. These are all weird adjectives for feet, but that's because rarely do our feet look this way, even after pedicures. I was ready to bare them in my best pair of sandals then and there.
That was that, and then pretty much nothing happened until day five, right on cue. The product says your feet will start to peel around day five, and that was exactly what happened for me. Here is the caveat: I am a habitual bather, as in I take baths every single night. A friend, who spent many hours reading through Internet reviews of Baby Foot, had warned me that in order for it to really work, you have to soak your feet in nightly baths. For me, this required absolutely no change to my daily life as that is what I already do. However, I realize for some, it would seem a pain to take a bath and/or just soak your feet every day. I can't say whether my daily bath habit made the product work better than it otherwise would have, but on the Thursday following my Sunday peel, while sitting in my usual bath (and after having taken a bath Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday), my foot skin began to come off in bunches. It didn't feel gross, weird, or uncomfortable; it just felt exciting. There it was: The product was working.
It seemed never-ending. I used my hands and fingers to kind of bunch it up and encourage it off, and it seemed like I could do it for hours and it would keep coming off, so I just did a few minutes then got out of the bath and dried them.
It was the next evening, Friday, when, while sitting on the couch, it became apparent that the skin was begging to be dry-peeled off. I actually found that it was significantly easier and more satisfying to peel the skin dry than when it was wet. It literally came off in sheets—with barely an ounce of effort. It just glided right off, like peeling the cracked shell of a hard-boiled egg. And of course, the comparison no one can evade—like when you used to dry Elmer's glue on your hands in grade school and peel it off. Off my heels it came—the bottoms of the heels, and the back, where your Achilles tendon is—and off the toe and arch pads. It was utterly delightful and the easiest thing ever. Suddenly, there were my baby feet! I had unearthed them just like that. It was so fun to see and experience. My feet didn't peel much more after that Friday night. Now, a week later, there's still a teeny bit of the extra-tough heel skin left, which I'm convinced is because I didn't do the treatment for quite the full hour.
All in all, I am completely obsessed with Baby Foot and want to do it about once a month. You have no idea how much dead, leathery skin you actually have on your feet until you slip your feet into those plastic booties and see the after-effects. It's worth way more than $25 in my humble opinion, and I'm a full convert.
Have you heard of or tried Baby Foot before? Would you do it? Tell me in the comments below!