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Before you feel repulsed by the idea of peels dedicated to your *probably* neglected feet, please don't. We said it first: Foot peels are actually amazing, and they deserve just as covetable a spot within your Sunday self-care routine as your favorite face mask. In fact, foot peels are similar to face masks in that they add a dose of hydration to otherwise tired and dry feet. Some are a little more intense and actually help shed the dead skin on your feet while others just give you a serious dose of moisture while you sleep. Whatever your foot peel of choice—we have the perfect fit for your feet.
Keep reading for the best foot peels to play fairy godmother to your poor, forgotten feet this season. (You'll thank us—we promise.)
Best Overall: Baby Foot Original Exfoliant Foot Peel
Equipped with a heavy-hitting formula with 17 different exfoliating extracts, this powerhouse foot exfoliant breaks down pesky layers of dead skin while simultaneously keeping your feet hydrated, healthy, and happy. Inspired by the softness of, you guessed it, a baby's foot, post-peel, your feet will basically feel reborn.
Hate it or love it, we can't deny that this product actually works as it says it will. One look at the before and after photos (proceed with caution if you're squeamish around feet) will be all the proof you need.
Best Callus Remover: ProLinc Callus Eliminator
This budget-friendly pick is, incidentally, also a heavy-duty one. The fast-acting gel gnaws at stubborn calluses and rough skin on your feet and heels, ideal if you’re an athlete or spend long hours standing for work. After the gel’s been on your feet for three to five minutes, wash off thoroughly with soap and water.
There’s virtually no effort involved (other than safely handling the gel); there's no aggressive scrubbing with a plastic egg-shaped grater, no pumice stone, and no breaks due to hand cramping. Easy, peasy.
Best Hydrating: Boscia Baby Soft Foot Peel
A "baby soft foot peel" may sound like an oxymoron, but once you try this playful foot peel (which comes in convenient sock form), you'll be convinced otherwise. Gentle and natural (always a plus when it comes to exfoliation), this foot peel is rich in skin-healing antioxidants and AHAs to help reverse dry, dull feet. All it takes is one use and you'll begin to notice a difference in the appearance and feel of your skin within a week or two.
Best Mask: Tony Moly Shiny Foot Super Peeling Liquid
The argan oil and peppermint extract in these foot peel masks from Tony Moly add an extra level of pampering as your feet prepare to molt. It doesn’t work quite as well on calluses, but is fun, relaxing, and most importantly let your feet take in the skin-softening, moisturizing treatment.
These are more leisurely than the other options on this list: You place the plastic socks over your feet, pour in a gentle acid bath of salicylic and glycolic acids, then wait for about two hours for the peeling liquid to soak in. The peeling action starts about four to six days later, though reviewers noted it comes off in smaller pieces rather than dramatic, feet-shaped husks.
Best Luxury: Patchology PoshPeel PediCure Foot Treatment
Think of this hardworking foot mask as a game-changing facial for your feet. (A feecial? We digress.) Anchored with a top-notch "Activating Essence," featuring luxe, concentrated forms of both AHA and BHA botanical blends, dead skin, dullness, and sandpaper-esque patches won't stand a chance. (Just beware that your peeling will probably last a total of three to seven days. So if you're applying the treatment before a trip, plan for it.)
Best File: Rikans Foot File And Callus Remover
This foot file, like the idea of vacuuming out your pores, satisfies a desire to clean up all your dead, flaky skin by hand (maybe for the satisfaction of watching it disappear?). It looks like a hand grater and gently shaves off the dead skin on your feet. It combines the satisfying immediate results of physical exfoliation with little effort required.
Best Lotion: Bare 40 Moisturizing Urea Gel
It’s not quite as trendy or sexy as the above foot peels (it is technically a foot cream, after all), but it does allow you to go about your day without the dramatic peeling phase. Urea is used in plenty of skincare products, and it’s included here for its effectiveness in dealing with dry, rough skin. This gel is pretty utilitarian in its packaging and smell (there’s a distinct tea tree scent with none of the olfactory engineering of fancier products), and its consistency isn’t the most elegant. The cream is sticky when you first apply, but once it absorbs, it begins softening even the toughest, scaliest skin.
Take a look at our roundup of the best foot creams available today.