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TONYMOLY Shiny Foot Super Peeling Liquid
Actually removes built-up skin
Easy to use
Skin feels softer
Peeling skin can look unappealing
TONYMOLY Shiny Foot Super Peeling Liquid
We put the TONYMOLY Shiny Foot Super Peeling Liquid to the test after receiving a complimentary sample from the brand. Keep reading for our full product review.
Don’t look at the reviews for TONYMOLY Shiny Foot Super Peeling Liquid unless you want to see a lot of pictures of skin peeling off feet. It may look gross, but in this case, that’s the goal. Because underneath those layers of skin, feet are soft and smooth and look much better in sandals.
While cheese grater-like tools can get rid of calluses immediately, a foot peel can offer gentler, more all-encompassing exfoliation. It’s also simpler to use. This peel, like others, involves enclosing your foot in a bootie of liquid exfoliant and letting it sit for an hour or two. Results may not be immediate, but they are usually impressive.
My feet needed a refresh, so I tried TONYMOLY Shiny Foot Super Peeling Liquid to see whether it would slough off extra skin and turn my feet soft.
Best for: All skin types
Active ingredients: Salicylic and glycolic acids
Byrdie Clean?: No
About the Brand: TONYMOLY is a Korean beauty brand offering cruelty-free skincare and makeup products.
About My Feet: Room for improvement
The condition of my feet isn’t bad but not exactly perfect, either. While I don’t have any major calluses, I do have some areas around the bottoms and sides of my feet where the skin has built up and feels a little rough. I haven’t done any dedicated foot care in months, so it was time.
I’ve used similar foot peels in the past (namely, the more expensive and popular Baby Foot) with good results. I wasn’t exactly sure if a product half the price would work as well, but I was excited to give TONYMOLY'S peel a chance.
The Ingredients: A combination of acids
How exactly does the product work? It uses the same ingredients you might use on your face, however, the long contact time and concentration result in a heavier peel. Lactic, salicylic and glycolic acids are responsible for the peeling, while lavender extract and argan oil soothe.
The Experience: Easy to use, but a little messy
The product works best when used after soaking feet, so I used it after a long, hot shower. Unlike other peels I’ve used, this one requires more DIY, which may explain why it’s cheaper than other products. The kit comes with two plastic booties and two packets of liquid exfoliant—one for each foot. After putting the booties on and making sure to pull the fabric-like material inside around your foot, you’ll pour the liquid into each and secure it with the sticker. Be careful not to spill when pouring in the exfoliant, I expected it to be more gel-like, so I was surprised when it poured out fast and some product ended up on the floor. There’s no tingling like I usually associate with an exfoliant.
It’s possible to walk around with the booties on, but it’s not recommended (it can be slippery and awkward). I wrapped my feet in a towel and watched a show while I wore them. The recommended time is an hour to an hour and a half, and I left them on for just over an hour before rinsing them off. The soles of my feet felt slightly itchy and my toes were pruney, but those both subsided quickly and my feet returned to normal.
I expected it to be more gel-like, so I was surprised when it poured out fast and some product ended up on the floor.
The Results: Lots of peeling
For the first few days after using the peel, I didn’t notice any changes. I actually completely forgot I’d used the peel until five days later when I took off my socks after a long day and the bottoms of my feet were covered in peeling skin. It slowly subsided over the next few days, and I could see softer skin where my old skin had peeled away.
How much your skin peels will depend on the condition of your feet. For me, I only had light flaking on the tops of my feet, while larger swaths of skin were removed from the pads of my feet. I didn’t have any major callouses, but areas where my skin was thicker looked refreshed.
You’re supposed to let the skin fall off naturally rather than peeling it (you can cut off large pieces of skin), but soaking feet in warm water—or just taking a hot shower—can help speed up the process.
If you’re less than a week out from an event where you’ll need to go barefoot or wear sandals, save the peel for after. It can take seven to 10 days for full results, so give yourself time. Plan to wear socks most of the time while skin is peeling.
I’m a week out from using the peel, and while my feet are noticeably softer and much of the skin has peeled off, there are still several spots where the skin is still peeling away.
The Value: A steal
I found that the Tony Moly peel worked just as well as more expensive options, and the savings is worth the extra step of pouring the liquid into the booties. It costs around $14 for the one-time use product, but results stick around for months with proper care, so the price seems worth it.
Similar Products: You've got options
Baby Foot Original Exfoliant Foot Peel ($25): I’ve used Baby Foot a couple of times and it does work. But it sells for considerably more than TONYMOLY'S peel. The solution comes prepared in the booties, but other than that, I found the entire experience and the results to be nearly identical.
Boscia Fruit Acid Smoothing Foot Peel ($18): This foot peel is just a little more expensive than TONYMOLY'S. It uses plant-based alcohol along with exfoliating AHAs to remove the skin. It doesn’t come with tape to seal the booties on, though, so be sure to have some on hand or sit still while wearing them.
Given everything from the price to how well it works, the TONYMOLY Shiny Foot Super Peeling Liquid is worth it. The process may be messy, but it’s way satisfying to watch extra skin peel off.
- Product Name Shiny Foot Super Peeling Liquid
- Product Brand TONYMOLY
- Price $13.50
- Weight 0.85 oz.
- Ingredients Water ,Alcohol Denat. ,Isopropyl Alcohol ,Lactic Acid ,Glycolic Acid ,Glycerin ,Propylene Glycol ,Butylene Glycol ,Potassium Hydroxide ,Arginine ,Hydroxyethylcellulose,PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil ,Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract,Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract,Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract ,Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract,Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract ,Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract ,Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Fruit Extract,Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract ,Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Leaf Extract,Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract,Paeonia Albiflora Root Extract,Sophora Flavescens Root Extract ,Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract ,Prunus Persica (Peach) Leaf Extract ,Rhus Semialata Extract ,Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract ,Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract,Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract,Portulaca Oleracea Extract ,Mentha Arvensis Extract,Punica Granatum Fruit Extract ,Pinus Palustris Leaf Extract ,Malpighia Glabra (Acerola) Fruit Extract,Sophora Angustifolia Root Extract ,Charcoal Extract ,1,2-Hexanediol ,Snail Secretion Filtrate ,Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice ,Pentylene Glycol ,Caprylyl Glycol ,Illicium Verum (Anise) Fruit Extract,Urea ,Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil,Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil,Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil ,Salicylic Acid,Phenoxyethanol,Disodium EDTA ,Fragrance
Arif T. Salicylic acid as a peeling agent: a comprehensive review. Clin Cosmet Investig Dermatol. 2015;8:455-461. Published 2015 Aug 26. doi:10.2147/CCID.S84765