disclaimer: this product was sent to me for review purposes. all opinions are my own and are unbiased
There are two areas of my body that I am kinda obsessed with ~ my teeth and my feet. Weird, huh? I love to pamper my feet, by doing pedicures and slathering on creams ~ but I fear my feet get really rough and banged up during the winter time, because I am wearing boots and socks ~ so I don’t always give them the love they need. However, once springtime rolls around, I look to break out my sandals ~ so my feet need help ~ ASAP!! A few years ago, I discovered foot peeling socks/masks and I was ecstatically overjoyed. Yeah, told ya I am obsessed with my feet. I had one brand that I really loved, but it looks like they discontinued it or it is really hard to find, so I’ve been looking around for a replacement ~ always good to have options and backups when dealing with K-Beauty.
Last week, I reviewed Skinfood Mint Sparkling Foot Scrub (review here) and that was a winner! I hope Skinfood never stops making that food scrub ~ limes and foaming scrubbing goodness. Today, I am finally able to give my review on the matching Skinfood Mint Sparkling Foot Peel Socks Skinfood has a full line of foot and body care products in Mint Sparkling, with the tag line “cool and fresh like a mojito” This line has a foot mist, foot scrub, foot peeling booties and deodorant stick, all currently sold at Jolse
Jolse, a premium online Korean Cosmetic store, kindly sent me the foot peeling booties for review purposes and I thank them for their generosity. I started this treatment a couple of weeks ago, so I will document my journey here! This blog post will have disturbing photos of my ugly feet! ahaha
What It Is
Now, before you start your treatment, I recommend that you soak and wash your feet well. This will help soften up your tough, dry skin and allow the liquid to penetrate better. I soak my feet for about 20 minutes ~ oh and don’t use this product if you have open cuts and wounds on your feet. This is an acid peel, after all.
Description: 3-in-1 Powerfully exfoliates, smooths and perfumes feet. A convenient sock-type foot peeling mask that effectively smooths calloused skin and cracked feet
So, yeah, that is what it is. You get two “socks” or booties that are plastic on the outside (with cute green feet) and inside, will have a soft paper fiber lining ~ it is so translucent, you can barely tell how to pull it apart to insert your foot between it and some lovely liquid that smells just like rubbing alcohol with a hint of lime. You aren’t purchasing these for its scent, despite whatever the description states! The top of the sock is sealed, so you need some scissors to cut them open. Just follow the dotted line.
You can see the liquid thru the plastic sock and also see it when I open it up and separate the sides before sticking my feet into the sock. I have big feet, so I always tear the tops of the socks where I inserted them ~ not the sock itself, but the opening. You can see that these socks fit my feet fine with lots of room to spare.
Because of this and also I don’t think anyone can handle sitting down for over an hour and not move, I place some cotton socks over the treatment sock ~ just to keep it secure and make sure the acids don’t leak out as I will shuffle around my home while this treatment is taking place. I did try taping it down, but every time my foot flexed, the tape would pop off. The instructions state to leave on your feet for an hour, but I like to keep my on for as long as I can ~ so 2 1/2 hours was my limit ~ I meant to do only 2 hours, but I got caught up in a movie! When you walk around, it will feel squishy and cold, which is why I kinda shuffle ~ it is not very pleasant! In fact, my feet felt very cool and they tingled while I was wearing the booties. After you remove the socks, make sure to thoroughly wash your feet with warm soapy water and dry off. Now wait.
image from jolse
Let’s talk about the principle behind foot peeling socks ~ Skinfood Mint Sparking Foot Peel Socks have several AHA and BHA’s that you would find in traditional chemical peels: lactic acid, glycolic acid and salicylic acid ~ these acids will slough off dead skin gently ~ and your feet has layers of dead skin and calluses. I always state I don’t need shoes, because my soles are tough as leather! On one hand, that means I can go barefoot without pain, but then my feet look pretty bad. These acids will make your dead skin separate from your live skin, which means the newer and fresh layer of skin will be revealed, leaving your feet looking and feeling smoother.
It has apple extract which is known to be a natural exfoliator. This does have the mint trio of applemint, spearmint and peppermint along with lime, but honestly, I don’t smell them other than a very faint scent of lime. This is due to the strong odor of alcohol ingredient, which helps thin the solution so it better penetrates your skin.
Now, I have learned a few tips from some of my fellow AB friends after I did this treatment, so I will use those tips the next time I do a foot peel. I will mention them here, but I didn’t do some of them, such as soaking your feet daily for about 15 minutes. This is supposed to speed up peeling time ~ I thought by taking a shower daily ~ and I take long showers ~ that would be sufficient, so I will be interested in seeing if this tip works! My feet take about 7-9 days before the peeling starts and it is not the skin-in-sheets type of peel that you see in the ads, but just more like flaking.
Yep, don’t plan on wearing open toe sandals while your feet peels! haha. It is disgusting, but I tell you, it is so much fun to peel off that dead skin. I haven’t met anyone yet who doesn’t get immense satisfaction on peeling that old, cruddy yucky skin off their feet. I do use my Skinfood foot scrub (love that stuff) to help slough off some of the dead skin while I shower and I also use a foot cream ~ however, I was told to NOT use a foot cream during the peeling phase, as that will make the process go slower. So, that explains why it took over 15 days for the process to be completed!
Look at that!! My feet, although a little dry here as I didn’t put on my foot cream yet, are soft with nice new skin. I would like to do another foot peel soon, as I am always unhappy with my big toe and the skin pad right under my toes ~ the ball of your foot ~ that seems like it could use another treatment. That said, my feet are ready for sandals now!
Ingredients: alcohol denat, water, propylene glycol, lactic acid, urea, isopropyl alcohol,glycolic acid, betaine, mentha rotundifolia leaf extract (0.1%), pryus malus (apple) fruit extract (0.1%), citrus aurantifolia (lime) fruit extract (0.1%), mentha piperita (peppermint) leaf extract, mentha viridis (spearmint) leaf extract, PEG-60 hydrogenated castor oil, sodium citrate, salicylic acid, disodium EDTA, fragrance cosDNA.com analysis
image from jolse
I like this foot peel product from Skinfood ~ it works just as well as my dearly departed Nature Republic Lemon Peeling Socks. I will have to purchase some from Jolse now as I know I will be doing this treatment several times this year ~ some people do it every other month but in the summertime, I do it when I think my feet need it, which might be every 6 weeks. I also should try and keep up with the treatments over the fall and winter months, because I do think the first peel after winter for me is the worse one ~ I always feel that I need to do another one right away, because I had so much dead skin buildup. I am also going to incorporate the new tips I learned ~ soak my feet daily and do not use a foot cream during the treatment ~ and see if that gives me the lizard peeling skin effect as well as speeding up the peeling time. I was also told that I could use an oil free moisturizer on my feet if I felt I needed to, but I will try and refrain from any moisturizers on my feet and see how it goes.
Do you use a foot peeling product? Which ones have you tried and really like? Any other tips about foot peeling you would like to share? Let me know in the comments below ~ I love to get feedback from my readers.
You can purchase Skinfood Mint Sparkling Foot Peeing Socks at Jolse for $5.51 USD for one treatment. Jolse also carries most of the Skinfood Mint Sparkling line as well (click here). Jolse ships worldwide, has free shipping and always includes free samples!