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I Tried A Foot Peel For Dry Heels And Here’s What Happened

before and after of woman's heels with an exfoliating foot peel

Exfoliating foot peels are a recent trend that I’ve been interested in trying for a while now. I’ve struggled with incredibly dry, rough heels for years, and I’m always interested in new treatments that claim to be good for dry feet.

The more I learned about these intensive peeling foot treatments, the more intrigued I was! So I decided to do one to see whether the results were all they were cracked up to be (pardon the pun) and catalog the experience here for your benefit!

But let’s start at the beginning, shall we?

woman's foot while using a peeling foot treatment

What Is A Foot Peel?

A foot peel treatment involves the application of chemical exfoliants to your feet for a certain time to loosen the bond between dry, dead skin and the soft, smooth skin underneath. After several days, the dry, rough, callused skin will then start to peel away, and once the peeling process is done, your feet are left visibly smoother and soft to the touch.

Benefits Of Exfoliating Foot Peels

Foot peel treatments can:

  • Remove calluses
  • Soften rough, cracked feet
  • Get rid of dead skin
woman holding up the box for a peeling foot treatment

Which Peeling Foot Treatment Should I Use?

There are a lot of exfoliating foot peels to choose from online, but I ultimately settled on using a foot peel mask by Plantifique. The “masks” are disposable booties that come pre-filled with a rich blend of lactic and salicylic acids for exfoliation, as well as aloe vera and fruit extracts to nourish and moisturize the skin.

Another thing I liked about the Plantifique foot masks is what wasn’t in them. They’re free from silicone, lanolin, parabens, and sulfate, and they aren’t tested on animals either.

Related: The One Ingredient To Avoid If You Have Dry Skin

How To Use A Foot Peel Mask

Step 1: soak your feet in warm water for about 15 minutes

Step 1 – Soak

Before putting on the actual booties, soak your feet in warm water for about 15 minutes. This will soften any rough, dry skin on your feet and make it easier for the ingredients to sink in. Pat skin dry.

Step 2: pull one bootie over each foot and secure them in place

Step 2 – Treat

Pat your feet dry, then pull one bootie over each foot and secure them in place. (If they don’t feel particularly secure, you can always put socks on over them.)

Related: This Is Why You Should Start Sleeping With Socks On

You need to wear the booties for 60-90 minutes, so settle in with a good book or movie and relax. (I consider this an extra benefit, as I certainly don’t mind relaxing for an hour!) When you’re done, gently wash your feet with soap and water to remove any residue.

Step 3: Wait For Your Feet To Peel

Step 3 – Wait For Your Feet To Peel

Between 5 and 12 days after the treatment, the dead skin on your feet will begin to peel off. Throughout this period, you’ll want to soak your feet for about 15 minutes every day to help loosen the dead skin and keep the flakiness under control.

Your skin may continue to peel for a week or two, depending on how much dead skin is on your feet to begin with. It will look a bit gnarly, but that’s to be expected with this type of treatment.

Note: Because the entire process can take 2-3 weeks, it’s not something you want to do right before a big event. Just something to keep in mind!

before and after of woman's heels with an exfoliating foot peel

The Takeaway

When all was said and done, I was pretty shocked by how well this foot peel treatment worked! By the time my feet stopped peeling, my feet were so smooth and soft that I almost didn’t recognize them! I bought a set of 2 foot peel masks, so I’ve vowed to use the second one before my heels get quite so dry as they were before I did this.

Author’s Note: If you’re wondering why these photos only show my right foot, it’s a long story, but it boils down to the fact that I have a long-standing chronic wound on my left foot that is both very delicate and very slow to heal. As it is currently in decent shape, I didn’t want to risk a setback!

Have you tried any foot peel treatments?

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Jill Nystul (aka Jillee)

Jill Nystul is an accomplished writer and author who founded the blog One Good Thing by Jillee in 2011. With over 30 years of experience in homemaking, she has become a trusted resource for contemporary homemakers by offering practical solutions to everyday household challenges.
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  • Everything you show us, both about your person and in your home looks so lovely, attractive and well cared for that I find it hard to believe your feet ever got into the state in this picture Jillee. You concoct lotions an potions for everything under the sun so I’d be pretty surprised if your heels really got in such a mess

  • I’ve used these with mixed success. My niece said to use pretty much like you said with the addition of saving the booties and wearing them for an additional 30-45 minutes the next night – worked much better.

  • I have heard about these and am intrigued but honestly your foot still looks dry and cracked in the second photo. So is it really worth it for that much effort every night?

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