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Jun 10, 2018 @ 7:00 pm

At the beginning of the year I challenged myself to stay out the nail salon in order to cut back on beauty spending, but scrubbing my feet at home was not doing the job. Then thanks to YouTube, I learned about peeling foot masks. If you are totally unfamiliar with Korean peeling foot masks like I was, here’s how they work: They peel layers of dead skin from your feet that you otherwise wouldn’t get to by simply doing a foot scrub.

There are tons of brands of foot masks out there. Most notably is the BabyFoot booties that go for about $25. I went to Ricky’s to check out their Korean beauty section and see what foots masks they had in stock. I stumbled upon a few that cost less that half of what the BabyFoot brand masks cost. I decided on the FeeTreat Pedi by Look Beauty Exfoliating Foot Mask — which only costs $10.

Here’s how this little at-home, foot peeling experiment went.

The foot masks are pretty simple to use. You start by soaking your feet in warm water to soften the skin on them. Next, you put on booties that contain an exfoliating chemical that eats at the dead skin on your feet for 60-90 minutes.

The masks felt pretty weird at first.

I have this thing when it comes to my feet being wet and contained in something — I hate it. To me, wearing these booties felt like I had on cold wet socks. I didn’t enjoy any second of it to be honest.

You probably shouldn’t try to do much while you have them on.

I tried walking from my bedroom to the kitchen to get food and it was pretty much a disaster. I ripped one of the masks a bit (not enough to stop it from working though). Also, I couldn’t walk normal. The masks are plastic so walking in them was interesting, to say the least. When you remove the booties you won’t notice much of a difference in the state of your feet.

So, did they work?

After three days, layers of dead skin started peeling off my feet. At first, I thought there were crumbs at the foot of bed. That ended up being small pieces of dead skin that had flaked off my feet while I was sleeping. Disgusting? Yes, but amazing. Because of this, I recommend wearing socks pretty much all the time.

Tip: You can speed up the peeling if for some reason you can’t wear socks 24-7.

While manually peeling the skin off is not recommended, soaking your feet in warm water will help your feet peel faster. I noticed everyday when I took a hot shower my feet would peel more. So, if you’re too embarrassed to head to your yoga class with peeling feet, hopefully a foot soak helps remove some of the skin.

Final thoughts:

They definitely did what I needed them to do, which was get rid of dead skin on my feet and reveal smooth skin underneath. It looks pretty disgusting when the skin is peeling, but when it’s done your feet feel 10 times smoother. While the process was anything but fun, at the end of the day I got the results that I wanted and that’s what matters. I would definitely use these again. Plus, they cost less than some of the better known ones out there!

They removed more dead skin on my feet than any pedicure ever has in my life.

If you’re looking to get you’re feet ready to flaunt for summer, do yourself a favor and pick these up. Your feet will thank you forever.