The New “Baby Feet” Exfoliating Socks Are Weird, Gross... and Amazing

Best beauty product ever? If you have dry, callused feet, YES!
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Best beauty product ever? If you have dry, callused feet, YES!
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Just like Baby Foot, these Footner Exfoliating Socks will banish dry, callused skin on your feet.

Everything you've heard about Baby Foot is true.

I first learned about this emerging foot-care category—the foot peel—from a fellow beauty editor friend in the summer. Just the way she described the little plastic socks, flooded with acid, was enough to get me going. And then the added benefit of making your foot skin (along with cracked heels/calluses) shed like a snake, days later? Disgusting. But duh! I wanted IN.

Shortly thereafter, I started reading about Baby Foot everywhere. As I understand it, Baby Foot is the original foot peel, from Asia—where they are so much more advanced than we are about such things. I was thisclose to ordering it on Amazon, when I discovered some PR person had already mailed the darn thing to me, months ago.

That's right. There's a Canadian (and UK/Europe) version of Baby Foot, and it's called Footner. But truly, they are the same thing. And Holika Holika makes one, too. So I'll just use the term "Baby Foot" generically from now on, like Kleenex. Because no matter what the brand is, you need these bad boys—they're life-changing. And now is the time to try, while feet are under wraps for the winter.

As of this writing, I've done two rounds of Footner, a month apart, since returning from summer vacation (which was NOT kind to the soles of my feet). Let me walk you through the process.

Footner Round One

This is what you get inside the box:

Footner package

Inside your box of Footner.

A way-longer-than-it-needs-to-be instructions packet, and the acid-filled socks themselves, sealed in that nice foil package. They look like this:

Footner socks

These Footner socks are chock full o' acid.

The instructions say to cut each one open, stick your foot in, and seal it at the top (which I never did figure out how to do). It's recommended to put a pair of your own socks over top, for comfort and I think efficacy—since it helps keep the acid in contact with your feet.

Footner socks

Mummified feet with my Footner socks underneath.

Speaking of acid, you probably want to see the ingredients:

Aqua, Alcohol Denatured, Aloe Barbadensis Extract, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Canola Oil, Polydextrose, Cucumis Sativus Extract, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Lactate, Lactic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Glycolic Acid, Methylparaben, Collagen, Parfum.

It sounds kind of intense, but there's absolutely no stinging. So you let all that soak into your feet for 60 minutes. Set a timer:

Footner timer

Set your timer and let it cook for one hour.

When the hour is up, you rinse it all off with warm water, and then you wait. You wait a while.

I did this on a Saturday afternoon, and by Tuesday, I was convinced nothing was happening. If anything, my feet were looking worse—drier and more callused—than before I started this whole process. Damn you, Footner, I was thinking.

Then on the Wednesday night, I took it all back. I was removing a pair of pantyhose when, to my alarm, a whole bunch of flakes fell out on the floor. Foot flakes. I was repulsed, but elated.

The grotesque sloughing-off continued for days, to the point where a new, smooth and yes, baby-like foot finally emerged. You will definitely need to change your sheets, and vacuum. This is the depiction of the shedding process on Footner's website, so expect a variation on this theme:

Footner foot peel

Your feet will shed like a snake, and it's kind of amazing.

You get the idea! Feel free to Google before and afters; there are loads. (Did you think I was gonna show you my OWN dead foot skin on the Internet? Gotta draw the line somewhere...) But really, the after is nothing short of incredible.

Footner Round Two

I decided to repeat the treatment a few weeks later to target some deeper, stubborn calluses that still needed help. And also, if truth be told, because I was kind of addicted, and I found it at my local Shoppers.

Before the second round, I Googled. And I found that people were defying the instructions and leaving Footner on for not one but TWO hours, which is the same length of time Baby Foot advises. Now, I don't know if Baby Foot is a weaker formula, but I figured what the hell? I'll give it a shot. (It was fine. But proceed at your own risk!)

Another thing I found that people were doing—which Footner's instructions don't mention—is soaking the feet beforehand. I sat my feet in the tub for a good 15 minutes pre-round two, and I definitely think it made a difference. It seemed to be a deeper peel than the first time, pretty much annihilating the annoying built-up skin on my heels.

The Bottom Line

It's love. Heck, it's marriage. At this point, I can't see myself using my Micro-Pedi electronic foot buffer that much anymore, because the foot peel is so much better. (I know. I was obsessed with Micro-Pedi.) But two rounds of Footner got my feet dramatically smoother, with far less labour. 

The only catch is that you probably shouldn't use these Baby Foot-type products in the summer. Swaths of skin floating off your feet just doesn't go well with sandals. The perfect time is NOW, folks. Are you up for it?

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