For years, Baby Foot was kind of the Big Foot of the magnificence world. Although it launched in 1997, even magnificence editors — editors proper right here at Allure — weren’t certain of its existence till nicely into the first decade of the new millennium. There was an urban-legend high quality to it. Magic booties that rework your foot pores and skin into that of a toddler? Could it’s?
According to numerous followers of the “Original Exfoliation Foot Peel” — it has practically 25,000 five-star evaluations on Amazon — it is legit. Not solely does it exfoliate what’s arguably the most cussed space of pores and skin on the total physique, but it surely additionally does so in a approach that gives a form of morbid leisure over the course of a few weeks, letting you watch your lifeless pores and skin peel off in flaky, white sheets.
As a former child who put glue on her palms simply to peel it off and a long-time magnificence editor, it was virtually nonsensical that I’d gone this lengthy with out attempting Baby Foot. But I lastly did lately, and I made a decision to make it an academic expertise by additionally reaching out to a couple of specialists to work out precisely what makes the extremity-specific exfoliating therapy a lot greater than only a novelty.
What even is Baby Foot?
Baby Foot is an arguably legendary magnificence product and, in the model’s personal phrases, an “innovative one-hour foot peel treatment [that] is similar to a chemical peel and will make your feet feel smooth and soft, just like a baby’s foot.” But it is not simply comparable to a chemical peel. According to beauty chemist Ginger King, its principal exfoliating substances make it precisely that.
“Lactic acid, glycolic acid, malic acid, salicylic acid are common fruit acids for chemical peels,” King says of the exfoliators in Baby Foot. “This is a mix of alpha and beta hydroxy acids.”
According to Stacey Chimento, a board-certified dermatologist with Riverchase Dermatology in Miami, alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) primarily exfoliate the pores and skin’s floor whereas beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) penetrate additional into the pores and skin to take away lifeless pores and skin cells. “When used together, AHAs and BHAs are able to make skin smoother, softer, and more even-toned.”
How does Baby Foot work?
The Baby Foot course of is not precisely the cutest or most intuitive, as I got here to discover out the first time I used it. Each pack comes with two clear, plastic booties — not too arduous, not too versatile — which are pre-loaded with the gooey, clear exfoliating components. You seal them off at the ankles with the included tape, and to be sure that the substance absolutely surrounds your pores and skin, it is really useful that you simply put by yourself socks over the booties. (I used to be going to do that anyway out of concern of slipping on my tile flooring. Also, style.)
You preserve the booties on for an hour, and after washing off the components with cleaning soap and water, you are handled to… completely no change. That’s as a result of it might take a number of days for the exfoliation to actually begin kicking in — in a very obvious approach.