The season for sandals is nearly here and I suddenly realized that it’s time to fix my rough, cracked heels. As if having acne isn’t enough, I also have relatively dry skin that cracks and bleeds during winter. My skin also takes at least a whole season to heal, especially for areas such as the palms and the heels.
My cracked heels began to develop three years ago when I tried wearing a new pair of sturdy wedges for work, causing wounds where the shoe counter hits the ankle. The dry skin that resulted from the healing wounds soon spread to the entirety of my soles. After some medication and using urea cream every night, the soles healed except for the heels, which still look dry and thick, no matter how much cream I apply.
Off with that skin!
Foot masks are nothing new to the market. Basically, you soak your feet in a solution of acid and alcohol for 1 to 2 hours (the rougher your feet, the more time you need). Then the dead skin will naturally peel off in two weeks’ time to reveal soft, baby-like skin on your feet.
This time, I chose the BeBe Foot Mask from Etude House because it’s a reputable brand.
Open the cute package and you’ll see two semi-transparent plastic sock pouches and a pair of bootie-shaped plastic bags containing the solution.
Inside each pouch was a smaller pouch made of permeable, papertowel-like cloth – that’s where your feet should rest. (Excuse my unpolished legs.)
After fixing the position of your feet, it’s time to add the solution. There’s a seam down the middle of the booties, so you just need to tear them apart, snip open at the big toe part and pour the solution into the pouches.
Don’t rip my pouches!
Praise should be given to the plastic ties which secured the pouches to my ankles. The design allowed me to walk freely during those 1.5 hours without leaking of the solution. No odor, color or irritations were detected throughout the process – it feels just like bathing in water.
When I removed the pouches, I didn’t see much difference on my feet, though the solution was all gone except for a spoonful. I then rinsed my feet with water and dried them with towel.
The calluses on the big toes, the uneven skin tone and the peeling on the heels were there from the beginning.
After 4 days…
After 4 days, my feet began to peel. It’s lucky that I could test this product out in spring, when I was still wearing socks most of the time (otherwise, the dead skin would be all over the place)! It’s best to wear socks around the house and to bed too, for that matter. You might want to scratch a bit if your feet get too itchy, but I’d suggest letting the skin peel off naturally to prevent hurting the new skin.
4-5 layers of skin were shed from the heels, while only a single thin layer was removed from the toes and upper soles. I guess that’s because the solution eliminates only the dead keratin and not the healthy skin cells. I know this looks gross.
After 10 days…
Exfoliation was the most intense during the 4th and 5th day. Afterwards, only small patches of skin were shed from the heels before my feet became like this:
The calluses on the big toes were completely gone, while the heels still looked patchy, but softer and thinner. I could tell the difference whenever I walked – I feel closer to the ground.
So am I satisfied? I’d say I am, but I’m also addicted. Though the end result was not exactly baby feet, I feel like it’s a baptism for my feet, a way to thank them for all their hard work. So while enjoying my improved heels, I’m also oddly longing for my next time to peel!