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Baby Foot Peel: We Tried It, Were Totally Grossed Out, and Can't Wait to Do It Again

Posted by on Sep. 28, 2013 at 5:37 PM
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Baby Foot Peel: We Tried It, Were Totally Grossed Out, and Can't Wait to Do It Again

The Baby Foot peel is one of the strangest (and, frankly, most disgusting) paths to callous-free feet we've encountered. Our writer tests it out to tell you whether this weird foot-peeling kit is worth its $25 price tag

We’re willing to put up with a lot in the name of callous-free feet, but soaking them in acid-filled booties in a bid to peel off the skin of the entire foot? Not something we’d ever considered until we heard about Baby Foot. The Japanese import promises such deep exfoliation that layers of dead tissue can sometimes fall off in sheets, leaving behind childlike, never-touched-the-earth smoothness. iVillage contributor Kristin Booker agreed to treat her feet with kid, um, booties to tell you whether Baby Foot lives up to the hype.

What is the Baby Foot peel? Essentially, it’s a boxed kit that contains a pair of plastic booties pre-filled with an exfoliating gel made from natural extracts and fruit acids. Over an hour-long soak, the gel seeps into the multiple layers of skin on your feet and dissolves the desmosomes (adhesive fibers) between those layers. Anywhere from a few days to a couple weeks post-treatment, the skin begins to peel off painlessly and naturally (albeit disgustingly), revealing the smooth, soft skin underneath.

How it works: After removing toenail polish, you will wash and dry your feet and then slip them into the two provided plastic booties, which contain the fruit-acid solution. Kick back for an hour while the Baby Foot acids work their way into your callouses. This might feel a little tingly but shouldn’t burn or feel uncomfortable. Next, slip off the booties and rinse your feet. The rest is a waiting game until your feet to begin to slough off cells days or weeks later.

What it costs: A one-treatment Baby Foot application kit is priced at $25.

Where to get it: Baby Foot can be purchased at

Our tester’s verdict: I’m someone who apologizes profusely when I sit down for a pedicure. I live in Manhattan, and excessive walking creates a build-up of dead skin that leaves my feet looking like I’ve been hiking through Middle Earth. Needless to say, I was really excited to try this product and see if it lived up to expectations.

When I cracked open the odd, space-age plastic booties filled with gel, my first thought was, “How am I going to position my feet?” I like to kick them up to work or watch TV, and fluid-filled socklets are not conducive to that behavior. Eventually, I stuck in my feet, taped them in place and for the next hour sat with my soles flat on my rug, hoping to feel the magic happen. The only thing I sensed was a cool wetness and almost imperceptible tingling.

A quick note of caution: Before you put the booties on, make sure you have whatever you need at the ready; Baby Foot boots are not made for walking; They’re very slippery and, well, not actually footwear.

After an hour, I removed the booties, washed my feet and went on about my business. I saw absolutely no change until about four days later, when areas at the back of my heel and underneath my big toes began to flake. A full week down the road, and my feet were peeling like crazy. Whole sheets of skin came off in a go. I tried to remove them at home with a trash can nearby, but let’s say that I was vacuuming a bit more than usual since my rugs were sprinkled with little souvenirs from my beauty adventure.

The result? Incredible. Into week two, the skin on my feet was pink, perfect and glowing. I also learned that because this new skin had never known the rigors of my prior walking routine (“30 blocks? It’s faster just to walk!”), I had to go easy on them. I would advise skipping shoes that rub for a few weeks after exfoliation: If you’re like me, you’ll want to keep your feet in pristine condition.

Cut to a month in, and my feet are still smoother and less scaly than they were before applying the product. I’ll probably do a treatment about once every two to three months to keep my feet soft (and to reduce the pedicure shame I feel when hitting the salon). Considering that Baby Foot has stretched my time between pedicures, it’s saving me money. After all, heavy-duty exfoliation is usually best left to the experts, but with consistently-smooth feet, I can handle the polish change at home.

Viva la Baby Foot! I love this product!

Kristin Booker is a contributing writer on iVillage.

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by Platinum Member on Sep. 28, 2013 at 5:39 PM

:) never heard about "baby foot peel" before.

I wouldn't try it though.

Too ... artificial


by Platinum Member on Sep. 28, 2013 at 5:40 PM
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Blades are dangerous

Soaking your foot in warm water, putting lotion, and always wearing socks should take care of dry foot IMO

by "Dude!" on Sep. 28, 2013 at 5:42 PM
I want to try it!! Someone be the guinea pig.
by on Sep. 28, 2013 at 6:02 PM

Oh, man, I need this but it sounds unhealthy/too scary.

by Lois Lane on Sep. 28, 2013 at 6:13 PM

I really need something like this, but I agree with some of the others. It looks scary and unnatural. 

by on Sep. 28, 2013 at 6:24 PM
I would do it without a second thought
by Platinum Member on Sep. 28, 2013 at 6:29 PM


We Tried It: Baby Foot Exfoliating Peel

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Baby Foot ReviewCourtesy of Andrea Lavinthal

What it is: A Japanese foot peel that removes dead skin

Who tried it: Andrea Lavinthal, Style Director

Why she did it: Because wearing socks with sandals isn't a trend this season

How crazy is it on a scale from one to Kim Kardashian's blood facial? We give it a 5.5 since it's painless but kind of gross.

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I was recently asked to remove my shoes before entering a friend's apartment. This upset me greatly - not just because I'm scarred from the Sex and the City episode where someone takes Carrie's brand new Manolos, but because I was self-conscious about the way my feet looked after several months of stuffing them into socks and boots.

I remembered a few of my beauty blogger friends Tweeting about a Japanese product called Baby Foot that sloughs away all the dead skin, so I tracked it down. (You can buy it at Beauty Sage for $25.)

Per the instructions, I slid the plastic booties on my feet (they contain a clear liquid that is a mix of exfoliating fruit acids) and secured them with the adhesive provided in the box, then hung out for an hour. Next, I rinsed off my feet and waited for something to happen.

After two days I was convinced the stuff didn't work, then all of the sudden I noticed my heel was flaking a little. Within hours the skin on the bottom of my feet was shedding at an alarming rate and continued to do so for three more days. I had to wear socks around my apartment because it got a little gross. Lots of people have posted photos of this stage. I would refrain from Googling unless you have a strong stomach.

The Verdict: Once the peeling stopped, my feet felt way softer than they do after a pedicure. I'll probably use Baby Foot again mid-summer when my heels revert back to their normal state.

Quoting LauraKW:

I want to try it!! Someone be the guinea pig.



by Thatwoman on Sep. 28, 2013 at 8:21 PM
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I had the calluses on the bottom of my feet removed once.

It will NEVER happen again.

I could barely walk in socks for three days --it made my feet SO sensitive.

I can (currently) run on gravel in bare feet. It's why I like my calluses: they're useful.

by René on Sep. 28, 2013 at 8:32 PM

I would do it if I could afford it.  My feet arent too bad anymore but when I was younger the calouses were very thick.  I would have loved something like that back then.

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