Give Your Feet a Little Extra TLC With These Foot Masks

Bye, Cracked Heels! 6 Easy, Relaxing Ways To Turn Your Feet Baby Soft This Winter

Give Your Feet a Little Extra TLC With These Foot Masks

Although our feet may be hidden under thick socks and boots this time of year, there’s no better time to give your feet some extra TLC to help keep them soft, smooth, and beautiful. By the time sandal weather rolls around again, your feet won’t have to come hibernation before you show them off in a pair of strappy shoes.

As we’ve recently discussed, skin needs proper hydration and moisture–and that includes feet, too! Taking care of your feet can bring unique challenges, however, as feet endure a lot of physical stress, making them prone to cracked heels, calluses, roughness, and muscle soreness. As is often the case, a little lotion here and there isn’t enough to return feet to their soft and pretty state.

Fortunately, foot care can not only restore your feet—but it’s also a form of self-care that makes you feel lovely and pampered from head to, well, toe!

Next time you’re ready to give your feet a little love, follow our natural, skin-friendly tips to renew your feet. Plus, we also answer the burning question, do I really need one of those Baby Foot masks? Keep reading!

1.   Soften skin and soothe muscles with an Epsom salt soak.

In a foot bath (or your bathtub), draw hot (but not scalding water) and add a half a cup of Epsom salts. Feel free to also add a few tablespoons of your favorite bath oil scented with essential oils for a spa- (and deodorizing experience). The salts will help relax tired foot muscles. Soak for at least 20 minutes then pat dry or follow with a scrub (see #2!).

2. Treat your feet with a grainy scrub.

Gently rub feet with a grainy scrub— this DIY Spicy, Warming Foot Scrub to help remove dead skin and reveal beautiful, soft feet. If your feet are seriously rough, incorporate step #3.

3. Use a pumice stone (with a caveat)

With pumice stone in hand, it can be tempting to get feisty and really go after your calluses, but try to avoid completely sloughing off every rough spot on your foot. Doing so can make your feet vulnerable to blisters next time you’re in shoes (speaking from experience).

Also, it is possible that rubbing feet, i.e. creating friction, may actually trigger the growth of calluses, meaning that a pumice stone, or any other physical exfoliant, is only a temporary fix.

In other words, what you sand down will eventually come back.

With all of that in mind, if you do want to use a pumice stone, use it regularly but with moderation—simply smooth calluses so they’re a little softer and a little less obvious.

Should I use a Baby Foot mask?

You may have heard friends rave about something called Baby Foot. It’s a chemical peel formulated with a fruit acid that causes the skin cells of your feet to exfoliate en masse to later reveal ultra-soft feet.

  If you want to give Baby Foot (or other similar foot peel) a try, keep in mind that results are not immediate. After 3-7 days, your skin will begin to peel, and skin may actually feel drier before the peeling process is complete. Oh, and also a warning: it’s going to get gross.

It’s got a reputation for “molting” which, perhaps because it rhymes with “revolting,” is just an unfortunate word.

4. Apply moisturizer to damp skin

Always apply lotion or oil to damp skin to help seal in moisture. When skin is damp, it more readily absorbs emollients. Spend a few moments mindfully massage feet–they will feel so happy and loved!

Susanne Kaufmann Warming Foot Cream

5. Don’t forget your cuticles

Massage a cuticle oil into the cuticles of your toenails. This will nourish the nail, help prevent dreaded cracking and peeling, and soothe skin around the nail.

6. Wear socks over lotion.

After you’ve applied an emollient cream or oil to your feet and cuticle oil to your toenails, pop on a pair of cotton socks. This is an easy step that goes a long way in making the skin on your feet extra soft.

What are your favorite ways to care for your feet?

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The best foot peeling masks for seriously soft feet

Give Your Feet a Little Extra TLC With These Foot Masks

Published: 22:11 BST, 5 May 2020 | Updated: 22:41 BST, 5 May 2020

Are the soles of your feet hard, cracked and unsightly? Well look no further, as a foot peel is the perfect solution to fixing your feet.

Despite sounding a tad scary, a foot peel is simply a pair of socks drenched in exfoliating acids that help slough away and remove hard dead skin.

You wear them for up to an hour, then rinse. Results aren't instant; the skin will start to peel and fall off a couple of days after using. And be warned: it is gross, and you will want to steer clear of sandals during the process, which can take up to two weeks depending on the state of your soles.

But the results are unbeatable. Your feet will be oh so baby smooth, and you'll save money by skipping the salon, too.

Ahead, we've selected five tried-and-tested exfoliating foot peel masks that live up to the hype and will grant you seriously smooth soles.

Amazon shoppers are obsessed with the Plantifique Natural Superfoods Foot Peel Mask, which has amassed over 1,900 reviews on Amazon with an average star rating of 4.3 5. 

The best seller has been described as an essential for getting feet back in tip-top condition ahead of spring and sandal-wearing season. 

Formulated with milk and plant extracts, including sweet peach and hydrating aloe, the foot peeling mask will help shed dead skin and moisturise your soles. No scrubbing required. 

Plus, the package contains two pairs of masks. We recommend wearing your socks over the foot masks to keep them in place. 

Buy now on Amazon

Un other foot peels, Patchology's PoshPeel PediCure comes in two parts: the exfoliating liquid and the foot mask socks, so you can tailor your peel. 

The super-strong peeling mask contains a blend of glycolic, salicylic, lactic and citric acids, as well as moisturising castor oil and rosemary extract that nourish the skin. It's ideal for rough, stubborn, calloused feet in need of some TLC. Plus, the socks are seriously comfortable and secure. 

For best results, soak your feet in warm water before using the peel to help soften the skin. 

Buy now on Cult Beauty 

The Footner's Exfoliating Socks won't leave you pocket as they're now under £10. Another Amazon favourite, the affordable exfoliating socks have been formulated with a cocktail of acids including mandelic, lactic and glycolic and fruit extracts, which will work together to loosen layers of dead skin gently. 

It can take up to ten days to see results, and some users will find that their skin peels off in sheets, while others will peel a little bit each day. 

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Say goodbye to your calluses with the Starskin Magic Hour Exfoliating Double Layer Foot Mask Socks. 

Slip-on the double-layer foot mask socks for 60 to 90 minutes and let the mixture of exfoliating lactic acid, softening soybean, and anti-inflammatory calendula work its magic. It will remove any rough patches while also deeply moisturising your soles. 

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This affordable (and effective) K-beauty product from TONYMOLY exfoliates dry patches and calluses, yet is deeply hydrating. 

Its combination of glycolic acid and salicylic acid exfoliates, while argan oil (which is rich in vitamin E and fatty acids), plus peppermint and lavender, moisturise, refresh and soothe. There's also a separate pouch of foot cream included. 

Buy now on Beauty Bay 

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We Tried the Top-Rated Foot Peels, and These Are Our Honest Thoughts

Give Your Feet a Little Extra TLC With These Foot Masks

Plans to Netflix and chill for the foreseeable future? Same. Which is why the best foot peels sound pretty appealing right about now. With winter finally behind us, it means our feet could probably use some extra attention.

Boot season often goes together with rough calluses and cracked heels, leaving them hard and tough after too much wear.

Fortunately, thanks to the phenomenon of Baby Foot—the internet-loved foot peel that's equal parts incredible and disgusting—there are more options than ever for you to give your feet the baby-soft feel of a salon treatment at home, no scrubbing required.

The most popular are chemical peels. Similar to the ones for your face, most contain alpha hydroxy acids and fruit enzymes to dissolve dead skin until it literally sheds off your feet.

(There's a reason people compare Baby Foot to snake skin.) But if you'd rather not spend a week shedding, that's where masks come in.

Formulated with hydrating oils and extracts, they penetrate deep into rough spots to soften and repair skin.

To see how all the top-rated options stack up, we called on Glamour editors to give the best foot peels and masks a test run. Here's how our feet fared.

All products featured on Glamour are independently selected by our editors. However, when you buy something through our retail links, we may earn an affiliate commission.

  • I'd always heard that Baby Foot was insane, but wow. This was my first time using a foot peel or really any type of foot exfoliant outside of the standard pedicure treatment. Putting it on was really simple. The solution comes in these little tie-on booties. I wore socks on top of them so I could sit on my bed without worrying about the product spilling out. A first word of warning: The fruit extracts in the peel ate away three layers of nail polish and turned my toes a weird orange shade for a few days, so I was slightly worried at first. But once it started peeling (it took about three days to get there), it got the job done and then some. It was a lot of fun waking up each morning to see what skin had started peeling away. And I pretty much made all my friends touch my feet to feel how soft they were. After two weeks, and my feet were completely peeled and baby soft. My biggest recommendation is that before you do it, you have to be okay with wearing sneakers. Your skin really does peel off in sheets. —Khaliha Hawkins, producer
  • I've long been a fan of Karuna's sheet masks, so I was stoked to hear it had launched its own version of Baby Foot. I've written about my crazy-dry feet before and how no matter what I try, they always seem to look so haggard. This gave me hope. First, despite having exfoliating ingredients, it actually doesn't peel off your skin. Rather, a combination of hyaluronic acid, peptides, and vitamins come together to leave your feet supersoft. It says you can leave them on for only 20 minutes or cover the masks with socks and sleep in them overnight. I'd recommend the latter. There's nothing more satisfying than waking up to an overnight skin transformation. —Lindsay Schallon, senior beauty editor
  • My feet are pretty dry and tough from years of dancing, so I to treat them to a moisturizing mask every once in a while, and this is my favorite. The booties are plastic, so there's very little mess, and they securely fasten so you can comfortably move around if you choose, though I recommend sitting in front of the TV. Instead of exfoliating acids (no peeling here), the sheet masks use oat and shea butter to moisturize and repair dry, rough skin. It says to leave them on for 10 minutes, but I kept them on for the duration of an episode of Gossip Girl, and was left with baby-soft feet. —Bella Cacciatore, beauty associate 


Give Your Feet a Little Extra TLC With These Foot Masks

Give Your Feet a Little Extra TLC With These Foot Masks

You’ve probably tried your fair share of face masks and potentially even body or hair masks, but the masking mania doesn’t just stop there.

Have you ever heard of foot masks? Foot masks, similar to other types of masks, are designed to deliver different skin-care benefits — the only difference is the target area is your feet, rather than your face.

There are foot masks formulated to exfoliate, hydrate and soothe. 

Here’s how they usually work: You slip your feet into the paper socks, let them sit for a predetermined amount of time (sometimes for more than 30 minutes) and wait while the ingredients work their magic. As weird as it sounds, the whole ritual can be surprisingly relaxing. Ahead, we rounded up our favorite foot masks to try out for yourself. 

IROHA Nature Nourishing Cannabis Hemp Seed Oil Foot Treatment Mask Socks

Formulated with cannabis sativa seed oil, omega 6 and 3 acids, plus vitamin A, C, E and other antioxidants, these nourishing treatment socks hydrate and soothe skin while leaving them feeling softer and smoother. The mask works in as little as 15 minutes and is great for once-a-week use. 

Baby Foot Exfoliation Foot Peel

Just the skin on your face, you can’t achieve maximum softness without first exfoliating. The Original Baby Foot Peel works to leave your feet feeling baby-soft with the hour-long treatment.

Formulated with 16 natural extracts to chemically exfoliate and moisturize, it removes dead skin to reveal a new layer underneath.

Editor’s tip: Don’t try this foot mask during sandal season — it’s better suited for the fall or winter when you won’t mind your feet peeling. 

Dr. Jart+ Dermask Foot Smoothing Mask

Give yourself an at-home salon treatment with the Dr. Jart+ Dermask Foot Smoothing Mask. The foil mask is inspired by professional techniques and contains an innovative warming technology while infusing the skin with a hydration essence. Leave them on for a total of 20 minutes to reveal smoother skin.  

STARSKIN The Gold Mask Foot VIP

These gold foil booties contain two layers — one soaked in a Bulgarian rose and shea butter formula, and the second with an intense warming effect for better absorption. In just 15 minutes, the formula will help revitalize, smooth and nourish your skin.

Karuna Exfoliating+ Foot Mask

Formulated with glycolic and lactic acid to chemically exfoliate, this mask works to remove dead surface skin cells from your feet, while hydrating with coconut and jojoba oil and shea butter.

The oil-infused serum in the socks works in just 20 minutes, but you can also leave it on overnight for a deeper treatment (just apply regular socks over the paper mask booties to keep them in place).


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Now Is the Perfect Time to Try the Cult-Favorite Baby Foot Peel

Give Your Feet a Little Extra TLC With These Foot Masks

As someone who’s been using the cult-favorite Baby Foot peel for years, I would be remiss not to shout from the rooftops that now is the perfect time to hop on the bandwagon if you haven’t already.

Sure, we might not have an immediate need for supersmooth, soft feet (it’s not we’re going to the beach anytime soon, sigh), but with everything going on, this freakishly effective skin exfoliating foot peel is a welcome dose of self-care.

Before I go any further, though, some background: For those who haven’t heard of Baby Foot ($25,, it’s an exfoliating foot peel that comes in the form of plastic booties.

Inside the booties is a gel that claims to soothe hard, dry, and cracked feet, as well as improve foot odor and fungus.

By now the foot mask has become a cult favorite for drastically sloughing off dead skin to reveal the baby-smooth feet beneath (hence the name).

Which brings me back to why now is the perfect time to indulge in this gratifying foot-peeling ritual. There’s not a lot to look forward to amid a pandemic, so waking up each day feeling morbidly curious to check on the progress of your peeling feet can make a small but impactful difference.

It might sound silly, but it has spiced up my mundane quarantine. I’m not the only one who thinks so, either. The Baby Foot peel is currently sold out at a few retailers because tons of people are trying out new beauty routines in quarantine or just looking to do self-care at home.

Luckily, though, there are a few dupes out there, including ones I’ve tried and loved. You can check them out below.

First, though, let’s talk logistics and revisit the perennial popularity of Baby Foot with some reviews from former staffers who tried it and loved it.

How do the Baby Foot peel and similar products work?

It’s important to understand how and why Baby Foot works. So SELF talked to Lifestyle Podiatry podiatrist Dennis Shavelson, D.P.M., to find out why this product has such a dramatic outcome.

He explained that the gel inside the bootie contains salicylic acid and alpha hydroxy acids ( citric, glycolic, and lactic). Chemical exfoliants these break down the fibers that bind the dead skin cells together (called desmosomes).

Together, these chemicals break up the dead skin cells so the skin can easily peel away on the surface.

There are a few things you want to be aware of health-wise before diving into this chemical peel treatment. The label warns against using this on babies (they already have “baby feet”).

If you’re pregnant, consider consulting your doctor before use just to make sure it’s okay for you. Also, if you have any foot issues wounds, heel problems, open sores, or infections, you shouldn’t use this.

Shavelson also recommends that those who are diabetic or have poor circulation should consult a doctor before using this product.

You should also be aware of allergies before using an exfoliating foot peel. An allergic reaction to the ingredients could result in soreness, itching, redness, and blistering.

Shavelson compared it to a reaction to poison ivy.

If you do have a reaction, you should consult a professional or get medical attention IRL (for more information on how to get treatment for a non-coronavirus health emergency, read this article).

Ready to use the Baby Foot peel? Here’s how

Dana Davenport

Before you slip your feet into the booties, the package recommends you first soak your feet. Then you cut open the boots, slip both your feet in, and tape them up.

In my experience, the tape isn’t the greatest at holding the plastic bootie together, so I tend to either sit in the same place for the whole 60-minute treatment ( while I’m working) or put socks on over the booties to hold them in place.

Even then, you’re not going to be doing a ton of walking around either way—the socks keep the booties secure but your feet still slip and slide around in the gel.

After the hour is up, gently wash your feet. From there, it’s just a waiting game as Baby Foot works its magic and your skin starts to shed. Peeling your feet as you go is okay as the dead skin starts to detach, but Baby Foot recommends only removing what comes off easily—don’t pull off any skin before it’s ready (even if it is satisfying).

Now that you know the Baby Foot basics, here’s how it turned out for each editor.

1. “I started seeing major pieces of skin start to peel.”

Dana Davenport

The expectations: I exfoliate my feet regularly, once every three weeks or so. So I figured that I would have already exfoliated away most of my dead skin from the bottom of my feet. But when I turned my feet over to shoot “before” pictures I noticed they were really dry and cracked in certain areas, especially ( most people) the heel and ball.

The results: At first nothing was happening. , seriously, nothing. My feet maybe felt a little drier than usual and more sensitive. But when nothing significant was happening by morning of day three, I was starting to get nervous I did it wrong.

But when I was watching Stranger Things that night, I pulled my foot up to my thigh on the couch and WHOA! I started seeing major pieces of skin start to peel on the balls of my feet and heels. The next day I was walking around in my loafers all day. By the end of the day, I thought there was something in my shoes.

But it was just pieces of balled up dead skin.

Once I hit the one-week mark, I expected it to be pretty much finished. However, my family was confused and disgusted when they kept finding flakes of skin around. By day nine the bottom of my feet were pretty much all finished, but the peeling moved from the bottom of my feet up around the sides to the tops of my feet.

Then the tops of my feet shed in smaller, drier pieces. This continued until day 12! From my toes up to around my ankles was peel-central. After they finally stopped peeling, my feet did feel incredibly soft. There were no rough patches or any dry areas. Is it as dramatic as they say? Yes! And two weeks later my soles are still baby soft.

—Emily Rekstis

2. “My feet were left looking and feeling supersoft.”

Dana Davenport

The expectations: Full disclosure: I’ve done this before, and I loved it so much that I insisted on doing it again for this article. Baby Foot is absolutely disgusting and also a load of fun.

The results: It took about six days from application for my feet to start peeling, and then things got very gross very quickly. I tried not to help things along by peeling by hand, but I truly couldn’t help it. I also regularly soaked and physically exfoliated my feet to make sure I was getting the most Baby Foot!

I wore socks literally all the time to stop my vile feet from shedding all over my home. Luckily no one seemed to question my sartorial choices. It took about nine days for the skin peeling to stop entirely, and my feet were left looking and feeling supersoft. —Nina Bahadur

3. “I only saw light peeling.”

Dana Davenport

The expectations: I had never heard of Baby Foot before, but once I found out it could get rid of my calluses, I was in.

I have rough spots on the outside of my big toe, the ball, and heels of my feet due to the rubbing that comes with running and working out.

Average pedicures aren’t harsh enough to remove the thick skin in these areas, so I hoped this would help.

The results: At first my skin hardened in the trouble areas, but it didn’t really peel. One day I noticed some of the skin exfoliating and flaking off.

But other than that, I only saw light peeling throughout the sides of my feet and minimal flaking on the top—nothing drastic or alarming.

It all happened over nine days and didn’t really diminish my calluses or trouble areas. —Emily Abbate

4. “Baby Foot really worked everyone says.”

Dana Davenport

The expectations: I had heard about Baby Foot before but never tried it because it was never the right time.

I was afraid that my feet would be peeling in the middle of summer, so I was trying to hold out until the winter when I could hide the peeling in my boots. But honestly my heels were in need of some serious TLC.

Even after getting pedicures, it seemed my heels always remained powdery white and thick.

The results: It took a full week for my feet to start flaking. I was on a phone call and I saw skin hanging from the bottom of my foot.

For the next week the bottoms of my feet were slowly coming off in small sections. So much so that I started wearing socks as often as possible to keep myself from picking at the skin.

I couldn’t stop peeling it away piece by piece. And when I got in the shower, even more would rub off.

Then, once my soles were soft and new, the tops of my feet started to rub off as well. And while it was easy to hide the dead skin on the bottom of my feet, I got a lot of questions about what looked a skin infection on the top of my foot. After three weeks total, the process was finally over. Baby Foot really worked everyone says, but I kind of miss my calluses. —Jessica Cruel

5. “It was very satisfying when big sheets of skin came off.”

Dana Davenport

The expectations: My beauty editor friend told me about it.

She said you let your feet soak in these booties for an hour, and within a few days your dead skin comes off in sheets. I’m looking forward to a really satisfying, post-pedicure result.

I’m hoping it will leave my feet smooth, soft, and less beaten for a longer period of time than if I had just used a foot cream.

The results: Before the peeling started, my feet were dry and rough. They started to slightly peel on day three but with a lot of help on my end (I was pulling at the skin a bit—okay, a lot).

It didn’t hurt, and I could hardly notice anything was happening unless I looked down and saw the pieces of skin everywhere. It wasn’t as visible and drastic as I was expecting, but it was very satisfying when big sheets of skin came off.

It kind of felt I let a lot of Elmer’s glue dry on my feet and then I peeled it off.

My roommate did notice the pieces on the floor, but she didn’t know what they were exactly. I was quick to vacuum them up before she could ask any more questions. All in all it took about two weeks for the whole process.

It looks nasty at times but feels amazing. Most of the action happened around the thicker areas, the bottoms of my feet, heels, and the sides. As a whole, my feet are much softer and the calluses are all gone.

I’d absolutely recommend this treatment to others. —Elyse Roth

Additional reporting by Emily Rekstis.

If you’re sold, here are a few chemical foot peels to get you started


Treat your feet

Give Your Feet a Little Extra TLC With These Foot Masks

Our feet can take us to some amazing places. In fact, the average person walks approximately four miles per day. So those tootsies deserve to be pampered and taken care of after all the hard work they do for us.

There are lots of different things that you can do to keep your feet looking and feeling great (and plenty of products that were created especially to help). A few simple steps can make all the difference.

It’s great to let your hair down and throw on a pair of snazzy shoes occasionally, but don’t forget that supportive, comfortable shoes are your feet’s best friends. Investing in a good pair of shoes (especially for those long walks or days you’ll be spending on your feet) will really help combat foot-related aches and pains.

We all lead such busy lives and it’s easy to get caught up in that rush. Self care is incredibly important. It’s good to give your mind a rest and take the weight off your hard-working feet. Sit down with a nice cup of tea and have a crack at a crossword, read a book, do some adult colouring or simply just enjoy being in the moment.

Daily exfoliation will keep the rough skin of your feet soft and smooth. Pumice Power foot scrub is made with pumice to buff away dry skin, leaving your feet feeling polished and smooth. It also contains zingy organic sweet orange oil to refresh and cleanse the skin.

When you’re in the shower or bath, just give those toes a quick once-over with your soap or shower gel. This will keep germs at bay, and leave your feet smelling lovely too.

The thing that feet love the most is a good long soak in hot soapy water. Foot Soak And Fancy Free is perfect for giving your feet a soak with beautiful beneficial ingredients.

It is packed full of soothing chamomile blue and French lavender oil to help relieve tiredness and calm the skin.

Taking the time to dry your feet after a bath or shower helps to reduce the chance of bacterial growth or fungal infection.

A gentle, powder deodorant such as T For Toes absorbs excess moisture and contains antibacterial essential oils to assist in combating the microbes that cause smells.

You can even sprinkle a little bit into your shoes to keep them smelling just as fresh as your feet!
If you’re in the mood for floral feet, opt for geranium and moringa-scented Twinkle Toes foot powder, which is made with antiseptic bay oil to keep your toes in the best of health.

Whether or not you’re prone to dry skin, your feet could always use a little TLC. Menthol-filled Pink Peppermint foot lotion feels cool to the touch and is rich in soothing arnica and tagetes oils to relieve soreness.

Softy foot lotion helps keep your feet silky smooth and beach ready with moisture-rich cupuacu butter and soothing marshmallow root. A healthy dose of Fair Trade organic cocoa butter in both hydrates and softens to leave your feet soft and perky.

MaskIf you’re running short of time (or just enjoy pampering yourself) a foot mask is a great way to give your feet some extra attention. Foot masks are a wonderful way to keep your feet clean, fresh and cleansed.

Volcano foot mask is made with kaolin to cleanse and purify the skin, menthol and cinnamon to stimulate, fresh tomatoes to deodorise the feet, fresh papaya to brighten and pumice for a gentle exfoliating effect. Simply apply to the feet and sit back and relax for twenty minutes then wash off with warm water, massaging the feet in gentle circular motions.