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Look down and be honest: Your feet could probably use a little extra attention, right? That’s where the best foot peels come in. Calluses and cracked heels are year-round problems, since they can build up in any footwear (we’re looking at you, white sneakers) and really get put on display during beach and sandals season. But thanks to internet-famous products like Baby Foot, getting rid of them is only a mask away.
Unlike the rough scrubs and files you’re probably accustomed to, foot peels can be done at home with minimal effort. Many are chemical peels, which often use hydroxy acids (like AHAs and BHAs) to dissolve dead skin in the outer layers until it literally sheds or sloughs off your soles, explains Joshua Zeichner, MD, director of cosmetic and clinical research at Mount Sinai Hospital’s dermatology department in New York City. He recommends looking for formulas that contain ingredients like glycolic, lactic, or salicylic acid, which are popular chemical exfoliators.
“Skin on the bottom of the feet becomes thick and rough because of daily trauma from everyday activities like walking,” Dr. Zeichner says. “Removing this protective layer can leave the feet sensitive, so you have to be cautious when using a foot peel.” At most, he recommends using one only once every few weeks. If you have sensitive skin or would rather skip the week-long peeling process, you can also try foot masks, which nourish feet with rich moisturizers. Either way, you’ll walk away with soft skin, no salon trip necessary.
To make your choice a little easier, these are the very best foot peels and masks available right now, according to reviewers. Whether you’re hoping to achieve smooth skin as quickly as possible or heal cracked feet that have been worn down by running, you’ll find a top-rated option here. (And hey, while you’re at it, might as well throw in a foot massager too.)
Patchology PoshPeel Pedi Cure Foot Treatment
A potent cocktail of glycolic, salicylic, lactic, and citric acids goes to work as soon as you pour the activating essence into these booties. (Dead skin doesn’t stand a chance.) This higher-end take on foot care is a perennial favorite of online shoppers, who say it takes about a week to work its magic. “This is much better than scrubbing with pumice or a foot file or, heaven forbid, a foot razor, those processes which always left my feet feeling more damaged than smooth,” one Nordstrom reviewer raves. “I’m in love!”
- Type: Chemical peel
- Pros: Effective formula
- Cons: Might not be strong enough for tough skin.
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