I don’t know if I just don’t take as good of care of my feet as other girls do? But the bottom of my feet get so dry, cracked, and calloused. Honestly, to a ridiculous level. Like I should have have done something about it a long time ago.
I usually just go get a pedicure every once in a while and that would always make it better for a little while, but not long enough.
I started seeing foot peels around some beauty blogs and thought that might be just the extreme thing I need to. Patchology sent me their PoshPeel last summer. From my research, I knew I didn’t want to do the peel during sandal season, so I did it this winter (you might have followed along on my Instagram stories).
The product says progressive peeling action will take place over 3-7 days. The product also says to use for 60 minutes, or if you want greater exfoliation, use for 90 minutes. I went for the 90 meaning I left the booties on my feet, with the formula inside, for 90 minutes.
It was easy to just sit and stand at my desk and work wearing the booties. For maximum effect they also recommend soaking your feet in warm water for 15 minutes before and after you use the product, which I did. So I followed the directions for maximum peel to a T.
I used the product from 2-3:30 pm on a Friday and by the next morning at hot yoga, my feet were peeling just a little bit. I knew the next day at yoga I’d need to bring some grippy socks. I did, and I put them on about half way into the class because my feet were peeling (only a little on my own mat). I doubt anyone noticed but I wasn’t about to gross anyone out and be rude.
My feet started peeling pretty quickly but at first it was all the areas that I didn’t really care to peel — the tops of my feet, the arch on the bottom of my feet, the tops of my toes. Those spots weren’t calloused or cracked, but I should have realized they would peel anyway. The tops of my feet had some red spots, just new skin, but they weren’t sensitive or irritated or anything.
After 10 days I started to wonder if the rough parts were ever going to peel. I started soaking my feet in warm water for 15 minutes every night and then over the third week all of those rough calloused spots came off! I also followed the directions by only gently washing my feet with a washcloth in the shower, and not peeling at or picking at the skin.
It took me two to three weeks for all of the skin to come off in a gentle way (my dermatologist said definitely don’t pick at or peel the skin!). I worked out through most of it using grippy socks to conceal the peel.
I probably should have consulted my dermatologist before doing the peel instead of mid-way through, but she looked at the product and said it had good ingredients in it, however doing a foot peel isn’t something that she recommends. To help peel skin off the feet she recommended using AmLactin, which I immediately bought and have used and it definitely works — but it’s not the big dramatic peel that you’d get from the Patchology peel.
I told her how dry and cracked my feet were and she said to use the AmLactin, and then once you feel like you are in a desired spot with your feet, then after you shower immediately put on some Aquaphor (or similar) and then put on socks. Obviously this is best to do before you go to sleep, most people don’t want to walk around with Aquaphor on there feet during the day. So if you shower in the morning you could always soak your feet in warm water in the evening, then put on the Aquaphor and socks and then go to sleep. The Aquaphor seals in the moisture and you’ll wake up with softer, more hydrated feet.
Yes, you’ll have to pick some socks that you don’t care about and use them as your Aquaphor socks. I am not a huge fan of sleeping with socks on but my heels need the moisture so it’s now something I just have to deal with if I want my feet to not be dry and cracked.
Now that it’s been a few months since I did the peel, I’ve realized that I’m going to have to do regular maintenance with AmLactin and Aquaphor to keep my feet from being cracked and dry. The peel definitely helped speed up getting rid of the deep dead skin, but it was something I’d make sure you have time for. You aren’t going to want to wear sandals for 2-3 weeks, and I would spend time each evening soaking my feet in warm water so you’ll want to make sure you have time for that.
You also might want to consult your dermatologist first, or if you have sensitive skin or skin issues DEFINITELY consult your dermatologist! Just be smart about it, don’t hurt yourself!