Foot peeling masks are something that I had been curious about for a while ever since reading about them on a few different blogs. Recently I’ve been going through my beauty product stash in preparation for moving house and I discovered that I actually had a foot peeling mask! My friend Louisa from the blog Intrepid Forays and Adventures gave me a bunch of masks she had got in Meme Boxes and amongst that was the Pureplus Skin Freyia Foot Peeling Mask. My feet have been a bit rough lately and since it’s sandal weather I decided to put it to the test. Keep reading for my review which includes photos of it in action!
BabyFoot is the product that started the foot peeling mask craze, and the Pureplus foot peeling mask follows in it’s foot steps. Foot peeling masks use chemical exfoliants, Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) in particular, to remove dead skin cells. The Pureplus mask uses lactic acid and glycolic acid which work to lift the dead skin cells. For more information about chemical exfoliation, Lab Muffin has a really great guide to chemical exfoliation. It is more gentle than physical mechanisms of removals like filing, plus it’s so much less effort.
Here’s how to use a foot peeling mask – first, you start by washing your feet. Then, open the packet and cut the the two socks with scissors to separate them. You put your foot in, and the Pureplus foot mask comes with sticky tabs to secure them around your ankle.
I set my timer, and sat down to watch tv. Walking around the house wasn’t a very easy experience because my feet were so slippery in the bags, I’d suggest putting slippers on or just chilling out on the couch while it’s working its magic. Once 90 minutes had passed, I washed off my feet and the waiting game began!
My friend told me it took a 9 days for her feet to start peeling, but on day 5 the fun started for me. I woke up that morning and my feet looked like they had been horribly sunburned. If you have some sort of self restraint you could just let them peel but of course I had to ‘assist’ which was disgusting and amazing at the same time. My feet peeled for about two weeks, during which time I made sure to wear closed in shoes because it was pretty gross. I even wore socks around the house so that I didn’t horrify my new flatmates. I definitely wouldn’t do this peel if I was going to be wearing sandals or heels, or had a new boyfriend or anything like that! If you’re wanting your feet to be silky smooth for a particular event, I would advise to do it a month in advance.
I promised I would post peeling feet pictures, and now it’s time to deliver on that promise. Warning, they’re pretty gross. Also the photography quality is low, it’s not easy to take high quality photos of your feet!
After all of this peeling, my feet are so much smoother. They aren’t quite baby smooth but I’m not sure if I would want them to be since I want to be able to go outside and walk around without my feet hurting. There are parts of my feet that I think could do with some more peeling, particularly around the heels. I wish I could apply the chemical exfoliants just to those parts, without affecting the tops of my feet and around my ankles.
A couple of people asked me if using the mask hurt, and it didn’t at all. The peeling didn’t hurt either, except in a couple of instances when I was a bit overeager and pulled some off before it was quite ‘ready’. I would advise against doing that. I would however totally recommend using this foot mask, the results are impressive and also you get a month of free entertainment (if you are gross like me).
I’m sure after reading this disgusting post you are all keen to do a foot peeling mask yourself. Like I said earlier, my friend gave this mask to me but I’ve done some research for where to buy them. I found the Pureplus Skin Freyia Foot Peeling Mask for sale on eBay for $9.98 USD with free international shipping. If you do the mask PLEASE tell me how you get on with it!
What do you think of my foot peeling mask experience? Horrifying or fascinating? Let me know in the comments!