Ariel Laur is a freelance writer from NYC who writes about health, beauty, and nutrition.
What Is Baby Foot?
Baby Foot is a Japanese product that will chemically peel dead skin cells off of the feet. It is a product designed to be used at home with the end result taking about 2 weeks to achieve. The name “baby foot” is meant to conjure up the image of a baby’s foot, which is soft and supple. This image lies in stark contrast with a typical adult foot, which tends to have thick layers of cracked skin. I am one of those adults! Baby Foot worked as described, and I am having the wonderful experience of becoming accustomed to having soft, beautiful skin on my feet.
Fruit Acid Causes the Dead Skin to Peel Off
The Baby Foot Company began selling its foot peel in Japan in 1995. The peel worked primarily through a chemical called pyroligneous acid. In 2008 this chemical was replaced by fruit acids that are gentler to the skin as well as offering a higher peeling effect.
Why Is a Peel Necessary?
The Baby Foot website explains that using a peel is the ideal way to remove the dead layers of skin. This is because using an abrasive method such as a pumice stone leaves the skin ragged and causes rough dry patches, and even if done every day, can’t compare with the results of this peel. Instead, the Baby Foot Peel uses fruit acid that “penetrates into the layers of dead skin cells and breaks down the desmosomes which hold the layers together.”
The cause of all of this accumulating dead skin is “pressure and friction from ordinary activities such as standing, exercising, and wearing shoes.” One way to avoid this accumulation is to wear “well-fitting shoes and insoles.”
Ordering Baby Foot
I was excited to try out Baby Foot, part of me was skeptical since it almost seemed too good to be true, but after seeing photos and hearing firsthand accounts of the effects of this peel, I decided to “go for it.” I ordered my kit from Amazon. After it arrived in the mail, I decided to set aside a Saturday afternoon when I would be able to sit for the one hour time it takes for the fruit acid to work. You can walk around while the product is on, but it is better to sit and relax.
Using Baby Foot
Here are the steps that I followed:
- First I soaked my feet for about 20 minutes since some reviewers suggested that this would make the peel more effective.
- I opened the box and removed the directions and the plastic socks. Then using scissors, I cut the top off of the plastic socks and placed the plastic socks over my feet. The peel liquid is already in the plastic sock.
- Then, using the plastic tape, (included) I sealed the top of the plastic sock.
- I then placed a cotton sports sock over each plastic sock (optional) since I read that this helps the peel to make better contact.
- I set a timer and waiting for the one hour time to elapse. During this time, I did walk around just a bit but the peel liquid and plastic sock made walking around seem cumbersome, and I felt like I might slip.
- I then washed the peel off my feet and forgot about it. I didn't feel any difference in the skin of my feet. My husband noticed that my feet did feel soft directly after this treatment.
- 5 days later I began to see some slight peeling, and the rough skin on my feet started to look dryer. My children took an interest in what to them was a science experiment. They liked watching the progression.
- 7 days later peeling really began, and this was weird and fun as the skin was peeling off in bits, and it was also tempting to pull off the sections of skin with my fingers, but the directions say to allow peeling to occur naturally, only remove skin that is already separated. Taking a bath or soaking the feet helped the dead skin to come off more easily.
- 2 weeks: By this point, all of the dead skin on the bottom of my feet had peeled off and there was some peeling on the top of my foot as well.
- 3 weeks: There was still some peeling on the top of my feet that lasted a couple of days longer.
- End Result: Beautiful soft feet, something I never thought I would have!
Before and After
While I do highly recommend this treatment since the results are quite amazing, you really can have smooth healthy feet, but the experience takes a while. It is a process that might not appeal to everyone since there will be dead sections of skin falling off during the process. Also, although my feet are quite soft, there are a few parts—perhaps those are callouses—where the skin feels thick. I might consider doing the treatment again.
To sum up the cons:
- Length of time it takes for the peel to work
- Process of dead skin peeling off
I purchased Baby Foot on Amazon.com for $35.00, which may seem like a lot of money, but I rationalized that it costs about the same as a manicure and pedicure. I have also had salon treatments that were meant to remove dead skin on my feet that cost around $15.00 and were effective but far less effective than Baby Foot. The average price right now for Baby Foot on Amazon is $30.00.
Better Than a Pedicure
I am happy to adjust to having such soft beautiful feet, something that I never imagined would happen. Although I had some pretty good pedicure treatments to remove the dead skin on my feet in the past, this treatment gives results that are far better than any professional treatments that I have had.
Baby Foot seems to be quite a unique product in that it is done at home and has better results than a dead skin removing pedicure treatment has. The odd experience of having dead skin falling off over the course of a few weeks is worth it when the soft skin results become apparent. The benefits are worth the effort and wait.
I will no longer be as envious of a baby’s foot since I can have one, too.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2015 Ariel Laur
Lana on November 21, 2019:
Is this product available in south africa?? What is the price in south african rand please.
Ariel Laur (author) from New York on May 06, 2015:
Hi Nell, I hadn't considered an at home peel either until it was recommended to me and then it seemed like a great thing. I hope the Baby Foot peel is helpful for your partner. Thank you!
Nell Rose from England on May 05, 2015:
Hi, to be honest I hadn't thought of this problem before, but after reading and watching it here I think it's a great idea! my partner has a bad heal which I blame on thick skin causing it to be too hard, so I will let him know about this, nice one!