I'm a fan of acids in my skincare products (see why I love hyaluronic acids here), so when I was offered a pair of Footner Exfoliating Socks I was curious to see what alpha-hydroxy acids would do to my feet. We all know that our feet usually seem a little nicer after some hardcore manual exfoliation, but do they really need a chemical peel?
You get a pair of plastic socks, filled with a gel. They retail at £19.99, so it's a little more expensive than the quick face mask you throw on for a weekly treat. The first thing that hits you when you open them up is the smell; they smell pretty strong, almost like nail polish. When you've paid £20 for a one-time-use product, this is strangely reassuring.
You wear the plastic socks underneath regular socks to keep them secure, leaving them on for about an hour. Now, don't say I didn't warn you. The gross bit is coming up.
Why do we get hard skin?
Relentless pressure and friction cause an accumulation of dead skin cells which is very difficult for the body’s natural exfoliation removal process to cope with. This is when a build up of hard skin occurs and if not treated it can develop into callus and even cracked and bleeding heels which can be extremely painful and unsightly.
The active AHAs (alpha-hydroxy acids) in Footner, also used in cosmetic skin peels, soften the hard skin build up and loosen the ‘glue’ that binds dead skin cells together, starting the exfoliation process naturally. Only the dead skin cells are removed, leaving feet pedi-perfect.
So, I relaxed in bed, wore the socks, and after an hour washed the peel away. I definitely felt something happening whilst wearing them, a little stingy but not unbearable. Again, this isn't really an issue; when you're paying this much money you *want* to feel something so you know it's working.
Nothing happens at first. The first three days things are pretty much how they were before. The skin on the top of your feet starts to become very dry and crack/flake off, and the soles of your feet feel almost plasticky, but nothing's happening really.
Then it does.
I was having a bath, and my feet felt odd. I took a look and it seemed that the peel had kicked in. I've honestly never seen anything like it. They tell you not to pull the skin away, nor to use moisturiser, so I did my best to just leave it. But blimey, it gets messy.
No matter how much skin you pick and peel off, there always seems to be loads more. It takes about 10 days in total, and you end up with massive chunks of skin everywhere. Largely in bed, but in your socks too. In fact, anywhere you're silly enough to be barefoot. You have to laugh or you'd cry.
I told you it got gross.
This stuff is intense in ways I didn't expect. It definitely works, and unlike a £2 face mask is more than just a relaxing weekend treat. Your feet will peel.
This product was sent to me to review, but as always, all opinions are my own.