This story was originally published on August 7, 2014.
Baby Foot is a chemical peel for your feet. Just know that going in. No ladylike eye cream stories this week, people. Things are about to stop being polite and start getting real — and really, really gross. But, the BEST kind of gross.
I’ve been wanting to try this crazy product ever since our beauty director used it and described, in revolting detail, the metamorphosis her feet went through. Baby Foot promises to rid your soles of the toughest, roughest calluses and reveal the smoothest feet you’ve had since, like, birth. We’re talking about results that no pedicure can achieve and no cream can come close to, all for $20. Obviously, I was gonna do it.
We ladies have a tendency to put our feet through some pretty inhumane conditions (looking at you, heels). And, if you’re an urban dweller, this time of year in particular, things can get downright gnarly, what with the seasonal affliction of Summertime City Foot™. I walk 7,000 to 14,000 steps a day, and though I spend half my time in Keds, and the other in flat sandals, my feet had reached a critical point. While falling asleep one night last month, my boyfriend gave a yelp of actual pain. Had I stabbed him in his sleep? No. The ball of my foot had brushed against his calf.
Something had to be done.
I ordered Baby Foot on Amazon (having gotten permission to use aforementioned boyfriend’s Amazon Prime subscription to get the stuff here immediately). I spent the following 48 hours maniacally Googling images of people using Baby Foot (HOLY SHIT), and dreaming of the day my talons would emerge, snake-like from their rough and heinous scales.
Photo: Courtesy of Baby Foot.
The box comes with two plastic-bag booties already lined with the magic gel, a combination of “17 types of natural extracts” according to the website. The ingredients list mainly fruit acids, but also the stuff you’d typically find in a chemical peel: glycolic, lactic, and salicylic acids, as well as alcohol. This might be the one skin-care product you actually want to find alcohol in (for reasons that will soon become obvious).
The instructions were simple — almost too simple. According to Baby Foot, all you do is wash and soak your feet, apply the booties, wash off, then wait. In five to seven days, the peeling should begin. But, in sorting through the hundreds of old-pro user reviews, I picked up some useful tips, then set aside a Saturday afternoon for the big event. I set up the couch with necessities: laptop, socks, paper towels, phone. Then, I took a bath.
Baby Foot Tip #1: Soaking is mandatory.
Before using Baby Foot, wash your feet with soap and water, then soak them for about 15 minutes (hence, the bath). Next, dry your feet off and pop them in the booties. Use the provided tape to close loose ends. If you need to walk around, throw some big socks over the …