Baby Foot, an exfoliating peel has a cult-like following on Amazon. This peel, which touts an impressive 11.5k reviews on Amazon alone, claims it can make skin feel as soft as a baby’s by removing all those layers of built-up dead skin on your feet that are causing calluses and dryness to begin with. Baby Foot contains chemicals though—specifically, the gel is a blend of salicylic acid and alpha hydroxyl acids (AHAs) like citric, glycolic, and lactic acids, which according to Dennis Shavelson, DPM, an NYC-based podiatrist, are the “gold standard of skin-line rejuvenators and chemical peels.”
|Dr. Dennis Shavelson
According to Dr. Shavelson, since those outer layers of skin on our feet serve as protection against everyday friction and trauma, they can get callused and hardened easily. Unlike foot masks, which are moisturizing and tend to have a deeply restorative effect on skin, Baby Foot triggers a response that causes all that thick, cracked, hardened, and/or otherwise damaged skin to shed like a snake’s, so it comes off in flakes or strips. Gross, but in theory, also highly satisfying.
Source: Shayna Murphy, USA Today [8/20/19]
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.
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