It’s not often that I would dedicate a blog post to a week in the life of my feet – but they have had a fairly exciting time recently as I decided to try a pair of exfoliating socks. That’s right – socks that pedicure your feet. How genius is that? The experience went something like this….. (warning, there may be ucky foot pictures ahead!)
Last Saturday: Pop my feet into the socks. They’re made of plastic so it’s kind of like sitting wearing a carrier bag full of nasty smelling gloopy gel. Said gloopy gel includes a mix of milk enzymes and hydroxy acids that break down the bonds that stick dead skin cells to your feet. You wear them for an hour, rinse things off, then over the next two weeks you start to flake off the old dead skin and reveal new baby soft feet.
Wednesday. I went to London wearing plimsols and tights – it was a bit warm for that. I then got home, went to rinse my feet off and realised bits of skin were peeling from the soles. My brain of course has erased all memory of the sock wearing hour. A brief scream and quick brain scan of the symptoms of athlete’s foot/leprosy, I then remembered. Peeling had begun.
Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Attempt not to pick at peeling feet – fail miserably. Resort to setting a ‘you are only allowed to pick for two minutes – and you mustn’t pull anything that doesn’t flake off easily’ rule. Discuss peeling feet with other journalists on twitter – seriously, if there’s a meeting of beauty journos in the next few days, there will be a lot of closed heel shoes.
Sunday – peeling is nearly complete other than a tiny bit of really hard skin at the base of my heels which should fall off in a day or two according to the instructions. I am virtually sandal ready! Easiest. Pedicure. Ever.
I have however found a list of things that you can’t do while peeling is in process….
Wear any kind of sandal, unless you want people to think you have leprosy
Go swimming or to a spa – see above
Go shoe shopping – seriously, they will throw you back out into the High Street before you can say ‘it’s cosmetic honest’
Diet – you spend a lot of willpower trying not to peel off the skin. This uses up any you may have required to cut calories.
Stay at a friend’s house or visit people who make you remove your shoes – you will leave traces of yourself on their carpet!
Despite that, I loved them. They probably aren’t right for you if you normally keep your feet sandal ready (just in case you need to don a slingback or jet off to Bali or something) as there won’t be enough of a build up to warrant the acid attack – but, if like most people you develop a hoof-like heel build up over the winter and only confront the horror when there’s a chance that you might actually have to reveal your feet it’ll save you endless initial scrubbing (which can make things quite sore after all). You can then use products like the Ped Egg, or my personal fave the MicroPedi to keep things under control afterwards.
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