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12 Jul

Beautiful Soles: An Unlikely Lockdown Makeover

If there’s one aspect of my life (literally, just the one) that’s thriving right now, it’s my beauty routine. Gone are the days when my skincare ritual boiled down to a quick scrub with a makeup wipe and a layer of moisturiser. I’ve lost count of the number of masks my face has seen in the past few weeks; my hair is so deeply conditioned I’m convinced I could star in a Herbal Essences ad and I’ve even embarked on an IPL laser hair removal journey. Despite all of this, my biggest lockdown glow-up has been my feet. Yes, feet.  

Other than painting my toes every few weeks and the odd gel nail treatment before a holiday (remember those?), my poor feet are pretty neglected. I’ve always dreamed of having beautiful soft feet a la Cinderella and her glass slippers, but alas, my trotters have always had more of an ugly stepsister vibe.  

I’ve been wanting to try Baby Foot since I first read about it years ago. Hailed as Japan’s number one selling foot peel, it contains plastic socks with 16 types of natural extract and promises to rid your feet of all their hard skin, leaving you with perfect, baby-soft soles. Sounds great, but who on earth wants to walk around leaving a trail of foot skin wherever they go? I’ll tell you who – a gal who has absolutely nowhere to go for the foreseeable future (bar a few trips to Tesco Express, but I’ll cope).  

After a grovelling apology to my housemate for what was to come, I excitedly made my order and waited for my magic Baby Foot booties to arrive. I planned my entire Friday night around the treatment (who am I?), as it requires an hour of sitting absolutely still – something which I am not good at. Baby Foot recommend taking a bath or shower immediately before, as this softens the skin and allows for maximum penetration of the gel. Once settled, simply pop the gel-filled booties on your feet and secure with the provided tape, you can even put a big pair of snuggly socks on over the top. Make sure you have plenty of snacks around and the TV remote close, to save any awkward squelchy shuffling.  

The pack advises to leave the socks on for an hour to allow the gel to absorb, but I went for two, just to be safe (plus I got very invested in the BBC iPlayer series I had put on). Once complete, remove the packs and wash the gel away with soap. I am not lucky enough to own a bath, so this step saw me partake in a series of GymnasticEsque moves in my minuscule bathroom, to bathe my slimy toes in the sink.  

Then comes the waiting game. Dead skin cells will start to peel within three to seven days after the initial application – if you’re impatient like me, this will feel like an age. I waited and waited and right on cue, on the third evening, my left foot began shedding like a reptile. Now, Baby Foot advises not to forcibly remove any dead skin, but, as a persistent popper and peeler of absolutely anything I can get my hands on, there was zero chance I was following that advice.  

The following days saw more and more skin peel away, helped along a little (okay, a lot) by me rubbing relentlessly every time I showeredIt is at this point, I breathe a sigh of relief that I do not live with a boyfriend and am perpetually single. Ladies, if you’re still in the honeymoon phase and your other half doesn’t yet know that you are, in fact, a functioning human who does not fart fairy dust – maybe give this one a miss for a few months.  

After around seven or eight days of shedding skin ALL OVER my flat (another public apology to my housemate), my feet had stopped peeling entirely and to my delight, emerged as the baby soft paws I was promised.  

It’s been two weeks since my treatment and my feet are the softest they’ve ever been in my adult life and quite frankly, I’m terrified to step anywhere without donning my slipper socks. I’m not going to subject you to my own before and after pics, but think Mia Thermopolis in the iconic Princess Dairies makeover scene.  

I documented my entire Baby Foot journey for the only person in the world who wouldn’t have blocked me on WhatsApp (my Mum) who was so impressed, she’s now ordered her own pack. If you want to take a look at some before and afters for yourself, head over to Baby Foot’s Instagram – but scroll at your own risk, it’s pretty gross. If you’re feeling inspired (and didn’t stop reading the second I mentioned foot skin) you can purchase Baby Foot here. Happy peeling!  

Sophie Charlesworth
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