4 Reasons Why You Should Be Using Foot Peeling Masks

Written by Niharika Nayak

Everyone appreciates getting a good pedicure session at our favorite salon, right? That feeling of getting our feet washed, massaged, scrubbed, and polished is the ultimate joy for many of us. This is especially the case if we have jobs that involve running around or spending a lot of time chasing after toddlers. Although it might be challenging to get that relaxing feeling we used to get while getting a pedicure due to stress surrounding the pandemic, there is one solution — foot peeling masks. If you’re thinking, “WTH is a foot peeling mask?”, don’t worry, you’re not alone! This is definitely a new trend, and not many people are aware of it. It’s been the rage all across the internet, and we are here to tell you why! sit back, and binge on some fun Netflix shows while you wrap your feet in a relaxing foot mask:

What Is A Foot Peeling Mask?

It is exactly what it means. There is no complicated process involved. You can purchase a foot peel mask at your makeup/beauty store. The foot peel mask is a kind of chemical peel that helps to remove dead skin cells from your feet in a few days. They are performed with natural solutions, mixtures and not by using harsh chemicals. You basically apply a fruit-based solution that is acidic in nature and wait till it gently breaks down the dead skin cells on your feet and reveals the fresh, soft, and new skin beneath it.

It takes about a week for dead skin cells to form (1), and the skin starts to shed after just one day or two. The best way for you to speed up this process is by dipping your feet in lukewarm to warm water for around ten to fifteen minutes every single day. Once you start to see the dead skin coming off, get ready to fuel your guilty pleasure and peel your skin off. Most foot peeling masks consist of fruit enzymes and AHAs that help dissolve the skin away. Plus, unlike a pumice stone, foot peeling masks actually penetrate deeper into your skin’s layers and help soften and repair your skin.

How Exactly Does It Work?

How Exactly Does It Work

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If you were wondering how exactly the process works, it can be explained in five simple steps:

Step 1: Ensure that your feet are soaked in warm water for about fifteen to twenty minutes. This will help soften all the dead skin cells around your toes and heels.

Step 2: Once your feet are done soaking, pat them dry and open the sock-like masks before putting your feet in them.

Step 3: The next step is to pour the solution into those sock-like masks and seal off the top by peeling off its sticker. It’s preferable if you wear socks if you are moving around your place.

Step 4: Leave the mask on for about an hour or as is mentioned on the pack.

Step 5: Wait for a few weeks, and the skin on your feet will slowly start to peel off. That’s when the magic truly happens. Of course, the time frame will vary depending on the person, but by day fifteen, all of the skin on your feet should have peeled off.

What Are The Benefits Of Using One?

What Are The Benefits Of Using One

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One of the most significant benefits of using a foot peel mask is that you don’t really need to scrub your feet with a pumice stone to get rid of any dead skin cells. Your dead skin will start peeling off in just a day, and all you really need to do is sit back and relax. As tempting as it may be, try resisting the urge to peel the skin off yourself (at least in the initial stages). Not only is it super satisfying, but here are four reasons why it’s the best:

1. It Is A Deep-Setting Moisturizer

It Deeply Moisturizes The Feet

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A foot peel will leave your skin with a fresh layer of new skin that is pristine and doesn’t have any cracks, bumps, or calluses on it. The new skin cells will also absorb moisture from your body and its surrounding environment more easily. Hence, it will be much easier to maintain its shiny new appearance. This is especially so in the winter months when the air around you is dry, and you will not have to worry about creams and lotions to keep your skin soft and supple.

2. You Can Easily DIY It

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Since most of us are working from home and many offices haven’t opened up yet, this is the perfect way for you to unwind and relax. All you really need to do is buy the mask, and you’re sorted. Say goodbye to wallet-burning prices in the salon in the name of a sophisticated pedicure. It is incredibly relaxing and just another pastime wishlist.

3. It Helps Heal Cracked Heels

It Helps Heal Cracked Heels

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A foot peeling mask truly can work its magic, and by the end of the week, your skin will be soft, supple, and glowing. Cracked heels are caused by constant exposure to alien particles and also dry environments (2). A foot peeling mask can help heal your cracked heels and leave it feeling like a newborn. Never ignore cracked heels because they result in bleeding if left untreated.

4. It Gets Rid Of Foul Odours

It Gets Rid Of Foul Odours

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If you are someone who runs or walks a lot, you understand the smelly feet issues. All of these problems are caused due to a buildup of dead skin cells and even fungus (athlete’s foot). A foot mask will help you get rid of scales, cracks, and sealing off areas where foul odors can make a home.

The term ‘foot peel’ might sound like some graphic, painful action, but it is perfect to get rid of unwanted dead skin cells and cuticle dirt. You don’t have to go through the daily process of rubbing your feet with soap. Moreover, soap causes dryness easily. Most of the time, foot care is pushed to the sidelines because it is usually not that visible. But foot massages, if you have not heard, act as a relaxing exercise and also induce good sleep. You should keep the above pointers in mind. You shouldn’t use the foot mask if you suffer from painful cracks in your foot, open wounds, severe skin allergies, and sensitive skin. Do let us know all of your thoughts in the comment section below!

Sources

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  1. Skin Immune Landscape: Inside and Outside the Organism
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5664322/
  2. Management of Padadari (cracked feet) with Rakta Snuhi (Euphorbia caducifolia Haines.) based formulation: An open-labeled clinical study
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6639817/
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