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After a long winter of hiding our feet in slippers, socks and boots, our feet are most likely in need of some TLC before the arrival of sandal season.
For those unable or uncomfortable with heading to a local spa or nail salon, there are affordable ways to remove dead skin from your feet at home. Foot peels, like the SoftTouch Premium Foot Peel Mask, help your feet look their best — and we've found one that's currently marked down to only $20.
SHOP IT: Amazon, $20 (originally $30)
What is it?
The Foot Peel Mask by SoftTouch is an easy way to remove dead skin and callouses and relieve cracked heels in as little as one week. Each box contains two pairs of masks that are worn like booties for up to one hour around the house. The masks contain natural ingredients that help treat the skin on your feet without any scrubbing or exfoliating.
After one hour, remove the masks and wash your feet in warm water. Within four to 14 days, dead skin will begin to peel, leaving your feet soft and smooth.
There are some safety concerns to ensure your feet stay healthy and soft. As a safety precaution, never apply the mask if you have any cuts, warts or sores on your feet to prevent any irritation or allergic reactions. Dermatologists have also recommended that people with diabetes or who may be immunocompromised skip the at-home treatments and opt for doctor supervised foot care instead.
When your skin does begin to peel after a few days, even though it might be tempting, let the skin shed naturally. Picking at your feet, like you would pick at a sunburn, can cause damage to the skin and can cause over-exfoliation.
What people are saying
Foot peels are a popular way to take care of your feet at home, but with so many products on the market, customer reviews can definitely play a factor in making a purchase. SoftTouch's mask is Amazon's choice for foot peel masks with a 4.5-star rating based on more than 10,800 customer reviews online.
"I work as a nurse so of course I’m on my feet 12 hours a day, which means I have callouses galore. I am on day six now and oh my god, my feet feel so soft!" Oone shopper wrote. "My feet have never been this soft probably since I was born. I would definitely recommended 10/10 ! I can’t wait to use it again. Just make sure you wear socks as your feet will shed."
Some customers have noted that unlike other foot peels, SoftTouch takes a bit longer before your feet begin to peel. If you're planning on wearing sandals or open toed shoes to an event - you'll definitely want to apply the mask at least two weeks before you need to show off your feet.
"My feet get really rough during the summer when I walk around barefoot a lot. I like to use one when the weather gets colder and I wear my sneakers and boots, because your feet will peel and be super ugly. It's never painful, but it's crazy how much skin comes off," another shopper wrote. "My feet are always so soft afterwards. It takes a couple days after using this mask before it will start peeling but then it'll peel for maybe a week or so after, with minimal residual peeling. I would recommend leaving the mask on for no more than one hour as per the instructions, and soaking for 10-30 minutes every day will help with maximum peeling. You'll be leaving foot peelings in your socks and across the house so frequent vacuuming may be required."
The SoftTouch peel has earned rave reviews from shoppers for removing layers of dead skin from feet, leaving them looking and feeling soft and smooth.
If you’re someone who is missing pedicures during lockdown or has never dabbled in the foot peel world — this affordable at home option might be for you.
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.