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The Strangely Alluring A-Peel of the Intense Foot Peel

If you’re one of the legions of women (and men) who find a strange form of comfort in using a deep acid peel treatment on your feet, you’re in luck. While industry standard Baby Foot was once the only slip-it-on-then-peel-it-off option, there are now lots of alternatives, including TonyMoly Shiny Foot Super Peeling Liquid (I swear I’m not making these names up).

In case you’re not familiar with the line, TonyMoly is a South Korean and pioneering K-Beauty cosmetics brand that’s mostly affordable. Their packaging and products are incredibly clever, even if they could probably use a native English speaking copywriter (I’m available!) to help them clean up their copy. To be fair though, the descriptions that don’t always make sense are part of the charm.

The Baby Foot revolution

But back to the foot peel that launched a thousand Youtube videos.

For the uninitiated, Baby Foot is a foot peel that comes with booties infused with salicylic acid and lactic acid that cause dead skin cells to peel. And by peel, I mean eventually slough off in these giant strips like the fruit leather we all used to eat as kids. There’s even a subculture of beauty addicts who video the process or take loads of pictures of their feet at every stage of the peel. Don’t believe me? Google it. I’ll wait. Grossed out enough yet? Well, it’s time for another dirty secret. There’s something incredibly satisfying about watching the callouses and dry bits on your feet peel right off.
Remember how much fun it was to apply and then peel off Elmer’s Glue to your fingers when you were a kid? This is the same, only you end up with soft feet as well.

My shiny feet:

I’ll be honest, I never quite thought that I’d want shiny feet, but if that’s the end result of using this peeling liquid that’s just fine with me.

I was a bit apprehensive about using, since unlike Baby Foot, Shiny Foot (yes, I’m giggling as I write this) comes with the booties but you have to pour the liquid activator into each bootie on your own. They’re helpfully labeled L and R, though there’s no difference between them.

Like most peels, I’d advise taking a bath before using or soaking your feet for a minimum of a half hour. Then apply the booties and pour in the magical activating acid potion. Don’t worry, it sloshes around evenly on your feet somehow. Then wait patiently for at least an hour for the peel to do it’s work. Rinse off well when you’re done. And that’s it for a day or so. You’ll probably notice your feet feeling tight, it’s a weird feeling, but it means the peel is working. Then you might notice some flaking. It’s slower burn than Baby Foot. And then suddenly, BAM! One day you’ll step out of the shower and notice that your feet will look absolutely repulsive as the skin flays off in a way that might make Ramsay Bolton from Game of Thrones absolutely cackle with diabolical glee.

A few more tips:

  • Soak your feet during the week if possible. It speeds up the process.
  • Don’t use any of the foot peels if you still have a fresh pedicure (it destroys nail polish finish) and try to avoid getting it on your manicure as well.
  • Sleep in socks if your partner is squeamish or if you’re in full peel mode
  • Don’t do this before a trip or date because you’ll be shedding pieces of yourself everyplace. Leave at least 10 days for your feet get back to normal…or shiny as needed.

So how do I score the TonyMoly Shiny Foot in comparison to the others I’ve tried? I like it. It’s also more affordably priced, though it feels like a less aggressive peel.