Review: The Cult Peeling Socks That Promise Perfect Feet

Regular pedis can only undo so much damage – a callus here, a chipped nail there - so when Asian beauty innovation Milky Foot exfoliating foot pads landed in the Beauticate office, we were keen to find its point of difference. The booties contain a one-time application of exfoliating acids designed to make dry, dehydrated skin literally peel off in the space of a fortnight. It might sound a little unpleasant, even painful. But, it’s a much smoother (pardon the pun) experience than you’d expect. Beauty Writer Emily Algar submits to some seriously speedy foot renovating.

Beauticate loves this stunning shot by Roxanna Lowit

Beauticate loves this stunning shot by Roxanna Lowit


Step one: Pop on the booties…

The milky foot pads are more or less like socks soaked in the active ingredients of Ex-Milac and Mandelic Acid derived from almonds. You trim the boots to size and put them on freshly washed feet. There’s a sticky tab that keeps them on securely – but I put cotton socks over the top just to keep them put. I left them on for about an hour (no longer) and kept my feet horizontal the entire time, so no lying down unfortunately.  It’s a good activity to keep you busy while watching Downton Abbey.


Step two: The scary part…

Once they’re off, rinse and dry your feet. Easy. After a few days I started to see the magic happening. My skin, quite literally, peeled off, and continued to do so for about a week. Hint: skip yoga during this time… Something about the flexing, stretching and heat (in some classes) makes skin come off; pretty mortifying to explain that away to your mat neighbour. It may sound troubling, and even a little tempting, but try not to pull the skin off too much. It can damage what might be underneath – let it happen on its own.


Step three: Feet made for flaunting…

The process may seem a bit horror movie-ish, but the results really did blow me away. My feet were, and remain, silky smooth; something I hadn’t experienced in what feels like forever. My harshly treated heels had been, well… healed. And even with stiletto outings, sneaker sessions and dance-floor damage still withstanding, my feet have yet to show signs of returning to their former gory.

What do you think? Would you, or have you, tried it?

Story by Emily Algar