If you’re anything like me, then your feet are definitely not a top priority during winter. And when I was given an Oh K! peeling foot mask for my birthday, my first instinct was to keep it in my bottom drawer. But, during a massive sort out (I LOVE sort outs, they are so therapeutic, but let’s save that for another blog post), I found it again and thought I’d give it a try. So, did it live up to its promise?
Oh K! peeling foot mask
Oh K! are a Korean beauty brand who specialise in masks (face, hands, feet). Inside the peeling foot mask box were two plastic fabric-lined socks and two sachets of fruit enriched serum/liquid. Squinting at the ingredients list for the serum, I noted glycolic acid, salicylic acid, and lemon, lime, orange, apple, grape extracts, as well as some other additions that I couldn’t pronounce.
Although I had a Korean face mask in my very first Birchbox, I haven’t used anything like this before for my feet. TBH my footcare routine consists of a scrub with a foot file before attempting to trim and paint my toenails before my holiday. Hobbit feet are the order of the day for me up until about early May. But I thought it looked like fun and I was all set to try it until I read the back of the packet. “… the feet will start to peel within 4-6 days…” EEEK! For some reason I’d assumed it was the mask that would peel off, not my skin. Anyway, after canvassing opinions on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, a nail technician friend reassured me that she’d used one, it would be fine, and my feet would not disintegrate.
Freezing feet and soggy socks
You pour a sachet of serum into each sock, tie them on your feet, and leave your feet to soak in the liquid for between 1 and 1.5 hours.
Basically, you’re pouring cold liquid into plastic bags and then sitting upright in case the liquid trickles up/down your legs. They are EXTREMELY difficult to walk in, I felt like Bambi on ice and I was terrified the bags would burst all over my carpets. Snuggling up (carefully) with my book, I suddenly realised my feet had been soaking in cold dissolving fluid for over 2 hours.
A speedy hobble into the bathroom to rinse everything off was followed by the bliss of putting radiator warm socks on my frozen feet. I used the peeling foot mask on Sunday and by Friday morning, the dead skin was coming off in sheets. You’re not supposed to help it along, but I defy anyone not to pick and pull loose, peeling skin. It’s a bit like a scab, you know you’re not supposed to, but it feels so damn good.
WARNING: the next photo isn’t pleasant but I wanted to show you just how much skin this simple little mask removed from my shamefully neglected feet. Apologies to those of you who are squeamish, but in the interests of an honest review…
Quite impressive / horrifying / disgusting, no? Despite using a foot file to get rid of the last few bits of dead skin, and leaving my feet to soak for longer than I was supposed to, I’ve had no adverse reactions. And my feet are certainly a lot smoother now, even baby soft in places.
Would I use an Oh K! peeling foot mask again?
Yes, I think I probably would. The mask doesn’t deliver an instant result but it’s still a very easy way to get your feet flip-flop ready. BUT you need to use it at least 2-3 weeks before you go on holiday, because your feet look terrible while the skin peeling is in progress. Another tip is to wear socks to bed, otherwise your bed will be full of dead skin too (yuck). If you fancy trying one of these Oh K! peeling foot masks too, you can buy them from Amazon, Feel Unique, and even Oliver Bonas.
Have you ever used a peeling foot mask? If not, what do you think (if you’re still reading this far), are you tempted to try one now?
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