*Pulls a face* I’m not sure I like these very much. After the absolute triumph of my Footner Exfoliating Socks trial, I wanted to prolong the newly revealed softness of my feet and after realising that they are 50 treatments in each pair of socks, the £36.50 price tag (bought from M&S during a flash sale) felt like a steal. So far though, they’ve not lived up to the hype and gushing reviews.
WHAT ARE THEY?
Bliss Softening Socks are a 20-minute sole-smoothing treatment that’s the perfect at-home pedicure preparation step.
A hydrating gel lining with olive and grape seed oils delivers feathery-soft feet.
HOW DO THEY WORK?
The special polymer gel lining inside the socks envelops dry skin and, when activated by body heat, force-feeds moisture that treats rough and dry feet.
Heat-released jojoba oil, olive oil, ceramides, and vitamin e sink in to smooth and soften skin.
HOW TO USE
Use once or twice a week for 20 minutes.
Socks can be reused up to 50 times to help alleviate dryness and battle the buildup of corns and calluses. (Hmm…)
Cotton/mylar/lycra combination socks with polymer gel lining containing mineral oil, hydrogenated styrene isoprene/butadiene copolymer, olive oil, canola, jojoba oil, grape seed oil, soybean extract, ceramide 3, tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E acetate), fragrance, BHT.
After the first 20 minutes of wearing them my feet felt cool, but removing the socks astonished me – so adorably soft were my feet. What a treat!
I contemplated buying pairs for all my female friends… and have certainly highly recommended them. The ’50’ times of wear was an important aspect, but the sheer ease of use is brilliant. A star product!
Interesting review. After 2 minutes, the gel lining (which isn’t actually THAT cooling), warms up to your body temperature.
Thinking of buying them for all her friends? How generous…
These socks are brilliant at making your feet look, moisturised, soft and ready for that summer pedicure. I always buy before a holiday and the really great thing is that you can wash them and just add more balm or cream to them – which is great considering the cost.
I like this suggestion! I didn’t think of adding foot cream to the socks once they’ve reached 50 uses, what a good idea. The socks are excellent quality, it would be a shame to bin them.
Love, love, love these socks! Have had hard skin on my feet forever and have tried scrubs, pumice stones, grater type things (nice!) all sorts of creams and none of them beat these socks. They do feel a little odd at first but once warmed up are really comfy.
I usually use them twice a week and wear them in bed while reading, then take them off before I go to sleep. Then, every morning after my shower, I massage a little foot cream in and I’ve not had any hard skin since. It has also improved my nails and made them stronger.
I’ve used them 10 times now, every other night (maybe I should leave more time in between treatments?). After each treatment, I mark the box so I know how many uses are left.
To keep them fresh, always make sure feet are clean (no brainer), and turn them inside out to ‘air dry’ a bit afterwards. I wouldn’t pad around in the house in them either, I want to prolong that first wash.
As I’ve said above, the socks are well made and of good quality. I will definitely use them with a good foot cream, either the heavy-duty NeoStrata Problem Dry Skin Cream or the lighter, but greasier, L’Occitane Shea Butter Foot Cream, after my 50 treatments.
The way to put them on is to bunch the socks up and slide them on. My feet are a very average size 6, but I find the gel lining only just covers the edge of my heels. I thought I was putting them on backwards, but I’ve tried both sides and the result is the same. I would’ve preferred the lining to cover my heels completely.
Also, they are only available in one size, so men, (who, in my opinion would really benefit from a foot softening treatment – IF it worked) will not be able to wear them.
They feel cool (not cold), for a minute or two at most, then warm up. I certainly wouldn’t wear them in bed, I think I’d melt!
After the timed 20 minutes, peel them off and marvel at how your feet don’t look or feel any different at all. In fact, I’ve even got the tiniest dry patch of skin on the ball of my foot.
I’m disappointed, my feet were absolutely perfect, without a trace of dry skin anywhere, I thought that by using these socks I wouldn’t have to mess around with foot cream, at least not so soon.
I’ll persevere (because they were £36.50 after all), but I’m going to have to get the file out again and massage in cream now.
Bliss Softening Socks £36.50 when M&S had a sale, but usually £39.00
Stockists include: Look Fantastic / Feel Unique / M&S.
FOOT MYTH OR MAGIC?
On the subject of keeping feet soft, I’ve seen more than a few ‘foot hacks’ online suggesting that feet soaked in a mixture of mouthwash, vinegar and warm water for 10-15 minutes, will help rid feet of dry skin.
Most articles specifically recommend Listerine, in fact it’s called the ‘Listerine Foot Soak’ (although not the blue formula one because it can turn feet blue – a ‘LOL’ moment surely?) I imagine though that all mouthwashes, even the cheapest, have the same antiseptic (and therefore, anti-fungal) properties.
This foot soak is absolutely NOT recommended for people with diabetes, or anyone who has open cuts on their feet, the astringent combination of mouthwash and vinegar would sting like mad!
Quantities suggested vary from equal measures of 2 cups of vinegar and mouthwash, to a full bottle of mouthwash and half a bottle of vinegar.
In the interests of blog research, I’ve already bought a bottle of cheapo Waitrose mouthwash (£1.20) and will buy an equally cheap bottle of white vinegar.
I’ll let you know how Mark gets on – I’m not trying it!