I don’t usually have a problem with dry skin on my heels. I regularly file them with Body Shop’s excellent Foot File and moisturise with L’Occitane Shea Butter Foot Cream, or the more intense NeoStrata Problem Dry Skin Cream. This routine slacked a little over Christmas however, and with my lovely chiropodist Krishma on maternity leave, things went a bit pear shaped, i.e. cracked and dry.
I heard about Footner Exfoliating Socks during a conversation about foot ‘detox’ patches, which Mark has always wanted to try. The idea is that the patches are applied to the bottom of the foot overnight to ‘draw out’ toxins from the body. In the morning, when the patches are removed, they will have turned a murky dark colour, proof that they work and those evil toxins have been eliminated.
Erm, not quite. Studies have shown that when moisture (not just sweat, plain old water will do), is dropped onto these pads, a chemical reaction occurs and the pads darken. No magic, just science, save your money.
I was told not to search for blogger images of Footner Exfoliating Socks reviews (which in hindsight was good advice), but was assured that they do work and although there’s a couple of days when you have to put your feet under closed shoe arrest, they will help rid feet of hard skin and leave them baby smooth and soft.
FOOTNER EXFOLIATING SOCKS
Footner Exfoliating Socks is a revolutionary product to give you smooth, softer feet with just one 60 minute application. Footner Exfoliating Socks make use of the skin’s natural process to rid your feet from dead skin build-up. After just one application your feet will shed this dead skin.
- Reduces hard skin and cracked heels with one application
- Removes unwanted dead skin from your feet
- No cutting, no scrubbing
- For all foot sizes up to 10.5
HOW TO USE
Remove any products such as nail polish from your feet prior to use.
1. Using scissors, cut the plastic sock along the indicated line.
2. Slip the plastic Footner Exfoliating Socks over your feet and use the adhesive strap (sticker near the front of the sock – THIS IS USELESS!) to close the top of the Footner Exfoliating Sock.
3. The socks should be worn for 60 minutes for the product to work effectively. We recommend you set a timer/alarm to ensure correct length of use.
4. After 60 minutes remove the socks and wash your feet with warm water to remove the remaining gel.
5. 1 – 7 days after application the hardened and dead skin will begin to peel from your feet. The peeling process should end within 10 days after application. Do not forcefully remove skin when peeling process starts as it may damage the underlying skin.
It is recommended to use Footner Exfoliating Socks every 2-3 months to keep baby-soft feet. In some cases of hard skin, Footner may not remove the desired amount of skin with one application.
Leave at least 3 weeks between treatments. To prevent undesired peeling, such as on top of your feet, we advise that you apply Petroleum Jelly to this area before use of the socks.
Soaking your feet in warm water speeds up the process. Though the peeling skin may seem dry, avoid using moisturisers during the exfoliation process as this may reduce the effect of the product.
These are like a pedicure in a sock! Mind you, your feet look revolting during the peeling phase, but, the result is worth it.
Would recommend soaking feet in warm water for half hour BEFORE using them and then bathing in warm water for an hour once they start to peel properly. DO NOT peel skin off feet prematurely though.
The reviews you see where the skin comes of in one big peel, well those guys really didn’t need to use this stuff. If like me you’re a bit “older” and have years of accumulated hard skin, it will take longer and be less dramatic as the skin sort of flakes off over the course of 5 to ten days, and you may not get it all in one go but boy, will you feel the difference!
I soaked my feet in warm water first. Dried them, cut open the two shoe shaped plastic booties along the top, slid my feet in, fiddled around with the slippery and utterly useless ‘sticker’ and popped on a pair of
Mark’s socks to secure them to my feet.
I felt that unless you did wear socks over them, that they would slip off even if you kept perfectly still. Plus you can’t sit still for an hour and it’s easier, and less slippy to plod around in socks.
After exactly one hour, (although I’ve read that some people keep them on for over 2 hours, I would never do that!) I removed the socks and booties, chucked the socks in the washing machine and the booties in the bin after wrapping them in paper, (the gel is very pungent), and thoroughly rinsed my feet.
The instruction leaflet is very detailed and explains clearly how and why we get a build up of dead skin on our feet and how exactly Footer works to remedy this.
Nothing, feet look and feel exactly the same as before.
Same as above, no change.
A little bit of dryness, but nothing dramatic, apart from when my foot caught the cover of the duvet which has a slightly raised design, and the rough skin snagged against it – not pleasant!
Grim and quite peely under the toes and the ball of the foot. The heel is white-ish, but no sign of peeling. No full-on shedding so far though.
Game on! We’re talking serious flaps of skin now, but I can already see lovely pink skin showing through on the arches.
You must tell everyone in the house what you’re doing though because no matter how careful you are i.e. wearing trainer socks (top tip) and keeping feet covered all the time, stray bits of skin will shed. My son had a gross-out moment when he found what he thought was a dead moth on the bathroom floor…
I defy anyone not to have a gentle tug at the particularly long pieces of dead skin, but try to resist, skin must fall off of its own accord. That said, I’m afraid I did pull at a crispy piece of skin on my big toe and of course, pulled too far and now it’s a little bit sore. I’m going to soak my feet later in plain warm water.
Apart from the fact that your feet aren’t particularly pretty to look at during the process, I’ve found the experience to be relatively hassle free. The dead skin is just peeling, which is painless. Feet won’t feel flakey or excessively dry – which would’ve been very uncomfortable. I’m also pleased to say that the skin on the top of my feet isn’t dry at all.
My heels are definitely taking the longest to peel and I do wonder if I’ll need another treatment in 8 weeks, which will surely be sandal weather? Toughie.
OMG! Life changer! (#firstworldproblems) Forget all the drama about peeling feet, and yes, I have been pulling at the odd piece of skin (why does it feel so good?), which is terrible, because my in step is now a bit hurty. Forget the horrifying sight of a rogue piece of skin on the stairs, because these things actually work!
I have faint peely parts still lingering and there are tiny, stubborn pieces under my toes and on the ends of my heels, but the rest of my feet are pink and sandal ready. All heel cracks – gone!
I want to keep my feet exactly the way they are, so I’ve just bought Bliss Softening Socks, which I’ve always wanted to try, but thought £39.00 for a ‘one use’ product was excessive. Now of course, I know that each pair is good for 50 treatments – which I don’t think it very clear at first glance. So, review coming soon on those.
The stubborn parts on my heels and under my toes have finally gone. There are still a few peely bits in between my toes. The newly revealed skin is a very deep pink/red shade.
Game over! No signs of peeling skin anywhere and skin is now a lighter and less angry looking, shade of pink. No cracks or dry bits on my heels. My only job now is to keep them like this and I’ve started to use the Bliss socks.
All the filing, pedi rollers and dry skin creams can’t compare to how well these socks do their job.
OBAGI BLUE SKIN PEEL
I can see how an Obagi Blue Skin Peel would work as an effective anti-ageing treatment. There was one stubborn and very deep crack on my right heel that even the best pedicurist and chiropodist couldn’t tackle and it’s gone! There’s not even a faint line, just smooth, healthy pink skin.
I can’t recommend this very reasonably priced product enough, although the treatment HAS to be carried out before sandal weather!
SHOPPING INFO & OFFER
Footner Exfoliating Socks RRP £19.99 Buy one get one-half price (at 7/8/18) Boots*
26 February 2016
UPDATE 1st June 2017
Talk about not taking my own advice! I didn’t use the Footner socks again until recently, but my timing was way off and I certainly paid the price for that mistake.
From previous experience, I calculated that by day 8, my feet would be back to normal and ready for sandals.
I checked the weather forecast and calculated that it would be raining on days 9, 10, and 11 after application, so my feet would be covered in shoes if there were any stray bits of skin flying around.
To cut a long story short, not only did the weather completely change but this time, the peeling didn’t start until day 10!
Also, my heels became very rough and caught on the duvet – that didn’t happen last time. Plus, the tops of my feet didn’t peel before, so I didn’t bother protecting them – naturally, they peeled this time!
In this hot weather, I HAD to wear sandals to work, but even maxi skirts couldn’t hide the horrendous sight of my peeling toes and heels. Huge strips of skin flapped every time I walked. I cringed when I caught a woman looking at my feet on the bus and tried to tuck them out of sight.
I tried everything to get rid of the skin, rough-drying them; filing them (useless of course, you can’t file flaps of skin); even slathering them in an intensive dry skin cream – which slows down the overall process, but I didn’t care, I was desperate.
I even soaked them in warm water, which was by far, my biggest mistake. Granted, a lot of skin did peel off – it was particularly gruesome cleaning out the plughole, but the skin left behind was worse and made my feet look as if they’d been through a shredder.
Time proved to be the only solution and, exactly like last time, my feet from heel to toe are now soft, pink, and silky smooth, not a heel crack or a hint of dry skin in sight.
I’ll say it again, these Footner booties DO work, just keep them for the cooler months!