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Tonymoly Changing Magic Foot Peeling Shoes
True to its name, the Changing Magic Foot Peeling Shoes from K-beauty brand TonyMoly pretty much works magic on dry skin and calluses. It combines a blend of exfoliants (alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) like lactic acid, glycolic acid, salicylic acid, and urea) and natural fruit extracts (from apple, lemon, and grapefruit) to peel off the top layer of skin and reveal smoother feet. Y. Claire Chang, a board-certified dermatologist at Union Square Laser Dermatology in New York City, recommends these peeling shoes. "This combination of ingredients softens and dissolves the keratin proteins and bonds to cause exfoliation and the peeling of the top layers of the skin," she says.
For some background, Chang explains that keratins are structural proteins that make up the major component of the outer layer of hair, skin, and nails. "The skin on the soles of our feet are prone to hyperkeratosis, or skin thickening, to protect it against rubbing, trauma, pressure, and irritation," she tells Allure. "Therefore, exfoliating ingredients can be used to soften and thin out this thick layer of skin."
Soak your feet in the "shoes" for one to one-and-a-half hours for maximum absorption. While people experience different levels of results per use, the dead skin should naturally start peeling off in about four to six days — though Chang notes it may take multiple treatments to see optimal results. But typically, the peeling should stop after a week or two, and you'll be left with baby-soft skin.
Another popular TonyMoly option is the Shiny Foot Super Peeling Liquid, which Chang says works similarly.
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PurSources Urea 40% Foot Cream
For the uninitiated, urea is an exfoliating ingredient used to treat various skin conditions, such as eczema and psoriasis. "Urea is an essential component of the skin maintenance, serving as both a natural moisturizing factor (aka a humectant) that binds water and pulls it into the skin, where it belongs, and kicks cracked, dead skin cells to the curb," Adam Friedman, a board-certified dermatologist in Washington, D.C., previously told Allure. He explains that, because of this, external formulations containing urea can ultimately be super-effective at combatting dry, cracking skin. You can also think of it as a naturally-occurring chemical exfoliant, as it works similar to serums and treatments that lift dead skin cells topically.
Sophia Solomon, a board-certified podiatrist based in New York City, recommends the PurSources Urea 40% Foot Cream, which also contains aloe vera and tea tree oil for added nourishment. "I love applying a thick layer of urea cream to my feet overnight and wrapping them in saran wrap," she says.
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Aliver Tea Tree Exfoliating Foot Mask
If consistent exfoliation and silky-soft feet is the goal, Aliver's Tea Tree Exfoliating Foot Mask is a great, budget-friendly option. "The tea tree oil found in this mask has natural anti-inflammatory properties and soothing effects on the skin," Solomon says. Other key ingredients include retinol, glycolic acids, and fruit extracts such as lemon, orange, and apple, which effectively exfoliate the skin.
Pop these on for 30 to 60 minutes, rinse your feet off, and in about five to seven days, your rough, dead skin will start falling off — in the most grossly satisfying way possible. These masks also come in a rose-infused version, if you prefer a sweeter-smelling treatment.
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KuuCare Natural Earth Lava Pumice Stone
You might be familiar with using a pumice stone for smoothing down calluses, corns, and dry patches (i.e. during an at-home pedicure), but the natural tool is actually best used in the shower or after a foot soak to amplify its benefits. "The tough skin on our feet is no challenge for this natural rock and its rough, porous surface," Solomon tells Allure. If you're looking for a more natural, mechanical exfoliant (rather than foot peels, which are usually chemical exfoliants), KuuCare's Natural Earth Lava Pumice Stone is a great option.
Solomon likes using this pumice stone in combination with her beloved urea cream for a powerful one-two punch to the feet. After wrapping her feet in urea cream overnight, the next morning Solomon uses "the pumice stone to remove all the loosened skin from my softened feet."
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Palmer's Cocoa Butter Foot Magic Scrub
Mona Gohara, a board-certified dermatologist and Yale associate clinical professor, stands by a classic to keep her feet in top (and smooth) shape: Palmer's Cocoa Butter Foot Magic Scrub. In fact, she also used Palmer's on her belly during two pregnancies — which is a testament to how gentle the brand's tried-and-true vitamin E-infused formulas are. The foot mask, in particular, is "a perfect blend of scrubbing and softening," Gohara says. "The shea and cocoa butters leave your soles smooth as silk, now and later."
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Karuna Exfoliating Foot Mask
Gohara has always been a big fan of foot masks, like the Karuna Exfoliating Foot Mask, because they are fabulous at emulating a spa-like experience while you're relaxing at home. "I put the mask in a warm towel before putting them on my feet for additional relaxation," Gohara tells Allure. "I love the little socks that help the oils — jojoba oil, coconut oil, avocado oil — soak in."
You only need to soak your feet in the "socks" for a minimum of 10 to 20 minutes, which is quite speedy compared to most masks, but you can leave it on longer if needed. But similar to other masks, it contains powerful AHAs derived from lactic and glycolic acids, as well as natural fruit extracts like grapefruit and honeysuckle, to exfoliate dead skin cells, remove calluses, and soften skin.
$28 for four pairs (Shop Now)
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Bliss Aloe Leaf & Peppermint Foot Cream
Gohara also loves peppermint-infused products, like the Bliss Aloe Leaf & Peppermint Foot Cream, when it comes to foot care. "The cooling sensation [from peppermint oil] is so relaxing, good for the soul and sole," she says. "The smell also helps to defray foot funk (if I'm keeping it real), and, of course, the alpha hydroxy acids [and salicylic acid] is the best at getting rid of dead skin cells." To seal the deal, vitamin B5 and aloe leaf juice help attract moisture and soften feet.
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Baby Foot Exfoliant Foot Peel
Ah, the original Baby Foot, beloved by beauty editors and dermatologists alike. Formulated with fruit acids (citric and malic acids) and 17 different natural extracts (grapefruit, sage leaf, and lemon), this gentle peel is lauded as one of the best at-home foot exfoliating options on the market. "In addition to a combination of glycolic acid, lactic acid, and salicylic acids, [Baby Foot] also contains moisturizing ingredients," says Sejal Shah, a board-certified dermatologist in New York City.
Like with TonyMoly's version, you want to let your feet soak in the soothing gel formula for about an hour before washing it off. From there, it can take up to two weeks for the skin to completely peel off, though the brand says it can vary from person to person. While this might seem like a long process, Baby Foot is definitely worth trying if you're someone who struggles with dry, flaky feet and stubborn callouses.
$25 (Shop Now)
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Gilden Tree Two-Sided Terra-Cotta Foot Scrubber
When it comes to foot exfoliation, Katherine Lai, a New York City-based, board-certified podiatrist, is a huge fan of this two-sided Gilden Tree Terra-Cotta Scrubber. The pumice-like side gently scrubs away dry skin, while the washboard-like side helps buff and polish skin. Lai says this durable, kiln-fired clay tool is "amazing at removing dry, callused skin around the heels and bottom of the feet after right showering." Post-pumicing, she recommends coating feet in a urea-based cream for further exfoliation and added moisture.
$10 for one or $18 for two (Shop Now)
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Neutrogena Acne Proofing Daily Scrub
Don't believe you can use a face scrub on your feet? Think again. "What you may not realize is that you probably already have a great product in your medicine cabinet to help treat your dry, cracked feet," says Zeichner. He suggests Neutrogena's Acne Proofing Daily Scrub, which he says contains a high strength of salicylic acid to help soften and exfoliate dead skin on the feet. On top of that, panthenol, a form of vitamin B, aids in conditioning the skin.
$8 (Shop Now)
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Patchology PoshPeel Pedi Cure Intensive Foot Peel Treatment
Another favorite of Shah's, Patchology's PoshPeel Pedi Cure Intensive Foot Peel Treatment is similar to the original Baby Foot. It also contains a blend of AHAs and moisturizing agents (in this case, castor oil and rosemary extract) to remove dead skin buildup and restore softness. This peel also comes with supercute socks to wear during the treatment process, which can last up to 90 minutes, depending on the level of exfoliation you desire.
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Kerasal Intensive Foot Repair
Although the packaging may look reminiscent of an "As Seen On TV" ad, don't be quick to judge a treatment by the box it comes in — after all, the results are what matter. Shah recommends Kerasal's Intensive Foot Repair because it contains salicylic acid and urea for to exfoliate, as well as glycerin to hydrate the skin. Kerasal claims the treatment yields results in as little as one day, which is definitely ideal should you have a special occasion and need to slough away dead skin in a pinch.
$8 (Shop Now)
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