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What is a foot peel, and what benefits do they bring?

Callus peel, peeling feet procedure at beauty salon

Our feet endure immense stress and strain on a daily basis, which can often result in dry, calloused and rough skin. Whilst regular pedicures and moisturisers provide temporary relief, foot peels have gained popularity as a more effective and long-lasting solution.

What are foot peels and why might they be needed?

Foot peels are specialised treatments designed to remove dead skin cells and reveal smoother, softer feet. Peels typically come in the form of masks or exfoliating socks containing natural acids, such as alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) or fruit enzymes. The acids work by breaking down the bonds between dead skin cells, allowing them to slough off gradually.

Our feet accumulate dead skin cells due to factors like friction from footwear, excessive sweating, and a lack of moisture. Over time, this build-up can lead to calluses, cracked heels, and an overall dull appearance. Foot peels provide an effective way to address these concerns, restoring the natural beauty and health of the feet.

Evidence of a good foot peel versus a bad foot peel

A good foot peel should be formulated with gentle yet effective exfoliating ingredients. AHAs like glycolic acid and lactic acid are commonly used, due to their ability to penetrate the skin and promote cell turnover. Fruit enzymes derived from papaya or pineapple can also provide gentle exfoliation. Look for foot peels with these ingredients to ensure optimal results.

In contrast, a bad foot peel may contain harsh chemicals that can irritate the skin or cause adverse reactions. It’s important to read the ingredients list and avoid products with potentially harmful substances. Additionally, a poorly formulated foot peel may not effectively remove dead skin cells, leaving the feet unchanged after treatment.

Expert administration and expected outcomes

While some foot peels are designed for home use, it’s generally recommended to have foot peels administered by a professional—especially if you have any overt or underlying foot conditions or concerns. Podiatrists can assess your specific needs and provide customised treatments for optimal results.

After a foot peel, you could expect to experience a gradual shedding of dead skin cells over a period of several days to a week. It’s crucial that you avoid peeling or picking at the skin during this process, as this could lead to irritation or deep cracks that allow infections to get into the bloodstream. The outcome should be noticeably smoother and softer feet and fewer calluses/areas of hardened skin.

The typical price of a foot peel

The cost of foot peels can vary depending on numerous factors, such as the location, type of establishment and additional services included. On average, professional foot peel treatments range from £30 to £80 per session. Home foot peel kits are available at lower prices, typically ranging from £10 to £25; however, professional treatments often provide more reliable and controlled results.

Foot peels can rejuvenate tired and calloused feet. By removing dead skin cells and promoting flourishing skin, foot peels can restore the natural smoothness and health of your feet.

Heels are particularly susceptible to hardened skin, which can look unsightly come summertime, when most of us favour wearing flip-flops or sandals, and after our feet have been encased in socks for the previous few months. A foot peel is therefore a good idea at this time of year, not just from an aesthetic point of view, but also to rid your feet of all the dry, dead skin so that the air can reach all areas of your feet and keep them healthy.

If this is something you feel your feet would benefit from, call our Wombwell clinic on 01226 492412 or our Morley clinic on 0113 238 0330. Alternatively, you can book online here


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