Review: Baby Foot – want smooth heels?

This is a review for Baby Foot.  This is a product which helps dead skin on your feet peel off.

During the summer, a lot of Japanese magazines show how to get dead skin cells off of your feet, especially your heels. Having cracked, powdery heels in considered unattractive by Japanese media. There are a lot of products, such as pumice stones and heel files, designed to help you get rid of the dead skin cells.

Baby Foot is an innovative product in that it promotes getting rid of dead skin cells without using physical abrasives. There are a few other brands of the similar products, but this was the first one that I learned of.

This product has attracted a lot of attention in Japan, partially due to their marketing.  They prominently show pictures of the product in action (links to their website).


The main purpose for me to review this product was to assess whether it was worth the hype. Is it just great marketing, or does the product actually work well?

What it does: (from http://babyfoot.co.jp/e/product/)
Baby Foot series is developed in particular to care for the dead skin cells which produce problems with the sole. The principal ingredient of Baby Foot is Fruit Acid which is very gentle compare to other acid. Fruit Acid penetrates into the layer of dead skin cells and works on the desmosomes between the skin layers, enabling easier peeling. The dead skin peels off naturally due to natural turnover (*1) and friction which occurs every day. In addition, Baby Foot contains 17 types of natural extracts with a high moisturizing power. The foot may be reborn just like a baby’s after peeling. The Baby Foot series is a total foot care series not only for peeling but also for maintaining a healthy foot.


Price: 1680 JPY  (around $22 USD). I felt this was pricey even for Japan, where most drugstore products are above 1000 JPY ($13 USD). 

Instructions:

This is what is included in the box – a plastic bag-type thing, made to look like a sock, with some gel inside. There are two of these in the box, one for each foot, plus some tape.

Instructions are printed on the back of the box.
Put a clean foot inside the bag and tape it shut. After 2 hours, take the bag off and wash your feet.


Here are some additional thoughts I had about using this product:
1. Since the bags have gel inside them, it is really dangerous to walk around with these bags on your feet. Your feet will slide around when trying to walk.
2. Because of the this, consider how you will spend your two hours.
3. There is no immediate peeling. I started peeling 2 days after I did this treatment.
4. I started peeling from the parts of my foot where the skin is thinnest, such as the arch of my foot.
5. The part of the skin that remained the longest was my heel, meaning where my skin was toughest.
6. The skin peels when there is a combination of moisture and friction. I walked outside on a hot, sunny day with sandals and my skin began to peel a lot. Consider where you’ll be while the skin is peeling (for example, I would probably not go on a date until my skin stopped peeling)
7. This product only took off the outermost layer of skin.  The skin on my heel remained tough.

Here is my foot on Day 3
(yep, that gross thing on the floor is a piece of skin)


Here is my foot on Day 5
The red area is where my skin already peeled. You can see that part of the skin is pinker than the rest.
The blue area is where my skin hasn’t peeled yet.  My heel is where my skin is toughest, and the part where I wanted the most dramatic change.



Pros:

  • Actually removes the dead skin cells on the outer layer of your skin
  • Visually interesting

Cons:

  • Does not have a dramatic change on the parts where your skin is thick. 
  • The effect is not long lasting, since your skin will keep regenerating
  • Expensive

Would I repurchase? No. Yes, this is an interesting product, but it did not work well on my heel, which is the area I needed it to work the most on.

My heels are really horrid, as you can see from the picture. If you have had a spa treatment or a pedicure which really gets rid of cracked heels, please let me know!

Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K

17 Thoughts on “Review: Baby Foot – want smooth heels?

  1. thanks for sharing this!
    of course, you can add a treatment to your regular pedicure for about $5 or so. i know many spa even use razors although it is illegal because lots of customers still want it. rough skin will come back with these treatments, however.
    the best i’ve tried so far is nothing magical, it just needs your patience. use foot cream everynight before you go to bed. if you add a pair of socks, it’s even better.
    using pumice stone in shower helps, too. 
    hths! :)

  2. ive seen so many reviews on this and i totally agree. its visually entertaining! regardless to how it didnt work too well for the heel part, im still dying to try this out =) thanks for the review!

  3. Jamillacamel on October 27, 2011 at 14:40 said:

    Reminder that I really need a pedicure!!

  4. This looks like an interesting product but I don’t know how I feel about having parts of my skin peel off throughout the day! Thanks for the review though! :)

  5. MischiefMack on October 29, 2011 at 09:50 said:

    I’ve seen this, and some pictures are super dramatic, It’s too bad that it only kind of works…. Great review :)

    Please visit my blog sometime!!

  6. try Flexitol Heel Balm – not fancy or glamorous, but it works.

  7. Skinscrubs on November 13, 2011 at 16:12 said:

    I’ve got something called Pickles ointment that is supposed to help but I haven’t tried it yet once I do I’ll let you know. It’s supposed to do the same thing, peel off the layers of skin as it has a high concentration of Salicylic Acid in it. 

  8. Foot cream doesn’t work very well for me. I guess my heels are too tough for it! I’m glad to hear you found something which works for you!

  9. It IS interesting. Hope you can find it at a decent price!  I would use this regularly if I could find a similar product under $10!

  10. A reminder that I also need a pedicure!

  11. Yeah, it’s really embarrassing if you’re not wearing socks!

  12. I visit your blog regularly and it’s on my blog roll! Sorry that I don’t comment!

  13. Glad to hear that it works for you!

  14. Maybe an ointment would work better, since then you could apply it more frequently to the areas where you want it to work more? Please let me know how it works!

  15. Rex Hatton on February 4, 2012 at 19:09 said:

    what a waste of Money and time. i did exactly the instructions. i put the plastic socks on and went to bed for 2 hours and then washed my feet , then my feet got very tender as the product got into my deep calused cracks on my heels and my feet were so sore it was painfull to walk.  and its now 6 days later and now theres nothing. no peeling or change. Baby foot is  a complete waste of good money , Rex, Victoria AU

  16. I use pure African Shea butter on my feet and they stay soft and supple and I am 54 years old ! It is solid and must be melted in your hands first. Olive oil is a great alternitive also!

  17. Anonymous on January 3, 2013 at 21:41 said:

    I have an Emjoy PediSmooth and used The Body Shop’s Hemp Foot Protector Cream and after trying every foot cream around, my feet are the best they’ve been in years. I was very keen to try the babyfoot but after reading your review i think its probably a waste of money. Thanks for the heads up!

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