In the summertime the majority of us do exactly that. Because our feet are often on show, we exfoliate and moisturise our tootsies, and make sure that our toenails are painted in all manner of pretty colours, come wintertime though and everything changes. Our poor feet are crammed into socks, tights and boots, and like waxing (come on admit it!), caring for our poor feet just isn't as big a priority when the weather gets colder.
I have to say this is me to a tee, in the wintertime my poor feet are usually lucky if they get an occasional massage with foot cream. It doesn't really pay to be lazy though does it? It gives us more work to do later on to get our feet summer ready and what about those Christmas and New Year Parties? A lot of us show off our feet in strappy sandals throughout the party season and believe me sparkly sandals, and cracked heels is not a good look. The obvious solution is to dig out the foot file and the foot cream but thankfully there is now an easier way.
Exfoliating socks really are the answer to mine and so many other lazy peoples prayers. Available in Asia for quite a while now, it's now much easier to get your hands and feet on some of these miracle plastic booties. I've tried a couple of versions in the past but a little while ago now I was sent some socks to try from one of the UK's best selling brands, Footner.
The AHA's in these socks help to exfoliate and loosen the dead skin on the feet, leaving the feet softer, smoother and exfoliated.
The foil package contains two plastic socks, each sock is lined with a thin paper / fabric type material which is infused with the AHA gel. The socks are sealed so you need to cut along the dotted line in order to put your feet in. A little bit of liquid does come out this point so make sure that your floors, surfaces and floors are protected just in case. The liquid has an ever so slight chemical smell which reminds me a little bit of Alpha H Liquid Gold.
Before you put the socks on it's recommended that you wash your feet in clean, warm water, and thoroughly dry them. These socks fit my size 8 feet with no problem and room to spare, if your feet are smaller the socks do have an adhesive strip which you can use to tighten the top. You can leave them as they are but it's probably safer to put a pair of socks on over the top, just in case you need to move around.
You need to leave the socks on for about an hour. They feel a little bit cold and tingly but they aren't uncomfortable and I didn't experience any real stinging or burning. After an hour you need to wash the excess gel off your feet, again in clean, warm water.
Then all you do is wait. This product isn't for the impatient and those who like to see instant results, it does take time. Over the next few days, your feet will gradually get drier, and drier. Whatever you do, don't use moisturiser on your feet, and don't use a foot file, you just need to have patience.
Eventually the dry, dead skin will start to literally peel off your feel. Soaking your feet in warm water seems to speed up the process, and I know it's gross but don't be tempted to pick it off. The peeling can last for up to 2 weeks and eventually you should be left with much softer feet.
I've been torn so many times over whether or not to show you the photographs of my own experience with the Footner Exfoliating Socks, because to be honest they might put you off your mince pies. That said I do think that they play an important role in showing you just how effective this product actually is, so I've decided to add some links below so you only need to look at the pictures if you really want to ;)
Whether you're brave enough to take a peek at my pictures or not. I can tell you that I was pretty impressed with how this product performed. My feet were a bit of a mess at the start of the trial, and I had lots of dry skin on both my toes and my heels. It took about 3 days before my feet started to peel and that continued for about 10 - 12 days. By day 14, the majority of the dry skin on my feet was gone, there were still a few dry patches on my heels but by and large my feet were smooth.
The worst part of the whole thing was probably when the dryness and flakiness kicked in. My feet did feel pretty itchy at this point, and not being able to moisturise them was pretty hellish. Thankfully soaking my feet in warm water made a huge difference to both the peeling and the itchiness.
If you're after a quick fix then this product probably isn't for you. It takes at least a week to see a result and to be honest they aren't cheap but the results can last up to 6 months. Imagine all that time without scrubbing and filing, it might take a while initially but you have to admit that this is a much easier way to achieve smoother feet. All I need to do now is slather them in moisturiser every time I have a bath or a shower, and I should have smooth and soft feet right up until the spring.
The Footner Exfoliating Socks usually retail at £19.99 from Boots and various other retailers
If you have any questions on this product or my experience with it, then please leave me a comment x