5 freshening foot peels for soles so silky you’ll never want sandal season to end
Line up your shoe modelling contracts now
By Delaney Loane
Digital Beauty Editor / January 20 2022
You know how people tend to demand a pre-proposal heads up from their partner so they can make sure their manicure is up to scratch? Rogue hangnails, dry skin and chipped polish aren't exactly ideal for the inevitable hand shot, after all…
Well, in our book, the same kind of attention to detail should go for sandal season. Especially in 2022, where shoe snaps reign supreme and our feet are getting more feed features than ever before. Blame the beautiful buttery leather slides gracing the market this year, okay?
But while choosing the perfect pedicure polish colour is no doubt a step in the right direction, even the chicest shade won’t save your soles if they’re sitting on the dry, cracked and downright sad side.
What will save them, however, is a trusty foot peel. They’re nowhere near as scary as they sound, either – all you have to do is soak your feet in a pair of serum-packed socks while you’re slothing around and a week or two later, they'll feel completely brand new.
Sure, you may have to wear actual socks for a few days post-application (the shedding process is real, you guys), but when all is over and exfoliated, your feet will be so stupidly smooth you won’t know what to do with yourself. Oh wait, yes you will – slip on your prettiest pair of slides and go to town. Duh.
So if you’re serious about sandal season, here are six sole-softening foot peels to get your feet feeling fab…
STARSKIN VIP Fab Feet Fast™ Instant Foot Peeling Treatment
Love a pro-level pedicure but don’t have the time (or mullah) for a visit to the salon? This fast-acting (we’re talking just five minutes total here people), 3-step treatment delivers uber soft skin that’ll have your feet looking like they've received the expert star-treatment from your nail tech.This means buh-bye unsightly calluses and rough skin. Exfoliating fruit extracts are what power the fast-absorbing peeling mist, while the innovative curved foot file is designed to hug the contours of your heels for effective scrubbing action. And for the final act? An after-care foot cream packed full of exfoliating goodies and botanical extracts. Consider your tootsies sorted.
$52 at Look Fantastic
Milky Foot Exfoliating Foot Pads
You really can’t go wrong with the OG – even the scaliest soles (sorry for the visual) don’t stand a chance against the exfoliating enzyme and AHA combo in these booties. The MVP ingredient, though, is almond-based mandelic acid, which works to shed dead skin while also hydrating and soothing the fresh stuff beneath it.
$26.99 at Chemist Outlet
Karuna Exfoliating+ Foot Mask
Determined to pack maximum exfoliation and hydration into your sole-care sesh? This oil-infused mask is up to the challenge, thanks to its blend of glycolic acid (which takes care of the dead skin shedding), coconut oil (hello, hydration) and tea tree oil (an added bonus that calms any post-exfoliation irritation).
$83 at Bees Active
Skin Republic Biodegradable Foot Peel
This plant extract-infused option has all the same exfoliating and intensely moisturising benefits of the other booties (shoutout to AHAs, vitamin E and green tea on that), but also boasts an impressive biodegradable status so you can have silky soles and peace of mind re: not contributing to waste.
$15.99 at Priceline
Bathefex Softsole Express Exfoliating Foot Peel
Honestly, we recommend lining up your foot modeling contracts prior to popping these peel booties on; you won’t even know your heels once the process is through. They also work a treat in the ‘relieving fatigued feet’ realm, thanks to their regenerating lavender oil and vitamin E pairing. It’s like a spa sesh for your soles.
$9.95 at Big W