Many high street stores do that sneaky upselling method of putting inexpensive, inessential products by the cash points in an attempt to suck more money out of us poor punters. Usually I do my best to ignore them, but the Purederm Exfoliating Footmask in Penneys caught my eye. This Korean brand sock mask claimed it would rid my elegant Cinderella feet of all calluses and dry skin over two to five days – well, it got me curious.
For €3.50, and with the skin of my feet hardened from years of walking and standing and the general strain of being a human being, I decided that I needed this in my life.
The exfoliating mask is contained inside two creepy-looking plastic socks. You cut off the top off the sock, pop your feet in, and wait for the magic to happen. The packet recommends 60 to 90 minutes, so naturally I did the minimum (I get bored very quickly). Tip: Don’t try to walk around in the mask. It’s like squelching about in some sort of chemically-scented jelly. You could probably slip and fall as well, so there’s that too. Safety first.
Nothing happened for three days, so I quietly mourned my lost €3.50 and forgot about it. Imagine my horror then when on the fourth day I discovered that the skin from the soles of my feet was shedding like snakeskin. The papaya extract had done its work, and done it well, eating away at the yukky dead skin on my trotters.
I peered at them for a while with a mixture of disgust and delight before succumbing to the urge and peeling. Revolting, I know, and you’re probably not supposed to do it – but I challenge you not to do the same thing.
A full week later (seven days, not the five advertised), the soles of my feet looked as if they had never endured five years of part-time retail jobs. I would advise you not to parade around in strappy sandals during the peeling period, as your feet do not look their best (Do feet ever look their best? Just wondering.)
FLIP FLOP FEET
The Purederm Exfoliating Footmask is well worth the hefty €3.50 price tag. I’m not sure if it would work as well on extremely hardened calluses, but for that price it can’t hurt to try. I’m off now to strut around town in my favourite flip-flops – what do you mean it’s only March?!