Sex & Life
Sex & Life July 5, 2018
What's Baby Foot? How does it work? Is it safe?
Imagine all on the skin on your feet just falling clean off. Scary, I know — but that’s the goal of Baby Foot.
Over the past few years, Baby Foot has taken the internet by storm. Though it’s been around since 1997 this Japan-based product has only recently taken over the internet, and doesn’t seem to be stopping anytime soon.
Even now, long after it first entered the mainstream, the hype continues to grow with more and more people trying it out and posting about it online.
Here are the key things you need to know to keep up with the trend.
Baby Foot is essentially an alternative to foot files, which promise that your feet will reach a level of softness felt only on babies’ feet.
In its product description, Baby Foot claims to be an “innovative foot care product that will make your feet smooth and as soft as a baby‘s foot.” The company claims this is accomplished with 16 different types of natural extracts for moisturizing and exfoliating. Baby Foot’s key ingredient is fruit acid, a gentle acid that breaks down desmosomes which hold the layers of skin together to allow the dead layer to peel away.
Sounds like a miracle worker, right?
To start off, wash and soak the feet for at least 10 minutes. Then, move the feet into two booties filled with a gel product, secure them and leave them to soak for an hour. Afterward, wash and rinse the feet again with soap and water and wait until they start peeling! I know it’s disappointing not to get the satisfaction of peeling yourself, but Baby Foot recommends you let the skin fall off on its own.
It must be noted that Baby Foot also suggests you avoid the product if you have any cuts or wounds, or are experiencing pregnancy, lactation or menstruation.
In recent years, countless people have tried this product and documented their experiences in blog posts and videos. These testers have their own advice on product use, such as leaving the booties on for longer than the recommended hour or soaking the feet in water every day to further loosen up the skin.
Taking everything into account, it’s a very easy-to-use at-home beauty product.
The biggest question when it comes to this product is its safety.
The shedding of so much skin so drastically and in such a short amount of time just doesn’t seem like something that should be possible. Is it safe? Does it hurt? Is it okay to put such strong chemicals on your feet?
In an interview with Vogue, dermatologist Ellen Marmur, M.D. explains that the fruit acid, also called alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), is actually a very common ingredient in other pharmaceutical products for psoriasis and dry skin. Marmur also explains that Baby Foot’s 10.2 percent concentration of AHA is 0.2 percent over the consider safe concentration, but is close enough to be alright. Her only precaution is that people with sensitive skin either avoid the product altogether, or do a test patch a few days before doing the treatment at full force.
As mentioned above, the only real precaution to Baby Foot is to avoid use during pregnancy, lactation and mensuration. According to the official Baby Foot site, this is due to the heightened skin sensitivity around these times caused by hormonal imbalance. The product also contains salicylic acid, an ingredient known to cause issues with fetal development. In these cases, you should definitely steer clear of the product.
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