I cannot express enough how much I love this Skinlite Exfoliating Foot Mask but before I tell you how wonderful it is, let me say that nothing in the world will quite prepare you for your first time using an exfoliating foot mask.
I thought I’d also include this little song as a sort of ‘soundtrack’ for today’s post.
It doesn’t show signs of stopping
And I’ve bought some corn for popping
The lights are turned way down low
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
– Let It Snow
For me, this was just a random point-of-sale impulse purchase because SaSa was having a sale and I happened to be standing at their counter waiting to pay for my usual haul when the lovely sales assistant rattled off her usual promotion spiel. As usual, my ears perked at the word, ‘Offer’. My favourite word after ‘Free’.
Anyway, to her credit she was truly lovely and caught me in a masky mood and I thought, why not. Mind you, this was my first sheet-type foot mask and a big deal for me as you’ll soon find out.
Unfortunately, I am one of those rare people with a complete aversion to all things feet. Physically, psychologically or whatever, feet terrify me. I can’t explain what just is.
I am completely baffled as to why foot fetishes are easily one of the most popular fetishes around but that’s a topic I prefer not to debate on this blog. To each their own, I’ll leave the fetishists to enjoy what they like.
So, if I hate feet, why I am I even writing about feet?
This product was too good not to share. If I can love it you may too and sharing is caring, right? And I do care about you so don’t you even doubt that.
It goes without saying that our feet are one of the most punished parts of the human body; literally shouldering the weighty burden of the rest of our body day in and day out without so much as a squeak. They’re also usually the most neglected body part as we often prioritise the beauty tasks to the face, hands and body all before our poor, overworked feet.
My problem is that I just can’t and won’t go for pedicures or foot massages. I cannot have other people touch my feet at all – it’s ticklish, tragic and downright gross to have other people pottering about over my feet. I can’t think of a worse treatment as far as beauty and pampering go. I have a deeply ingrained phobia of foot spas. Indeed, I think a brazilian waxing would be more tolerable.
So whether I like it or not, it means that foot stuff must be performed in-house.
I got this, used it and loved it because it has now solved a portion of the foot woes I’d rather not have done by a third party.
This product is really quite a handy all-in-one kit and is made in Korea by the clever folk at Skinlite (Adwin Korea Corp).
Most foot masks just soothe or moisturise. The operative word with this one is ‘exfoliating’. More on this later.
So it’s a sock-type mask that contains all the wonderful ingredients to beautify feet within its handy sock-like bags (inclusive) and conveniently you are not left with any sort of fiddly mixing or application. Just find a place to rest your feet let the mask do its magic.
No amount of coaxing will ever get me to reveal my feet to you but here’s a mask fresh out of the packaging.
You get two in a bag – obviously one for each foot and that’s enough for a single-use treatment.
Note that there’s a dotted line at the top of the mask. Cut along the dotted line, taking care not to spill the sloppy wet contents, and insert one foot into each sock-like bag carefully.
Inside the sock is a slightly tacky liquid with an antiseptic-like smell.
You are meant to keep each sock on for 60-90 minutes so yes, do this when you have time and won’t be needing to run around. This is not a quickie treatment and your patience will be tested but bear with it.
It helps to find a quiet spot and keep your feet with the sock masks upright lest the solution drips out. You can still waddle around with this mask on but you might risk falling as the mask is made of plastic and rather slippery. You also risk leaving behind a messy trail of sticky foot mask liquid in your wake as the amount of fluid is plentiful and threatens to spill out of the top of the mask at the slightest wrong move.
I don’t think this particular Skinlite foot mask comes in any size variants as nothing was indicated on the packaging but I do know that some other brands do come in sizes small, medium and large.
I have average-sized feet and this was more than big enough for me with plenty of room so walking was difficult, not to mention dangerous on the tiled floor at my house so I promptly gave up and tried to the pass time with nothing to do but wait.
*tick, tock, tick, tock, tick, tock…*
Don’t say I didn’t warn you that time moves slowly when you are doing a foot mask and are incapacitated. You begin to realise how very convenient feet are and how very inconvenient not having feet is. My suggestion is to have a book ready or write a blog post while you are ‘foot masking’ as the clock slows down infuriatingly when you are immobilised by this procedure.
Personally, I did not last the hour and was itching to get out of these ‘socks’. The top edge of the plastic socks were scratchy against my ankles and the extended soaking was beginning to make my feet feel slightly bloated and ‘pruny’.
I hobbled to the shower stall and rinsed my feet off good and proper.
I noticed that my feet really didn’t look much different. Still ugly. Still as footy as bad feet are.
*fast forward to three days later*
Just when you least expect – it starts.
The ‘it‘ I am talking about is the most terrifying, excessive shedding of skin on my feet I have ever seen. It was literally snowing feet.
I panicked but I want to save you from that panic and let you know that this is completely normal. It also doesn’t hurt to shed. Just don’t go about doing unwholesome things like picking at your feet or filing at them with any tools. Really, just don’t! You could risk damage by tearing at the post-mask flaking skin. No matter how tempting it is to do otherwise, leave them be. Trust me on this.
But as I mentioned at the beginning of this post, I can’t tell you how much I was unprepared for how (well) this product works.
Sure it came with pictures of feet in the before/ during/ after poses but they were small and not very convincing. Quite honestly I hadn’t even paid any attention to the instructions – bad habit, I know – but most beauty illustrations are usually more metaphorical than literal. Shampoo adverts, for example. No one ever ends up with the after hair.
Turns out the notes on this one were very literal. Your feet will look very much worse for wear. In fact, I would completely avoid open toe/ heeled shoes and opt for socks or stockings just to hide the ‘disaster’ from the world during this rather sensitive period.
At this point don’t be alarmed. Press on. You will soon be rewarded.
Well, my feet peeled and shed and continued doing so for two to three days after the ‘snowing’ first started. Unless you want to gross everyone including yourself out, I highly recommend donning socks around the house and if possible, in your shoes to work. Don’t forget to wear your socks to bed too. You will shed skin like an endless flurry of snowflakes in a snowstorm and it will be nothing less than shocking. Immeasurably messy and rather disgusting too but as you know, the things we do in the name of beauty are not usually very pretty at all.
Then..slowly but surely, the shedding slows …and ultimately (and gratefully) comes to a stop.
And you will love how soft and smooth your feet are! New skin seems to grow in the place of all that unsightly flaking. You will be impressed.
The best thing about this foot mask is that it really delivers. It gets into those nooks and crevices (especially between the toes) that an ordinary foot file could never go and makes things all better. It also seems to aid in closing away any gaps you may have had from nasty foot nightmares like cracked heels.
I highly recommend this foot mask.
One treatment is comprised of two plastic socks filled with the precious exfoliating miracle and will show positive results on your feet within two weeks of use.
Do note that this product contains active glycolic acid but is tempered with extracts of papaya, camomile, lemon, apple, orange and other botanical extracts to soothe. I did not feel any stinging or pain from using this mask. The hardest part to deal with was the boredom during the soaking period and the messiness of all post-mask flaking.
It is, however, advised that you avoid using this mask if you suffer from eczema on the feet, or have injured, irritated or sunburned feet. You should also stop using immediately and consult a doctor if you feel any pain or stinging as you may be uniquely allergic or sensitive to one or some of the ingredients. Finally, I remind you that this foot mask and accompanying solutions are meant only for use on the feet so don’t even think about getting creative with any of the leftover juices!
The Skinlite Exfoliating Foot Mask is available at SaSa outlets nationwide for RRP RM9.90.
I got my kit at a promotional price of two packets for Rm15 during the SaSa June Sale. SaSa has regular promotions on this throughout the year for this item. It may take more than one treatment to rid your feet of any extra stubborn callouses. Allow at least two to three weeks between treatments.
If you are outside of Malaysia, this product may also be available via SaSa.com. SaSa.com ships to most destinations worldwide unless specified.
[ Disclaimer: I am not affiliated in any way with either Skinlite or SaSa. This product was paid for, tested and reviewed by me and the opinions expressed herein are my own and of a nature arising from my personal experience of this product . Consider at your own risk]