This winter my feet have been hidden in socks and UGGS, and I decided that it was time to exfoliate some of the dead skin cells in preparation for the warmer weather on the horizon. What I really wanted to use was one of those fabulously effective exfoliating foot masks, but I don't have any at the moment. Therefore, rather than purchasing more, I decided to try something that I already had on hand.
I decided that I would try my bottle Cure Natural Aqua Gel ($39.00 for 8.5 oz. from the Cure Amazon Store. Full review HERE) and my Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel ($14.00 for 8 oz. from Sephora, Ulta, Nordstrom, Bluemercury, Space NK, Macy's and Bloomingdale's) to see how they would work.
Cure Natural Aqua Gel is a very fun exfoliant to use because after you massage it into your skin for a short amount of time it transforms into a rather milky gel that causes dead skin cells to pill on the skin. The next step is to simply rinse the gel and dead skin cells off of your face or body, and you will be delighted by the extent to which your skin is left soft, smooth, supple and luminous. I routinely use it on my hands and feet, and am thrilled by the results. Furthermore, it is fragrance-free, free of harmful chemicals and so satisfying to use!
Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel is a gentle non-foaming cleanser that removes every trace of makeup. This hardworking cleanser lifts dead skin, oil, dirt, and makeup, but does so without stripping the skin. After use my skin is left unbelievably clean, silky and soft. It leaves my feet soft, smooth and gently exfoliated– thanks to the enzymes that sweep away dead skin cells. The results are slower than Cure Natural Aqua Gel because that causes dead skin to pill up and roll away immediately, but Mario Badescu does prove effective.
Neither of these cause the radical peeling of sheets of skin the way foot exfoliating masks do, but both actually do work quite well on the feet.
Here are the easy steps that I followed:
1) Soak your feet in warm water for a few minutes to soften the skin, and then pat dry with a towel.
2) Use Cure Natural Aqua Gel or Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel: Massage into feet for a few minutes. The former should be massaged until skin begins to pill and roll away, and the latter only needs to be massaged into feet for a few minutes to let the enzymes work their magical powers of exfoliation.
3) Immediately follow up by applying a nice rich lotion to your feet. If you do this at night, then add a bit extra lotion or cream, put on some socks and your feet feel and look better when you wake up the following morning.
Nota Bene: If you have dry, flaky or peeling skin that won't abate, before you try to exfoliate your feet, then you may actually have athletes foot. When in doubt let your doctor or pharmacist make that determination– because exfoliating a fungus will just make it spread. Therefore, make sure that you know what you are dealing with and treat it accordingly.
Overall Assessment: If you find that you have run out of exfoliating products for your feet, take a look to see if you have a facial exfoliant on hand that might just do the trick.
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