You Need These Foot Masks For Winter

Young african woman sitting on bed and opening a bottle cream for feet in the morning
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It's not pleasant to talk about, but no matter who you are (or where you live), you've likely experienced dry winter feet before. One of my favorite solutions to this problem? A foot mask, which can save dry feet in the winter and make prepping your feet for a mid-winter tropical vacation a breeze.

It's no secret that winter brings dry skin — from the colder temperatures in most parts of the country to the lack of humidity in the air, skin is prone to dry out, and it's not just on your face. As someone whose skin gets extra dry in the winter (my lips get next-level chapped and my hands get super dry), I'm always looking for solutions to this problem when winter rolls around.

I've found some go-to tricks to deal with winter skin woes (keeping a bottle of hand cream on my desk and reapplying multiple times a day, as well as my drugstore favorite lip product), but I hadn't tried out a product for my feet until a few weeks ago.

I read about the cult favorite foot peeling mask Baby Foot a few years ago, but I didn't know if I could believe the hype.

Baby Foot Exfoliant Foot Peel, $25, Amazon

If you haven't heard of Baby Foot before, it's kind of the OG peeling foot mask, and it has a following of diehard fans.

So how does it work? Included in each Baby Foot package is a pair of gel-filled plastic booties, which you put on your feet and leave for an hour. The gel is full of fruit acids, which penetrate the dry skin on your feet. A few days later, your feel will start to peel...and peel...and peel. You'll be amazed at how much skin peels off, but the process is entirely painless (although I'd recommend wearing socks as much as possible for a few weeks). After your skin is done peeling, you're left with, yep, baby soft feet. It's actually kind of amazing.

Peeling foot masks aren't for everyone, but it is a good idea to add a foot mask of some sort to your winter beauty regimen to combat dry feet. In addition to Baby Foot, here are a handful of other hydrating foot mask favorites.

1. Leaders Insolution Mediu Peeling Foot Mask

Leaders Insolution Mediu Peeling Foot Mask, $25, Amazon

This foot mask uses Alpha Hydroxy Acid and Beta Hydroxy Acid to help gently exfoliate your feet, and the $10 price point makes it less of a splurge than Baby Foot.

2. Sephora Almond Foot Mask

Sephora Collection Foot Mask, $20, Amazon

This almond foot mask from Sephora comes with mini socks, which you put on your feet and leave for 20 minutes. When your feet emerge, they'll be soft and hydrated. No peeling from this mask if that's not your scene.

3. Oh K! Exfoliating Peeling Foot Gel Mask

Oh K! Exfoliating Peeling Foot Gel Mask, $11, Asos

Inspired by Korean beauty companies, this foot mask gets rid of all your dead skin.

4. PediSpa Intensive Foot Moisturizing Mask

PediSpa Intensive Foot Moisturizing Mask $10, Target

Another non-peeling option, this affordable foot mask from PediSpa softens skin and calluses.

5. Karuna Exfoliating+ Foot Mask

Karuna Exfoliating+ Foot Mask, $11, Amazon

This option from the mask experts at Karuna is more exfoliating than one of the moisturizing masks and less harsh than a peeling mask, so it's a great in-between option. It uses hyaluronic acids to get rid of dead skin without all the peeling.

6. ESFOLIO Foot & Heel Peeling Mask

ESFOLIO Foot & Heel Peeling Mask, $4,

This mask not only effectively peels away dead skin cells, it also moisturizes and nourishes with its natural fruit and herbal extract ingredients. Plus, how cute is that paw packaging?!

7. KOCOSTAR Foot Therapy

KOCOSTAR Foot Therapy, $10, Memebox

This foot mask is made with 33 botanical extracts to hydrate your feet. THIRTY. THREE.

No matter what you're looking for, these masks will be a worthy addition to your beauty routine.

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