Milky Foot – buy a pumice stone instead

2014 update: I can’t believe people *still* leave me angry comments on this old review calling me all kinds of names. Seriously? I reviewed a product, I didn’t like it, you’re entitled to your opinion, but DO NOT leave me disgusting comments calling me all manner of terrible things because you disagree with me. I have used many of these bootie-skin-peels type of products, and I didn’t like this brand. If I was going to recommend one instead, it would be Kocostar Foot Therapy. The internet is big enough for all of us, and angry anonymous comments don’t do anyone any good. If you’re that offended by my review, close your browser and step outside for 5 minutes. In the scheme of things, is it really that important?

Milky Foot: In a word… shit. But you probably want more than just one word, don’t you.

Milky Foot claims to be the effortless way to exfoliate your feet. You pop the booties on, leave them for an hour, and then over the following week the dead skin on your feet peels off and new, baby-soft skin is revealed. That’s all well and good, except my experience was pretty much the opposite.

First up, the booties are not exactly user-friendly. They made a heck of a mess on my (brand new thousand count) sheets, and there is something a little un-nerving about a gel that eats the skin off your feet being on your bed. There was a late night trip to the washing machine.

The instructions tell you that the peeling will begin five days after you do the treatment, but my skin started coming off after three, and that’s worth noting if you intend to plan the timing of your treatment around other feet-exposing events. By day four my feet looked like they had been hit by a cheese grater but the skin wasn’t actually falling off at all – I had to manually rub to get the skin off. Hot.

The skin was definitely at its worst fresh out of the shower – the heat and water soften all the loose skin and it was like a sticky film every morning. That said, it was also the easiest time to rub all that excess off – a minute of vigorous rubbing with a dry towel did the trick.

I figured after about a week there wasn’t much skin left to come off. I was wrong. I shed for a solid three weeks. It wasn’t so much flaking as patches rolling off. At the three and a half week week mark I learnt the hard way that you can’t use fake tan after you use Milky Foot – to say the result was ugly is an understatement.

It’s now over a month later and my feet are back to what they used to be. Not softer, not silkier, not smoother. My heels are as hard as they ever were and frankly it was a whole lot of anguish for nothing.

Milky Foot
Price: $25.99
From: Chemists
Why you need it: Your call, buddy. I know friends have used it with positive results, but I was not impressed.

For those of you who want to be grossed out, I have put two pictures below…

18 Responses to "Milky Foot – buy a pumice stone instead"

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  1. Sher

    January 17, 2011 at 12:03 am

    WOW! The idea of of a gel eating away my skin over a few weeks is scary! Kudos for you for trying it out.
    So once you have left it on for the hour theres no stopping the peeling process? Eeeeeek!

    Stuff like this freaks me out lol. I think i'll stick to my exfoliant paddle and foot butter + socks overnight trick!!

    I've always wanted to go to the place in Asia that has those tiny fish that eat the dead skin off your feet 🙂

  2. Emma

    January 17, 2011 at 12:26 am

    ick, you poor thing, that's way too high maintenance for me.

    Yep, pumice in the shower, body butter and socks overnight for me as well.

    Why the hell do we even get dry skin our our feet? So annoying … some people don't get any and they do nothing!

  3. Pop! Makeup

    January 17, 2011 at 11:00 am

    You're brave, I'd have been scared my foot would fall off!

  4. candyheartshome

    January 18, 2011 at 7:57 am

    That was one of the funniest posts I've read. I laughed the whole way through. The things we do for beauty! Don't worry, I got a toenail fungal infection from my mani/pedi addiction that took about 6 MONTHS to totally heal up, during which time my big toenails looked atrocious : )

  5. appl3pie

    February 3, 2011 at 11:11 am

    Wow, this post is hilarious! Although I'm sure your experience wasn't…. I can't believe they even make this stuff. Weird.

    I agree with Emma above. The pumice stone and body butter work fine for me. Plus moisturising after shower, morning and night.

    And I popped by to let you know that I've nominated you for a Stylish Blogger award 🙂

  6. Tracey

    March 5, 2011 at 8:00 am

    I know what you mean re: the peeling skin, it can happen between 3 to 5 days, you get a clue when it starts to happen as it looks like you have a blister. I wear socks to bed when the process is happening and it keeps everything "in place". I actually love the stuff, after years in the industry I find it the easiest thing to use and the most effective. You do have to live with a period of "grossness" though. A trick is to get your feet wet often as that does soften everything up and therefore comes off quicker. I can't be bothered with pumice and I don't find it really does it for me. I do however use a good foot cream nightly after the process has stopped. I then don't need to do anything for 2 to 3 months. Give it another go!

  7. Anonymous

    July 24, 2011 at 10:40 am

    I love milky feet found them to work better then a sone.. I have very tough feet this only thing I found that really eats away at the dead skin

  8. Anonymous

    July 26, 2011 at 7:34 am

    Bernie here, also tried the Milky Foot thing, followed directions. I paid R239 for it. What a waste of money.. no change what so eva

  9. Sarah

    April 16, 2013 at 11:21 am

    Hey guys, cool post but I disagree, it worked really well for me (and no, I don’t work for them lol).

  10. Jacquie

    December 27, 2013 at 5:26 am

    I’ve just used Milky Foot and my experience was different and I hope nothing I write offends the OP…

    The boots are incredibly easy to use. It stipulates you have to stay put for an hour- don’t know how the OP managed to slop the mix onto their sheets- I also suggest not doing it on the bed if spillage is a concern.

    Peeling started for me 5 days after using. Soaking my feet in hot water and manually removing the exfoliated skin removed about 85% that day. 2 days later I repeated the soaking and got the rest off no worries. I don’t see why this is such a big issue- all exfoliating products require some manual help.

    Results? It took off a layer of skin evenly over the sole and sides of the foot. My foot looked much nicer- but I wouldn’t say it “cured” the hard skin look. It made my feet more supple which I imagine I can build upon by diligent moisturising. I’m glad I gave it a go, pleased with the results and intend to use it again.

  11. Rachael

    January 6, 2014 at 2:22 am

    Hi there 🙂 I’m thinking of doing this and I am an avid fake tanner who tans every week. I am willing to sacrifice my fake tan for silky feet but would you have any idea how long after using the Milky Feet you should go without tanning? Or would you just say after your feet are completely done shedding (if I’m lucky enough to have a better experience than yourself)?

  12. Elaine

    January 22, 2014 at 6:50 am

    I’m using Milky Foot now for the first time as I read these posts. Elise (the original post here) said she got the gel all over her sheets and that it was unnerving having it on her bed. What I don’t understand is, why did you have the booties on in bed? The instructions specifically tell you to keep them horizontal on the floor. ???

  13. Janice

    April 5, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    I have never found my feet to be so itchy it is driving me mad I have used Milky Feet once but never again. The burning feeling when I had put the bootees on I should have taken them off straight away but I thought that I would follow what it said as to the instructions. Please be careful when you wish to use this product I think they should have a tester to try first to find out if you are happy to continue

  14. karensa louis

    April 6, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    Ah that’s a shame – it worked wonders for me. I’m an ex dancer and I didn’t think it would do much for me but it was amazing. It took around 10 days for my feet to peel though – longer than it said on the tin, but the results were worth the extra days with peely feet. I then had a paraffin wax treatment.

    The only bad thing – and this is nothing against the product, was that my feet were so soft, when I went to tae kwan do i got my first ever blood blisters.

    So while it was lovely to have soft skin – which i haven’t had in over 20 years, i’m toughening them up again lol.

  15. Steve

    May 20, 2014 at 5:20 am

    Thanks for the review. My mum just saw the ad for it here in Australia and she suggested she try it. I did read reviews of it elsewhere and they were all positive then I read yours .
    I’m sorry for your experience and I’m glad I read it because my mother now has is turned off by it.

    P. s your pics didn’t gross me out , they were fine as I can stomach many things other people can’t 🙂

  16. Donna

    May 21, 2014 at 1:40 am

    I tried the Milky feet should have read your review first. It did absolutely nothing for my feet. At lease your peeled a bit I didn’t even get that. Biggest waste of money.

    $30 for nothing. I should have put the money through a poker machine I may have got a result from it.


  17. Donna

    May 21, 2014 at 1:58 am

    Further to my comment….I sent an email to the company complaining and was advised that some people have to use it twice before it does anything. They are sending me another lot. It will be interesting to see if it really does work the second time.

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