the SAEM Dear My Foot Power Peeling

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lavlilacs the SAEM Dear My Foot Power Peeling Review

I may have unintentionally started a foot peeling mask series, well it was unintentional until the RoseRoseShop haul. The quest was never to try every version available on the market; my target was just to buy the most affordable yet effective version. It just so happened that I would find cheaper ones that were from a different brand. Even though they should theoretically all work the same, there is always the possibility that it might not...right?

the SAEM's Dear My Foot Power Peeling mask looks exactly like The Face Shop's and Etude House's peeling products: from where it is made, to the way everything is packaged, down to the directions. The only variance is in the ingredients list, yet even that is extremely similar. I had high expectations since I've seen success with something that is practically identical to it.

lavlilacs the SAEM Dear My Foot Power Peeling packaging - Korean and English ingredients, description, and directions

the SAEM's description:

A foot peeling mask infused with hero exfoliants like Salicylic Acid and cell turnover catalyst Lactic Acid. This foot mask powerfully peels away all your dead skin cells, revealing baby soft feet. Its citrus ingredients relax and rejuvenate your tired, stressed feet, while Olive and Argan oils moisturize ’til your soles are silky smooth.

Directions
1. Wear the foot sheet.
2. Cut the pouch along the dotted line and pour the contents (20 ml) along the lateral side of each foot sheet.
3. Tie the ankle area, fix the top of the ankle with the enclosed sticker, and wait until the contents are absorbed into the soles of the feet. (Recommended Time: 60~90 minutes.)
4. After the recommended time, take off the sheet, wash off any residue with water, and towel-dry the feet.
5. After 4~6 days of use, dead skin cells will naturally start to fall off. For softer, smoother feet, wait for the dead skin cells to peel off naturally.

Ingredients
SD ALCOHOL 40-B, WATER, LACTIC ACID, GLYCOLIC ACID, GLYCERIN, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, BETAINE, UREA, PEG-60 HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL, SALICYLIC ACID, DISODIUM EDTA, ARGININE, CITRUS PARADISI (GRAPEFRUIT) FRUIT EXTRACT, ARGANIA SPINOSA KERNEL OIL, CHAMAECYPARIS OBTUSA WATER, OLEA EUROPAEA (OLIVE) FRUIT OIL, CITRUS AURANTIFOLIA (LIME) FRUIT EXTRACT, CITRUS AURANTIUM DULCIS (ORANGE) FRUIT EXTRACT, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, CITRUS LIMON (LEMON) FRUIT EXTRACT, FRAGRANCE

the SAEM (USA): USD $11.49
the SAEM (Korean retail): ₩7,000
YesStyle: USD $8.90
Jolse: USD $10.48

lavlilacs the SAEM Dear My Foot Power Peeling - Before and After

With this kind of a result, a foot peeling mask series might be very redundant...At least I can gladly say the Dear My Foot Power Peeling works! (I saw that there were some Amazon reviewers who saw no results. I wonder what that could have been due to?)

lavlilacs the SAEM Dear My Foot Power Peeling box contents

Packaging

Like I mentioned earlier, the SAEM's version looks identical to the other road shop brands. The mask is sold with a pair of serum-filled pouches and two plastic booties packaged in a box.

the SAEM, unlike the TFS and Etude House, includes an extra pair of stickers to help tape down excess plastic bag. I found it to be very weak. Since I know the booties without a sticker works fine for me, I didn't bother to fix it. I would suggest using regular tape if your feet are on the smaller side.

lavlilacs the SAEM Dear My Foot Power Peeling socks

Ingredients

Again, the ingredients in this formulation are very very similar to the previous foot peels I have written about. The only things that are different are the order of ingredients and plus or minus some essential oils and extracts.

Color & Scent

The serum is colorless and relatively odorless (maybe slightly artificially fruity). I didn't experience any sensitivity to all the acids.

lavlilacs the SAEM Dear My Foot Power Peeling progression of peeling

Before

Soaked my feet for 30 minutes in water prior to soaking it for 90 minutes in the peeling serum.

Day 1-3

Saw no changes. Didn't do any extra soaking.

Day 4-6

Still did not do extra feet soaking. Started to see some peeling around the toes, then the balls of my feet.

Day 7-8

Started to get a little impatient and took extended showers (a night of shaving, a night of exfoliating, and a night or two of extra hair washes, etc.) to keep my feet wet a little longer—the skin peeling process sped up a lot as a result.

Day 9

Was pressed for time (had to go on an overnight trip with friends the next day). Soaked my feet for about an hour. When the peeling layer of skin got very soft, I pushed the tip of my nails to scrape/shovel the skin off. Most of it came off without any issues, but then there were stubborn patches and flakey bits that were very much still attached to my soles despite everything.

lavlilacs the SAEM Dear My Foot Power Peeling forced peeling

Thoughts & Recommendations

I can't remember the last time I did a foot peel without having (accidentally) heavily soaking and rubbing my feet with water shortly after beginning the exfoliation process. I forgot how slow it was for the skin to naturally detach itself just from daily showers alone. While the box says dead skin falls off naturally in 4-6 days, it took about 6-7 for the skin to very noticeably flake. When the skin is constantly soaked for a long time, dead skin starts to fall off around the earlier predicted date. It also completely finishes peeling a lot sooner. The whole process takes can take about 9-11 days depending on how much extra help is given, whether intentional or not.

Even though shoveling the skin off with my nails sped up the process, it definitely wasn't a definitive solution. Not everything wanted to come off. What was underneath the scraped areas wasn't as clean and smooth as places where the skin fell off on its own. But hey, it works in a pinch. I would only recommend doing this towards the end of the peeling cycle.

The most important conclusion is this stuff works. It isn't a miracle in the sense that ALL callouses and thicker skin are removed, but it gets pretty darn close! (HG status worthy. Is HG still a thing in the beauty blogging world?)

If bought in Korea, it costs the same as other brands so there is no debating or guessing—just get whatever is on sale or whatever shop you first see it in. If bought outside of Korea, pick whatever is cheapest.

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