Leading an extremely busy lifestyle, anything that claims to work while I sleep is a bonus. Skincare, body treatments, detoxing – all while I slumber and don’t have to worry about it? Sign me up. I remember trying a foot patch for the first time about ten years ago, cautiously attaching it to the underside of my foot before slipping into bed and not quite knowing what I would wake up to. They don’t seem to have progressed far since then, but you can now get your hands on sleep patches that claim to do different things while you snooze. Patch-It are available in two different varieties – a regular detoxing version, as well as a sleep aid to help you awaken feeling revitalised. I’ve put both of these to the test for a couple of nights to see if they really did do what they say, and although I’m not completely convinced, they did make bedtime a little more interesting.
To use these, all you have to do is remove each patch from its
packaging and affix to the underside of the foot like a plaster, taking
care to ensure the pouch with the ingredients is completely touching the
skin. You go to bed as normal, removing the patches and disposing of
them when you awake. The stickiness of the patch is strong enough to
keep it in place all night (even for the most fidgity of people,) but
delicate enough to cause none of that horrendous plaster-removal feeling
you get with the ugly beige things. When you remove the patch you’ll
notice that the pouch has turned a dark grey colour, which is supposedly
all the toxins that have been removed overnight. Now there’s no
scientific proof whatsoever that this actually works (and it isn’t just
sweat,) but it’s supposedly based on the ancient practice of Reflexology
– whereby your feet are manipulated and cleansed as a route to other
areas of the body.
Using the detox patches I didn’t
feel any different whatseover, but with the sleep-aid patches I did
actually seem to get a better night’s slumber; I awoke feeling refreshed
and as though I’d had a really good quality kip, something I rarely
experience without a herbal tea and a natural sleep aid. I’m not going
to disgust you with a picture of my used patches, but there was
definitely something being removed from the underside of my feet and it
seemed to help me sleep better. Realistically you should use these every
day for a week to get the proper benefit, but even as a one-off treat
they’re quite interesting to test… I like to think of these like a
face mask for your feet. Something we use out of curioisity and
indulgence, rather than targeted skincare relief.
Have you ever tried foot patches? Do you think they actually work?