With warmer months just around the corner, with sunshine (hopefully), beckoning our tootsies into sandals, feet need to be groomed and ready to go. There is nothing worse than wanting to give feet an airing, only to find heels are cracked and feet in poor health. I was already a fan of Margaret Dabbs products, but have recently been trying some others to help prepare my feet for summer, and they are fabulous!
After feet have been in socks and boots all winter, it is a good idea to give them some tlc, by treating any dry skin issues. Then, when the sandals are pulled out of the wardrobe, or, you treat yourself to a pretty new pair, feet will look and feel so much nicer. Margaret Dabbs London, is a globally recognised brand and her products are sold via many retailers. Margaret has 5 clinics in the UK, and 1 in Dubai, where the therapists work solely on feet and hands. Her products, of which I have been a fan for a while, are professionally quality that produce results.
Do take a look at my post Margaret Dabbs for Fab Feet, for another product I love.
Margaret Dabbs Foot File ~ £24 (includes replacement file pads)
When it comes to foot files, I have used different ones over the years, including during my time as a therapist. Some not so good, and some that did the job but wouldn’t last. This award winning foot file on the other hand, is seriously good at dealing with really rough skin! I know it might sound crazy to get excited over a foot file, of all products, but this is a fab design, giving fantastic results and is definitely worth investing the money in.
Below ~ half way along the handle, there is a curve, enabling easy removal of the crystal strip. As this comes with 2 spares, I can see this file lasting an age.
In the above images, you can see my skin is dry with some cracks when I started using the file, plus, the amount of skin dust that ends up on the file. I had only just started filing, and the crystal strip was white both sides once i had finished. I tend to file in a downwards motion, with a little back and forth movement on stubborn cracks across the heel. After use, keep clean by washing off with a little warm, soapy water (but avoid soaking the file in water), and pat dry.
This makes light work of tackling hard, rough cracked skin (but do not use on broken skin), plus any callus build up. Ideal for both women and men, use on dry skin for efficacy, ridding all dead, dry skin cells. Hand it to the other half to use, help stop that sandpaper sensation when their foot rubs against yours in the night!
I have found this file so effective, especially using in conjunction with the foot lotion (see below), so has my partner. I tend to use once a week and my feet are really improving, and will be ready for the full-on sandal weather.
Key features of the Foot File :
- Compressed crystal technology pads to remove layers of dead skin quickly and evenly.
- Long handle for ease of use.
- Replacement long lasting abrasive pads for hygiene and longevity.
- Re-usable stainless steel body for increased hygiene.
- Stylish slim design ensures it can be easily transported.
Below ~ the two replacement sticky-back pads.
Margaret Dabbs Foot Lotion ~ £25 for 200 ml
This super hydrating lotion is a foot treatment in itself, and is a global hero product among the range. Containing Lemon Myrtle oil, it has a fragrance that is fresh and vibrant. It absorbs well too, so feet just feel soft to the touch, and are not left greasy or slippy, plus skin is left moisturised and looks brighter. I can see why this has been a Beauty Bible award winner, it does the job of moisturising, and more. My feet feel softened and fresher after using, and being a lightweight formula, it’s ideal to use going through summer.
Ingredients : Water/Aqua, Dromiceius (Emu) Oil, Propylene Glycol, Paraffinum Liquidum, Stearic Acid, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Phenoxyethanol, Triethanolamine, Disodium EDTA, Backhousia Citriodora (Lemon Myrtle) Leaf Oil, Carbomer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Citral.
A little about the key ingredient Emu Oil : It absorbs without making skin greasy, works as an anti-inflammatory, prevents bacteria growth, plus, is hypoallergenic and non-comodegenic. it naturally contains antioxidant Vitamins A & E, to heal and repair, Linoleic acid, to help aching muscles & joints, plus, Oleic acid, which regenerates skin cells. Also, Sapogens that soften skin and, Terpines, which act as antiseptics.
I used pure Emu Oil after I had an ankle injury, also after my hip replacement, as my leg and foot were swollen. It certainly helped ease the pain in my feet and reduced swelling, and is used in many of Margaret’s products which is helpful. We put our feet through their paces day after day, so we really should take care of them, especially with podiatrist designed products such as these. This product softens hard heels, plus callus, helping to prevent further build up. It also helps ease the pain of tired, aching feet, so lovely to use after a long day on the go.
Above ~ this feels more than a lotion, as it has a thicker viscosity than most. It moisturises well and brightens the skin, whilst keeping feet feeling fresh.
Below ~ after my second treatment using the file, followed by working in the lotion all over my foot. The skin is in much better condition using this lotion after filing.
Margaret Dabbs Nail & Cuticle Serum ~ £12 for 15 ml
This lightweight, creamy serum is concentrated to help repair and strengthen cuticles and nails on both hands and feet. With the ingredients of Tea Tree and Emu oils, it can also prevent bacteria and nail infections, whilst keeping the nails hydrated. The size of this handy pump container, makes it easy to pop in a handbag for using on the go.
Suitable for all skins and safe to use in pregnancy.
Ingredients : Water/Aqua, Dromiceius (Emu) Oil, Paraffinum Liquidum, Stearyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Cetrimonium Chloride, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Acetate, Cellulose, Isopropyl Alcohol.
I tend to use this clean, fresh serum more often when I do a manicure, with a grain of rice size amount for each hand, as a little goes a long way. With the ingredients of Tea Tree oil, it smells fresh and clean, and is great for working into toenails to prevent infection, so a good product for guys. As I get really dehydrated skin, this is starting to help replenish my nails and cuticles, as well improve their appearance.
*Note to self*…use more on feet too (on days when I can bend over that is).
As feet go through so much, it seems only fair we should give them a little love too. We spend money on skincare products for the face and body, so why not our poor, over-worked tootsies?! Each pair of feet has a quarter of a million sweat glands, so it’s a good idea to use products to help freshen and prevent infection, not only to make them look pretty. Helping to keep feet in good health and soft to the touch, is made so easy with these specifically made products, and from the foot queen herself! I hope this post has inspired you to get treating your feet in time for summer.