It’s time to get our feet summer ready, but are your feet ready for the big reveal?
We’ve all experienced that last minute rush for a pedicure before a summer holiday. From built up callus to full blown fungal infections, it often takes the prospect of having to bare feet in the warmer weather for us to see the full extent of how bad they really are, after being imprisoned in warm socks and shoes all winter.
Imagine being able to slip on those flip flops or strappy heels without the worry of nail infections, blisters or unsightly cracked and hardened skin all year round. There are simple at home steps and treatments you can take to get healthy, gorgeous feet, so you can eliminate that dreaded rush to the clinic.
Here is some advice on how to get your feet looking pretty for the summer by our Founder and CEO Margaret Dabbs:
How can we get feet back in tiptop condition for the summer season, so they are again healthy and look beautiful?
What people often don’t understand is that the correct products used in the right way can really make a difference in transforming the feet.
For example, it is important that feet are always filed when the skin is dry – that is before you have showered. The reasons for this are quite simple: firstly, a foot that has been bathed masks the areas that need to be treated – you simply cannot see the dry skin or callus in the same way. If a foot is prone to cracks in the skin, bathing will weaken the tissues, making the crack more likely to open up. Finally, skin does not adhere as well to wet skin and so will not be as effective.
Similarly, intensive moisturisation is essential to a superior pedicure, as feet go through the ageing process in exactly the same way as the face. The skin thins, the sub cutaneous fat is lost and sweat glands reduce in effectiveness. So it is important to re-introduce moisture into the skin of the feet. You would not consider exfoliating the face without following it with a foot moisturiser, the same applies to the feet. Do bear in mind that the skin of the feet is 12 times thicker than that of the rest of the body, which is why a body lotion just will not work.
It is for these reasons I formulated the Margaret Dabbs London Fabulous Feet collection – products that are luxurious yet effective and will give you visible and long lasting results.
Four steps to get your feet summer ready:
Step 1 – Treat yourself to a salon pedicure. If you happen to be in the UK, I would recommend our signature Medical Pedicure treatment in one of our clinics across the country
Step 2 – Follow this up with a dedicated routine of home treatments to prolong the incredible results. I would suggest using the Margaret Dabbs London’s Professional Foot File and the award winning Margaret Dabbs London Foot Hygiene Cream, designed to be anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and deeply moisturizing.
Step 3 – Use the foot file twice a week on dry skin, remember to be careful not to over-file, and always follow on by applying a moisturiser for the best possible results.
Step 4 – This, as well as daily moisturizing with our Intensive Hydrating Foot Lotion, will help to improve the condition of the skin, including cracks, callus, blisters and broken skin and discolored, damaged nails.
After all, if you look after your feet, your feet will look after you.
Our Fabulous Hands Collection is just what you need to care for your hands and nails, with each one offering treatment remedies with anti-ageing, healing and beautifying properties.
This collection includes the finest ingredients and botanical extracts including White Water Lily to stimulate the microcirculation, Vitamin E as a major antioxidant and healing agent, Wild Rose to nourish and revitalise the skin, Comfrey to reduce inflammation and encourage skin cell turnover and Sunflower Shoot Extract to preserve the skin’s structure and quality, creating results driven formulations that are a pleasure to use.
Our hand care regime will help you to transform your hands and nails with the botanical extracts together with the Australian Emu oil which has anti-ageing, healing and moisturising properties, while maintaining your manicure at the same time:
First, use our antibacterial Nourishing Hand Wash to cleanse, rehydrate and refresh your hands. For a more relaxed approach add the Hand Wash to a small bowl of warm water and soak your hands for a couple of minutes and let the Emu Oil repair and hydrate the skin while the plant extracts of White Water Lily, Comfrey and Wild Rose encourage cell renewal whilst soothing and revitalising the skin.
The next step is to gently remove any dry or dead skin using our Exfoliating Hand Scrub applied to wet hands. Our Hand Scrub combines the buffing effect of orange peel with vitamin C to protect against free radicals and jojoba beads to cleanse the hands of dead skin cells and brighten them. Hemp Seed provides omega 3 and 6 with linoleic acid and Emu Oil hydrates and tones. Your hands will be left feeling replenished and super silky to the touch!
After rinsing your hands with warm water apply our Intensive Anti-Aging Hand Serum formulated with anti oxidants, Vitamin E and Isoflavones to help reduce the appearance of age spots and improve the appearance and quality of the skin. The serum also contains Sunflower Shoot and Lupinus Albus Seed Extracts to improve skin elasticity and firmness as well as to encourage collagen production.
This is an important step to take if you are looking to reduce any age spots and want to improve the appearance, firmness and elasticity of your skin whilst nourishing and soothing the hands and leaving them visible silky.
To give extra suppleness to your hands apply our Intensive Hydrating Hand Lotion with intensive moisturising properties. The White Water Lily, Comfrey, Hemp Seed and Wild Rose plant extracts will help to maintain the moisture levels and immediately transform, illuminate, nourish and soften your skin.
Finally paint your nails with an on trend colour for summer such as a vibrant hot pink or a sunny orange. Or if you’re feeling less adventurous opt for a softer shade like pale pink, powder blue or sherbet yellow. To keep newly painted nails looking as good as they can be always have one of our Mandarin and geranium scented Hand Protection and Finishing Sprays to hand in your hand bag to improve the texture and feel of your skin whilst protecting your painted nails.
The spray forms a breathable film helping to protect your hands and nails from drying out and from environmental aggressors that could lead to ageing. Perfect for use after our Hydrating Hand Lotion as it helps to lock in all the moisture from the lotion.
Festival season is here and it’s not just your wardrobe that needs thorough planning. Finish your festival look with a bold nail colour. Choose bright eye catching neons or soft pastels topped off with a touch of glitter for added glamour.
Make sure you include our Hand Protection and Finishing Spray on your packing list to protect your hands from environmental aggressors and newly painted nails from dirt, as well as our Hand Santizer with antibacterial properties, perfect for spraying on hands throughout the day leaving them hydrated, clean and refreshed.
Don’t forget to look after your feet; festivals can be hard on them! You will be walking around all day everyday and there may be mud, so comfortable footwear and a of choices are a must. We suggest you pack a pot of our Foot Hygiene Cream to ensure your feet survive festival season. Our Foot Hygiene Cream is designed to help relieve symptoms of sore, dry, blistered skin and discoloured nails, it’s the perfect hygiene measure for sweat prone feet and helps keep them healthy, which is essential at festivals.
After a long but fun filled festival weekend your feet are bound to be in need of some special attention and we recommend a relaxing scrub and foot soak treatment. The Exfoliating Foot Mousse will scrub your feet to perfection, removing dead skin whilst also replenishing and hydrating the skin. Then soak your feet in warm water adding our Hydrating Foot Soak that will help to relieve tired and throbbing feet as well as easing cracked skin and nails. The final step to take is massaging our Intensive Treatment Foot Oil into the skin and nails instantly treating very dehydrated, cracked and broken skin.