Globally renowned for creating luxury products for your feet, hands & legs, Margaret Dabbs is widely considered the number one brand that combines medical knowledge with beauty expertise for instant results. We spoke to the founder – renowned industry leader in foot care, Margaret Dabbs about her top tips for getting your legs & feet looking and feeling the way they used to...
What is your number one golden rule for avoiding cracked heels?
The number one rule is to remove hard skin build-up, closely followed by rule number two which is to hydrate the skin of the feet. So, exfoliate and hydrate – looking after the feet is no different to the rest of the body – except that you must use dedicated foot products if you want to get professional results at home. It is all in the preparation – you can avoid cracked heels, even if you have suffered from them for years. I'd recommend you use the Margaret Dabbs London Professional Foot File followed by the Margaret Dabbs London Cracked Heel Treatment Balm. It is problem-solving at its best!
What are the hero products you think everyone should include in an effective foot treatment from home?
You need a professional tool to remove hard skin – so that means using our Professional Foot File at home. I recommend using it once or twice a week for smooth, callus-free feet. Really, no feet are too bad to get superb results. If you need to get your feet back on track quickly then you need our Foot Hygiene Cream – it's often referred to as a “Miracle in a Jar”, expertly formulated to address the most common foot complaints. The cream works to transform your feet overnight and get them looking and feeling the way they used to.
Once you have your feet back on track you need a daily moisturiser for your feet, to keep them looking good so use the Intensive Hydrating Foot Lotion as your daily product. It not only keeps your feet looking good, but it leaves them silky, smooth illuminated and light and reduces hard skin build-up.
Should your foot care routine look the same in the winter and summer, or should it be adapted?
In the Summer we want to ensure the feet are well moisturised, healthy, and looking (and feeling) good – so for that, we need a great foot file, and a daily moisturiser. Very simple, very quick, and very easy to achieve with Margaret Dabbs London.
In the winter, the skin of the feet is cooped up in closed shoes and boots, giving perfect moist warm conditions, and encouraging bacterial and fungal infections, so it is important that you don’t have that “out of sight” mindset. Make use of the Foot Hygiene Cream at night to keep the skin healthy, the foot file should be used once a week and use the foot scrub weekly, as this works between the toes and all over the feet to keep the skin renewed and fresh. As the saying goes – prevention is better than cure!
What is a trick of the trade that you can share with us as the “Foot Expert”?
One of the biggest mistakes I see is people making is filing feet whilst they are wet. Always file on dry skin, before a bath or shower for the best and longest-lasting results – try it and you will be amazed at the difference it makes.
Can you tell us the difference between the Margaret Dabbs Intensive Treatment Foot Oil vs. Intensive Hydrating Foot Lotion? Do these products complement each other, or can you choose between them depending on your skin concern?
The Intensive Treatment Foot Oil is a non-greasy, easy-to-apply dry oil for excessively dry, thin skin. The Intensive Hydrating Foot Lotion helps to stop the build-up of hard skin, and is your daily product, so perfect for anyone who builds hard skin. It leaves your feet silky, smooth, illuminated and light. The two products can be used together for an intensive home treatment.
Do you recommend salon pedicures – and if so, how often should you go?
You can’t beat a professional medical pedicure and if you can manage to have this twice a year – before the Summer and after the Summer, your feet will thank you and you can maintain your feet so easily in-between times. You can also get professional results in your own home, for you and your whole family using our concentrated, problem-solving formulations and professional tools.
I can see that hand products have been a natural progression to the Margaret Dabbs London range in line with your services, but how did the Leg range come about and what is special about these products?
Our Leg products are problem solvers to treat swollen ankles and legs, to promote venous decongestion and stimulate circulation, tone, and firm the skin of the legs, take the body temperature down by instantly cooling the skin and reduce the appearance of cellulite. They also work to cool the skin at night and reduce the occurrence of leg cramps and restless leg syndrome for a peaceful night’s sleep. The performance of the Leg serum is due to the trademarked ingredient Legance™️ which reduces the puffiness and stimulates circulation. V-Tonic complex instantly cools and energises the legs and eases tired legs and has a beautiful uplifting aroma. Apply the serum in place of your body lotion and it will feel like you are wearing invisible support stockings – and the skin on your legs will be tighter and firmer and the legs will look slimmer and more toned.