Our poor feet take quite a battering, when you think about it. Not only are they the only part of us to consistently bear the whole of our body weight, but we spend most of our time shoehorning them into English-weather-worthy boots and day-to-night heels, and then furiously beat them into pretty submission once the warm weather hits. And that’s not even taking into account our society’s ever-growing quest for health and fitness, which sees us pounding pavements and wearing sweaty socks!
The defining Margaret Dabbs Medical Pedicure is renowned for creating the perfect sole. Performed on dry feet, products from the award winning Margaret Dabbs London range are used to ensure wonderful and long lasting results.
Review by Sarah Rodrigues |
It’s nothing short of a relief to walk into the haven of the Margaret Dabbs clinic in West London’s SpaceNK. The atmosphere is soothingly luxe and sparklingly clean: comfortable chairs, lush floral arrangements and offers of drinks abound in the main area, which also features shelves lined with Margaret Dabbs products, in their elegant aubergine and gold packaging.
Foot health, not just aesthetics for the purposes of a honeymoon, holiday or open shoe, is the ethos behind Margaret Dabbs. After providing details relating to my build and medical history, and having chosen the Rococo colours I’d like (the brand is exclusive to Margaret Dabbs) I’m led into one of the treatment rooms for my medical pedicure. Any cringe-factor I might have felt about exposing my feet after a long winter and years of running quickly dissipates in the face of the genuine warmth and friendliness of podiatrist Niamh and nail tech Natasha, together with their cheerful and matter-of-fact acknowledgement of some of the foot-health issues that people contend with (and I’m assured that my neglected feet are nothing compared to what will come limping through the door in the wake of the London Marathon)
Something that stands out immediately is the fact that my feet are not soaked before the treatment commences; treating a dry foot ensures longer lasting results. Niamh uses a range of instruments to deal with my derma. Hard and dead skin is removed, nails are checked, cuticles are groomed, cracked heels are soothed and my feet are buffed, polished and positively pampered; meanwhile, my hands are being moisturised, managed and massaged, before the layers of polish are applied. Afterwards, I’m led back out to a comfortable reclining chair with a stack of magazines to flick through, while Natasha completes my pedicure with colour.
Ideally, says Niamh, this sort of targeted care should be given to our feet on a regular basis – every 6 to 8 weeks. In addition, we should be moisturising our feet daily: although the clinic’s product range is produced entirely in the UK it uses, as its primary ingredient, Australian Emu Oil, which is easily absorbed and boasts fantastic antibacterial and emollient properties. If you’ve been accustomed – and let’s face it, most of us have – to neglecting your feet, then the months preceding your wedding are the perfect time to start giving them some well-earned TLC, to ensure that they’re pretty and, crucially, comfortable for your wedding day – and beyond, into your honeymoon.
Margaret Dabbs has clinics in London and Dubai, with one soon to open in Cheltenham. If you can’t get to one of these locations, then you can recreate some of the Margaret Dabbs experience – or, alternatively, maintain the effects of your chosen treatment – at home, with her range of products, which are available online. Prices for a medical pedicure range from £80; visit http://www.margaretdabbs.co.uk for more information and pricing on other treatments.