Last week, I was invited to experience a Margaret Dabbs pedicure. I had heard so much about Margaret from British beauty blogs, and her frequent mentions in Porter magazine, so I was really interested to see what made the products a cult favourite (not to mention Margaret is a celebrity favourite).
Margaret Dabbs is a chiropodist from London, and has pioneered the dry pedicure–there are no massage chairs with jet-powered basins here.
All of the products are made with Margaret’s signature ingredients of Emu Oil and Lemon Myrtle. Emu oil is a natural analgesic (anti-inflammatory and soothing like Advil) and the oil itself is actually closest to human’s natural oil composition, so it is quickly and easily absorbed into the skin. It also contains vitamins A & E (skin repairer and antioxidants), Lineolic Acid (eases muscle and joint pain), Sapogens (skin softeners) and Terpines (antiseptics). Lemon Myrtle is used for its soothing properties and it’s clean scent.
My wonderful aesthetician Ellis began by filing my feet to remove all of the dry, dead skin (I had not been soaking my feet as wet skin masks the area that needs to be treated–Ellis pointed out the spots on my feet that would have been missed had they been wet). This was a really interesting way to start the pedicure as it was totally different than what I was used to.
After the filing and nail trimming, she shaped my nails with Margaret’s Crystal Nail File. The crystal creates a smoother finish and prevents any splitting or breaking of the nail.
Only once she was done pushing back my cuticles and prepping my nails did my feet hit the water. Ellis had filled a large bowl with the Hydrating Foot Soak (which can also be used in the bath). A small amount of the Exfoliating Foot Mousse was then massaged on to my feet to eliminate any remaining dead skin.
After being dried off, my feet were covered in the Intensive Treatment Foot Oil (which smells lovely and lemon-y) and followed up with the Intensive Hydrating Foot Lotion (which can also be used as a body lotion). I’ve been applying the lotion nightly to my feet, and I have to say I am quite impressed–normally I am foot lotion-averse because I hate any greasy feeling on my feet, but this absorbs very quickly and is light and not greasy or oily in the least.
In the summers I am constantly being attacked by bugs at the cottage, and I was advised that the ingredients of the Lotion will actually keep the bugs away–I will definitely try this since even OFF! Deep Woods can’t keep my legs from getting 20 bug bites.
If you’re not one to splurge on monthly pedicures, investing in Margaret’s Foot File, Exfoliating Foot Mousse and Foot Lotion is a great way to keep your feet looking pretty and soft with minimal effort while feeling luxurious.