The Life and Sole of The Foot
No matter what we go through in life, our feet are always there to support us. And we put them through a lot. We make them stand for hours, squeeze them into stilettos, trap them in trainers and leave them exposed to the elements in summer. If you’re guilty of any of the foot offences above, it’s time to toe the line and learn how to treat your feet better all year round.
How To Nail It
You wouldn’t abandon your daily skincare regime in lieu of a monthly facial, and similarly a one-off pedicure isn’t enough; your feet deserve more! “We only get one pair of feet,” explains leading foot expert Margaret Dabbs, “and it’s important to treat them exactly the same way as you do your face.”
This means regular exfoliation. Margaret suggests using a foot file once or twice a week and always on dry skin, as this will give the most effective and long-lasting result. “Water softens skin, masking dry, problem areas and increasing the risk of opening up cracks and tearing damaged tissue.”
You can also use an exfoliating scrub, we suggest REN Atlantic Kelp And Magnesium Salt Anti-Fatigue Exfoliating Body Scrub. Packed with magnesium and REN’s anti-fatigue essential oils blend, it not only helps to remove dead skin cells but also relieves aching muscles and replenishes skin with essential minerals.
As with your skin, regular moisturising is key to keeping feet supple. Incorporate a specific foot moisturiser into your daily routine. We love Margaret Dabbs Intensive Hydrating Foot Lotion, which is packed with fast-absorbing, anti-bacterial ingredients. Massage a small amount all over feet paying special attention to areas of hard and dry skin. For seriously dehydrated skin, use a nourishing dry oil that sinks in fast, we suggest This Works Skin Deep Dry Leg Oil. For best effects, massage into feet just before bed so they can fully absorb the product while benefiting from a well-deserved rest.
When The Going Gets Tough
Feet go through the ageing process in the same way as the rest of the body. The skin thins and the sub cutaneous fat is lost resulting in less cushioned soles, which can make you feel as if you are walking on stones. The sweat glands reduce in effectiveness and in addition, the soft tissues become lax, resulting in hard skin forming on the balls of the feet, beside the big toes and heels. There are certain ingredients you can look out for to help alleviate the effects of ageing though; emu oil, made up of fatty acids like omega-3s, naturally reduces inflammation and helps to promote skin renewal, while tea tree is very foot-friendly due to its natural anti-fungal and anti-bacterial qualities.
Another common foot complaint, especially during pregnancy, is tightness and puffiness caused by fluid retention. Legology Air-Lite Daily Lift For Legs is a powerful diuretic cream which helps reduce inflammation and dissolve aches, pains and fatigue, rejuvenating and energising from the toes up.
If at-home treatments aren’t quite cutting it for you, step into the salon instead. The Margaret Dabbs London Clinic at Space NK’s Westbourne Grove store boasts a lavish nail spa with manicures and pedicures undertaken by professional nail technicians. A great place to start is the signature Medical Pedicure, a 45-minute treatment performed by a podiatrist, it offers a complete overhaul for overworked feet.