Sole soother to the stars, London-based Margaret Dabbs has built a business on her beauty-meets-health philosophy. Counting actors, models, and CEOs among her clientele – although the tight-lipped Dabbs is sure to protect the privacy of her high-profile appointments – her salons and self-named care product range means business when it comes to reversing foot damage that comes from wearing high heels. In light of the opening of her new location in Dubai Mall, The Sole Lounge in Level Shoe District, Dabbs shared her essential tips with Bazaar.
Get your pedi from a podiatrist.
While we're all too familiar with the standard pedi – soak, scrub, file, buff and polish – but it’s the Profession Pedicure at Dabb’s The Sole Lounge in Dubai Mall that can mark a turning point in the future of your feet’s health. Known as the Medical Pedi in Dabb’s London stomping grounds, this treatment is all about getting results for common foot issues. Tended to by a licensed podiatrist, this pedicure goes beyond the superficial, rebalancing feet that have suffered for too long in their Loubs. The Sole Lounge podiatrist Marie Hegarty says that every one of her appointments differ, with diagnoses and treatment plans varying from patient to patient. While just one 45-minute visit can relieve your ailments, a standing appointment every six weeks is recommended, especially for those (read: us), who spend a lot of time in high heels and sandals.
Treat your legs to a skincare routine.
“You spend so much time on your feet, so why wouldn’t you want to look after them?” asks Dabbs. “The skin on your feet and legs go through the same aging process as the rest of your body, so it makes sense to treat them with a regular routine, and once you commit to using proper skincare for them, you’ll wonder how you ever managed without it,” she confides. Use an energising scrub in the shower, working into skin in an upwards, circular movement. Once you’re dried off, go beyond your usual lotion and massage a toning serum into your skin, before layering on body cream or oil. “As you age, the tone and elasticity disappears from your skin all over, including legs, bottom and upper arms,” points out Dabbs. “Using a serum like gives skin that revitalising boost, to tighten the skin. It’s an immediately visible effect – like a glow – but also hydrates for longer term care.”
Circulation is everything.
A week on your feet or long-haul travel can leave your legs feeling swollen and heavy, but a little TLC from Dabbs' newest launch will sort you out pronto.“The reason why people get swollen legs is because the water is pitted in the bottom of the legs, and can’t shift back so easily," explains Dabbs. "Leg massage and dedicated products aid circulation to shift that build-up and to relieve that swelling." The new Margaret Dabbs Fabulous Legs Collection includes products that directly ease puffiness. Our pick is the Margaret Dabbs London Fabulous Legs Black Leg Masque. Available as an in-salon treatment or take-home treat, the formula cools through the soft tissue to aid circulation as it dries, relieving the sensation of 'heavy legs', promoting venous decongestion, and reducing water retention.
Invest in active ingredients.
“Everything that works well in skincare is ingredient-led, and at the end of the day, using a product with ingredients that are potent and that do what they say really make a difference,” says Dabbs. “Whether you’re having circulatory issues, foot pain, swelling, calluses, there’s a product and treatment plan that will sort you out.” Dabb’s range uses the v-tonic complex to act as a venous decongestant and vascoconstricter, meaning that its topical application can directly soothe the tissue below. The brand also uses the trade-marked Legance, an anti-aging active that helps refine the adipose tissue.
Treatments at Margarent Dabbs Sole Lounge in Level Shoe District, The Dubai Mall start at Dhs75