Margaret Dabbs’ lifelong passion has always been for feet. She is a qualified podiatrist and opened her first foot clinic in 1998. If you are not familiar with the difference between a podiatrist and a pedicurist, a podiatrist has a medical qualification and works with referrals from doctors. They can safely work with blades and can diagnose and treat foot healthcare problems. A pedicurist gives a skin treatment and concentrates on cuticle work and nail painting.
Margaret has successfully crossed the bridge between podiatry and pedicures by employing both kinds of specialists to give her unique fusion of health and beauty. Margaret and her specialist team have treated a diverse client base over the years from royalty and celebrities to Olympic athletes.
When Margaret develops products she approaches her ingredients and results with a clinical eye and looks into the research to ensure a result on skin that is even in the worst condition. She looks for inspiration from the Aborigine for her signature ingredient of emu oil which naturally contains vitamin E, vitamin A, linoleic acid, sapogenins and terpenes. Margaret loves the plumping and re-densifying effects of this ingredient on the skinny tissue of the skin surrounding the feet, which can cause our feet to become painful over the years as they lose their natural plumpness and cushion.
Our product of the month is the Foot Hygiene Cream. This is a combination of her emu oil and tea tree oil, and is an anhydrase formula which gives it its hygiene properties. What that means is that it has no water; it is not an emulsion or a cream. It is more of a waxy, balm-like texture. This means that it helps to inhibit bacteria, especially in sweaty, damp and smelly situations such as any areas on the feet (and incidentally you can use it on the hands too) that are causing concern: between the toes or on the soles for example. You may have sweaty patches or painful, moist areas that aren’t drying out, food odour that is persistent, it could be, for example, that you naturally have sweaty feet. Your feet could also be in poor health because of illness, or you may suffer from your feet being in damp conditions for too long due to a job or hobby. By massaging this naturally antiseptic, water-free skin treatment on you should see improvement. It is very concentrated and economical to use.
My top tip would be to always wash your hands before and after using the product to prevent any contamination and if you know you are sharing the product, try to use a spatula to remove the product from the pot.
This would be very good to use on holiday to help prevent your feet from picking up infections. If you go barefoot in public places like swimming pools, always take this with you to apply to you and your family’s feet afterwards.
Due to the emu oil it contains, this product is not suitable for vegetarians or vegans.