Margaret Dabbs is arguably the poshest pedicurist in the world, tending to celebrities, socialites and, of course, a few royals, from her discreet salon in the center of London. No wonder she has been nicknamed “The Queen of Feet.”
Of course, that jetset clientele won’t settle for anything less than first class foot care -- so Dabbs personally devised a signature treatment that will turn back time for tony toes. This four-stage process, the ultimate pro pedicure, costs $1250 per foot, or $2,500 in total.
Of course, not everyone can quite foot that bill, but don’t be discouraged. Dabbs has some suggestions for the ultimate at-home treatment, and how you can improve that DIY toe job in just three steps.
First, don’t ever soak the feet before treating them -- after all, once they’re wet, you can’t see where there’s hard skin to remove -- and invest in a professional file.
“People use these devices that look like a kitchen saw,” she explains. “Please stay away from them, and you won’t have those fish scales that people get two or three days after taking off dry skin.”
Indeed, her signature product is a crushed crystal file that flawlessly and evenly files off calluses (it’s available, like her entire line of pedi-products, at Bloomingdale's and SpaceNK in the United States.)
Follow that with an exfoliation over the entire foot to smooth any snags. And finally, hydrate with moisturizer, but avoid slathering too much between your toes to prevent dampness.
Her secret tip is to look for a lotion that contains an unexpected ingredient, the foot world’s answer to Botox: emu oil. Packed with vitamins A and D, it’s a turbo-hydrating elixir.
“It can take 10 years off your feet in one application,” she promises. “Everybody says it looks like I’ve got baby feet.”
Mark Ellwood is a Contributing Editor at Condé Nast Traveler.