How To Get Your Feet Sandal-Ready

How To Get Your Feet Sandal-Ready

Sandal season is upon us, and for many of us it’s the first time we’ve felt fresh air between our toes since last summer. If yours are in need of some TLC, keep reading to discover the expert rules for getting them in shape – from the treatments to book, to easy at-home hacks…

Plan Your Pedicure

“Treat yourself to a salon pedicure at least three months before you plan on going away - the skin on the feet is 12 times thicker than that of the rest of the body, so enlist the help of the pros to get you going. Never leave it until the week before your holiday – starting as far in advance as you can will improve your feet significantly. Consider booking in for a Margaret Dabbs Medical Pedicure, which is performed by a qualified podiatrist who will tackle dry heels, ingrown toenails and rough patches.” – Margaret Dabbs, podiatrist

Maintain At Home

“Following your initial in-salon pedicure, maintain the results at home by filing your feet twice a week; always file on dry skin but don’t overdo it – aim to remove any dry patches but no more. Taking off too much skin can cause blisters as the new skin on your feet will have no protection.” – Margaret Dabbs

Invest In The Right Products

“When it comes to looking after your feet, always use a moisturiser specially designed for the feet – feet go through the ageing process in the same way as your face, so applying moisture daily to your feet is crucial to keep them in good condition.” – Margaret Dabbs

Sleep In Socks

“For softer feet as you sleep, try using a foot scrub on wet skin before applying a nourishing foot cream and popping on a pair of cotton socks immediately afterwards. Keep them on for at least an hour, or ideally as you sleep – this will allow the moisturiser to really penetrate into your skin, keeping it soft and supple. Bliss’ Softening Socks come pre-loaded with jojoba oil, ceramides and vitamin E to smooth and soften any dry patches.” – Bee Sidhu, beauty therapist at Nails & Brows

Look After Your Cuticles

“Taking the time to look after your cuticles, even if it’s just for a minute every day, will really pay off in the long-run when it comes to your feet and how clean, fresh and polished they look. My top tip would be to keep a nail oil by your bed and massage into your toes before you sleep – get into the habit now and you’ll reap the benefits come summer.” – Karen Louise, leading session manicuris

Try A Quick-Fix

“If you’ve followed a consistent footcare plan for a good couple of months, your feet will definitely be sandal-ready by now. However, if you’re looking for a quick boost, use the Margaret Dabbs Exfoliating Foot Mousse every other day in the week before you head off and top up with the Nourishing Nail & Cuticle Serum, which guarantees results in as little as three days.” – Margaret Dabbs

Be A Softie

“Whether you’re pushed for time or feel your winter-weary feet aren’t quite ready to be bared in a salon, book in for Le Salon’s brand new Ameliorate Power Pedi, £45, which will instantly transform your feet. We booked in post-London marathon and were seriously impressed at the results – our feet were left soft, groomed and healthy in just under an hour. Plus, being able to do it all from the comfort of your own sofa is the dream and negates the stress of having to remember your flip-flops.” – Tor Cardona, SL Health & Beauty Editor
Margaret Dabbs salons are located in Notting Hill and downstairs in Liberty; for more information or to book a treatment visit

To book the Ameliorate Power Pedi, visit

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