Margaret Dabbs is a renowned celebrity foot expert whose clinics were set up over 10 years ago. Her amazing products have achieved cult status almost overnight, and along with her clinics have regularly featured in the beauty press.
One of these products – Margaret Dabbs Foot Hygiene Cream (100ml, RRP £20) – featured in the May You Beauty Discovery box celebrating the CEW UK Awards. It was at these awards that the cream was nominated for Best New Hand, Foot and Nail Care Product.
The Foot Hygiene Cream was specifically formulated to address common complaints relating to the skin of the feet. Containing Tea Tree oil (an antiseptic) and Emu Oil (anti inflammatory) it’s the perfect hygiene measure for sports and sweat prone feet. Foot Hygiene Cream is said to eradicate the symptoms of sore, scaly, dry, cracked, blistered skin and discoloured nails, and once applied helps eliminate symptoms of athlete’s foot and odour.
To use simply warm a small amount of the thick balm-like cream in the hand, and then apply all over the feet and nails. The instructions advise to use daily for two weeks to help clear up fungal skin conditions and as necessary thereafter. For general foot hygiene you need only use the cream twice weekly in conjunction with an ordinary foot lotion.
In fairness I don’t suffer from any foot problems and my routine of using a foot scrub and cream has kept my feet well moisturised, but I thought a decent foot cream still wouldn’t go amiss, especially with summer approaching. It’s for that reason I chose the cream and so it would be unfair of me to comment on the cream’s effectiveness when it comes to fungal infections. It is however intensively hydrating and smells very fresh. A little also goes a very long way making it great value.
The one thing that makes me slightly uncomfortable is the fact the product contains Emu Oil; I just feel in a world where we are trying to minimize our impact on the environment that using animal derived products for cosmetic purposes is a step back. That said I am not vegetarian and I do feel that as long as the oil is obtained as a by-product of the meat industry then that does make a difference. I think that if we are eating meat we should at least use as much of that animal as we can so that it is not a wasteful process. Of course I completely understand the other perspective and that it why I am concious that this product is not vegetarian friendly and that some people would not want to entertain its use whatsoever. (This section of Margaret Dabbs’ website explains a bit more about Emu Oil).
Have you tried this foot cream? What are your thoughts on the use of ingredients derived for animals and their use for cosmetic purposes?