August Newsletter

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Hello and welcome to the August newsletter where we talk about wardrobes; skincare wardrobes and supplement wardrobes, with a light touch on fashion wardrobes (full blame on a certain fashion director). With the heat still on (as I’m writing this), we throw the focus on holiday products, although quite honestly we need most of these without even jumping on a plane to seek the sun. It has sought us.

We take a further look at Garden of Wisdom (GoW), the resurrection of a product, which is no longer in product heaven and if you don’t mind, I am also going to talk about my hair for a moment or two. Shabir makes an appearance (one of many) with a skincare regimen that is helping so many of you and there are a few treats sprinkled throughout, so please read carefully, we don’t want you to miss out. Let’s do it: Read More…

The Beauty Bible’s August Picks

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Now and again, as connoisseurs of all things gorgeousness-related, we like to share on VH a round-up of some of our recent faves which you can find right here, right now on the website. So: here’s what Beauty Bible’s been loving, lately… Read More…

Big Head

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It started with my tubercular toe. But let’s not start at the very beginning; often a bad place to start. This week it started with the fat lady who fell on top of me; somewhere between sexual assault and attempted murder. It could have happened to anyone; but it happened to me. The fat lady landed on the cracked toenail that had already been run over by a PR who went all passive-aggressive with the wheels of my suitcase after offering to push it for me.

No sooner had foot queen at Margaret Dabbs glued my big toe back together than the fat lady danced on it.  I put out my hand to stop her having a second jig and sprained my wrist. Sane Shabir sent me Bromelain for soft tissue injury which solved that problem. Then I woke up with a spot. More like a planet than a spot. Next time you use a Spacemask, instead of going to Mars you could just pay a visit to the gigantic plook on my face. I could build homes on it and solve the international refugee crisis. Read More…

Time to Fix Sore Feet

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Q: I have a bunion on my right foot. How can I stop it getting worse and is it possible to reverse the problem?

A: More than 15 per cent of women in the UK suffer from bunions, due in part to our liking of pointy toes and high heels. Men may develop them, too, but far fewer do. Many sufferers have a family history of bunions.

A bunion (hallus valgus) is a deformity of the big toe joint. The main sign is the big toe pointing towards, or sometimes overlapping, the other toes on the foot. This may force the outer bone of the big toe to stick out and a bump to form. The big toe joint may be swollen and painful, especially when wearing shoes. Read More…

How Can I Treat My Dry, Cracked Feet?

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Q: I have very rough skin on my feet (and hands), with some cracks on my heels. They feel and look horrible and I need to do something before I can wear summer sandals.

A: The biggest problem that podiatrist Margaret Dabbs (margaretdabbs.co.uk) sees in older feet is dehydration. Cracks allow infections to get in and must be treated.

Book in with an experienced podiatrist. One of the many conditions they treat is dry and cracked heels. Find a local podiatrist on scpod.org.

Everyone should moisturise their feet every night. Because the skin on your feet is thicker, you need targeted products. Try Margaret Dabbs Intensive Hydrating Foot Lotion with emu oil, £25. In your case, pharmacist Shabir Daya recommends Cracked Skin Relief Crème by Derma E, £12.95, which is formulated with antiseptic herbs and vitamins, plus arnica and aloe vera. Apply liberally morning and night.

Buff feet once a week. More often will provoke more rough skin.

Don’t wear closed-in shoes without socks or tights. ‘The moisture from your feet drains into the shoes, drying out the skin,’ says Margaret. Instead, wear sandals.

Always cut toenails straight across. Don’t curve and dig down into the outer corners or this could cause ingrowing nails. Read More…

Common Foot Complaints

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You would be utterly surprised at the number of “everyday” skin conditions which can affect the skin and nails of the feet and with this in mind I have been working on the formulation of a new Hygiene Cream for feet to address many of these everyday conditions.

The hygiene cream launch coincides with the celebration by Margaret Dabbs Clinics of ‘World Foot Health Awareness Month’ in May and is a must-have in any bathroom cabinet. It is particularly good for feet that suffer with bouts of Athlete’s feet, or feet that have damaged and discoloured nails. If hygiene is an issue it is an excellent tool as a treatment measure as well as helping to prevent recurrence of the Athlete’s Foot. For sweat prone or sports feet or for people that swim often and can be affected by the chlorine in the water it can be a great help. I have found that it is great for teenagers, and helps to prevent the occurrence of bacterial infections of the skin.

I have found that females especially can be afflicted on the skin of just one foot – with the skin of the other foot being absolutely perfect. This can be the result of medication, injury or illness affecting the circulation, alcohol intake or just purely hereditary. Read More…