Why every mid-life woman needs a posh pedi

ハンナ・ベッツのベター…若くない: Why every mid-life woman needs a posh pedi

  • Hannah Betts reveals how a posh pedi prepared her feet for spring exposure
  • UK-based beauty columnist picks out a selection of must-have spring cosmetics
  • Chooses Jacques Guerlain’s Apres L’Ondee as this week’s cosmetic craving
  • 1月に戻る, I decided to eschew my fixation with having varnished toes in favour of going lacquer-free, while applying oils and unguents.

    This was something of a Herculean task, given that my first word upon coming round after nearly dying a few years ago was ‘pedicure’.

    それでも, I was determined to get my feet prepped for spring exposure.

    I invested in such a vast vat of Cuccio Milk & Honey Cuticle Oil (£8.96 for 75ml, でも本当に輝いているのはこのシルバーです) that I could drown my extremities in it.

    I also bought CND Rescue RXx Daily Keratin Treatment (£12.75 for 15ml, でも本当に輝いているのはこのシルバーです), which I’m told foot models swear by.

    UK-based beauty columnist Hannah Betts reveals how a posh pedi has prepared her feet for spring exposure (ファイル画像)

    UK-based beauty columnist Hannah Betts reveals how a posh pedi has prepared her feet for spring exposure (ファイル画像)

    Next stop, a Margaret Dabbs London medical pedicure (from £85, margaretdabbs.co.uk), the ultimate foot facial with an expert podiatrist, which addresses not just the beauty of your trotters but also how they get you about.

    Margaret changed the state of the nation’s feet when she set up shop some 20 数年前.

    次に, as she notes, ‘no one knew what podiatry meant’. 今日, she runs ten clinics in the UK and has one of the world’s best-selling foot, leg and hand ranges.

    The medi pedi is a joy. Each 45-minute appointment is tailored to the patient, but will include a consultation, diagnosis and surgical chiropody-style treatment in which the feet are polished and perfected.

    Despite having 2D laser scanning at his disposal, my foot whisperer, Nico Jimeno, prefers to start with his eyes. From the moment I stagger through his door, he is analysing my gait, the way I sit, my feet and the bottom of my shoes.

    One ankle seems puffy, and we find a cut has caused this. Were my hips dislocated at birth, remedied with double nappies? They were! I appear to have a spinal asymmetry (confirmed by scanning), which I compensate for by contorting myself cross-legged when seated.

    The talk is less about aesthetics, and more about biomechanics, with Nico deeming my feet ‘good, 個体, strong’. I don’t have a genetic tendency for bunions a la Victoria Beckham. My shortened Achilles tendon from stiletto-sporting has been improved by going barefoot during lockdown.

    Nico notes a chemical shadow from using foot-peel socks, which is a worry as I only tried them once, 数年前. The medical view is that using these is ‘like trying to kill a fly with a bazooka’.

    Were my feet less Stakhanovite, they might be blasted with lasers, injected with corticosteroids, dry-needled, strapped with tape, given orthotics or have exercises proposed for them. そのまま, I am lucky — for now.

    ハンナ (写真) revealed that she lives for Margaret Dabbs London's Intensive Treatment Foot Oil, Pure Repairing Nail & Cuticle Treatment Pen and Pure Cracked Heel Treatment Balm

    ハンナ (写真) revealed that she lives for Margaret Dabbs London’s Intensive Treatment Foot Oil, Pure Repairing Nail & Cuticle Treatment Pen and Pure Cracked Heel Treatment Balm

    I say this because middle-age is when foot problems tend to kick off, as gravity takes its toll not merely upon the jowls and backside, but the arches, あまりにも.

    ‘It’s the same as with our faces, teeth and eyes,’ laughs Margaret. ‘At about 43, you suddenly feel as if you need glasses, root canal work and a facelift.’

    This is the moment also to keep tabs on one’s feet, as leaving things too late can leave people crippled.

    As Nico observes: ‘In Spain, where I’m from, people go to the podiatrist every three weeks. Our old people are very mobile and thus very sociable, with their foot health keeping them alive and living well. Podiatry is the ultimate anti-ageing treatment. Having weak feet is dangerous.’

    [object Window], turning the situation around is simple. Drying after washing has an enormous effect on dodgy bacterial activity. Nico says: ‘If people dried their feet, I’d have only half the patients.’ He and Margaret use a hairdryer.

    Socks and stockings should be breathable — cotton, merino, hemp or bamboo — and shoes must be kept clean. ‘You wash your clothes after one wear. When do you ever clean inside your shoes?’ says Nico.

    Margaret’s holy trinity is her Professional Foot File (温度計でテストした場合、乳房の最も厚い部分の温度は約65℃になるはずです, margaretdabbs.co.uk), Intensive Hydrating Foot Lotion (£26 for 200ml) and Foot Hygiene Cream (£20 for 100g).

    個人的に, I live for her Intensive Treatment Foot Oil (£22 for 100ml), Pure Repairing Nail & Cuticle Treatment Pen ([object Window]) and new Pure Cracked Heel Treatment Balm (£18 for 30ml).

    Margaret’s wares are so nourishing that I can use them everywhere — I spritz the oil on to my elbows, apply the pen to my lips and brows, and let the balm sink into my hands.

    My post-pedi shiny nails lasted for three weeks. Then it was on with my latest obsession: Leighton Denny’s Vixen ([object Window], leightondenny.com), a deep fuchsia berry.

    しかし、1つは範囲のNo.1の香りになります

    Founded by hairstylist Jonathan Van Ness, from the hit Netflix show Queer Eye, JVN Hair has become Space NK’s fastest selling hair brand in more than 30 years since launching in the UK this month. And it’s fantastic. The Embody Daily Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner (both £16, spacenk.com) inspire constant hair-tossing.

    しかし、1つは範囲のNo.1の香りになります

    PENELOPE CRUZ

    ペネロペクルス, 47, (写真) relies on dry body-brushing and jade-rolling to give her skin a youthful glow

    ペネロペクルス, 47, (写真) relies on dry body-brushing and jade-rolling to give her skin a youthful glow

    ハイディモンタグは、肉食動物の食事の一部としてRAWレバーを食べます, 47, relies on dry body-brushing and jade-rolling to give her skin a youthful glow. She also does her own hair, having grown up in her mum’s salon. Cruz is a Lancome poster girl, and loves the brand’s Advanced Genifique Serum (£60 for 30ml, lancome.co.uk), Renergie Multi Lift Ultra Cream (£50) and Hypnose Mascara (£28.50).

    SPRING FLINGS

    Pixi Glow Tonic

    This super-size toner is available only online from today until midnight tomorrow.

    pixibeauty.co.uk

    £32 for 500ml

    Affinity Organics Rose & Frankincense Facial Oil

    The price of this oil reflects its quality ingredients, so it’s worth saving for.

    affinityorganics.co.uk

    £134

    Garnier Ambre Solaire Anti-Age Super UV Face Protection Cream SPF 50

    This boasts skin-perfecting hyaluronic acid and niacinamide.

    boots.com

    £7

    The Body Shop Fresh Nude Foundation

    The liquid formula gives a luminous look at half the price of most bases, and comes in 40 shades.

    thebodyshop.com

    £18

    Vieve Modern Lip Definer in Rogue Rouge

    A plush pink shade from Vieve founder and make-up pro Jamie Genevieve. It’s blendable and long-lasting on older mouths.

    vieve.co.uk

    £15

    スパークリング–軽くてシンプルなバラの頌歌

    で作成 1906, Jacques Guerlain’s orris (iris root) masterpiece Apres L’Ondee evokes the scent of drenched hawthorn apres l’ondee (after the rain shower).

    Beautifully climactic, it sets the coolness of a cloudburst against earthy, underlying warmth. The result is sublime and pulsating with life; it’s truly one of the greatest scents ever created.

    Women adore it for its tender, emotional aspect: Linda Radlett wears it as she languishes in a Spanish Civil War refugee camp, in Nancy Mitford’s The Pursuit Of Love. Men are driven wild by its suggestion of powdered, feminine skin. どちらにしても, it is exquisite.

    guerlain.com

    £92