I'm usually a frequent traveller to London and when I'm there I do my specialty beauty treatments, including my medical pedicure at Margaret Dabbs. But with few trips this year, when I voiced my frustration I was informed by friends that the DermaOne clinic in Nakheel Center offers a treatment that is can provide me with an alternative if I don't insist on being a diva.
And lo and behold, at the kind mercy of a friend who gave me gift voucher, I made my way to the clinic with an open mind and heart, expecting to be disappointed but willing to be wowed (ok- maybe not such an open mind and heart).
Being shown into the treatment room, I inspected the equipment and to the amateur eye, it seemed that all was well. I was seated and my feet placed into a footbath... umm... so what I had understood from the Margaret Dabbs school of thought was that the treatment on feet needs to be done on dry feet.
The thinking behind this is that when they are dry, the dead skin is more evident and the pedicure can be more effective. If your feet are wet, the skin will look softer immediately so the therapist will tend not to file as effectively as needed. So this was the first no-no.
Once my feet were dried, the pedicure started and pretty much was done in the same way as I had had before. The nails are cleaned and filed with a drill like machine, leaving them shiny and perfectly groomed. The heels are then filed manually before also applying a machine to smoothen the heel.
The treatment is then completed by applying a kind of wax to your feet, which smoothens and seals in the moisture. All in all, I found the treatment to be very thorough (it is around 60 minutes long) and the result was just as good as my London pedicures. Since I have cracked heels, I was advised to have regular pedicures and to file once a week, which is easy enough as a maintenance program.
If you haven't ever had a medical pedicure, I highly recommend it, no matter what shape your feet are in. It is recommended that you have one every 6-8 weeks for regular maintenance. My first choice would still be Margaret Dabbs (they've opened a branch in Dubai Mall Level Shoe District), but if I'm not in Dubai often enough than DermaOne is a very good second best :)
The clinic specialises in medical as well as beauty treatments, and offers a range of treatments for skin, hair and body.
Information: DermaOne is located on the first floor of Al Nakheel Center in Saar (opposite St Christophers Junior School).