The Vitamin D Lowdown


The Vitamin D Lowdown

  • Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin, also categorised as a hormone. It is made by our bodies from cholesterol by the action of UVB from sunlight on our skin.
  • It helps to control the amount of calcium and phosphate in our bodies, which are needed for healthy bones, teeth and muscles.
  • In this country, most people should get enough UVB in the summer months if they get outside in the sun, but UVB dwindles to almost nothing from October to March.
  • Vitamin D3 (the type we need) is also found in oily fish (salmon, mackerel, herring and sardines), egg yolks, red meat, fat, liver and fortified foods such as some dairy products and breakfast cereals. While it is wise to eat these, we would have to consume huge amounts to get enough – thus the need for supplements.
  • So how much vitamin D do we need? The recommended supplementary amount of vitamin D3 from the age of one to 70 is 400 IU (10mcg) and 320-400 IU for babies.
  • However, many experts believe 1,000 IU or higher is more appropriate for adults.
  • For people with diagnosed vitamin D deficiency, the recommended maintenance therapy (after testing to ensure an optimal level has been reached) is 800 to 2,000 IU daily.
  • Pharmacist Shabir Daya recommends trying the Better You DLux 1,000 Spray, a sublingual spray that provides 100 doses of 1,000 IU.

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The Ordinary

The Ordinary High Spreadability Fluid Primer £5.50 for 30ml

By Lisa Armstrong

  • Regulars of my beauty column in the Telegraph magazine, are already acquainted with The Ordinary which, since its debut just 12 weeks ago, is shaping up as the beauty launch the year. Unlike other beauty companies, The Ordinary makes a virtue out of using tried and tested ingredients and being honest enough to say: “They’re great. But we won’t pretend they’re new and charge a fortune.”

    This primer won’t be available for another week, but I bring it to your attention now because (a) I love it. It’s anything but ordinary and will make your make-up last longer, even slaving over Christmas lunch. (b), Ordinary products tend to acquire waiting lists. Super lightweight, it glides on like a serum, dries fast and leaves a smooth, dewy finish. tightness. No icky residue. Use it with foundation and it will last all day and behave itself beautifully by not settling into any lines or eye crinkles. In fact, what lines?


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December Newsletter


Welcome to the December newsletter, the last newsletter of the year and what a year it has been. Traditionally this newsletter has always been the bonkers one where I appear to take leave of all my senses, review the year and then fill the entire newsletter with gifts and treats. Except I have a problem, and it’s a very good problem to have; the year has been dominated by NIOD, The Ordinary and most recently Stemm.

So I’m changing things around; we are going to begin with two new product launches, both of which I wrote about on the most recent Addicts Bulletin (hello VH Addicts!); I said that I wasn’t going to launch one of them to the rest of the world until January, but it sold out within a few hours of me writing about it, so I’m eating my words (not for the first time) and putting it on here because it’s important; oh and it’s back in stock, which helps!

Following through from that, I am going to highlight some of our bestselling products of the year and then I will follow through with news and new launches from The Ordinary. That done, we are going to head into some special treats, interspersed with some interesting products, so please read very carefully; each of these treats are limited editions and once they are gone, they are gone, so please check our site for updates. Let’s go: Read More…

Cracked Corners Around The Mouth

Lips drawn with white chalk on black board.

Cracked corners around the mouth is a more common condition than most people realise. It’s medically referred to as angular cheilitis or perleche.

Angular cheilitis is an infection, bacterial or fungal, characterised by inflammation around the corners of the mouth Read More…

Treating Cold Hands and Feet

Cold written in snow on wooden floor

If you suffer from cold hands and feet, you will understand how discomforting this can be. Cold hands and feet can affect anyone, but it appears that predominantly they are more common in women. Although if you live in colder environments, you are more likely to suffer from these, but this is not always the case as many people suffer from cold hands and feet during the summer months too. In order to avoid serious problems, it is important to be aware of what causes cold hands and feet and what you need to do in order to prevent this becoming a serious problem.

The possible causes of cold hands and feet

There are many reasons that would contribute to someone suffering from cold hands and feet and these may include:

Exposing the body including the feet and hands to lower temperatures which constricts the blood vessels and decreases blood flow to the hands and feet. Read More…

Maternity Wear


I remember it only too well. 2012 and I was pregnant with my second daughter. Truly I wanted to embrace a whole new maternity wardrobe. So too, did my (particularly rampant) Chinese consumer genes, no doubt geed up by all those pregnancy hormones. With a royal baby on the way and Victoria Beckham rumoured to be adapting outfits for the Duchess, the ‘wrap’n’ruched’ dress – that (deeply unfashionable) hero piece of maternity wear’s ancient regime would finally be toppled. 2012 would be the year that pregnant women got a make over in the style annals. Read More…