April Newsletter

April Newsletter 2015

Welcome to the April newsletter where we launch Youth Serum, the amazing new product from iS Clinical, in the UK and we exclusively launch a new haircare brand, HIF (Hair is Fabric), which is so totally outstanding, it is going to set the trend for a revolutionary new chapter in how we treat our hair. We also take a look at another new product from Cailyn, which I promise will fascinate you when you use it; we do health in the shape of the treatment of mouth ulcers and helping to reduce homocysteine levels and I’m taking a new supplement, which you may want to know about. One more thing, I have a new boyfriend (to add to my collection) and I’ll introduce him to you on The Podium. Let’s go:

Youth Serum

There is one thing you can be sure about, when iS Clinical launch a new product it will have been subject to rigorous research, development and testing. I have known about Youth Serum for seven years; I have been testing the lab samples for the past five years and it has finally arrived. Worth the wait – yes of course, because Bryan Johns and Alec Call of iS Clinical (aka my LA boyfriends) have created their most powerful and technologically advanced formulation to date.

Youth Serum launched in America towards the end of last year and it is being hailed as one of the most advanced breakthroughs in skincare. A next generation blend of pharma grade amino acids, targeted non-human growth factors, vitamins, antioxidants and extremozyme technology, it has been shown to dramatically outperform market leading products in a trial at Skin Investigation and Technology in Hamburg Gmbh.

I am not going to get deeply into the science here because the bottom line is all about the product, what it does and how you should use it. Clinicals have shown that Youth Serum instantly smoothes and tightens skin, it helps rebuild collagen, it helps repair and protect DNA and it helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles rather dramatically. I just want to add that it’s very easy to throw the word ‘clinicals’ around, but as I’ve written before, we are not talking about a clinical trial on just one ingredient (which is pretty pointless in the whole scheme of things), but about the entire formulation and there is a massive difference.

We recommend that Youth Serum should be used in the daytime, or anytime you want an immediate ‘lift’. The beauty of this product is that you can apply it over another product or pat it on over make-up and you will feel your skin tightening. You should notice a smoother, tighter skin texture within minutes of application, but the real coup here are the long-term benefits. If used daily, your skin will continue to look more youthful the longer you use the product and I’ll vouch for that!

Youth Serum can of course be used as a stand-alone, but if you are pretty hooked on iS Clinical, as so many of you are, then just add it into your morning regimen after moisturizing with Reparative Moisturizer, which is one of my all-time favourite moisturizers. As with all iS Clinical products, the actives are extraordinarily concentrated, so you only need to use a very small amount. This serum is thicker than any of their other serums, so go steady with it. I have a deep desire to cover my entire body with the stuff, such is its efficacy, but unless the boys want to send me a huge tank of the serum, it shall remain a dream!

Finally, I just can’t launch a new product from iS Clinical without throwing a load of questions over to the boys, so for a more in-depth take on Youth Serum, and the future, please do take time to read my interview with Bryan Johns where we touch more on the science behind the product and just why it has taken seven years to bring it to the world. Things are looking up in the land of skincare, not least our faces. Bravo iS Clinical, you’ve done it again!
VH Editorial: Gill meets Bryan JohnsYouth Serum £137 for 30 ml; Reparative Moisturizer £64 for 50 grams

Deciem

Before I start writing about HIF (Hair is Fabric), I just want to put it into context because I like being neat. Deciem is an umbrella company of several new and exciting beauty brands, of which HIF is the latest to be released. Their Founder and CEO is Brandon Truaxe and yes, he is my new and latest boyfriend and I’ll be telling you more about him when I leap onto the podium.

Many of you will of course be familiar with Hand Chemistry, a Deciem brand, especially after I wrote that their Intense Youth Complex Hand Cream was one of the best hand creams I had ever used. We also launched Hyaluronic Body Mist, which, together with the Beauty Bible girls, Sarah Stacey and Jo Fairley, who say they can’t live without it, I absolutely adore. The girls also say it is an instant ‘skin makeover’ and given that the effect will last for up to 72 hours, this is a product that we are all spritzing, head to toe. I invite you to join us!
Intense Youth Complex Hand Cream £19 for 100 ml; Hyaluronic Body Mist £17 for 150 ml

Other Deciem brands include Fountain, which I will be writing about later in the newsletter; HIF is the first of several new collaborations between Deciem and VH; it’s an ongoing story, which will play out throughout the year and all you need to know is that Brandon and I have made a pact to turn the health and beauty industry inside-out and upside-down with pioneering, cutting-edge products, so let’s begin that journey right now:

HIF (Hair is Fabric)

There are very few products and brands that turn my head, but when I was introduced to HIF, together with its concept of ‘dry cleaning for hair’, my head turned pretty fast. As I’ve written above, my passion for innovative, cutting-edge brands is an ongoing journey; products need to be authentic, they need to be result driven and do what they say they will do. HIF, encompassing 15 new products, is that brand.

This is the first haircare brand we have launched for three years, because as with Phylia, it needed to be very special, and it is. HIF is in a completely different category to Phylia and they happily sit side by side, which does of course mean that, in my humble opinion, we now have two of the best haircare brands in the world, and I don’t say that lightly. The entire concept of HIF is based upon cleansing conditioners, which are the new trend in haircare, but not all cleansing conditioners are created equally, so please allow me to introduce you to HIF, firstly in their words, and I’ll follow through with mine:

‘You wouldn’t wash couture clothing with detergent in a washing machine, so why care any less for your hair? Hair really is like fabric. It’s made up of dead cells that can’t be repaired. Traditional shampoos slowly damage the hair and wash the natural goodness away. Think of HIF Cleansing Conditioners as dry cleaning for your hair, only with water.

In one simple, giant step, HIF deep cleanses with cleansing fractions instead of common detergents, while a long list of conditioning technologies, exotic oils, hyaluronic acid and precious rock extracts leave the hair in prime condition’.

There are two core technologies that apply across all of the formulations in the range; firstly, fractionated particles are used to bind to dirt, leaving the hair fabric alone, which allows for thorough cleansing without affecting or stripping the hair fibre. Secondly, HIF use a fabric deposit technology, used to deposit dyes and other substances in the textile world, to impregnate the hair fabric with additional active technologies straight into the hair fibre, without them being rinsed away.

Hair is made up of three different concentric layers: the outermost layer is the cuticle, a protective layer that is responsible for the lustre and texture of the hair. The intermediate portion is the cortex that provides strength and the colour and texture of hair; it is also responsible for the hair mechanical properties such as elasticity and curl. Finally, the innermost part of the hair structure is the medulla, which does not have a role in hair cosmetics. Simply put, the delivery technology is designed to anchor on the outer layer of the hair, the cuticle, and then penetrate into the cortex for an optimal delivery of actives.

The point of difference is that most haircare products target the cuticle only, which does not give long-term benefits and one of the most important points to make here is that we are talking about the ongoing health of your hair, which is pretty vital if you want fabulous hair. I completely love the entire concept of ‘professional cleaning’ and these formulations give a far deeper clean than very aggressive shampoos, but, rather miraculously, they leave the hair fibre intact, which is particularly important if you colour your hair.

If hair has just been coloured, the colour is actually a foreign substance and it needs to be protected and cleaned properly rather than using a regular shampoo, which could change and/or strip the colour, which would be rather sad after just spending a lot of money. I’m going to run through all of the formulations starting with Colour Support, so tick them off as you go along because I know you will want several of these. More on that later, but for now:

Colour Support: If you colour your hair, then I strongly recommend using this as your core shampoo to help protect colour from fading. It can be used every day from day one after colouring and it also helps protect natural hair colour from fading in the sun, which I know is a big gripe with so many of us. Step one of the coloured hair revolution.
Colour Support £30 for 180 ml

Black, Brunette and Red Hue Support: Each of these provide colour support, as above, but they also deposit refractive colours to enhance effects. Step Two. You can start using these a week after stabilizing your colour with Colour Support, or they can of course be used as stand-alone products for enhancing your hair colour, natural or otherwise.
Black Hue Support £30 for 180 ml; Brunette Hue Support £30 for 180 ml; Red Hue Support £30 for 180 ml

Blonde Hue Support, Silver Hue Support and Anti-Brass Support: All three of these products have a deeper cleansing effect, while also depositing colour enhancers. This approach reflects the fact that most blonde or silvery dyes deposit more yellowish tones than is often desired and so the slight ‘removal’ and ‘replacement’ with refractive tones offers an overall better result. Anti-Brass Support is definitely going to be a winner in this category, I can sense it in my bones, most especially when the sun starts to shine on our heads!
Blonde Hue Support £30 for 180 ml; Silver Hue Support £30 for 180 ml; Anti-Brass Support £30 for 180 ml

We now go onto the next section; if you have just had your hair coloured, then please wait one week after colouring before you use any of these formulations if colour strength is your primary goal. For the rest of us, I am jumping up and down with excitement because HIF have everything covered here. We are going to start with three formulations that use very low molecular weight technologies, which also focus on scalp benefits:

Hydration Support: I’m starting with Hydration Support because it delivers low-molecular Hyaluronic Acid (HA) to help hydrate the scalp and it can also sustainably target excessive scalp dryness and dandruff formation. Given that Brandon and I both cite HA as our most favourite ingredient of all time, the thought of pouring it all over my scalp sends me into utter realms of excitement; it’s great for itchy scalps and is high up on the list for a once-a-week treatment if you don’t want to use it every day, or however often you wash your hair.
Hydration Support £25 for 180 ml

Growth Support: This has been formulated to deliver copper derivatives (a big subject for another newsletter – copper is trending!) and other technologies into the scalp to help support hair growth. Pumped with a high-strength copper peptide complex, studies have shown copper derivatives help promote growth.
Growth Support £40 for 180 ml

Intensive Detox: Think of this formulation as offering superior scalp cleansing, while offering a strong cooling effect for hot heads and busy brains! Seriously, we all love a bit of spring clean, so why should our hair be any different. Loaded with a desert date bio-complex, if you have styling-product build-up, please try this because it’s pretty incredible and who wants to walk around with chemical overload on their scalp. Use daily, weekly, or monthly – I don’t mind which, just do it if you can!
Intensive Detox £20 for 180 ml

Right, ten done, five to go and I have something else to say (of course). Under normal (actually is anything normal!) circumstances, I would never write about an entire range of products on one newsletter, but there are exceptions and HIF is that exception. Traditionally we tend to use one shampoo, if we like it we carry on using it, if we don’t we move on, so please read on:

Given that the concept of HIF is comparable with fabric and clothing, the comparison can be taken one step further and as we have more than one set of clothes in our wardrobe, a wardrobe of HIF products would seem rather fitting, all lined up in the bathroom if you want to take it to the limit. Hydration one day, detox the next, a bit of a colour shot another day and hey, hey, today I’ve gone frizzy! Here come the last five with no further words from me on each of them because they are self-explanatory and oh boy, do they work:

Volume Support with pea bio-peptides £30 for 180 ml

Straight Hair support with versicolor mushroom £30 for 180 ml

Curly Hair Support with tomato bio-ferment and enzymes £30 for 180 ml

Anti-Frizz Support with hydrolyzed starch £30 for 180 ml

Anti-Ageing Support with Indian kino tree bark £50 for 180 ml

Finally, you need to know that HIF are completely obsessed with fragrance. Each of the products has a truly stunning scent that really infuses your hair and leaves it smelling incredible all day (and night) long. I love that! The directions for use are the same for the entire range; work into wet hair (they will not all foam as per regular shampoo) leave on for three minutes, rinse and smile!

Another global launch done and dusted; Brandon, thank you for trusting us to do it. The world has been waiting for a haircare revolution and you have really delivered on promise. See you on The Podium very soon.

IT Bubble O2 Mask

I’m actually not too sure how I can follow the above, but something has to, so let it be the latest offering from Cailyn, because this too is pretty extraordinary.

I do love a good face mask, there is something about doing a face mask that makes me very happy indeed and my skin always responds rather well. This mask has three actions; it delivers detoxification, powered by the antioxidants of Acai berry and Tea Tree Oil, pore control and it also acts as an instant brightener.

So far so good, all pretty standard features for a mask, but that is where the similarity ends because using this mask is a real experience and the experience is so astounding that even if you never use face masks, I implore you to try this because the mask releases oxygen bubbles into the skin to help draw out congested and blocked pores in a way that I doubt you will have seen before.

To use, you apply a generous layer of the gel mask onto a cleansed face; after a few seconds it will start to foam. At this point you won’t believe your eyes so stay in front of your mirror and you will see bubbles starting to pop and explode all over your face. The sensation is totally weird, but it’s a bit of a rivet watching it in action, so much so my eyes nearly popped out of my head. You can leave the mask on for between five to ten minutes and then rinse well with warm water. I promise you will love your skin after you have done this.

I just need to tell you that the first time I tested it, I had just put a gel layer on my skin and the phone rang, so I answered it, as one does. Two seconds into the call, the mask started to foam, ten seconds in and it started to bubble and pop and I didn’t know what was happening, so I ran into the bathroom like a complete loon and nearly fainted when I looked in the mirror. The moral of the story is that if the phone rings when you are applying the mask, don’t answer it, most especially because you need to concentrate on what is happening on your face. Given the above, I would actually lock myself into the bathroom and only emerge once the experience is over, with glowing skin, of course, which neatly leads to the next section!
IT Bubble O2 Mask by Cailyn £30 for 100 ml

The Glow Molecule

Just saying the name of this product brings a smile to my face, but I need to tell you that it will bring more than a smile to your face as this liquid supplement offers the perfect pick-me-up for tired skin. It has been specifically formulated to help achieve radiant, glowing skin from within via a ‘next-generation’ reactive form of Glutathione. I started to take The Glow Molecule a few weeks ago, alongside HA of course, and I really do believe it has made a huge difference to my skin. So just when you thought your skin couldn’t get any better, along comes a new product to knock that theory out of the water!

Glutathione is known as the body’s master antioxidant. This powerful amino acid is found naturally in virtually every cell and is critical to detoxification. By balancing melanin levels and neutralizing free radicals, Glutathione also provides a bright, even complexion and a healthy glow to the skin.

As with HA, over time, the body’s natural levels of Glutathione decline as a result of everyday stress and oxidation from environmental aggressors. This decline can leave skin looking dull or fatigued and the appearance of environmentally induced ageing starts to become apparent.

Until now, attempts to supplement Glutathione internally have proven unsuccessful due to the amino acid being taken through digestive processes, but thanks to increased stability it has been found that high-strength reactive Glutathione does not get destroyed through digestion. This unique capability allows the body to absorb all of the antioxidant and skin brightening benefits in a simple daily dose, which is excellent news.

With 250 mg of full absorbed reactive Glutathione in every serving, The Glow Molecule helps boost the complexion from the inside, to leave it looking clear, bright and healthy across all areas of the face and body. Results should begin to appear after one week of use, with more apparent results becoming visible over time. I actually noticed a difference after a couple of days and I don’t know whether it was my imagination (I don’t think it was), but I felt I had more energy too.

The Glow Molecule is now on my must-take list of supplements, I like taking it and it tastes good too, which is often not the case with liquid supplementation. Flavoured with Acai Berry, take two teaspoons every night before going to bed. Taking it at night enables this supplement to work at its best while you sleep and I’m going to take this forever, or until the next generation gets released. I just can’t ignore the results and that’s why I’m smiling!
The Glow Molecule by Fountain £38 for 240 ml (Also Available: The Phyto-Collagen Molecule £40 for 240 ml; The Energy Molecule £24 for 240 ml)

Reducing Homocysteine May Help Increase Longevity

Homocysteine is an amino acid by-product which is manufactured as a result of the metabolism of protein rich foods, such as meat and dairy products. Clinically evaluated studies carried out over the last 30 years have confirmed that high levels of homocysteine can lead to cardiovascular concerns. Most health conscious people will know their cholesterol levels, yet few will know their homocysteine level. Your homocysteine level is approximately 40% more accurate at predicting heart attacks than your cholesterol levels.

There are many examples of people with low cholesterol levels who have died of heart attacks and in many cases these people have had high homocysteine levels. The worst case scenario is high homocysteine and high cholesterol levels.

But that’s not all. It is estimated that nearly half the adult population has high homocysteine levels, which is a staggering volume. It doesn’t matter if you are fat, thin, tall, short, a fitness fanatic, male or female, the risk of having high homocysteine levels remain the same, although there is a slight link between obesity and high homocysteine levels.

Currently, scientists believe that high homocysteine levels may be associated with over 100 concerns within the body, which include cardiovascular and circulatory concerns, dementia and Alzheimer’s, migraines, macular degeneration, depression and osteoporosis. Numerous factors that can also contribute to high homocysteine levels are the use of certain drugs, smoking, alcohol, excessive coffee consumption and ageing.

The body manufactures homocysteine from the essential amino acid, methionine, through all the metabolic processes. In order to help prevent the build-up for potentially toxic homocysteine, the cells of our bodies use folate, vitamin B6 and vitamin B12 to convert this amino acid into compounds that are actually beneficial to the body. The level of homocysteine set currently by scientists is 11 micromoles per litre, which is considered healthy and you can get tested through your GP.

Because homocysteine is an inflammatory amino acid, it has a massive impact on the body and we believe that it is wise to use a supplement that delivers these crucial nutrients at therapeutic levels in order to convert homocysteine into other compounds; we recommend Homocysteine Response.

Homocysteine Response is a whole food nutrient based supplement that delivers folate, not folic acid, into the bloodstream. Folic acid is required to be converted into folate before it is utilized by the body and there are several studies indicating that in many cases, ingesting folic acid by way of supplementation simply results in excessive folic acid circulating in the bloodstream. Excessive folic acid has been linked to excessive cell manufacture within the body, particularly in the colon and prostate. Therefore it is wiser to use the folate form present in Homocysteine Response.

Vitamins B6 and B12 are derived from whole foods for ease of absorption and to ensure that the body can utilize these efficiently in synergy with the folate. Homocysteine Response also contains enzymes, herbal extracts, vegetable extracts and trace minerals all derived from whole foods and all known for their varying roles, which include production of compounds that attack homocysteine, reducing inflammation and to help protect the nervous system. With a dosage of one tablet daily, this is one of the best homocysteine formulations currently available.
VH Editorial: Reducing Homocysteine May Help Increase LongevityHomocysteine Response by Innate Response Formulas £28 for 90 Tablets

Treating Mouth Ulcers

Mouth ulcers are a common concern affecting almost one in five adults. The cause for mouth ulcers may include the use of certain medications, ingestion of chemicals in toothpastes, vitamin B deficiency, stress, infections associated with a weakened immune system or ill-fitting orthodontics. Generally, mouth ulcers are indicative of a run-down body and are best treated by improving overall health.

Shabir tends to recommend the use of a strong B complex such as Vitamin B-100 Complex by Lamberts. The B vitamins are collectively involved in a variety of body functions including growth, development and metabolism. They are vital for enzyme processes within our bodies, which promote correct cell growth and division. A good B Complex will also help to counter the symptoms of stress, enhance the immune system and generally energise a run-down body. Topically we recommend Bye Mouth Ulcer, a gel that immediately helps soothe the burning sensation as well as forming a protective layer over the ulcer to encourage healing.
Vitamin B-100 Complex by Lamberts £14.95 for 60 tablets; Bye Mouth Ulcer £7.95 for 15 ml

The Podium

I think most of you are aware of my love for niche brands; Deciem is niche and its founder, Brandon Truaxe, is most definitely niche. So please allow me to introduce you to Brandon (my new boyfriend) as I put my feet up on my desk and let him talk to you:

‘When we started, doubt was the only thing that was certain. And whilst everyone was doubtful, my personal doubt was perhaps the strongest. We knew we wanted to change all things in the world of beauty. Everyone’s guidance was that you can’t do ten things at once. And so we did what was the right thing to do. We decided to do ten things at once and call our craziness Deciem, coming from decima, the Latin word for ten in a sequence.

Building a brand is difficult. It’s like building trust. I have been fortunate to experience both success and failure in creating brands across industries as diverse as technology and cosmetics, and along this path, I have identified my passion for creating authentic brands and guarding their growth like a benevolent parent.

Deciem is an output for this insatiable intrigue toward creating brands that change what life seems to offer, at least in the world of beauty. Deciem exists to create beauty brands with one mission common amongst them: to marry function, design and authenticity. We believe strongly that if we are unforgiving to every detail, there will always be those few who will recognize this dedication’.

I really don’t have anything to add, except to say that I invite you to join us as month by month, I will write about new products and new thoughts. I have the deepest respect for people who passionately want to make a difference to each of our lives; Brandon lives that promise through the products he creates. That’s all.

Marine Algae – A Good Vegetarian Source of Omega 3’s

Omega 3 essential fatty acid supplements are consistently recommended by nutritionists, practitioners and scientists for general health and wellbeing. But what are omega 3’s – Shabir takes a look:

The human body is made up of trillions of individual cells. The contents of each cell include genetic material, proteins, nutrients, energy molecules and toxins produced as a result of the chemical reactions that occur within these cells. Omega 3’s are part of the cell membrane and as such the body requires a constant source of these since we cannot manufacture them and need to obtain omega 3’s from our diet.

Fats are required by every single cell of the body and are involved in the manufacture of hormones, the transport of some vitamins and for the protection of the heart and liver. These are the good fats, which are named omega 3 essential fatty acids. They are termed ‘essential’ because they cannot be manufactured by the body and are vital for hundreds of processes carried out within our bodies. The bad fats, otherwise known as saturated fats, block our arteries and can have serious long-term consequences.

Scientists are of the opinion that consuming sufficient omega 3’s may help prevent heart disease, eye disease and even arthritis. In fact many scientists state that if the cell membranes do not work correctly, called cell membrane dysfunction, this may lead to many chronic diseases.

Sources of omega 3’s include sardines, mackerel, tuna, linseeds, nuts and dairy products. The active components of omega 3’s are called EPA and DHA, which are generally found only in fish and krill oil supplementation and it is these components that are thought to be responsible for the benefits attributed to omega 3’s.

Whilst vegetarian sources such as linseeds, hempseed and nuts provide omega 3’s, they are poor sources of omega 3’s because the essential fat found in these sources is alpha linoleic acid (ALA). This needs to be converted by the body into EPA and DHA, a process that is not very efficient. One study found that only 0.4% of ALA was converted into EPA and DHA combined, which is very low.

Scientists have also found that most modern diets lack sufficient omega 3 essential fats. If you are not a vegetarian, then this is easily rectified by either increasing your intake of oily fish on a daily basis, or by way of fish oil or krill oil supplementation.

If you are vegetarian, then this does present a problem because it is very likely that you have an omega 3 deficiency even if you do take flaxseed oil or linseed oil capsules in addition to the consumption of seeds and nuts. There is however a very good source of vegetarian omega 3 essential fatty acids, which also contains the same active components found in fish and krill oil, EPA and DHA, derived from marine algae and plankton. Algae and plankton have specialized cells that manufacture omega 3 essential fatty acids.

The supplement I recommend is Marine Algae 3, which is 100% vegetarian and is a great alternative to flaxseed oil, or any other vegetarian omega oil supplements. Each single softgel provides 120 mg of EPA and 240 mg of DHA, which provides much greater amounts than would be achievable from flaxseed or other vegetarian omega 3 oils.
VH Editorial: Marine Algae – A Good Vegetarian Source of Omega 3’sMarine Algae 3 £21 for 30 Softgels

News and Feedback

I’m going to start this section with some feedback and press we have received (thank you, thank you!) and I will then report on what happened when we released the March newsletter:

Sarah Vine on Get The Gloss: If you’re in the market for a good iron supplement (and who of us ladies isn’t), I would strongly recommend something called GlobiFer Forte. I’ve been taking these ever since my doctor told me I was very anaemic, and not only have I been feeling much better, my blood tests show a material improvement. Not for vegetarians though: they contain bovine haemoglobin powder. But that’s why they work: most iron supplements contain iron derived from plant sources, but the trouble with that is that it’s very hard for the body to metabolise, which not only means it doesn’t do much good, it can also cause stomach upsets and constipation. Other advantage: it’s just one tablet a day, which when you’re taking as many sodding pills as I am, is a blessed relief.
GlobiFer Forte £18.50 for 40 Tablets

Rainbow Volume S Brush: The nation gets obsessed! Ever since we released this bonkers hairbrush, it has gone completely wild and I’m not actually sure if there is anybody left without one. It has made appearances all over the press, beauty editors love it and as I’ve said before, Jo Fairley is stashing them up to give away as gifts; she’s not the only one. I can’t list all the press here, but here is what Vogue had to say, short, sweet and to the point:

‘We love the Rainbow Volume S Brush; the S-shaped bristles create little air pockets at your roots, giving hair extra ‘oomph’ in an instant’.
Rainbow Volume S Brush £12

Fan Mail: The Hand Chemistry Intense Youth Complex Hand Cream is awesome. I have only been using it eight days (and as instructed, twice a day) and can already see a difference – roll on a month’s time! Pity they couldn’t introduce a facial product with the same results! Note from me: Start getting excited, your wish will soon be here and on your face!
Intense Youth Complex Hand Cream £19 for 100 ml

Fan Mail: Hey, just to let you know I haven’t been sick since I started taking the Phylia potion! My immune system was very run down because I had pneumonia twice while living in Beijing and I had turned into one of those sickies who catches everything, having never had so much as a cold in my life before that. Anyway, I’m cured and I’m making my husband take it now.
Fulphyl by Phylia de M £160 for 360 ml (5 ml daily)

Fan Mail: Wow! The MakeUp Eraser! When I ordered this product I thought why am I ordering this, it probably won’t work, but what a great product. It does indeed work and really well. I have sensitive skin and it has caused no problems whatsoever.
MakeUp Eraser £15.95

Fan Mail: I just wanted to tell you how delighted I am with the O! Wow brush; I wasn’t sure about buying it because it seemed rather expensive, but it’s worth every penny. Once I’d got the hang of the technique, I couldn’t believe how much better my skin looked.

This brush is really amazing! It is especially good for applying foundation on my nose and for blending at the jawline. I’m using less foundation and hardly any powder, yet my make-up lasts all day. I am so pleased that I’ve just ordered two more as I don’t ever want to be without one again. I’m now thinking which friends might like one as a present.
O! Wow Brush £20

The March Newsletter: Just to say a great big thank you for all the phone calls and emails we received after the March newsletter was released. I’m just going to run through a couple of things here:

Patchology: Another fabulous launch; check out these amazing new eye patches, which I have become seriously addicted to. I love the technology behind this product, I love slapping on and even better, I love taking them off and realizing that all the puff has gone. If you want to know, I’m wearing them as I write this. Damage limitation because I need to go out when I’ve finished writing and I don’t want to look that I’ve been punched in the eyes!
Patchology Energizing Eye Patches Kit: 4 Treatment kit £25; Patchology Energizing Eye Patches Kit: 12 Treatment Kit £50

Water Drops Cream: A whole lot of feedback after we released Water Drops Cream on the newsletter and everybody is saying the same thing. This cream is fabulous if you have mature skin and need extra hydration, although quite honestly there are times when we all need our skin to be hydrated. This is what I wrote about it:

This is quite a versatile product; you can use it as a moisturiser, but it comes into its own for whenever your skin feels dry; just apply a generous amount of cream over your face and neck and massage gently. And yes, it can be used on top of your existing skincare; consider it an extra oomph, and a very worthwhile oomph it is!
Water Drops Cream £30 for 100 ml

VH Editorial

I love writing this section of the newsletter, but even more than that, I love receiving and reading the articles every month. Quite honestly, and of course I’m biased, I think we have the best team in the world and I’m extraordinarily humbled that these award-winning journalists are as passionate as we all are about making this world a better place, each in their own way.

This month we welcome back Sally Brampton; after her recent sabbatical Sally returns to write about ‘Secrets and Lies’ in which she bares her soul. Profoundly brave, this article is emotionally raw and it may shock some of you, but I implore you to read it because, for the first time, Sally talks openly about her recent suicide attempt. I don’t want to add anything to this other than to say that at some point of our lives, depression touches all of us. We hold hands.
Secrets and Lies by Sally Brampton

In our other articles, Carolyn Asome writes ‘The Things I’m Glad My Mother Told Me’, which is extraordinarily thought provoking; Jo Fairley reports on ‘Everything You Need To Know About Fragrance’; Catherine Turner explains that ‘Your Body Knows’ and the Beauty Bible girls tell us ‘How To Turbo Charge Your Cleansing Regimen’.
The Things I’m Glad My Mother Told Me; Everything You Need To Know About Fragrance; Your Body Knows; How To Turbo Charge Your Cleansing Regimen

Just to add here, Jo Fairley, as most of you know, is co-founder of The Perfume Society and she has been on tour up and down the country (anybody would think she is rock star – well I suppose she could be in another era!). Anyway, the thing is that she phoned me to tell me that so many VH’ers have attended her ‘happenings’, so she wants to say a big thank you here to all of you for your amazing support.

If you want to find out more about The Perfume Society, which has just won a shiny Jasmine award for their ‘Scented Letter’, then do check it out here. By the way, it wasn’t Jo who called me when I had the bubble mask on (see earlier), it was actually Sarah Stacey, co-author of the Beauty Bible and of course health editor of YOU magazine.

Poor Sarah, she had to listen to me shrieking OMG, OMG down the phone; never mind, I will buy her a coffee éclair, which will not only serve as an apology for having to listen to me having a demented moment, but it can also serve as her birthday cake because she has just had a birthday. Happy Birthday Sarah; there’s something about girls (and perhaps boys) who are born in March – ahem!

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The very lovely and talented Annee de Mamiel has just released her new Spring Facial Oil and it is focused on shifting the stagnation of winter, encouraging renewal. The Spring blend contains essential oils of grapefruit, juniper, geranium and calendula, which work in harmony to balance and brighten, soothe and purify the skin.

These oils are synergistically blended with supportive flower essences, including blackberry, dandelion, luffa and tansy. Simply place four drops in the palm of the hands, press together to warm, then cup around the nose and mouth, breathing deeply for a count of three, before exhaling for a count of four. Then massage upward and over the face, working outward from the centre, until the oil is absorbed. So many big Annee fans out there, so I hope you enjoy using this latest seasonal oil.
Spring Facial Oil £67 for 20 ml

I have already written about the fabulous Patchology Energizing Eye Patches, but because I suffer from puffy eyes, I have an entire stash of products to save me and my puffs. As much as I would love to, I don’t use the Patchology Eye Patches every single day, but I do use them at least twice a week. In between I use these clever little products from The Body Doctor:

Ice Doctor Cold Eye Compress: When you receive this compress, put it straight into the freezer for at least two hours and then rest on closed eyelids. This compress helps alleviate tired eyes, itchy eyes, puffy and sore eyes. It is a Class 1 Medical Device, filled with natural wheat and it is approved for hayfever, allergies, inflammation and swelling, sinus headaches and migraines. Clever little thing!
Ice Doctor Cold Eye Compress £9.99

Eye Mask Hot Eye Compress: We’ve done the cold one, now we’ll do the hot one; I have both of course because sometimes I want the cold chill and other times I want the warmth. Having said that, they both tackle different eye issues and the Hot Eye Compress is also a Class 1 Medical Device, but this is filled with linseeds. It helps alleviate and is approved for Dry Eye Disease, inflamed eyes, Blepharitis and general eye irritations. To use, just heat in the microwave for 30 seconds, check the temperature and rest the eye mask onto closed eyes for seven to ten minutes, unless of course you fall asleep with it on. It happens!
Eye Mask Hot Eye Compress £9.99

Lanolips: Get your lips into peak condition with this clever little regimen: prepare your lips with Lemonaid Lip Aid (many of you already have this, but if you haven’t, it’s fabulous), hydrate them with the original Lanolips 101 Ointment (why do people try to copy this, rhetorical question actually – nothing touches 101) and then choose one of the fabulous SPF Lip Ointments with Colour. My two favourites, Rose and Rhubarb. Now you know!
Lemonaid Lip Aid £8.99; Lanolips 101 Ointment £11; Lanolips Lip Ointments SPF 15 £7.99

Heel Hydration Complex: Join me and slather this all over your feet every night, after you come out of a shower, or both. This is to feet what Intense Youth Complex Hand Cream is to hands. So yes, your feet can look ten years younger and any time soon, if we get lucky, our feet will emerge from their winter hibernation into the sun. Prep them now and please don’t ask me what a foot product is doing in the Hand Chemistry range; only Brandon Truaxe can answer that and he is officially bonkers, take my word on that, but good bonkers of course. If I get an answer to that question, it will be on the next newsletter!
Heel Hydration Complex by Hand Chemistry £14.99 for 100 ml

We have now come to the end of another newsletter, so together with Shabir, the VH team and the VH Editorial team, I thank you for your amazing support and loyalty, it really matters to us.

I hope that you all have a fabulous April (and Easter!) and of course I’ll be back throughout the month with 60 Seconds, E-blasts, The Addicts Bulletin and anything else that may happen.

With love

Gill x

The contents of this newsletter are not intended to replace conventional medical treatment. Any suggestions made are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, condition or symptom. Personal direction should be provided by a qualified healthcare practitioner.

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