April Newsletter

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Welcome to the April newsletter where we launch Colours by The Ordinary; this is the newsletter that I never thought I would write. I have always said that we would never do colour on VH, we are health, we are beauty, we are not colour. The market is saturated; in each and every moment new lipsticks, eye colours, mascaras and foundations are launched, mostly with huge marketing budgets behind them. But then we launched The Ordinary and everything changed.

I will do an update on The Ordinary later in the newsletter, but for now I am going to talk about Colours and then we will head into several health issues, the pretty inevitable death of another product, we do news and feedback and we have a treat from Margaret Dabbs. Let’s do it:

Colours – The Ordinary

Before anything, I just want to say that the concept of The Ordinary remains one of the most important ‘missions’ we have ever done. It is far more than just ‘selling’ skincare products, it is a way of being able to deliver extremely potent formulations with honesty, transparency and integrity at a price point that reflects the true cost of commodities.

For sure it has shaken up the beauty industry, but I truly believe that in time the industry will change; it may take some time, but it has to change, for the sake of all of us (I am talking as a consumer here). The journey twists and turns. And so Colours.

The discussion and decision to launch a colour range took place a very long time ago (read my note at the end of this section!); Brandon and I both knew that we would be taking The Ordinary into a different market, another realm where we had not gone before. It is both daunting and exciting, but we both felt compelled to do this; I am calling it a ‘new way’, which I will touch on after I’ve written about the products, actually to be neat, this is me and Brandon writing together; here is the lowdown:

Colours is an evolving collection of colour formulations; the offering begins with lightweight Serum Foundations and highly-pigmented Coverage Foundations with each form available in a comprehensive shade range across 21 shades – which effectively means we are launching 42 new products on this newsletter (pray for me!).

The Serum Foundations are very low in viscosity and are dispensed with a pump; a glass dropper, for those who prefer, will be available for purchase when the products are released. The Serum Foundations offer moderate coverage that look natural with a very lightweight serum feel.

Coverage Foundations contain higher pigment levels, but still offer a smooth finish that avoids the heavy makeup look that can make skin appear more aged. The texture is that of a lightweight, non-oily cream.

The pigments used in both formats are treated for a rich, highly-saturated effect. These pigments are suspended in a proprietary spreadability system that allows pigments to look natural on the skin, resist collecting within fine lines and stay on for longer. The foundations offer a semi-matte finish and are compatible with most primers and are designed to work exceptionally well with the primers offering from The Ordinary.

Both Serum Foundations and Coverage Foundations offer SPF 15. This protection is achieved without the use of chemical sunscreens and only through physical protection from Titanium Dioxide. Additionally, no nano-particles are used to achieve this sun protection. These attributes are unique in foundations because it is exceptionally difficult to create a natural, lightweight look and consistent shades when using only non-nano forms of Titanium Dioxide for sun protection without any chemical sunscreen agents.

Each foundation format is available in 21 shades. The shades are divided into categories: 1 for fair to lighter tones, 2 for medium tones and 3 for darker tones. Each category is then classified further by a second digit from 0 to 3 to indicate depth within each category. Finally a letter is added to the shade code to identify the undertone: P (Pink) and R (Red) indicate cool undertones for lighter and darker shades respectively. N indicates a Neutral tone; Y indicates a Yellow undertone. Each shade code has a descriptive name as well. For example, 1.2P is Light with Pink Undertones, while 3.0Y is Medium Dark with Yellow Undertones.

Three of the shades have an additional letter at the end: S indicates Silver highlights and G indicates Gold highlights; these shades use natural-looking and exceptionally fine dispersions of metallic effect pigments for added highlight. The Ordinary will introduce individual enhancers and highlighters in the near future to customise all shades.

The full shade range is available to explore on each product page and also as a summary on The Ordinary Colours – Foundation Shade Guide page.

The unique suspension system used in the formulations allows shades to look so natural on skin that three shades or more will suit most skin tones. The shades can also be mixed at the time of application if desired. As with most liquid forms of foundation, it is ideal to shake the container lightly before use.

IMPORTANT – Please read carefully:

That’s it. Done. We promised we would launch on the April newsletter and we have, but for the moment we are just taking orders and the products will be released and sent out in approximately fourteen days, give or take a day or two. I/we know exactly what will happen and it is inevitable that demand will supersede supply.

However huge The Ordinary has become, and it has, it is still a niche brand and we know it will be a struggle to keep everybody happy within a certain time frame. I am not going to pretend otherwise, so please bear with us as we do this thing; if any of you missed it, we posted a very short video about Colours on Instagram a couple of weeks ago; there is a wonderful comment on there saying that I would spontaneously combust when Colours launches; that is not too far from the truth, but actually it has already happened; when I discovered the products were going to be slightly delayed, the combustion occurred, unspontaneously!

All orders will be processed in date order, without exception; we will not debit any monies until the day your order is processed and sent, at which time you will receive a shipping notification.

More than anything, I know what it’s like to have to wait for products, but I promise you these will be worth waiting for. A few months ago I ran out of my ‘go-to’ foundation; I was in the middle of testing Colours, but only had small lab samples so I had to troop along to the makeup counter. My existing foundation had been discontinued, so I bought the replacement. I used it once and threw it in the bin. My skin looked like it had been ‘caked and baked’ and I swear it made me look 20 years older than I am, which is absolutely not on my agenda, or yours I guess.

Perhaps it was because I knew no different, but mostly I think it was because I had been testing both of The Ordinary foundations and my skin looked and felt amazing. For me, there is no going back; I use both formulations, sometimes I mix them, sometimes I use each of them neat. I think the most profound difference is that my skin looks like skin, which is why I am calling it ‘a new way’, but then everything about these products is new, the technology, the formulations, the textures and of course the results, which really are quite sensational.

So I invite you to join me and I will end this by telling you that some time ago I got ‘made-up’, it wasn’t my choice, it was circumstance. A certain person took one look and screamed ‘will you get that stuff (improvised wording for the sake of decency) off your face, you look like an ugly painted mannequin’. Luckily for him I have a sense of humour and in that moment Colours was conceived.
Colours by The Ordinary; Serum Foundation with SPF 15 (21 Shades) £5.70 for 30 ml; Coverage Foundation with SPF 15 (21 Shades) £5.90 for 30 ml; High Adherence Silicone Primer £3.90 for 30 ml; High-Spreadability Fluid Primer £5.50 for 30 ml

High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure is a common concern as we age. The term ‘silent killer’ describes high blood pressure well because unless you know what the symptoms of high blood pressure are, you would not necessarily know that you actually have high blood pressure. Medically, high blood pressure is known as hypertension and it is a serious concern which leads to thousands of deaths every year from heart attack, stroke and kidney failure.

Blood pressure readings are important regardless of how you feel physically and should be carried out frequently in order to ascertain whether you are prone to high blood pressure. Blood pressure is simply the force of your blood flow pounding against the arteries. If the pressure is high, there is a greater chance of creating damage to the arteries, which can lead to complications.

Generally, there are no major symptoms for high blood pressure, but there are some conditions that may indicate high blood pressure including vision problems, especially blurred vision often arising as a result of burst blood vessels in the eyes; severe headaches; pain in the chest area; breathing problems; blood in urine and a heartbeat that feels irregular. If you have any of the above symptoms, we recommend that you see your GP as soon as possible.

To a large extent high blood pressure can be preventable and of course stress plays a role in high blood pressure. Short-term stress increases blood pressure, which then reverts back to normal, but ongoing stress results in the production of hormones which constrict blood vessels so that the heart is burdened with having to force blood through the circulatory system. Lack of exercise, weight gain and poor dietary habits all influence blood pressure.

There are a number of herbs that are reported to be of benefit to the heart including Hawthorn and the Indian herb Arjuna. These herbs are often termed cardiotonics because they have the ability to enhance the contraction phase of the heart, which means that more blood is pumped around the body. In effect, they are a tonic for the heart.

Hawthorn has been used for many years as a heart tonic, being able to improve the efficiency of the pumping action of the heart by increasing blood flow in the coronary arteries, which supply blood to the heart muscle tissue. Hawthorn extracts contain a range of biological compounds including flavonoids and polyphenols such as oligomeric procyanidins.

Several studies indicate that hawthorn extracts have multiple actions on the heart including strengthening and toning the heart muscle. Additionally, its source of procyanidins, powerful antioxidants, may help prevent the oxidation of fats which normally leads to their deposition onto the arteries. Deposition of fats onto arteries leads to the furring up of arteries and adds a burden on the heart to pump blood.

Arjuna is a medicinal plant that has widely been used in the Ayurvedic system of medicine. Although Arjuna has a wide variety of benefits, its greatest use is as a cardiotonic herb to help protect the heart. Arjuna’s heart protecting properties include its ability to help reduce arterial plaque formation, reduce total cholesterol, reduce LDL cholesterol and raises protective HDL cholesterol.

The combination of Hawthorn with Arjuna is available in a supplement called Cardio Peak with Standardized Hawthorn and Arjuna and we recommend this supplement to help protect against heart concerns and high blood pressure.
VH Editorial: High Blood Pressure; Cardio Peak with Standardized Hawthorn and Arjuna £32 for 120 Capsules

Botanicals Wild Hayflower

Another new product to tell you about and although the hay fever season is not in full swing yet, we always recommend taking supplementation ahead of time and as Wild Hayflower has been formulated to boost antihistamine levels, it might be a good moment to start dosing up.

Wild Hayflower delivers a 100 mg dose of meadow grasses and flowers preparing your body to fight and then helping to combat hay fever during the pollination season. This type of treatment is called immunotherapy and the tablets are formulated using a wide combination of pollen rich flowers to increase the effectiveness of targeting the possible pollens you might be allergic to, such as meadow, couch, rye, trembling grasses and clovers. We like this approach. We like the product. We like that it works like a vaccine.
Botanicals Wild HayFlower £4.99 for 90 Tablets

Death of A Product

I seriously don’t know what is going on; so many products are being discontinued, it is getting difficult to know what we have and what we don’t have. Without warning, products seem to disappear overnight and I can’t write about all of them, so instead I will just let you know which bestselling products are now residing in heaven and the latest is CarnoSoothe, which we recommended as a natural solution for chronic stomach problems.

It has been replaced by Gastro-Ease, which Shabir likes rather a lot, so let’s just do an overview of this health concern, including information on this new product.

Gastric distress is a very common health concern and if you suffer from heartburn constantly, have abdominal pain or have a very sensitive stomach, the chances are that you may be suffering from gastritis.

Gastritis is the inflammation of the lining of the stomach and there are many causes of gastritis, which include stress, excessive alcohol consumption, prolonged use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), certain auto-immune diseases and sometimes gastritis can develop after chronic infection. However, one of the most common causes of gastritis is an infection by the organism Helicobacter pylori.

Helicobacter pylori is a bacterium species found in the stomach. It is one of the most common infections in the world and it is estimated that over 50% of the world’s population harbor H pylori in their gut. Scientists identified H pylori in 1982 and found that it was present in patients with gastritis and gastric ulcers, conditions that were never thought to have a bacterial connection and were thought to be caused by stress and poor dietary habits.

Helicobacter pylori require acid to survive and proliferate, which is why they are primarily found in the stomach. Once infected, the bacteria can cause chronic and persistent inflammation in the stomach which can lead to gastritis as well as stomach or duodenal ulcers. The infection spreads from human to human through saliva, food, water and dirty hands. Stomach ulcers affect millions of people worldwide and even greater numbers suffer from heartburn and other gastrointestinal concerns.

While infection with H pylori generally goes unnoticed, for some it can result in chronic inflammation of the lower stomach wall and gastritis leading to a whole array of uncomfortable digestive issues. Fortunately there are tests that can determine if you suffer from H pylori infection and these include blood tests, breath tests and biopsies. Conventional treatment for ulcers and H pylori infection is through the use of antibiotics and medications to help suppress acid production. The infection is difficult to eradicate since it thrives in the acidic environment of the stomach and long-term use of antibiotics may lead to resistance.

A remedy, approved in Japan as a drug to treat ulcers containing zinc carnosine, has been found to help strengthen the barrier of the cells lining the stomach as well as inhibiting the growth of H pylori and its damaging effects. It is called Gastro-Ease and it contains specialised forms of zinc and a probiotic, both of which support the health of the stomach lining.

Both Zinc and L-carnosine have antioxidant properties that help promote tissue repair and recovery. When bonded together to form zinc-carnosine, their tissue healing properties are increased markedly. Studies indicate that both components remain bound together in gastric juices where they can coat any erosive area. There is more in-depth information in Shabir’s article, link below.
VH Editorial: A Natural Solution To Chronic Stomach Problems; Gastro-Ease £35 for 60 Capsules

Margaret Dabbs Fabulous Feet Discovery Kit – Treat

We are fast heading into warmer times and rather than wait for the sun to shine, now is the time to start getting prepped for the emergence of our legs and feet. Created by leading foot expert, Margaret Dabbs, the Fabulous Feet Discovery Kit contains four products to help give you healthy gorgeous feet. The products include Intensive Hydrating Foot Soak (50 ml), Hydrating Foot Lotion (50 ml), Intensive Treatment Foot Oil (30 ml) and Exfoliating Foot Mousse (30 ml).

We have a limited number of these kits, so if you love Margaret Dabbs, which so many of you do, you will need to be pretty fast because we are offering this kit at a very special price of £25 (RRP £39), so not only do you save £14, but you can get your feet into sandal mode; if you are travelling, these products are ideal to take away with you because nobody wants dried-up looking feet on the beach. The beach – bring me the beach!
Margaret Dabbs Fabulous Feet Discovery Kit £25

Spring Facial Oil – Annee de Mamiel

I love Annee; I always have, she is one of life’s very special people and we have journeyed together for many years. We have grown-up together in every sense and more than anything I am just so, so happy that she continues to receive the love and recognition for the work that she does; a beautiful reward for a beautiful person.

So from a time when Annee had just three or four products she had mixed up to use on her clients (she is THE facial acupuncturist) to this – her latest offering – Spring Facial Oil.

Spring Facial Oil has been specifically blended as a wake-up call for winter dull complexions and it includes base oils of Jojoba, Rosehip and Milk Thistle to balance the skin. They are full of fatty acids, antioxidants and anti-inflammatories and they are joined by Juniper, Geranium and Grapefruit to help awaken the skin. Clary Sage, Lavender and Rosemary are included to help heal, protect and calm.

As ever with Annee’s facial oils, you should place four or five drops in the palm of the hands, press together to warm, then cup around your nose and mouth breathing deeply for a count of three, pause before exhaling for a count of five. Then massage upward and over the face, working outward from the centre, until the oil is absorbed. The Annee de Mamiel experience.
Spring Facial Oil by de Mamiel £70 for 20 ml

Athlete’s Foot

Back to feet. One of the most common areas affected by fungi and bacteria are the feet. Athlete’s Foot gets its name because these fungi and bacteria thrive in warm, moist and dark environments such as swimming pools, locker rooms, gyms, showers and of course shoes. Not just limited to athletes, this concern is more common in males than females, affecting roughly one out of ten people. There are three types of Athlete’s Foot, which are:

Toe Web (Inter-digital): The most common type of infection found between the toes, especially between the fourth and fifth toes.

Moccasin-Type: This affects the soles of the feet, which become tender, dry and flaky.

Acute Vesicular: This is the least common form of Athlete’s Foot; painful blisters appear suddenly due to an allergic reaction to the fungus often accompanied by a bacterial infection.

The usual symptoms of toe web infections include scaling and peeling of skin between the toes, mild pain, odour, blistering and the itching of skin. If left untreated, this type of infection can become severe leading to extreme pain, bleeding, large amounts of scaling, painful blisters and can also spread to other parts of the body, especially if accompanied by a bacterial infection.

Like most diseases, Athlete’s Foot is best treated upon early detection and the results are often quick and positive. Anti-fungal creams are obtainable over-the-counter or in worse cases stronger creams may need to be prescribed. Whilst of great benefit in eradicating the fungi, these creams do not offer relief from itching or inflammation and furthermore they don’t encourage the healing of cracks and blisters.

It is for this reason that we often recommend Hydrosol Silver Gel to be used morning and evening. Silver displays potent anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. Additionally, silver creams have been used in the treatment of inflammatory skin concerns such as acne, rosacea and eczema.

If you suffer from severe Athlete’s Foot infections or recurring infections, we recommend Horopito and Aniseed capsules, an anti-fungal supplement. In 1982 scientists at the University of Canterbury discovered that horopito was more effective at destroying Candida albicans than the powerful pharmaceutical anti-Candida drug, Amphotericin B.

One of the most common products used is Tea Tree Oil; this should never be used directly onto the skin unless it has been diluted as it can cause further drying of the skin. There is no doubt that Tea Tree Oil has antimicrobial properties, but we prefer Lemon Myrtle Oil. Studies at Charles Sturt University in Australia have shown Lemon Myrtle oil to have 30% more anti-bacterial activity than Tea Tree Oil. In topical use, Lemon Myrtle oil should be diluted with a carrier oil at a level of one drop to 10 ml carrier oil. Wrapped.
Hydrosol Silver Gel £12.95 for 44 ml; Horopito & Aniseed £22 for 60 Capsules; Organic Lemon Myrtle Oil £5.95 for 10 ml

Adrenal Stress

It is some time since I’ve written about adrenal stress and I’m doing it again because although most of us don’t realise it, many of us suffer from adrenal stress, yet it remains virtually ‘un-tagged’ as a health concern. Although often linked to menopausal symptoms, adrenal stress (or adrenal fatigue) can also arise during or after acute or chronic infections and as the name suggests, its paramount symptom is fatigue that is not relieved by sleep.

This syndrome has been known by many other names throughout the past century, such as non-Addison’s hypoadrenia, sub-clinical hypoadrenia, adrenal apathy and adrenal exhaustion. If you feel tired all the time, sweat excessively or wake up and can’t get back to sleep, you may be suffering from adrenal stress. Other symptoms including a craving for sweet and salty snacks (sounds familiar!) and generally feeling run-down and overwhelmed.

The adrenal glands sit atop the kidneys and pump out the hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol, which help keep you on your feet throughout the day. At times of stress, whether physical, hormonal or environmental, these glands can no longer secrete normal levels of any of these hormones and often over-secrete cortisol. Mood swings, symptoms of stress and anxiety, sleep disturbances, emotional stress and lower immunity are just some of the concerns associated with higher than normal levels of cortisol, so this is not a hormone you want circulating in abundance.

Reducing stress levels is of course paramount and we recommend Magnolia Rhodiola Complex, our bestselling supplement for helping to relieve the symptoms of anxiety and stress. Magnolia extracts have been shown to physically relax muscles and nerves as well as helping to reduce the levels of stress hormones in the body, which is of course key in helping to combat adrenal stress.
VH Editorial: How To Combat Stress Effectively; Magnolia Rhodiola Complex £26 for 60 Capsules

News, Feedback and Other Things

I suppose I need to start this section with The Ordinary; I seriously don’t want to sound like a broken record by repeating myself over and over, but somewhere along the line we seem to have gone from a multi-award winning website to a place where I either sit and hold my head in my hands every day, hide under the desk or am apologising for stock issues and delays.

As I write each newsletter, my brain cells conflict violently; if I give you feedback about certain products, I know exactly what will happen and yet if I don’t I am in some way, shape or form being remiss. This could not be more relevant than on this newsletter. Do I keep quiet and let Colours do its thing and end the newsletter now, or do we carry on? We carry on, of course we do!

Inhibitif Face Serum (Third Generation): Yes, we were out of stock for a couple of weeks, so my apologies if you have had to wait, but at the time of writing this we are back in stock. Suppose I’m not surprised really, after I replicated an email from a customer about the efficacy of this product on the last newsletter, the emails and phone calls poured in and everybody is saying the same thing. They have tried every form of treatment for unwanted facial hair, including threading, waxing and in some cases laser treatments, but they didn’t work. I know that is a generalisation, but in a world where products need to work, this is working for so many of you and that makes me extraordinarily happy.

And as I’ve written above, it is nearly time for our legs and feet to be exposed, so bring on the third generation of Inhibitif Body Serum and get spraying because this is not one of those ‘overnight sensations’; it’s a build, but a rather fabulous one because as I wrote when we launched these new products, I completely adore the fragrance; so then of course Brandon had to join in and say he loved it too. Sure Brandon, sure!
Face Serum £17 for 30 ml; Body Serum £30 for 240 ml; Intimate Care £9 for 60 ml; Deodorant £9 for 50 ml

The Ordinary: Argireline: In and out of stock this goes. There is of course no comparison between Botox and Argireline, they both do different things, but I am perfectly satisfied that given time, Argireline will help reduce some of those stubborn lines.

If you are on a NIOD regimen, then use Argireline after CAIS and MMHC and before Hydration Vaccine; you just need to rub it gently into the lines, leave for a couple of minutes and then continue. Again, this is not another one of those instant products and I would give it at least 30 days, although early feedback has been really promising. You can use it on the upper lip to help prevent those horrid lines appearing, or if you already have a few, then this will help soften them.

At this point I am going to let you into a secret, but please, please be very careful if you do this and please, please do a skin patch test first. I have loved Lip Bio-Lipid Concentrate by NIOD from the very first time I used it; I truly believe it is miraculous and the secret is that if you put it on your upper lip, it will seriously help blast those lines away, again in time.

But, and this is a big but, if you have used Lip Bio-Lipid Complex, you will know that if you get any on your skin, your skin will immediately turn red and start to feel like it is burning. It isn’t burning and it is not an allergic reaction (provided you have done a patch test first), it’s just the efficacy of the ingredients.

Please do not do this if you are going out, it can take anything from 30 minutes to a couple of hours for the skin to calm down. Crazy stuff, I know, but we love a bit of crazy at times, in moderation of course. If you have sensitive skin, then stick to Argireline, if you are hard-core, you can use both or substitute Lip for FECC, which is incredibly potent and is without doubt, the best ‘eye’ product I have ever used.
Argireline Solution 10% £5.50 for 30 ml; Lip Bio-Lipid Concentrate £38 for 15 ml; Fractionated Eye Contour Concentrate (FECC) £43 for 15 ml. 

The Ordinary: Squalane: I have always loved products that work in several different ways; primarily Squalane is for the face and I will admit to having a couple of lazy moments when it’s 2 am and I just can’t do my normal skincare regimen, so I’ve grabbed Squalane and start massaging it into my face as I fall into bed and it is fabulous, truly it is. But, and as I have written, I use Squalane as a body treatment, basically because I love what it does to my skin.

And then so many of you started to do the same, so there is a bit of a Squalane body thing going on right now. I particularly love a comment from a VH Addict who told me that it ‘takes those horrible bumpy things on the back of my arms off in one. It just works and my skin is so, so soft, so I am doing the whole body thing that you recommended’. The joy, the sheer joy. Actually it might not be joyous later today if we run out. If there is a Squalane God, please let him/her deliver.
100% Plant-Derived Squalane £5.50 for 30 ml

Stemm and Superoxide Dismutase Saccharide Mist (SDSM): So we go from hard-core products (above) to hard-core VH Addicts. VH Addicts are always vocal, they say what they think and they don’t hold back. There are a whole group of us and we have this email thing going on. We left any niceties behind a very long time ago, who needs that, we go straight in with what we need to say and mostly we laugh for the rest of the day.

Because I take data-protection really seriously, I never reveal names, but there is one Addict who does such crazy things with products that I can never tell you about them because you will think we have entered the realm of madness. Perhaps we have, but when she sent me this a couple of days ago I knew I would put it on the newsletter because she is right, I ran to the bathroom and tried it. These are her words:

‘And my new secret weapon – I blast my hair with SDSM after washing with Stemm! Downside is people keep trying to touch my ‘shiny sexy hair’.

Final words, I have always sprayed SDSM on my body as well as my face; so for the body, spray after Squalane if you are joining in, and if you haven’t tried SDSM, please do if you can, whichever skincare regimen you are on because it protects and hydrates skin magnificently.
High Amino Shampoo by Stemm £25 for 480 ml; Superoxide Dismutase Saccharide Mist (SDSM) by NIOD £34 for 240 ml

The Ordinary: The Acids: Three products; Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution; AHA 30% + BHA Peeling Solution and Salicylic 2% Solution. We launched these products on the last newsletter (here if you missed it). I had written that basically we are against the use of acids on skin; NIOD would never endorse acid use, NIOD recommends NAAP, but The Ordinary, as an ingredient led brand had made them available for those who were hooked on acid use; so despite my ‘drop the acid’ words, which I’ve written several times, it seems most of the world ignored me and the inevitable happened.

We have listed glycolic acids on our site for many years because I strongly believe there must be a choice in all things, but these new product releases created a full-on rampage. I am not going to state the obvious here, just to say we are doing the very best we can and please be patient, we will get there, wherever there is.
Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution £6.80 for 240 ml; AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution £6.30 for 30 ml; Salicylic Acid 2% Solution £3.90 for 15 ml; Non-Acid Acid Precursor 15% by NIOD £35 for 30 ml

Wayne Goss: I’ve taken to writing about Wayne on the last few newsletters; I love all the ‘Wayne’ emails we receive and they fall into two categories, those of you who follow Wayne (millions of you) and have discovered us and those who have discovered Wayne because I keep writing about him. I thank you and I thank Wayne for being so incredibly loyal, in every sense of the word.

Truly not a lot could make me happier; to love and support is so very important to me; there is enough grief and unhappiness in this world, so if you can love, let it be a love that is equal, love with passion and love like it is your last moment. That’s all.

VH Editorial

This month the Beauty Bible girls do oil-powered: the best skin slicks; Carolyn Asome reveals why we need to listen to our gut more, Catherine Turner does ‘healing waters’ and Jo Fairley does her must-visit spa destinations. I hope you enjoy reading them. And if you want to know why there hasn’t been a ‘Gill meets’ for heaven only knows how long, it’s because I have been chained to my computer and/or my office, so I haven’t met anybody. OMG, I am so incredibly stupid, I should do Gill meets Wayne Goss; I have literally just thought of that as I’m writing this. Leave it with me!
Healing Waters; Why We All Need To Listen To Our Gut More; Striking Oils The New Argan And Other Oils; Jo’s Favourite UK Spa’s

One last piece of news; it is NIOD’s second birthday next month. In some ways it seems that NIOD has always been with us, yet in other ways I can vividly remember the day we launched NIOD (globally, Brandon, globally!!). I know that many of you think we have abandoned or forgotten about NIOD because of The Ordinary, but I absolutely promise you we haven’t. Two very different missions, two very different energies and NIOD is, and will always be, so very special.

More of course on the May newsletter, but until then, and together with Shabir and the VH Team, I thank you for your ongoing loyalty and support.

I hope you have a wonderful April, if you are travelling, be safe.

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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  • Pence66

    Fab news about Colours launching….very excited! Thank you so much for your very informative newsletter and all the fab info you provide every month….I look forward to a new month especially for this letter ?????????Xx
    P.S. Just ordered both foundations…how do I order a dropper?

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Thank you very much. Droppers will be available to order in plenty of time before the foundations ship.

  • Jules70

    I realise the answer maybe along the lines of, how long is a piece of string, but if I order a colours foundation today, how long is it likely to be until i receive it?

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    At the time of the newsletter release we were anticipating within two to three weeks; however we have an extraordinarily long wait list so it may take longer. At this point we are unable to give you a confirmed answer, but we will process in date order. Sorry we cannot be more specific.

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Karen, I tend to recommend High Adherence Silicone Primer for combination to oily skin and the High Spreadability Primer for all skin types. As far as foundations are concerned, please refer to the Foundation Guide online.

  • Katarzyna Dudek

    Is it possible to order non-SPF version in Europe? I’m looking for sth without flashback.

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Katarzyna, you can definitely order the non-SPF foundations in Europe. The pigments are suspended is a proprietary spreadability system which prevents pigments collecting in fine lines. Obviously do not use foundations ending with G and S because of the highlights and flashback possibilities.

  • Pence66

    Great!

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Karen, Do remember that The Ordinary foundations are so natural that a variation of three shades will still colour match. As fas the tones are concerned, the tone indicates the tone of the foundation and not your skin type. A yellow skin tone could be balanced by using a pink tone to give a more radiant look. You may wish to read this about undertones – http://www.thefashionspot.com/beauty/626657-find-undertone/

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    Thank you Karen.

  • Katarzyna Dudek

    Thanks for your reply. I just read on DECIEM’s profile that US and EU versions are the same product just with different packaging (no SPF protection claim in US). So they are not without SPF they just don’t say they are. I checked and titanium dioxide is in both, which is a shame because they will flashback in the photos. For every day though it will be perfect :)

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    Hi Katarzyna, indeed with the foundations, it is a case of not making a claim in the countries listed. Also the titanium dioxide suspension in unique to this product however there is always a possibility of flashback albeit lower in this case due to the suspension.

  • Katarzyna Dudek

    Thanks! I’ll try it out as soon as it arrives :) I hope it will be a good match for my skintone. BTW thanks for your newsletters. I never thought I could read such a loooong e-mails and now I’m waiting for them! They are so sincere – love this style.

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    Hi Katarzyna, I am sure it will match. Thank you for your kind words – the newsletters certainly have a great following.

  • christine

    Hi. I ordered foundations on april 2nd. Any idea on how Long i have to wait? Is it several Weeks from Now? Really looking forward to the release ????

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    Hi Christine, we are anticipating delivery within the next two to three weeks at which time the products will be processed and sent out in date order.

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    Hi Lindsey, you certainly have got a lot of products and I am going to recommend a base regimen of four or so products for the AM and PM regimen as outlined here. AM: Buffet; Hyaluronic acid; Argireline (apply to forehead and mouth lines; Natural Moisturising Factors (alternate with Squalane ). PM: After cleansing use Glycolic acid Toning Solution; Buffet, Argireline; Azelaic acid; Vitamin C Suspension; Advanced Retinoid. The AHA+ BHA Peeling Solution can be used once or twice a week as the first step after cleansing skin and then follow through with the PM regimen with or without the Glycolic Toning Solution. Alpha Lipoic acid can be added to the PM regimen twice a week and on those days do not use azelaic acid. Best wishes Shabir

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    Hi Lindsey, perhaps once or twice a week use Lactic acid instead of the Glycolic Toning Solution. best wishes Shabir

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    Hi Rifka, thank you for your kind words. I would recommend starting with the NIOD range as far as anti-ageing in concerned with the exception of one product which I am going to recommend from The Ordinary skincare. The regimen would be as follows. AM: Sanskrit Saponins; CAIS; MMHC; Niacinamide + Zinc; Fractionated Eye Contour Concentrate; Hydration Vaccine. PM: Sanskrit Saponins; CAIS; MMHC; Non-Acid Acid Precursor; Fractionated Eye Contour Concentrate; Hydration Vaccine. Sanskrit Saponins cleans skin without stripping its natural oils and visibly improves pore appearance from the first use. CAIS works to calm inflammation which is the leading cause of ageing and excess sebum production; CAIS also works to enhance the repair process and helps collagen synthesis. MMHC works to provide hyaluronic compounds to hydrate dermal, intermediate and surface layers since dehydration leads to inflammation. Niacinamide + Zinc helps normalise oil production, tackles blemishes and improves pore appearance. Hydration Vaccine helps hydrate and prevent dehydration plus contains anti-ageing actives. FECC around the eyes works for all eye concerns including fine lines, dark circles and even puffiness. Non-Acid Acid Precursor is an alternative to acid peels to clean pores without causing inflammation. Once a week please use Flavanone Mud after cleansing and before the application of anything else. Flavanone Mud works to decongest and deep clean pores. Best wishes Shabir

  • Lauren

    Hi Shabir,

    I can see you are getting flooded with questions… So I’m sorry to add to them but I really need your help. I have combination skin (very clogged bumpy skin on my forehead which is often oily, large black pores on nose, and dry rashy skin on cheeks!)

    I have had Roaccutane 2 years ago which worked brilliantly but I am now very unhappy with my skin again. I have seen a dermatologist and have just started using ZO Skin Health…. Offects Exfoliating Cleanser, Offects TE-Pads (nearly finished) then I’ve been using indeed labs hydraluron, Ossential Daily Power Defense and Oclipse Smart Tone SPF 50.

    I am wanting to add in some of The Ordinary products with your help…. The Copper Amino Isolate Serum 1% has also caught my eye so not sure whether to use that or the Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 in place of the hydraluron?

    then instead of the ZO pads do you think i should alternate between any of these? Salicylic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Alpha Arbutin and/or Niacinamide?

    any other advice/other product suggestions welcome!

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    Hi Lauren, have already emailed you directly. Best wishes Shabir

  • Lauren

    Just seen it. You are amazing as always thank you

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    Glad to be of help. Best wishes Shabir

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    Hi Amanda, It appears that there is some form of inflammation leading to these tiny red dots and this may be associated with dehydrated skin. I am going to recommend a regimen incorporating the products you have purchased with the addition of Azelaic acid and Niacinamide + Zinc. AM: Hyaluronic acid; Niacinamide + Zinc, Squalane. PM: After cleansing, use Glycolic acid Toning Solution; Hyaluronic acid; Azelaic acid; Advanced Retinoid; Marula Oil. The reason for including niacinamide is because although this is often recommended for excess oil production, it actuallty helps normalise oil production and in this case it improves skin barrier function as well as improving pore appearance. Azelaic acid is included in the regimen because it calms down inflammation and gently resurfaces skin. Best wishes Shabir

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    Hi Sadia, you have definitely selected the majority of The Ordinary products which I would have and here is regimen. AM: Hyaluronic acid + B5; Alpha arbutin; Niacinamide + Zinc; Natural Moisturising Factors. PM: Alpha arbutin; Azelaic acid; Advanced Retinoid; Natural Moisturising Factors. I have used hyaluronic acid in order to help dehydration which is a common reason for inflammation leading to excess oil production. I have also used Natural Moisturising Factors to help provide surface hydration without clogging pores. Best wishes Shabir

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    Hi Michelle, I would recommend using NIOD’s Low Viscosity Cleaning Ester (LVCE). LVCE feels like an oil however it is oil-free, respects skin’s pH and does not strip it of its natural oils. As for other The Ordinary products, you might wish to consider using Caffeine Solution around the eyes to protect the delicate area from ageing and to firm up eye tissues.