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Weekend Read

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Last Saturday I wrote that I will be sending out weekly bulletins in order to keep each of you fully informed of the ever-changing landscape, relative to each of us, so here it is.  In each and every moment more measures are instigated and yet throughout I still remain pragmatic and determined that we will get through this together.  It is our duty and responsibility to do the best we possibly can, and that is what we shall continue doing.

Earlier this week health stores, both online and bricks and mortar, were classified by the Government as a ‘listed exception’ and it was further confirmed that manufacturers and distribution companies supplying health businesses could also continue to operate, having been designated ‘key sector’ businesses. However, running parallel it remains that there is a critical shortage of raw ingredients and on from that, products.

Notwithstanding this, we are still receiving deliveries, albeit with varying delays, but in most cases we are not receiving the volume we require and furthermore we don’t have confirmed dates on anything, which of course creates difficulties in fulfilling our orders in a timely fashion.  Most of you know that under normal circumstances we process and send our orders out within 24-48 hours, but that, together with most other things, has gone flying out the window. As I write this we are several days behind because of the high volume of orders, but we will get there, wherever ‘there’ is!

I am so sorry to repeat this again, but our customer care team are under extreme pressure and our first priority remains the same, to help support and advise the people who need us the most.  Please be mindful of this and refrain from calling or mailing about your order.  Information is sketchy at best, and non-existent in so many cases.  That said, and as mentioned above, we are still receiving deliveries and we are quietly fulfilling all the orders that we can in strict date and time order.

I find it quite interesting that things I said last week, have little or no relevance seven days later.  Actually they had little relevance within 24 hours, but I’m not going to flood you with my daily thoughts, even though I could practically write an opus each day!  At that time I wrote that I would be abandoning the monthly newsletter (more on that towards the end of this bulletin) and would spread out new product launches over the next few weeks on these bulletins.  But I’ve changed my mind on that and I’m putting all new launches on hold for the foreseeable future because it just doesn’t feel appropriate right now.

For the most part I am talking about skincare launches and my view is that we are enough and we have enough.  Several years ago I wrote that I didn’t care if we didn’t do a skincare launch for two years because I was perfectly happy with the skincare brands we list, that still stands.  No doubt having just made that statement, the most amazing product will land before me, it’s the way it rolls, but seriously the only new products I want to be talking about at the moment are either health related (there is one further down) or the health/beauty crossover, which is the category that I still find fascinating after all these years.

So let’s do it.  Let’s take a look at some of the most relevant products as of this moment.  As I write this, they are all currently in stock, but anything can happen and it usually does, so once again, please bear with.  I think it is vitally important to repeat here that there is not a product, in any category, that will prevent COVID-19.  If there was the world would know about it, so once again I will say that we are recommending taking immunity supplementation at this time.  These products serve to support, not prevent contagious diseases, but our view remains unchanged; we must do all we can to help strengthen our immunity at this time.  Here we go:

Shabir is having a moment or two about Life Drink and don’t we all know, because he talks about it all the time.  I talk about other things, which are coming soon, but the reason he loves it so much is because it removes the guess work out of choosing the correct supplementation and offers a deeply nourishing drink containing a range of vegetable proteins, power algae, power greens, berries and mushroom, together with digestive enzymes, omega essential fatty acids, as well as pre and probiotics.

Traditional methods of preserving the nutrients contained in botanicals and phytonutrient-rich food, such as air, oven and spray drying, can degrade important compounds and alter a plant’s delicate biochemical balance.  A fresh freeze-dried method is adopted here which protects and retains the plant’s potency, biochemical integrity and enzymatic activity.  The biochemical profile of these freeze dried botanicals closely resembles the profile of the original plant, but in much greater concentration.  Happily, Life Drink is available in three sizes, as below.
Life Drink by Terranova £28.65 for 227 grams; Life Drink Family Size £49 for 454 grams; Life Drink Sachets 15 Sachets (12 grams each) £31.50

It won’t surprise any of you who follow us regularly that I’m going to talk about Fulvic Acid Elixir.  I once described it as my desert-island-supplement and I have been taking Fulvic supplementation for the past eight years because I believe it has astounding health benefits.  Such is my belief, I have put every member of the VH team on it, together with Magnolia Rhodiola Complex, which we still believe is in a class of its own for helping anxiety and mild-depression that is so prevalent at this time.

Anyway, anyway, I’m not writing reams because I will refer you instead to Shabir’s article below, which covers all you need to know.  One more thing here.  I have been prowling our shelves looking for things to share with you and behold, I discovered a stash of the 240 ml version of Fulvic Acid Elixir, which is worth £15.  So whilst we can, with every bottle of Fulvic Acid Elixir (480 ml), we will send you the 240 ml size free of charge.  I have no idea how long these will last, but all I will say here is that this will not show up on your invoice and will automatically be included with your order.  In the spirit of sharing, please give this to somebody who you think will benefit from taking this.
** Sorry this promotion has now ended **
VH Editorial: The Elixir of LifeFulvic Acid Elixir £30 for 480 ml

And here is the new product that I referred to earlier.  It’s Sinol-D and it has been formulated to help give fast relief from sinus and allergy issues.  Non-habit forming, it will help clear nasal congestion rapidly and will also help reduce headaches stemming from sinus pain.
Sinol D All-Natural Nasal Spray Decongestant £14.95 for 15 ml (114 Sprays) (Vegan)

A mention here for the Saltpipe Inhaler.  I think this is relevant because it was created for those suffering from breathing difficulties and respiratory disorders, such as asthma and hay fever.  A few minutes of regular daily use will help you breathe more easily and will also help cleanse the respiratory system.  Once again, this will not prevent any of us catching the COVID-19 virus, but I believe it will help bring a modicum of comfort to some.  It is also important to note that at first use you may experience some coughing or sneezing as your system clears.  This is perfectly normal, so please don’t panic.  Its effectiveness has been proven in clinical trials and it is a registered Class 1 medical device.  The active ingredients of the inhaler will last for approximately five years.
The Saltpipe Inhaler by Higher Nature £29.95

Onwards from last week’s bulletin, we are still in stock of some of our essential products, which would include DermSafethe clinically proven hand sanitiser, DLux 3000 Sprayto help reinforce immunity and Mega Probiotic NDwhich we believe is a must-take supplement.  We have always believed that, so I think it is prudent to put a link to Shabir’s article on probiotics once again.
VH Editorial: Probiotics: The Most Important Supplement For The Whole FamilyMega Probiotic ND £19.50 for 60 Capsules; DermSafe Hand Sanitiser £14 for 59 ml; Dermsafe Family Pack Hand Sanitisers £35 (Three x 59 ml)

Let’s lighten this up because heaven knows we all need it.  In this space of non-essential things, I would like to announce to the world (well the VH world) that I have cut my nails off and filed them right the way down.  Naked, short nails are the way forward right now for so many different reasons, including hygiene.  If anybody at all is remotely interested, I still have my favourite red polish on my toenails, except nobody can see them.  Never mind that, after a lifetime (well almost a lifetime) of wearing polish, I have now taken to massaging Fulvic Acid Nail Cream into my hands and nails at least twice a day.  Nail recovery alert perhaps, but in any event I am keeping the price at £10, instead of the normal £12.  And onwards!
Fulvic Acid Nail Cream £10 for 30 ml

If I may, I am going to write a non-essential section on each of these bulletins just to keep me sane, if nothing else.  It is at this point that I need to tell you that we continue to be overwhelmed with your love, support and encouragement.  After last week’s bulletin we were, once again, flooded with emails.  I think that I have personally responded to each of you, but forgive me if one or two got lost somewhere in the ether.  I remain human, although Shabir would disagree.

Through all of this, communication remains key and I’m actually wondering whether or not to continue writing the monthly newsletters.  So many people have said to me that they prefer the weekly bulletins; it could well be that I have written my last newsletter, but I am going to take your lead on this and no doubt many of you will tell me exactly what you think.  From my point of view, it keeps us closer and I think I prefer that.  Anyway, I will go with the general consensus and will of course report back next week.

Just a couple of logistical things because I like being neat.  As so many orders are still pending, it may well be that your delivery address is now incorrect.  As I mentioned above, we are still receiving deliveries (will Daily Immunity ever arrive!) and of course we want you to receive your order just as soon as we can get it to you.  If your delivery address is currently invalid, please mail (not phone!) us on customercare@victoriahealth.com.  As we receive an inordinate amount of emails, please put the words ‘change of address’ as the subject matter as this will enable us to work through the list far quicker.

I also need each of you to know that we have implemented multiple preventative health measures above and beyond the current World Health Organisation recommendations for each member of the VH team.  A fuller statement is on the front of our website, but it goes without saying that it is for the health and safety not only of us, but for each of you too.

Finally, I was going to make Shabir one of those sandwich boards to wear with the words ‘I Am A Pharmacist’ daubed all over it, but I thought better of it.  However, he is walking around wearing a mask and clutching his official documentation from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.  I am so tempted to write a whole scenario around this, but best not because it would degenerate rapidly, so for all of our sakes, not least Shabir’s, this section is officially over!

But it’s not quite over, because there is one more thing.  In line with my promise, this week’s feature article is entitled ‘I Come From A Different World’ by Jackie Annesley.  I so relate to this, as many of you will too.  My thanks to Jackie, with a promise that we will always roll together, no matter what.
I Come From A Different World by Jackie Annesley

Before I end this, my thanks go to each of you for your continued loyalty and support throughout these difficult times.  It goes without saying that Shabir and I are blessed to have a team who know how to pull together in times of need, but my thanks also to all of the delivery drivers who are doing the best they possibly can and a most special mention to Royal Mail for trying to maintain a regular service.  For sure, there are understandable delays in the postal system, but they need to be applauded for all that they do.

I wish all good things to each of you.
Please try and have a restful weekend.
Be safe.  Be well.

Gill x

Weekend Read

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Earlier this week I sent out an update in an attempt to keep each of you fully informed about the ever-changing landscape, relative to each of us.  At that time I wrote that I would be changing the habit of a VH lifetime and I will not be writing a newsletter in the foreseeable future, but would instead send out weekly bulletins.

The first thing I want to do is to say thank you to all those who sent emails and called with words of encouragement, they mean so much because we are of course doing everything we can to help support you with products and guidance at this difficult time.  A call out here to Jonathan of Seed & Bean.  Having written that we all need chocolate, he was on the phone literally within three minutes of receiving my email telling me he was sending chocolate.  Retaining my humour through all of this, I burst out laughing and asked if he was sending chocolate to me or to the world!  Anyway, my thanks.

On a more serious note, I remain pragmatic and determined that we will get through this together.  For twenty years we have been fortunate enough to help look after the health and wellbeing of so many of you, and that of course continues.  It is a huge responsibility, we have always known that, and that responsibility extends to the words that I write.

I want to make it abundantly clear that the products I have written about, and will be writing about, do not prevent any of us from catching the COVID-19 virus.  Of course we recommend taking immunity supplementation, we always have.  These products serve to support, not prevent contagious diseases, but we take the view that we must do all we can to help strengthen our immunity at this time.

A word here about supply and demand.  We are living in unprecedented times and if I thought the wait list was extreme when Nigella wrote about Prickly Pear Seed Oil in The Sunday Times, this goes beyond the extreme across all supplementation.  For the most part I have kept wait list notifications on each of the most-wanted product pages.  I think it is better to do this than to give false hope that the products are in stock.  With such fast-moving circumstances, please forgive us if we are late to do this on some products, we are doing all we can.

That said, we are still receiving deliveries of some of the most-wanted products and we will be quietly working through all those orders and doing whatever we can to get these to each of you.  I will not be making any big announcements about stock arriving, save to say that another consignment of DermSafe has arrived, because that will only make the situation worse.  I am confident, all things being equal, that we will get all orders covered in time.  What I don’t know is the time frame, so please bear with us.  I will repeat here that our customer care team are under extreme pressure and our first priority is to help support and advise the people who need us the most, so with the best will in the world, please refrain from calling or emailing about your order, it will help an awful lot of people enormously.

Through all of this, so many are feeling anxious and we have been helping those who are having panic attacks.  At times of stress, the adrenals produce a variety of corticosteroid hormones, including cortisol.  These steroidal hormones suppress the effectiveness of the immune system by lowering the number of white blood cells being produced effectively, making the body vulnerable to infection.  It is all very well me writing that we must try and stay calm, but I understand the difficulty in trying to achieve that.  Deep breathing is helpful, but if you are in need of added support, we are recommending Magnolia Rhodiola Complex, which is our bestselling supplement for anxiety and stress.  For further insight, Shabir’s article is below.  Just to add, if you are taking prescribed anti-depressants, please do not take this supplement.
VH Editorial: How To Combat Stress Effectively; Magnolia Rhodiola Complex £28 for 60 Capsules

Sleep has always played an important role in the health of our bodies; a lack of sleep could adversely affect your immunity.  While we sleep peacefully, our bodies make specific protein compounds called cytokines, which target infection and inflammation.  If you have problems sleeping then we are currently recommending Cherry Night Powder or Herbal Sleep PM.  To add to this, I would recommend slapping on a Spacemask.  They have a tendency to ‘send you’.  Right now I would quite like to be sent to the production line of Daily Immunity.  I do wish they would hurry up!
Cherry Night £25.95 for 150 grams; Herbal Sleep PM £20 for 30 Capsules; Spacemasks £15 for Five Masks

Numerous studies have indicated a relationship between vitamin D and a healthy immune system.  Specifically, Danish scientists have found that the release of specialised T cells, which help destroy bacteria and viruses, are dependent upon adequate vitamin D levels.  A vitamin D deficiency inhibits the proper function of those T cells.  ‘The practice of self-isolation means supplementation of vitamin D is essential to help reinforce immunity’ writes Andy Thomas, Founder of Better You.  And for the record, I agree with him.
DLux 3000 Spray by Better You £7.95 for 15 ml

Most of you take Mega Probiotic ND, so our recommendation is to continue taking it at this time.  Once again, several studies have been carried out on the effectiveness of the L-acidophilus and Bifidobacteria species, showing that these strains appear to help enhance anti-viral activity.  Shown to help promote the production of the antibodies which help protect the body against infection, Mega P (as we call it) is a broad spectrum probiotic and contains eight strains of beneficial bacteria that are acid resistant.  More in Shabir’s article below.
VH Editorial: Probiotics: The Most Important Supplement For The Whole Family; Mega Probiotic ND £19.50 for 60 Capsules

In the absence of the newsletter, I would just like to say that I will be using these bulletins to bring you all the latest product launches, albeit they we will be spread out over the following few weeks.  For the moment, I have kept these off this bulletin because our health is paramount at this time.  That said, I have to tell you that I am not on a skincare holiday as it were.  I mean I don’t want to come out of this looking ten years older, so carry on and all I will say here is that this is perhaps where Neurophroline comes into its own.  If we are stressed, our skin is stressed, so my skincare product of the day, is of course Neurophroline as it has been clinically shown to help reduce cortisol levels in our skin.  Amen to that.
Neurophroline Serum £18 for 30 ml

And a treat.  Why not.  The aptly-named Brightening Anti-Pollution Mask from Aurelia Probiotic Skincare, is a rich and whipped face mask formulation to help replenish and purify the skin.  It boosts cell-turnover promoting brightness and hydration.  If you buy this Anti-Pollution Mask, you will automatically receive Aurelia’s hero product, Miracle Cleanser (50 ml), which is worth £17.50.  This will not show up on your invoice, but will automatically be sent.  Whilst stock lasts.
Brightening Anti-Pollution Mask by Aurelia Probiotic Skincare £58 for 60 ml (Miracle Cleanser £42 for 120 ml)

Right, I’m stopping now, lest this could actually turn into a newsletter, which wouldn’t be difficult because I have no control over myself when I’m writing, but a couple of things, because I can’t help myself:

As I write this, we are all fit and well here, so I want you to know that we will continue to do the best we possibly can under very difficult circumstances.  I have always believed that we must lead by example and I want to re-assure you that I can see right the way through fear-marketing, which continues unabated.  It is not in my nature to diss products, brands or people, but it’s all I can do to stop myself exploding with anger at the unscrupulous behaviour of some.  I just want to reiterate that there is not a product, in any category, that will prevent COVID-19.  If there was, the world would know about it, so please be vigilant and try and stay away from the dross, which would include the brand that asked me to do a media campaign on a product that they claimed will prevent COVID-19.  I deleted it.

Together with Shabir and the entire VH team, I want to thank you for your trust and loyalty, which at times overwhelms me, but I’ll refrain from getting too emotional, otherwise I’ll start writing reams on that subject and Shabir will have another one of his eye-rolling-moments; in any given day there are several of those moments, let me tell you.

Finally, I said earlier in the week that I would be supported by our editorial team and so I hope you enjoy reading Jo Fairley’s article, Small Pleasures, which I know many of you will relate to, including warming your knickers (read pants for the boys) on a radiator perhaps!
Small Pleasures by Jo Fairley

Please stay safe and have a restful weekend.
My thoughts are continuously with each of you.

Gill x

March: An Update

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On Saturday I sent an update to each of you, which you can find on the front of our site if you missed it.

At the end of that update I wrote that I would send further updates if I needed to; and suddenly, within the shortest time, I need to.

As I wrote on that update, since the beginning of VH time we have always recommended taking immunity supplementation from the first day of autumn until the first day of spring, but obviously our advice would now be to continue taking supplementation for the foreseeable future. I also wrote that in and of itself this is creating issues as a global shortage of raw ingredients means we may have to adjust the products we recommend almost on a daily basis. Read More…

March Newsletter

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And somehow it’s the March newsletter, with all that it brings. So we are going to be taking a look at some new product launches, a new skincare brand and all the latest news and feedback, of which there is quite a lot, but there always is.

I want to discuss our feature articles too, which have always been so very important to me, and as most of you know, International Women’s Day is on March 8th and I will be jumping onto ‘The Podium’ to talk about that and Chrissie Rucker, Founder of The White Company.

Additionally, there are one or two treats in this newsletter and I reveal the brand that has taken their prices right down, as opposed to right the way up, which is the normal occurrence as things go. Let’s do it:

C-Deep Vitamin C Serum

And so it was that we released C-Deep Vitamin C Serum on the February newsletter.  We honestly didn’t know what to expect because, as I wrote, Vitamin C Serum 23% + Ferulic Acid is our bestselling beauty product.  So did it crush the original?  No it didn’t in a sense.  But in another way it all went a bit crazy mad because C-Deep is the Vitamin C that doesn’t irritate and penetrates far deeper than any other form of C.  I’ll attest to that because I am happily using it without any ‘side-effects’ whatsoever, which is somewhat of a miracle bearing in mind my touchy-touchy sensitive skin.

Of course, we have had feedback of the most brilliant kind about C-Deep, but some have a Vitamin C dilemma, which one to use?  The answer is that so many of you are using both.  Vit C Serum 23% in the morning and C-Deep in the evening.  Actually it doesn’t matter which way round you do it, I’m just feeding back the majority view.  Happy.  Yes we are and thank you.  Another star is born. In a long line of them.
VH Editorial: Is Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate The Best Vitamin C Serum?C-Deep Vitamin C Serum £18 for 30 ml; Vitamin C Serum 23% + Ferulic Acid £10 for 30 ml

Willowberry

Our mission to support niche brands continues; it is such an important part of the work that we do and so please allow me to introduce you to Willowberry skincare, founded by Jenny Retourné.

As most of you know, our curation of skincare brands remains pretty tight and I like it that way. It allows us to remain authentic rather than continually introduce new brands and products every other day of the week. And as we maintain that authenticity, so too Willowberry. Our values align and the trust is reflected in the efficacy of each of their three products.

In full transparency, these products contain essential oils; this means that I am unable to use them because of my intolerance and allergy to essential oils. That said, I had them tested by others and the feedback was so incredible, I couldn’t ignore it. With great trepidation, I tested a baby-bit of each product on the back of my hand just to feel the textures. Impressed.

So yes, just three products in the range, which of course follows the ‘simplicity in skincare’ zeitgeist rather magnificently. Here they are:

Nutrient Boost Cleansing Balm: The word ‘balm’ conjures up thoughts of ancient apothecaries, lotions, potions and poultices. My fascination with ancient rituals has been with me for all time and this cleansing balm is loaded with natural ingredients. Vitamins, antioxidants, chia seed and Vitamin E are blended with coriander seed and geranium. In the here and now, this balm helps melt away dirt and make-up and its spa-like fragrance is rather divine. Indulgently so.
Nutrient Boost Cleansing Balm £29.99 for 60 ml

Nutrient Boost Day Cream: Formulated to help nourish and protect, this is a hydrating, non-greasy face cream, which includes Hyaluronic Acid and the innovative antioxidant, Firewood.

Famed for its regenerative properties, Firewood, which is also known as the Epilobium Flower, is often the first plant to pop up in places where the ground has been burnt from forest fires, hence its name. With proven antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, Firewood deeply hydrates and reinforces the skin barrier function. It is joined by vitamins, antioxidants and essential fatty acids, including Rosehip, chia seed and Vitamin E.
Nutrient Boost Day Cream £27.99 for 60 ml

Nutrient Boost Face Oil: Face oils are often too heavy for daytime use, but this one isn’t. It is ultra-light and absorbs rapidly into the skin. It’s aim is to nurture and it does that with the help of Rosehip, chia seed and Vitamin E, as per the day cream. It can also be used as a base for make-up, which is all rather good actually.
Nutrient Boost Face Oil £26.99 for 30 ml

Finally, Willowberry have put together a Mini Skincare Gift Set, which contains mini sizes of each of the above products. This of course means that you can trial each of the three products before you commit to the regular sizes. It contains 30 ml of the Nutrient Boost Cleansing Balm, 30 ml of the Nutrient Boost Day Cream and 10 ml of the Nutrient Boost Face Oil. All boxed in pink. Cute.
Mini Skincare Gift Set £39.99

Ionicell – The Treat

Short and sweet. Here is Ionicell, our current bestselling health product. This is the next-generation hair, skin and nails supplement that most of us take. Strengthens hair. Addresses hair loss. Supports skin integrity. Performs virtual miracles on nails. I take it. Shabir doesn’t. His loss. My gain.

The Treat: The regular price for Ionicell is £20 for 60 Vegicaps, but while stocks last you can buy the Ionicell Twin Pack for £30, which means you save £10. I would spend that £10 on the Fulvic Nail Cream; so that’s a double whammy treat as I’ve just swiped £2 off of the price of Fulvic Nail Cream. Because I can. All for a good cause. The dual route to amazing nails. *** Sorry, this promotion has now ended ***
Ionicell Twin Pack £30 (Ionicell £20 for 60 Vegicaps); Fulvic Nail Cream £10 (while stocks last – which won’t be long!).

Basix For Seriously Dry Feet

What is this, I said to Shabir when I was standing spying by the side of his desk.  I didn’t wait for an answer, but just stole it and put it in my bag.  Anything that has the words ‘seriously dry’ is good with me and with the added word ‘feet’ it was a shoe-in (sorry!) to make an appearance in my bathroom.  It says that it exfoliates any calloused areas in order to remove the build-up of dead, dry skin.  It does. Oh happy day.
Basix Skin Defence Cream Foot Food £15.95 for 50 ml

Vitamins To Take In Your 50s

As most of you know, Shabir has been going through the decades and writing about the supplements he recommends.  And so we have reached the 50s and no sooner had he finished, I grabbed hold of it and told him I was sending it out on The Weekend Read because I didn’t want to wait for the newsletter to release it.

Not wishing to divert ourselves away from Shabir’s article, I just want to say here that the vision for us has never changed and education remains of the utmost importance.  As I continually write, it is just not good enough to load products onto a site, particularly health products, without the knowledge and expertise to address numerous concerns, which would include contra-indicating with prescribed medication.  We have a responsibility to each of you, whatever the product, and we will uphold that stance no matter what.

But it’s not only about education, it’s about lifestyle, emotions, wellbeing and so much more.  And it’s about friendship.  In our love and support for each other, I hope that the collective words from each of us on the editorial team reach you and touch you in the way that we all hope for.  We are ‘The Girls’.  And then there’s Shabir, and his articles. If you’re 50+, this is for you. 60+ soon (no pressure Shabir!).
VH Editorial:  Vitamins To Take In Your 50s

Lano – Two New Products

I can barely contain my excitement as I tell you about two new products from Lano. I don’t think you ever forget the brands that you launch and Lanolips was one of those brands. I vividly remember sitting in a café somewhere off Bond Street with Kirsten Carriol, the founder of Lanolips, as we discussed our excitement at launching the now-epic 101 Ointment in the UK. The rest is history.

So the two new products and, rather wonderfully, they are for the face. I think it was pretty inevitable that Kirsten would direct the brand this way and as fabulous as she is, so are her products. With a shift in brand name to Lano some time ago, here they come:

Lano Face Base – Day Cream: This, says Kirsten, is your short-cut to great skin and the base for your face is hydration. This product is all about a quality formulation minus empty promises and hocus pocus, which, quite honestly, we are all rather bored with. Well I am anyway. In a sense, this is deconstructed skincare. You can understand it and it doesn’t treat you like a fool, say Lano, and I concur. Too many brands think we are completely dumb. We are not and we can see right through you. No names. No dissing. But honestly!

Anyway, back to it and Lano Face Base has been formulated to deeply replenish and store skin lipids. You can layer under, over or mix with your favourite actives and serums, which will sit well with many of you. Its hero ingredients are lanolin, soothing colloidal oatmeal, glycerine, milk, vitamin E and antioxidants.

It glides on creamy, which then gives way to a distinctive grippy-feel when the lanolin locks down. It will then sink right into the skin, leaving your skin happy and prepped for what comes next. That choice is yours. Far be it for me to tell you to mix it with Neurophroline. Except I just have.
Lano Face Base – Day Cream £20 for 60 ml; Neurophroline by GoW for VH £18 for 30 ml

Lano Face Base – Aussie Jetlag Mask: For those who don’t know, Lano is an Australian brand and they know a thing or two about jetlag. Formulated to wake up your stressed dry skin, this leave-on mask gives a hit of lanolin, a zing of mint, a punch of caffeine and then there’s ginger. In other words it is packed with ingredients that specialise in deep hydration, skin repair, revival and defence.

Slather it on for about ten minutes, allowing your skin cells to drink up what they need. A slight tingling is normal and if there is any excess, just wipe with a towel. This is suitable for all skin types and if you are feeling brave, use during flying. Long haul just got more interesting and I’m about to do it. Shabir will die a thousand deaths and do his normal thing of pretending he is travelling alone. I mean heaven forbid he should actually know somebody on the plane. That would be the end. LA here I come.
Lano Face Base – Aussie Jetlag Mask £20 for 60 ml

Spacemasks

And talking of jetlag, a friend was about to do some heavy-duty long-haul flying and so I gave her a stash of Spacemasks to take with her. She suffers from insomnia at the best of times, so I thought they may help. And they did. They worked, she wrote from New Zealand. Glory be the day, I wrote back. Sleep awaits those who wear Spacemasks. In bed and on planes.

Weirdly, or otherwise, several days after that email exchange, I discovered that Spacemasks are now available on Virgin. Oh, I said to Harriet (Founder of Spacemasks). How wonderful. Are they giving them away in Virgin Upper, thinking that would be a brilliant initiative. Well, no actually, you have to buy them. I see.

Based on that I’ll do my own initiative. Buy a box of Spacemasks and we will send you one extra Spacemask, which you can save for when you fly. Or otherwise. Last time I did this it all went a bit mental. That’s why I’m doing it again. Oh and the friend was Lisa Armstrong of The Telegraph. As if she needs more fame. Queen of the Front Row and two times winner of the British Press Awards, Fashion Journalist of the Year. That’s my girl.
Spacemasks £15 for Five Spacemasks (Six, while stocks last, which won’t be forever)

The Podium

If we are doing friends, then let’s continue on the theme and it gives me the greatest pleasure to write about another friend, the very lovely (and very clever) Chrissie Rucker OBE. Chrissie needs little introduction, she is the Founder of The White Company and the Founding Patron of the #ChangeAGirlsLife Campaign at The Prince’s Trust. And it is the latter that I want to talk about.

The #ChangeAGirlsLife Campaign has been founded by a passionate group who are committed to changing the lives of young women that The Trust works with. These young women may have grown up in extremely challenging circumstances with issues ranging from abuse, addiction, bullying and homelessness. These early life experiences can often have a detrimental effect that can prevent them from fulfilling their true potential.

Recent statistics throw up some very disturbing facts. In the UK today,  over 100,000 girls become temporarily or permanently becoming excluded from secondary schools each year.  377,000 young women are not in education, employment or training and NHS data shows an unprecedented rise in hospital admissions because of self-harm among girls under 17 in the past decade.

We each have our passions and mine is specifically focused on cyber-bullying and the dangers of social media. This is something The Prince’s Trust has also seen major rise in. Once again, tragically, we have all watched in abject horror at recent sad events as yet another young life is lost. Cyber-bullying is happening every single second of every single day to hundreds and thousands of people, including our youth, which is abhorrent. That much I know.

In the words of Chrissie: ‘I am not sure I would be where I am today without all the incredible love and support I’ve received over the years from people who believed in me.  The young women we help at The Prince’s Trust simply don’t have this.  However, I’ve seen time and time again, that with a little bit of the right help at the right time, these incredible young women can go on to have happy and successful futures.  Their stories are so inspiring and there are so many more we need to help ’.

Love and support are the powerful energies that The Change A Girls Life Campaign enables and happily three out of four young women move forward into a job, training, further education or start a business after their time at The Prince’s Trust.  The statistics are high and the mission is to help make a positive difference and to change as many young lives as we can, one by one.

I have written incessantly over the years about using our platform for the better good. It is in this space that I am able to share and in so doing we will donate a percentage of our sales today and on Sunday 8th March (International Women’s Day) to Women Supporting Women. If we are able to change just one young life from this initiative, then we are happy; two lives and we will be over the moon. Thank you for reading.*

Glow – Illuminating Elixir

Sarah Chapman, herself a Patron of Women Supporting Women, has released a limited-edition product called Glow.  An illuminating elixir, it embodies Sarah’s dedication to rejuvenating skin at a cellular level.  This formulation boasts a unique cocktail of high-performance actives to help promote a rejuvenated glow.  Among them are Blumilight, a new-generation ingredient that tackles blue light pollution from digital devices and Nelpure, an extract inspired by the lotus flower.

The lotus flower symbolises purity, serenity and opportunity, which aligns with the charity, Women Supporting Women, as above. For every Glow sold, Sarah Chapman will donate £10 to The Princes Trust to support the Women Supporting Women initiative.
Glow by Sarah Chapman £64 for 30 ml

Preventing and Treating Stress Headaches

With stress levels at an all-time high, it is no wonder that increasingly more people are complaining about stress and tension headaches. We understand that they are linked to stress, but what actually happens when your head starts to bang.

Tension headaches are the most common type of headache and may appear once or twice a month, daily or anywhere in between. For the majority, these headaches are mild and short-lived, but for some the pain can carry on for several days. The pain tends to be throbbing, affecting the front, top and sides of the head.

Most people experience pain around the back of the neck and in the muscles between the shoulder blades. Although some people experience light sensitivity, tension headaches generally do not affect vision and balance. Shabir takes a look.
VH Editorial: Preventing and Treating Stress HeadachesNeuro-Mag £32 for 90 Capsules

Focus On A Product: Pore Cleaning Powder

For many of us pores are the bane of our life, especially if they are accompanied by blackheads. Ageing also causes pores to look bigger because of the diminishing amount of Hyaluronic Acid, which not only helps hydrate skin but also works to help strengthen the structure of your skin. On that, I swear that taking HA every day for nearly 20 years has made a vast difference.

But back to pores and unfortunately the number of pores we each have is governed mostly by our genetics. We cannot alter our genetics, but we can definitely take steps to help keep pores clean and free of dirt and debris, which will make them less visible.

If you have oversized pores, you can great improve their appearance with the use of Pore Cleaning Powder. Containing Light Pink Kaolin, Zinc Oxide, Aspen Bark and Calcium Carbonate, it works hard to cleanse and draw out excess oil, dirt and debris as well as gently exfoliating dead skin cells. The result. Refined skin.

To use Pore Cleaning Powder, just dampen a cotton pad and press onto the powder, and then spread it over your face, at which time you may look as if you are appearing in an advert for Germolene, but who cares really. Certainly not me, I love this stuff; actually it probably goes beyond love into the realms of being besotted.

Play with it too. And why not. Create your own mask by mixing a small amount of the pink powder into a paste with three or four pumps of HA Serum. Behold, a hydrating mask. And then if you want to create a skin brightening mask, mix the powder with three or four pumps of Vitamin C Serum 23% + Ferulic Acid. I mix mine in a pestle and mortar, with my apothecary thoughts peaking. Such fun.
Pore Cleaning Powder by GoW for VH £12 for 50 grams; Hyaluronic Acid Serum by GoW for VH £9 for 30 ml; Vitamin C 23% Serum + Ferulic Acid £10 for 30 ml; Hyaluronic Acid Capsules High Strength £35 for 30 Vegecaps

Better You – Two New Products

So two more new products from Better You; the innovation continues with Folic Acid Daily Oral Spray and B-complete Daily Oral Spray. Let’s take a look:

Folic Acid Daily Oral Spray: This essential vitamin for pregnancy contains a highly bioavailable active form of folate. Scientifically formulated to deliver methylfolate directly to the bloodstream, it by-passes the primary processing by the gut. The tiny droplets within the spray absorb quickly into the buccal membrane and it does all of this with a hit of natural blueberry flavour. Dosage instructions are on the product page, so please read carefully.
Folic Acid Daily Oral Spray £14.95 for 25 ml

B-complete Daily Oral Spray: An expert blend of eight B-vitamins, these vitamins work together to help support your body’s natural energy metabolism, helping with the reduction of tiredness and fatigue. Included are Vitamin B12, Folate and Vitamin B5, which help contribute to normal mental performance. And spray. When you can.
B-complete Daily Oral Spray £14.95 for 25 ml (Pre-Order Only – Stock Should Arrive within 7-10 Days)

Scalp Respect

Adequately covered, but never blessed with an abundance of hair, I was always conscious of what should have been my crowning glory, writes Claudia Simon. In my 20s others would blame my ‘over’ washing as I whinged about my thin and limp locks. In my 30s they blamed the kids instead.

But five days after my 36th birthday, the thinning had become thinned and the attention was totally focused on one patch. As I got out of the shower and combed through my hair, I felt that unexpected chill of air touching skin.

Claudia writes about her experiences, her visits to a trichologist and then reports on her findings. In transparency (again!) Claudia is a much-valued member of the VH team, but her love of Fulvic precedes her recent arrival as content manager. If you have hair loss, or thinning hair, please do take the time to read this.
Scalp Respect by Claudia Simon; Fulvic Hair Trio £75 (Fulvic Acid Shampoo; Fulvic Acid Conditioner; Fulvic Acid Mist)

News and Feedback

Apple Cider Vinegar

This is the product that just will not stay on the shelves. No matter how many we order, it is never enough and we have wiped the manufacturer clean of stock so many times, it’s a joke. Except it really isn’t a joke when you can’t get your hands on the product. As I write this, there is yet another long wait list, but we’ve ordered a huge stash, which should arrive any day now. Today would be good.

Our stock probably won’t last long, but if you love this product, may I suggest you buy one or two more than you need right now. By that, I don’t mean that you should order ten or twenty because heart failure could kick in. I’d rather like to see LA at least one more time. I also want to go and see The Light Salon at Nordstrom’s at The Grove and have a treatment if you don’t mind. Shabir will mind. Don’t care.
VH Editorial: The Health and Beauty Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar; Apple Cider Vinegar Gummies £15

The Light Salon

The segue, where I now talk about my ongoing love of the Boost At-Home LED Treatment Mask and the all-singing-all-dancing Bib, which we launched on the last newsletter. Such joy these products bring to me and to so many of you. By now, those who possess The Bib are no doubt wrapping it here, there and everywhere. It has no bounds and of course its healing benefits are pretty profound. But that’s what LED does, it helps heal and it can also diminish aches and pains.

After all this time, I still use my masks most days and I’m the first to admit that I’m pretty fickle when it comes to beauty gadgets and tools. I get bored ever so quickly, but I will never get bored with these or Sarah Chapman’s Pro Pore Refiner (I think this is the fourth time I’ve written about it!).

But back to The Light Salon and just as I’m a real advocate of all the above, I am that way too about the treatments available at The Light Salon. In the salon, or at home, I really don’t mind, at which point I will refer you to my experiences with treatments, and most especially Pressotherapy, in the article below. More is more.
VH Editorial: PressotherapyBoost At-Home LED Treatment Mask £395; Boost Advanced LED Light Therapy Décolletage Bib £445 by The Light Salon; Pro Pore Refiner by Sarah Chapman £128

Lebon Toothpaste – Price Changes

As I wrote at the top of this newsletter, it is incredibly rare that a brand actually takes their prices down, but Lebon, the wonderful brand hailing from France, has done just that. Who am I to question, but I’m guessing that their initial price points were just too high for their UK audience.

Some people are totally besotted with them, that would be Jo Fairley for one, but do take time to explore the range as there are some rather innovative flavours amongst them. I love Fearless Freedom and Rhythm of Love. There are a million miles separating Lebon from other toothpastes, but they are special. Prices now start from £10.95. Bathroom-porn. Probably.
Lebon from £10.95

Derma E

I actually don’t know why, but I never write about Derma E Skincare despite the fact that we have carried this skincare brand right from the very beginning of VH time. Without me even saying one word, it still has a huge fan-base. So for those of you who use Derma E, there are a few new products for you to check out. One is their Vitamin C Gentle Daily Cleansing Paste and the other is Ultra Hydrating Alkaline Water Eye Gel.

Look, Derma E is never going to be ‘up there’ with all the ever-so-smart brands available, but actually who really cares about the packaging. What matters is their efficacy and ability to deliver a range of products that are targeted for specific needs. And that they do really well.
Derma EVitamin C Gentle Daily Cleansing Paste £15 for 113 grams; Ultra Hydrating Alkaline Water Eye Gel £19 for 14 grams

Cholestsafe

Given that we are all different, it nevertheless thrills us when we get feedback from each of you. So this from a customer: ‘Just to give you some great feedback. After taking Cholestsafe for 90 days, my cholesterol has come down from 7.7 to 5.5. Just ordered some more’.

It would be wrong for me to suggest that this will happen to everybody who takes Cholestsafe, I cannot do that, but I can refer you to Shabir’s article, which may help if you have high levels of cholesterol.
VH Editorial: How To Lower Cholesterol NaturallyCholestsafe £25 for 90 Capsules

Right, let’s do two more new products:

3-In-1 Shoe Freshener by Margaret Dabbs

One of the most surprising bestsellers last year was the Shoe and Insole Cleansing Spray by Margaret Dabbs. It helps eliminate foot odour, cleanses and preserves the condition of your footwear, whilst helping to protect your feet.

Onwards and Margaret has just released her 3-In-1 Shoe Freshener, which is an electrical appliance with Active Oxygen (Ozone) technology. What a thing and we all swooped on it when it arrived. So three stages, and first cleaning; it refreshes shoes using the above-mentioned technology. The second state is purifying, as it helps eliminate bacteria and fungi that cause odour and the last stage is drying. This process happens from the inside out, which is much better for the shoes than drying them on the radiator.

But what is Active Oxygen technology? Well, it’s an environmentally friendly, naturally occurring chemical reaction when electricity is applied to moisture to produce high purity, high concentration molecules O2 and O3 Ozone. These molecules are safely released from the device and will ensure that bacteria and germs are removed.

To use, simply plug into a power supply and place the 3-In-1 Shoe Freshener into your shoes in the evening and the next morning your shoes will be fresh, dry and odour-free. You can of course use this with the Shoe and Insole Cleansing Spray. Double whammy foot care.
3-In-1 Shoe Freshener £64; Shoe and Insole Cleansing Spray £19 for 100 ml

Beat The Blues Drops of Gold

Most of you are familiar with the fabulous Beat the Blues Room Spray, so I am really happy to introduce you to Beat the Blues Drops of Gold. An uplifting, mood enhancing remedy, it helps induce feelings of happiness and joy, while helping to banish melancholy.

These happiness inducing drops contain homeopathic remedies and phyto-actives to provide multi-layering benefits. These include Gold (Aurum Metallicum) to nurture your emotional centre, boost energy and uplift the mind. Pulsatilla for when you feel emotionally out of control. Gelsemium to help with anxiety. Nat Mur to help alleviate feelings of deep sadness, St John’s Wort to help improve mood and Saffron to help enhance libido and improve memory.

In other words, this is a tincture of our time, but please note that this product is not meant to replace prescribed antidepressants, but to help uplift those in need of support, which is such a critical issue of modern times.
Beat The Blues Drops of Gold by Ilapothecary £29 for 15 ml

VH Editorial

Here come the girls:

Beauty Bible Stars

This year’s Beauty Bible awards took place on 19 February and yes, we were there cheering on Jo and Sarah and the brands that won a much-coveted award. We love the BB awards because they are about real women, who test and then rate the products submitted. And because we collectively believe in keeping things real, you cannot ‘buy’ an award and the winners are a collection of products that make a discernible difference. Jo and Sarah reveal five of their best, but I will also reveal that Spacemasks won a Gold Award too.  And in the middle of the room, Harriet and I did a happy dance together. Thankfully it wasn’t filmed.
The Beauty Bible Awards: Five Of The Best by Beauty Bible

The Power Of The Pause

Two years ago, my life took an almighty pause, writes Sue Peart. All the more almighty for being totally out of the blue. One minute I was hurling myself at life hell for leather, leaping out of bed before dawn and crawling back late at night. In the working hours in between, I would resemble the main character in a particularly frenetic kind of video game, ricocheting from task to task, dodging obstacles, clearing hurdles, avoiding explosions and spinning twenty plates (or was it 25?) while tap dancing on the desk. I loved every damned second of it. The next minute, it all stopped.
The Power Of The Pause by Sue Peart

Blowing Hot and Cold

‘On the off-chance that anyone fancies a cold dip and hot sauna after, bring towel and swimmers’ emailed my yoga instructor, two days before Christmas. With cabin fever already beckoning, I dug out my least awful swimsuit without giving the cold/hot message too much thought. Until I arrived at the local unheated lido to see that the water temperature was six degrees. Exactly how cold is six degrees Celsius? Jackie Annesley finds out.
Blowing Hot and Cold by Jackie Annesley

Lip Fillers In A Tube?

There aren’t many specific products I MUST have in my washbag at all times. Except one, and it’s a bizarre item to get so het up over on the few occasions it’s missing. It’s an antioxidant ‘lip complex’ by Skinceuticals and I’ve taken to using it as an anti-ageing lip cream overnight (which is technically incorrect, as antioxidants are primarily supposed to shield you from the day’s environment attacks). Inge van Lotringen talks all things lips.
Lip Fillers In A Tube by Ingeborg van Lotringen

An Apple (Or Rotten Tomato) For The Teacher

There is a Japanese proverb that goes: ‘Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher.’ I don’t think that I ever notched up 1,000 days of diligent study – but unfortunately, the greatest teachers in my life came long after the school bell had tolled its last; people like the spiritual guru Ram Dass (who taught me to meditate), Anita Roddick, my friend and mentor (who taught me about bringing your sense of humour to work, because you’re really going to need it) and even my husband, come to that, who taught me to keep the faith at all times. (Not religious faith. Just ‘the faith’, trusting to the universe.)
An Apple (Or Rotten Tomato) For The Teacher by Jo Fairley

Ditch The Guilt

During the same weekend that I grit my teeth when the Duchess of Cambridge spoke about mother’s guilt (I tried to imagine Prince William ‘fessing up to the same thing – no me neither), I read another article in The Observer by the goddess, Mariella Frostrup about tackling her insomnia.  I don’t suffer from insomnia, but have many friends who do and go to incredible lengths to try and ‘fix it’.  Carolyn Asome investigates.
Ditch The Guilt by Carolyn Asome

The End Bit

So much love for Indeora, the natural deodorant we launched on the February newsletter. As with all magnesium-based products, when you first use them you may experience some slight redness and a prickly feeling. This is completely normal and it usually indicates a magnesium deficiency, which most of us have. I’ve put Shabir’s article underneath this where he looks at magnesium deficiency. It doesn’t include the deodorant, but you get the gist.
VH Editorial: Magnesium – The Most Important Mineral We All OverlookIndeora Healthy Magnesium Deodorant £16.99 for 75 ml

Play it again. The Ingenious Beauty Ultimate Collagen+ Gift Box contains three bottlers of 90 capsules (RSP £128.97) and a free pack of 45 capsules with a value of £21.49. That means you save £25.47. Limited time offer.
VH Editorial: How To Take Collagen SupplementsIngenious Beauty Ultimate Collagen+ Gift Box £124.99

The resurgence. I put the Rainbow Volume S Brush on 60 Seconds recently and the love started all over again. I still think it’s one of the most brilliant brushes ever. It makes me laugh.
Rainbow Volume S Brush £12

And finally we come to the end of another newsletter, so together with Shabir and the entire VH team, I thank you for your love, kindness and loyalty. It is something that I never take for granted and neither do the people who are closest to me as we stand side by side on the platform you have given us. This was always the vision.

I hope each of you have a healthy and happy March.
This Aries girl is sending love.

Gill x

* If you would like further information about Women Supporting Women, please get in touch with Gemma Craggs on 020 7543 1299 or gemma.craggs@princes-trust.org.uk

Pressotherapy

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I love treatments.  Not all treatments, but a selected few. Rarely do they have anything to do with VH or the work that I do, but on a recent research (promise I was working) trip to Hong Kong (before Coronavirus), I was a virtual resident in the fabulous spa at The Four Seasons.  Shabir is convinced that I spent most of my life-savings on those treatments, but the thing is that I rarely have time for treatments when I’m here, so I become a demented treatment spa-being when travelling.

It is well-known amongst my friends that I’d far rather have an early evening treatment and retire to my room with room service.  I’m done with restaurant hopping.  I don’t need to be ‘seen’, in fact I’d rather not be seen.  I spend most of my life hiding behind the newsletter and sunglasses.  I like it that way.

Anyway, back to treatments and I have been seduced so many times by words describing treatments, which just don’t live up to promise.  I’ve done most things, non-invasive I need to add.  I’ve rested my body on amethyst crystals, I’ve been gonged out of my brain and have rolled in mud.  I have walked over hot coals, steamed to oblivion and on.  I am super-critical and I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve jumped off a treatment bed in the midst of a full-blown panic attack because the ‘energies’ are all wrong.

Of course there is a balance and for each disappointing, over-egged treatment, there are the fabulous ones.  A session with Anastasia Achilleos has such a deep far-reaching effect, I deliberately don’t drive when I see her because I’m too far ‘gone’ when I emerge.  When the amazing Ross Barr sticks a needle in my head and tells me it’s the ‘Heaven and Earth’ acupuncture point, I float and then send a series of emails begging for more.  Lest he should elevate me to the top of his impossible wait list. (This acknowledgement may further that cause – hello Ross – waving – blowing kisses – doing somersaults!).

It would be remiss of me not to write about Light Therapy because, as each of you know, I am such a strong believer.  It goes way past being just another beauty treatment; it is so much more, encompassing skin, health and wellbeing, which would explain the devotion I/we have to the Boost At-Home Treatment Mask, and now the stupendous Bib, the all-singing-all-dancing-at-home treatment that targets our necks and décolletage.

And then serendipity. I went to my hairdresser, Daniel at Hershesons. I couldn’t see out of my fringe.  Albeit that he has cut my hair since I was a teenager, I dance a dance of extraordinary happiness when I go to Berners Street, mostly because of all the treatments you can have there now.  This is where I had my first Light Salon treatment and the rest is history.

At this point, if I may, a call-out to Claire who does my colour, basically because she is amazing and madness descends upon us when we are together, but I diversify because I was talking about serendipity and as I walked into Hershesons, there they were.  Hannah Measures and Laura Ferguson, aka The Light Salon girls.  Serendipity indeed as it transpired.

I believe that everything in life is about journeys and relationships. If we take that back to the core, the whole ethos of The Light Salon is about the journey and in a sense we are only at the beginning.  The vision is such that having established themselves with their Facial Bar treatments, they are now establishing The Light Salon Skin, Health and Wellbeing rooms.  Such things sing to me.  As does Pressotherapy.

It went like this. Having discovered that Hannah and Laura both cite Pressotherapy as their favourite body treatment at the moment, the next thing I knew was that I had been scheduled for Pressotherapy that very afternoon, at which point I turned my phone off and went on the missing list.  Always a good thing.

So exactly what is Pressotherapy.  It is described as a treatment for the body and mind, allowing you to pause, repair and reset the body.  Keeping your clothes on, you are helped into the Pressotherapy trousers, which are yanked up over your stomach.  Creating waves of gentle (and not so gentle) compression, it helps ramp up the circulatory system, boosting blood circulation and helping to reduce fluid retention and puffiness.  That’s me.  Water retention and puffiness.

The Lymphatic System doesn’t have a pump, so it depends on muscle contraction and manual manipulation to move fluid, which is fine with me because my kind of exercise is letting somebody else do it for me.  That aside it also helps take down cortisol levels (the stress hormone).  Knowing that, I started to dream of the impossible – daily sessions.

Anyway, anyway, having wriggled into the Pressotherapy trousers, the switch was flicked on and pockets of compressed air tightly gripped my legs from the ankle and moved up and down my body.  The pressure is carefully measured and apparently it peaks at 80.  Does anybody get to 80, I asked.  Well yes, I was told by Sofia the therapist, one of my colleagues, but she’s the only one.  At this stage I was on 70.  Dial it up please (as my competitive gene kicked in), so she did, I managed three minutes at 73 and when I started hallucinating about morphing into the Michelin Man, we took it back down to 70.  The machine had defeated me and my gene.

So look, the thing is that the efficacy of the treatment doesn’t depend on higher pressure and there are apparently many settings for many different things.  ‘Fit In A Dress’ (aka fit in your jeans) is one of them.  Of course this isn’t going to happen after one treatment, but two treatments a week for three weeks should do it apparently.  And then there’s water retention, once a week would be good.

The bottom line here is that I really did feel different after the treatment.  I felt lighter and my puffy computer eyes had been banished somewhere in the process.  This treatment is clinically proven, but it gets even better because Pressotherapy is accompanied by a double dose of LED, body and face ending with a head, neck and shoulder massage.  Super brilliant when you’ve just had your hair done, but I didn’t care.  This is what I call wellbeing and I want more.

Weirdly, or otherwise, I told Shabir a few days before this happening that I wanted to write more and that I would write random articles outside of the newsletter and the addicts bulletin.  And now this, with love and gratitude to Hannah and Laura for allowing me to play with their treatments and, unknowingly, giving me fodder for the random.

In full transparency, the girls didn’t ask me to write this, I decided I wanted to write about it and so I have.  It follows my strong ethos of sharing fabulous things just because I can and there are no pound (or dollar) signs attached.  London-centric, yes for the moment, but there are plans for a UK nationwide roll-out in time.

The VH platform is for dancing on.  And so we dance.
With sunglasses on.

February Newsletter

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February. This is the newsletter where we launch several new products, all of which are making me smile rather a lot. I mean what do you do when your bestselling beauty product may be upstaged by a stunning new alternative; you will discover that below. We also launch new products from The Light Salon and Lixirskin, together with a fabulous new deodorant which ticks all the right boxes.

On the health front, with February being bleak, cold and dark (well it is in the UK), Shabir takes a look at SAD (seasonal affective disorder) and then there is another Trinny and Shabir moment (well maybe it’s about 30 minutes) where they throw the focus on upliftment and positivity. I give you all the news and feedback from the January newsletter and I also announce the death of a brand in the UK, which I still can’t believe.

Additionally there are a few (make that three) hard-hitting treats scattered here and there, mostly because I will always uphold brilliance in products and it is my way of sharing that brilliance with each of you. Let’s do it:

C-Deep Vitamin C Serum

As so many of you know, our bestselling beauty product is Vitamin C Serum 23% + Ferulic Acid. It has been hailed here, there and everywhere as being one of the best Vitamin C serums available and half the world seems to be using it. I’m not surprised because Vitamin C products are invariably at the top of the beauty charts as a ‘must-use’, but, as ever all Vitamin C products are not created equally.

It would be the easiest thing in the world to become complacent and most would say that we need our heads examined by releasing another Vitamin C serum, but research and development is key and it always has been. There are times when I write that we should all change over to the latest product, but I’m not doing that here, although I will tell you that I have moved on and now use C-Deep Vitamin C Serum.

C-Deep Vitamin C Serum penetrates the skin deeper than traditional Vitamin C serums. It does this by the inclusion of Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, a form of Vitamin C which has been modified to be soluble in oil or lipids. It enters the skin faster and deeper than any other form of Vitamin C and that’s rather monumental. Repeat. Monumental.

A word or two here about the science. Vitamin C derivatives need to be converted into L-ascorbic acid and this is what helps fade away age spots, enhances collagen production and fights free radicals. Studies indicate that Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate not only converts into L-ascorbic acid, but also behaves in exactly the same way, but with far quicker and better results. And that’s a result, in and of itself.

It goes without saying that this is another one of Shabir’s formulations and he chose to suspend Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate in Squalane, a light oil which is easily absorbed into the skin. Traditionally, L-ascorbic acid Vitamin C serums are water-soluble and are unable to penetrate the rich oil barrier that lies just above the deepest layer of our skin, the dermis. That all changes with C-Deep Vitamin C Serum because it is oil-based. Deep is deep.

Anyway, like most things health and beauty related, there is a veritable minefield of confusion over Vitamin C products. For sure there will always be conflicting views, but these are mostly for commercial reasons, which I choose to ignore quite honestly. Instead, I think it is far more important to demystify Vitamin C, which is what Shabir has done in his article, linked below, where you can read more about the limiting factors of Vitamin C, Vitamin C derivatives and, of course, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate.

Finally, we are recommending using one or two drops of C-Deep (one is enough for me) after cleansing and before any other serum, both in the morning and the evening. A radical change. Yes, I think so. All things bright and beautiful. Start using. Start singing.
VH Editorial: Is Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate The Best Vitamin C Serum?C-Deep Vitamin C Serum £18 for 30 ml; Vitamin C Serum 23% + Ferulic Acid £10 for 30 ml

The Boost Advanced LED Light Therapy Décolletage Bib

Look, before I write anything, can we please just agree to call this ‘The Bib’ rather than it’s full name otherwise I’ll by typing this section forever, and I don’t have forever. What I do have is extreme joy and happiness as, together with the Light Salon girls, Hannah Measures and Laura Ferguson, we launch the long-awaited Light Salon Bib.

It is almost, but not quite, a year since we launched the Boost At-Home LED Treatment Mask for the face and my goodness what a launch that was. We really didn’t know what to expect, but it all went a bit wild basically because of the extraordinary efficacy of light therapy and the fact that we could dose ourselves with LED light at home. And so we did.

And now The Bib. In short, it treats the neck and chest. Necks, girls (and boys), necks. Yep. Those ‘I Feel Bad About My Neck’ moments, immortalised by the late great Nora Ephron, could be over. Cue Roy Orbison. It’s OVER. And sing. More singing. This is the singing newsletter. Perhaps.

Anyway, back to it and back is the optimum word here because you can also use The Bib on your back, helping to reduce the appearance of pigmentation or scarring caused from the likes of sun exposure or back acne and on a deeper level it will also help heal aches and pains. So let’s take a look at all of this.

A powerful results-driven treatment, The Bib is designed to target and treat specific areas of the body in just ten minutes by combining Red 633nm and Near-Infrared 830nm. The Red light works by helping to stimulate collagen, targeting superficial inflammation, which will encourage healing, calming, redness and will also help even skin tone.

The Near-Infrared light promotes tissue regeneration and healing, helping to relieve stress. It also helps to improve bone density and soothe and support muscle aches and pains.

As you would expect, I have been testing The Bib for several months. Obviously it’s been on my neck and chest, I’ve wrapped it round my thighs (secretly I think it may help with cellulite issues), I’ve reversed it when I have neck and shoulder pain, its been on my lower back and on my hands and feet.

I have no problem with growing up (aka getting older!), but as I have often said, I will not go under the knife or have injections, but that is of course a personal choice. That said, what I do know is that that I will not have a scraggy neck or ‘old’ hands either. So a tip for the hands. Drench them in Hyaluronic Acid Serum and blast them under The Bib for ten or twenty minutes. I do twenty because I’m obsessed.

My newish look is walking around with both masks on, The Treatment Mask and The Bib. For the sake of others, I recommend not opening your front door, lest it could induce heart failure and perhaps it’s best to lock yourself up somewhere. But love them I do. I am such a strong believer in the benefits of light therapy and have been for the longest time.

Finally, when you order The Bib, you will automatically receive a pack of three Hydrogel Décolletage Masks (value £42). There is a mask included with The Bib, but this is an ongoing gift with purchase, basically because Hannah, Laura and I believe you will adore them. Fast tracking excellence. And before you ask, yes, you can slap them on your thighs. Anything goes. It always does.
The Boost Advanced LED Light Therapy Décolletage Bib £445 (GWP: Hydrogel Décolletage Masks worth £42); Boost At-Home LED Treatment Mask £395; Hyaluronic Acid Serum by Garden of Wisdom for VH £9 for 30 ml

Night Switch Essential Lipids by Lixirskin

On with the new, but a few words from me first. As so many of you know, when we launched Lixirskin, for and on behalf of Dr Colette Haydon, the whole ethos of the brand was simplicity, which was way ahead of the current ‘simplicity’ zeitgeist.

When you make a stand for simplicity, the brand has to conform to its launch promise. In so doing Lixirskin was never going to be a brand that created new products just for the sake of it. I am not sure how many hours Colette and I have spent talking about this, but what we both know is that if Lixirskin was going to launch a new product, it had to be incredibly special and worthy of sitting alongside the original line-up. Night Switch Essential Lipids is that product. Colette, the stage is yours:

‘Today nobody should suffer from dry and dehydrated skin. Dry skin is described as a skin type lacking lipids and dehydrated skin as a skin concern when it lacks water, courtesy of sensitivity, irritation, stress, travelling, seasonal or hormonal changes. Do not waste time trying to diagnose whether you have one or the other. The reality is that a lack of lipids reduces the ability of the skin to retain water so it becomes dehydrated. The result for the skin is the same and what helps both is the right blend of lipids.

They both deserve more than a classic face oil. We use pure lipidic molecules obtained from enzymatic technology to fractionate the plant oils; they are immediately bio-available and quickly absorbed’.

My turn! This ultra-rich lipid blend of ceramides, essential fatty acids, phospholipids and glycerides helps repair and soothe very dry and dehydrated skin. They replenish the lipids of the cell membrane to help build a strong epidermal wall to help restore compactness and retain water.

As with the three other Night Switch products, Essential Lipids has been formulated to use with Universal Emulsion, although you can of course use it as a stand-alone or with your existing moisturiser. All you do is mix one to three pumps with your chosen moisturiser and apply to your face, eye contour, neck and décolletage (the theme continues). Colette recommends using at night for three weeks, switch over to another Night Switch, then start again with Essential Lipids whenever your skin feels dry and dehydrated. Voila.
Night Switch Essential Lipids £24 for 15 ml; Universal Emulsion £29 for 50 ml; Universal Emulsion £45 for 100 ml

Three launches in, let’s do a treat:

The Hyaluronic Acid Capsules High Strength Treat

I know this is one of your favourite treats, although it could be superseded by two other treats further down the newsletter, who knows, but what I do know is that this treat is for a limited time only and it will end tomorrow, Wednesday 29 January 2020 at midnight GMT.

If you read these newsletters often, you will know the drill. When you buy Hyaluronic Acid Capsules High Strength, we will automatically throw in the travel size HA capsules. So that’s 15 capsules, worth £17.50. This will not show up on your invoice. Go! ** Sorry, this promotion has now ended **
VH Editorial: Hyaluronic Acid: The Anti-Ageing Nutrient; Hyaluronic Acid Capsules High Strength £35 for 30 Capsules

It’s The Year of the Broccoli Shot

‘Here we are’, writes Hannah Betts in The Times, ‘only just past the ides of January, and already 2020 wellness trends are mounting up. Forget matcha, kombucha and kimchi, this year it’s going to be all about cauliflower flour, scoffing insects and ‘blended burgers’ comprising beef and pea protein. What! I cry, for I am already engaged in the year’s most edgy nutritional vogue: broc shotting – as in broccoli shots, a movement all the rage among the super-fit down under’.

If you missed last month’s newsletter, you can get the lowdown on broc shotting here, but essentially it’s all about the super-molecule, Sulforaphane and its profound health benefits, which was acknowledged by so many of you within moments of the newsletter being released.

I don’t believe in overloading you with supplements, but there are times when I will urge you to look at the supplements you take and try and include this. If you have to drop a couple of supplements, sobeit, all I really care about is that the products you use make that difference and Broc On, over time, certainly will.

For transparency I am taking it alongside Fulvic Acid Elixir because I will never, ever give that up. I believe that broccoli sprout shots are the zeitgeist in the most efficacious way. And back to Hannah, I killed myself laughing when she was describing the taste. You kind of get used to it and I tell myself it’s cold broccoli soup; mind over matter perhaps. But never mind that, all that remains is for me to thank Hannah as we continue our tribal pursuit of ‘twentysomething luminescence’ and optimum health. Together.
Down The Hatch: It’s The Year of the Broccoli Shot by Hannah Betts; VH Editorial: The Incredible Benefits of Broccoli Sprouts; Broc-On £75 for 30 Shots

Indeora – Healthy Magnesium Deodorant

I’m dead fussy about deodorants and I’m truly not that taken with most of the ‘natural’ deodorants available. They just don’t do it for me, but I always knew that when I found one that did, I would do a happy song and dance about it. I’m doing that happy song and dance right now, so please allow me to introduce you to Indeora.

The co-founder of Indeora is Eimear Tully and after hearing stories of women being diagnosed with breast cancer, it made her question the components of everyday antiperspirants and their effect on her wellbeing. Together with her partner, Dr Pranshul Chauhan, Eimear’s search led her to discover that many natural alternatives use baking soda as their bases, which were either ineffective or irritants to her skin.

They both knew the risks of antiperspirant ingredients, especially inorganic aluminium along with propellants and other highly toxic chemicals. After some serious research, they discovered the benefits of oceanic sourced magnesium as a base for their healthy natural deodorant and Indeora was born.

Magnesium, as most your know, is an outstanding mineral, responsible for hundreds of functions in our bodies and it is Indeora’s unique magnesium formulation which helps keep you odour free for up to 24 hours. We put it through its paces when testing and it delivers on promise. It is scented with natural coconut and vanilla oils, it delivers up to 400 sprays, which should last for approximately three months and it’s brilliant. Truly brilliant actually. And that’s a spritz and a comfort-wrap.
Indeora Healthy Magnesium Deodorant £16.99 (Vegan and Cruelty Free)

Surviving February

We are going in three different directions here. February can be a difficult month, depending upon where you are in the world, but it is well recognised that daylight is short and the days are notoriously grey, dark and cold. February is considered so bleak that scientists have actually labelled a syndrome called the ‘February Slump’. And then there is SAD (seasonal affective disorder). The first direction:

Trinny and Shabir:

This video went out live at 7 pm on Monday 20 January to coincide with what was termed as the most depressing day of the year, known as ‘Blue Monday’. I know I have just sent this out on the Weekend Read, but I’m doing it again because it’s important and because I can.

The response, as you can imagine, was incredible and on a personal note I would like to thank Trinny for so many things, but mostly for giving Shabir his own channel on her website, trinnylondon.com. Go to her T-Time Blog and you will discover a library of videos they have done together under the health category.

Two more things. Trinny has a shiny new studio, so gone are the days when I sat in her bath swinging my legs watching them both. The second thing is that we called the video ‘Beat The Blues’ in honour of Beat the Blues Room Spray which we all adore. So what happened. It completely sold out before the video had even finished, but it’s back in stock now. Until the moment it isn’t. Again.
Trinny and Shabir: Beat the Blues VideoBeat The Blues Room Spray by Ilapothecary £29 for 50 ml

The second direction:

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD):

Seasonal Affective Disorder, also referred to as SAD, is a condition that affects over half a million people in the UK. This condition impacts upon the mental wellbeing of people during the winter months, particularly during January and February.

Sufferers of SAD often experience low mood, varied degrees of depression, loss of energy, sleep problems, irritability, increased appetite and on. The defining characteristics of SAD are that the symptoms return annually and go away during other seasons. SAD can affect any age and gender, although it is more common in females (I mean ……). Anyway, he is only a man and he doesn’t get SAD, but nevertheless Shabir investigates SAD.
VH Editorial: What Is Seasonal Affective Disorder?Magnolia Rhodiola Complex £28 for 60 Capsules

The third direction:

Shabir decided he wanted to go all kinds of lifestyle and so he sat down and wrote ‘Surviving February’ and I wrote the final sentence, which basically states that we should all be thankful that February is the shortest month of the year. Not wanting to wish my life away, soon it will be March!
VH Editorial: Surviving February

At this point I’m wondering whether you will all survive until the end of this newsletter. Let’s do another treat to help you along the way:

The Holy Grail Regimen

Take three products – Neurophroline, Super Bakuchiol Serum and Fulvic Face Cream. Use them in that order every morning and every evening. Smile at your skin and then smile again as I declare them as (with a caveat below) my ‘holy grail regimen’. For three days only, ending on Thursday 30 January at midnight GMT, I am waving my magic wand across the price and taking it down to £40 from £63, saving you £23.

The caveat: I do use other skin products because mostly I am in testing mode, thus I have introduced C-Deep, as above, which comes before any of these, but essentially my holy grail will remain just that until I tell you otherwise. Amen to that. And Fulvic Face Cream. ** Sorry this promotion has now ended **
The Holy Grail Regimen £40 (Neurophroline Serum £18 for 30 ml; Super Bakuchiol Serum £15 for 30 ml; Fulvic Face Cream £30 for 60 ml)

The Death of a Brand

It’s Kneipp and I just don’t understand this. The brand is not dying as such, but it will no longer be available in the UK, so it may as well be dead. I have loved Kneipp forever. Their bath oils are basically amongst the only oils I can use because my skin is so sensitive, but it tolerates Kneipp.

I have no words, except to say I am bereft at this loss and I know so many of you will be too. All that remains is to tell you that our stock levels are pretty low, so get it whilst you can before I ring-fence it all and bring it home with me. I’m not beyond doing that. Another eye-rolling moment from Shabir when he reads this. (And when he got there, the cupboard was bare).
Kneipp

The Resurrection of a Product

Just to say that Vitamin D3 5000iu was discontinued about two years ago by Life Extension. I’m not sure what happened, but it has been resurrected. It was always really popular, so I suppose it is back by demand. Such things should happen to quite a few other products floating in product heaven. I’m still mourning the loss of Dior Svelte from half a lifetime ago, which has nothing whatsoever to do with D3, but who cares really.
Vitamin D3 5000iu by Life Extension £10 for 60 Softgels

Postcards from Midlife

If you are a Sunday Times reader, which so many of you are, you may be aware of a new podcast series, Postcards from Midlife, which features Lorraine Candy (editor of Style) and Trish Halpin. Regardless, I am here to tell you that both have been editing glossy magazines for more than two decades so they know a thing or two about ‘the great midlife’, sharing their journeys, from the menopause to reinvention, and several things in between.

Basically, and as I so often write, there is so much misinformation and misunderstanding about so many aspects of life, which encompasses our health and wellbeing. Lorraine and Trish just want women to tell their stories and be encouraged to find help if they need it. Building a community of supportive women and being able to share the correct information is paramount, which is why I am writing about this. Together we have to stand in our truth and in our understanding so we may share with each other. It’s a simple concept, but then the best things in life always are.

To bring you up to speed, there have been three podcasts so far, all of which you can listen to on the link below. Last Sunday’s podcast was all about busting the ‘have it all’ myth where Lorraine and Trish discuss the realities of building a successful career or business while bringing up a family. They talk to Danusia Malina-Derben, a straight-talking entrepreneur and mother of ten (yes, ten) children. My God.

Anyway, in each episode Lorraine and Trish talk about the things that have changed their life and in the second episode Lorraine announced that VH had changed her life and it was all because of Nigella. I was listening to it on my headphones and they fell off my head, so I had to go back and listen to it again. It was in that moment that I also heard her compare Nigella to Madonna (single name recognition) and then the glorious moment when she announced that the Fulvic haircare range was giving her thicker hair. Heaven (and Nigella) sent me another angel. Please join in. Thank you.
Postcards from Midlife

News and Feedback

Right, let’s do some of the feedback from the January newsletter:

Altitude Bath Soak:  I wrote about this Limited Edition Bath Soak on the newsletter.  I said it was a very, very limited edition.  I blinked and they had all gone.  So I called Annee (the divine Annee de Mamiel) and asked if she would create another batch for us.  And so she has, but this is the very last batch and it won’t return, unless some kind of miracle happens, which is doubtful.  If you have been on the wait list, forgive me, but the bath soak is hand-blended and these things take time. That said, I’m over the moon that more of you can experience this bathing experience.
Altitude Bath Soak by de Mamiel £42 for 400 grams

Pro Pore Refiner:  Perhaps it was the thought of Sarah Chapman’s Pro Pore Refiner ‘suctioning’ grime from our skin, but whatever, we sold out before we received the first delivery.  We then sold out of our second delivery and the third delivery has just arrived.  At times like this I wish I had a crystal ball, but I don’t, so all I will say here is that we all seem to be on the same page about the importance of ‘hoovering’ our skin at home.  Thrilling. Even more thrilling is that with every Sarah Chapman order placed, we will automatically gift you with a sample of Ultimate Cleanse (30 ml) which is worth £14.40, whilst stocks last. Only one gift per customer. ** Sorry, this promotion has now ended **
Pro Pore Refiner by Sarah Chapman £128; Sarah Chapman

Within 24 hours of the newsletter being released, we created an Apple Cider Vinegar Gummies famine.  Yes, we wiped all available stock from the manufacturer and another wait list was born. We are now back in stock, but honestly who knew that so many of you would get so hooked on these gummies. Shabir said he knew, but I didn’t listen to him. Sure babe. Make it all my fault.
VH Editorial: The Health and Beauty Benefits of Apple Cider VinegarApple Cider Vinegar Gummies by Goli Nutrition £15 for 60 Gummies

At the top of this newsletter, I promised you three hard-hitting treats. Here’s the third:

The Fulvic Hair Trio

I am forever celebrating the massive success of the Ful.Vic.Health range and the more we sell, the more we can share. You see the thing is that I’m not answerable to anybody because it’s our own brand, which has now reached legendary status. It is of course the combination of Ionicell, Fulvic Acid Elixir and the haircare range that work synergistically towards optimum scalp and hair health.

Formulated to address hair loss and thinning hair, Fulvic is brilliant for that over time, but in the short-term you will notice a difference in the strength and condition of your hair. Eight years of using Fulvic and I honestly doubt I will ever use anything else because of the vast difference it has made.

So here it is. The Fulvic Hair Trio line-up is Fulvic Acid Shampoo, Fulvic Acid Conditioner and Fulvic Acid Mist. A word or two about the mist. You can spray this directly onto your scalp to help supercharge the shampoo and conditioner. But more than that, you can spray it onto your skin and you can also spray it onto your nails. Use it in conjunction with the Fulvic Acid Nail Cream and a nail resurrection may well take place.

This is, once again, a limited time offer, but we will run this until midnight GMT Friday 31 January 2020. One last detail, the all important one, which is the price. It’s £50 instead of £75, so that’s a £25 saving and I just pray that stocks last until Friday. I’ll emigrate if we run out. Somewhere warm would be good.
** Sorry, this promotion has now ended **
The Fulvic Hair Trio £50 (Limited Time Offer); Fulvic Acid Elixir £30 for 480 ml; Fulvic Acid Nail Cream £12 for 30 ml; Ionicell £20 for 60 Vegicaps 

The Case For Toners

Maligned, abused and mis-used, toners are among the least understood items in the skincare aisle, but Ingeborg van Lotringen thinks it’s time to give them another chance. Ask the average person what their idea of a skincare regime is and they will say ‘cleanse, tone and moisturise’. We just think that maybe we should because the phrase has been hammered into our brains for generations.

With that, please allow me to introduce you to Ingeborg van Lotringen. Inge was the director of beauty at Cosmopolitan, until the day she wasn’t and so please open your arms and your hearts and welcome her into the VH family. Bringing a wealth of knowledge, Inge begins her exploration of beauty news and myths, starting right here with the case for toners. Lovely Inge, thank you.
The Case For Toners by Ingeborg van Lotringen

Post-Nasal Drip

Post-Nasal Drip is a huge concern for so many and is associated with the excessive production of mucus by the nasal mucosa, which can accumulate at the back of the throat, or in the nasal cavity, causing difficulties in breathing and other associated concerns. We know that the big culprits of Post-Nasal Drip tend to be acid producing foods, dairy products, tomatoes and potatoes. Discover Shabir’s Post-Nasal Drip Regimen. Basically, it works.
VH Editorial: The Post-Nasal Drip RegimenMarshmallow Capsules £4.70 for 30 Capsules; Plantago Tincture £10.50 for 50 ml; Ivy Thyme Complex £10.50 for 50 ml

VH Editorial

I’ve already written about a few articles, so here are the rest:

The Happiness Factor

Happiness, it has long been believed, follows a U-shaped curve, writes Carolyn Asome. You start off with high hopes and big dreams (smashing the proverbial glass ceiling, marrying Brad Pitt, owning a wardrobe full of Prada), but in your 20s, 30s and early 40s, things get steadily worse as the demands of work and family take their toll. Follow the U-shaped curve with Carolyn as she explores the route to happiness.
The Happiness Factor by Carolyn Asome

Why You Should Always Make Time For Tea

Forget therapy, says Becci Vallis, think thera-tea.  It might be very British to offer a friend a cup of tea when they’re feeling down, stressed or upset, but it goes beyond our colloquial habits.  A poll by TAP (Tea Advisory Panel) found that 32% of people believe having a cuppa made them feel less stressed or anxious while recent studies reported a 37% reduced risk of depression when three cups of tea a day were consumed.  In fact in the Netherlands dietary guidelines include three cups of tea per day as part of their recommendations for a healthy lifestyle.
Why You Should Always Make Time for Tea by Becci Vallis 

What Is Milia and How Can You Treat It

If you’ve ever examined your skin up close in the bathroom mirror and spotted small white bumps, dotted under your eyes or across your cheeks, that won’t pop despite your many attempts, you may have milia. Often mistaken for whiteheads, the bumps are mostly undetectable and can cause little issue day-to-day. Louise Whitbread investigates.
What Is Milia and How Can You Treat It by Louise Whitbread

Time For Some (Offtime)

When was the last time you concentrated on something – really, deeply, fully concentrated, without feeling the magnetic pull of your phone to check anything from your Instagram likes to the weather for your walk home? Hmmm. Thought so, says Jo Fairley. We live in an age of scattered attention, when it sometimes feels like we’ve lost the ability to focus on anything for more than five minutes at a time. Discover ‘offtime’ an app that is making Jo very happy.
Time For Some (Offtime) by Jo Fairley

Make Up For Grown Ups

It used to be so easy, state the Beauty Bible girls. Slap on any old rainbow colours, all the shimmer you like, get away without wearing any foundation because your skin’s naturally lovely (barring the odd blemish). Result: gorgeous. Of course, it still pretty much is that easy if you’re under about thirty. Then definitely by thirty-five, it all starts to change. The ’canvas’ isn’t so smooth, and gravity kicks in (especially on eyelids). Telling it as it is (as ever), do take time to read the tips from the Beauty Bible girls who know a thing or two about make up.
Make Up For Grown Ups by Beauty Bible

Four More Things

Magic Skin

This brilliant skin repair gel is aloe based and is based on the profound healing ability of Myrhh. It was formulated to be a strong anti-inflammatory topical treatment with antimicrobial and antifungal properties. It certainly lives up to its name and the inclusion of helicyrsum essential oil helps target bruising, old scars and other skin issues. In addition, it can also be used as an acne treatment.

If you haven’t tried Magic Skin, I am here to tell you that with every Magic Skin sold, we will gift you Treasure Oil (30 ml), which is worth £19. Treasure Oil is in fact Moroccan Argan Oil, which is often referred to as ‘liquid gold’ for its amazing benefits for our skin and hair. It is of the highest quality, so I’m sure this gift won’t last that long. I’m not putting a time limit on this, but once it’s gone, it’s gone. ** Sorry, this promotion has now ended **
Magic Skin £25.60 for 35 ml (GWP: Treasure Oil £19 for 30 ml)

Ingenious Active

Please allow me to introduce a new supplement from Ingenious, Ingenious Active. The third product in their range, Ingenious Active is a ground-breaking collagen supplement to help support active lifestyles, as well as being beneficial for the skin. It has been specifically formulated to help people reach peak levels of physical fitness and endurance, in or out of the gym. Collagen is joined by Hyaluronic Acid, Astaxanthin and Astrion.

A word about Astrion. A new, patented formula, Astrion has been shown to increase collagen synthesis in connective tissue, particularly muscles and tendons. That will do. Thanks Ingenious.
Ingenious Active £79.99 for 100 Capsules

Chapter One

I wrote about this new range of gummies for children on the last newsletter. They are from America and they are designed to help ease children into taking vitamins. They taste delicious and they are fun. They are also vegan and certified kosher and I am here to tell you that the two bestsellers are the Multi Gummies and the Omega 3 Gummies. Not really surprised at that.
Chapter One

Finally, do check out the Brow Pinching Treatment at Blink Brow Bar. It’s amazing and I would have this 10-15 minute treatment every day of my life if I could. I go to Blink in Fenwick at Brent Cross. They do my brows and I love their Ultimate Arch Definer so much that I listed it on our site. I use Medium Indian Chocolate in case anybody is interested. Probably not!
Eyebrow Kit by Blink Brow Bar £50 (Three Shades)

And so we come to the end of another rather long newsletter. I promise you I don’t know how it happens, but never mind that, it is what it is and together with Shabir, Lara and the entire VH Team, I would like to thank you for your ongoing love, support and loyalty.

I wish you all a healthy and happy February.
May whatever light there is, shine over us and upon us.

With love

Gill x