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India Knight On Why Everyone Needs A Vitamin D Supplement


With our exposure to natural light restricted by lockdown, it’s time to embrace sunshine in a bottle.


  • Will I ever go back to writing about normal products, or are we about two weeks away from my advising you to rub your face all over with half a potato, on the basis that the starch therein might keep your face a tiny bit taut as the Botox wears off? (I have made this up. Please don’t rub your face with halved potatoes.)

    At the moment, when I’m thinking of things to write about for this page, I’m constantly reminded of the homemade beauty products that were such a staple of teenage magazines in my youth — egg yolks on your hair and mashed avocado face masks. You could make a perfectly nice lunch out of eggs and avocados, so that’s out. Then there were the body scrubs made out of sugar, but again, I’d rather make a cake. I do think this is a good time for time-consuming and grossly unphotogenic beauty projects, like depilation or using the kind of hardcore actives that make you look worse before you look better. I’ll do those soon.

    But this week is vitamin D, and actually it is really important. We get most of our vitamin D from direct exposure of our skin to sunlight. You can see where I’m going with this: since we are no longer free to roam aimlessly or to sunbathe in parks, we are all at risk of sunshine deficit, unless perhaps we are nudists with large gardens. (I do wonder quite a lot about whether the lockdown is making more nudists. I bet it is.) If you live in a flat or in a room without regular and lengthy access to a private outdoor space, you’re screwed.

    Hence: vitamin D supplements. I take these all year round anyway, despite being outside a lot, because if you have brown or black skin your skin contains more melanin, which makes it less able to absorb sunlight and therefore vitamin D. This is doubly problematic if you have brown skin and are the opposite of a nudist — if you cover yourself up a lot for reasons of religion or modesty. Take supplements, for heaven’s sake. Ditto if you, or anyone you know, is in a care home with limited access to the outside world.

    At this time, though, this admonition applies to everyone, unless you exist on a diet of red meat, egg yolks, oily fish and liver (mmm, kissy kissy). You should look on the NHS website regarding all details and dosage, and you should know that vitamin D deficiency is a serious thing. At one extreme, as a child it puts you at risk of rickets and bone deformities, and at the other of developing soft or brittle bones as an adult. Some sources, including WebMD, say a deficiency also heightens the risk of cardiovascular disease, cognitive impairment in older people and even cancer. More generally, it also puts you at risk of fatigue, muscle weakness and depression, which frankly is all any of us needs more of right now.

    So take a supplement, and I repeat, inform yourself about correct dosage before you start slugging it down. My own preference is for Solgar Vitamin D3 capsules (£15.99;), but some swear by taking it in liquid form, such as via a squirt of BetterYou DLux3000 Vitamin D Oral Spray (£7.95;).

Click To Buy – Health And Wellness


Best For Health And Wellness – Elle Sixmith and Olivia Peel


    • Garden Of Wisdom C-Deep Vitamin C Serum

      A go-to for your wellness needs, Victoria Health was one of the first e-tailers to launch 20 years ago. You’ll find health heroes like Symprove and de Mamiel alongside soon-to-be cult products; VH has scouted many brands before they hit the big time, including Ameliorate and Lanolips. The editorial section offers bit-sized wisdom and straightforward science from co-founder and in-house pharmacist Shabir Daya on topics such as getting to grips with supplements. Also, don’t miss his live videos with beauty and style guru Trinny Woodhall, covering everything from troublesome health concerns to how to love holistically.

      What do shoppers buy on repeat? Victoria Health Hyaluronic Acid Capsules High Strength, £35; VH Mega Probiotic ND, £19.50; and VH Sage Complex, £25, are firm favourites. And don’t miss the Garden of Wisdom skincare line, which Shabir helped formulate and is exclusive to the site. It’s been dubbed a more natural take on The Ordinary for its complexion transforming powers and no-nonsense approach to skincare. Its latest launch is C-Deep Vitamin C Serum, £18, to protect the skin against harmful free radicals.

      Celebrity chef Nigella Lawson is a huge fan of Garden of Wisdom 100% Pure Prickly Pear Seed Oil, £20 – she raved about it last year and sparked a waiting list.

November Newsletter


Welcome to the November newsletter where we introduce you to Biocol Labs (head-over-heels excited) and new product releases from Ameliorate and BioBelle (of ‘I Woke Up Like This’ fame). We do the feedback on LixirSkin, which I will tell you right now is completely sensational and I also report on the Beauty Bible Awards, where one brand absolutely swept the board with 14 awards (FOURTEEN!). There is a Podium moment too, but first Biocol and I honestly can’t remember the last time I led a newsletter with health, but I am now, so let’s do it:

Biocol Labs

Even with the launch of many award-winning skincare and beauty products, we are still predominantly health-driven; it is at the very core of what and who we are and of course in turn it translates into skincare products, but I’ll touch on that later. In the very early days of VH I had a dream. I couldn’t understand why the packaging of health products was so dire and I was the one who was going to change all of that. I felt passionately about it, but I grew up rapidly. Of course it is totally irrelevant what the packaging is all about; if the efficacy and therapeutic dosages are questionable then what on earth is the point of being cute. And then (15 years after the event) Biocol landed on my desk and my heart nearly stopped beating. Read More…



Originally a stand-alone brand launched under the DECIEM umbrella in 2013, Inhibitif has, of this very moment, become part of The Chemistry Brand. The brand is focused on reducing the apparent quality, thickness, density and speed of unwanted hair regrowth so as to minimize the need for frequent hair removal and to minimize the recurrence of ingrown hairs.

The brand’s joining The Chemistry Brand family coincides with its third generation of technology advancement, which combines improved efficacy and unprecedented speed to achieve visible results. We could have launched the first generation of Inhibitif, we didn’t. The second generation came along and I still wouldn’t list it because there were several things I was not happy about, so I told Brandon that the rest of the world could do it because I wouldn’t. And in that moment, the third generation was created.

As most of you know, if I’m going to write about products they have to be ‘best in class’, they have to do what they say they will do and after extensive research, development and testing, which has taken some time, we are now globally launching that third generation of Inhibitif and these products really do change everything in the hair removal category, in a rather pioneering way.

That said, I am going to give a brief overview of the brand and the products to date to give a deeper understanding of my comments above: Read More…