The £35 jade stone that gives your face a new lease of life, by Lisa Armstrong
Just before Christmas, I found myself sitting at a stranger’s dining table with a jade implement in my hand which I couldn’t stop massaging into my face. There must be something instinctive that makes humans want to press jade against their skin – perhaps it’s the smoothness. Or the cooling properties, which reduce swelling so effectively. Or how it becomes warm, which feels good too – not least because that warmth is heat that it’s drawing out of your body. Read More…
Chinese Medicine might have been around for thousands of years, but few of us truly understand or appreciate the many health and wellbeing benefits it can bring. Enter Katie Brindle, an expert in the field with over 16 years experience. After a car accident put a stop to her dream of becoming an opera singer, Katie embraced Yang Sheung (the Chinese approach to self-care) to help overcome the complications around fertility, weight, stress, depression and fatigue that followed. To help others embrace the healing powers of Yang Sheng, Katie developed Hayo’u, a game-changing brand that is focused around one-minute rituals and a clever jade beauty tool. As Hayo’u launches on VH, we asked Katie a few questions about her approach…
Healing is one of those words that either piques your interest or instantly turns you off. Over the past few years, more of us have become more attuned to the idea that there is more than scientifically proven remedies to help boost our overall wellbeing. Cupping and Reiki have become commonplace and we all know someone who bathes their crystals outside under a full moon.
One woman who has been championing the benefits of healing for years is Denise Leicester. For fans of Ila Spa, Denise needs no introduction, but those who haven’t heard of her before have come along at just the right time as her latest brand, ilapothecary is focused solely on helping you to de-stress and relax – whether you’re into healing or not.
When it comes to investing in our skin most of us splash the cash from the next up. Over the past couple of years, the body care category has seen a noticeable spike in popularity though. Last September, the NPD Group revealed that annual sales had hit $275.8 million in the US. Experts are pinpointing our growing interest in wellness and exercise as the reason behind this rise.
Gone are the days when a body oil or lotion would claim to simply nourish your skin, now they promise to take away your stresses before you drift off into a peaceful slumber or they’ll recharge your energy levels for the day ahead. Denise Leicester’s latest brand, ilapothecary goes one step further and aims to rebalance you on a physical and spiritual level with an expert blend of herbs, aromatherapy and gemstones.
For years, we’ve been told that walking 10,000 steps every day is the fitness benchmark. In fact, the idea dates back to the Tokyo Olympics in 1964. Yet, a new study questioned this archaic piece of advice and proved it wrong.
Medical journalist, Michael Mosley joined forces with professor Rob Copeland from Sheffield Hallam University to compare the fitness benefits of walking 10k every day to the Active 10. The latter is a newer approach that follows the quality not quantity ethos and recommends that we take a brisk ten minute walk, ideally three times a day rather than a specific amount of steps.
Pollution levels have been hitting the headlines recently. Over the past few years, certain areas of London have usually surpassed the legal limit for gas emissions within the first couple of weeks of a new year. In 2017, the capital breached EU limits at nearly 50 sites with Brixton Road in Lambeth reaching 94 micrograms of nitrogen dioxide per cubic metre of air (the maximum is 40ug/m3). While most of us are aware of the harmful impact excessive pollution has on our health, especially our lungs, experts are still exploring the ways it impacts our skin.
With a handful of studies highlighting that pollution can damage our skin and exacerbate the ageing process, it’s no surprise that a new genre of anti-pollution skincare has developed, and it’s proving popular. So much so, between January and June last year sales of anti-pollution products grew by 30 percent and the category was valued at £3.1 million, according to NPD.