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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

      WHY WE LOVE IT:
      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.

      LOOK OUT FOR:
      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.

      INSIDE INFO:
      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.

Oxidative Stress & Vitamin C Serum

 

How to prevent oxidative stress from ageing your skin – By Camilla Hooper

 

  • If you’re up to date on your skincare knowledge, you may have heard of the term ‘oxidative stress’ especially in the past year. A result of ‘free-radical damage’ oxidative stress is caused by our environment – whether that is self-induced lifestyle factors or external aggressors such as pollution and UV – and it is now thought to be one of the biggest causes of premature ageing. So what causes oxidative stress and how can you prevent it from ruining your skin?

    What is oxidative stress?

    “To put it simply, oxidative stress occurs when there is an imbalance between free-radicals and antioxidants in your body,” explains in-house pharmacist at Victoria Health, Shabir Daya. “Free-radicals are essentially by-products of a metabolic process in our body carried out by our cells. These by-products – or molecules – can cause damage by bonding themselves to healthy cells that the body needs and breaking them down,” he adds. Read More…

Broc On

 

Down The Hatch: It’s The Year Of The Broccoli Shot – By Hannah Betts

 

  • Here we are, 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. “Whatever!” 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.

    The Broc On shot has been brought to the UK by Victoria Health, its founders having discovered the habit in Hong Kong and having instantly felt the benefit. One of them, Gill Sinclair, says: “This is huge, this is powerful, the research and development is awesome. I hereby declare this to be the year of the broccoli shot. The key ingredient is sulforaphane (SFN), dubbed the ‘miracle molecule’. There have been over 1,700 studies indicating the benefits of SFN, which include heart health, brain health, cell mutation and liver function. Read More…

Is Your Hair Ageing You?

 

Is Your Hair Ageing You? – By Lisa Armstrong

 

  • It’s rare that I find a hair-care range that makes a dramatic difference, but Ameliorate’s just-launched Clarifying Shampoo (£16) and Soothing Conditioner (£18) are the business. I’ve never come across any hair cleanser that makes my hair feel as smooth or nourished without the use of any heavy silicones.

    That’s a big deal on Planet Hair. You can have the most talented snippers in the world on speed dial, but if you’ve fallen foul of filament follicles, there isn’t a hairdo in the world that can save you from the ageing hair. Read More…

London’s most influential people 2019

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The Progress 1000: London’s most influential people 2019 – Health & Education: Health & Wellness

 

Gill Sinclair Co-founder of online wellness retailer Victoria Health 

A global beauty magpie for her innate ability to discover the best in wellness and beauty from across the globe, Sinclair was one of the first to get online with her wellness and beauty e-tailer Victoria Health. Co-founded in 1999 with pharmacist Shabir Daya, Victoria Health has a huge online community with a monthly newsletter reaching over 350k fans and this autumn sees the unveiling of a new section, VH Living.