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GOW – Anti-Aging MultiPeptide Serum

The peptides you need for youthful, glowing skin – by Lisa Armstrong

  • Gow Anti-aging Multipeptide Serum

    ‘Peptide’ has become a major buzz-word in beauty circles. They’re in everything all of a sudden: eye creams, day creams, night creams, haircare… So what the heck are they?

    The simple answer – that’s what we do on this page, in reaction to the beauty industry, which likes to make things very, very complicated – is that they’re compounds made up of amino acids.

    Amino acids are protein builders, and when it comes to our skin, the loveliest protein is collagen – the stuff that keeps everything plump and dewy. The good news is that the body makes its own collagen. The bad is that, as we get older/more grown-up – guess what? – collagen production slows down.

    Enter the peptide, which is a protein builder par excellence. ‘Certain peptides,’ says Shabir Daya, the pharmacologist and co-founder of victoriahealth.com, ‘may help slow down the degeneration of collagen. Others may actually boost it.’ Read More…

Power of One – Neurophroline Serum

The miracle £18 serum that promises to streamline your skincare regime – by Lisa Armstrong

  • Garden of Wisdom Neurophroline Serum

    Sometimes the hardest part about taking care of your skin is knowing where to start. Peptides this, acids that, peels the other. (Actually, forget peels. Unless you have severe acne or other kinds of scarring, you don’t need them, although plenty of others would argue in favour. I say, look at their skin and if you like what you see, go ahead.)

    Where was I? Oh yes: keep it simple. Cleanse and moisturise is the measure of it. I throw in a hyaluronic acid, because it’s the biggest moisture-booster since, well, water; and then an oil in the middle, because I absolutely love the feeling of a good organic one and the way it visibly plumps skin. It also provides essential lubrication for some facial massage, with a jade or rose-quartz stone, which makes a difference psychologically and physically.

    But since starting this column I’ve also had to get to grips with serums. You apply them straight after cleansing and before anything else – lightest potions first is the general rule.
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GOW Neurophroline Serum

Our travel-size beauty product of the week – by Catherine Robinson

  • Garden of Wisdom Neurophroline Serum

    Just as we’ve learnt how to pronounce and spell hyaluronic acid, there’s a new kid on the block: Neurophroline. I’m still at the stage of calling it Nurofen for the skin, but maybe that’s because it’s as fundamental to your skincare kit as Nurofen is to your medicine bag. Our skin is our largest organ and is our first barrier against environmental stress, pollution and toxins.

    It is also a barometer of what’s going on inside the body (depression, exhaustion, anxiety, hormone change). Much like anything that is overworked, skin gets stressed, and stress produces the hormone cortisol, which in small doses is fine but too much causes acne, spots, redness, dark circles and increased wrinkles. Neurophroline is an extract from wild indigo, a plant native to India that has been used in Ayurvedic traditions for generations, and has been found to break down cortisol in your skin. Read More…

Vice Reversa Plumping Patches

Smart ageing or just hype? Lisa Armstrong tries DIY microneedling patches

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    I don’t have problems with blood (it’s pus that used to make me faint), but a beauty treatment that involves gliding a little implement studded with 3mm needles backwards and forwards across your face to create hundreds of bleeding pinpricks doesn’t strike me as the best use of anyone’s me-time.

    Even so, Dermarollers (which you can buy anywhere, including Amazon and probably by the checkout in Tesco before too long) and microneedling (which you need to get done in a salon, although that, too, will probably be an option in Boots soon) are quite the thing. Read More…

Bright Idea: the Light Salon Boost at Home LED mask

The Daily Telegraph

Let there be lights. Your skin will thank you – By Lisa Armstrong

  • The Light Salon LED Mask

    A few months ago, I tried out a light mask because I thought, one day, these will be the coming thing.

    That day is here. They’re launching on to the market in their droves. If you haven’t seen one in action yet, you’re in for comedy gold. They’re quite large, generally made fromsome kind of plastic or fibreglass – more Darth Vadar than face pack. And the light show… some have green, yellow, blue and white emissions, which all have separate properties. Blue is antimicrobial and good for breakouts and acne. Green, yellow and white are soothing.

    But the biggie is infrared, the benefits of which (mood enhancer, muscle soother, collagen production booster, healer and all-round ally) have been recognised for the best part of a century.

    The Light Salon’s Boost mask is the most comfortable I’ve come across. Made from flexible silicon, it’s light and easy to pack and even easier to wear. It stays in place with a strap and bathes your face and neck in infrared and near-infrared rays while you whip up a smoothie or read a book. Frankie Graddon, of this parish, swears she cooked up a curry while test-driving hers. I’ve been listening to Radio 4’s book of the week – Machines Like Me, Ian McEwan’s latest novel about a robot that gets too human-like for comfort – in mine, which feels highly outfit appropriate. Read More…

Vice Reversa: Micro-needling Pads

Micro-needling pads: the new anti-aging beauty hack that could save you hundreds of pounds

 

  • Have you heard about micro needling? It’s the buzziest facial on the anti-aging scene, which customers can shell out upwards of £200 at clinics for. But a new beauty brand promises to do exactly the same thing for you at home…and for a fraction of the price. Vice Reversa’s micro needling Plumping Patches, promise younger skin after just a few uses – without having to move off the sofa.

    Also known as dermarolling, micro needling is an on the up non-surgical anti-aging procedure that involves tiny punctures being pierced in the skin with very fine needles to rejuvenate skin, boost collagen and reduce the look of scarring. Sound painful? Not quite. Vice Reversa claim that you “won’t feel a thing” when wearing their patches, and unlike the in-salon micro needling facial, the pads don’t use a dermaroller, so are great for those who only want to dip a tentative toe in the pond of the beauty craze.

    Infused with hyaluronic acid, amino acids and peptides, which penetrate the skin more deeply once the punctures have been made, the pads get to work within two hours – though the brand recommends leaving them on over night for optimum results. After cleansing, just place the pads in target areas on your face – namely, under the eyes and along smile lines – then sit back and let them do the work for you. Use them twice a week for best results.

    And it seems we’re not the only ones desperate to try this buzzy new beauty hack – the pads proved so popular after their launch that they sold out within 24 hours! Lucky for us, they’re now back in stock – so grab them here before they go! Or if it’s an anti-blemish treatment you’re after, try the brand’s Micro Needling Pimple Patches to get rid of a pesky spot, stat.