How To Revive Your Skin Now It’s Spring

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Spring has officially sprung, the clocks are going forward on Sunday morning and the evenings are about to become a lot longer. While spring cleaning the house from top-to-toe might not be how you want to spend that extra hour, we do recommend you have a quick scan of your beauty products and supplements to check the used by dates.

If you’ve found this winter, especially with the recent snow flurries, has been tough on your skin, we’ve got just the thing to prep your complexion for the warmer months ahead…

Rise and shine

Employing a good cleanser not only wakes you up in the morning, but it’s also the foundation of a good skincare routine. iS Clinical’s Cleansing Complex, £35, might not new, but it is a firm favourite at VH HQ and a global bestseller for the brand. The finely balanced pH is one of the key factors that makes this cleanser so good and means that it cleans without stripping or drying out your skin.

Cleansing is also the prime opportunity to incorporate massage into your routine by simply working it into skin in vigorous circular motions. It takes no extra time, but will encourage blood flow to your skin and enhance a rosy glow.

Replenish and revive

After months of excessive central heating and cold temperatures, your skin can often feel drier than usual. Hydration is key, which is where QRX Labs Peptide Complex Serum, £10 (currently on pre-order only), comes in perfectly. With hyaluronic acid and a cocktail of peptides designed to boost collagen and elastin production, it’s a multitasking serum worth adding to your daily routine in the mornings and evenings. If you want to take a two-pronged approach to hydration try incorporating Hyaluronic Acid High Strength, £35.

Upping the amount of antioxidant application also help to revive your skin, as well as protect it. This Works Energy Bank Skin Glow, £30, not only loads your skin with antioxidants, but the golden mineral pigments add an instant glow – it’s a no brainer.

Masking success

Generally speaking when it comes to face masks there are two camps, those who religiously use them and those that never do because they don’t see results or don’t have the time. There is nothing quite like a mask to help alleviate those niggling skin concerns though. For those that wake up with a grey tinge to their complexion, Green People’s Vita Min Mask, £16, is the perfect remedy, alongside facial massage. And, it can be left on like a supercharged face cream. Lixirskin’s Vitamin C Paste, £32, is like an antioxidant shot for your skin and compliments This Works Energy Bank Skin Glow perfectly. For clogged pores, look no further than Amie’s aptly named Spring Clean Deep Cleansing Mask, £5.95. To turbocharge the results, apply it just before you get in the shower, so the steam helps to open your pores.

How To Get Rid Of Your Cold Sore Quickly


Just mentioning cold sores makes some people recoil. Perhaps it’s the association with the herpes virus or the fact that once you’ve caught it you’ve got it for life. Yet, cold sores are in the top ten most common skin concerns in the UK and around seven out of ten of us carry the virus.

While you can’t get rid of the virus forever, there are measures you can take to prevent cold sores from materialising.

What is a cold sore?

Cold sores can look like little blisters or patches of raw, red skin. They are caused by the herpes simplex virus. There are two strains, type 1 and type 2, both of which can be caught on any part of your body. That said, if you catch type 1 on your lips it’s unlikely that it will appear anywhere else on your body. The main difference between the two types is that type 1 is more likely to reoccur.

How do you catch the cold sore virus?

Kissing or sharing drinks with someone who has a cold sore is the main way of catching the virus. However, the virus lies dormant in a lot of us and unless you have a breakout you won’t be contagious.

What are the other causes of cold sores?

It’s commonly assumed that cold sores occur when you’re run down or stressed as your immune system is low, which is true. But, sunlight can also cause cold sores. Hence why when you’re holiday you can often breakout.  

How can you treat cold sores?

There is no quick fix for cold sores. Time is generally the best healer and it takes about a week for a cold sore to heal and disappear. In terms of treatment, Lysine is your best bet. It is an amino acid which has been shown to both treat and prevent cold sore flare ups as it slows the activity of arginine, an amino acid that promotes the growth of the herpes virus.

Fish, chicken, milk, cheese, eggs and potatoes are all good sources of lysine. You can also supplement it in the form of Lamberts L-Lysine, £10.45.

How can you prevent cold sores?

If you regularly suffer with cold sores it’s worth taking preventative measures. Taking a lysine supplement as advised above should help.

For a two-pronged approach, you can also apply lysine topically. Balmkind Lip Balm, £12, contains lysine, as well as nourishing antioxidants such as kernel oil. It’s also worth opting for a lip balm that contains sun protection, especially when you go on holiday.

Avoid using any lipstick while you have a cold sore to prevent contamination and future breakouts. And while it can be tempting to try and camouflage with concealer, we recommend treating the cold sore and letting it heal naturally to avoid further infection.

Why You’re Not Getting The Most Out Of Your Scented Candle

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There are very few people who don’t appreciate a scented candle. In fact, candles are one of the most popular beauty gifts, alongside fragrance and make-up palettes. According to NPD, the home scents market, which includes candles and diffusers, is worth a whopping $49.9 million in the US. It’s no surprise that there are so many varieties available, from scent combination to one or three wick candles.

While there’s no denying we love them, most of us don’t get the most out of our candles and wax can be wasted. “When you light a candle for the first time you need to let the top layer of wax melt,” says Julia, co-founder of Tutti London. “Making sure that the melt pool reaches the edges will ensure the candle burns evenly.” This helps prevent the area around the wick from burning more quickly.

Avoid burning your candle for more than four hours at a time. Julia also recommends trimming the wick after each burn. “Make sure the wick isn’t longer than 5mm before you start burning it,” she says. Any longer and the wick can spit debris into the wax.

It goes without saying that keeping your candle out of the way of kids and pets will go a long way too. In the meantime, here are the best candles to stock up on…

Best scented candle for the kitchen

While freshly tumble-dried washing or a pot of coffee can leave an inviting scent in your kitchen, green vegetables or garlic a few hours after cooking can be anything but. Enter Tutti London’s clever combination of Wild Mint and Rosemary, £48. Not only is the pairing incredibly refreshing, the hand poured candle offers seriously good payoff, and 60 hours burn time.

Best scented candle for Sunday evenings

Lavender and chamomile are renowned individually for their soothing powers and together they set the tone for a relaxing Sunday evening. This Works Deep Sleep Heavenly Candle, £25, combines the two to create the de-stressor, whether you’re having a bath or just easing your way into the week ahead.

Best scented candle for travelling

If you travel a lot you’ll appreciate the power that a scented candle can have when it comes to reducing jet lag or making you feel at home in a hotel. Neom’s Happiness Travel Scented Candle, £16, not only smells divine, it is very good value for money as it still offers 20 hours burn time. Where brands offer travel candles, it’s always best to buy them first before you commit to a scent.

Do You Live In The Most Stressed Out City?

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It is highly likely that at one point or another this week you will feel ‘stressed’. If you’re a male salesperson living in Cardiff your chances are even higher. According to Perkbox, an employee benefit scheme company, the Welsh capital topped the chart with 70 percent of workers saying they’re stressed. Wolverhampton was a close second, followed by London, Coventry and Liverpool.

Around 70 percent of men feel stressed at work, with those aged between 25-34 being the most likely to suffer with work-related stress, compared to one in three women. Finance topped the list in terms of most stressful industries, followed by national and local government and the health sector, while those working in sales and HR departments are likely to bear the brunt. Read More…

Why We’re Not Exercising To Lose Weight Anymore

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Exercising and weight loss have always been intrinsically linked for years, but new research has revealed that more and more women are working out for another reason. According to a recent poll of 2,000 gym goers, we’re hitting the treadmill to lower our blood pressure and cholesterol rather than drop the pounds.

Improving our health has officially become more important than loosening our waistbands. But, it has meant that more of us are being struck down by the next-day aches and pains, and in some cases injuries. The poll showed that women go to the gym around 15 times a month, which works out at three to four times a week. Yet, three fifths of those complained of tiredness and stiff, achy muscles after exercising. Read More…

March Newsletter


Hello and welcome to the March newsletter, where we continue the Hayo’u and Ilapothecary journeys with the release of some powerful new products. We also launch a new haircare brand, Trinny and Shabir have another moment (well perhaps more than a moment, an entire hour) and somewhere in the middle of all of this is a treat, which I have a feeling might be over before its begun.

Additionally, we take a look at some health concerns; we welcome a new monthly contributor to our editorial team and I’ll introduce you to her further down this newsletter.

Before we go any further, I would just like to say that the tone of this newsletter will go right to the core of what really matters, our health and wellbeing. I have always believed that we are served far better if we delve into the root cause of certain health concerns, which can, in turn, manifest themselves into powerful solutions. And do I dare write about cellulite. Yes I do. Let’s go: Read More…