Where Do We Shop For Affordable Skincare?

By Elle Turner

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    I can’t help but love Garden of Wisdom’s unassuming approach to efficacious products that focus on gorgeous, natural (potent) ingredients and pretty much eschew marketing altogether (as evidenced by its almost non-existent social-media presence and ancient-looking website). It was set up over a decade ago, in Arizona, well ahead of the new wave of affordable beauty crusaders, and has stuck to its simple ethos of investing in “top-notch ingredients” rather than packaging (“your skin doesn’t wear pretty bottles and labels”) ever since. Fact is, the brand doesn’t need to shout about its products, because they speak for themselves. The buzz around it was created largely by its loyal customers, who took to Reddit to sing its praises. It’s now available in the UK from Victoria Health and is priced between £9 and £20. You can find everything, from cold-pressed argan oil and hyaluronic acid to multi-peptide serums; however, the vegetarian 100% Squalane Oil is particularly brilliant for leaving skin thoroughly hydrated and soft, plus it feels nice and lightweight.

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Meet The Woman Behind Nannette De Gaspé

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Most of us are well acquainted with sheet masks and have put several to task to hydrate, brighten and improve our skin. The idea of using a dry sheet mask might feel slightly unnatural, but over the past year several have launched onto the market. The woman who discovered the technology and first launched it onto the skincare market is Nannette de Gaspe. To mark the launch of Nannette de Gaspé’s game-changing dry sheet masks and her impressive Art of Noir skincare range, we caught up with her to find out what inspired her…

Can you tell us a bit about your background?
I began my career in corporate banking and corporate finance. For a number of years, prior to launching Nannette de Gaspé, I worked in private equity.

What gave you the inspiration to develop the dry sheet masks?
A few years ago, through my private equity work, I was presented with a revolutionary technology in the delivery of active ingredients and a process to dry print the formulations onto textiles.

I was inspired to bring the technology to the market when I learned how the clever delivery system transports active ingredients to multiple layers of the epidermis (top layer of skin), creating a reservoir under the skin, feeding and nourishing it from the inside out. I was very impressed with the significant clinical results achieved in a very short amount of time. It was true innovation.

I decided to launch Nannette de Gaspé, a luxury, high-performing and natural beauty brand to share this wearable technology with the world.  My vision was and is to empower people with revolutionary cosmetic solutions that are easy-to-use, not intrusive and truly beneficial to the skin. We have since introduced our Baume Noir Face, a virtually waterless global face cream that also incorporates this advanced delivery technology.

Can you explain in Layman’s terms the technology?
We are using a breakthrough micro vector ingredient delivery system that allows for active ingredients to travel through micro penetration to multiple layers of the epidermis (top layer of skin). The technology not only allows for a deeper penetration of actives, but also ensures a more continuous release of actives as the micro vectors slowly melt into the skin, thus delivering more pronounced results in a condensed amount of time.

Because our TechstileTM treatments are dry, there is no water to act as a filler, infusing your skin with upwards of 95% natural ingredients and up to a mind-blowing 87% active ingredient concentration.

Why did you decide to expand the range with the Art of Noir products?
We would always suggest to our clients that they should wash their faces with a good cleanser and use an exfoliator to remove dead skin cells and refine pores, before using our dry TechstileTM  treatment. Many of our clients would ask us when we were coming out these products.

Because Nannette de Gaspé was called a disruptor in the beauty industry when we pioneered the dry TechstileTM treatment, we knew that we had to bring out unique, high-performing skincare. We spent almost two years creating our Art of Noir skincare collection which is upward of 95% natural.  

What are your desert island beauty essentials?
Definitely our Essence Noir Cleansing and Treatment Clothes, the Polish and both Baume Noir Face and Lips. I would also want my Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer (never leave home without it!), Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara, MAC Blushbaby Blush and, of course, my Elta MD SPF46 Sunscreen.

What do you think the future holds for the health and beauty industry?
Skincare will be more about quality than quantity. Consumers will want their skincare routine to be simple, treatment focused and fit easily into their lifestyle. They will be looking for high-performing active ingredients in multi-tasking formulations (ie. a cleanser that is also a light exfoliator with anti-ageing and hydrating benefits).

As trends are moving towards nourishing the body with green and clean inside and out, people will want clean beauty which incorporates more natural and sustainable ingredients.

As consumers become more educated and savvy, they will want greater customisation options and access to products and technologies that they can use at home, on their terms. Brands will offer personalised products for the changing needs of one’s skin, which can be daily, weekly, monthly.

Everything You Need To Know About Dermarolling

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The idea of puncturing your skin with sharp 0.3mm long needles for three minutes, twice a week, might be enough to make some people squirm, but dermarolling, or microneedling, has received a lot of press in recent months. The technique isn’t necessarily new, but more experts are rallying behind it as a way of rejuvenating your skin quickly. So, what are the benefits?

First and foremost, what is a dermaroller?

It look like a medieval torture device, but the spiky, roller gadget can be hugely beneficial to your skin. Dermarollers have lots of small, sharp needles that you roll across your skin to create micro punctures. Needle length varies from 0.2mm to 1mm for both in-clinic and at-home dermarollers. However, if you haven’t tried it before most experts recommend starting with needles between 0.2 and 0.3mm (Nannette de Gaspé’s Roller Noir has 0.3mm length needles).

What are the skincare benefits?

Microneedling creates thousands of tiny punctures to your skin, which not only help to slough away dry skin, but also turbocharges your collagen and elastin production. Essentially, microneedling makes your skin think it’s been injured and forces it into repair mode.

While you will notice your complexion looks fresher, don’t expect overnight success in terms of skin firmness as it can take around eight weeks for your skin to produce collagen.

How do you use it?

Experts recommend rolling upwards in a diagonal direction across your face at least twice, if not three times for the best results. Always roll on freshly cleansed skin and wash/spritz your roller with alcohol afterwards to avoid any bacteria build-up. Expect your skin to be a shade of pink for at least 15 minutes after you’ve rolled.

What’s the best skincare to use alongside your dermaroller?

If you usually apply your vitamin C or retinol serum in the evening, alternate these with your dermaroller. Reactive ingredients, especially exfoliating acids can be too harsh on skin after microneedling. Instead, opt for a hydrating hyaluronic acid serum or a soothing, nourishing formula to help replenish your skin. Remember you’ve just caused micro-injuries across your face, so be gentle.

How long will your dermaroller last for?

Similar to razor blades, over time the needles on your dermaroller will become blunt. However, this should take around six months if you’re using it a couple of times a week.

Total Wellbeing: The Term You’ll Be Hearing About A Lot In 2019

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There were whisperings of self-care throughout 2017, but it wasn’t until this year that the term really came into its own. Over the past few months brands, magazines and influencers have all tapped into the theme. It has its own dedicated week in November and a quick scroll of Instagram on a Sunday reveals that it even has its own hashtag, #sundayselfcare.  

But, what does self-care actually mean? Well, essentially it’s anything that encourages you to spend some quality time with yourself and leaves you feeling good, including taking a bath, putting on a face mask or reading your book, you name it. The NHS defines it clearly as ‘keeping fit and healthy, understanding when you can look after yourself, when a pharmacist can help, and when to get advice from your GP or another health professional.’

According to Mintel’s latest report, as we progress into next year self-care will evolve into ‘total wellbeing’. The report states, ‘Consumers are treating their bodies like an ecosystem and seeking solutions that complement their personal health and evolving needs.’ From the moisturisers we slather on to the sprays we use to clean our houses and the cars we choose to drive, total wellbeing spans across all aspects of our life.

“Consumers are looking externally to their surroundings and internally towards their physical and mental wellbeing, expecting holistic approaches to wellness,” says Gabrielle Lieberman, Director of Trends & Social Media Research Americas. “Developments in health monitoring, such as skin sensors or ingestible capsules, will satisfy consumers’ demand for this personalised approach, while also building on scientific research in these emerging fields.”

In terms of skincare it’s likely that you’ll be hearing a lot more about probiotics and the many benefits good bacteria can have on our complexions. Of course, pre- and probiotic skincare isn’t new. In fact, good bacteria has been used in formulations for a while, but up until now it hasn’t been highlighted. Brands such as Aurelia Probiotic Skincare have been championing ‘biotic’ ingredients and the bestselling Botanical Cream Deodorant is testimony to its efficacy.

When it comes to supplements, it’s likely that future formulations will be developed in spray form as this is the best way for the body to absorb most nutrients. And, it’s likely that our supplements will be tailored to our specific needs. Although, this won’t necessarily happen next year, you can expect to read a lot more about the importance of monitoring your vitamin and mineral levels as part of the total wellbeing approach. If you’re baffled by which supplements you should be taking, it is worth reading Shabir’s Essential 6 For Optimal Health.

The Bathing Ingredient That Could Fend Off Colds

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If this week’s drop in temperature is anything to go by autumn has most certainly arrived. While the weather might warm come 4pm, coats are mandatory in the morning and it’s cold and dark again by 7pm. With the small changes in temperature, it’s no surprise that more of us are prone to catching a cold at this time of year. If the first few weeks of autumn are prime time for getting a lurgy for you, it might be worth considering popping two Daily Immunity supplements every morning. Read More…

October Newsletter

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Hello and welcome to the October newsletter where we launch the much-anticipated Ful.Vic.Health, we introduce a groundbreaking new serum from Garden of Wisdom (GoW) and we are launching three new products in the Beauty Restorer series by Hayo’u.

On top of that we have a momentous birthday celebration, which you will need to read carefully. When I write that, it nearly always means there is a gift involved and this is no exception, so do check it out. We also launch three new products from Lanolips.

Additionally, Shabir was in the bathroom with Trinny again (without me – I offered him a blow-up rubber doll in replacement – you need to have seen his face) and if that isn’t enough I will also tell you what made it to Milan Fashion Week, and it wasn’t me. It’s going to be a long one, let’s do it: Read More…