Getting Up Early Doesn’t Work For Everyone

5am alarm clock

While Michelle Obama and Anna Wintour both wake up before 5 am to squeeze in their workout routines, Mark Wahlberg famously takes things to extremes and rises at 2.30 am to complete his brutal daily schedule. With some of the most successful people on the planet claiming that getting up early has played a part in their success, it’s easy for genetically predisposed night owls to feel slightly inadequate. 

There are plenty of books, blogs and probably a handful of apps that will promise to take you from night owl to early bird with a few simple steps. However, before you start trying the back-breaking task of moulding your body clock to Michelle Obama’s take note of the results of a study by the University of California. After monitoring the sleep data of 2,422 people, Louis Ptacek, professor of neurology at the UCSF School of Medicine found that only one in 300 people can function on an very-early-to-bed, very-early-to-wake schedule and it is coded into their genes.

“While most people struggle with getting out of bed at 4 or 5 am., people with advanced sleep phase wake up naturally at this time, rested and ready to take on the day,” said the study’s senior author, Louis Ptacek, MD, professor of neurology at the UCSF School of Medicine. “These extreme early birds tend to function well in the daytime but may have trouble staying awake for social commitments in the evening.”

They’re also more prone to migraines and SAD, so it’s definitely not all roses for extremely early risers. So, rather than trying to change your natural sleeping pattern, a wiser move would be to align your bedtime and wake-up call to ensure you’re getting enough sleep.

How can you get your sleep routine on track? First and foremost, it’s important to stick to a routine – yes, even at the weekend. If you go to bed at 11 pm and wake up at 7 am during the week, don’t be tempted to slip in a lie-in on a Saturday. Keeping your bedroom cool, dark and screen-free are tips that you will have read over and over again, but it’s because they work.

For those who struggle to calm a whirling mind, try taking a warm bath with magnesium flakes about an hour before you want to sleep. Magnesium is an essential mineral and is key for helping us to relax, yet a lot of us are deficient. If you don’t have time to bathe, incorporate ashwagandha into your evening routine. The ancient herb is a renowned adaptogen and helps to ease anxiety – Wild Nutrition’s KSM-66 Ashwagandha Plus is particularly good.

How Fast You Walk Is More Telling Than You Think


Slow walkers commonly feature in round-ups of pet peeves, but those who move at a slower pace could have more to worry about than simply annoying the general population. According to new research, the speed at which we walk could reflect how quickly we are ageing. 

Researchers at Duke University in North Carolina assessed the gait measurement of just under 1000 people in New Zealand, who were born in 1970 and had had their pace of walking documented when they were three years old. The results showed that slower walkers had aged quicker than those who walked faster, particularly in terms of their brain, lungs, teeth and immune systems. If that wasn’t enough, the slower walkers also looked older.

“Doctors know that slow walkers in their seventies and eighties tend to die sooner than fast walkers of the same age,” said senior author Terrie E. Moffitt from Duke University. “But this study covered the period from the preschool years to midlife, and found that a slow walk is a problem sign decades before old age.”

Not all is lost though, as researchers believe that lifestyle choices would have played a role in the ageing process. For example, those who have chosen not to exercise are likely to have aged quicker and there are plenty of studies to back-up the argument that working out regularly can help keep you mentally and physically healthier. Just last week a study in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology highlighted that exercise can help those over 65 years who experience symptoms of depression.

What else can you do? Well, it goes without saying that eating a balanced diet and keeping your stress levels down are also essential to fending off premature ageing. Shabir also recommends keeping your antioxidant levels up to counteract the damage caused by free radicals. Astaxanthin is 6000 times more powerful than vitamin C and 500 times more powerful than green tea. Intrigued? Read Shabir’s full guide to the antioxidant, here.

Those who are open to more experimental methods for slowing down the ageing process might be interested in the ticking technique. Earlier this year, scientists at Leeds University discovered that ‘tickle’ therapy or ticking the ear with a small electrical current can help to rebalance the nervous system of 55 year olds. It might not be for everyone, but if you’re worried about your walking pace then a quick tickle might help in a small way to counterbalance…

Is It Time We Took Skin Issues More Seriously?

skin issues

Even if you count yourself lucky and rarely have to worry red patches on your cheeks or an ever-growing sun spot above your left brow, we’ve all woken up with a corker of a blemish that captures the gaze of anyone you encounter for the next three days. Those who have waged a war against skin issues, including rosacea and acne will be only too aware of the mental impact these can have over time. 

This week, the British Skin Foundation shared a survey that revealed that nine in 10 dermatologists believe that not enough importance is placed on the psychological impact skin conditions can have on us. “This survey demonstrates that dermatologists recognise some patients experience psychological distress associated with their skin condition,” says Dr Andrew Thompson, Reader in Clinical Psychology and Practitioner Clinical Psychologist, University of Sheffield and Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust.

“It also indicates that whilst dermatology is making great advances in treating the medical aspects of skin disease, perhaps not enough is being done to address the accompanying psychological effects,” says Dr Thompson. In a world where we can disguise skin concerns with make-up or add a filter to a selfie some might assume that battling with a skin concern is less of an issue than it used to be. However, in the last few months, two writers have shared their experiences with rosacea and psoriasis and how they have impacted their confidence and mental health.

While Rose Gallagher might appear to be confident on her Instagram stories, she revealed that her rosacea still affects her mental health: “It still impacts how attractive I feel in myself, especially when it flares up.” On the other hand, Sophie Cullen struggled to have her psoriasis diagnosed.

This is not uncommon as Consultant Psychologist Dr Alexandra Mizara explains, “Skin patients often experience that they are not listened to or understood by their healthcare providers. The occasions that they are listened to and understood are rare and extraordinary.”

So, how can you seek out support, or help someone you know? “If you suffer with a skin condition that has impacted adversely on your life, talk openly about it to your doctor and ask them to refer you to see a psychologist,” says Dr Mizara. If you don’t get far with this, it is also worth seeking out skin disease wellbeing services in your area or talk-based therapies to help tackle any low mood or anxiety. Dr Mizara also recommends looking up charities and support groups.

For those looking for a natural remedy to help ease their skin issues, Clear Skin Complex by Viridian contains probiotics, zinc, selenium and burdock root to help soothe a range of conditions, including acne, eczema and psoriasis. While it won’t fix these concerns overnight, it does help support your body and ease inflammatory skin conditions. Shabir has written extensively about the supplement, here.

Skip Care Is The New Self Care


Over the past two years, the term self care has been associated with pretty much everything and if the wellness gurus are right, it’s an essential component for your mental and emotional wellbeing. From the nourishing oil you use to relieve tight, achy limbs to the journal you use to jot down your thoughts at the end of the day, the health and beauty industry is sprinkling self-care everywhere. 

Yet, there is something quite stressful about trying to find that extra half an hour in your week to tap into this wellness trend. You might even go as far as to say it’s just another thing that we’re expected to tick off the list, along with eating healthily, going to the gym, excelling at work and catching up with friends. Self care could be adding stress rather than helping reduce it.

In terms of your skincare regimen, the  relentless cleansing, massaging and layering can add an extra 10 minutes onto your evening routine – and that’s a polite estimate. If this is something you’ve struggled to get on board with you might welcome the new approach: skip care.

What is skip care?

Well, it might surprise you but it’s another Korean export. But unlike the 11 step routines that drove you, and most likely your skin, crazy, skip care is about honing in on the ingredients that really work for your skin and skipping the ones that don’t deliver the results you want. 

How can you embrace skip care?

The fundamental steps of cleanse, treat and protect still apply, but rather than piling on lots of individual products for brightening, exfoliating, hydrating et cetera, look for well formulated lotions and potions that multitask. 

For example, GoW Neurophroline Serum helps reduce the stress in your skin and hydrate. Whether you want to soothe rosacea, get a grip on acne breakouts or give dull, lacklustre complexions a boost, Neurophroline can help and pretty much everyone should be using it.

Likewise Nuori’s Supreme Moisture Mask is the perfect night cream treat for skin now that the weather is starting to turn. The lipid packed formula is surprisingly light and leaves skin feeling softer, smoother and plumper by the time you wake up.

The trick to making skip care work for you is to understand your skin and what it needs. Start with only the essential steps and embrace all the extra time you’ll now have.

Do We All Need To Be More Extrovert?


Are you an introvert or an extrovert? Since the dawn of time, or at least since the psychologist Carl Jung created the two camps in the 1920s, you’ve either been one or the other. Extroverts are typically deemed as outgoing and very sociable, while introverts are seen as shy and reticent. The former are often touted as more successful and the ‘better’ camp. A new study revealed last week added weight to this assumption.  Read More…

October Newsletter

prickly pear plant with red fruit

Hello October. Hello ongoing chaos, wait lists (unfortunately plural), celebrations and more new product launches. I welcome you to the October newsletter where I am hoping that my brain cells hold out long enough to tell you about all and everything. A lot to tell.

In a nutshell, on this newsletter, we launch a new co-branded skincare range, two new eye masks from two different brands (nightmare scenario) and a new product from Color Wow, which I think will immediately become a ‘must-have’. There is a Garden of Wisdom treat, which is only going to last for 48 hours (if we get that far) and Ful.Vic.Health celebrates its first birthday; it goes without saying that there is a gift attached to this.

But our world (and life) has been dominated by 100% Pure Prickly Pear Seed Oil, so that’s where I’m going to begin; quite honestly you couldn’t make this up and it’s all Nigella’s fault! One customer wrote to me asking if he could make a film about it, I’m serious! Let’s do it:

100% Pure Prickly Pear Seed Oil And Other Things

Sunday 25 August. 12.01 am. The Sunday Times publishes an article by Nigella Lawson where she talks about four products she loves. 12.01 am. Simultaneously, the first order is placed for Prickly Pear Seed Oil. 3 am. While most of the world sleeps (with the exception of a rather large number of ST Style readers), I’m having my own private meltdown. 7 am. I email Nigella. 9 am. I realise my life, as I knew it, may as well be over.

Standing in for India Knight, who was on holiday, Nigella had been asked to write a guest column. For those who can’t remember that far back, Nigella launched the make-up column for The Saturday Times Magazine half a lifetime ago (in her words) and she has remained versed and passionate about all things beauty since that time, and before actually.

And so her column. I have linked it below for those who haven’t read it, but in essence Nigella has single-handedly created a Prickly Pear famine of gigantic global proportions. There are wait lists and wait lists, and this has left all other wait lists, for and from all time, standing. Such is its enormity, I have, to date, written three different emails updating everybody on the situation. At this point I would just like to thank those of you who have written such amazing words of love, support and understanding. Perspective is all.

Onto the products then. Prickly Pear dominated the article, but once again, as I so often write, not all products are created equally and that is certainly the case with Prickly Pear. Each batch of the oil is freshly pressed, which means you are receiving the oil at its optimum level. It would have been the easiest thing to manufacture a lesser quality oil and have all our orders fulfilled by now, but it’s not in our remit to do that and I would prefer to sleep at night. We continue to process orders in date and time order, which is all we can really do right now.
100% Prickly Pear Seed Oil by GoW for VH £20 for 30 ml (Wait List)

Nigella didn’t only write about Prickly Pear, she also wrote about In The Beginning, a deep cleansing balm from Temple Spa, which I promise you she has used and adored for several years. I think you will understand why if you try it, but, and as you will read, she also uses Electrogel Cleanser by LixirSkin when she is travelling. Hail the mighty cleansers!
In The Beginning Deep Cleansing Balm by Temple Spa £30 for 75 grams; Electrogel Cleanser by LixirSkin £25 for 100 ml

Love was also declared for Balm Balm’s organic muslin cloths, which Nigella believes are the best you can get and I agree. They are completely fabulous and I’ve yet to find anything that comes close to the pleasure they give, let alone their efficacy. It’s always the small things in life that thrill us the most. And these do.
Organic Muslin Face Cloths by Balm Balm £8.50 For A Pack Of Three

Finally, my love and thanks obviously go to Nigella for writing such a beautiful ‘love letter’ to us; it is something I will never forget. But despite the trauma of trying to manage the wait list, we must never forget to laugh and this made me laugh so much. Upon her return from holiday, India wrote the following:

Profuse thanks to beauty column OG Nigella for occupying this space so impeccably. I’ll tell you what, though — it’s quite nerve-racking to go on holiday and idly buy your trusty copy of The Sunday Times to find your stand-in is basically the Queen of the World. There’s the urge to send an email saying: “Could you not maybe have got somebody a tiny bit crap?”. Love her.
Creams, Oils, Unguents – Our Guest Columnist Has Tried Them All, But This Is The One Product She Recommends To Friends The Most: VH Editorial: Beauty Benefits Of Prickly Pear Seed Oil

More Drama

I now have a dilemma.  Actually this could be my worst nightmare, other than waiting lists of course.  The issue: when two brands that we have supported forever each come out with similar products at the same time and I have to write about them on the same newsletter.  The two brands are Temple Spa and Sarah Chapman. They are both eye masks, Eye Will Survive by Temple Spa and the Platinum Stem Cell Eye Mask by Sarah Chapman. Here they are and each to their own:

Eye Will Survive

A rescue mission for the eyes, say Temple Spa as they release their 20-minute eye serum masks. Each coconut-derived bio-cellulose gel wraparound sheet mask gently hugs the fragile eye area delivering a complex liposome serum, which Temple Spa call I-Firm (I like that, I firm anything is good with me) into the lower levels of the epidermis.

Suitable for all skin types, you get six masks in each pack and they can be used as a six-day intensive treatment course, which I did whilst testing; alternatively you can use them two or three times a week or as an occasional 20-minute rescue treatment.

Eye Will Survive is part of the Temple Spa Skin Therapy range and you can use them in conjunction with Easy On The Eye, a soothing eye make-up remover which can also be used as a soothing eye treatment. Windows of The Soul, wraps up this eye trio; this eye gel-balm will help cool and reduce puffiness.
Eye Will Survive £35 for 6 x 6 ml masks; Easy On the Eye £16 for 150 ml; Windows of the Soul £30 by 15 ml

Platinum Stem Cell Eye Mask

Sitting not only beneath your eyes, but across your eyelid too.  On Instagram we asked if these were the mother of all eye masks, and actually they could be the mother, father, son and daughter of all eye masks.  The Platinum Stem Cell Eye Masks are an extension of Sarah’s Platinum Stem Cell range, designed to deliver the benefits of cutting-edge actives and botanical stem cells to the eye area.

Offering both instant and long-term lifting, brightening and hydration, these eye masks can be used to prep the skin before an event, as a solution for tired eyes or as a targeted weekly boost. Any will do.
Platinum Stem Cell Eye Masks £78 for Four Masks; Single Platinum Stem Cell Eye Mask £24

The Light Salon – Nuori

What I love more than anything is to launch niche brands and then work together with the founders to help nurture and grow. Of course this is all dependent upon having a special relationship and Laura and Hannah, co-founders of The Light Salon, have allowed us (that’s you and me) to walk alongside them. But it’s not only a special relationship, it’s about special products too and their list of special products is growing.

Just by way of a brief synopsis, we launched Boost, the LED Treatment Mask earlier this year to huge acclaim; I hope Shabir gets a momentary lack of vision as I tell you that most of my closest friends have one and we are so besotted, we talk about its fabulousness all the time. Aside from its ability to do wondrous things to the skin, a 20-minute session always helps to calm me down. Needed!
Boost At-Home LED Treatment Mask £395

Then came Boost Cleanse and Recovery Spray, which is brilliant for compromised skin conditions, with or without the mask. Last month we launched the Hydrogel Masks, one for the face and one for the décolletage; heaven had arrived alongside those two masks, and now another chapter as The Light Salon co-brand five skincare products with Nuori, a Danish brand that applauds the power of freshness.
Boost Cleanse & Recovery Spray £18 for 100 ml; Hydrogel Décolletage Mask £42 for Three Masks; Hydrogel Face Mask £42 for Three Masks

The Light Salon have partnered in-salon with Nuori since their launch in 2015, using five of their key products in their Signature Light Treatment. Obviously in the name of research, I have had in-salon treatments and have had these divine products on my skin. They are products that make you sit up and take notice, and that rarely happens with me, so I started to jump up and down with joy when the first samples appeared on my desk. So my report below, there are five products and three heroes, in my humble opinion.

Protect+ Cleansing Milk: A bio-activated blend, this luxurious cleansing milk gently removes impurities and leaves skin feeling soft, soothed and re-balanced. Loaded with all good things, including Aloe Vera, Chamomile Flower and Avocado Oil, I have always thought that cleansers are a very personal thing. I tend to stay away from foaming cleansers by choice, but I am a bit of a cleanser freak and I have a wardrobe of different cleansers.

I’ve just added this to the wardrobe because I think it’s rather fabulous and I’ve had a thing about milk cleansers since my teenage Anne French Deep Cleansing Milk days. If I close my eyes, I can still smell it, but this smells gorgeous too and has a higher viscosity, which I actually prefer.
Protect+ Cleansing Milk £35 for 150 ml

Supreme Moisture Mask: A dream of a product and I call it a dream because this can be used as an overnight mask and if I’m pushed, this is one of the very best overnight masks I have ever used, and I’ve used a lot. When I first got it, the Light Salon girls told me to test it under the LED mask, which of course I did. It actually astounded me, so now I keep talking about it to those who want to listen because I’m besotted.

It is a highly concentrated blend and it has been formulated as the ultimate treatment for dehydrated and distressed skin, although it can of course be used by any skin type. Grape and Damask rose waters combine with natural hyaluronic acid and botanical squalane and betaine help strengthen the skin’s barrier function.

I use it in varying ways, under the LED mask as above, but you don’t need to have the LED mask to benefit. You can either leave it on for 10-15 minutes for an instant hydration boost, or for intensified results, use overnight, which is what I do. It is recommended that you use this two or three times a week, but who cares if you go to bed with it on every night. I am. In awe.
Supreme Moisture Mask £65 for 50 ml

Perfecting Facial Oil: It seems rather pointless to write about a facial oil on the same newsletter when half the world is either using or waiting for Prickly Pear Oil, but I’m doing it anyway. I’m doing it because this truly is a beautiful oil and is the signature blend of natural precious oils providing nourishment for all skin types. Formulated to match the skin’s natural lipid balance, its ingredients include organic rosehip oil, evening primrose oil, grape seed and apricot kernel oils, together with vitamin E. It does contain essential oils too and it is recommended that you gently massage two to five drops to the face and neck after cleansing. Gorgeous fragrance, gorgeous oil

In any other circumstance, I believe this would be a bestselling product. I almost feel inclined to hang a note saying ‘Somebody Love Me Please’ over the box. Somebody will, I’m sure.
Perfecting Facial Oil £58 for 20 ml

Two more products to complete the line-up. Protect+ Facial Cream, which is a nourishing and barrier enforcing bio-activated blend delivering potent doses of lipids and antioxidants. If you are using the LED Mask, this product should be applied after use and after cleansing.
Protect+ Facial Cream £62 for 30 ml

And finally, Mineral Defence Sunscreen. I will put my hands up and tell you that I haven’t tested this product, basically because I don’t use sunscreen in London. What I will tell you is that it is blended with a new generation of transparent, non-nano zinc oxide, which is non-sticky. French maritime pine extract (Pycnogenal) helps inhibit oxidative stress and the formulation is further strengthened by vitamin E and carrot seed oil.
Mineral Defence Sunscreen £45 for 50 ml

Right, let’s do a few things health before going back to more new launches and treats:

Sage Complex

Another HRT scare. Another product famine. HRT scares seem to be cyclical, but obviously we never know when they will happen and so this one hit in and our stocks of Sage Complex got totally wiped.

Our stance on menopausal support has never changed. We believe in integrated medicine and it is a very personal choice whether to go down the HRT route, the Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy route or to choose the natural path with Sage Complex. Many of you do choose the natural route, so I would just like to apologise if you were on the wait list. Thankfully Sage Complex is now back in stock. Banish mood swings, banish night sweats and increase energy levels is what I think. Like right now.
VH Editorial: Hormone Mimicking Supplements Should Be Used By All Women Over 35Sage Complex £25 for 90 Capsules

Triple Flu Defense (2019-2020)

It is that time of the year again. The emails and phone calls have been flooding in and as we do each year, I can now tell you that Dr Nenninger’s Triple Flu Defense has just been released, which is made specifically for the current flu season.

To best match the changing influenza strains, it is reformulated each year using CDC, WHO and patient data. This unique approach offers maximum effectiveness in helping to fight respiratory and stomach flu.

Formulated to help reduce the duration and severity of flu symptoms such as fatigue, body aches, headaches, sore throat, cough, fever, chills and nausea, there are no side effects and it can be used alongside prescribed medication. It is also gluten and dairy free.

At the first sign of the flu, take three times per day for symptom relief and once per week for maintenance. The adult dose is 20 drops and you can either place drops on the tongue or mix with a small amount of water. And into the bathroom cabinet it goes together with Organic Elderberry Throat Spray. Elderberry helps prevent viral replication and Manuka honey does the soothing bit. Start spritzing at the first sign of a sore throat.
Triple Flu Defense (2019-2020) £26 for 30 ml; Organic Elderberry Throat Spray by Viridian £15.95 for 50 ml

Supplements To Take In Your 20s

As I wrote on the last newsletter, Trinny and Shabir were together again where their focus was supplements through the ages. In case you missed it, I have linked the video below this, together with a short synopsis of that video.

Because he got swamped with emails, Shabir decided he wanted to extrapolate further and he will be writing a series of articles, the first one covers supplements to take in your 20s. He will carry on through the decades, so if you are still dancing around in your jeans in your 80’s, he’ll cover that too. Never too old to rock and roll is what I say.
VH Editorial: Supplements To Take In Your 20s; Supplements For Every Age With Trinny and Shabir

Color Wow Mini Paddle Brush

At the end of last year we launched The Dream Smooth Paddle Brush from Color Wow. It was on the December newsletter actually and I gave it an award (so deserved) and wrote the following:

And the winner is: A hairbrush. Not any old hairbrush. The Dream Smooth Paddle Brush from Color Wow. Look, do you mind if I call it The Dream Brush for ease because actually that is exactly what it is, a dream of a brush.

It went on to become a bestseller and I’m not at all surprised, so imagine my excitement when I discovered that it was going to have a baby. That baby is the Color Wow Mini Paddle Brush; it is 7 cm long (if you need to know) and it’s the handbag/travel version. What can I say, except it is of course brilliant and shines brightly in all its glory. Hairbrush of the year? Yep.
Color Wow Mini Paddle Brush £16; The Dream Smooth Paddle Brush £36

Desert Island Competition

Many of you will have read about the Desert Island competition on last month’s newsletter where I asked you to choose your top eight VH products. We got absolutely flooded with entrants, for which I thank you. Because of data protection, I am not announcing the winners, but just to confirm that each of the nine winners have been notified and received their products.

The fascination of reading about the products you love and the reasons why were so enlightening, but over and above all else, practically every entrant had both Neurophroline and Fulvic on them. At this point I could fill a book with your comments on both of these, the praise was phenomenal and, as ever, touched me deeply. But I’m not going to do that, instead we are going to celebrate together. Read on.


Happy First Birthday Ful.Vic.Health. I suppose it’s a bit naughty to celebrate our own brand, but actually I have just given myself permission to do so. And why not. The products are ground-breaking and of all the products in the range, Fulvic Acid Elixir is the bestseller, closely followed by Fulvic Acid Mist and Fulvic Acid Shampoo. Some time soon, that may change, but my lips are sealed for the moment.

So many of you have told us that these products have changed your lives in many differing ways and as I’ve written before, if I could only take one supplement for the rest of my life it would be Fulvic Acid Elixir. And of course the shampoo would be Fulvic Acid Shampoo. Having used Fulvic on my hair for approximately eight years, nothing else can touch it for hair and scalp health in my, always humble, opinion.

Anyway, I’m not writing reams other than to say that with the purchase of any of the Ful.Vic.Health products, we will include a miniature Fulvic Acid Elixir (120 ml) as a gift. This is the handbag/travel size and it will be available whilst stock lasts. Only one Fulvic Acid Elixir per customer. Together with Shabir (who has a trick or two up his sleeve), I thank you for your ongoing support of this brand. ***Sorry this promotion has ended***
Ful.Vic.Health; VH Editorial: Fulvic Acid – The Elixir of Life

For The Love Of Neurophroline

As I wrote above, the love for Neurophroline is very real. It has been called a revolutionary serum (it is) and a skincare miracle (it is). And just as the clinicals say on this ingredient, it takes down cortisol (the stress hormone) levels, aka inflammation, which is the root cause of ageing skin. One customer happily wrote that ten years of stress on her face had been undone. Yes. It’s that good.

Because sharing is paramount, let’s celebrate the advent of Neurophroline and we are going to do this by putting Neurophroline and Anti-Aging Multi-Peptide Serum together. Always remembering they are not single ingredient serums, they both include HA and a plethora of other ingredients. We like it that way and I hope you will like it that way too. Skincare heaven perhaps.

The Treat: Together the two serums, Neurophroline and Anti-Aging Multi-Peptide Serum, would normally cost £38, but until tomorrow night at midnight GMT (2 October 2019), they will be £30 for both. If you haven’t yet experienced the magic, go to it and smile! ***Sorry this promotion has ended***
The GoW Skin Treat £30 (Neurophroline and Anti-Aging Multi-Peptide Serum, both 30 ml)

The Now Averted Famine

As I’m writing this, I think that one of the things that really matters is to uphold the integrity of the products we formulate and recommend. It remains of vital importance that we strive for best-in-class across all genres. So we did. And then another famine, Super Bakuchiol Serum.

At this stage I am in very real danger of sounding like a broken record, but when we launched Super Bakuchiol Serum on the September newsletter (read here if you missed it), I wrote once again that not all serums were created equally and Super Bakuchiol Serum falls into that genre. And it fell into that genre because we used the clinically trialled Sytenol A Bakuchiol in our formulation. The studies and findings are specific to Sytenol A Bakuchiol and cannot be transferred or imputed to Bakuchiol products generally. And that is the difference. And that’s what really matters. And to coin a phrase: ‘It’s The Real Thing’.

Once again, I have to apologise if you were on the wait list; we thought we had it covered, but we didn’t. Super Bakuchiol Serum is now back in stock (for how long I do not know!), but I will say this: I’ll take a wait list against sending out an inferior product any day of the week, or weekend. That’s all.
VH Editorial: Bakuchiol, A Natural Alternative to RetinolSuper Bakuchiol Serum by GoW for VH £15 for 30 ml

High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure is a common concern as we begin to age. The term ‘silent killer’ describes high blood pressure well because unless you know what the symptoms of high blood pressure are, you would not necessarily know that you actually have high blood pressure.

Medically high blood pressure is known as hypertension and it is a serious concern, which leads to thousands of deaths every year from heart attack, stroke and kidney failure. Yet most of us do not get our blood pressure monitored frequently until the disease sets in, or worse, when a complication arises.

In his article on high blood pressure, Shabir takes a look at understanding blood pressure readings, the symptoms of high blood pressure, the causes and a natural solution.
VH Editorial: High Blood PressureCardio Peak with Standardized Hawthorn and Arjuna by Life Extension £32 for 120 Capsules

VH Editorial

This month’s feature articles, which I hope you enjoy reading:

Do You Need A Super Serum?

Applying a serum has become a regular protocol in most people’s beauty routines and while stats show that many of us are eschewing multi-step routines, serums are sticking. ‘A need for simplicity has pushed UK women towards minimalist skincare products with more intense ingredients, such as serums’, explains Alex Fisher, Global Skincare Analyst at Mintel. ‘Serums are also a well-liked format, perceived as brightening and nourishing and often include ingredients like vitamins and antioxidants that are said to illuminate skin’. Becci Vallis does the lowdown.
Do You Need A Super Serum by Becci Vallis

Morning Anxiety: Five Tricks To Help You Feel Less Frantic First Thing

If you’re not a morning person, you’re not alone. What most of us would give for a few more hours sleep during the working week. However, while most feel lethargic and a bit sluggish when their alarm goes off, there are others who wake up to quite the opposite scenario – a racing heartbeat, serious sweating and a whirring brain that refuses to slow down. Up to three years ago, I fell into the latter category with my daily pangs of morning anxiety leaving me drained before I’d even gotten out of bed. Ayesha Muttucumaru reveals her five tricks to help you feel less frantic.
Morning Anxiety: Five Tricks To Help You Feel Less Frantic First Thing by Ayesha Muttucumaru

What I Wish I Learned At School

Does success at school translate into success at life? I write as little people are (finally!) back to school and everyone else back to the full throttle of metro-boulot-dodo. I’m also trying to work out how many times in the past thirty years I have used a simultaneous equation? Yes, my point exactly. Instead, I’m wondering how useful would it have been to learn – and in no particular order – how to negotiate a pay-rise; how not to get gazumped; the truth about childbirth or the best way to navigate the work place which, let’s face it, is where most of us will be spending a very, very long time. Carolyn Asome takes a view.
What I Wished I Learned At School by Carolyn Asome

Smile, Please!

I’m always fascinated to talk to fellow entrepreneurs, writes Jo Fairley. I first stumbled across Lebon in Paris, in the new Printemps beauty store and realised is was one of those ‘duh-why-didn’t-someone-think-of-it-before’ products. Ever since then, I’ve been wanting to talk to the creators of the first toothpaste brand that looks as good as it smells, smells as good as it tastes and happens to be organic, with it. So going behind the brand, this makes a great read, but then Lebon is a truly exceptional brand. Discover their journey.
Smile, Please by Jo Fairley

The End Bit

‘Return to your roots and reconnect with the great outdoors to discover the restorative and emotionally healing benefits of Forest Therapy’, write Aromatherapy Associates. ‘Forest Therapy is a practice that involves spending time in nature amongst the trees. It is known to improve overall wellbeing, relieving worries, leaving you feeling refreshed and restored’.

Loaded with ingredients such as Pink Pepper, Eucalyptus, Cypress, Ho Wood and Juniper Berry, the fragrance really ‘sends you’, which is a very good thing; we like ‘other realm’ products and this is one of them. The Forest Ritual asks that you massage one capful of bath oil onto your torso. Cup hands, bring them to your face and inhale deeply three times. And step into a warm bath or shower. Amen.
Forest Therapy Bath and Shower Oil by Aromatherapy Associates £49 for 55 ml

So many people have written to me about this, so I’m going to share. It’s all about Pore Cleaning Powder. There is a lot of competition in the GoW for VH product stakes, but Pore Cleaning remains one of the bestselling products, which doesn’t surprise me because it does an amazing job at cleaning pores; basic stuff, but wow, basically brilliant. It’s one of those ‘can’t live without’ products, you know what I mean. You didn’t know you needed it until you got it.

Anyway, my reason for writing this is because I know most of you use this as part of specific routine, such as let’s purge the pores on a Sunday kind of thing, but, but, but! If you are going somewhere special (or not that special, doesn’t really matter), do use this, rinse off and you will discover that it leaves a slight film on your face. If you apply make-up immediately (or five minutes later), you will discover that it acts as the most magnificent primer ever, ever. I mean the excitement of it all. Go to it.
Pore Cleaning Powder by GoW for VH £12 for 50 grams

Another new product from Lanolips. This time it’s their Rose Gold Hand Cream Intense. Containing rose oil, cocoa seed butter, vitamin E and antioxidants. After rubbing in, you will notice that is leaves a silky veil on the skin for continual moisture.

Films and veils. Veils and films. And then there is the immediate tightening after you have used Neurophroline on your skin (like a face lift feeling perhaps – who would know, I haven’t had one!). Ah apologies, I just crashed into a new product launch. As I was saying, Rose Hand Cream Intense.
Rose Gold Hand Cream Intense – Limited Edition by Lanolips £8.99 for 50 ml

Shabir is having a moment with our ‘Living’ category; he gets over-excited about stuff like this and has now moved himself onto researching household products.  He walks around my desk waving things like washing-up liquid and Safe To Flush Toilet Tissues.  And I walk around his desk waving my list of products I want (and need) him to formulate.  Anyway, do check it out, it will make him happy!

And so we have reached the end of another newsletter after a rather frantic month. However frantic, I would like to thank you for your ongoing loyalty, support and understanding.

It is no easy thing managing several wait lists, most especially when one of them went so out of control. There is light at the end of the Prickly Pear tunnel, but it’s an awfully long tunnel. Please bear with, we will get it to you and just to reiterate, we have not taken any monies from your account and will not do so until the day the order is processed and sent.

Finally, together with Shabir, Victoria and the entire VH team, I wish you a happy and healthy October and, as ever, all good things to each of you. Oh yes, and hello to all of our new customers; we are a little bit crazy, but we like it that way. Thank you for being a part of us.

With love

Gill x