Even though The Ordinary had its surprise debut last year and caused a major commotion in the industry, NIOD is the original game changer in my books. I remember the May 2015 newsletter so well because it was the first time I stopped reading to immediately order a product (CAIS) and considering how quickly it sold out, I’m so glad I did. From that very first purchase to now, NIOD has been, and still is, one of my most loved and most used brands. I don’t think I have gone a day without using something from them since it launched and I don’t see that changing any time soon.
It has been a whirlwind month since I officially joined the VH inner sanctum and I still can’t get over it. One of the reasons this new role is so special to me is because Victoria Health saved my life and not figuratively, I mean that literally. Gill, Shabir and the dearly missed Sally Brampton helped me through one of the most difficult times in my life and their collective help, knowledge and support changed me in so many ways. Without them I wouldn’t have a blog, wouldn’t be as passionate about skincare and certainly wouldn’t be here writing this. I know many of you will have only just discovered me through the articles I’ve written on here or from my blog or Instagram, but I have been here with you as a fellow VH Addict for years, and today I want to share my journey with you.
We have all heard the cliché adage regarding health, wellness and skin, how it’s all connected and that you can’t have one without the other, but for me that was never true. For most of my life I existed in the realm of “generally” – generally good health, generally good skin and generally active (but not really), all while eating whatever I wanted and generally looking very well. Read More…
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The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2% (£4.90): That’s not a typo – this vitamin hit could not be more of a bargain. Vitamin C is one of the most powerful antioxidants out there to freshen our faces yet it’s hard to pop into products. This incredible blend manages a massive 23 per cent hit in a formula that can be used before other skincare hydrators. Expect fine lines to fade and a healthier complexion.
The Ordinary Natural Moisturising Factors (£4.90): Random name, incredible abilities. This new cult alternative to your classic moisturiser is a potent blend of amino acids, fatty acids, ceramides and hyaluronic acid – AKA Team Hydration. These work together to plump and rejuvenate skin cells on the surface and lower dermis so new cells look their best. Apply with your fingers using upward sweeps to encourage added firmness.
NIOD Copper Amino Isolate Serum 5% and Multi-Molecular Hyaluronic Complex by India Knight
I’ve written about the sciency goodness of these two before, and I will go cross-eyed if I have to explain it in techy terms again. You can search for the relevant column if you burn with desire to know precisely why everyone became obsessed with this serum when it first came out. At this point I feel it’s more helpful to tell you that this is simply the best serum I have ever used (I use it in conjunction with the MMHC).
The reason I think this is because it has a transformative effect on the skin within days — give it five to see a real difference in tone and texture. Now, again, you shouldn’t just buy it willy-nilly; it is specifically made to help ageing skin. Everyone’s skin is ageing, obviously, from the day they’re born (bleak thought), but this is really one for the middle-aged woman — 40-plus, I’d say. It’s not supposed to regulate oil production or the like, but I find that it makes me wake up enviably matt, as if I’d cleverly powdered my face in my sleep. Available in 1% or 5% strength — I’d go for the 5% unless you know yourself to have very sensitive skin.