Hyaluronic Acid – The Anti-Ageing Nutrient?


Hyaluronic acid, also known as hyaluronan or hyaluronate, is now widely available in capsules, serums, moisturisers and even injectables. But, is it the magical ingredient that appears to be on every skin manufacturers list and on every practitioner’s list of must have supplements? Read More…

Face to Face with Sarah Vine


Sarah Vine is the beauty editor, columnist and feature writer for The Times and has recently launched her own health and beauty website, www.getthegloss.com.


What are your views on the ever-changing media landscape?

It’s about being flexible and open to new technologies and the possibilities they provide. From a professional point of view, the internet allows writers to reach a much wider and culturally broad audience; it also allows for unprecedented contact with the reader.

Some find this daunting; I find it hugely stimulating. Culturally, I think the internet gives women a greater chance of shaping the world around them, of having real influence via social networking sites. Today’s generation of mothers and daughters can finally join the national conversation, for so long dictated by the male establishment.

Your weekly beauty columns are laced with humour, what is your take on beauty?

That it’s natural to want to look your best, but that you should never become a slave to the mirror. It was Helena Rubinstein who said “There are no ugly women, only lazy ones.” I think she must have been a bit nuts.

Beauty editors are literally bombarded with products, so what does it take for a product to appear in your column?

It has to work. I try everything I write about, and if it doesn’t work it doesn’t get in. Or I’m rude about it. Read More…

Four Steps To Smoother Skin


With winter coming, I have emails from readers fretting about sore, dry, crepey, even flaky skin, on both faces and bodies – particularly legs. You need a two-way approach here, with skincare plus food and supplements. Products are all available from Victoria Health.

  • Eat omega-3 rich oily fish (eg salmon, mackerel, tuna, sardines), flax seeds (ground or slightly roasted), dark green leafy vegetables, avocados, walnuts, whole organic milk.
  • Keep skin hydrated by supplementing with hyaluronic acid (HA) – known as ‘nature’s sponge’ for its ability to attract and hold water – which also helps joints. And take skin ceramides, which help maintain healthy skin lipid (fat) levels. Try Hyaluronic Acid Capsules High Strength by NHS Labs, £35 for 30 vege-caps, and Skin Restoring Ceramides by Life Extension, £25 for 30 liquid capsules (one daily). I’ve had rave reviews for both.
  • For faces, fan mail floods in weekly for Nude Replenishing Night Oil, which was the highest-scoring product ever in the Beauty Bible trials. £44 for 15 ml from Victoria Health, or on special offer with a full-size 100ml Nude Cleansing Facial Oil for £49, (saving £17).
  • For silkifying bodies, Seven Wonders Miracle Lotion is my all-time favourite; with herbs, aloe vera and sweet almond oil, it makes an immediate difference. £14.50 for 237 ml from £14.50.

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