March Newsletter


Welcome to the March newsletter where we launch three new products from The Ordinary (please let there be enough for everybody!), there is a new launch from Sarah Chapman, we introduce you to Conscious Water and we take a look at several common health concerns. We also cover off the ongoing news about Vitamin D and there is a treat from Phylia, so together with all the usual news and updates, here is another fully loaded newsletter and somewhere amongst all of this I have a miniature rant and additionally I jump onto The Podium for a moment or two; let’s do it:

The Ordinary: The Acids

We continue The Ordinary journey with the release of three new products, two of which will be arriving at the end of this week, all things being equal, and the third will follow a while after – start getting excited! They are Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution, AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution and Salicylic Acid 2% Solution (this is the third product referred to above). There is no preamble from me, I am going straight into the descriptions of each of the products, with a little help from Brandon; all I ask is that you read about and use these products very carefully because the formulations are incredibly powerful: Read More…

What Is Tinnitus?


Tinnitus is a Latin word meaning “ringing” and is the perception of sound within the human ear in the absence of corresponding external sound. The symptoms of tinnitus are buzzing, ringing, whistling in the ear, clicking in the ear, chirping or other descriptors. Tinnitus may be hard to detect because the symptoms can come and go and can affect one or both ears. The most common noise heard is a shrill, high pitched unpleasant tone. Surprisingly, most of us at some point in time will experience this unpleasant tone but for the majority, it is only temporary. Read More…

Link Between Loud Music And Tinnitus?


Q: My teenage son listens to loud music a lot and suffers from tinnitus. Is there a connection and can anything be done about it?

A: Tinnitus is a distressing and very common hearing disorder, which affects ten per cent of the UK population. The sufferer hears phantom sounds in one or both ears that do not correspond to any external cause. Ringing, whistling, humming and buzzing are typical, according to the British Tinnitus Association (, tel: 0800 018 0527). Noise may be low or high frequency, loud or soft, and sporadic or a continuous wall of sound.

Tinnitus is seldom a symptom of a serious health disorder but it is wise to consult your GP, who may refer your son to an ear, nose and throat or audiology department.

The causes are not fully understood but exposure to loud noise is clearly a factor. Frequent and/or prolonged loud noise can damage the hearing system and increase the risk of tinnitus or make an existing condition worse.

Young people are increasingly affected. Vivienne Michaels, chief executive of Deafness Research UK (, says, ‘Playing music at high volume through MP 3 players [means] we risk tinnitus and deafness far earlier than would be expected as a result of old age.’ Read More…

A Head Start In The Morning


This article has been reproduced by kind permission of The Mail on Sunday YOU Magazine.

A reader asks why she often wakes up with a headache. ‘I wake at the usual time and feel I have slept enough but the pain can be quite disabling. I have to take OTC painkillers regularly which I’d prefer not to do.’

According to a recent study, about one in 13 people suffer from chronic morning headaches, which affect them at least 15 mornings in every calendar month.

There’s several possible causes. The simplest is dehydration: not drinking enough water through the day (or too much alcohol) can result in a headache when you wake. Although sipping water at night can mean a trip to the loo, that’s usually preferable to waking with a splitting head. Sleeping badly is linked to morning (tiredness) headaches, so it’s best to avoid drinking anything with caffeine from teatime on (coffee, tea, colas etc), and not to eat sugary things. A noisy environment – particularly a snoring partner – won’t help, so try ear plugs (the foam ones suit most people best). Read More…