NIOD CAIS & MMHC

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    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.

     

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The Ordinary

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    Top-drawer skincare – and all for a fiver

    A new range has suddenly made superluxe ingredients affordable, says Lesley Thomas

    Zillions of products cross my path yet there are very few that I feel I absolutely have to tell you about. Particularly in the youth-enhancing areas. This is because most of the products that are really effective are also really expensive. For Example, I am using an extraordinary moisturiser from Colbert MD called Retensify Firming Cream. When I put it on with the Stimulate serum from the same brand, I feel as if I’ve had a mini facelift. But will I tell everyone to go out and buy it? No, because it’s £175 and for most people that is too much (although it is at Space NK if you are oligarch or just feeling flush; the serum is £135).

    Also, it’s the cheap, effective products that I find most thrilling of all. And have I got news for you: I’ve been trying out a new range called The Ordinary that seems almost too good to be true. It is brought to us by the creators of brilliant NIOD, which you’ve only heard about if you are a cosmetic nerd and you spend above-average amounts on your skincare.

    This latest brand is a line-up of hi-tech serums and treatments that you normally only find in the fanciest beauty halls. Many of the products cost around a fiver. There’s a small catch and it’s that you need a fair amount of knowledge about your skin’s needs to work out which ten potions would be right for you. The names of the products are simply the key ingredients and are quite baffling. But there’s are the ones to know: for all skin over 30, effective in securing moisture and volume in ageing skin. I found little difference between this and products that are five times the price.

    If you are battling acne or the blemishes it has left behind, the Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% (£5) is excellent for treating and fading.

    There’s a retinol product (a usually pricey anti-ageing ingredient) called Retinol 1% (£5.80). Retinol boosts cell production on the top layer of the skin (sometimes that slows as you age) and this is a high concentration of it for an over-the-counter product. Two weeks of use and your skin will be smoother. I have used something similar in the past for around £70.

    A helpful fact sheet on victoriahealth.com explains the products and when to use them. If you can’t be bothered with that, there’s a brilliant do-it-all serum, which tackles wrinkles, pigmentation, dehydration and sagging, called Buffet (£12.70), to be used morning and night.

     

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Vinegar: health-boosting super tonic?

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Vinegar: the latest health-boosting super tonic?

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    Don’t just put it on your chips – vinegar is now the fashionable drink for wellbeing.

    Peta Bee reports

    You might think of it as a condiment but, to the likes of Miranda Kerr, Gwyneth Paltrow and Megan Fox it is a health tonic second to none. Vinegar is being hailed by A-listers as the best thing for a healthy complexion and trim figure. Fox has said that she sips a cocktail of apple cider vinegar and water because it “cleans out your system”.

    It’s a trend that has spread from New York, where vinegar drinks are all the rage, to ultra-healthy London restaurants such as the Raw Duck in Hackney (“We take a healthful approach to eating… our ingredients are essential to a healthier mind and body”). At the Raw Duck they serve “hot apple drinking vinegar and heather honey” as a “delicious digestion aid”, while bars such as Barts in Chelsea serve vinegar infused cocktails including the Black Forest, made with balsamic vinegar jam. Read More…