Why You Need A Vitamin C Serum In Your Skincare Routine

If you want brighter, more radiant skin — this is the product you need – by Sarah Jossel


  • Vitamin c and ferulic acid from garden of wisdom

    Not new — but it rightfully has cult status — is Garden of Wisdom Vitamin C 23% Serum & Ferulic Acid (£10; victoriahealth.com), which is a remarkable £10. It launched in 2018 and the etailer Victoria Health tells me it attracts by far its highest number of repeat and new customers. It’s notably easy to incorporate into your regime. You will find some vitamin C products to be thick or grainy, but this is silky and a treat to wear under make-up everyday.

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Is Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate The Best Vitamin C Serum?


Pure Vitamin C serums for the face containing L-Ascorbic Acid are beneficial for the skin helping to protect against damaging free radicals that encourage wrinkles by destroying the collagen matrix. They also help to brighten and freshen the appearance of dull looking skin, together with inhibiting the formation of pigment in skin prone to hyperpigmentation. However, Vitamin C serums containing pure L-ascorbic acid do have some limiting factors which can influence their effectiveness.  We explore:

Limiting Factors of Vitamin C Serums

Most vitamin C serums are water-soluble because L-Ascorbic Acid, known as vitamin C or L-AA for short, disperses evenly in a water-based serum, but therein lies a problem. The dermis of the skin has a rich lipid (oil) barrier and it is here that many of the nutrients, including vitamin C, are required to manufacture collagen, a protein that gives skin its youthful firmness and the ability to resist wrinkles. Using water soluble vitamin C serums containing L-AA can be an issue since this nutrient cannot make it through the oil barrier and therefore cannot provide maximum benefits as far as collagen manufacture is concerned. Read More…

Click To Buy – Health And Wellness


Best For Health And Wellness – Elle Sixmith and Olivia Peel


    • Garden Of Wisdom C-Deep Vitamin C Serum

      A go-to for your wellness needs, Victoria Health was one of the first e-tailers to launch 20 years ago. You’ll find health heroes like Symprove and de Mamiel alongside soon-to-be cult products; VH has scouted many brands before they hit the big time, including Ameliorate and Lanolips. The editorial section offers bit-sized wisdom and straightforward science from co-founder and in-house pharmacist Shabir Daya on topics such as getting to grips with supplements. Also, don’t miss his live videos with beauty and style guru Trinny Woodhall, covering everything from troublesome health concerns to how to love holistically.

      What do shoppers buy on repeat? Victoria Health Hyaluronic Acid Capsules High Strength, £35; VH Mega Probiotic ND, £19.50; and VH Sage Complex, £25, are firm favourites. And don’t miss the Garden of Wisdom skincare line, which Shabir helped formulate and is exclusive to the site. It’s been dubbed a more natural take on The Ordinary for its complexion transforming powers and no-nonsense approach to skincare. Its latest launch is C-Deep Vitamin C Serum, £18, to protect the skin against harmful free radicals.

      Celebrity chef Nigella Lawson is a huge fan of Garden of Wisdom 100% Pure Prickly Pear Seed Oil, £20 – she raved about it last year and sparked a waiting list.

March Newsletter

Red and Yellow tulips on a blue wood background

And somehow it’s the March newsletter, with all that it brings. So we are going to be taking a look at some new product launches, a new skincare brand and all the latest news and feedback, of which there is quite a lot, but there always is.

I want to discuss our feature articles too, which have always been so very important to me, and as most of you know, International Women’s Day is on March 8th and I will be jumping onto ‘The Podium’ to talk about that and Chrissie Rucker, Founder of The White Company.

Additionally, there are one or two treats in this newsletter and I reveal the brand that has taken their prices right down, as opposed to right the way up, which is the normal occurrence as things go. Let’s do it: Read More…

Oxidative Stress & Vitamin C Serum


How to prevent oxidative stress from ageing your skin – By Camilla Hooper


  • If you’re up to date on your skincare knowledge, you may have heard of the term ‘oxidative stress’ especially in the past year. A result of ‘free-radical damage’ oxidative stress is caused by our environment – whether that is self-induced lifestyle factors or external aggressors such as pollution and UV – and it is now thought to be one of the biggest causes of premature ageing. So what causes oxidative stress and how can you prevent it from ruining your skin?

    What is oxidative stress?

    “To put it simply, oxidative stress occurs when there is an imbalance between free-radicals and antioxidants in your body,” explains in-house pharmacist at Victoria Health, Shabir Daya. “Free-radicals are essentially by-products of a metabolic process in our body carried out by our cells. These by-products – or molecules – can cause damage by bonding themselves to healthy cells that the body needs and breaking them down,” he adds. Read More…

Does Blue Light Affect Our Health?


Over the past few years, there has been plenty of debate about the effects of blue light can have on us. While techies applaud the convenience that brighter, clearer screens offer our hectic schedules, sleep gurus and skin experts have warned about the implications they can have on our sleeping patterns and complexions. 

Last year, a study found that blue light can be detrimental to our eyes and cause damage to our cornea and retina. Researchers from the University of South China warned that we should take protective measures, especially at night to help prevent putting our eyes under oxidative stress.

Earlier this week, another study highlighted that it could be possible that blue light doesn’t just damage our eyes, but it could also affect our brain. Scientists at Oregon State University looked at the effect of blue light has on fruit flies and found that even if it’s not shining directly into your eyes, blue light can damage the neurons in your brain. 

“There is evidence suggesting that increased exposure to artificial light is a risk factor for sleep and circadian disorders,” says co-author of the study, Eileen Chow. “And with the prevalent use of LED lighting and device displays, we are subjected to increasing amounts of light in the blue spectrum, since commonly used LEDs emit a high fraction of blue light.”

Wait, what is blue light?

From your laptop to your smartphone, pretty much every screen in your home emits high-energy visible (HEV) or ‘blue’ light. Even some of your light bulbs give off blue rays. Why have we moved to blue light? Well, essentially it’s super bright and allows you to see your screen clearly in sunlight and it is thought to help boost attention and mood levels.  

How does it impact your body?

Blue light hasn’t been around for long enough for us to fully understand how it affects us, however scientists have been exploring the topic. Plenty of experts agree that blue light can disrupt our circadian rhythm and light exposure at night has been shown to decrease our melatonin (sleep hormone) levels. 

A couple of years back, a study compared the impact of blue light with green light when it comes to our body clock and found that the former suppressed our melatonin levels for twice as long. So, if you’re the kind of person who wakes up in the middle of the night and reaches for your phone, it’s time to take note and potentially invest in a gentler bedside lamp.

There have also been murmurings about the impact of blue light on our skin and some brands have even brought out formulas that promise to help protect our complexions from the premature ageing that is believed to be triggered by our screens.

Can you protect from blue light?

Aside from living by candlelight and limiting your screen time, a very easy trick is to change the light settings on your phone, laptop and computer. If you have an iPhone you’ll find this in your settings > Display & Brightness > Night Shift, which you can set a timer for. While there’s not a lot of research around the benefits of the Night Shift setting, it does highlight how bright the standard blue light setting is and will help limit your exposure in the lead up to bedtime. There are also protective blue light filters in the form of glasses and phone cases. 

If you find it hard to get to sleep at night it is worth taking Cherry Night by Viridian as cherries help to boost your melatonin levels over time. Admittedly the powder does take a couple of weeks to kick into action, but you will notice that it is easier to drift off if you take it consistently every night around an hour before you want to go to bed.

For those who are concerned about the damage blue light is doing to their skin and potentially the rest of their body, it’s worth increasing your intake of antioxidants to help protect against free radical damage. Look to supplements such as astaxanthin and fulvic acid to help protect your body. We recommend Ful.Vic.Health Fulvic Acid Elixir – those who prefer tablets should try Ionicell. Fulvic acid is a fabulous antioxidant and it provides 65+ essential macro and trace minerals to your body (learn more about the benefits, here).

While a lot more research needs to be done to discover exactly how to protect our skin from blue light, dermatologists tend to recommend applying a good quality antioxidant, such as a good vitamin C serum. Regardless of your budget, Garden of Wisdom’s Vitamin C Serum 23% and Ferulic Acid is a good place to start and if you want more of a treatment mask, try Lixirskin’s Vitamin C Paste.

This is an area of research that is going to continue to evolve though. “Human lifespan has increased dramatically over the past century as we’ve found ways to treat diseases, and at the same time we have been spending more and more time with artificial light,” says Chow. “As science looks for ways to help people be healthier as they live longer, designing a healthier spectrum of light might be a possibility, not just in terms of sleeping better but in terms of overall health.”