Weekend Read 28 November 2020

Weekend Read 28 November 2020

As we continue to dress ourselves up in front of your very eyes, I hereby announce that all the editorial features are back on our site, and we are still standing. In full transparency, I will continue to walk you through some of the changes we are making and why we are making certain decisions. For me, one of the most important things is to retain the values that are so important for each of us. I refuse to conform to whatever I am expected to conform to as a health, beauty and wellbeing site. It really doesn’t suit me at all. But more on that at the end of this missive, as I will now take you into the lead treat.

And it’s Ionicell. I think most of you knew that this would be making an appearance at some point. So here it is, and on any given day it is either our bestselling supplement, or our second bestselling supplement. Its rival is Hyaluronic Acid, although of course I know that most of you take both. Ionicell is the capsule version of Fulvic Acid Elixir. We do both because some of you prefer liquid supplementation and I am often asked which is better. The answer is that there is no difference in efficacy, it is merely a matter of choice. It is a well-known fact that I take both, for no other reason than because I can and because I am a die-hard Fulvic advocate. Obviously.

So the run-through. Ionicell contains Ioniplex, a Fulvic ionic mineral that contains up to 65 essential macro and trace minerals. Its benefits are far-reaching and powerful and that would include the fact that we have always called it the next generation hair, skin and nails formulation. Of course, we align Fulvic supplementation with our topical Fulvic products, so when you use both together you achieve the ‘inside out’ phenomena as so many of you have experienced. That aside, Ionicell provides nutrients to our cells for energy production and it helps protect against cellular damage, a major cause of ageing of the body and our glands, including, of course, skin.

I know that your fingers are already quivering, in line with Shabir’s equilibrium I guess, so for today only, Saturday 28 November, I am reducing the price of Ionicell down to £15, from £20. The normal caveats remain, which are that this offer will end at midnight GMT tonight and will only be available whilst stock lasts. I have not put a limit on the quantity you are allowed to buy, basically because I know that rather a lot of you like to stash these things as and when they appear. Ionicell has appeared. In its own inimitable way. 
Ionicell £15 for 60 Capsules (Offer Ends At Midnight GMT Saturday 28 November)

Last week I wrote about Shabir’s Inflammatory Skin Regimen for the face, which I know helped so many of you. So I would like to continue the theme this week by taking a look at rashes on the body. Rashes can appear on the body for varying reasons, including of course allergies, which I know and understand only too well. However there are a growing volume of idiopathic rashes making an appearance. We know some of them may be related to the menopausal years, but we cannot rule out that our stress levels have something to do with this as well. Let’s take a look.

Topically, steroid creams are quick and often effective at helping to alleviate inflammatory skin concerns, but of course long-term use will break down the barrier in between cells, causing skin to thin. This is not great because our skin thins with age anyway and this breakdown can result in a greater occurrence of rashes, which we need to avoid. And we believe we can help conquer these rashes with just two products. Both of which live with me. Because I’m the living and breathing expert on allergies and rashes.

The first product is Stinging Nettle Urtica Drops. Nettles are highly nutritive, however nettle also works as a mild diuretic and inhibits histamine, the chemical responsible for causing hives, rashes and itching. It is recommended that 15 drops are taken three times day and it is perfectly safe for use with any medication. Topically, Basix Skin Defence is a steroid-free cream containing several actives to help calm down inflammation as it helps soothe and comfort itchy skin. I suppose it would be daft to tell you that it also helps control hay fever because we are in the midst of Winter. Except I’ve just done it. 
Stinging Nettle Urtica Drops by A Vogel £10.50 for 50 mlBasix Skin Defence Cream £19.99 for 50 ml

It is very well documented that over the years we have launched some of the most important health, beauty and wellbeing brands and products, many of which are now world-renowned. It remains a complete privilege to be trusted to do these things in order that we can keep you updated on the very latest research and development across all genres. And after the successful launches of Liposomal Vitamin C and Liposomal Glutathione for YourZooki, which appear a few paragraphs down, I am beyond excited to launch their latest product, Liposomal Collagen.

We have been talking about Liposomal technology for rather a long time. Essentially Liposomes are tiny bubbles made up from essential phospholipids, and it is those essential phospholipids that surround our cells. In this instance, by wrapping collagen peptides in phospholipids, a barrier is created around the collagen that protects is from the harsh environment of the digestive system. And it is with this ground-breaking technology that Collagen Zooki has been uniquely formulated to deliver on promise, not only in supporting collagen formation in the skin, but also in our muscles, cartilage, bones, gums, teeth, blood vessels and organs.

There are several different types of collagen available, but Collagen Zooki uses marine collagen because it is richer in ‘Type 1’ collagen, the most abundant form of collagen found within the body, compared to bovine or porcine. Collagen Zooki is flavoured with natural lime extracts and can be taken straight from the sachet or mixed with water, smoothies, yoghurts or porridge. The choice is yours, but we do recommend you take it in the morning. Actually, we recommend you take it. Full stop. I mean if you are going to launch a new product, just make sure it knocks everything else out of the water in its category. This does. In my humble opinion. 
Liposomal Collagen by YourZooki £27.99 for 14 Sachets

Acne. It would be stating the obvious to say that if we could help prevent acne, then there would be no need to write about acne scarring. So what I am about to do is refer you to one of Shabir’s archived articles on this subject, where he begins by talking about the prevention of acne by recommending his favourite supplement for compromised skin concerns, Clear Skin Complex, which also made an appearance last week in his Inflammatory Skin Regimen.

Onwards from that, he (that would be Shabir) investigates the different types of scarring, such as acne spots and ice pick scars, before discussing how best to treat these scars. There are two topical products that he recommends, the first is silicon-free Azelaic Acid and the second is Rosehip Seed Oil. Silicon, as so many of you know, can clog pores, so we’ll stay away from that and Rosehip Seed Oil has been the subject of many studies, including a clinical trial which took place in South America in the early 1980s, where it was found to not only regenerate skin, but also to help improve the appearance of all types of scars. Not overnight, I need to add. 
VH Editorial: How To Fade Acne ScarsClear Skin Complex by Viridian Nutrition £24.70 for 60 Capsules; Azelaic Acid by GoW for VH £14 for 30 ml; 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rosehip Seed Oil £10 for 30 ml

With prevailing global uncertainties, it is perfectly normal to feel tired if you feel rundown and are having difficulties coping. We interchange the terms tired, fatigue and exhaustion, yet in medical terms they are very distinct. Tiredness differs from fatigue and if you are fatigued you will find it difficult to concentrate, you will have low stamina levels and you may have difficulties sleeping. There are many causal factors, including adrenal stress, hormonal imbalances and poor nutritional intake.

The lowdown, in a few words, is that Shabir takes a look at what causes fatigue, together with the role of the adrenal glands and adrenal stress. And with that he recommends two products to help overcome these issues. They are Methyl B-12 and Super Ubiquinol CoEnzyme Q10. For more words, a lot more words in fact, do read the article linked below. Thank you. 
VH Editorial: Understanding Tiredness, Fatigue and ExhaustionMethyl B-12 by Jarrow Formulas £20 for 100 Lozenges; Super Ubiquinol CoEnzyme Q10 by Life Extension £20 for 30 Softgels

The middle treat. And it’s from Aurelia. Which means I’m not sure how long it will last, but here it comes. It is the 20 ml version of their Cell Revitalise Night Moisturiser, which in their language is an advanced night cream suitable for most skin types. It fuses probiotic and peptide technologies with plant and flower essences to help hydrate and soothe dull and dehydrated skin. It is also loaded with essential oils of Neroli, Lavender, Rose and Mandarin. It has a value of just over £20, but whilst stocks last, you can buy this limited edition for £10. Hold back if you have an essential oil allergy, like me. Otherwise it’s all yours. If you are in time. 
Cell Revitalise Night Moisturiser by Aurelia £10 for 20 ml (Whilst Stock Lasts)

In this week’s Health Notes, Sarah muses on how anxiety is the most common chronic mood disorder worldwide, particularly now with the pandemic. Research shows that lavender oil capsules can offer an effective alternative to drugs and also how the essential oil of Lavender may help you too. Over to Sarah. 
How Lavender Can Help Anxiety by Sarah Stacey

Let’s skip back into new product territory. And we do this by announcing the launch of the latest supplement from Ross J. Barr. Yes, Ross of Healing Patch fame (the fame bulletin perhaps) has created his DHA/EPA formulation designed to be taken whilst trying to conceive, during pregnancy and throughout breastfeeding. This sits alongside the Male and Female formulas and helps support both mother and baby in the development of the immune system, the brain, bones and general long-term health. And in case you were unaware, Ross is regarded as one of the country’s leading and most trusted fertility specialists. And I adore him. Just needed to say that. 
DHA/EPA Formula £25 for 60 Capsules; Female Fertility Formula £32 for 30 Tablets; Male Fertility Formula £32 for 60 Capsules; Healing Patches £15 for Five Patches

And there she was. Trinny, that is. Last weekend she did a ‘Live’ where she was syringing Liposomal Glutathione into her mouth. And now so many of you are doing the same. Known as the ‘master’ antioxidant, Glutathione helps to protect the human body from various medical conditions, including heart disease, stroke and Alzheimer’s disease. It is the most abundant antioxidant in the body, but levels decline with age. No surprise there.

Liposomal Glutathione is the most powerful and absorbable form of this supplement, well it would be because of the Liposomal technology which I keep banging on about like a broken record. I can’t help myself, but I do it because if you are going to take supplementation, I need to guide you to the leaders in the field. So I will continue to do that and if you go to the product page, you can read much more about Glutathione. With its unquestionable efficacy, I might as well include Liposomal Vitamin C in that statement on efficacy. And then there were three YourZooki products. All on one bulletin. 
Liposomal Glutathione by YourZooki £34.99 for 30 Servings; Liposomal Vitamin C by YourZooki £39.99 for 30 x 15 ml Sachets

We now arrive at the first feedback paragraph and I will begin this by thanking Lisa Armstrong for including the Japanese Cleansing Cloud in The Telegraph last weekend. And how cute did the Cloud look. As I wrote a couple of weeks ago, the manufacturers are still struggling to keep up with the high demand, so please bear with. We will get them to you in the fullness of time. I’m taking the maxim that all good things are worth waiting for. The Cloud is a good Cloud. And he is smiling. 
Japanese Cleansing Cloud £12 for 100 grams

The second feedback paragraph is all to do with Fulvic Acid Nail Cream. But then what did I expect when I told you that you could use it on your lips too. Whenever I mention Fulvic Nail, I get flooded with emails about its brilliance and last week was no exception. For the record, I just want to say that you only need to use the tiniest bit on your lips and there is no need to smear it on. There is much talk about nail wellness at the moment, so let’s include lip wellness in there too. And unless I am hallucinating, I think it also helps to make lips look fuller. God only knows how it manages to do that too, but I’ll take it as it comes. And it’s not only the Cloud who is smiling. 
Fulvic Acid Nail Cream £12 for 30 ml

Being as neat as I can, when I was writing about Ionicell at the beginning of all of this, I said that all Fulvic supplementation is enhanced by the use of topical products. So for the Saturday only treat, we will include the 60 ml size of Fulvic Acid Shampoo with every order placed today (Saturday 28 November) for £25 and over (excluding p&p). This will only be available whilst stocks last, but I think we will cover it, unless something goes seriously wrong. And right now, anything could happen. These things I know. Only too well.

And with that, I am going to have a bit of a podium moment if I may. I read an article a few days ago about a man who was about to lose his business because of fake reviews which were posted on his site. If life isn’t difficult enough, this is happening all over the place and of course not only is it tantamount to bullying, but it often leads to mental instability, let alone a complete loss of income. But that’s only half the story.

With each iteration of the design of our website, and there have been several, we are always asked if we are going to put a review section on our product pages. The answer is no. And as long as I am living and breathing, it will remain that way. I could in fact write an entire thesis on the subject of reviews, but it is very well documented that brands were (and still are) paying people to write sensational reviews on their own products and conversely paying another group of people to diss competitive products. Such is the beauty industry, but of course it happens across all things and I’m sorry but this is basically corruption fuelled by greed and spite. No more. No less.

As I end this, I think it needs to be said that honest reviews do not frighten me at all. I have long known that not every product is loved by every person who buys and uses it. We are not living in a Utopian state of perfection, far from it. It’s all we can ever do to continue supporting the brands and products that we do, with a particular emphasis on niche brands. And I’m happy with that.

Finally, together with Shabir, Lara and the entire VH team, I thank you for your ongoing loyalty and support.

Wishing each of you a peaceful weekend.

With love

Gill x