April Newsletter 2013
Welcome to the April newsletter where we launch some amazing new products (do so love a good launch!), we bring you all the latest news and feedback, I write about ‘miracles’ (with a treat) and Shabir investigates Restless Leg Syndrome. Should spring ever arrive, we have a tried and tested hay fever regimen for you and we have some great editorial features this month, which I will write about later in the newsletter. Additionally, I leap onto The Podium and talk about product famines, because there have been quite a few recently and that said, I am going to start this newsletter with a treat for everybody and then follow with the new product launches. One last thing, Shabir and I will be joining the Beauty Bible girls (Sarah Stacey and Jo Fairley) at The Anti-Ageing Exhibition in London; details later in the newsletter. Let’s go:
On last month’s newsletter I wrote about how skin ages and referred you to an article, Nourish Your Skin, written by Shabir, which you can read here if you missed it. The ageing of skin is a multi-faceted process, which is impacted by lifestyle, dietary choices and genetics. The cells of our bodies are programmed to have a finite lifespan. Each time a cell divides, some genetic material is lost, so that on average thirty to forty cell divisions are usually the maximum and after this the cell is considered to be aged.
The market is flooded with thousands of supplements that claim to have anti-ageing properties, including a variety of marine-based extracts, countless antioxidants and several vitamins and minerals. In order to maintain healthy and radiant skin, you have to protect, nourish and help prevent damage to the cells of skin.
In his article, Shabir recommends three supplements that work synergistically to help nourish the skin, plump it up and help prevent the slide ‘south’. These are Hyaluronic Acid (HA), the most crucial of anti-ageing supplements in our opinion, Skin Restoring Phytoceramides which I love and adore with a big passion and Astaxanthin, a brilliant antioxidant. I have taken all three supplements since they were launched and quite honestly I owe my skin to them!
So here comes the treat; we have put HA and Skin Restoring Ceramides together and then thrown in Astaxanthin as a gift to each of you. Together all three products would normally cost £77, but out of the kindness of my beating heart (!), I am making it £60, which will give you a saving of £17. All you need to do is type ‘Fabulous Skin’ into our search, or click the link below, and the treat will appear! This is a limited time offer and will be available until midnight on Friday 12 April 2013.
Finally, I just want to refer to an article about HA. You can read it here and once you have read it, you will understand just why I continually write about the importance of taking this supplement, in the correct therapeutic dosage, of course. All HA supplementation is not created equally, so I hope you enjoy the treat and now go get great skin!
Fabulous Skin £60 (includes Hyaluronic Capsules High Strength £35; Skin Restoring Phytoceramides £25 and Astaxanthin £17)
Right, we are now heading into the new products that launch this month. As ever it is an eclectic mix and upholds my support of small niche brands. Nothing excites me more than introducing each of you to products that are destined for stardom, so get ready and here we go:
I’m jumping up and down because I’ve made a new discovery. Renouve is the world’s first luxury anti-ageing hand sanitizing lotion made with collagen stimulating peptides. It has a serum-like texture that absorbs quickly; it has luxury, it has class, it is massive in America and was recently invited and included in the top selected Oscar Awards nominees and winners gift bags. Harper’s Bazaar US named Renouve as their Beauty Must-Have; Renouve attended London Fashion Week with huge success, adding it as a fashion-item must-have and the Beauty Bible girls state that Renouve is ‘a completely enormous thing in beauty and fragrance circles’.
I have of course desperately fallen in love; I can’t ignore the ‘sanitizing’ element, which I consider to be an added bonus, but it’s the anti-ageing aspect that has got me hooked. I hope Shabir has his eyes closed (yes, I am guilty of depleting our stock) because I have a bottle of Renouve in my bag, one on my desk in the office, one on my desk at home and one by the side of my bed. I think that your hands (and neck!) are the greatest give-aways in terms of ageing and I am completely blown away by the efficacy of Renouve. The results are virtually immediate and soon I will have the hands of a teenager – yesssss!
Renouve No.1 and Renouve No.6 are available in the UK right now; the product is identical, but the colour schemes on the packaging are different because we are free to choose. I believe every girl should have one (or three!) and glory hallelujah, no essential oils in the formulation, which means I can use it, and word has it that it can help eczema too. Consideration was given to eczema sufferers by avoiding alcohol and other ingredients in the formulation, which could potentially irritate the skin. So just to wrap, I’m now going to replicate an article that appeared in Lucky magazine in the US and quite honestly I have nothing further to add:
Lucky Magazine describes Renouve as ‘The World’s Most Luxurious Multitasking Beauty Product’
‘This multi-tasking product from new beauty brand Renouve is pretty major. It’s a souped-up anti-ageing hand serum that happens to have a sanitizing benefit too. The lightly scented moisturizing hand gel, whipped up in a state-of-the-art lab in Switzerland, is made with wrinkle-busting collagen-stimulating peptides and bitter orange peel extract to naturally destroy germs and bacteria without drying your skin. And let’s not start on the super-elegant packaging’.
Renouve No.1 £22; Renouve No.6 £22
The Eye Doctor Eye Mask
Quite simply the best eye mask I have ever used, and I’ve used a lot of them over the years. This is a microwavable eye compress (although you can use it without warming) and is brilliant for helping to ease and relax away the symptoms of Dry Eye Syndrome, inflammation, grittiness and irritation, blepharitis, styes and cysts. It is an approved medical device and this is where the health/beauty crossover comes in, because it helps eliminate bags under the eyes too, although I am not giving up my amazing eye cream (Restorative Eye Complex). After I’ve finished writing this newsletter, trust me, I shall slap on my eye cream, put on the eye mask and take to my bed because it’s quite magnificent for soothing sore computer eyes too.
The Eye Doctor Eye Mask £19.95; Restorative Eye Complex by Innovative Skincare £73 for 15 ml
Sarah Chapman: Neck and Chest Rejuvenating Complex
On last month’s newsletter, we launched Sarah’s Overnight Hand & Nail Treatment (a weekly treat) and this month it is the turn of another fabulous product, Neck and Chest Rejuvenating Complex. This is an advanced complex to help repair signs of ageing in the exposed neck and chest area and I know many beauty editors who are completely hooked on this. As ever, I am always intrigued to know the inspiration behind a new product launch and so it’s over to Sarah:
‘As a facialist I am aware of signs of damage, uneven dark pigmentation, loss of volume, weakened capillaries, collagen breakdown and creases in the delicate neck and chest area. Neck neglectors inspired me to create this progressive, multi-tasking formula, with a complex of scientific and botanical actives to help recover resilience and improve visible signs of ageing’.
Back to me and you need to know that this silky treatment provides an invisible micro-lift network across the skin to restore a youthful neck and chest contour and helps reduce lines and creases. Revolutionary sea holly stem cell, skin brighteners, peptides, antioxidants, volumisers and firming actives leave the skin feeling and looking plump, smooth and soft.
Over the past couple of years, Sarah has launched some rather magnificent products and long may she continue to do so because there are some pretty iconic products in her range and this is the latest in a long line of them. Anything that helps reduce creasing is good with me!
Neck and Chest Rejuvenating Complex £54 for 40 ml; Overnight Hand & Nail Treatment £35 for 15 ml
Turmeric – The Spice with Health Benefits
Many modern pharmaceutical drugs have been derived directly from plants and fungal species that have been shown to demonstrate remarkable abilities to improve wellbeing or have an effect on diseases at a molecular level. Notable examples include aspirin from willow bark and the discovery of penicillin from a mould by Alexander Fleming. Increasingly, scientists continue to discover plant compounds that demonstrate anti-inflammatory properties, intervene in cell mutation, have powerful anti-microbial and anti-viral properties, and may also slow down the ageing process due to their antioxidant properties. Turmeric is one such compound that has been, and still is, studied extensively for all the above benefits.
In a far-reaching article, Shabir investigates the origins of turmeric and then analyzes the various health benefits, including its role as an anti-inflammatory and a natural antiseptic, together with how it may help in the relief of arthritis, lowering cholesterol and how it can help brain health.
As ever there are many variations of turmeric supplementation on the market, but after extensive research, we recommend Super Bio-Circumin. You can read Shabir’s article here, which I hope you will take the time to read.
Super Bio-Circumin by Life Extension £27.75 for 60 Capsules
I just want to bring you up to speed on news from Phylia de M and most especially about Fulphyl. When we globally launched Fulphyl last November, I wrote at the time that I believed Fulphyl to be the single-most important health product to be released in the past decade and that I was pretty sure that statement would suffice for the next decade too.
Working closely with Kazu Namise, the creator of Phylia de M., I was sent on a steep learning curve about the amazing qualities of Fulvic Acid, and most especially about Phylia’s custom blended organic humic-free Fulvic Acid, which is of course the key ingredient in the propriety mix for the hair care system (Clean, Condition and Connect).
I think I’m beginning to sound like a broken record, but there is a world of difference between organic humic-free Fulvic Acid and the many Fulvic Acids that suddenly seem to be appearing all over the place – oh what a surprise! If you missed what I wrote last November then click here to read the entire story, but just to say that I also wrote that a decision was made to launch Fulphyl before any protocol studies were released, which is something we wouldn’t normally do.
I can now tell you that the one of the protocol studies has been completed in Japan and the results are nothing short of phenomenal. It reiterates the central inspiration behind Phylia, ‘Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine by thy food’ (Hippocrates 460-377 BC). I cannot release the results of the study until it has been translated from Japanese, but I’m pretty sure that it will completely change the face of health as we know it.
Fulphyl has the ability to change lives; it has changed mine and I know from so many of you that it has helped changed yours too. Basically, we all sailed through winter without a cold or a virus; it is energy-giving, it is life-enhancing and I am indebted to Fulphyl founding scientist, Dr Miyayama, whose scientific research and development is so completely awesome, it’s almost surreal. Making a difference is paramount and Fulphyl does just that, on so many different levels.
Two Regimens from Shabir; Hay Fever and Restless Leg Syndrome
I always love this part of the newsletter; this is where I get to put my feet on my desk (eeeek, just need to mention that I’m using Renouve on my feet too) and Shabir writes about common health concerns, so we are going to kick off with the Hay Fever Regimen, followed by The Restless Leg Syndrome regimen:
The Hay Fever Regimen: Hay fever, or seasonal allergic rhinitis, can severely affect the quality of an individual’s life. Occurring mostly during spring and summer, the symptoms of hay fever include a runny nose, sneezing, itchy and watery eyes leaving the person often drained of energy and generally feeling a bit under the weather.
The causes of hay fever are widely known. It is an allergic response to pollen and other airborne allergens such as fungal spores, and the reaction is further heightened by pollution. When airborne allergens such as pollen enter the body, the immune system produces just the right amount of histamine which sends signals to complex structure of blood cells and chemicals that help to protect the body. In the case of hay fever, the body produces far too much histamine than is required resulting in the inflammation of the tissues leading to a stuffy nose, watery eyes, wheezing and even headaches.
Many people resort to conventional treatments which include anti-histamine tablets which are not without side effects. Fortunately, there are some good supplements that can help people to cope with hay fever and I normally recommend the use of Aller-DMG and adults and children over 12 years should take two tablets daily. Containing well researched nutrients, Aller-DMG works to regulate histamine levels in the body, improve respiratory function and ensure that the immune system does not over-react to allergens such as pollen thus helping to reduce the misery of the symptoms of hay fever. Aller-DMG is equally suitable for use against numerous other types of allergies including food intolerances, skin reactions and pet dander.
Aller-DMG by Food Science of Vermont £16.50 for 60 Tablets
In children, hay fever is sometimes as much a result of the exposure to pollen as it is genetic. If either parent has suffered or is still suffering from hay fever, then the chances are slightly higher that their children will be prone to suffer from hay fever. For children between 2 and 12, there are two very good remedies; Alleraide and Nettle Eyebright Formula.
Alleraide is a safe natural homeopathic remedy that helps to relieve the majority of the symptoms of hay fever and does not cause drowsiness. Nettle Eyebright Tincture contains extracts of nettle which have a long traditional history of use for the relief of hay fever. Nettle extracts are known to inhibit the release of histamine in the body and their diuretic activity helps to eliminate histamine quickly. Eyebright is one of the best known herbal eye tonics. The astringent compounds in eyebright reduce sinus congestion, weeping and teary eyes and help catarrhal conditions.
Alleraide £12.75 for 40 Tablets; Nettle Eyebright Formula £10.95 for 30 ml
Pollen grains from trees, grass and weeds are tiny and these irritants may also be responsible for causing breathing difficulties which often accompany hay fever. Fortunately there is help at hand. The benefits of salt were noticed in the 1940’s when abandoned salt mines were often used as bomb shelters. Those who sought safety in these mines noticed an improvement in respiratory function particularly easing shortness of breath. The Saltpipe, with salt from the Transylvanian Praid Salt Mine, is a handy inhaler that brings the benefits of salt mine therapy to your home. Its salty microclimate calms the cells of the respiratory system and induces their natural self-cleansing mechanism.
The Saltpipe Inhaler £29.95 (lasts approximately five years)
Other supportive products for managing the symptoms of hay fever include A Vogel Eye Drops, which contain eyebright to help moisturise and refresh dry, tired and irritated eyes and of course The Eye Doctor Eye Mask (as above). The problem of itchy, irritated and watery eyes is exacerbated in contact lens wearers since dust and pollen can get trapped beneath the surface of the lenses. These eye drops are suitable for those wearing contact lenses.
A Vogel Eye Drops £8.95 for 10 ml; The Eye Doctor Eye Mask £19.95
The Restless Legs Syndrome Regimen: Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) is a neurological disorder which causes an awkward sensation in the legs along with an uncontrollable desire to move the limbs for relief. This uncomfortable sensation usually occurs in the legs and feet, but can also be present on the arms and elsewhere on the body. Most sufferers of RLS describe the sensation as a ‘creepy crawly sensation’, a tingling type, or as if pins and needles are being pricked into the affected part of the body. There may also be numbness which gives the sufferer a strong urge to move the limb or the affected part of the body.
The exact cause of RLS is still not fully understood, however genetics play a link, magnesium and iron deficiencies have been implicated, certain drugs may be responsible for RLS, and some concerns such as diabetes increase the incidences of RLS.
I normally tend to recommend a good circulatory supplement such as Diosmin Plus. This supplement contains powerful circulatory herbs and extracts such as Gotu Kola, Ginger and Horse Chestnut to enhance the flow of blood in the entire body including the lower limbs. This helps to oxygenate all the tissues providing them with vital nutrients such as magnesium to ensure healthy muscle and nerve function. Note: Do not take Diosmin Plus with blood thinning medications such as warfarin and heparin.
Diosmin Plus £25 for 60 Capsules
Since RLS is a neurological disorder, and magnesium deficiencies are implicated, it is vital for sufferers to use Pure Magnesium Oil Spray. Magnesium is involved in over 300 biochemical reactions within our bodies including energy enhancement, synthesis of the sex hormones and for pain relief. It is estimated that a wide spectrum of the adult population is magnesium deficient. With specific reference to nerve function, magnesium works in tandem with calcium to ensure optimal nerve impulse transmission and any deficiency in magnesium results in muscle spasms, twitches or tremors, as well as the symptoms experienced with RLS. Using a topical form of magnesium restores deficiencies quickly and safely as well as helping to alleviate the uncomfortable sensations when sprayed onto the limbs.
Pure Magnesium Oil Spray £16 for 236 ml
Vitamin B-12 deficiency is reaching epidemic proportions in the adult population and it is estimated that nearly half the adult population may be deficient in this nutrient. Vitamin B-12 is needed for the manufacture of the sheath which covers and protects the nerves cells enhancing the conduction of nerve impulses. The neurological implications of a vitamin B-12 deficiency are vast and range from numbness and tingling such as that experienced by RLS sufferers, right through to degenerative nerve diseases. Since vitamin B-12 by way of an oral tablet passing through the stomach will not restore deficiencies significantly due to the lack of a specific protein called intrinsic factor, it is important to supplement this vitamin by the sublingual route and I would recommend the use of Methyl B-12 by Jarrow Formula’s, suck one lozenge daily.
Methyl B-12 £20 for 100 Lozenges
Researchers at the John Hopkins Sleep Disorders Centre in America found that 40% of people suffering from anaemia had RLS and about 20% of pregnant women had RLS suggesting iron deficiency may play a role in RLS. It is thought that iron deficiency in the brain cells causes the misfiring of nerve signals leading to the symptoms. I am not a great advocate of taking iron on an ongoing basis because it is one of the hardest minerals to metabolise and puts a great burden on the liver.
If you suspect that you have anaemia, the symptoms of which include feelings of being out of breath, pale skin, fatigue and weakness, then do visit your GP to confirm that an iron deficiency does exist and if supplementation is necessary then take Globifer Forte, a gentle non-constipating iron supplement. Also increase your dietary intake of iron rich foods such as broccoli, sprouts, rocket and liver.
Globifer Forte £18.50 for 40 Tablets
With My Feet Still Up On My Desk
Listen, a girl could get very used to this kind of thing and I’m rather enjoying abdicating sections of the newsletter to other people, so with that in mind, I have raided the Beauty Bible website (with permission of course!) and I hope you enjoy reading what Sarah and Jo have to say about some of our products:
Skin Truffle Total Face Rejuvenation: We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again (or rather, shout from the rooftops): this got the highest score we’ve ever had for an all-round, all-singing-and-dancing miracle cream in all our years of testing real products on real women in real life. This is a long-standing fave of Sarah’s too. Diamond powder, gold and silk clearly do illuminate the skin from first application as our testers report. Other key ingredients include black truffles, champagne, purifying strawberries and lush cocoa butter, in a cashmere-soft formulation. Of course Beauty Bible testers are currently trialling the new Truffle Noir, but meanwhile, this is still an age-defying sensation. Note from me: Early feedback indicates that Truffle Noir is equally sensational, so that’s one for the day and one for the night!
Skin Truffle £80; Truffle Noir £80; Body Truffle £60 all from Temple Spa
Innovative Skincare Instant Smoothing Gel: Another massive favourite of Sarah’s; a product which works longer-term on lines, but has an instant line-smoothing effect (as the name promises). To quote: ‘If you are d’un certain age, with a few or more signs of ageing, you will wish you could bathe in this. You can’t. But you can see the dramatic and yes, instant, effects on the appearance of your skin. The combination of potent botanicals, peptides and growth factors (one of the founders is a geneticist), plus ‘intelligent proteins’ (give them a bunch of gold stars), helps smooth fine lines and wrinkles and reduces puffiness and dark circles, plus it helps repair damage longer term. Please save up.’
Instant Smoothing Gel by Innovative Skincare £92 for 15 ml
Hyaluronic Acid Capsules High Strength (yes, again!): If we only took one age-defying supplement (we don’t, we rattle), then this would be it. Hailed by revered scientists as the modern day ‘fountain of youth’, we truly believe this has a skin-plumpifying, moisture-boosting effect. When skin is well moisturised, cell communication is good – think of how water conducts electricity (and there are little electricial charges firing in our skin, all the time). The sodium hyaluronate in this supplement is very well absorbed by the body. Can’t live without it.
Hyaluronic Acid Capsules High Strength £35 for 30 Vegecaps
Miracle Glo Perfecting Glotion: Miraculous by name, truly miraculous by effect. The wonderful thing about ageing in the 21st Century (and actually, contrary to popular belief, there ARE lots of wonderful things about it) is that alongside the effective supplements and state-of–the-art skincare, there are cosmetic products which create the instant illusion of a youthful face. Case in point, here: you whisk this onto skin after make-up, using the special brush, and the light-reflecting pigments do two things: they blur the appearance of lines and give skin that dewy freshness of youth. All you need is the teensiest bit, which means a bottle might just last you a lifetime!
Miracle Glo Perfecting Glotion with Brush £40
The above neatly dovetails into news about the first ever Anti-Ageing Show to be held at London’s Olympia on the weekend of Saturday 11 May and Sunday 12 May. Sarah Stacey and Jo Fairley will be on Stand B24 and on both days from 13.20 to 13.40 they will be on stage speaking about their favourite anti-ageing tips. The rest of the time they will be on their stand just for you, to chat, sign books, swop information and give tips and/or help with any beauty or health dilemmas.
On the Saturday, from around 1.15 pm, Shabir will be joining the girls for a couple of hours to give his expert advice as well, so do come and say hello! Yes, yes, I will be there too, but I haven’t been given a role; maybe I will be needed to clean the stand, give my views on the world or alternatively comb Shabir’s hair (he goes mad if anybody touches it). Actually if you do come and visit, I might just give you a little gift to go home with. I’m kind like that!
So holding hands, we have a great ticket offer for you. You can buy two tickets for less than the price of one, making it £13 for two people. It’s pretty simple to do; just call The Anti-Ageing Show ticket hotline on 0844 858 6764 or visit www.anti-ageingshow.com/tickets and quote promotional code SHINE.
I feel a party coming on strong; maybe I’ll bring jam sandwiches and cakes – no I’ve got a better idea, Sarah bakes fabulously, she can make us all one great big pink cake. She is going to kill me, but so what, I’ve just decided that we are going to turn The Anti-Ageing Show into a riot. I run the risk of being thrown out and am wondering what would happen if I hid champagne behind the pile of The Anti-Ageing Beauty Bible books. My role has just been defined. Bring it on!
News and Feedback
Right, let’s now take a look at the latest news and feedback and I am going to begin with an article on vaginal dryness, which recently appeared in YOU magazine. Given that I am rather partial to a riot, as you will have just read, nothing quite prepared us for the riot that ensued following the publication of this article. I am going to replicate it below, but will just say that I’m so sorry that a high percentage of you have had to be put on a wait list, it just went completely wild and I really couldn’t have predicted the response:
Sarah Stacey’s Health Notes: My recent column on vaginal dryness attracted helpful advice from a reader …. ‘My husband and I stopped lovemaking after years of unsuccessful treatment with vaginal creams containing low-dose oestrogen. My GP refused to refer me to a gynaecologist and knew nothing of any natural treatment. I read an article in Menopause Matters magazine on sea buckthorn (Omega 7) and its action on mucous membrane, including ‘intimate dryness’. I was delighted to find intercourse was comfortable and enjoyable again in under three weeks’.
Pharmacist, Shabir Daya, comments that sea buckthorn extracts have helped numerous women with dryness associated with the atrophy of the cells lining the vagina. Omega 7 essential fatty acid helps maintain healthy lipid levels in skin cells and also restores elasticity. He recommends a supplement called Omega 7 Sea Buckthorn Cellular Support by Sibu, which contains essential fatty acids, plus micro-minerals that work to ensure optimal cell function.
Cellular Support by Sibu £25.48 for 60 Softgels; Omega 7 Sea Buckthorn Oil by PharmaNord £37.95 for 150 Capsules; Good Glide with Love Beads (we recommend using this alongside supplementation) £15 for 100 ml
It’s All Good & Geisha Smoothing Towel: From a VH Addict: ‘I just wanted to send a quick note to say how great I think the Temple Spa facial oil and the Geisha Smoothing Towel are. Both actually surprised me with just how good they are. The facial oil (even in the day under my Innovative Skincare moisturiser) has been brilliant for smoothing the skin on my face and helping ‘make-up’ look way more invisible without any shininess, even after a good 16 hours. I wouldn’t be able to use most oils in the daytime, but this is brilliant, plus 50 ml is a huge amount for the price.
It’s All Good by Temple Spa £37 for 50 ml
The Geisha Towel makes me laugh: I stand in the bathroom thinking how great it is being so effective that I can see the dead skin coming off, while at the same time being dismayed at how meticulous I’m going to have to be the next time I clean the bathroom! It’s fantastic on arms though, not harsh at all, but incredibly effective. What a steal!
Geisha Smoothing Towel £5.65
The Magnesium Obsession
The feedback we have been receiving about magnesium over the past few weeks has almost reached fever pitch. I have been writing about magnesium for many years, but it currently seems to have gained the status as the mineral of choice for busy fashionistas-around-town, which is quite amusing. Do so love a good trend!
That aside, a reader with Rheumatoid and Psoriatic Arthritis calls Pure Magnesium Oil Spray ‘a wonder drug’ because it is helping her sleep and she is far more agile than she has been for many years. She asked me to tell all arthritis sufferers to try it ‘because they will be delighted’, so I’ve just done that thing. I will add to that and say that if you suffer from neck ache, most especially if you are chained to a computer screen, then a couple of sprays on the neck area, two or three times a day, will work wonders. Please don’t overdo it and I just need to point out that if you start to itch after spraying, this is perfectly normal. This happens because we are all mostly magnesium deficient, but it will lessen in time and you can apply a moisturiser or body lotion on top of the spray if it becomes a touch uncomfortable. It will not affect the efficacy of the magnesium.
Pure Magnesium Oil Spray £16 for 236 ml
Just to close on magnesium, Shabir has written an article on magnesium, which you can read here and also many of us have taken to using Magnesium Gel as a relaxing bath treat. The gel is a very concentrated form of magnesium, so although you can use it directly on your skin, I prefer to squeeze a dollop into the bath and use the Oil Spray on my skin. It’s quite a big bottle, so you will get many baths out of it, which is all rather wonderful in my book. Another addiction!
Magnesium Gel £20 for 473 ml
Trust me, I’m keeping this short and sweet, but I cannot write this newsletter without addressing the many product famines we have experienced over the past few weeks. As ever, they all seem to come together, which means that I am left banging my head against a brick wall, but in reality there is nothing I can do to ease the agony of waiting, although a good few thumps on my desk always seems to help!
High demand for a specific product is of course a wonderful thing and nothing makes me happier knowing that these cutting-edge, pioneering products really make a difference. Mostly we have to create wait lists because the manufacturers just can’t keep up with the demand, and there are times when we are faced with a raw ingredient issue, which was recently the case on Magnolia Rhodiola Complex. In addition, most of the supplements that are on wait lists are manufactured in America, so we have to wait for them to wing their way over the Atlantic. And then there is customs!
I know it’s a pretty cool thing in cosmetic circles to have a wait list, but in our case I am giving you the facts and not giving you a load of hype to make the product ‘elusive’. At all times we do our very best to keep you in the loop via emails from our customer care team, or phone calls from the VH team, so I just wanted to apologise if you have been kept waiting recently.
Under normal circumstances, we process and send all of our orders within 24-48 hours of receipt and in line with company policy, we do not take monies from your account until the day your order is processed and sent. We are of course in day to day contact with the manufacturers, which probably drives them a bit nuts, but such is life!
It is all well and good adding the word ‘Miracle’ to a product, but there are very few products that can actually live up to that word. I have had more ‘miracles’ land on my desk over the years than I care to remember, but sometimes products come along that are completely worthy of their ‘miracle’ status. Here are three of them, with a treat at the end:
Miracle Lotion: Vintage VH, we have had this product listed on our site since the beginning of time and the packaging is virtually pre-historic, as I’ve always written. But do we care – no we don’t because this is one of the best body lotions in the history of the world and is a rather fabulous multi-tasker. Dry legs, itchy skin, sunburn, there is virtually nothing that Miracle Lotion can’t be used for. I know that secretly some beauty editors use it on their face, with brilliant results, so hurray for Miracle Lotion and all who use it!
Miracle Lotion £15 for 237 ml
Instant Miracle Mask: A year since its launch, Sarah Chapman’s Instant Miracle Mask has become an iconic product that never, ever fails to impress. A few miracles going on here, but essentially you shake, paint, peel and reveal and the ‘reveal’ is the most exciting part. This is a monumentally wonderful flash effect skin perfecting mask and you can also use the mask to help the absorption of a targeted serum by laying it underneath, which I think is very satisfying indeed!
Instant Miracle Mask £38 for 4 x 15g Sachets; Instant Miracle Mask Refills £42 for 6 x 15g sachets
Perfect Legs Skin Miracle: Let’s get prepared for the annual unveiling of our legs with this perfecting, repairing serum, which gives an A-List shimmer and an instant summer glow. Even if we are not ready to bare all just yet, this instantly helps to enhance legs and helps combat skin imperfections, discolouration and scars. A powerful complex of Vitamin C and Vitamin E help even out skin tone, while Arnica helps to fade bruising. Providing a natural, no-chemical tint, massage into dry skin anytime and it can be used all over the body for a top-to-toe glow. I’m pretty sick of ‘winter skin’, let’s get massaging.
Perfect Legs Skin Miracle £36 for 120 ml
The Treat: I very rarely write about Seven Wonders Miracle Oil, the companion product to Miracle Lotion. I’m not sure why, because like it’s big brother (or sister, I suppose), this is completely sensational. Packed with seven rich natural oils and 14 natural herbs, it has a luxurious satin texture, which leaves skin supple, smooth and deeply hydrated. It is also multi-tasking and can be used as a hair oil, a bath oil, a body oil, a massage oil or a cuticle oil.
Please read this part carefully: If you buy any two of the ‘Miracle’ products as mentioned above, then we will pop a bottle of Seven Wonders Miracle Oil in your order as a gift, worth £15. This will not show up on your invoice, but will be sitting in one of our black boxes ready to be used alongside your two other products. This offer is good for the duration of this newsletter. Hope you love it!
Seven Wonders Miracle Oil £15
Before I write about our regular contributors, I am going to introduce you to three new contributors for this month and I hope you enjoy reading their articles:
Catherine Turner: I have known the uber-talented Catherine forever (well almost forever) and we didn’t actually meet through our work, which is pretty weird bearing in mind she was a health and beauty editor. We have had some fun times over the years and knowing Catherine as I do, it came as no surprise that after eight years as the beauty and health director on a glossy magazine, she made a life-changing decision and exchanged her dream job for a dream trip to India. In this evocative article, Catherine writes about her journey and how India was a mind-blowing experience for her. I urge you to read it.
Catherine Turner’s India
Sarah Vine: Sarah is the beauty editor, columnist and feature writer for The Times and has recently launched her own health and beauty website, getthegloss.com. For those of you who follow Sarah’s beauty column every Saturday in The Times magazine, you will know that she has a style all of her own, which I love because there is always something she has written that makes me laugh. Not one to beat around the bush, Sarah tells it as it is and that’s why we adore her; you can also read about her favourite five products from VH.
A Day in the Life: Sarah Vine
Jane Alexander: Jane is a journalist and author specialising in integrated health, natural wellbeing and spirituality. She is the author of over 20 books, including Spirit of the Home, The Energy Secret and The Holistic Therapy Bible. That aside, we share a deep love for Bruce Springsteen and I could have commissioned her to write an article about the night we went to a Bruce Springsteen concert, but I thought better of it! Instead, Jane writes about Feng Shui, which gives an insight into this ancient practice.
Feng Shui by Jane Alexander
Gill meets Geraldine Howard: This month I go face to face with Geraldine Howard, founder of Aromatherapy Associates. As you will have read on the March newsletter, Geraldine has just launched a new bath and shower oil, Inner Strength, which was borne from her tenacity to heal herself after she was diagnosed with cancer. This article has touched me deeply, so please take time to read about Geraldine’s journey, her great courage and her hopes and aspirations for Inner Strength.
Gill meets Geraldine Howard
Note: If you missed what I wrote last month, then please click here to read all about Inner Strength and how you could win the opportunity to have ‘The Ultimate Aromatherapy Experience’, a 60 minute treatment worth £90. This opportunity closes at the end of March at which time we will contact the three winners.
Inner Strength Bath & Shower Oil by Aromatherapy Associates £39 for 55 ml
In other editorial features, The Headline Colors Spy is back with more inside information from the world of fashion; the Beauty Bible girls ‘Travel Gorgeously’ and Jo Fairley writes about ‘Red Lipstick’, with just a touch of oooh-la-la and danger attached.
The Love Crush
This month I have a love crush on the following products:
Atlantic Seaweed Bath: Vintage VH, again! I LOVE anything to do with seaweed because it is so therapeutic and has been traditionally recommended for helping to alleviate dry skin, relieving aches and pains from the body and helping body detoxification. If you are seeking a ‘sexy’ kind of bath, then forget this, but if you want to feel pretty wonderful, then do try this. It’s a real experience as you have to immerse the netted seaweed for at least 15 minutes in a container of very hot water and then throw the whole thing into the bath. It expands rapidly as it releases natural oils and I add a dollop of Magnesium Gel as well. This can be re-used within 48 hours.
Atlantic Seaweed Bath £10.30
Whirled Peas Firming Face Mask: I actually only ordered this product because I was intrigued by ‘Whirled Peas’, but as it happens it would appear that whirled peas are a precious and elusive thing. This face mask contains Proteasyl, a rare bio-compound isolated from green peas that is clinically proven to help improve skin’s firmness and elasticity. From the packaging: ‘Don’t just visualise whirled peas, apply it daily. Garden peas may look like little green marbles, but ‘little marvels’ would be more appropriate; peas are a valuable source of Vitamins A and K, as well as magnesium, a vital mineral for collagen synthesis’. Now you know!
Whirled Peas Firming Face Mask by Collective Wellbeing £22 for 142 grams
Extreme Protect: Because it is so soothing and because when I was scratching my legs like crazy after a very mild allergic reaction recently, I grabbed this, pumped it on, massaged it in and it gave me instant relief. Seriously effective for compromised skin conditions, use this on your face if you suddenly have a break-out. Life-saving qualities!
Extreme Protect SPF 30 by Innovative Skincare £64 for 100 grams
Mega Probiotic ND: For all it is, for all it does and for sorting out bloating issues.
Mega Probiotic ND £18.50 for 60 Capsules
Catwalk: Decided to go red and am loving it ……
Catwalk by Headline Colors £9
The end! Together with Shabir and the VH Team, I would like to thank you as ever for you amazing loyalty and support; to our manufacturers, we forgive you, honestly we do and all that remains is for me to wish each of you a great April.