Welcome to the August newsletter where we will be continuing the NIOD (Non-Invasive Options in Dermal Science) journey, and what a journey it is; I have breaking news about iS Clinical and Innovative Skincare, we launch a long-awaited product from Sarah Chapman and we have a limited edition Phylia offer (run, don’t walk!). As ever we will also be taking a look at some pretty common health concerns and there are some treats throughout, so please read carefully. We’ll start with NIOD:
NIOD – Non-Invasive Options in Dermal Science
I have just declared this past week ‘National NIOD Week’ because as I’m writing this, we have just come through the most extraordinary few days I have ever seen at VH and not a lot could make me happier. To globally launch a brand is a big responsibility as well as an incredible privilege; the feedback we have received has of course been sensational and having launched four products from NIOD over the past twelve weeks, we are having a new product launch sabbatical this month and we are doing ‘catch up’ instead.
So the past few days; I sat and watched as article after article appeared in the press, all hailing the magnificence of NIOD and I quickly turned into an emotional wreck because I knew each of the articles were written from the heart on the back of an obsession with the products. True and honest acceptance of pioneering products means more to me than anything, so amidst the tears of joy I would like to thank Annabel Rivkin (ES magazine), Lisa Armstrong (The Telegraph), India Knight (Sunday Times Style), Edwina Ings-Chambers and Sarah Jossel (Sunday Times Style), Gabrielle Dyer (LOOK) and Carolyn Asome for believing. You can read two of these articles below, but all of these articles (and more!) are on our In the Press section here.
Because I have written reams about the two core NIOD products, CAIS and MMHC, I am going to replicate Annabel Rivkin’s article here on those two products; I have nothing to add, except thanks be to you too Annabel:
‘Let’s dive in, shall we? I am obsessed with NIOD Copper Amino Isolate Serum. I’ve always believed in serums, but – if I’m honest – more in theory than in practice. I believed because it was comforting to believe, rather than because I’d witnessed actual proof. Like God.
So now that I’ve professed my faith, allow me to evangelise: this boringly named serum places the skin in a permanent state of heightened repair. Its copper tripeptide-1 is responsible for a wide range of skin-health functions, including wound healing, collagen synthesis, blood vessel development and anti-inflammatory responses. Other products do contain this peptide, but not in such an extraordinarily high concentration.
This stuff – a weird, watery blue liquid – makes skin look, feel and act younger. After two weeks of applying it, I no longer use moisturiser (just supplementary product NIOD Multi-Molecular Hyaluronic Complex, if you must know), which I’ve always piled on with abandon. There’s no need for foundation either.
I catch sight of my reflection and it resembles a pre-40, pre-weary me. All of a sudden there is a pleasingly plump uniformity about my complexion.
A cushioned, healthful recovery that I am genuinely astounded by. I look happier. This is brave new skincare for a brave new world. Hallelujah. And glory be. Thanks be to NIOD’
Copper Amino Isolate Serum £38 for 15 ml; Copper Amino Isolate Serum £60 for 30 ml; Multi-Molecular Hyaluronic Complex £38 for 30 ml
Feet up on my desk as Gabrielle Dyer writes about Photography Fluid (PF); I just need to tell you that PF has sold out four times over the past few weeks, but we are fully stocked at the moment – more I cannot say – Gabrielle, your platform awaits:
‘This serum will give you picture perfect skin. Wave goodbye to filters and airbrushing apps, this wonder fluid is your answer to supermodel selfies.
When Photography Fluid landed on our desk we were a bit sceptical. And, who wouldn’t be – a skincare product that promises to rival the effects of photo filters is, like, huge. But, I can safely say, we’re taking our hats off to the people at NIOD, because this really is the first ever no-filter product that will get you flawless looking skin in photos. So, what is it? Slightly gold in colour, the shimmering priming fluid works like a filter on the skin and uses superfine light reflecting particles to blur out any fine lines or imperfections.
Nano-Prismatic Gold Technology – that’s the slight gold tint to me and you – corrects uneven skin tones and helps to really brighten your bases, getting your complexion photo-ready in on simple step.
The best part about it is you don’t even have to wear any make-up, if anything it allows you to get away with wearing little to none, which is great now that it’s summer and the last thing we all want is to be stepping out with a face full of foundation.
Just mix a few drops into your favourite moisturiser or bb cream, it works amazingly on all skin types, and smooth all over your face for a gorgeous glow that really looks like its come from within. If you don’t fancy going make-up free, mix into your foundation, or apply as a base and wear your usual make-up on top.
This clever formula stays put all day, it literally doesn’t budge unless you go at it with a face wipe, so there’s no need for touch ups mid-selfie; it also helps keep your make-up in place – two birds one stone, right.
So does it live up to the claims? Well, my skin definitely looks more radiant and even toned in photographs, with a dewy glow. In other words, it’s magic in a bottle. What more could you want?
Photography Fluid £20 for 30 ml
Lip Bio-Lipid Concentrate
As I wrote on last month’s newsletter, I pre-released Lip Bio-Lipid Concentrate to the VH Addicts, purely because I thought my brain might explode if I didn’t tell somebody. The intention was that they would receive it before the July newsletter got released, but then it all kind of went pear-shaped.
Brandon (Brandon Truaxe Founder & CEO of DECIEM and Creator of NIOD) decided to tweak the product slightly, which made it even better, if that was possible, but it got delayed. Meanwhile, I was sitting tapping my nails (red at the moment) on my desk because the newsletter was looming and apart from my lab sample, there wasn’t one single Lip in the country. Aside from the fact that I couldn’t send it to anybody, I have never, ever released a newsletter without having our lead product in stock. I thought I was going to die – read on:
It became rather obvious that I either needed to emigrate somewhere or we took drastic action, so we (or rather Brandon) did the latter. On the Monday evening before the Tuesday release of the newsletter, Brandon put a member of his team on a direct flight from Toronto to London with a suitcase full of Lip, which meant that I could send Lip to some of you; in the midst of all of this mayhem the newsletter got released and there was a stampede for Lip, the likes of which I don’t think I have ever seen from a newsletter before. I was pretty staggered when we released Photography Fluid (I still am!), but Lip beat it.
Right now we are fully stocked, but anything can happen and it normally does; because I’m big on communication, I had to send out an apology email for the delay, but at the most it was a 48 hour delay, so I thank you for being so patient. If you missed what I wrote about Lip then click here.
I have been using it longer than anybody else and let me tell you, it just continues to get better and better; I’m at the point where I think there must be a natural end to the improvement, but there isn’t. One more thing to say, I am guilty of over-use; for sure I use it every morning and every evening, but if you are going out, put a layer on, fill in your lips with a natural liner, I use Spice by MAC, and go hit the streets with the best-looking lips in the world and that’s without hype or exaggeration!
Lip Bio-Lipid Concentrate £38 for 15 ml
iS Clinical and Innovative Skincare
Following through on my final sentence above, I just want to talk about hype for the moment. I think there is a big difference between ‘hype/marketing’ and ‘passion’; because I wear my heart on my sleeve when it comes to products, I think you can always tell when I am completely passionate about something. I’m damn fussy, but discernment and integrity are so vital in this crowded industry, that I make no apology for taking this stance. So from one passion, NIOD, to another, iS Clinical and Innovative Skincare. There are some major changes on these two brands, so please read carefully and before I get bombarded with emails, nothing is happening to Sheald Recovery Balm, which comes under the iS Clinical branding – as if!
Here it comes: the Innovative Skincare brand is being morphed into the iS Clinical brand; in other words, we will have Innovative Skincare available until the end of September and then it will be no more. There are two product exceptions to this, Extreme Protect and the Eclipse sunscreens will continue with the Innovative branding for the moment, but we are going to lose Instant Smoothing Gel (superseded by Youth Serum), Reparative Moisturiser (don’t panic, I’ll come onto that in a minute), Exfoliating Enzyme Treatment, Coolmint Revitalizing Masque and the product I am most sad about, Warming Honey Cleanser. The available stock is quite limited, so may I suggest that you get it whilst you can because once it is gone, it is gone.
So Reparative Moisturiser, my favourite moisturiser of all-time, bar none. I actually didn’t think it could get any better, but my LA boyfriends have re-formulated and it is amazing. I have been testing alongside a VH Addict and we are both completely impressed because it delivers on promise, all wrapped up with a new name too. It is now called Reparative Moisture Emulsion, I had to watch it launch in the US before we got it (OMG why can’t we launch at the same time!) and it helps target compromised skin conditions including rosacea, sunburn, ageing skin and post-procedure skin.
The wrap; I use CAIS, then MMHC and then I mix a drop of Photography Fluid (all NIOD) into my Reparative Moisture Emulsion; we are all different, but my skin is ultra-sensitive and I can’t use skincare products that even have one drop of an essential oil in them. So this is how it is right now, I can get away without using make-up, my skin literally glows, but then I’m really not surprised because we are talking about cutting-edge, pioneering skincare that refuses to conform and I will just say that the non-conformity excites me more than anything. The results speak volumes, so let’s leave it at that before I have a soapbox moment about dumb, ineffectual skincare – so tempted, but would rather live a bit longer!
Reparative Moisture Emulsion £72 for 50 ml; Innovative Skincare from £34; Sheald Recovery Balm £43 for 60 ml; NIOD from £20
Phylia de M – Travel Sizes
Let’s do Phylia; short, sweet and to the point. We have a limited volume of the travel sizes of Clean and Condition (65 ml). We don’t get them that often, but when we do, they always fly out the door, so I’m giving you the opportunity to try Phylia if you haven’t already tried the range, take them on holiday or stash them away, the choice is yours! That’s it, not a lot else to say that I haven’t said about Phylia over the past three years. Go!
If that isn’t enough Phylia excitement, I have more. Many of you will have followed everything I have written about Fulphyl; I know it is expensive, so it is not for everybody, but it is an outstanding product, I take it and this award-winning pure, humic free, fulvic acid supplement has the ability to realise the greatest potential of all the nutrients we consume.
Acting a super cell conductor, Fulvic Acid helps allow cells to become more receptive to nutrients and it is a pretty remarkable chelator, encouraging cell health and regeneration, whilst also helping to eliminate harmful materials from the body. I refer you to Shabir’s article for the complete low-down, but as above, we have limited availability of the travel size Fulphyl, so get it whilst you can.
VH Editorial: Fulvic Acid – The Elixir of Life; Phylia Travel Duo Pack £15 (Clean x 65 ml and Condition x 65 ml); Fulphyl Travel Size £25 for 60 ml
Odaban Antiperspirant Spray
I suppose it’s completely typical that we have been sweltering in the heat and the minute I decide to write about a product to help excessive sweating, the weather changes! Never mind, I’m going to write about it anyway because it is a great product and a lot of you will be travelling to the sun, so you can take it with you. Odaban Antiperspirant Spray offers 24 hour protection against perspiration, excessive sweating, sweaty palms, sweaty feet and body odour, without irritation.
Odaban Spray is gentle and effective, offering 24 hour protection for most parts of the body; its unique hermetically sealed pump helps prevent product degradation and its precise and constant dose avoids over-application. Providing too much product is one of the main reasons why antiperspirants can be irritating to the skin; so that’s another problem taken care of. The directions for use are pretty simple, apply only at bedtime and within a few days most of you will find that you are getting the protection you have been looking for. Just remember, less is more!
Odaban Antiperspirant Spray £10.49 for 30 ml
Dancing Hormones – Peri-Menopause and Menopause
It may be an inevitable ‘rite of passage’, but for many women approaching menopause, the thought of sleepless nights, hot flushes and unwanted weight gain is enough to motivate a thorough investigation into the natural remedies that can support the body through these changes and help alleviate the associated symptoms.
As the ovaries begin to shut down, which invariably starts at the age of 35, some of their work is taken on by the hormone-controlling adrenal glands, so a comprehensive approach to a natural regimen should help address the additional burden on these hardworking glands.
The first thing to say is that it’s really not cute when your hormones decide to have a party and start dancing around. I have often written about this subject and we strongly believe that from the age of 35 every woman should start a preventative course of action.
Sage Complex is an all-natural and powerful female hormone balancing supplement containing natural herbs that help mimic the female hormones, thereby helping to alleviate common menopausal concerns including hot flushes, night sweats and vaginal dryness. Blended with ten natural herbs, including Wild Yam, Dong Quai, Red Clover, Chaste Berry, Sage Leaf powder, Hops powder and Siberian Ginseng, Sage Complex is one of the most comprehensive supplements available to help address the symptoms of peri-menopause and menopause. Oh, and it’s pretty great for PMS too.
The Treat: Because I believe in this product so much, I have put together two x Sage Complex and taken £9 off as a girl-to-girl treat. The regular price for Sage Complex is £24.50 and this offer will run for the duration of this newsletter, or whilst stocks last. For the sake of peace and sanity, get on them now! ** Sorry promotion has ended **
VH Editorial: Hormone Mimicking Supplements; Sage Complex Treat £40 (Two x Sage Complex); Sage Complex £24.50 for 90 Capsules
Every so often a new supplement lands on your desk and you just know that not only will it help so many of you, but its cutting-edge formulation will make it ‘best in class’. Such was the case when Enterosgel arrived and more than that, Shabir got really excited about it, which trust me doesn’t happen that often!
So Enterosgel sachets bring effective relief from diarrhoea, indigestion, IBS, food poisoning, upset stomach, travellers tummy and food allergies, with the exception of the treatment of anaphylactic shock. With 30 years of clinical research behind it, Enterosgel is an innovative intestinal adsorbent (enterosorbent) developed for binding toxins, viruses, allergens, pathogens and other harmful substances in the GI tract and removing them from the body.
Enterosgel works like a clever sponge, gently passing through the gut. It adsorbs only medium-weight molecules of harmful substances in the gut and removes them within 12-24 hours with a normal bowel movement. Due to its hydrophobic features and porous structure, Enterosgel does not remove water, vitamins and other beneficial substances from the gut.
Enterosgel is suitable for babies, children and adults and is non-allergenic. It is really easy to take and has no taste (thank heavens!); simply dilute in 100 ml of water, or other liquid that is at room temperature, one or two hours before or after a meal. So that will be one for the suitcase and one for the medicine cabinet. Amazing product.
Enterosgel £18.43 for Ten Sachets (V)
Cherry Night for Sleep
I have written about Cherry Night before, Shabir has written an article about it and when it first landed on my desk I sent the one sample I had to Sarah Stacey, Health Editor of The Mail on Sunday, YOU magazine. If you are a regular reader of this newsletter, you will know that we put the products we endorse and support through rigorous testing and this was no exception. Some of the harshest critics are the health and beauty editors and journalists who have ‘seen it all before’, except of course when an outstanding product just knocks everything else into oblivion. So this from Sarah:
‘As a long-term poor sleeper prone to waking at 3 or 4 am, I am over the moon to have found Cherry Night by Viridian, which is described as a ‘nutritional nightcap’ by the brand’s in-house formulator and naturopath Ben Brown. With natural melatonin – the sleep hormone – from cherries, plus calming glycine and magnesium, a teaspoon of this pink powder in water, milk or natural yoghurt gives me a much better quality of sleep so I have more sustained energy during the day. After three months of taking it nightly I am now used to sleeping well, which amazes me’ – nothing to add.
VH Editorial: Signs and Symptoms of Sleep Loss During Summer; Cherry Night £24.95 for 150 grams
Another paragraph, another new product and this time it is a supplement that will help control blood sugar and as an added bonus it may also help control your weight.
When the sugar-rush from eating reaches a particular level, our bodies realise that we are not going to need the glycogen we already have stored in our liver and thus converts that excess glycogen into fat for long-term storage. Diabetrose has been specifically formulated to help break the fat storage cycle.
Diabetrose is not an appetite suppressant as such, but in inhibiting ‘spikes’ in sugar levels, it also helps control that hungry feeling to a point where you don’t feel you need to eat. This in turn helps stave off the urge to snack between meals when your blood-sugar reaches a normal level. Another clever product in a long line of them!
Diabetrose £19.09 for 60 Tablets
Sarah Chapman Skin Insurance SPF 30
This long-awaited product from Sarah has just been released, but before I write about it let me just tell you that I finally got to visit Sarah’s new clinic a couple of weeks ago and it is completely stunning. I know I wrote about it on the last newsletter, but I can now declare that I would quite like to live there, not least because I played around on her Dermalux LED Phototherapy machine, which gives skin a blast of magnificence, for want of a better word, and, and, and when she tested my skin on her Visia Skin Camera, it showed that I had zero sun damage. Sarah insisted that I put this on the newsletter, so I have and let me tell you I was skipping around Sloane Square; hope nobody recognized me. Zero sun damage – OMG!!
So let’s move onto the product which is a high factor sun protection cream and sunblock for the face; it has targeted anti-ageing benefits and is a weightless formula. Powering way beyond traditional sunscreen, Sarah created Skin Insurance to offer complete modern SPF protection, targeted anti-ageing, instant skin perfection and blurring and a post-facial glow. It is silky to the touch and dries really quickly with no sticky or oily residue.
It was already being hailed in the press before it was even launched, so if you are a Sarah Chapman devotee, I know you are going to be absolutely thrilled with this new product. It should be applied after moisturizing, smoothing evenly over your face and neck. If you feel the need to re-apply during the day, then just do it!
Skin Insurance SPF 30 £44 for 30 ml (Product to be despatched first week of August)
Why Are Bioflavonoids Important?
There are more than 4000 bioflavonoids found in the plant kingdom; bioflavonoids are essentially a group of plant pigments designed to give fruit, vegetables and flowers their wonderful vivid colours.
Scientists have discovered that bioflavonoids are very important to the overall health of our body and offer protection against free radical damage to skin, our organs, arteries, veins and other structures. They are often collectively referred to as vitamin P.
Bioflavonoids are added to some vitamin C supplements because they complement each other; bioflavonoids are found in the pith of oranges and other citrus fruits rich in vitamin C, but there is much more to bioflavonoids than just being added to vitamin C supplementation.
Bioflavonoids are potent antioxidants and play an important role in protecting the body against free radical damage. Two of the best bioflavonoids, hesperidin and rutin, have some intriguing research indicating their abilities to help prevent wrinkle formation, help reduce the appearance of age spots and help fight spider veins.
There are numerous other health benefits and Shabir examines these further in his article. Bioflavonoids are completely free from side effects for the majority of people and given that bioflavonoids cannot be manufactured by the body, it is essential that we eat a variety of fruit and vegetables to get the widest spectrum of bioflavonoids. For those whose diet does not incorporate a balanced proportion, then you may wish to consider the use of Rutin and Vitamin C + Bioflavonoids with a daily dose of one or two tablets.
VH Editorial: Why Are Bioflavonoids Important?; Rutin and Vitamin C + Bioflavonoids £9.95 for 90 Tablets
One of the most common areas affected by fungi and bacteria are the feet. Athlete’s foot gets its name because these fungi and bacteria thrive in warm, moist and dark environments such as swimming pools, locker rooms, gyms, showers and of course shoes. Not just limited to athletes, this concern is more common in males than females (there is a God!), affecting roughly one out of ten people. There are three types of Athlete’s foot which are:
Toe Web (Inter-digital): The most common type of infection found between the toes, especially between the fourth and fifth toes.
Moccasin-Type: This affects the soles of the feet which become tender, dry and flaky.
Acute Vesicular: This is the least common type of Athlete’s Foot; painful blisters appear suddenly due to an allergic reaction to the fungus often accompanied by a bacterial infection.
The usual symptoms of toe web infections include scaling and peeling of skin between the toes, mild pain, odour, blistering and the itching of skin. If left untreated, this type of infection can become severe leading to extreme pain, bleeding, large amounts of scaling, painful blisters and it can also spread to other parts of the body, especially if accompanied by a bacterial infection.
Like most diseases, Athlete’s Foot is best treated upon early detection and the results are often quick and positive. Anti-fungal creams are obtainable over-the-counter, whilst in more severe cases, stronger creams may need to be prescribed. Whilst of great benefit in eradicating the fungi, these creams do not offer relief from itching or inflammation and neither do they encourage the healing of cracks and blisters.
It is for this reason that we often recommend Hydrosol Silver Gel to be used morning and evening. Silver displays potent anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. Additionally, silver creams have been used in the treatment of inflammatory skin concerns such as acne, rosacea and eczema as silver helps to calm inflammation.
For those suffering from severe Athlete’s Foot infections or recurring infections, it may be prudent to use an anti-fungal supplement and we recommend Horopito and Aniseed capsules. In 1982, scientists at the University of Canterbury discovered that horopito was more effective at destroying Candida albicans than the powerful pharmaceutical anti-Candida drug, Amphotericin B.
Whilst many people resort to the use of Tea Tree oil products, Tea Tree should not be used directly onto the skin unless is has been diluted down, since it can cause further drying of the skin. Whilst there is no doubt that Tea Tree oil has antimicrobial properties, we prefer to recommend the use of Lemon Myrtle oil. Studies at Charles Sturt University in Australia have shown Lemon Myrtle oil to have 30% more anti-bacterial activity than Tea Tree Oil. In topical use, Lemon Myrtle oil should be diluted with a carrier oil at a level of one drop to 10 ml carrier oil. This diluted oil can be used for various skin conditions and fungal infections such as Athlete’s Foot.
Hydrosol Silver Gel £12.95 for 44 ml; Horopito & Aniseed £22 for 60 Capsules; Organic Lemon Myrtle Oil £5.95 for 10 ml
Antiac by Salcura
In the very early days of VH, we launched an entire range of products by Salcura; some have since gone to product heaven, but the one thing that remains is the efficacy of the products. Antiac is a range of products specifically targeted for acne and each of the products effectively deals with flare-ups or persistent moderate to severe acne.
The Antiac Activ Liquid Spray neutralizes many types of bacteria, it is non-greasy, suitable for all skin types and is quickly absorbed into the skin. It does not contain any harmful artificial ingredients, such as Benzoyl Peroxide, and it should be used morning and evening.
Antiac Activ Liquid Spray £16.99 for 100 ml
This spray should be applied after cleansing the skin with Antiac Daily Face Wash, which helps eliminate impurities in skin and as above, it is suitable for all skin types. Again, use morning and evening.
Antiac Daily Face Wash £9.99 for 150 ml
The Treat: If you buy Antiac Activ Liquid Spray (100 ml), then you will receive the Antiac Daily Face Wash (worth £9.99) absolutely free; this is a limited time offer, I’m not sure how long it will last, so if you suffer from acne, do try this regimen whilst you can! This will not show on your order confirmation, but we will drop it into your order.
Detox Your Liver With Milk Thistle
The liver is critical to the optimal function of all aspects and processes carried out within the body; one of the most essential organs in the body, the liver is involved in the digestive process and in the assimilation of nutrients. Equally important, the liver also helps to remove metabolic waste-products, such as ammonia, as well as toxins and pollutants from the environment.
The liver also works tirelessly to maintain healthy glucose and cholesterol levels; it helps break down fats in our digestive system and converts food using the enzymes it produces into forms that allow for easy assimilation of nutrients.
Unfortunately, the liver is also one of the most abused organs and increasingly fatty liver disease, cirrhosis and other liver disorders are on the increase, arising as a result of liver damage. It is estimated that more than 50% of people over the age of 50 suffer from some form of liver disease and in many cases they may not even be aware of it. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is one of the most common liver concerns and it is a term used for a wide range of conditions.
At this point I will just say that the above forms part of a much longer article, written by Shabir, about the liver, which includes information on how to naturally detox the liver. If you don’t want to do a natural detox, then we always recommend supplementing with Milk Thistle.
Milk Thistle is a weed-like plant that grows wild in Europe, North America and Australia. In the 17th Century Nicholas Culpepper recorded that milk thistle opened ‘obstructions’ of the liver and spleen. By the 19th Century, German physicians were using milk thistle tinctures for many liver disorders. The German Commission on safety and efficacy of herbs fully endorses milk thistle seeds or milk thistle seed extracts as supportive treatment for liver disorders.
Milk thistle contains a bioflavonoid called ‘silymarin’, which itself contains several compounds. Silymarin is a potent antioxidant and possesses powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Research has confirmed that a compound call ‘silybin’ is the most active component within silymarin, but unfortunately silybin has been poor absorbed by the body until now.
Scientists have found that adding phosophatidyl choline to silybin overcomes the lack of availability to the body. Each cell membrane is composed of phospholipids and since phosphatidyl choline is a phospholipid, the silybin is easily transported into the liver cells where it can perform its role of protection and helping to reduce inflammation within the liver.
The milk thistle supplement which is highly available to the body is European Milk Thistle Softgels; each bottle provides a two month course that you can either use on an ongoing basis or repeat every few months to help protect the liver. This product is not suitable for vegetarians or for pregnant and lactating women.
VH Editorial: Detox Your Liver With Milk Thistle; European Milk Thistle Softgels by Life Extension £30 for 120 Softgels
This from a customer:
‘I would like to thank Shabir for his article on Adrenal Stress. The symptoms he described mirrored my own exactly, in fact he described them better than I had managed to do myself. I have been suffering from these symptoms for two and a half years – coinciding with the start of the menopause – could there be a link?
Until now nothing I have tried has been of any help, but taking Magnolia Rhodiola Complex and Multi-Guard ADR has worked as something of a miracle cure.
My question for Shabir is: is it safe to continue to take these two supplements long term? I am not aware of feeling stressed, so it is virtually impossible to limit taking the tablets at times of stress. I have now been taking both supplements for two months and feeling fantastic’.
We have had many similar emails since we released the article, so I am going to answer the questions here. The menopause link, yes absolutely. All hormonal glands communicate with each other using hormones as chemical messengers. In this particular instance, the female hormone imbalance leads to the over-production of cortisol (the stress hormone), which is thus termed as adrenal stress. If you missed the article, here it is again.
VH Editorial: Adrenal Stress; Magnolia Rhodiola Complex £26 for 60 Capsules; Multi-Guard ADR £22.95 for 120 Tablets
Right, I’ve covered all the new launches and health concerns, so let’s lighten up with the following:
Tints of Nature Dry Shampoo
Let me say one thing before I go any further; I don’t like dry shampoo, I never use dry shampoo, I wash my hair every day so I don’t feel the need to even possess one. It is not often that I write about products that I have no interest in whatsoever, but I will make an exception here because the dry shampoo market is huge and many of you like using them, so I will tell you about this new product because it is specifically targeted for giving volume to dry and damaged hair.
Dry Shampoo is a lightweight blend of natural and organic ingredients that gently help to absorb excess oil and moisture from the hair. The specially designed, non-aerosol eco pump dispenses just the right amount of product to leave your hair feeling soft, smooth and manageable; it will give you approximately 100 ‘washes’, or whatever the correct word is, and it promises to revive and freshen hair in an instant. So if you are into dry shampoo, do try this; it tested really well, but not by me!
Tints of Nature Dry Shampoo £12.95 for 15 grams
I love Lanolips, you all know I love Lanolips; there are some really pretty colours for summer in their SPF 15 colour ointments, so you may want to check them out. I adore throwing in treats, so here is another one for you. If you spend £15 on any of the Lanolips products, we will throw in the Limited Edition Mulberry SPF ointment, whilst stocks last. ** Sorry this promotion has ended **
This is the darkest of all the Lanolips ointments, but being perverse I like a bit of ‘dark’ in the summer months; you will have read above that I have red nails at the moment, but because nothing is static, I’m going really dark next. You may or may not be interested in that!
Lanolips from £7.99
Many of you will remember us launching The Tweezy, which removes unwanted facial hair, about 18 months ago; it still remains one of our bestselling products, we get constant feedback on its efficacy and we love it. Go Tweezy!
The Tweezy £10
I always love reading the articles from our editorial team and this month is no exception, so we have Jo Fairley writing about her digital detox, which I think applies to all of us; Catherine Turner reminds us of the importance of beautiful things; Sally Brampton is as ever pretty raw as she writes about the word ‘sorry’; Carolyn Asome examines the importance of failure and learning how to embrace adversity, written as ever from her heart and the Beauty Bible girls do hair in the sun. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I have. Award-winning journalism at its very best.
So much wonderful feedback this month, I really don’t have the space for everything, I wish I did, so just a few to end this newsletter, with my thanks to everybody for taking the time to let us know:
Dry Eye Gel: I ordered the Dry Eye Gel (after reading numerous glowing reports about it online for helping itchy hay fever eyes) and it arrived the very next day. I was so pleased as my eyes have been terribly itchy this year and was desperate to see if the gel worked, which it did – so lovely and cooling, what a relief! It also has the bonus of making the skin around my eyes feel super soft, so my under-eye concealer goes on much better now with a smoother finish. What an awesome product and at such a good price!
Dry Eye Gel £6.95 for 15 ml
MakeUp Eraser: I just wanted to give you some feedback on the MakeUp Eraser. I am astounded, after I’d used it and it was covered in black mascara I couldn’t believe how clean it was after I’d put it in the washing machine, like new! Obviously it does everything you say it does and I am really pleased with my purchase.
MakeUp Eraser £15.95
CAIS & MMHC: Just wanted to let you know I ordered CAIS and MMHC and have been using them for five days – they are everything you promised. Photography Fluid finishes it off. Complete transformation – ten years younger – who needs cosmetic surgery!
Copper Amino Isolate Serum £38 for 15 ml; Multi-Molecular Hyaluronic Complex £38 for 30 ml; Photography Fluid £20 for 30 ml
Lip Bio-Lipid Concentrate: I’ve only been using Lip for a few days, but already I am beginning to see definition to my lips I don’t think I’ve ever seen before. Roll on Day 30!
Lip Bio-Lipid Concentrate £38 for 15 ml
One last thing, my love and very special thanks to India Knight for not only writing about NIOD, but for also writing about the amazing O! Wow Brush too. I’m really not sure if there is anybody left who doesn’t have one, but if you don’t, do check out what India wrote about it on our In the Press section – it really is spectacular.
O! Wow Brush £20
And so we have come to the end of another newsletter and all that remains is for me to thank each of you for your amazing support and loyalty, it never fails to touch me. If you are new to VH, I welcome you.
I would personally like to thank Krishna, Hilary, Dionne and Nicola for keeping me sane as we launched NIOD and to Brandon who turned me completely insane. No girl could wish for more!
Finally, together with Shabir and the entire VH team, I hope you have a wonderful August.