Weekend Read 13 April 2024

Weekend Read 13 April 2024

Saturday 13 April, more or less halfway through the month and I am going straight in this weekend because if we are setting the bar high, as I wrote last weekend, we might as well begin this Weekend Read by talking about a supplement which has been setting a high bar for a very long.  I have been writing about Hyaluronic Acid supplementation for more than two decades, which is probably one reason why it is one of our bestselling products, but any given product, or ingredient, can only ever reach that status if its evolvement continually delivers on promise, and HA delivers on promise for so many of us. 

The evolvement of any given formulation is dependent upon and dedicated to ongoing research and clinicals, and if we were to take one moment to demonstrate the importance of research specifically referencing HA, that moment would undoubtedly be when the patented extract, BioPerine®, was added to the formulation.  With the ability to supercharge the formulation, BioPerine® has been shown to improve the absorption and bioavailability of compounds by up to 2000%, determining efficacy and difference.

Referencing my comment above about writing about HA for more than two decades, I remember when HA made an appearance in The Sunday Times What’s The Alternative column, which was more than two decades ago.  So, a moment of nostalgia because nobody was really talking about HA in the mainstream at that time, but that aside, the price for HA was £30 then, and it’s £35 now.  And I think you can guess where we are going next.

So, here we are and with every order placed for Hyaluronic Acid Capsules High Strength across this weekend, we will automatically include the Travel Size of HA Capsules (15 capsules), which is worth £17.50.  I’m pretty rubbish at maths, but even I can work out that given this offer, the cost of HA is less than it was twenty-something years ago.  And with that said, I am linking Shabir’s article below so that you can read about its many attributes, although quite honestly, I think most of us are very aware of the role HA plays regarding skin health and eye health, together with the importance of HA in the cushioning of our joints.
VH Editorial: Benefits Of Hyaluronic Acid Supplements; Hyaluronic Acid Capsules High Strength (30 Capsules) + Hyaluronic Acid Capsules High Strength (15 Capsules) £35 (offer ends at midnight BST, Sunday 14 April)

I am in mode, so I am going from one bestselling supplement to another, as I take the price down of Mega Probio from £23 to £20, also across the weekend.  And once again, I am linking one of Shabir’s articles below on the benefits of Mega Probio, but it is just one of sixteen articles which you can find on the importance of probiotics on the product page, including an article about preventing nausea after eating, which is a hugely common concern.  Mega Probio doesn’t carry the DoSe branding yet, but then neither does HA, but they will.  Soon.   
VH Editorial: The Most Important Supplement For The Whole Family: Probiotics; Mega Probio £20 for 60 Capsules (offer ends at midnight BST, Sunday 14 April)

I have written much about skin health over the past few weeks, not least because we launched the DoSe serums and oils on a health platform, but if we are talking about skin health, it remains crucially important to acknowledge the role supplementation plays in the health of our skin.  So, we are going to take a look at this with specific reference to skin prone to acne and acne scarring because it is such a huge concern for so many. Adults with skin prone to acne is extraordinarily common and, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, it is thought that acne affects 85% of the population at some point of our lives.

Supplementation first, and we have been recommending Clear Skin Complex for many years because, given time, the probiotics used in this formulation will help to rid the gut of toxins, which can often seep into the bloodstream.  The vast majority of skin problems arise from within the body, so in this instance it is important to cleanse and purify the bloodstream from the compounds which can lead to inflammation.

Clear Skin Complex also contains a therapeutic level of Burdock Root extract, which has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for its ability to help address rashes, skin prone to eczema and for those prone to inflammatory skin concerns, it also has antimicrobial properties, which Shabir talks about in his article linked below.  Actually, Shabir has written two articles about Clear Skin Complex, and I couldn’t decide which of them to link, so I will resolve that by linking both.  And as I do that, I will support both of those articles by dropping the price of Clear Skin Complex from £27.60 to £24.
VH Editorials: How To Get Clear Skin; How To Fade Acne Scars; Clear Skin Complex by Viridian Nutrition £24 for 60 Capsules (offer ends at midnight BST, Sunday 14 April)

So, having written one half of the solution, here comes the other half of the solution and that solution is Azelaic Acid.  Shabir has always thought that Azelaic Acid is hugely under-rated, even though it is often considered as the gold-standard for those with skin prone to acne and acne scarring.  The important thing here is that Azelaic Acid 10% Serum will help prevent moderate blemishes from becoming worse, before spreading further, which may create scarring.  It can also help to improve the appearance of marks, scarring and calms redness in rosacea-prone skin, aiming to smooth textural irregularities. Blended with Hyaluronic Acid for its hydrating properties, this serum is fragrance-free, alcohol-free and silicone-free.  Amen.
DoSe Azelaic Acid 10% Serum £15 for 30 ml

A moment before we move on.  It is one month since we launched the DoSe serums and face oils and I think it was pretty inevitable that Ergothioneine Serum would be the bestselling product, not least because I have written about it every week since launch.  I suppose these things happen when you really love a product, and I really love Ergothioneine Serum, but we are all different, which is why it is important to throw the focus on the other serums in the range, which I will continue to do.  And as with Azelaic Acid, each of the DoSe products are fragrance-free, alcohol-free and silicone-free, because my sensitive skin wouldn’t have it any other way.
DoSe Serums And Oils

Moving on, let’s talk about Vitamin B12, because B12 is commonly referred to as the energy vitamin, it is thought that many of us may be deficient and I haven’t written about B12 for some time, so let’s take a look.  Scientifically named ‘cobalamin’, Vitamin B12 is actually a co-enzyme which is required by the enzymes within our bodies to perform varying roles, but it is also involved in many critical functions in the body including the manufacture of Melatonin, the sleep hormone and the production of red blood cells which carry vital oxygen for energy release.

B12 is also required for the production of adrenal hormones, which are involved in stress management and energy production, but it is important to take the correct form of B12, adhering to studies which indicate that Methylcobalamin and Adenosylcobalamin are the most active forms of B12.  Interestingly Adenosylcobalamin, which has been shown to improve energy production at a cellular level, is also thought to help prevent declining dopamine levels, and a lack of dopamine is often linked to low mood and a lack of concentration.  With that said and done, we recommend B-12 Elite, which delivers the two studied and absorbable forms of B12.
VH Editorial: Are You Getting Sufficient B12; B12 Elite by Life Extension £14 for 60 Lozenges

I want to stay with B12 for the moment, because B12 deficiencies are often linked to many concerns associated with the nervous system, one of those concerns being Tinnitus, which is often an age-related concern.  Tinnitus is a Latin word meaning ‘ringing’ and is the perception of sound within the human ear in the absence of corresponding external sound.  The symptoms include buzzing, ringing and whistling in the ear, but it is hard to detect because symptoms can come and go and surprisingly most of us will experience Tinnitus at some point of our lives, but the majority, it is only temporary.

As above, Vitamin B12 plays a vital role in the proper functioning of the nervous system and since Tinnitus may trigger the nerves in the ear canal, B12 should be considered to help alleviate this concern, but Plantago Tincture is also a consideration.  Plantago lanceolata is composed of numerous compounds including Mucilage, Zinc and Silicic Acid, it has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, astringent and demulcent properties. Plantago is a useful remedy for Tinnitus as it has been found to help middle and inner ear infections, as well as glue ear.  It also helps alleviate catarrh, sinusitis and many concerns affecting the nose and throat, and of course it made an appearance last weekend in Shabir’s Post-Nasal Drip regimen.
VH Editorial: What Is Tinnitus; Plantago Tincture by A. Vogel £11.99 for 50 ml

One more health concern, and it’s another one of those common concerns, so let’s talk about Candida Overgrowth, because whilst there are many remedies available purporting to treat Candida overgrowth, it is important to use a remedy which can eradicate this fungus.  There are approximately 150 known species of Candida, a yeast-like group of fungi that exists in more than 80% of people.  They usually exist in the genitourinary tracts, respiratory tracts and the gastrointestinal tract, and although they can exist in the body without being harmful, an abnormal overgrowth of these fungi can cause an infection often referred to as Candidiasis.

The symptoms of Candida overgrowth can cause various health issues including gastrointestinal disturbances, allergies, food intolerances, headaches, irritability, constant fatigue and tiredness, oral thrush, genital thrush and genitourinary tract infections, the list is long.  And these problems increase if we eat too much sugar, take antibiotics for a period of time or have a weakened immune system.  This is where Candida can proliferate and the symptoms get worse.  But there is a solution, and that solution is called Candipure.

Candipure capsules contain Clove powder, which naturally contains Clove oil, which has been found to possess strong anti-fungal activity against Candida albicans, Aspergillus and other fungi.  This formulation also includes Black Garlic, a herb with powerful antimicrobial and anti-fungal properties, together with probiotic cultures to help maintain a healthy balance between the good bacteria and the pathogens that reside in the gut.  So, as Shabir does the lowdown in his article linked below, I am dropping the price of Candipure from £18.95 to £16, and rather fortuitously Shabir also recommends Mega Probio for this concern, so I hope that price drop, as above, helps too.
VH Editorial: How To Treat Candida Overgrowth; Candipure £16 for 60 Capsules (offer ends at midnight BST, Sunday 14 April)

Right, I haven’t written about the Derma E products for a while, so two products and two more price drops, which seems to be the theme of the day.  Actually, both of these products are bestselling products, with the first being their Vitamin C Bright Eyes Hydrogel Patches, which are infused with Vitamin C and Vitamin B3, both of which help to brighten the under-eye area.  Allantoin is used to help increase skin smoothness and Caffeine is included to help reduce inflammation and puffiness.  The price drops from £24 to £20 and they are really easy to use, just pop them under your eyes for approximately ten minutes and then pat any remaining serum into your skin.  Voila.
Vitamin C Bright Eyes Hydrogel Patches by Derma E £20 for 60 Gel Patches (whilst stock lasts) 

The second product is Crepey Skin Repair Treatment.  I remember launching this product a few years ago and making a comment about the name of this product, but I got over myself and wrote about it anyway.  Rich in plumping Copper Peptides, it incorporates an Anti-Crepe formula of Plum, Cranberry and Apple extracts, together with Vitamins A and E, and Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA’s), which work to help firm and tone skin, so with a specific focus on our upper arms, the price of Crepey Skin Repair Treatment drops from £21 to £18.
Crepey Skin Repair Treatment by Derma E £18 for 170 grams

Loaded with naturally moisturising Lanolin, Lemonaid Lip Treatment has a creamy, whipped texture to exfoliate, soften and smooth lips.  It leaves lips with a high gloss finish, together with a hint of a natural shimmer, which makes it perfect for moisturising dry lips.  What makes it even more perfect is that if you buy any Lanolips product, we will automatically include Lemonaid Lip Treatment with your order, and it has a value of £8.99.  This is a limited edition offer and in order to share as widely as we can, there is only one gift per customer whilst stock lasts.  And I’m not sure how long that will be.
Lanolips Products 

The final fling, and to celebrate Japanese bathing rituals and therapeutic bathing, I am throwing a 15% discount across the four Japanese Bathing Powders, basically because I love these products, so I am sharing that love, right across the weekend.  From my bath to yours.
Japanese Bath Powders by Tribe Skincare

Into the Saturday only treat we go, so with every order placed for £35 and above, excluding p&p, we will automatically include Fulvic Shampoo (60 ml)* with your order.  I know that many of you collect these to take away with you, so one more to add to that collection, which probably includes the travel size Fulvic Mist I wrote about last weekend.  Fulvic.  For Life.
Fulvic Shampoo

And that is that.  Another Weekend Read delivered and as I wish each of you a restful weekend, let’s ease into the weekend with Coldplay.  As we lift each other up.
Hymn For The Weekend by Coldplay; The VH Playlist

With love

Gill x


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