Weekend Read 27 April 2024

Weekend Read 27 April 2024

Hello and following my comments last weekend about sharing our story, it could be said that each weekend we share another chapter in an ongoing story, so with the summer months approaching, we are going straight in as we begin today’s chapter with a new innovative product launch in preparation for warmer moments in the sun.  And, in and of itself, this product has its own story to tell about compromised skin conditions, including sunburn relief.

The product is called TermaBurn Organic Aloe Wrap and this scientifically-formulated hydrogel dressing was initially developed in 2008 for hospital use to help soothe radiation burns and skin injuries.  Since sunburn is basically a low-grade radiation burn, this product has now evolved into a consumer-facing solution to help soothe sunburn, rashes, insect bites and stings.  This proprietary technology is manufactured in an FDA-registered US facility using pharmaceutical-grade ingredients.  Sunburn relief is on a roll. 

Essentially, Aloe Vera isn’t new for treating sunburn, but having it in a non-sticky, ready-to-use roll is new and I think it is very clever because relieving sunburn and compromised skin concerns, such as Prickly Heat, just got a whole lot easier.  This pliable hydrogel dressing wrap is infused with 100% organic Aloe Vera, renowned for speeding healing and reducing scarring, Vitamin E, acting as a strong antioxidant and Green Tea which has powerful anti-inflammatory properties due to its high content of polyphenols called catechins which help to reduce irritation, redness and swelling.

The unique gel structure allows the TermaBurn band to hold over 90% water to create a moist healing environment, allowing the skin cells to begin healing and regenerating upon application.  By nourishing and moisturising damaged skin, the TermaBurn patented non-stick gel formulation minimises the risk of peeling and it leaves no residue, so you can put clothes on straight away.  And it’s so easy to use, you just cut the band to the desired size and apply the wrap directly to the affected skin for 20-60 minutes, and it is reusable, so you simply put it back in its plastic bag after use and refrigerate until needed again.

With that said, TermaBurn does not need to be refrigerated before use and it feels cool to the touch, even at room temperature.  So, in a wrap on the wrap, there are always those products which we don’t know we need until we need them, and then we wonder how we lived without them.  Home or abroad and covering a multitude of healing opportunities for compromised skin concerns, I believe that TermaBurn is one of those products.  It’s that simple.
TermaBurn Organic Aloe Wrap £19.95 For One 52 Inch Roll

Staying with simple solutions, Otosan Ear Drops are natural ear drops which help to cleanse the ear and remove earwax, so let’s take a look.  Earwax, also known as cerumen, is a waxy oily substance secreted in the ear canal which acts as a natural cleanser of the ear canal, displaying mild antibacterial properties.  Earwax protects the ear from dust, dirt and bacteria and it also protects the delicate lining of the ear canal from excess water, so as such earwax is useful to the ear canal.

Problems arise when too much earwax is produced, which may be the result of genetics, the shape of the ear canal, a hairy ear canal and inflammation, the latter of which may cause excessive earwax production.  Excessive earwax can cause earaches, ear infections, ear pain, tinnitus and a temporary loss of hearing, but in the majority of instances, earwax build-up can be treated successfully with the use of earwax removal drops and we are recommending Otosan Ear Drops for this purpose.

Otosan Ear Drops help to cleanse the ear canal by emulsifying earwax making it easier for removal, but they also play a role in helping to soothe ear irritation and easing ear pain.  Formulated not to dry skin in the ear canal, they contain Propolis, a natural antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties and they are suitable for those with hearing aids.  Some hearing aids may block the ear wax from moving out of the ear and in many cases may actually stimulate the glands in the ear to produce more secretions and this is an interesting scenario because many hearing aids sent back for repair are damaged due to earwax.  And there it is.
VH Editorial: Earwax Removal At Home; Otosan Natural Ear Drops £9.59 for 10 ml

From our ears to our eyes and as research and product development continues, Hycosan Shield is an innovative eye drop formulation containing just one single ingredient, Perflurorohexyloctane, a molecule which helps soothe gritty and dry eyes by replenishing tear lipids.  Offering improved tear film stability and symptom relief for those suffering with Evaporative Dry Eye (EDE) due to Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD), Hycosan Shield is often recommended for dry eyes, dry eyes syndrome and for dry eye symptoms.

The surface of our eyes is covered by a thin layer of tears, called the tear film, and it is this tear film which protects, nourishes and lubricates the eyes, replacing the outer layer of the tear film to form a shield, protecting the tear film from evaporating.  Providing long-lasting relief from dry, itchy, burning and watery eyes, Hycosan Shield arrives in a convenient 3 ml bottle, which dispenses 280 preservative-free and phosphate-free drops.
Hycosan Shield £19.95 for 3 ml

Following through, it is a consideration that the symptoms of dry eyes may be a warning sign that your body is not detoxifying properly and thus inflammation occurs.  This inflammation connection is supported by most ophthalmic practitioners who encourage patients to increase their omega 3 intake by way of supplementation and I am referencing Sea Buckthorn Oil supplementation here. 

In one particular double-blind trial involving over 100 participants, various measurements were made for the stability of the tear film and tear secretion.  These measurements were carried out at the start of the trial, after one month and at the end of the three-month study, when scientists concluded that Sea Buckthorn supplementation positively helped to counter the multiple symptoms of dry eyes.  That was just one study, but multiple studies have been carried out supporting the effectiveness of Sea Buckthorn for vaginal dryness and dry mouth too, so let’s acknowledge those studies by dropping the price of Omega 7 Sea Buckthorn Oil from £22.95 to £19, across the weekend.
VH Editorial: Overcoming Menopausal Vaginal Dryness; Omega 7 Sea Buckthorn Oil by Sibu £19 for 60 Softgels (offer ends at midnight BST, Sunday 28 April)

Having linked Shabir’s article on menopausal vaginal dryness above, I really cannot write about menopausal concerns without mentioning Sage Complex, which is our bestselling supplement to help alleviate the symptoms of perimenopause and menopause, naturally.  Perimenopause is the time before menopause when the ovaries begin to stop producing both oestrogen and progesterone.  It is generally accepted that this occurs roughly eight years prior to menopause and as a result many women experience a whole array of symptoms attributable to the declining female hormones and the relative imbalance between those hormones.

The symptoms of low progesterone are different to those of low oestrogen and the relative amounts of these two hormones will often determine levels of symptoms experienced.  Progesterone levels normally decline well before oestrogen, resulting in ‘oestrogen dominance’, and the impact of these low female hormones can affect many body systems and these symptoms often include hot flushes, stress, fatigue, mental fog, hair thinning and hair loss, sleep disturbances and of course vaginal dryness.

The dancing of the female hormones can begin from the age of 35 and may continue long after the menopause, so Sage Complex was formulated to help balance those hormones using phytoestrogens, a scientific word for naturally occurring plant compounds that are chemically similar to oestrogen, thus having the ability to mimic oestrogen, often without side effects. 

First discovered in 1926, phytoestrogens have been the subject of extensive research, so when specific phytoestrogens are used in their correct therapeutic dosages, they can help to achieve hormonal balance.  We have always believed that it is crucial to treat the root cause of any health concern, so to enable this I am dropping the price of Sage Complex down from £29 to £25, also across the weekend, with a note to say that Shabir has recently tweaked the formulation with the addition of Vitamin B6, which also contributes to the regulation of hormonal activity.
VH Editorial: Hormone Mimicking Supplements; Sage Complex £25 for 90 Capsules (offer ends at midnight BST, Sunday 28 April)

Having made a reference to hair thinning and hair loss above, I am not going to write chapter and verse on this subject, other than to say that it is an extraordinarily emotive concern and I have always been aware of this.  So with a caveat emphasising that there is no such thing as an overnight fix for thinning hair or hair loss, I am linking Shabir’s article below where he talks about Superior Hair, which is a comprehensive natural formulation containing scientifically researched ingredients working in synergy to support the repair of damaged hair follicles, as well as helping to promote the health growth of hair.  And now, Superior Hair drops in price from £33 to £29.
VH Editorial: Addressing Menopausal Hair Loss; Superior Hair £29 for 90 Capsules (offer ends at midnight BST, Sunday 28 April)

And because I have just written about hair, there are always those products which I consider to be epic and the Rainbow Volume S Brush is one such product.  I love this hairbrush, I’ve always loved this hairbrush and although there have been loads of copies of this brush over the years, this is the original and of course I think it is the best.  I found it at an exhibition in Hong Kong many, many years ago and I remember running back to my hotel room to use it, at which point I declared that it gave me Dusty Springfield hair.  This hairbrush is a legend in the world of legendary products.
Rainbow Volume S Brush £12

Right, moving on, and because I like to keep things simple, I will just say that much has been written about medicinal mushrooms over the recent past, but these things tend to be cyclical because I was writing much of the same thing about medicinal mushrooms over twenty years ago.  Given that research is ongoing, we will stay with it and as we do that we are offering a 20% discount across the Grass & Co products.  There are five products in the range, with Lion’s Mane being the bestselling product. 
Grass & Co Products (offer ends at midnight BST, Sunday 28 April)

A moment, a TEMPLESPA moment, because TEMPLESPA have launched their new Energy & Joy range with four new products in that range.  We will begin with Simply The Zest, a shower gel which has a fresh jelly texture which turns into a rich foamy lather.  Formulated to encourage a sense of revival when you are feeling weary, its ingredients include a unique blend of coffee, caffeine and guarana extracts, which act as a tonic for the skin, blended with Mediterranean botanicals of bergamot, sweet orange, lemon, eucalyptus and cooling mint.
Simply The Zest by TEMPLESPA £16 for 150 ml

The second new product is Soul Food Glow Boost Body Lotion, a lotion which transforms into a lightweight oil, melting into the skin. With primary ingredients of Vitamin C and rosemary leaf extract, these two antioxidants are joined by a vegetable ceramide complex to help support the skin barrier together with TEMPLESPA’s Mediterranean botanical blend, which is present in all four products.
Soul Food Glow Boost Body Lotion by TEMPLESPA £34 for 150 ml

And that Mediterranean botanical blend features in Joy-Full Energise & Feel Good Mist, which offers a refreshing burst of those botanicals in a fine mist bursting with energetic notes for morning motivation, a midday pick-me-up or a spirit-lifting evening boost. We follow through with The Good Life, which is an invigorating aromatic candle loaded with mood-boosting essential oils.  This is where the Mediterranean blend is joined by jasmine, violet and woody notes, with a burn time of up to 45 hours.
Joy-Full Mist by TEMPLESPA £26 for 100 ml; The Good Life Candle by TEMPLESPA £30

Let’s end this section of this newsletter with a skincare treat, a LixirSkin skincare treat.  I have written rather a lot about skin health and skincare products over the past few weeks, so I will continue by saying that my views and thoughts are in total alignment with Dr Colette Haydon, founder of LixirSkin.  Yes, Colette is a friend, yes we launched the brand for her, but I will only ever launch skincare brands if I trust and believe in a brand, which is why our skincare curation is extraordinarily tight.  And that speaks volumes.

As you can imagine, Colette and I have had many long discussions over the years about the skincare industry and although we can’t stop some of the ridiculous bandwagon moments which are so rife in the beauty industry, we have always chosen not to join in.  So, let me just say this, nobody needs to use ten different skincare products in any single skincare regimen, we launched LixirSkin with just six key skincare products, with Vitamin C Paste being the hero product.  After all these years, Vitamin C Paste is still the hero product, so with any order placed for LixirSkin across this weekend, we will automatically include Vitamin C Paste (30 ml) as a gift, whilst stock lasts.
LixirSkin Products (only one gift per customer)

And into the Saturday only treat we go, so with every order placed for £35 and above, excluding p&p, we will automatically include All Talk Lip Balm (5 ml)* by TEMPLESPA.  I often use All Talk as a gift, primarily because I know how many of you love this balm, so with another one to add to your collection, there is no need to buy this product because I’ve bought it for you, which is good with me.  Full product details below.
All Talk Lip Balm

So, as we come to the end of another chapter in our ongoing story, a song to sing.  And having mentioned Dusty Springfield, it has to be a Dusty song.  Of course it does.  So the song is ‘I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself’ and such is life, I went out with Poppy yesterday and I told her that I was making an appearance as a tribute to Dusty.  And so I did just that, albeit I am not blonde.  Love you Poppy Delbridge.  And more about Poppy next weekend.
I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself by Dusty Springfield; The VH Playlist

With love

Gill x


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