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Pioneers of the Exceptional – Vacheron Constantin celebrates Harrods’ 175th anniversary

Harrods, the world’s most famous luxury department store, is marking its 175th anniversary with all manner of exciting celebrations and special-edition products. The Swiss maison of haute horlogerie Vacheron Constantin has joined in with a unique Les Cabinotiers watch presented at an immersive experience titled, Pioneers of the Exceptional.

From the 19th of June to the 21st of July, watch lovers will first be awed by Vacheron Constantin’s amazing displays on Harrods’ Hans Crescent windows, which tell the story of the company and its key watch collections. It is here that the synergies between the two brands are best appreciated and why the experience is called Pioneers of the Exceptional. Both started as family businesses, both were pioneers in their fields, and both are at the forefront of their sectors in terms of excellence and innovation.

Pioneers of the Exceptional presents original archive images highlighting the synergies between Harrods and Vacheron Constantin.

THE EXCEPTIONAL VOYAGE

On the 5th floor of the department store, Vacheron Constantin invites visitors to The Exceptional Voyage, a multi-sensory 4D VR cinema experience* powered by Xydrobe, followed by an exhibition…

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Retro-chic gifts for Father’s Day

Nostalgia seems to be influencing everything these days, from fashion to accessories, homeware, interior design and even travel destinations. The allure of a rose-tinted past blended with contemporary touches has given place to the rise of a retro-chic culture that we are bringing you here in the form of a selection of gifts for Father’s […]

Navigating sexual pleasure as adults

Despite having more access than ever before to information, everyone in the UK seems to be massively uneducated about sex. Erotic events company House of Vixens’ Creative Director and founder Sophie Cohen explains how we can become far better informed about our sexuality as adults. 

Navigating the subject of sexual pleasure can often feel like traversing a labyrinth of shame, rejection, embarrassment and loneliness. In our society, the subject of sexual pleasure is often shrouded in silence or distorted by taboos. It becomes even more complex when it is compounded by layers of religious or cultural shame, past traumas, fertility concerns, ageing, menopause, and issues surrounding sexual and gender identity. Yet, if we can overcome our internalised guilt and insecurity about this topic, our sexuality can offer us one of the most profound and beautiful expressions of our humanity. The question therefore is: how can we break free from these shackles and embrace our sexual selves with confidence and authenticity? 

Let’s start by trying to establish what is the essence of sexual pleasure. The Global Advisory Board for Sexual Health and Wellbeing says that sexual pleasure encompasses myriad “physical and psychological satisfactions” and is facilitated by factors such as self-determination, consent, safety, privacy, confidence, and effective communication. It emphasises the importance of social and cultural conditions upholding sexual rights, such as equality, autonomy, bodily integrity and freedom of expression. While this definition provides a framework for understanding, it feels a little dispassionate. I think we need more visceral inspiration to ignite passion in the bedroom. 

So, how do we find that inspiration to begin unravelling years of internalised shame? I work with individuals and couples to explore and untangle this thorny question and, while I can’t claim to have a one-size-fits-all solution, I have some general guidelines to set you on the right path. 

First and foremost, I would suggest looking for an answer to this question: what is your relationship with self-pleasure? Understanding and embracing your own pleasure is vital before you can start expecting your partner to do the same. I encourage people to cultivate a dedicated self-pleasure practice, exploring what brings you delight and what doesn’t. This might feel challenging, but I recommend trying to tap into the flow of your sexuality, exploring how factors such as your emotional state, hormonal fluctuations, stress levels and even the time of day influence your self-pleasure experience. Experiment with different sensations, using the variety of toys available – which are now tailored to a diverse range of bodies and genders – and quality lubricants, which can enhance your comfort and enjoyment. 

I usually suggest that people keep a journal documenting their fantasies and desires: there are no wrong answers, and no daydreams are off-limits. Delving into the depths of your fantasies will help you identify ones you could seek out in real life. Engage in a dialogue with yourself, fostering your curiosity and self-awareness. This will pave the way for open communication with your partner. Think about the words or movements you might use to tell or show them how to touch you or talk to you in the way you are picturing in your imagination.  

Communicating with your partner is essential for a healthy sexual relationship. Openness and honesty with each other can lead to great sexual satisfaction. Photo © Cottonbro / Pexels Stock Photography.

When you are exploring desires with a partner, good communication is paramount. Whether you do this using email, text, voice notes, or shared diaries, it can be fun and revelatory to establish a mode of communication that allows everyone to share freely. Share your fantasies in a manner that allows your partner to fully absorb and understand them, identifying points of alignment and potential divergence. Explore areas of compromise and creativity, seeking mutually satisfying experiences that honour each other’s boundaries and comfort levels. 

While it might not sound sexy, a little academic research in this process can be beneficial. If you’re struggling to know what to fantasise about, or how to find the words to describe something you’d like, you might find some pointers in books such as My Secret Garden – which you might enjoy reading with a partner for inspiration, or on your own while folding a corner of a page for someone else to find later. I also recommend Erika Lust’s sex education blog and Spectrum Boutique for practical advice on toys. If you’re curious about the history of sex, try Tomorrow Sex Will Be Good Again, which is a great solo read for anyone interested in women’s experiences, and A Curious History of Sex for a frank and amusing look at how we ended up where we are with our sexuality.  

Books can be an excellent source of information about sex and sexual behaviour and a way to initiate communication with your partner.

When you have sex, prioritise communication before, during, and afterwards, ensuring that both partners feel heard, respected and valued. Try to embrace the art of foreplay and recognise its significance in fostering arousal and intimacy. Establish safe words as a means of establishing trust and ensuring consent throughout sexual exploration. Vocalise your desires and preferences, guiding your partner towards pleasuring you in ways that bring fulfilment and satisfaction. 

Post-sex communication is just as vital. Discuss your needs and desires openly and talk about the experience. Whether it involves cuddling, conversation, or simply basking in the afterglow together, the time after sex can be a creative and mutually intimate space. Incorporate each other’s preferences into your sexual repertoire, nurturing a sense of shared understanding and appreciation. 

“In the vast expanse of human experience, few endeavours rival the exhilarating journey of sexual discovery and fulfilment.”

                 – Sophie Cohen

Ultimately, the foundation of fulfilling sexual experiences lies in a commitment to communication and pleasure, both individual and shared. Whether you’re embarking on a solo journey of self-discovery or exploring new frontiers with a partner, I recommend that you try to prioritise authenticity, empathy and understanding. Embrace the boundless potential of sexual exploration as a transformative journey of self-discovery and interpersonal connection. After all, in the vast expanse of human experience, few endeavours rival the exhilarating journey of sexual discovery and fulfilment. I have never known a better trip than getting lost in space and time with myself or a lover. So, let go of inhibition, embrace your erotic creativity, and embark on this extraordinary voyage with passion and enthusiasm.  

Words: Sophie Cohen

Sophie Cohen is the Creative Director of House of Vixens, a company dedicated to the world of erotic storytelling. She also runs the Mandrake Salon at the Mandrake Hotel in London and offers one-to-one private lessons. Find out more by emailing: info@houseofvixens.com 

Opening photo © Armstrong Brothers / Alamy Stock Photography

Gifts for St. Valentine’s that will hit the spot

There is a reason – well, actually many of them – why jewellery is considered an excellent gift for almost any occasion. From a practical point of view, jewellery is durable, versatile, and always comes in pretty packaging. From a more romantic angle, jewellery pieces often become heirlooms that are passed on generation after generation, a way to be remembered – one never forgets who has gifted them jewellery – and it is often selected to mark important moments in life: engagements, marriages, graduation… Historically, jewellery was seen as a way to express love, passion and commitment long before the tradition of St. Valentine’s was established, as far back as Neanderthal times.

And it is not only women who appreciate a bit of bling. Throughout history, men have been as fond of it as women, often to reflect power and wealth. These days, men are increasingly venturing again into the world of jewels. Harry Styles, Drake, Zac Efron and Chris Hemsworth are just a few examples of men who are bringing jewellery to the forefront of masculine style.

Graff Love Knott Cufflinks in 18kt rose gold (£8,100)

The most traditional man may consider cufflinks as far as he is comfortable to go with jewellery. If your loved one fits this description, you can’t go wrong with a pair of Graff Love Knot Cufflinks, set in 18kt polished rose gold. They feature a double knot, a motif symbolic of an unbreakable bond, and fasten with a classic whale-back closure. They are a great present for a woman too. Personally, I am quite partial to a set of nice cufflinks and have my one little collection.

Louis Vuitton Les Gaston Vuitton Designer Pendant (£7,350) and Puzzle Ring (£3,900) both in 18kt yellow gold and titanium.

Completely blurring gender lines, Les Gastons Vuitton collection is inspired by the creative spirit of Gaston-Louis Vuitton, whose designs feel as contemporary today as they did 170 years ago. Because of their versatility, I am picking the Designer Pendant in 18kt yellow gold and titanium and the Puzzle Ring, also in 18kt yellow gold and titanium. The new blue colour introduced to the Louis Vuitton palette, has been developed using titanium, a material known for its strength and lightness. Inspired by denim, these pieces are easy to wear and look as great with a pair of jeans as they do with a suit or an evening outfit.

FOPE Souls Flex’it rings are available in white, yellow, or rose gold, and each of them is set with a single precious stone chosen for its symbolism. Prices start at £990.

Representing all forms of love, the FOPE Soul rings collection comprises 18kt gold Flex’it rings, a method unique to FOPE that produces a flexible gold mesh chain. This means that the rings are very comfortable and can be worn in different fingers. They are set with a single precious gem with a special meaning: containing a specific meaning: a white diamond symbolises eternity; a black diamond, distinction, an emerald, rebirth, a ruby, passion and a blue sapphire, wisdom, while a pink sapphire represents forgiveness.

Harry Winston’s Lily Cluster Pendant in 18kt yellow gold and diamonds weighing a total of approximately 0.68 carats.

A classic among classics, Harry Winston’s Lily Cluster Pendant in 18kt yellow gold features one marquise and 45 round brilliant diamonds (approx. 0.68ct). The design is inspired by original sketches from the 1940s, which recall the elegance of blooming lilies. The precious metal is shaped as interlacing petals, while the perfectly cut diamonds refract the light from all angles as morning dew would do on opening flowers.

VRAI presents multiple options to impress your beloved, from Tennis Bracelets (£5,052) and Necklaces (£9,794) to Eternity Bands (£2,888), Double Row Bangles (£6,392) and Drop Earrings (£4,124).

Drawing from the classic combination of white gold and diamonds, VRAI brings us multiple choices with which to impress the object of our deepest affection, especially if they are particularly eco-conscious. Necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and rings all feature lab diamonds, which are physically identical to mined diamonds and are certified by the same standards. Many lab-grown diamonds are made in foundries which rely on fossil fuels for energy and as such, their carbon footprint can be as large as those from a traditional mine. In contrast, VRAI’s come from a zero-emission foundry and are sustainably grown.

With so many options, we hope that you’ll find the perfect piece with which to surprise and delighted your beloved.

Words: Julia Pasarón

Opening image: Christine Sponchia, Pixabay.

Skincare products worth persevering with

As holidays end and the festive glow fades away, many of us find ourselves looking in the mirror and realising that there is a price to pay for the Christmas excesses. Redness, dry skin, and opaque complexion are just a few of the consequences of a couple of weeks of indulging on alcohol, rich foods and sweets. Fortunately, as the skincare industry evolves, better and faster products are launched, which deliver results nothing short of miraculous. We have chosen a few for you, all of which have been tested by members of our team during a period of four weeks.

IRENE FORTE PHYTOMELATONIN REJUVENATING SERUM

This is one of those products that will become a staple of your bathroom cabinet, whichever your skin type, as it targets all the usual signs of skin ageing: pigmentation, enlarged pores, wrinkles and frailness. The key ingredient in this serum is as Alpine Plant Melatonin (APM), a form of phytomelatonin, a powerful natural antioxidant derivative of the amino acid tryptophan, which plays a fundamental role as a precursor of proteins, among them collagen. Phytomelatonin also counteracts the degenerative effects of UV exposure and other stressors.

Irene Forte Phytomelatonin Rejuvenating serum contains APM at 70 percent concentration and vitamin E at 30 percent.

Irene Forte Phytomelatonin Rejuvenating Serum works at molecular level to increase the vitality of skin cells, and their ability to regulate biochemical processes. Within ten days, we appreciated a softening of lines and a brighter complexion. After eight weeks, there was a clear reduction of wrinkle volume and pores, fading of pigmentation and increased elasticity.

Fear not if you have sensitive skin as clinical tests prove that this rich, unctuous serum soothes and calms the skin. Irene Forte Phytomelatonin Rejuvenating Serum retails at  £225 (15ml) and is exclusively available at IRENE FORTE

111 SKIN CELESTIAL BLACK DIAMOND RETINOL OIL

We’ve been very fond of 111 Skin products for a very long time. The whole range has been developed following rigorous scientific research and the latest technology. Retinol has been long known to encourage fibroblasts to synthesize collagen, improve skin elasticity, increase the proliferation of skin cells and promote the formation of new blood vessels.

However, retinol is also known to irritate the skin. That’s why its formulation is very important and why 111 Skin Celestial Black Diamond Retinol Oil stands out. Despite the high concentration of retinol in this oil (2.5 percent blend of retinol and granactive retinoid, both a derivative of Vitamin A, one of most efficient compounds in preventing and reversing the signs of ageing and sun damage), no irritation has been reported in any of the clinical tests.

111 Skin Celestial Black Diamond Retinol Oil is best used in the evening, starting with three times a week, before using it every night, to safely increase tolerance.

Within a week, we noticed the skin brighter and smoother. After four weeks, there was an obvious reduction in the depth of wrinkles and fine lines, almost as if you had used botox. Areas with hyperpigmentation also benefited from the use of this retinol oil, especially after eight weeks. Always use SPF 50 when using any products with retinol. Find 111 Skin Celestial Black Diamond Retinol (30ml) at 111 SKIN and HARVEY NICHOLS among other retailers for £190.

GOLD COLLAGEN INSTANT GLOW SERUM

In its 15 years in the market, Gold Collagen has established itself in the market as the go-to brand for effective collagen oral supplementation. Now the same company offers a full skincare range that it is proving to be as successful as its liquid wonder. We tried Gold Collagen Instant Glow Serum. The texture is light and very pleasant, and the immediate effect is that of an illuminator. No wonder “glow” and “instant” are part of its name. After a few days, the benefits extended to less redness and the physical sensation of the skin being deeply hydrated. As the weeks went by, we also noticed and improvement on elasticity, a more uniformed tone, a much less congested complexion and pores that appeared visibly reduced.

Gold Collagen Instant Glow Serum contains a vitamin complex that illuminates the skin on the outside and nourishes it from the inside.

Key ingredients include niacinamide, known to help combat inflammation, regulate the skin’s natural grease secretion and improve elasticity. Vitamin C also helps to reduce inflammation, increases luminosity and works as an antioxidant; as does Vitamin E, fighting free radicals besides its role as photoprotector and natural moisturiser.

How you apply it also seems to help. We were asked to do so by massaging it into the skin from the centre of the face outwards, finishing on the chin; and on the neck, from the bottom up and outwards. Gold Collagen Glow Serum (30ml, £36) is available directly from GOLD COLLAGEN and JOHN BELL & CROYDEN among other retailers.

DR GABRIELA MAGIC VITAMIN BOOSTER SERUM

This is a product that made my jaw dropped to the ground. Dr Gabriela tested it on half my face while we were chatting. Fifteen minutes later, that half of my face had visible lifted, was plumper and brighter. Dr Gabriela tells me that the secret of her skincare range is the intense moisturising properties of molecular water. This unique ingredient penetrates each and every cell to deeply hydrate and rejuvenate skin from the inside out, providing moisturisation for up to 72 hours after application. Other key ingredients include low and high molecular weight hyaluronic acid, vitamin E, vitamin A, panthenol, and essential fatty acids.

After just one application, Dr Gabriela Magic Vitamin Booster Serum leaves the skin looking visible lifted, plumper and brighter.

By using it daily morning and evening, the serum restores hydration and creates the optimum conditions for cell renewal and collagen production. A second layer of hyaluronic acid coats the surface of the skin, sealing in moisture. The stunning results from the first application kept getting better with regular use. After two weeks, our face looked younger and more luminous, and after four, it was significantly lifted, plumper, and the skin felt more elastic. Dr Gabriela Magic Vitamin Booster Serum £299 (30ml) is exclusively available from DR GABRIELA SKINCARE.

CRYSTAL CLEAR PHARMA GRADE HYALURONIC SERUM

From one instant miracle to the next. Here the star is hyaluronic acid, a compound widely recognised for the role it plays in cell renewal and the proliferation of fibroblasts, which translates into its famous properties to increase skin elasticity and plumpness and reduce inflammation, i.e, less redness, less scar marks, eyes less puffy. In addition, it works wonders on joints and helps wounds heal faster.

Now… not all types of hyaluronic acid are the same. Crystal Clear’s contains high and low molecular weight hyaluronic acid at 98 percent. The high weight form provides an instant burst of hydration, to instantly plump and firm the skin; the low molecular weight form reaches deeper layers of the skin and bind moisture. This helps the skin cells to get tighter together so by the time they reach the surface, this new skin is much more luminous, elastic and bouncy.

Crystal Clear Pharma Grade Hyaluronic Acid contains high and low molecular forms of this miracle compound to renew and hydrate the skin from the inside out.

The first time we used it, we noticed that our skin felt plumper and hydrated and it looked as if we had used a top primer: pores and lines appeared reduced and our face glowed. Over four weeks, the skin seemed to stay hydrated for longer, eye puffiness had disappeared, and overall, the whole face and neck had lifted, felt tighter, and wrinkles and lines had been reduced, giving way to a fuller, thicker, more supple skin. Crystal Clear Pharma Grade Hayluronic Serum (30ml, £84) is available at CRYSTAL CLEAR and THE SKIN BAR among other retailers.

UKLASH EYELASH SERUM

This is a product we tried a while ago and are still raving about it. This powerful serum targets short and brittle eyelashes with spectacular results. It may not have the immediate results of the other products featured in this article, but your patience will pay off after just four weeks, and if you are constant for a few more, you’ll be seriously impressed. In our case, we stopped using it after eight weeks as our eyelashes had grown really long… almost too much! Uklash states “up to 55 percent longer and 75% more voluminous” but also warns that the results may differ from person to person, which makes sense.

With daily application, Uklash Eyelash Serum delivers real results in less than a month. Afterwards, using it 3-4 times a week is recommended for maintenance.

Some of the ingredients that contribute to the stunning effects of this serum include Biotin, which is a vitamin vital for healthy hair growth; myristoyl pentapeptide-17, a compound that stimulate keratin genes; green tea extract, also proven to help with hair growth thanks to its high content in a polyphenol with a name impossible to pronounce; and vitamin B5, which is known to restructure the hair fibre by filling in the hair scales.

Now, don’t be tempted to put more than what is recommended. It is true that it feels as if there is hardly any product on the brush, but one dip applied to the eyeline (top and bottom) is enough for both eyes. Massaging the eyelids may also help (we did). Uklash Eyelash Serum (3ml, £39) is available at UKLASH and SEPHORA, among other retailers.

Although all these products have been tested by our team and delivered positive results, we always recommend you exercise caution when trying something new on your skin.

Words: Julia Pasarón

Opening photo by Anna Shvets for Pexels.

Treatments that show results from the first session

Like with diets, one of the issues about beauty protocols is that they often take some time to show results. While we are all aware that patience is the virtue of the strong, it is reassuring and encouraging when we can see visible improvements from the first session. As such, at I-M Intelligent Magazine, we have been researching what is available out there and bring you here four treatments, all tried and tested by members of our team, which delivered results from the very first session.

REJUVOLOGY

Despite its tongue-twisting name, Rejuvology is a beauty protocol that relies in very simple principles. Anchored on the power of massage to stimulate circulation, lymphatic drainage and muscle elasticity, Rejuvology goes back to basics, without the need for any machines or injectables, just the therapist’s hands and massage oils. Over 20 years of clinical practice and studies, founder Abigail James has crafted a unique facial rejuvenation technique, drawing from ancient and modern therapies, that transcends the boundaries of traditional treatments. Abigail skilfully works head, neck, and face, to revive facial contour and support emotional well-being.

Rejuvology massage works on the skin, fascia, nervous, muscular, circulatory and lymphatic systems and helps to balance the flow of the body’s energy.

After just one 60-minute session, we noticed a palpable improvement in the plumpness and suppleness of the skin, relaxation of tension lines, a dazzling glow and an evident lift of the bottom half of the face.

Abigail suggests an initial course of 4-6 treatments, a couple of weeks from each other, to achieve optimum results, which include, but are not limited to, increased suppleness, tightness on the face contour, lifting, reduced puffiness, softening of facial lines and, at an emotional level, better sleep, reduced anxiety and stress, and an increase in energy. For maintenance, Abigail recommends a monthly session. You can learn more about Rejuvology and make a booking HERE.

SKINSTORM FACIAL

Developed by Sharon Hilditch MBE, the founder of Crystal Clear Skincare, Skinstorm is an all-in-one facial starring dissolvable pure oxygen and cryotherapy. It consists of six steps and takes less than 90 minutes and is completely painless. The treatment starts with the Hurricane Oxy Ice Cleanse, to lift dirt and dead cells, as well as kill bacteria. The second focuses on resurfacing and healing, using a unique microdermabrasion technique combined with light therapy to improve skin texture and reduce pigmentation, scarring and acne.

Step 3: Oxy Ice Peel & Oxy Blast, the only peel in the market that combines dissolved oxygen and cryo temperatures to destress the skin and protect against any irritation.

The Oxy Ice Peel and Anti-Acne Bacterialization Peel follows, which leaves the skin refreshed and congestion-free, ready for a micro-needling roller, that pushes chilled serum with dissolvable oxygen into the skin. The micro-injuries created by the roller encourage fibroblasts to produce collagen, whilst their patented Hylo-Filler drone serum hydrates and plumps the skin.

The fifth step is like a filler – minus the needle and the pain – reducing crow’s feet, sagging skin and giving your lips a significant boost. It works by delivering hyaluronic acid and their patented F10 at high pressure to add extra “bounce” to your skin. Last, Tri-Fusion Light Therapy; using red, blue and near-infrared light helps the skin to heal, kill bacteria and reduce pigmentation, all factors that contribute to the rejuvenation of the skin. The cold mask that is applied before going under the lamp, leaves the skin refreshed and with no signs of redness or inflammation whatsoever.

In an ideal world, you’d do a Skinstorm facial every month, but the results are so amazing and lasting, that we’d dare say that, unless you have an acute issue with your skin, one every two months would be enough to uphold the benefits. More information and bookings HERE.

THERMAGE FLX LIP LIFT

Developed by Dr Rita Rakus, known in London as the “lip queen”, Thermage FLX is a treatment that uses radiofrequency (RF) to reach the deepest layers of the skin with targeted pulses of energy. The heat from RF stimulates the production of collagen, which in turn, tightens and plumps the skin. It can be used in both face and body. On this occasion, we focused on the lip, as this is a completely new use of Thermage FLX and one that works a treat. The lips are one of the parts of our anatomy that first suffer loss of collagen and fat as we age (as early as 25). As a result, they kind of “implode” inwards, look thinner and fine lines start to appear.

“By using Thermage FLX on the mouth area, we can lift and tighten the skin above the cupid’s bow to add volume and tighten, smooth, and plump the skin on the lips.”

 

         –  Dr Rita Rakus

The treatment takes less than 30 minutes and there is no pain at all, just a feeling of warmth and, on occasion, very localised heat. There isn’t any redness or inflammation either, which means no downtime at all. You’ll notice an immediate lift of your upper lip and it will look and feel plumper, without the pneumatic effect of many fillers. The effect is actually extremely natural, and one treatment is enough for a long time.

Thermage FLX is a favourite among celebrities, including Karren Brady, Gwyneth Paltrow, and even boxer Floyd Mayweather. More information and details on how to make an appointment with Dr Rita Rakus, HERE.

MORPHEUS8 3D

Launched in 2020, Morpheus8 also uses RF to a depth of 8mm through 40 micro-needles and can be used in both face and body. In 2023, they released a new body applicator for the 3D upgrade, which helps provide a more homogeneous treatment.

It works by delivering three incremental depths of penetration radiofrequency waves, aiming to reinforce the structural matrix of the dermis and subdermal adipose tissue, at the same time it encourages the production of new collagen. As the needles are gold plated – which provides insulation – all the energy goes to the targeted areas, in our case, the lower tummy.

Although the results are more noticeable after a few weeks, improvements can be appreciated immediately after the first session with Morpheus 8 3D, especially an increased tightness of the skin.

This remodelling treatment is very efficient. A few days after the first session, we could see an increased tightness of the skin of the tummy, which continued to improve over the next couple of weeks, also revealing a smoother appearance. If you are looking at getting rid of some localised fat though, you’ll have to wait until at least the second session to appreciate the difference.

A course of three sessions is the minimum recommended and we would also advise you to do so, as otherwise you may be disappointed. The treatment is painful and, although local anaesthetic is given, you must be prepared to feel very sore and have the treated area red and with the marks of the micro-needles for several days. That said, Morpheus8 3D is very safe and a favourite among aesthetic clinicians worldwide.

Morpheus8 3D is available at many clinics and beauty practises. Make sure that there is a qualified clinician where you go, otherwise, they won’t be able to apply local anaesthetic. I-M Intelligent Magazine visited Ambra Clinic, in North London, led by Dr Maryam McMillan. More information and bookings HERE.

Words: Julia Pasarón

Opening image: © Antoni Shkraba

Bicester Village and Collagerie Art Shop support local charities

Christmas shopping can be a daunting experience not suitable for the faint-hearted. Aware of how off-putting the idea of wrestling other shoppers for the last must-have item and queueing at tills can be, Bicester Village invites its customers to a very different experience.

In collaboration with Collagerie Art Shop – the online store and gallery founded by ex-Vogue directors Serena Hood and Lucinda Chambers – Bicester Village is showcasing a shoppable “pop-up” exhibition with 22 prints by female artists displayed at different locations, from the Marylebone train station kiosk to the station at Bicester Village and in the lounge of The Apartment, the private members club for VIP customers. Six additional prints of works by multi-disciplinary artist Kavel Rafferty are also available exclusively to Bicester Village customers HERE.

Twelve of the prints available to purchase in support of Do Good are displayed on the lounge of The Apartment at Bicester Village.

Kavel Rafferty is a very interesting artist. She works mainly in collage and assemblage art. By exploring the possibilities available when using discarded materials, such as old magazines and postcards, she reveals the beauty in these forgotten items and give them a new identity and with it, a new lease of life. Kavel is not only an artist, but also a positive agent for circularity.

The prints selected for this initiatives remind me of Kavel’s Queer Flower series, of which the artist says, “My work seeks to re-contextualise and reclaim flowers from the domestic doldrums – recognising how female artists were permitted historically to paint flowers and very little else.”

Spanish Iris, Chinese Peony, and Dahlia, three of the six limited edition prints by Kavel Rafferty.

As we are in the season to be merry and generous, part of the sales money from these prints will be donated to Do Good, a programme that supports a number of local charities. Bicester Village is specifically involved with SmartWorks, World Connect, IntoUniversity and Brides Do Good. You can find more information HERE.

Apart from this initiative, there are plenty of activities available at Bicester Village to make your shopping day a really fun one. From 3pm every day, guests can enjoy live music and a little show of falling snow, which you can immortalise with a Polaroid on Santa’s sleigh or, if you have been very very well behaved this year, you can post your letter to Santa in a specially crafted letterbox and hope he comes shopping here. Don’t forget to personalise your wrapping paper at the gift wrap station (I did and kicked myself afterwards).

Cecconi’s Bicester Village offers guests an authentic Italian dining experience while their credit card cools down a bit.

At some point your credit card will be smoking and your tummy rumbling. That would be the ideal time to go for lunch at Cecconi’s, the Mayfair classic that in less than a year from opening at Bicester Village, has become a favourite with shoppers and locals alike. The menu is inspired by classic Italian cuisine, with a few contemporary twists that keep it fresh and seasonal all year round.

It is really hard to think of an easier and nicer way to do one’s Christmas shopping, spoiling your beloved with luxury brands while still feeling you got a good deal. To make it even better, until 24th December, Bicester Village offers the “Extraordinary Sale”, with further reductions in many of its stores. Find out more HERE.

Words: Julia Pasarón

Lounging as an art form

Sofas designed to enable the sitter to adopt multiple positions have a long, illustrious pedigree. Charles and Ray Eames’s freeform La Chaise of 1948 allowed the user to sit upright, curl up, recline or sprawl. De Sede’s idiosyncratic yet stylish DS-1025 Terrazza sofa, dreamt up in 1974 by Swiss designer Ubald Klug, offers greater flexibility, inviting users to perch at various heights or clamber over it at whim thanks to its tiered structure that simultaneously offers soft nooks conducive to cosy nestling.

Comprising units that abut and can be extended, the Terraza is ideal for social gatherings. When several units are conjoined to form a rectangle, the tiers facing inwards dip down, forming a conversation pit – that ultimate 1970s social space.

Its moniker comes from the terraces of Swiss vineyards. The slender, horizontal layers evoke a tiered topography, especially when units are multiplied, resulting in a complex seating system. “The Terrazza is perfect for lounging,” says de Sede CEO Monika Walser. “It’s been in demand for almost 50 years, appealing to design fans and celebs alike – including Mick Jagger. A special edition in gold made a glamorous appearance at a recent Zurich Film Festival.” 

With endless composition possibilities, de Sede’s Terrazza embodies the 1970s concept of a conversation pit.

The seeds of DS-1025 Terrazza were sown in 1970 when architect and consultant Alfred Hablützel connected Klug with de Sede, which started life in 1962 as a saddler’s workshop in Klingnau, Switzerland. Klug was a cutting-edge designer who had created a prototype for prefab housing and a cockpit for a French airline. He presented a sketch of a sand dune morphing into seating, and de Sede agreed to the idea, provided it could be covered in leather.

During the 1970s an increasing trend in interior design called for flexible furniture that suited increasingly informal lifestyles. With the Terrace, Klug gave de Sede’s the chance to stay at the forefront of this trend. Another example worth mentioning is Alessandro Becchi’s versatile 1970 Anfibio sofa, which converts into a double bed.

As in the case of the interiors from the Pop Art generation, with the DS-1025 Terrazza, customers can create an extended sofa or a seating pyramid just by adding individual blocks.

The DS-1025 Terrazza also has a strong Pop Art aesthetic. Its sensual, rippling curves echo those of avant-garde Italian design studio Archizoom Associati’s 1960s Superonda and Safari sofas, whose playfully organic forms challenged modernist rationality.

The sofa is now available in many shades, including chic ecru, toffee brown and sumptuous black-cherry red. Its flamboyant style also makes it a favourite of interior designers – notably Kelly Wearstler, who is famous for her bold, theatrical style. And the Terrazza chimes with today’s trend for sociable sofas in curvy shapes inspired by nature. A more low-key example of the trend is British designer Lucy Kurrein’s Isola sofa, which nods to the organic contours of coastlines and islands.

More information and prices, HERE.

Words: Dominic Lutyens

The most enticing fragrances for the colder months

Smell is one of the most powerful senses. It can create an identity, evoke memories, bring back a forgotten emotion…

Most people have a favourite fragrance for the spring-summer and a different one for the colder months of the year, usually heavier and sweeter. Our deputy editor Lavinia Dickson-Robinson asked perfumer Linda Pilkington, founder of Ormonde Jayne, about how best to choose a fragrance in winter and the mistakes you shouldn’t make.

“Like with all aspects of fragrance, it’s a personal choice,” says Linda. “Recently, at a perfume trade show, our international partners shared clients are choosing traditionally heavier fragrances in the heat of summer as they have more longevity and evaporate at a slower rate in hot humid climates.”

Formulation has a lot to do with it. Linda explains, “The top notes evaporate first, and the heart and soul of the perfume will linger the longest. Good quality fragrances reveal their notes slowly, and their heart and soul should linger on your clothes the day after. These highly complex formulations are particularly suited to winter fragrances, especially those with resinous amber ingredients, like our Amberesque category.

Tolu and Amberesque by Ormonde Jayne, two very different fragrances but equally well-suited for winter.

However, she warns about overpowering fragrances, those which enter a room before their wearer and occupy the entire space. “As a perfumer, that’s something I always strive to avoid.” 

Still, I want to know if there is such a thing as a seasonal perfume. “Some of our fragrances lend themselves to specific seasons,” says Linda. “Osmanthus, for example, is the epitome of a spring morning, and it’s one I usually only reach for after I see the first buds on our trees. Similarly, when the cooler weather arrives in November, it’s Tolu (120ml, £175) that I prefer. An enveloping scent that sparkles and creates an atmosphere of being wrapped in cashmere, sipping a fine cognac by a roaring fire.”

Since Linda has mentioned how top notes disappear quickly and the importance of the heart and soul of a fragrance to define its character, I ask her to give me an example. “I personally adore Amberesque (88ml, £195), with deep rich resins like tonka, tolu, and frankincense, and spices such as cardamom, and patchouli.” Another category works very well in winter is Oudh, which uses the eponymous oil, traditionally highly prized in the Middle East. “We were the first ones using oud in a parfum,” Linda explains proudly, “it is one of the most expensive raw ingredients in the world, but it has a very sensual dry-down that makes your skin smell enticing and appealing.”

Left, Oud for Greatness by Initio Parfums Privés. Right, Aventus by Creed.

Following a similar route, Oud for Greatness by Initio Parfums Privés (90ml, £305), combines natural oud wood with agar wood oil and spice from saffron and nutmeg to create deeply sensual eau de parfum. It is refreshed with a hint of lavender and patchouli. Despite its force, Oud for Greatness leaves a light sweet woody scent on your skin and clothes once it dries down. Very evocative.

Aventus by Creed (100ml, £295), the brand’s most notable fragrance, also has a woody base (cedar and birch), but the head notes include – apart from classic patchouli – fruits and pink pepper, which makes it fresher than the previous two. The inclusion of ambroxan, Creed’s signature ingredient, takes the edge of the fruity notes and gives this fragrance a long-lasting, velvety finish.

Reducing the woody tones further and dialling up citrus and berries we find Lalique Encre Indigo (100ml, £89), a spirited eau de parfum that starts with woody, smoky ingredients such as ambergris and Korean Jukro black tea, continues with a silky flow of warm Madagascar bay and vetiver oils complemented with spices such as pink peppercorn, Calabrian bergamot and saffron. A combination of sweet and citrus oils such as Sulawasi patchouli, juniper berry and vetiver give it a fresh finish. As the parfum dries, it reveals its long-lasting warm heart.

Smell is a very powerful sense, and often works as a trigger to revisit treasured memories. “We associate so many perfumes with our loved ones. Fragrances like Madame Rochas by Rochas of Calandre by Paco Rabanne echo another time in our life, reminding us of an older generation who played a significant part in our life,” Linda says.

Many of those parfums these days feel a bit “old style” but Linda argues that it is about construction and structure. “You can take those same ingredients and transform them into a composition that enables them to perform and open up. For instance, in our parfum Tolu, we used some soft powdery notes, but the formula opens with sparkling shimmering top notes which gives it this a very modern appeal. Another great example of this is Chanel, a maison that understands the importance of revisiting its perfumes and bringing them back to a younger audience. To do so with Chanel No5, they relaunched it as Chanel No 5 L’Eau (100ml, £136), which appealed to a younger audience by minimising the aldehydes and including fruit and citrus notes instead.”

N°5 L’EAU is a vibrant eau de toilette, in which citrus top notes soar with the aldehydes, followed by a floral breeze of jasmine, rose and ylang-ylang, finished with vetiver and cedar.

In her business, Linda is increasingly noticing that people are choosing to have a selection of perfumes, rather than one signature scent for every day of the year. Thus, she encourages us to be brave. She says, “Florals aren’t just for summer. A white floral can be very alluring in snowy months. Notes like freesia, frangipani, and jasmine, which are traditionally associated with summer, can also work in winter.”

Forgive Me by Carine Roitfeld (90ml, £190) uses flowers in its medium and top notes, to balance the fruitiness of tangerine and the spice of pink pepper to deliver an eau de parfum that is as enigmatic as it is alluring. The inclusion of resinous compounds such as labdanum, olibanum and cashmeran help to expand and diffuse its floral ingredients and give it warmth.

As a conclusion, Linda recommends to always ask for a sample before choosing a perfume so you can test it for a few days. “Try a perfume on for a few days, morning and night, and ask your loved ones, friends, and work colleagues for their honest opinion. If you like a perfume, but your family and loved ones can’t abide it, that to me would be a reason enough to choose something else.”

Words: Lavinia Dickson-Robinson

Photography: Lina Ress

Six-week routines for skin and hair that do make a difference

I find really hard to reach Christmas looking my best. There is always an insane amount of work to shift and events to attend, the pressure of finding the right presents for everyone and amidst all the associated stress, the realisation that, as the calendar gets closer to the 25th, so is the tired look in one’s face. We have found some very efficient beauty products and routines for the face and hair that produce visible results in just four weeks (*).

SENSAI ULTIMATE

One of the main reasons why our skin looks tired and opaque is lack of hydration. Apart from drinking 1.5l of water every day, you need to pay careful attention to the moisturisers you use and how often you apply them. Particularly convenient for women who don’t have much time to spend on their skin routine, the leading Japanese brand Sensai offers a two-step daily ritual that provides the skin with deep hydration and stimulates its natural regenerative process.

After washing your face, apply first is Utimate The Lotion I or II (depending on skin type. 125ml, £224; 125ml, £233), followed by Ultimate The Emulsion (100ml, £335) or Ultimate The Cream (40ml, £670). These products are the result of Sensai’s new Silk Skin Connection Technology, which applies the latest discoveries in skin ageing and autophagy (a natural process that allows the orderly degradation and recycling of cellular components). Despite its weightless texture, the lotion is very concentrated so it acts as a serum would, because, as one of the scientists at Sensai explained, “It supplies the stratum corneum [the outermost layer of the epidermis] with abundant moisture and acts as a receptor to welcome subsequent treatments effectively.” Then, the emulsion or the cream, will complete this double hydration routine, encouraging a smoother, denser skin and providing it with a film to better absorb and retain the moisture in. Use them morning and evening.

LA PRAIRIE SKIN CAVIAR LUXE CREAM 

La Prairie’s journey in skincare dates back to 1931,when Dr Paul Niehans joined Clinique La Prairie, which was already a well-known spa and laboratory in Montreux. It was his work which propelled it to the very top of internationally recognition. Over 90 years later, the brand keeps at the very top of innovation and quality in skincare.

One of its star products, La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Cream has been reformulated to be even more efficient at lifting and promoting the firmness of the skin. The texture is velvety but at the same time light, and immediately after application you feel your skin smoother and nourished. Within four weeks of daily application, you’ll notice a softening of face lines and increased elasticity, partly thanks to the deep moisturising properties of this cream.

SAM MCKNIGHT HAIRCARE

In our quest for looking our best, we should never forget to take good care of our hair. Strong, healthy-looking hair can take many years off our appearance. Sam McKnight, the legendary hair stylist, known for his work with celebrities such as Kate Moss and Lady Gaga, launched his own brand in 2017.

His Light Cleanse Hair Scalp Shampoo  (250ml, £28) efficiently cleans your hair without damaging your scalp even if used every day. This is thanks to being certified ‘Kind to Microbiome’. Ingredients such as Velvet Flower, Nettle Leaf and Honeysuckle extracts leave your hair shiny and smooth. The texture is light, it lathers easily and rinses quickly. His Deeper Love Intense Treatment Mask (200ml, £48) is a bit of a miracle worker. From the word ‘go’, you’ll notice your hair looking lustrous and silky to the touch. Its rich formula contains strengthening molecule Rep’Hair® and restorative Crodabond™, which contribute to repairing, strengthening and sealing split ends. A very small amount applied to towel-dried hair is more than enough. Leave it for five minutes (if you cover your hair even better), rinse well and style as usual. After a few uses, you’ll also notice your hair feeling stronger and much healthier.

DISRUPTOR LONDON DETOX BAR

Founded in 2021, Disruptor London is recognised as one of the most sustainable and ethical beauty brands in the market, embodying the essence of skinimalism. Their range of gender-neutral, vegan-friendly, and cruelty-free products are a favourite among the eco-conscious.

Their Detox Bar (100gr, £17) can be used as a shampoo and as a cleanser to eliminate product build-up on hair and scalp or as shaving soap. Thanks to the company’s proprietary detox formula, sulphate-free, with upcycled charcoal CRUSH™ and tamanu oil, it helps to clarify blemish-prone skin and areas where you may regularly get spots or congestion. Although it may feel a bit weird at the beginning to use solid soap on your hair, the truth is that it lathers easily, and it leaves your hair and scalp feeling squeaky clean. It also lasts forever. After a month of using it regularly, still more than half the bar was left.

CUTIZANA LIQUID COLLAGEN SUPPLEMENT

There is no point on looking after your skin and hair from the outside, if they are malnourished from the inside.  “Cutis sana” is Latin for “healthy skin”, and the nutritional supplement Cutizana (500ml, £34.99) is jam-packed with marine collagen and nutrients. The daily dose of just one cap provides 10,000mg of type I and III collagen as well as other important micronutrients such as hyaluronic acid, biotin, silica and vitamin C, all of which are needed to maintain and support the health of hair, skin and nails.

One serving of Cutizana provides as much collagen as 20 tablets of 500mg and is more readily available to the body.

The fact that comes in liquid form helps and easier and more effective absorption of its active ingredients by the body and doesn’t contain any caking agents or fillers as most tablets do. The taste is not great, but it is not terrible either and after just a month, the results were more than satisfactory. Although it is impossible to generalise, I think that you’ll probably find your nails and hair stronger, and your skin a little firmer, plumper and more elastic (assuming you drink at least the recommended 1.5l of water every day). It is interesting that Cutizana is used in clinics for tendon and ligament injuries. These tissues are made of type I and III collagen and research shows that they heal faster when rehab is combined with supplementation.

GOLD COLLAGEN HAIRLIFT COMPLEX

We’ve been fond of Gold Collagen for quite some time at I-M Intelligent Magazine, after testing several of its patented and clinically proven products. Their hair liquid supplement hasn’t disappointed me. Apart from containing the highest quality of concentration of marine collagen, all their formulations contain numerous other micronutrients that work together to deliver visible results in as little as three weeks.

Gold Collagen Hairlift contains 18 active ingredients which promote collagen and keratin formation, hair growth and scalp nutrition.

The Hairlift® Complex (30-day programme, £106.95) contains the usual Gold Collagen concentration of marine collagen plus other active ingredients such as rocket extract, keratin and biotin, to support the natural hair cycle and encourage the natural production of keratin and collagen. It is recommended to be taken daily. on an empty stomach. In just a few weeks, you’ll notice your nails stronger and your hair, thicker and glossier.

As the clock keeps ticking, try to find a few minutes to order your products of choice and start giving your skin and hair a helping hand in the run-up to Christmas.

Words: Julia Pasarón

Opening image: Andrea Picquadio, Pexels

Product photography: Lina Ress

(*) All the products presented here have been tested by members of our team between 4-6 weeks.

A Nutritionist's Guide to Autumn Care

As the crisp autumn air sets in, it’s not just our wardrobe that needs a change; our skin and hair also require extra care and nourishment. As a nutritionist, I’ve witnessed the profound impact that diet can have on our outward appearance. In this article, I’ll explore how to support your hair and skin during autumn, offering valuable insights and practical tips.

Understanding the Seasonal Shift

Autumn brings cooler temperatures and lower humidity, which can lead to dry, dehydrated skin and hair. This season’s challenges can be exacerbated by indoor heating systems and potentially imbalanced diets, making it essential to adapt our nutrition and skincare routines accordingly. Diet plays a crucial role in maintaining healthy hair and skin throughout the year, and autumn is no exception. Here are some key nutrients to prioritize:

Foods rich on Omega-3 Fatty Acids such as salmon help regulate the skin’s oil production, improve balanced hydration and even reduce breakouts.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Omega-3s, found in fatty fish (like salmon and mackerel), flaxseeds, and walnuts, help maintain skin moisture and flexibility. They also support hair health, keeping it shiny and strong.

Antioxidants: Foods rich in antioxidants, such as fruits and vegetables, combat free radicals that can damage skin cells. Berries, spinach, and kale are excellent choices.

Vitamin C: This vitamin supports collagen production, which keeps your skin firm and youthful. Citrus fruits, strawberries, and bell peppers are high in vitamin C.

Vitamin E: Vitamin E protects the skin from oxidative damage and helps maintain its moisture. Find it in nuts, seeds, and spinach.

Biotin: Biotin is crucial for hair health. You can get it from eggs, nuts, and whole grains.

Zinc: Zinc helps repair skin damage and supports hair growth. It’s found in nuts, whole grains, and lean meats.

Collagen: Collagen is a protein that keeps skin and hair strong and elastic. Bone broth and collagen supplements are good sources.

Our diet should include a wide variety of plant foods all year round.

Additional Autumn Nutrition Tips

Hydrate: Cooler weather can lead to reduced water intake. Remember to drink plenty of water to keep your skin and hair hydrated from the inside.

Warm tea: Swap your iced beverages for warm herbal teas. They provide extra hydration and antioxidants.

Seasonal fruits and vegetables: Take advantage of autumn’s bounty. Apples, pumpkins, and sweet potatoes are not only delicious but also packed with skin-friendly nutrients.

Healthy fats: Incorporate healthy fats like avocados, nuts, and olive oil into your diet to support skin and hair moisture.

Protein: Hair and skin are made of protein. Ensure you get enough from sources like lean meats, beans, and dairy.

Limit sugar: Excessive sugar consumption can damage collagen and lead to skin aging. Reduce your intake of sugary snacks and processed foods.

Herbal teas are rich one polyphenols, compounds packed with antioxidants, which can help fight free-radicals, radicals and prevent skin damage.

 

Autumn Skincare Routine

In addition to a nutritious diet, your skincare routine should also adapt to autumn’s demands. Here are some tips:

Moisturize: Use a heavier moisturizer to combat dry skin. Consider a hydrating serum to lock in moisture.

Sunscreen: UV rays can harm your skin year-round. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen daily, even when it’s not sunny.

Exfoliation: Exfoliating can remove dead skin cells and allow moisturizers to penetrate more effectively.

Humidifier: Indoor heating systems can dry the air, affecting your skin. A humidifier can help maintain the right level of moisture.

Dermatologist Consultation: If you have specific skin concerns, consult a dermatologist for tailored advice and treatments.

Dietary Supplements: If your hair and skin need extra care, consider supplements like biotin or collagen, see below. Always consult a healthcare professional before starting any new supplements.

Apply moisturiser to your face using your fingertips and following a circular motion until it’s all absorbed. Don’t forget your neck and cleavage.

Autumn Superfoods for Healthy Hair and Skin

Certain foods are particularly beneficial for your skin and hair during autumn:

Pumpkins: Packed with vitamin A, pumpkins help maintain skin’s moisture and radiance.

Sweet Potatoes: Rich in beta-carotene, sweet potatoes promote a healthy complexion and strong hair.

Apples: Apples contain antioxidants that protect your skin from damage.

Cranberries: These berries are high in vitamin C and antioxidants, excellent for skin health.

Nuts: Nuts provide essential fatty acids that keep your skin and hair looking great.

Seasonal autumn foods such as pumpkins, apples and nuts are particularly beneficial for your skin and hair. 

Supplements for Healthy Hair and Skin

Taking supplements can be a helpful addition to your autumn skincare and haircare routine, but remember that that they should complement a balanced diet, not replace it. Eating a variety of nutrient-rich foods is still the best way to nourish your skin and hair from within. Here are some key supplements for healthy hair and skin in the autumn:

Biotin: Biotin (B7) is essential for healthy hair and nails. It can help prevent breakage and promote growth. Typically, a daily dose of 30 mcg is recommended.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Whether from fish or plant origin, they can help maintain skin moisture and reduce inflammation. These can be particularly beneficial if your diet lacks fatty fish like salmon or walnuts. A  combined daily dose of 1000-2000 mg of EPA and DHA is the common recommendation.

Collagen: Collagen supplements are known for promoting skin elasticity and reducing the appearance of wrinkles. Available as powders, tablets, capsules and liquids, the dose typicall ranges between 2.5 and 5 grams.

Vitamin C: Vital for collagen production, which supports skin elasticity and firmness. The standard dose for women is  75-90 mg but you can safely take higher doses.

Vitamin E: Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps protect skin from damage. A daily dose of 15 mg is usually sufficient for most adults.

Zinc: A mineral crucial for skin health and to help with wound healing. The recommended dietary allowance (RDA) is around 8 mg for women.

Probiotics: They help support a healthy gut, which is linked to skin health. A typical daily dose of 1-10 billion colony-forming units (CFUs) is advised.

Iron: Iron is essential for maintaining healthy hair and its deficiency can lead to hair loss. The RDA for iron varies based on age and sex, so please consult a healthcare provider between taking iron.

Before starting any new supplements, it’s crucial to consult with a healthcare professional, such as a registered nutritionist, to ensure they are appropriate for your specific needs and health status. They can also help you determine the correct dosage based on your individual requirements.

Autumn is a wonderful season but it can bring some challenges to the health of your skin and hair.

By adopting a balanced diet rich in essential nutrients, following a proper skincare routine, and taking supplements, you can ensure your skin and hair remain healthy, vibrant, and resilient throughout this season and beyond. Nourishing your body from the inside out is the key to maintaining your natural beauty, even as the leaves fall and the air turns cooler.

Words: Chiara Saccardo

About the Author: Chiara Saccardo is a registered Nutritionist and DNA Life Practitioner, specializing in the rebalancing of hormones in women in their 40s and 50s. She holds a qualification in Nutrition from the renowned College of Naturopathic Medicine and deeply understands the importance of hormonal balance and genetics in the healing process. Chiara is a registered member of the British Association for Applied Nutrition (BANT) and Nutritional Therapy, as well as the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC).
www.chiaranutrition.co.uk

Opening image by Marfa Bogdanovskaya. @UniqueMarfa