I’ve now been using Garden of Wisdom (GOW) products from VICTORIA HEALTH for a few months and my skin is really loving them. Even though this range is ridiculously well priced, I feel that I’m maintaining all the wonderful benefits I received from the previous amazing (and much more expensive) range I used from The Harley Street Skin Clinic. In a previous article, I wrote about how the GOW products work and which ones I was using. You can read it by clicking on the box below:
And now my collection of GOW products is growing
I wanted to try as many as possible but of course there are only so many you can use. Shabir Daya (pharmacist at Victoria Health and formulator of these products) recommends layering up to 3 serums on your skin at a time. I also use different ones in the AM and PM.
Here are three that I’ve added to my routine and now can’t imagine how I ever managed without. I’ve already got a lot of active ingredients in my other GOW products, so with these I wanted to maximise the nourishment and anti-ageing factor.
Eye Contour Serum:
I have to admit I’ve neglected my eyes and somewhere along the line I stopped using eye creams altogether. I’m not even sure why. But this has got to change because my eyes are looking tired!
So I thought I would see what GOW has to offer. This, like all of their serums, is as light as air. This colourless gel disappears into the skin round the eyes in a heart beat. Containing multiple peptides, this serum is designed to help with bags under the eyes and dark circles as well as fine lines and wrinkles. Now, my eyes are probably a bit too wrinkly to see a big difference, but the skin definitely looks smoother and I could swear my dark circles have reduced. I use this AM and PM.
Anti-Ageing MultiPeptide Serum:
The clue to the appeal of this one is in the name. Like the eye serum, this contains multiple peptides that enhance collagen synthesis and even reduce muscle movement (botox anyone?) to achieve a smoother and more youthful looking skin. I’m completely unaware of the muscle thing by the way (or maybe I’m just too expressive?) so it doesn’t feel weird at all. It also contains hyaluronic acid and resveratrol, both powerhouse ingredients for hydrating, protecting and smoothing.
Shabir is obviously very enamoured of the multiple peptides as he’s declared these two products to be his absolute favourites.
I only use this in the AM and apply it first. As I mentioned in my previous article, all the serums are super light and are perfect for layering.
100% Pure Prickly Pear Seed Oil:
I’ve always loved facial oils as they are usually very pure products and feel so luxuriously nourishing. GOW has got a small but very lovely selection of facial oils. I chose this particular one because it was so unusual and I’d never heard of prickly pear seed oil before.
It’s also known as cactus oil or barbary fig seed oil. Like Argan oil it comes from Morocco as well as India. Argan oil is renowned for it’s anti-ageing properties but it turns out prickly pear seed oil is the richest source of vitamin E (150% more than argan) as well as being full of fatty acids and antioxidants. Why on earth is this oil not everywhere?? It could be because extracting the oil is a very lengthy process and takes a LOT of prickly pears.
Turns out it’s one of the most expensive beauty oils in the world
At £20 it’s double the price of the GOW Argan oil, but is still great value as it will last for ages.
The consistency is slightly thicker than some of the very fine facial oils I’ve used before, but is no problem for me as my skin just laps it up. However, as with all facial oils, if your skin is oily or prone to break outs, then this probably is not for you. But if like me, your skin is mature and on the dry to dehydrated side, you’re going to absolutely love this uber nourishing and anti-ageing oil.
It’s also great for hyperpigmentation as well as rosacea
Not only that but it works well on dry hair and nails.
All the GOW products are hydrating and even the retinoid didn’t dry my skin, but I still like using an oil occasionally. I don’t use this every night (and never during the day) but use it for a treat a few times a week.
And don’t think my GOW adventure stops here. Next time I will be looking at their products that are super active to super charge your skin even more.
You can check out their whole range here: