I've had a lot of direct messages since the orders for Vitiliglow™ started to come in last week, so I published a post on Facebook yesterday (Thursday 17th August) and thought I'd put it up on my blog so that you can find it easily without scrolling through Facebook! Here's the latest information about your orders and a few tips and advice about the new formula.
We'd like to thank everyone for their recent kind words of encouragement and continued support. Workbridge UK are busy sending out orders so if you placed an order for the new formula medium shade then as soon as it's been dispatched you'll receive an email with a tracking number on it.
Please don't worry if the medium shade isn't 'dark' enough for some areas of your face/body. In September we'll be releasing the other shades in the range and you'll be able to order a 30ml bottle of another shade to mix with the medium. I personally mix together half medium and half tan shades in the summer as my pigmented skin is darker. In the winter when my skin is at it's palest I use the medium with a tiny bit of tan mixed into it. You can view some of my top tips for applying Vitiliglow™ here.
Like any new product I advise you to always do a patch test first and then have a couple of practice runs to get use to the feel of the product and it's drying time. I've been using the new formula for quite a while now and I have to say I'm so pleased with it. It feels like a silky cream when applying it and when it's dried it looks so 'natural' (not cakey or make-upey) and I actually forget I'm wearing a full body camouflage cover. I go to the gym most days and it's stood up to sweaty body combat classes!
My Vitiligo has spread extensively now and I have completely white hands and feet. I apply Vitiliglow™ to my hands and up my arms to my next lot of patches. When I've been to the loo, I wash the palms of my hands with soap and water and then rinse the tops of them with water only - that way Vitiliglow™ stays on them all day - no need to re-apply. I apply Vitiliglow™ to my feet and then up my legs towards the patches on my leg. I'm wearing flip-flops and strappy shoes at the moment and it's a great feeling to look down at my feet and see that they're now the same colour as my legs.
I hope this is of some help to you and I look forward to hearing how you're all finding Vitiliglow's new formula and packaging. All feedback is welcomed and as you all know I take it all on board in order to continually make improvements so that we have the best possible product to help us all re-gain our confidence and feel comfortable in our own skin again.
Polly and the Vitiliglow™ team.
I hope everyone is having a good summer and enjoying the good weather. I am sorry that I’ve been a bit quiet on here recently - there’s been a lot of work going on behind the scenes. But, I’m so pleased to be able to tell you that Vitiliglow™ will be ready to order in two shades – Light and Medium - by the end of July.
Although this is a bit later in the summer than I had originally planned, we now have the most AMAZING product available to help us cover our patches. We have started working with a new supplier to create the fantastic new formula and packaging. As you all know, I want the product to be the very best it can be, so I’ve worked hard with the manufacturer and his team to source materials from across the world to create the formula, worked with them to design the new and improved bottle and packaging. Every time I have launched a new version of Vitiliglow™ I have taken on board the feedback from customers and worked hard to improve it. I hope that you will all be as happy with it as I am.
When will it be ready?
Soon, you will receive an email with a link on it to the store. Once you're on the store page, select either Light or Medium and add them to your cart. I am expecting the delivery of Vitiliglow™ to Workbridge by the end of the month.
Why are only medium and light shades available?
Because the formula is so intricate, we need to use very specific raw materials to achieve a realistic, natural shade that will blend in with the pigmented and depigmented skin. It has taken us a while longer to source the correct materials for the darker shade, therefore Tan will follow. I am genuinely sorry that I can’t provide a Tan shade at the moment, but I felt it was better to provide light and medium shades as soon as possible for those that needed it.
What’s changed this time?
Although I was delighted by the previous Vitiliglow™ from last year, this one is EVEN BETTER! It applies like a serum, leaving skin smooth and silky and is very hard wearing. The drying time is even faster, allowing you to apply the product in the mornings and then get on with your day without waiting ages for the product to dry. My vision was always for people to be able to use Vitiliglow™ daily to cover their patches if they wanted to, and I’m so pleased that I’ve been able to achieve this.
What else do I need to know?
How do I order?
Once you receive the email, visit the store page of my website www.vitiliglow.co.uk/shop and select the shade you need.
I’d like to thank you all for being patient with me during this difficult time. Your feedback is always valuable to me and has helped me to get the product this far – so thank you to everybody that has got in touch with me to tell me how Vitiliglow™ has helped them or provided suggestions to help me improve the product. It has been very challenging at times, but I’m now confident that Vitiliglow™ will continue to help people to be happy in their own skin.
Founder of VitiliglowTM
I want to give you all a quick update about the next delivery of Vitiliglow™. I was hoping to have it ready around now, however I have been let down yet again by the European manufacturer so I have sourced a new one. I’m very pleased to say that they are based in the UK and I'm proud to be able to say Vitiliglow™ is a truly British manufactured product. This obviously means starting the process again, including rigorous testing of the formula and packaging. I’ve been working with them behind the scenes and taken on board the feedback you have given me about the last delivery of the product. The new formula feels silky on the skin, giving a flawless, ‘patch free’ finish and the new 100ml airless pump action bottles allows Vitiliglow™ to be dispensed easily without any fuss or mess.
I’m pleased to have some good news to share – I am meeting with the manufacturer this week to sign everything off so Vitiliglow™ can be produced and ready to deliver by the end of November, in time for the Festive season.
Many of you are contacting me to re-order and I too have run out of the first batch and am as desperate for the next delivery as you all are. For those of you yet to try it, then you’ll be delighted to know that there’ll be plenty to go around. Tester pots will also be available to order so that if you’re unsure which shade maybe a good match to your pigmented skin you can try a small amount out before investing in a full sized bottle. Myself and many others have also started mixing two shades together to get the best match with your skin.
I know the delay has been frustrating for everyone but please try to understand that having to start the manufacturing process again has been no mean feat but we’re almost there so please bear with us for a little bit longer. I’m sure the new and improved formula, packaging and shades (including dark and ebony) will be worth the wait.
Founder of Vitiliglow™
Ps. Don’t forget – if you’re not sure about how to apply Vitiliglow™, you can take a look at my top tips for achieving the perfect application here. And you can find out how others are getting on with Vitiliglow™ on the Testimonials page. And there’s always news and updates on my Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.
I wanted to share on my blog a copy of the email that I have sent out to all customers about the best way to apply VITILIGLOW™. Please take the time to read this post and also click on the link to my more detailed blog post below.
I must remind you all that, because VITILIGLOW™ is so water resistant and rub-proof, you must take care when applying it. It is best to apply it in the bathroom and use an old towel to protect the area you are applying it in. Take the same care as you would when applying fake tan or hair dye.
After receiving some feedback regarding the pumps working too well, I have been liaising with the bottle supplier and will be looking at alternative dispensers. In the meantime, after shaking the product well, give it a minute or two to settle down before pumping VITILIGLOW™ in to your hand, or try loosening the top slightly to reduce the pressure. And don't forget that a pump the size of a ten pence piece is enough to cover a whole area.
I have spent years trialing different methods to cover up my patches and thought it would be a great idea to share what I've learned with you. I've written a blog post which you can view on my website where I'll tell you about the best way to apply VITILIGLOW™ and all of the bits and pieces you need to make sure your application method is a success.
Click here to view the blog post.
I would love to hear from you to find out more about your experiences with VITILIGLOW™™. If you're happy with the results, please share your experiences of VITILIGLOW™ on my Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages using the hashtag #lovevitiliglow.
Thanks for your interest in VITILIGLOW™ and for your patience while we got the product right.
Founder of VITILIGLOW™
Now the summer is finally here, I wanted to share my top tips for a ‘patch free looking’ summer now that your product has arrived. I’m delighted with the new Vitiliglow™ formula and I really hope you are too.
Preparation is key
Get everything ready before you start applying Vitiliglow™. Give yourself plenty of time as with any new product you are trying, it can take a few practice runs to get it right. Make sure you are in the bathroom and have good lighting and have an old towel and some wet- wipes to hand so that you can wipe excess product off your palms and from your fingernails.
Once you’re ready, remove the plastic ring from your bottle of Vitiliglow™ and give it a good shake. Once you’ve shaken it, allow it to stand for a couple of minutes to settle, or alternatively loosen the top slightly to release the pressure. Press the pump in to the palm of your hand or applicator sponge/brush (no more than the size of a 10p). A little goes a long way, so don’t put too much on and apply it in a thin layer to your white patches first, building up coverage with extra thin layers if needed then blend a little over the rest of the area of the body. Be careful going around joints such as knees and elbows, again apply it in thin, even layers.
In order for the product to be so rub-proof, it does need to dry very quickly so if you need more time to work with the liquid to blend it, you could either moisturise your skin well first or mix a small amount of moisturiser in with your Vitiliglow™.
Applying Vitiliglow™ to your face
When applying Vitiliglow™ to your face, I would recommend you moisturise normally before application. You could use either an applicator sponge or again, your fingertips would work just fine. Apply it to your white patches first, and you could try mixing a small amount of your usual moisturiser with Vitiliglow™ to cover your pigmented skin. Apply in thin, even layers over your white patches to build up coverage if required until you have achieved the desired result. You may want to rub over your eyebrows with a cotton wool pad/bud to make sure that the product hasn’t collected in that area.
Ready to go
Let Vitiliglow™ dry completely before getting dressed and use your old towel to buff off any excess product if necessary. You may find it takes a few goes to get your application method just right and it’s taken me years of trial and error with every product under the sun to be able to apply it so easily. I apply Vitiliglow™ every day before work and can now do it really quickly, so with a bit of practice, you can be ‘patch free looking’ every day in under 10 minutes.
Vitiliglow in the sun
This may be optimistic given all the rain recently, but can I please direct you to my blog post about protecting your skin in the sun. As you all know, the de-pigmented skin is very sensitive and although Vitiliglow™ has SPF30 within it, I would still recommend using a high factor or total block sunscreen underneath (or on top) of Vitiliglow™ and keep out of the sun as much as you possibly can.
Regular readers of my blog will know that it’s been a year’s worth of blood, sweat and tears (lots of tears) to get the product ready for you all. Again, I’d like to thank you all for your patience and I genuinely hope that for those of you that struggle with your patches on a daily basis, Vitiliglow™ will help to give you back the confidence that the condition has taken away from you. I’ve had so many lovely emails and messages on social media from many happy customers who are already delighted with the results (even though it may have taken a few attempts to get it right). Please keep coming back to the Vitiliglow™ website and social media pages to check out how others are getting on with the product and see some of their amazing before and after pictures. Post on the Vitiliglow™ Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages with the hashtag #LoveVitiliglow and keep in touch.
Founder of Vitiliglow™
“Those of you that follow me on Twitter and Facebook will remember seeing a recent post about Vitiliglow’s partners. I’m delighted to be working with the Workbridge team and so pleased that Operations Manager Nick Todd has agreed to tell you more about it in this latest blog post.
We’ve chosen today to post this blog because it is World Mental Health Day. Workbridge does fabulous work with lots of different people at all stages of recovery from mental illness so it’s important for me to support this work because many people with Vitiligo often suffer from self esteem issues which can lead on to anxiety and depression.
I hope you enjoy reading this blog post from Nick and as always, do let me know what you think.
Founder of Vitiliglow™
We were really excited last month to meet with Polly to discuss us packaging Vitiliglow™ products, it’s a great task for the people we support to help with, but who are we, and who are we helping?
One question that we get asked all the time is “What is Workbridge?”
Well, where do I start?
Workbridge is charity with a difference – we were set up 30 years ago to provide vocational training and experience for people with a mental health need, learning disability or brain injury. Workbridge, who merged with Northampton based St Andrew’s Healthcare back in 2009, offers opportunities for people to access a wide range of activities including woodwork, horticulture, catering, office skills, contracting packaging and ceramics. All of these activities are tailored towards people gaining real work skills.
Workbridge is lots of things to lots of people, and the areas our customers see only really scratch the surface of what we’re about and what we do.
For those of you local to Northampton, the chances are you will see what we provide at our main site (see our website for more details), but its how it’s produced that really makes it interesting. Our main aim is to help people gain vocational experience and every week we work with over 250 people to help them to learn new skills.
All of the people we support get involved in tasks that are centred on real work, producing items for our customers, or in this case packaging Vitiliglow™ products. Everyone attending Workbridge plays a part in looking after our customers, whether it’s serving a customer, or developing something new that we think will interest you.
We support people to move on from us as well, usually to either paid or voluntary employment elsewhere which is the ultimate goal for most people.
Our income goes towards subsidising the cost of running Workbridge, so next time you buy a Vitiliglow™ product, it’s not only a great, unique product, but it’s helped someone build their confidence, self-esteem, and work skills to bring them closer to employment.
So, how does the link with Vitiliglow™ benefit the people Workbridge supports?
When an order comes from Polly, we’ll use it as a chance for someone to develop their skills - from printing the labels, collating the parcel contents, packaging the products, to sending them for quality checking, before passing them to the courier for delivery to you.
All the tasks are broken into manageable chunks so the whole team can play a part, with people focussing on their current strengths (and weaknesses) to build their confidence, self-esteem and give them a chance to work as part of a team.
I can’t sum it up any better than the people we support can, so I’ll leave you with this quote;
“Workbridge is a good place to work as you can learn all about different things in a real job”.