And all of a sudden it’s spring. Oh how I’ve been looking forward to it. It feels as though the cold dark days become more challenging every year. If I can, I try and escape the cold winter briefly for a holiday to a faraway tropical destination with my family. Great! Sadly, my skin is considerably less [...]

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The lead up to Christmas is a special time of year. It is all glitter and gold that shines, not least in the world of cosmetics, but in the meantime unpleasant skin complaints can occur… From itchy clothing to Christmas tree rash. 1. Christmas stress Ridiculous actually. The Christmas holidays should be[...]

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Even when you use active skincare products, forget to take care of yourself and you will quickly eliminate the benefits of all those things. Here are seven habits you should say farewell to in 2017 (but better still in 2016) if you want to grow old beautifully and healthily. 1. Unprotected sunbathing N[...]

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As long ago as 2013 when I began my sun campaign Smeer je in! I wrote an open letter to the Ministry of Finance to enquire about the possibility of a reduction in the VAT tariff on sun creams. I was pleasantly surprised then when I saw in the news yesterday that this is at last a fact. Sun creams as me[...]

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I have come across these twice this week: telomeres. They are the protective caps at the end of our chromosomes which ensure that cells keep renewing themselves. First of all, an article about people who have had acne have less of a problem with wrinkles. Followed by an investigation into the rejuvenatin[...]

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Light skin, using out of date sun creams, applying an insufficient amount or, for example, mistakenly trusting in a thin white shirt or so-called all day sun cream products are well known risk factors for nasty sunburn. However, there are less obvious dangers lurking. Take four times extra care in the su[...]

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I still, in summer, frequently hear people who are convinced that they are getting the best protection with an ‘all-day’ sun cream. I have a very different view about this and, to my great delight, so too does the English Which? This consumers’ platform recently published an article about ‘once a day’ su[...]

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Super products are allowed to be seen. That’s why I like to have my beauty products on display in the bathroom. But be aware that direct sunlight can have a negative effect on cosmetics, particularly creams and lotions. Heat makes active ingredients instable. And you don’t, of course, want your skin to m[...]

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I am often asked the question: which beauty products do you take on holiday? This was asked most recently by the editorial team at Jan. For those of you who didn’t see the article: I don’t leave the house without my bottle of sun cream, lip balm and a little make-up. For holidays I’ve got an extra couple[...]

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I am often asked: can sun cream give you spots? And does the sun help or not with acne? Complaints seem to be less frequent in the summer. Why is that exactly? Sunlight can have both a positive and a negative effect on acne. And that can vary from person to person. Certain wavelengths of sunlight are ef[...]

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