I love state-of-the-art cosmetics with innovative ingredients in fine, high tech airless containers. But having said that, I still have a weakness for natural substances that have been used for centuries. Simple, pure and often cheap. One such age old ingredient taken from nature is clay. Ancient trend[...]

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The annual congress of the American Academy of Dermatology, in the U.S.A, is the congress where everyone who knows anything about skin in the world, attends. It is held on the east coast one year and on the west coast the other. On this occasion it was the turn of Orlando, and was again a huge event. Her[...]

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Wow, I am so thrilled. A couple of weeks ago, when I was in the studio at a film shoot for my latest product, with Holland’s Next Top Model winner Akke Marije. Now, at last I can tell you more about it. This week, after extensive searching, and after much reading and testing, I am launching my Vitamin A [...]

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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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A couple of weeks ago I was approached by the programme De rekenkamer. The editing team wanted to run an item about moisturisers. What do we use them for? What should they contain, what can they cost and are more expensive products better? A lot of my colleagues were less willing to divulge any informati[...]

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Every day I read the most amazing, ridiculous or sensational stories from and about the cosmetics world. It is almost impossible to keep up with news items and trends, plus skincare science never stands still. I found this interesting list of five untiring consumer practises for the cosmetics industry on[...]

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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 regularly attending congresses on the other side of the world so that I can stay up to date with cosmetic dermatology. One of my favourites is the annual meeting of the American Association of Dermatology. It is held on the west coast of the U.S one year and the following year on the east coast. When I[...]

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Many women, and men too for that matter, suffer from this; a reddish brown discolouration on the neck. If you recognise this then you are probably the bearer of a skin condition known as Poikiloderma van Civatte. Perfume and the sun Poikiloderma appears to be caused by sun damage, and more particularly [...]

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