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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Spots, bumps, chapped red skin, itching; half of the people in the Netherlands regularly suffer from this. And the industry has conveniently dived on this. The shelves are full of soothing creams and ointments for sensitive skin.

That we suffer massively from sensitive skin is not so surprising if you think that the Netherlands woman uses on average between 9 and 12 skincare products per day and doesn’t actually know what she should be aware of when buying a product. The latter became painfully clear to me last week when analysin[...]

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It always happens; your skin is smooth and radiant for weeks and then you wake up on that all important day with a pimple on your nose. And if it isn’t a pimple, then the bags under your eyes (not had enough sleep), red patches, dry flaky skin, or the peeling skin on your lips can considerably spoil your fun.

The advice on my blog can help a lot, but be aware that most of the tips require quite a bit of patience. But what can you do if you are suffering? The quick fix! A pimple The most important tip: leave it alone! Squeezing it will produce more swelling and redness. White heads are the only ones that yo[...]

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1000 and 1 good resolutions Have you just signed in for yoga lessons, stopped smoking, is your freezer full of healthy power food? Then read the advice of Jeremy Dean if you want those good resolutions to last longer than just the month of January.

One of his golden tips is to keep your resolutions small and realistic. In the area of skin I’ve got one for you: In 2013 go for the radiant healthy skin instead of for the wrinkle free skin. That will not only save you a lot of money and frustration but you will also see a return on it. Research has mai[...]

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Skin problems through an over clean skin. That is possible! In the interview with Grazia below I tell more about it...

A healthy stratum corneum. I'm convinced that the "over- zealous" cleaning of your skin with strong de-greasing cleansers is one of the biggest causes of skin problems. Basically; if you wash too vigorously then your stratum corneum (your upper skin layer) becomes weak. And a strong stratum corneum is [...]

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I'm a bit later than normal with the piece for the blog this time, because I've been away! Last week I attended the yearly congress of the American Association of Dermatology (AAD) in New Orleans.

Tina Alster, Zoe Draelos and Leslie Baumann! I always try to be here, because if you have attended this congress you see at first hand all the latest technology and the ins and outs within dermatology. At this time topics such as rare skin fungi and tropical skin diseases are not my thing, but when it c[...]

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It is not easy convincing people that creams cannot get rid of existing wrinkles. No matter how expensive a cream is, we can do no more than make fine lines (temporarily) less noticeable. As yet, there is only convincing evidence that vitamin A acid (available on prescription), after prolonged use, has a somewhat rejuvenating effect.

Fortunately, this is not really so bad, as there are many ways in which we can improve wrinkles safely and effectively. So give up the "anti-wrinkle cream battle" and realise that in general the products with "wonder ingredients" for wrinkles are not the best. Buy your cosmetic products for a completel[...]

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