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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Acne is occurring at an increasingly younger age. Research has found that an increasing number of children between the ages of 8 and 12 are suffering from spots. So, it is not surprising that a question relating to this came up on the childrens programme Zapp. Because: how do spots actually appear at thi[...]

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That melancholy virus always takes a hold of me just before the New Year. It is such a cliché phrase, but how time flies! When I was telling a journalist recently that I have four children, I suddenly realised that they aren’t so little anymore. My oldest is at secondary school now and regularly borrows [...]

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As you may have read in my previous blog, thorough cleansing is essential for beautiful skin. But what, for you, may be a good cleanser may not necessarily be so for your neighbour. It is important that your cleanser is suitable for both your skin type and its condition. If you haven’t already done so, i[...]

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I cannot help but write again about the cleansing of your face. Good cleansing is an essential step in your skincare regime and, sadly, I see countless problems in people who either cleanse too often or use the wrong products. A properly cleansed skin glows, is well hydrated with minimal risk of blocked [...]

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Salicylic Acid; sister of the already discussed glycolic acid, is a Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) and is obtained from the bark of the Willow tree. Some time ago I wrote a blog about the effects of glycolic acid on the skin. As with glycolic acid, numerous independent scientific investigations have been carrie[...]

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Determining your skin type is not as easy as it sounds! Because are those bumps really acne or just a result of an over sensitive skin? And what actually is the difference between a "dehydrated" and a "dry" skin? You just have to google it and you become completely disheartened. If you have been able t[...]

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After reading "the recipe for beautiful skin", you now know at least which skincare products you should have in your bathroom cabinet.

But just as in the kitchen, it is not only the ingredients that are required. You also need a complete recipe and a basic knowledge. Your skin! The most important thing that you need to do before buying skincare products is deciding what type of skin you have. Because even the very best creams can caus[...]

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I have written previously about the toner (see here). There are quite a lot of discussions among Dermatologists as to whether using a toner is worthwhile. I can understand why some experts are doubtful about this. There are many toners which are mainly just water with a hint of colour and fragrance. And [...]

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Last week I wrote about lavender and that I'd rather have it in my garden than on my face. Niacinamide, also known as vitamin B3, is an ingredient that I do really like using, and also recommend to people. But what does it actually do? For dry dehydrated skin Niacinamide is responsible for the producti[...]

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