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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Light skin, using out of date sun creams, applying an insufficient amount or, for example, mistakenly trusting in a thin white shirt or so-called all day sun cream products are well known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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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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Tonight on VARA Kassa...

See the clip here Numbers tell the truth A couple of weeks ago I was asked by VARA Kassa if I could help them out with reviewing a range of mascaras. It involved the Dutch rugby ladies team testing them out whilst in action and I had to look at the products effectiveness (how they enhanced the eyelashes[...]

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Lately I have received many questions about sun allergies. Even yesterday a beauty journalist asked, why it is that sun allergies are more common now than a few years ago. I have my suspicions about this!

Do I have a sun allergy? With a sun allergy your body sees sunlight as the enemy and produces antibodies. Through this you get symptoms such as itching, bumps, and blisters. Actually the same as with a cosmetic allergy. There are different types of sun allergy, but I won’t go into them now. Or maybe not[...]

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The cosmetic industry is, with an annual turnover of around 220 billion dollars, one of the biggest in the world! And it is still growing. I wrote two years ago that the “average woman” uses around 9 products a day, it currently stands at 12. I am noticing though that people have lost their faith in the [...]

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Last week I was asked by Cynthia (also known as Miss Lipgloss) if I could let her know what the difference is between Sodium Lauryl Sulphate and Sodium Laureth Sulphate. It struck me that in no time there were more than a 100 people who had reacted to the piece on her blog.

This shows that there is a lot of confusion about SLS and SLES (and that Cynthia's blog is read very much)! So below, you can also see my story about the two ingredients that make your soap, shampoo or face cleanser foam up well. And that have perhaps turned your skin into sand paper…. Sodium Lauryl Sul[...]

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Before buying a skincare product I always check its ingredients list. And if alcohol is listed near the top I usually put it straight back on the shelf. Alcohol can dry out and irritate your skin considerably.

And although alcohol is widely used in acne treatments, it stimulates sebum production and aggravates the acne. I have noticed that, since reading my blogs, people are taking drastic action and throwing away any products which have alcohol printed somewhere in their list of ingredients! So I'm now going[...]

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It is no longer a surprise for most people; fragrances in skincare products are the most common cause of a cosmetic allergy. These fragrances are found on the ingredients list under the heading of perfume or fragrance. Some fragrances must be listed separately on the packaging because they are known to cause problems for many consumers.

The 26 fragrances There are 26 fragrances which are required to be listed separately on the label. These substances are : Geraniol - Linalool - Citronellol - D-limonene - Eugenol - Lilial (butylphenyl methylpropional) - Citral - Hexyl cinnamal - Benzyl salicylate - Coumarin - Lyral (hydroxyisohexyl-3-c[...]

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Ruby, diamond, gold! Skincare products are now more frequently advertised with these type of luxury ingredients. And then the asking price for such products is easily a couple of hundred euros. Better still La Prairie retail one product at 1,000 euros.

But then, it does contain platinum. Fortunately a 30ml serum containing gold costs a mere 510 euros. I often get asked "Does this stuff actually do anything?" In the coming time I will give my attention to a number of these costly ingredients. We'll start with gold. Gold: an allergen A thorough invest[...]

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