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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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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Light skin, using out of date sun creams, applying an insufficient amount or, for example, mistakenly trusting in a thin white shirt or so-called all day sun cream products are well known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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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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Why you can still suffer damage even with sun cream on... It is running far from smoothly in the sun cream world. If a little unlucky you are using a product which visually appears to be doing its job properly, because you no longer burn, but meanwhile you are suffering damage. This is due to the differ[...]

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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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An accident in the kitchen, falling off your bike, or that huge spot on your chin that you just can’t leave alone… Your skin protects your body against external damage, but sometimes it isn’t strong enough. And then it is important to know what you can do to help your skin heal. For scars are awful and p[...]

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