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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A trip to the beauty counter at your local department store and you come home with a fortune in eye cream, day-night cream, serums, moisturisers and some ‘special products’ to treat spots, pimples, pores and wrinkles. And if the salesperson is to be believed all those things are equally essential! I hav[...]

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You’ll find information in my blog about what does and what simply doesn’t work for your skin. It is important how you use your products, but equally important is which products to use. The INCI (also known as the ingredients list) is not easy for everyone to understand. But even if you do understand i[...]

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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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I can imagine only too well that it can make you break out in a sweat when trying to quickly scan through hundreds of ingredients lists whilst a sales assistant, full of well intended but not always useful advice, is distracting you. I am going to give you a few tips which will ensure that, in no time (w[...]

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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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The year of the BB cream In the land of cosmetics, 2012 was the year of the BB cream, and I expect that we will see more of the BB cream in 2013. But what actually is a BB cream? And does it work? It is about time we delved a little more into it...

The BB cream, also known as beauty balm or blemish balm cream, isn’t new. In fact it has been around for decades, and you may have used such a product when you were younger. Remember soft tint by Ponds, this tinted moisturiser is no longer sold but it was an authentic BB cream. It is traditionally though[...]

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Last month, on one of the warmest days of the year, I received a visit from a photographer who came to take photos for the cover of the Reaal Insurance magazine. The theme was Autumn and I had to amend my clothes choice to fit in with this!

And then it was autumn… Before I knew it, I was dressed in a suede poncho sitting infront of a roaring fire. Meanwhile, outside the thermometer read 35 degrees! One week later (and the baby sparrows are still falling from the roof) I wrote a piece for Reaal about the best way to prepare your skin for au[...]

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Well scrubbed; that's how we like to be in the Netherlands! A clean house, bright whites, sparkling teeth and crystal clean tableware. And our skin doesn't escape our cleaning obsession either…. The average family gets through a good deal of soap daily. But is all that soap so good for your skin?

A radiant clean skin First of all, it is definitely important that you wash your skin regularly. A cleansing product prevents a dull skin and blocked pores and reduces the risk of P. acnes building up on your skin (the bacteria which causes infection if you suffer from acne). An excess of "dirt" on you[...]

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Radiant skin thanks to the exfoliant You can find this in more of my blogs; exfoliating is a very important part of good skincare. And there is no other product that will give you such fast results! Your skin will have a fresh radiance and an even aspect. But exfoliating needs to be treated carefully, i[...]

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