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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Why is the skins pH level important? Should you always choose a neutral pH? And if facial cleansers do not display the pH, are they safe to use? A sample survey from the pharmacy. Healthy skin is acidic An acidic skin surface is crucial for an efficiently functioning skin which provides protection again[...]

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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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I regularly receive questions about the much publicised popular cleansing brush, the Clarisonic. Is this technique actually any good for your skin? Does it work and is it safe? You can assume that the research on the use of this, so-called, sonic brush has been carried out by the manufacturers themselve[...]

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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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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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With our busy lifestyles an all-in-one product seems like a good option. Why shouldn’t you buy a moisturiser which contains a UV filter? Or a cleanser and toner in one? I, myself, am in favour of using different products.

In this way it is easier to change a product if necessary. The needs of a more dry skin or more oily skin If my skin feels dry or irritated, I stop using the exfoliant for a day or so. A cleanser and toner in one is not ideal either. I’ll sometimes leave out the cleanser if my skin feels dry. But I do [...]

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