After my medical training, when I became absorbed in skincare and cosmetic products, I had just come out of my acne stage. I was so pleased with that even, smooth skin! A few years later I become pregnant and the enjoyment was over. The changing hormone levels didn’t help my skin at all and I had problem[...]

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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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Here I am again! A bit later than normal, but this time I’ve got a good excuse. You see, I had to go to Miami for the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology. This meeting is held once a year and you really need to attend it if you want to know the latest news in the field of (Cosmetic) Dermatology.

Miami There are hundreds of talks given by Dermatologists and Scientists from all corners of the World and there is also an Exhibition for businesses selling lasers, cosmetics, skin analysis apparatus, medical books etc. Very amusing as now and again you come across really strange things. A Doctor who ma[...]

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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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We spend a fortune in our battle against wrinkles. Even the World wide recession hasn't stopped us from buying those over-priced pots. I read recently that the sales in cosmetic products was higher in 2011 than before the crisis! Even when there’s not one piece of evidence that those creams can do anything about your wrinkles.

And in most cases there is no more in the very expensive pots than in the faithful old blue pot… Fortunately there are reliable products around containing ingredients which are beneficial for your skin. Products that can make your skin healthy, radiant and calm, and help towards preventing skin ageing. I[...]

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There are some random stories on this subject in circulation. Using anti-wrinkle creams too early will accelerate the skin's ageing process. Fortunately, in reality, it’s a little more subtle.

If you compare products for the more mature skin with 'the younger variant' you will notice that, apart from the price, there is very little difference between them. It is much better to base your choice of a cosmetic product by looking at your skin's condition than at your age; is your skin dry or sligh[...]

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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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