Hand care

Studies have shown that people wash their hands, on average, 8.6 times a day. Women wash even more often; they clean their hands at least 10 times a day. Very sensible when you think that around eighty percent of infectious diseases are spread through touch, but it is not so kind to the skin on your hands. Soap and water are a harsh assault on your skin and so frequent washing just doesn’t allow it time to recover. And in the winter months your hands suffer even more from the cold, wind, rain, low humidity and extra warm showers. Today, I have got some tips on how to keep your hands in top condition. (more…)

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probiotics
Probiotics in Skincare

My children have a small bottle of Yakult with their breakfast each morning. I initiated this routine after a fascinating reading by a Paediatrician about the advantageous effect of probiotics. My only concern is that the contents of the bottle of Yakult are not quite the same as that tested in the research world. In the meantime, my kids are enjoying that tasty sweet drink containing healthy live bacteria, so withdrawing it is out of the question!

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scars
How Do You Prevent and Treat Scars?

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 prevention is better than cure!

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lip balm
Addicted to Lip Balm

The gloves and scarves have been recalled from the attic and the car windscreen has to be scraped in the mornings and then we all reach for the lip balm. And that is not always wise. Because you can turn, in no time, from an occasional user into an outright lip balm addict.

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eczema
Skincare for Eczema Sufferers

I often think back to my time in the Dermatology unit at the Sophia Children’s Hospital in Rotterdam. It was heart breaking to see the children covered from top to toe in ointment and bandages. They were in a lot of discomfort from the itching and had to wear special gloves to stop them from scratching their skin and damaging it even further. How awful! Eczema is a rotten illness and sadly more and more people are suffering from it: 10-20% of children and around 6% of adults suffer. Fortunately, not always as serious as the children that I saw but it is still awful. I am going to talk about eczema today and what you can do to soothe your skin.

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Battling against Dry Lips

Isn’t it just awful when you are running late, you take one last look in the mirror and you notice lots of tiny bits of peel on those beautifully glossed lips! And if your lipstick is red then there is no escaping the drama… I am now going to tell you how dry lips happen but, far more importantly, how you can resolve the issue.

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A Healthy Barrier Function, a Healthy Skin!
A Healthy Barrier Function, a Healthy Skin!

Every holiday I tell myself I’m not going to think about work, but it isn’t easy… Last week our family spent a couple of days in the Ardennes in a tent. It was Autumn half term, beautiful weather and my idea was that it would be good to let our children see that all the daily luxuries they have around them really shouldn’t be taken for granted.

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Don't Give Scars a Chance
Don’t Give Scars a Chance

Last week there was an article in YES ‘Don’t give scars a chance’. I also receive a lot of questions about this on my blog, so am adding to this piece.

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Cosmeceuticals
Complicated Words, but with a Meaning

Cosmeceuticals and derma pharmaceuticals. They look like jumbled words that don’t really mean much. Yet the terminologies are used daily by specialists.

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product safety
Product Safety: a Useful Database

I have written before about certain ingredients which are best avoided. You can check if these ingredients are in your product by looking at the ingredients list (also known as the INCI list). But I realise that for many, this is like reading “Double Dutch”.

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