So much choice…. Do you often find yourself standing in front of the shelf in the pharmacy deliberating about which bottle or jar to buy? My top tip? Check the ingredients list on the product. Because although good ingredients in your skincare do not necessarily ensure perfect skin, poor ingredients will guarantee poor skin. Now I am aware that, for many, an ingredients list can look like gobbledygook. The goods news is: I know a couple of tricks that will guide you, in just a few steps, towards a good quality product.
Good skincare is essential for beautiful skin, but if you have too much stress and not enough sleep then sadly, when you look in the mirror, this will be reflected. So, I always look at the whole picture. By that I mean looking at diet, relaxation, sleep and any potential vitamin and mineral deficiencies, as well as skincare. The best way is to tweak everything a little bit. But that is a lot to think about. How do you go about it? Keep it subtle by making small changes in all those areas. This can be done by biohacking.
I’ve encountered some interesting things about melasma. A stubborn and unpleasant skin condition, perhaps better known as pregnancy mask. I was wondering to what extent food may play a part in this pigment disorder as well. I will say though, ‘unfortunately there is still a lot that we don’t know’. (more…)
I’ve written a few times about baby products. Also that, as a new mum (or dad), you don’t want to succumb to the heaps of purple, yellow and blue bottles and jars available. I am convinced that all those intensely perfumed and irritating baby products play a very large part in the onset of skin problems in young children. The fact is that more than two thirds of babies up to the age of one, and more than three quarters of children up to the age of five have skin problems. Furthermore, 20% of newly born babies develop eczema within six months (Arch Dis Child, 2006).
I carried out a small survey on Instagram this week. It was about men’s skin and, in particular, how it differs from women’s skin. To start with men’s skin is thicker. But besides that it is also oilier, the skin sweats more, is more acidic and also has more facial hair. And the latter is precisely what makes up the most important and “almost” daily skin care routine for men. Not washing, but shaving! A man does this on average 20,000 times in his lifetime. So it’s quite important that it is done in the right way. (more…)
I would like to talk in more detail about lip balms. I do get lots of mails about them every autumn and winter. About what I actually use myself, and whether I have any good DIY tips. Recently, though, I have been seeing that increasingly more of you are concerned about how safe lip care is. And that isn’t so strange because if you research lip balms on the internet the first things you read are scary stories about all sorts of hazardous substances in these products. And isn’t it right that you could ingest them without realising? After all, you do apply them on your mouth…
I was very interested in your ideas and thoughts about vegan products. So that’s why I put the statement on my Facebook and Instagram accounts, ‘It is important to me that a product is vegan’. As I had expected, many readers and followers do think that this is very important. Vegan isn’t an absolute must for everyone though. And not everyone thinks about it in cosmetic products. Those people did write to say that they are becoming increasingly aware about the environment and the use of animals though. (more…)
As you may have already read in my previous blog, cleansing properly is essential for beautiful skin. But what may be a good product for your skin may be the wrong one for the person next door. It is important that your cleanser is suitable for your skin type and for the condition of your skin. So, what is a good product for the more oily or combination skin?
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