The first week of 2023 is done and dusted. Nothing as good as a brand new year, in which we say goodbye to bad habits so that we can start afresh with renewed strength. I do love the magic of a fresh start. Last week was not wasted on thinking about good intentions that never made it, but about new habits that were achievable and that I’m still sticking to.
What is best for the skin under your arms? A roll on deodorant or a spray on deodorant? Research has shown that this may matter more than I previously thought…
It’s bizarre really. We put so much effort into good facial care because we want to look younger and more radiant, but aren’t we forgetting something important? Precisely, the hands! We could show them a bit more love. Hands deteriorate first and often give away our true age. So take good care of them! And begin with cleansing. I have extended my skincare line to include a luxurious, gentle Hand Wash for this purpose.
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…)
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