Teenagers with Acne
A Step-By-Step Plan for Teenagers with Acne

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 this young age? What can you, yourself, do and when should you go to the Doctor? For all readers who, like myself, have young teenagers at home, here is a step-by-step plan for when the first impurities appear on the skin.

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Is Cleaning with the Clarisonic Good for the Skin?

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 themselves. And so, naturally, you are going to see super results such as it cleanses six times more thoroughly, a more radiant complexion, less enlarged pores and even a reduction in wrinkles and creases. Is that true? Is that possible?

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In the Media: Facts and Myths about Skincare

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 my shoes…which I’m not always so happy about!
My blog is not so young anymore either: I wrote my first one 6 years ago in 2009. Even though I have the impression that, over the last few years, people are becoming more and more conscious about their choice of skincare products, there is still a lot of work to be done in ridding the world of all these cosmetics myths. As I believe that I will one day succeed, I would like to share with you an interview I gave for Gezond-nu, about myths and facts in the cosmetics world.

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Cleansing of Normal to Oily Skin
Cleansing of Normal to Oily Skin

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, it is high time you start looking for your ideal Cleanser. A small amount of a good Cleanser is all that you require, but it is important that the quality is good. Today, some more about the cleansing of oilier or combination skin.

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Cleansing a Dry and/or Sensitive Skin
Cleansing a Dry and/or Sensitive Skin

I cannot help but write again about the cleansing of your face. Good cleansing is an essential step in your skincare regime and, sadly, I see countless problems in people who either cleanse too often or use the wrong products. A properly cleansed skin glows, is well hydrated with minimal risk of blocked pores and spots. Skin which isn’t well cleansed (or over cleansed) will look dull, dry or just very greasy and irritated. Over- zealous cleansing not only disrupts the skin’s barrier function, but it also wipes out all sorts of bacteria which maintain your skins healthy condition. The balance between too much and too little cleansing is very fine and, to complicate things further, differs from person to person.

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Sodium Lauryl Sulphate and Sodium Laureth Sulphate

Last week I was asked by Cynthia (also known as Miss Lipgloss) if I could let her know what the difference is between Sodium Lauryl Sulphate and Sodium Laureth Sulphate. It struck me that in no time there were more than a 100 people who had reacted to the piece on her blog.

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Bubbling Cauldrons and Smoke Clouds above the ‘Uncover Factory’

Last week my children and I went to the new Smurf film. Some quality time with the family without thinking about work, so I thought. Until I saw that the main character was played by a Cruella type; this time without dalmations but with her own cosmetics line and factory. “Hey mum, that’s like you” was the not too subtle comment from my kids. I had to agree with them! After this remark and the 3D screen filled with explosions, clouds of green smoke and bubbling cauldrons the relaxation was long gone. I could only think about the new batch of products which were going to be produced the following week. This even carried on throughout the night….

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eye make-up
Help with Choosing an Eye Make-Up Remover

Although, during the course of the day, most of my eye make-up ends up below instead of above my eyes, it is still not easy to remove it completely at night. I do this religiously though as good cleaning is important! Make-up residue can irritate your eyes and cause skin problems. I have tried a lot of different eye make-up removers, with very differing results. Now I know what to look out for when cleansing my face at night. Time then for some tips…

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choosing your cleanser
Help with Choosing Your Cleanser

A facial wash. Or a Cleanser. I have previously written a blog about the usefulness of this product; by keeping your skin clean you reduce the risk of impurities, infection and a dull skin and the other skincare products can do their work even more effectively. Here is some help in choosing your Cleanser.

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Put on a Mask!
Put on a Mask!

If the magazines are to be believed then your ‘skincare regime’ is not complete without a weekly mask. I’ve personally never had enough patience for them. Besides I’m always a bit scared of being caught out by the rest of my family with a strange white face. Some people do swear by them.

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