The question: ‘What happens to the cream you put on your skin?’ was put to me a month ago by Rineke Voogt, Editor at the Volkskrant. I think she was sorry she asked the question after hearing my monologue reply. As there is so much to tell about the effects of cosmetic ingredients in and on the skin! Fortunately she has managed to make an interesting (and brief) summary of this. I promise to tell the whole story soon, but for now here is the article in the Volkskrant:
Vitamin E miracle or marketing?
It is no longer a great secret that anti-oxidants are an essential part of my skincare products. Everybody is, of course, familiar with Vitamin C, which I have written about previously in my blog. But another heaven sent gift is Vitamin E. Quite some miracles are being attributed to Vitamin E cream, such as the disappearance of scars, just as snow melts in the sun. But is this really the case, or is it mainly intended to entice us into buying all those expensive pots? Time for the truth…
Last month, on one of the warmest days of the year, I received a visit from a photographer who came to take photos for the cover of the Reaal Insurance magazine. The theme was Autumn and I had to amend my clothes choice to fit in with this!
My daughter doesn’t like fruit. I am embarrassed to admit this and I can’t understand it at all! It just isn’t possible with our genes, because the rest of our family devours kilos of apples, oranges, cherries and strawberries weekly. Three of my children even eat whole lemons (although that’s not my personal preference).
I regularly give interviews about sun protection. And I am incredibly happy that I get the opportunity, as the more people that know how to protect themselves in the sun the better. Not only, of course, to prevent skin ageing, but also to stop the explosive increase in the number of people with skin cancer.
We aren’t going for the easy option today, instead we’re going to do this the hard way. No stories about how important it is to protect yourself against the sun, just big long lists of ingredients that you would rather forget about. However you do need to look through this… If you want to protect yourself properly against the sun and want to keep your skin nice and healthy it is essential that you select a good product. And for this you need to familiarise yourself with the ingredients list. I have already given you some examples of suitable products in “Help with Choosing Your Sun Cream”. It makes more sense to do your own researching. Maybe you’ll find much better creams than I have! If you take my list of do’s and don’ts with you I know for sure that you won’t go wrong. And then you can share it with us…
I’ve written more often in my blog about baby skin and baby products and the fact that as a brand new mum (or dad) you really need to have strong will power so as not to give in to the temptation of all the purple, yellow and blue bottles and jars. I am still convinced that all those strongly perfumed and irritating baby products are one of the main reasons for the increase in a number of skin problems in young children. Because amazingly but true: more than 67 percent of children up to the age of one, and around two thirds (77 percent) of children up to and including the age of five experience skin problems. What’s more twenty percent of new born babies develop eczema within six months (Arch Dis Child, 2006).
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