Global science
Acne and diet

Food with spots: it’s got my attention. Are you going to read with me?

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Vitamin B2
Vitamin B2 for dry lips

Do you often suffer from dry lips? From those cracks in the skin on your mouth and flaking? That in itself isn’t so strange at this time of year. The air is dry at the moment. So, apply a good film over your lips to prevent any moisture escaping from your skin. Sometimes Vaseline still works the best. I use it alongside my Repair Cream, which contains exactly the same oily substances that naturally occur in the waxy layer of your skin. But I’ve got another tip for you that you may not yet have considered: vitamin B2! (more…)

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Erasmus
Two new projects with the Erasmus University

Time for science! I undertake research projects each year together with medical students from the Erasmus University. Soon I will be carrying out two more very interesting studies. What are we going to be doing in the next few weeks? (more…)

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Vitamin B12
High levels of vitamin B12 and potential acne outbreaks

There has recently been a great deal of focus on Vitamin B12. This substance is important for several processes in your body including the proper functioning of the nervous system. A deficiency can cause symptoms such as fatigue, tingling and lapses in concentration, as well as menstrual problems and depression. Such symptoms are not always caused by a lack of vitamin B12 though. Therefore don’t increase your intake just because you recognise these symptoms in yourself. You should always consult your doctor first. It is commonly thought that extra or too much of it won’t do any harm, especially if it is a water soluble vitamin like B12. But this cannot be said with certainty. What I can say is that I have been asked a few times whether extra vitamin B12 can cause acne. This, I have been looking into… (more…)

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Happy Food - part 4
Happy food part 4: Fibre and fermented food

Part 4… we are still on Happy food. And today I want to draw your attention to fibre and fermented products. Two vital ‘ingredients’ for a happy gut. (more…)

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Happy Food - part 3
Happy Food Part 3: fish, fish and once again fish…

Part 3 of my series about happy food: oily fish. I just think of sashimi or a delicious salad with fish… I just hope that you enjoy it as much as I do. And otherwise I might be able to persuade you to enjoy it, because oily fish contains a wealth of substances that can also be beneficial for your skin and brain. You get a lot of omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D in oily fish. What has that got to do with your skin? Perhaps more than you think. (more…)

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Biohack beautiful skin
Biohack yourself to beautiful skin

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.
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Melasma
Melasma and nutrition, what do we know about it?

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…)

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Lip balm product advice
Product advice for lip balms 2020

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…

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Hyaluronic acid
Hyaluronic acid and skin: apply, swallow or inject? What you should know

Nowadays, the magic word for treating wrinkles and fine lines from the inside out is collagen. But there is another substance produced in the body which is fundamental in skin ageing, and that is hyaluronic acid (always a difficult name to pronounce). I would like to tell you more about it. (more…)

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