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…)
Happy food, the title alone generates happiness don’t you agree? There is a lot to tell you about this subject. So much so, that I’ve decided to make a series out of it. There are actually five parts in total! But let me start at the beginning… (more…)
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…)
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…)
These late summer days are so fine! They make me truly happy. And something good happens when those rays of sun are on my skin. If you follow my blog you’ll know that the sun is responsible for the production of vitamin D in your skin. And that is super because this vitamin, or hormone to be more precise, has a positive effect on your immune system. During the summer months you usually have enough vitamin D in your body. In the winter, however, the supply runs out because of less sunlight. So, what can you do to have enough ‘D’? (more…)
There has been a lot of fuss lately about sun creams. Various shores, such as Hawaii and Bonaire, have announced a ban on the use of sun creams that would damage coral and now everyone wants, of course, to know which creams are coral friendly. I think it is worth talking some more about this. Because I would mind if, all of a sudden, we decide not to apply any sun cream and sunbathe without any protection.
Which sun creams are good and which ones should you steer clear of? I understand this isn’t always easy for you. Because if there’s one product which professes to do everything, it’s a sun cream. And then all the misleading claims…‘only needs to be applied once a day’, ‘100% protection’, ‘safe tanning’, ‘you only need a small amount’; such statements give me goose bumps.
I think that the nicest thing about Winter, perhaps, is that Spring will be here again. Because that I can thoroughly enjoy! In the last few days that initial Spring sun on your skin has been glorious. It does seem slightly crazy that in a few days we will be leaving for Lapland to enjoy our family holiday in the snow and freezing temperatures. And last month it was even -25°C there! And while I am busy packing all those thermals, an enormous pile of woolly hats, gloves and heavy snow boots, the terraces here are all full. The warm weather has come early this year; never too early for me, personally, however, it is for my website www.smeerjein.nl, which is currently being updated.
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