A (miracle) cream for 500 euros?

No matter how hard I try, I am still unable to convince people of the fact that miracle creams do not exist. Good skincare products can make your skin firm, smooth and radiant again, but that requires a good deal of patience. Wrinkles that just melt away like snow? There is no such thing; honestly! And yet, more and more people have assured me lately that the cream which was demonstrated recently in the shopping centre, the outlet centre, the new warehouse or at a cosmetics party made their skin ‘in no time’ beautifully smooth again.

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The same products, big price difference

Expensive products are sometimes better in quality, but very often you are paying purely for the beautiful presentation, an exclusive marketing campaign and a feeling of luxury. As with clothing, bags and sunglasses, cosmetics is also an experience. Yet, ultimately you want value for money when buying something because of what it promises. So: can it also be cheaper?

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Zinc Oxide
How safe are zinc oxide and titanium dioxide?

If you search the internet for information about good, safe sun filters, then dermatologists will always advise zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. I have slightly mixed views about this.

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The Application of Sun Cream
The Application of Sun Cream; You Probably Apply Less than You Think

No other subject within skincare causes so much confusion as the application of sun cream. Inaccurate reports on the internet and in the papers, false product claims and unfounded regulations have led to us all going about it in the wrong way! And as a result of this; lying on our beach towel in the sun probably causes more damage than if we’d put on no sun cream at all. To put it simply, we spend too much time in the sun because we think we are protected, which we are not. Therefore giving us a false sense of security!

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Pregnancy and the Skin
Pregnancy and the Skin

You know that fairytale about the pregnant woman with that ‘never looked better’, healthy and radiant looking skin. Well I, myself, appeared in a different story; I was that expectant mother with the blotchy, irritated and over sensitive skin.

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Salicylic Acid
Salicylic Acid

Salicylic Acid; sister of the already discussed Glycolic Acid, is a Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) and is obtained from the bark of the Willow tree. Some time ago I wrote a blog about the effects of Glycolic Acid on the skin. As with Glycolic Acid, numerous independent scientific investigations have been carried out proving the effectiveness of this acid.

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Sun Allergy
Sun Allergy

Redness, swelling, spots, itching and a burning sensation on the skin, these are just some symptoms of a sun allergy. Often people think they have a sun allergy, but a true sun allergy is relatively uncommon.

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Vitamin D

My “Smear it all over” campaign is aimed at raising awareness to parents and children of the importance of sun protection. Unprotected exposure to ultra violet rays (UVR) during childhood increases the risk of developing skin cancer in later life.

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smear it all over
My New Non-Profit Sun Protection Cream and the Sun Campaign ‘Smear It All Over!’

Those who regularly read my blog know that my great passion is, not only skincare products but, in fact everything to do with keeping our skin healthy. And high up on the list is, of course, sun protection. Even though we haven’t seen much of the sun for a while and are desperate for some, it is good to first stop and think about sun protection. Because the sun can cause a lot of damage even in cloudy weather. We think that in the Netherlands it isn’t so dangerous, but hardly anywhere else (in Europe) has as much skin cancer as here. Furthermore, the numbers are increasing dramatically and we are seeing it in more and more younger people. Even though an estimated 90% of the skin cancer cases are preventable! Therefore: ‘Smear it All Over!!’

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anti wrinkle
Once Again the Anti-Wrinkle Cream…

Here I am again! A bit later than normal, but this time I’ve got a good excuse. You see, I had to go to Miami for the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology. This meeting is held once a year and you really need to attend it if you want to know the latest news in the field of (Cosmetic) Dermatology.

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