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.
This still remains an anxious moment every time. When a new product, after a long time tweaking and fine tuning, actually roles off the production line. Around three years ago, I began to think about developing a body cream. As, in fact, with all my products, it came about because I needed it myself. I could still find mild, fragrance free products for the body, but trying to find a cream or lotion with a balanced combination of enough antioxidants, soothing and barrier repairing substances seemed to be like trying to find the proverbial needle in the haystack. And, so, I decided to develop my own product with a firm wish list. I knew what I wanted, but could that be made…?
Last week I had a conversation with the well-known photographer Jimmy Nelson. Not only am I a big fan of his, but I have also taken inspiration from him where he has connected with other cultures and learned about their knowledge and wisdom. In my case this is in the field of skin care and the treatment of skin problems. For more and more of that knowledge is in danger of becoming lost through globalisation…
If there’s something I receive numerous questions about each day it is spots. It’s not so strange, as almost everyone is affected by this at some time and even one single spot can damage your mood; let alone several. And, although acne is usually seen in teenagers (just when you are feeling insecure about all the changes happening), it is very common in adults too. And it can also have a significant impact then. That’s why I would like to dedicate another blog to this. Because in my experience the right approach is often not taken….
If the papers are to be believed there is something new to scare us. That is blue light. Replying to your e-mails, catching up on your favourite Netflix series and that daily dose of whats app, will give you wrinkles. The cosmetics industry wouldn’t be the cosmetics industry, though, if it hadn’t found a solution for this; special blue light creams and serums to protect us against so-called screen face. What does this actually mean?
Last week I talked about how best to treat mosquito bites. I also explained why those annoying pests may find your skin more attractive than your partner’s. I am now going to tell you more about the use of anti-mosquito treatment containing DEET. There is quite some concern about this and I receive lots of questions about it. How safe are those products, and are there alternatives?
Those scorching temperatures of the last few weeks have of course been fantastic. It’s just a pity that the warm weather has also been so favourable for mosquitoes. They came early this summer. And there’s nothing worse than being bitten to death in your garden or bedroom. What can you do about mosquitoes? How can you relieve mosquito bites? And why does one person suffer more than another? There is so much on this subject, and so many questions I have received, that I am spreading it over two blogs.
A couple of weeks ago I was on holiday with my family on a paradisiacal piece of earth below the equator. It was warm there, to say the least. As the only options to cool off were either under a palm tree or in the water, we spent a lot of time in the beautiful clear blue sea. However, that is when applying sun protection lapses… I was again reminded when I saw the discussion in the media, this week, about the importance of sun cream.