There are still many myths about skincare! Not so long ago I heard a sales consultant trying to convince a customer that, if she still wanted to look good in twenty years time, she should buy a particular cosmetic product containing that special ingredient costing more than two hundred euros.

Myths and half truths A little later the young woman left the shop with, not only, the product in question, but also, an eye cream, serum, night cream, mask and toner from the same brand. Although I've written more often in my blog about the myths surrounding eye creams, night creams, wrinkle creams, se[...]

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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 can’t understand it? I’ve tried everything, but this particular daughter would rather eat three plates full of sprouts than swallow that one strawberry hidden in a yoghurt. But now that I have seen a study undertaken by a team of Italian and Spanish researchers, I don't want to hear any more excuses. [...]

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It is really satisfying being able to read your own story in a magazine! It is about 'natural cosmetics' and can be found in the Estheticienne (a Dutch journal for professional beauty care and cosmetics). I have written before about natural cosmetics in my blog, but here the subject is more extensively c[...]

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I really enjoy a cup of green tea. Apart from it being a tasty drink, this ingredient has an absolute proven track record in scientific literature! There is no doubt about the fact that green tea can have a positive effect on your skin...

The effects of green tea The ECGC (polyphenol) in green tea is responsible for the positive effect on skin. ECGC has two important properties: - It is anti-inflammatory (stops inflammation) - It prevents skin damage after exposure to the sun And for wrinkles? Green tea extract (2-3%) helps prevent th[...]

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During my holiday I gave an interview about green cosmetics. The results appeared last weekend on nu.nl. Super!

If you want to know more about this subject, you can read my blogs "green cosmetics", "Which natural ingredients?" and "natural beauty products, safe or not?". Regards Jetske. (Dr. Jetske Ultee- Research Physician and Head of The Skin Therapy Department)

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I have written previously in my blog about herbal ingredients in cosmetic products. People often feel that if a cosmetic product contains natural ingredients, then it is safe and also beneficial for the skin. Lavender in skincare products Lavender is a good example of a herbal ingredient that is very o[...]

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Although there are more than 100 different botanical ingredients that can be used in cosmetic products, the effects of only a quarter have been well researched. Of these researched ingredients, only a limited number are shown to be effective.

Which substances do and which don't? Substances that have been shown to have any effect (investigated by means of double blind human studies) are soy, green tea, liquorice, oat and coffee berry. All of these ingredients can actually improve the skin's condition. Plant ingredients to avoid in your produ[...]

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The trend is 'green' especially when considering the reports given about dangerous and toxic substances in cosmetic products. So products will frequently also contain 'natural' ingredients. I often receive questions as to whether it is advisable to use these so called green products.

Good or bad? In my view the use of natural ingredients in cosmetic products is not necessarily good or bad. You need to base your choice on the fact of whether the ingredients are effective and safe, in which case it doesn't matter if they are natural or synthetic. Both natural and synthetic substances [...]

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