Combining Retinol with other ingredients like Vitamin C, AHA or BHA – Ask Doctor Anne

This is part 2 of a three part series, so here is a little introduction to the topic and a link to the other parts:  There are a few questions I get over and over in the comments of my videos, so instead of answering them only individually, I figured I would use them for a new series – #AskDoctorAnne. Which sounds pretty catchy if I dare say so myself. And the first topic I wanted to address is: Combining skincare ingredients. Are there ones that you should never combine?…

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Monthly Blog Recap – January 2020

January has come to an end, and I for once didn’t feel it dragged as much as many people complained about on social media. But then again social media is the place we all go to complain, I am totally guilty of that too, sharing close ups of my zits on InstaStories (isn’t it glamorous?). I think the main reason why January was a quick month for me was that I had quite a few events to attend, both for work and for leisure. Although I hesitate to call it…

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Combining skincare ingredients the right way – #AskDoctorAnne

There are a few questions I get again and again in the comments on my videos, so instead of answering them only individually, I figured I would use them for a new series – #AskDoctorAnne. Which sounds pretty catchy if I dare say so myself.     And the first topic I wanted to address is: Combining skincare ingredients. Are there ones that you should never combine? Some that actually enhance each other? Does that depend on strength, concentration or time of the day?   It is actually a bunch…

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pixi Hydrating Milky Peel – the best peel for sensitive skin?

ADVERTISEMENT INFO: THIS BLOG POST CONTAINS PR-SAMPLES (GIFTED ITEMS) AND AFFILIATE LINKS. I RECEIVED NO MONEY TO WRITE IT. PLEASE READ DISCLAIMER. If you have sensitive, yet texture ridden skin, you probably struggle a lot with one aspect of skincare: Finding a peel that doesn’t irritate your skin, but at the same time gets rid of the layer of dead skin cells that make you look tired and grey. It is a struggle I didn’t understand for many, many years –  my skin could literally take everything. Abrasive peel applied…

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Elemis Peptide4 Plumping Pillow Facial

Advertisement information: I received this item as part of my paid work with QVC Beauty Germany, but this post was not part of the contract. This blog post uses affiliate links. Please read disclaimer. Fragrance in skincare? Controversial. Essential oils in skin care? Even more so. Yet here I am, reviewing the Elemis Peptide4 Plumping Pillow Facial. Which is, just in case you didn’t know yet, heavily fragranced and contains essential oils.     I am not going to discuss the matter of fragrance in skincare today though, just add…

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What is a serum and do I need one?

ADVERTISEMENT INFORMATION: THIS BLOG POST FEATURES PR-SAMPLES/ GIFTED ITEMS AND USES AFFILIATE LINKS. PLEASE READ DISCLAIMER. I try to research my video topics through several different sources, one of them being PubMed. If you are not familiar with PubMed, it is a tool that allows you to search through published articles in scientific journals, and I used it heavily when writing my thesis. It is however not always the best tool for cosmetic research targeting the most basic questions like: What is a serum?     Why? Because in medicine,…

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Instytutum Super Serum – One serum to do it all?

Advertisement information: This blog post features PR-Samples/ gifted items and uses affiliate links. Please read disclaimer. I am going to address the elephant in the room first: Yes, the Instytutum Super Serum is expensive. It is not the most expensive serum out there, but 129$ for 30 ml of product is something that makes me pause before I purchase. I will tell you straight away: I don’t think any skincare product needs to be that expensive. But, and that is a very personal but, it might be worth it.  …

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Avon Distillery Complete Overview

Advertisement info: This blog post contains PR-Samples (gifted items) and affiliate links. I received no money to write it. Please read disclaimer. There were many trends last that will accompany us into the next decade, “clean beauty” and “sustainability” being two of them. So it is no surprise that more and more brands try to position themselves as supporters of one or even both – my latest example? The launch of the “clean, green, vegan friendly” Avon Distillery line, all packaged in sustainable packaging as the brand claims.    …

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My best skin care products of 2019

Advertisement info: This blog post contains PR-Samples (gifted items) and affiliate links. I received no money to write it. Please read disclaimer. Back in the days, I would do monthly favourites, sharing with you my top discoveries of each month. I quickly realized that that was not sustainable, at least not for me. With a testing period of four to six weeks, I just didn’t discover enough products to warrant a blog post. So I switched to yearly favorites, sharing with you my best skin care product discoveries of the…

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Skincare products I have finished – December Empties 2019

Advertisement info: This blog post contains PR-Samples (gifted items) and affiliate links. I received no money to write it. Please read disclaimer. I don’t have many traditions for this blog, but ending the year with an Empties post is one of them.     Although I have to admit it is not exactly a blog tradition, but more born out of YouTube, where I uploaded my first video inDecember 2015, talking about the skincare products I had finished. The video is still up on my channel, should you want to…

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