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Nix the Toxins in Your Skin Care Products

July 26, 2013
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Nix the Toxins in Your Skin Care Products

We all know that the US is woefully behind the times in regulating the ingredients used in our skin care. The 27 countries in the European Commission have banned 1,372 chemicals in cosmetics and skin care products that are linked to cancer or birth defects; the FDA has only banned eight, plus two that...

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When Good Makeup Goes Bad

July 23, 2013
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When Good Makeup Goes Bad

Question: When exactly did you open that tube of mascara you used this morning? And that trendy blue eyeshadow? If your makeup bag is as packed as ours are, chances are you have no idea. The reality is that makeup and skin care products have shelf lives that affect safety and effectiveness. Here, Kelly...

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Beautiful Brows: Pointers from the Pros

July 5, 2013
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Beautiful Brows: Pointers from the Pros

Thick, bushy, pencil-thin. Arched or straight. The fashion-questionable “unibrow” (thanks, Anthony Davis and Frida Kahlo). Eyebrows can make a fashion statement. This season, beauty editors tell us that flat, bold brows are in. But unless your plans include a walk down the runway, makeup professionals recommend choosing a natural brow shape that complements your features....

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Natural Strategies for Fighting Poison Ivy

June 7, 2013
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Natural Strategies for Fighting Poison Ivy

5 things you need to know to prevent or treat a run-in with troublesome plants. Leaves of 3, let it be The best way to avoid poison ivy or oak symptoms is to know what it looks like—and avoid it. The plants have three leaflets growing from a single stem, and vary in color...

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Finding Natural Deodorants That Work

May 23, 2013
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Finding Natural Deodorants That Work

Everyone wants to feel fresh and keep odors in check. What we don’t want are the potentially harmful ingredients found in many deodorants and anti-perspirants—ingredients like aluminum chlorohydrate, aluminum zirconium, phthalates and triclosan. These ingredients work by killing bacteria with synthetic anti-microbials and plugging sweat glands, blocking natural toxin release. Unfortunately they’ve also been...

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Brush Up! Tools & Tips for Flawless Makeup

May 16, 2013
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Brush Up! Tools & Tips for Flawless Makeup

“Great cheekbones.” “Beautiful eyes.”  When you notice someone’s best features, you’re probably not thinking about the makeup brushes behind the beauty. But according to pro makeup artists, the secret to enhancing your assets is well-applied, well-blended makeup. And the strategy is in using the right brush for the task. Form & function Pharmaca’s new...

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Acne: Triggers, Taboos & Treatments

May 14, 2013
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Acne: Triggers, Taboos & Treatments

A pimple is a pimple no matter if you’re male or female, 15 or 55, vegan or full-on omnivore. The root cause of pimples is the same: too much sebum (oil) production, layers of dead skin cells, plugged hair follicles and thriving bacteria. Triggers So what triggers these breakouts? It’s often a mix of...

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Thick, Bouncy, Fresh and Shiny: Hair Care 101

April 30, 2013
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Thick, Bouncy, Fresh and Shiny: Hair Care 101

Hair not living up to its full potential? Pharmaca’s got solutions—including hair care treatments chock full of natural botanicals, oils and herbs that deliver targeted solutions. Lisa Sawabini, esthetician and beauty product expert in Portland, walks us through some of the finest fixes. Thinning hair Thin hair can become noticeably fuller, and new hair...

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Gluten-Free Skin and Body Care

April 26, 2013
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Gluten-Free Skin and Body Care

No wheat, barley or rye. Sometimes no oats. For those living with Celiac disease or wheat allergies, reading food labels in search of these ingredients is a way of life. Although a gluten-free diet helps manage both conditions, the causes of the two are different. Wheat allergies are one of the most-common food allergies—they...

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BB & CC: The New ABCs of Beauty

March 12, 2013
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BB & CC: The New ABCs of Beauty

BB and CC creams are some of the most talked about beauty innovations to hit the market in recent times. BB, short for beauty balm, is a time-saving, all-in-one facial product. Created by a German dermatologist years ago, BB creams have steadily grown in popularity around the world, even as their formulations have evolved. Today’s BB creams...

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