Skin Care & Beauty

Our Project Wellness blog isn’t just about wellness—it’s also a natural beauty blog chock full of natural beauty tips and remedies. From the best in mineral makeup tips to our favorite non-toxic skin care, Pharmaca wants to bring you the best of the natural beauty world. We’ll focus on some of the all-natural and organic beauty products that we carry and get advice from expert estheticians. We’ll also offer suggestions for natural beauty remedies that can give you fresher, younger-looking skin, natural beauty tips to spice up your makeup regimen and cutting-edge news about the latest and greatest natural beauty products. Let Project Wellness be your online source for natural health and beauty information!

  • Medicine Cabinet Spotlight: An Esthetician’s Beauty Essentials

    LaehBcroppedOur health and beauty practitioners are pros at recommending natural skin care remedies for customers. But what are the essentials they always keep on hand? We asked Laeh Benyamin, herbalist and esthetician at our store in south Boulder to tell us about Pharmaca favorites.

    ZuZu Luxe Mascara
    “This is hands down the best mascara we carry! It gives a natural look, it’s hypo-allergenic, it never flakes, and it stays on all day.”

    Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Repair CC Cream

    “They call it the multi-tasker and that’s exactly what it is—it includes natural mineral SPF 30, anti-aging botanicals, antioxidants and a slight tint to even out skin tone.”

    Astara Blue Flame Purifying Treatment

    “This is a great product for adolescent/adult acne. It can be used as an all-over serum or as a spot treatment. I’ve felt a pimple coming on, put on the blemish serum at night and woke the next morning and it’s gone! It works wonders.”

    John Masters Jojoba & Ginseng Exfoliating Face Cleanser

    “This is a great gentle scrub that’s well-suited to a normal or drier skin type. For dry skin especially, a scrub really helps get the dead skin off the surface so your face can look smooth and bright. This product does the trick without overdrying.”

    Jane Iredale Magic Mitt

    “I take it for every overnight I go on, from camping to the Ritz. It removes my makeup so easily—even mascara. Just wash and use again!”

    Garden of Life Kind Organics Women’s Multi
    “This vitamin is made from 100 organic percent food from a farm, which I love because I think real food is easier for your body to assimilate than synthetic vitamins. I take one every day to ensure I’m getting all the minerals, vitamins and micro-nutrients needed to look and feel healthy.”

  • Easy DIY Pedicures

    80311_P_UncomplicatedSandal weather is here! And that means it’s time for perfectly pedicured feet and pretty polishes. Follow these simple, at-home steps for terrific-looking toes.

    Exfoliate for Smooth Skin Three Ways

    Soak & Scrub

    Flaky, dry skin is best removed with softening baths and exfoliating scrubs. First, soak your feet in warm water with Kneipp Healthy Feet Foot Bath Crystals that soothe and refresh with calendula and rosemary. Or, for a Cleopatra-style footbath, soak your feet for 20 minutes in a milk bath (lactic acid softens feet), using one cup of milk for every 6 cups of warm water. Next, rinse and buff skin with an exfoliation scrub. Kiss My Face Foot Scrub blends zesty organic peppermint leaf extract, sunflower oil, pumice and finely ground walnut shells to smooth skin.


    To bring fresh baby-soft skin to the surface on very rough feet, try a peeling product that gently dissolves dead skin cells. Customer-favorite Baby Foot Deep Skin Exfoliation for Feet uses natural fruit acids to break apart dead skin cells and highly moisturizing plant extracts to keep your soles smooth after peeling. After the initial 1 hour application process, peeling starts in 3-7 days and complete peeling takes up to 2 weeks.


    Built-up calluses can easily be removed with foot files. Microplane Foot File has a wide paddle style blade that safely smoothes away dead skin, and works best on dry feet, no soaking needed.

    Use the Right tools for Shaping

    To keep nails healthy and prevent ingrown toenails, trim straight across with an extra sharp clipper like the Tweezerman Power Nail Clipper, then shape and round slightly at the corners with a nail file. Choose a file with a medium grit (amount of abrasive material) such as Pharmaca Nail File Yellow Mylar Medium Grit for shaping, and a fine grit like Pharmaca Nail File 2-Way Pink Fine & Extra Fine Grits for smoothing edges and buffing out ridges.

    Moisturize and Treat Your Feet

    Keep your feet smooth and moisturized with ultra-nourishing foot creams like Desert Essence Organic Foot Repair Cream Pistachio that hydrates with pistachio nut oil, shea butter and macadamia seed oil. If your day involves hiking boots instead of pretty sandals, try Fieldworks Supply Company Feet of Endurance Protective Foot Balm, rich in arnica to relieve swelling and bentonite clay to wick moisture and toxins away from the skin. To keep feet fresh and deodorized, check out Badger Foot Balm with anti-bacterial tea tree, eucalyptus and rosemary essential oils.

    Polish like a Pro

    Summer is the perfect time to experiment with fun polish colors, from beachy pastels to shiny metallics. Get in the mood with the SpaRitual Gathering Collection inspired by summer, with six rich shades to choose from. Or go bright and sparkly with Deborah Lippmann Candy Shop, a bubblegum pink glittery color or Mermaid’s Dream, a shimmery seafoam aqua color. To be totally on trend, try SpaRitual Fall in Love, an earthy red-brown color that matches Pantone Color of the Year 2015, Marsala.

  • The Environmental Working Group’s Guide to Sunscreen Safety

    SunCare4-ArticleDid you know there’s a non-profit research organization that is completely dedicated to protecting our health and the environment? The Environmental Working Group (EWG) does just that by telling us what we need to know about skincare product safety, food additives, pesticides and all-around clean living. This year, their diligent analysts rated over 1,700 sunscreens and SPF moisturizers for safety and effectiveness.

    Here’s what they had to say about the best ones for you and your family.

    How EWG Rates Sunscreens

    EWG determines the top-rated sunscreens by analyzing how well they protect us and the safety of listed ingredients. Two-thirds of the score is based on a product’s UV protection and stability, and one-third on toxicity concerns of ingredients. Product ratings are from 0-10, specifically 0-2 (low hazard), 3-6 (moderate hazard) and 7-10 (high hazard).

    Minerals vs. Chemicals and Vitamin A

    When it comes to ingredients, EWG studies the latest research to see how ingredients impact our bodies. In the case of sunscreens, the sun’s damaging rays are blocked with minerals like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, or with chemical filters like avobenzone and oxybenzone. EWG recommends mineral-based sunscreens because they are more stable, last longer and don’t penetrate the skin like chemical-based sunscreens (some of which, like oxybenzone, are suspected hormone-disruptors). And be on the lookout for added Vitamin A, listed as retinol or retinyl palmitate. EWG says this common anti-aging ingredient speeds up the development of cancerous skin tumors when exposed to sunlight, so save Vitamin A products for nighttime use.

    Top Picks & Why We Love Them

    For Kids

    (EWG doesn’t recommend using sunscreens on infants under 6 months of age)

    ThinkBaby SPF 50+ (EWG rating 1) Organic, non-nano zinc oxide, non-aerosol, no chemical UV absorbers with super skin-protecting anti-oxidants cranberry and raspberry oil.

    TruKid Sunny Days Face and Body Stick SPF30 (EWG rating 1) Easy to use and carry, a roll-on sunscreen that’s water-resistant.

    For Athletes (or extended time outdoors)

    Badger Sport Sunscreen Cream SPF 35 (EWG rating 1) Water and sweat resistant, unscented and environmentally friendly; it’s biodegradable, safe for coral reefs and comes in a BPA and phthalate-free tube.

    Alba Botanica Very Emollient Sport Sunscreen SPF 45 (EWG rating 2) Water-resistant and skin nourishing with aloe vera, calendula, lavender, grape seed and green tea extracts.

    For Bodies (everyday coverage)

    DeVita Solar Body Moisturizer SPF30+ (EWG rating 1) Non-greasy and easily absorbed, it revitalizes skin with anti-aging vitamins and botanicals like vitamin E, Japanese green tea, rose hips and seaweed extract.

    Alba Botanica Mineral Sunblock SPF30 (EWG rating 2) Lightweight and moisturizing with jojoba oil, green tea and lavender, it hydrates and protects skin.

    For Faces (with extra benefits)

    Supergoop Daily Correct CC Cream SPF35 (EWG rating 2) Provides sun protection and anti-inflammatory anti-oxidants in a lightweight, color-correcting cream that comes in two shades.

    Jane Iredale Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream SPF25 (EWG rating 2) Goes on smoothly for a dewy, radiant finish with excellent coverage in eight easy-to-match shades.

    Juice Beauty Tinted Mineral Moisturizer SPF30 (EWG rating 1) Zinc oxide-based with skin-saving botanicals like aloe, white grape juice and cucumber extract.SunCare4-Article

    <p class=”italic”> Speak with a Pharmaca practitioner for your health and beauty questions. </p>

  • Why Plant Stem Cells Should be in your Skincare Products

    featIMGWe know natural botanical extracts in our skincare products provide a whole host of beauty benefits. But did you know that the stem cells from certain botanicals can be significantly more effective at reducing the signs of aging than the plant extract alone?

    Here’s what you need to know about these microscopic powerhouses.

    Stem cells give you just what you need

    Unlike other cells that have a specific purpose (i.e. a brain cell is specialized for the brain), stem cells are able to develop into many different types of cells, based on which type of cells they are near. For example, stem cells applied to the skin can generate new skin cells that repair and replace cells that have been damaged by sun exposure, environmental toxins, injury or disease. And these new cells keep dividing, producing even more healthy cells to replace lost, damaged or dying skin cells.

    Mighty plants with powerful stem cells

    Researchers have found that our own human stem cells can be protected and activated by plant stem cells. Combining the natural healing power in botanicals with stem cell technology, skin scientists have been working diligently to discover which plants provide the best results. We now know that there are certain plant superstars with proven restorative abilities like increasing collagen, boosting antioxidant protection and locking in hydration.


    This tiny white flower grows in harsh mountain climates from the Alps to the Himalayas and it has developed powerful anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that let it thrive in these environments where UV radiation levels are high. Edelweiss cells contain anti-oxidants leontopodic and chlorogenic acids, proven to firm skin and prevent collagen loss, making wrinkles noticeably less visible. You can find Edelweiss plant stem cells in MyChelle Fabulous Eye Cream, along with super hydrating hyaluronic acid that locks in moisture. Edelweiss stem cells are combined with anti-inflammatory coneflower and collagen-boosting pennywort in Intelligent Nutrients Renewal Complex Plant Stem Cell Science Target Treatment, a daily serum that repairs stretch marks and scarring, and reduces wrinkles and age spots.

    Swiss Apples

    A rare, almost extinct, sour apple found in Switzerland caught the attention of scientists when they discovered the apple’s ability to self-repair damage to its skin and last for months without withering. This fruity fountain of youth’s stem cells have been cultured and can be found in products that repair skin damage from aging. Our dark spots and wrinkles can be significantly lessened with MyChelle Apple Brightening Serum which stimulates new healthy skin cells. For treatment and coverage, Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Repair CC Cream combines apple, grape (another super anti-oxidant) and lemon stem cells with a color-correcting tinted moisturizer to revive aging skin and even skin tone.


    Stem cells from the roots of the healing Argan tree found in Morocco stimulate our own skin stem cells to replace sun damaged, pigmented skin. All skin types can benefit from Acure’s Argan Stem Cell & Chlorella Growth Factor Cell Stimulating Facial Mask with stem cell technology, collagen-boosting green algae (chlorella), moisturizing sea buckthorn oil and detoxifying French green clay.

    <p class=”italic”>Speak with a Pharmaca practitioner about your healthy and beauty questions.</p>



  • Why We Love Sea Buckthorn—and its Omega-7—for Beautiful Skin

    PrettySkinWhether you apply it topically or add it to your diet, there’s a lot to love about these tiny, bright orange berries. Valued for their healing properties for centuries and packed with omega-7, sea buckthorn has become the latest sought-after ingredient in the quest for glowing, healthy skin.

    “I recommend Sea Buckthorn for all sorts of skin issues,” explains Pharmaca esthetician Leah Benyamin. “It’s particularly helpful in keeping your skin hydrated, and unlike other oils, it’s not inflammatory.”

    Sea Buckthorn oil, which is made by squeezing the small berries through a press, is a true skin multi-tasker, according to Benyamin. For oily skin types, it can help balance and reduce the skin’s oil production. And for aging skin types, it can help repair damage from free radicals and help diminish hyperpigmentation.

    With an array of skin-beneficial vitamins, Sea Buckthorn berries contain three times the vitamin A of carrots and 10 times the vitamin C of oranges. And it’s one of the few plants to offer both ascorbic acid (water-soluble vitamin C) and ascorbyl palmiate (fat-soluble vitamin C), which means it’s better absorbed than ascorbic acid alone.

    Second only to wheat germ as a source of vitamin E, Sea Buckthorn is also a rich source of beta carotene, as you can tell by its bright orange color. And because it’s also high in antioxidants, many people drink it as a juice or take it as a supplement, according to Benyamin, who is also an herbalist and certified nutrition consultant.

    To get glowing, healthy skin from the inside out, consider incorporating some of Benyamin’s favorite Sea Buckthorn products into your daily diet and beauty routine.

    Evan Healy Sea Algae Serum

    Sea buckthorn oil, seaweed, algae and CO Q-10 combine for a silky, sheer firming treatment designed to nourish skin damaged by sun, pollutants, aging or inflammation.

    Genesis Today Organic Sea Buckthorn Liquid

    With a tongue-tingling, slightly sour flavor, this juice is the world's first 100% pure, unfiltered, undiluted sea buckthorn berry juice with 30,000 mg of sea buckthorn in every fluid ounce.

    Weleda Sea Buckthorn Body Oil

    With oil from both the Sea Buckthorn berry and seed, this intensive moisturizing body oil is packed with essential fatty acids that replenish vital moisture, while pro-vitamin A and vitamin E soften and protect your skin.

    New Chapter Supercritical Omega-7

    Often recommended for great skin, this supplement also said to promote a healthy digestive system and provide respiratory support.

    <p class=”italic”>Speak with a Pharmaca practitioner about your health and beauty questions.</p>

  • Buyer Spotlight: What’s in Our Beauty Buyer’s Makeup Bag?

    TianasPicksEver wonder what the person who gets to make all the decisions about our beauty products buys for herself? We asked our Beauty Buyer, Tiana Ukleja, to break down the skin care and cosmetic faves she always has with her.

    Rume Cosmetic Bag
    “This bag is great and is a must every time I travel! It has three separate pockets—one holds all of my makeup, one for my jewelry and hair ties, and one for my toothbrush.”

    Clarisonic Mia 2
    “This tool is ah-mazing! I use it every morning and it exfoliates so well. It opens up my pores and allows my skin to soak up all my treatments. My face has never felt cleaner.”

    Sanitas Moisture Mist
    “I love this product because it’s great as a toner, hydration mist or for setting makeup. A great three in one! Living in Colorado, my skin needs an afternoon refresher so I usually have one at my desk, one in my bathroom and one in my purse.

    Skin Owl Geranium Beauty Drops
    “I travel a lot, so when I’m in a humid climate, I use it as a moisturizer for my face or on my body when I step out of the shower. It offers amazing hydration and smells yummy! At home in Colorado, it’s a great serum to layer under a moisturizer.”

    jane iredale Eye Gloss in Champagne
    “This color is fab-u-lous! I love a bit a shimmer on my skin, and this color stands up on its own as a single shade. I also use it as a primer for when I am ready to take my eye makeup to the next level.”

    W3LL PEOPLE Bio Extreme Mascara
    “This mascara wand is one of the best—it stays firm so there is very little to no clumping, and it does the job in just a few swipes. I also like that I don’t get raccoon eyes when I wash my face, since it comes off so easily.”

    John Masters Citrus Neroli Detangler
    “I have thick, thick, curly hair that tangles every time I sleep. This product makes my hair feel so hydrated and smooth. I use it as a leave-in conditioner.”

  • Why Sugar and Glycation May Be Keeping You From Youthful Skin

    WomanonBedWe’ve heard rumblings about the dangers of refined sugar for awhile now. It’s linked to increased risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and stroke. It’s addictive, has no nutritional value and might make us fat. Need one more reason to avoid the stuff? Glycation: The process by which sugar can cause wrinkles and sagging skin.

    Simply put, glycation is the process that happens in our bodies when sugar hooks up with proteins. Normally, sugar is converted to fuel for our bodies. But when we eat too many sugar-laden foods, excess sugar molecules find proteins and fats to latch onto, creating abnormalities called Advanced Glycation End products (AGE). These AGEs cause collagen and elastin proteins in our skin to lose flexibility and weaken. The result? Sagging, dull and wrinkly skin.

    We can slow down glycation and help repair the damage with diet changes and targeted skin care products. Here’s how to fight glycation from both the inside and the outside.

    Slow glycation with a healthy diet.

    • Eat less (or no) refined sugar.
    • Say no to high-fructose corn syrup (it speeds up glycation to 10 times the rate of simple glucose!).
    • Stick with good carbohydrates like brown rice and whole wheat products. They produce less glucose and they’re absorbed more slowly so your body isn’t bombarded with excess sugar.
    • Avoid highly processed food that’s full of refined sugars.
    • Get lots of fiber, especially from raw vegetables—it helps absorb AGEs.
    • Choose low-fat dairy products and eat more fish like salmon, tuna and sardines. (Studies show high fat red meats and cheeses produce more AGEs.)
    • Try carnosine supplements (like Jarrow Formulas' L-Carnosine), a potent anti-aging, antioxidant amino acid that helps protect against AGE buildup.

    Use glycation-targeted skin care products.
    After age 35 glycation really speeds up, making it a good time to switch to anti-aging products that hydrate, firm and detoxify.

    Ask a Pharmaca practitioner about other anti-aging skin care products that might help in your skin's fight against glycation.

  • The Truth About Phthalates and Parabens

    WinterskinPhthalates and parabens are buzzwords in the natural beauty industry. As synthetic additives found in many skin care products, they came under the microscope in the late 1990s when they were first suspected to be toxic. But are they really as scary as we think? Here’s what you need to know about where you may find parabens and phthalates, and how to avoid them.


    Phthalates are chemicals used to retain fragrances in products, and also used as softeners. They're used in cosmetics and skin care products like lotions, shampoos and nail polish. You'll find them listed as DBP (di-n-butyl phthalate), DEHP (di-2-ethylhexyl phthalate) or DEP (diethl phthalate) on ingredient labels.

    Parabens are common preservatives used to limit bacteria growth in skin care products that contain significant amounts of water. The ones most commonly used are methylparaben, propylparaben, ethylparaben and butylparaben.

    Health risks

    While the amount of exposure that’s considered dangerous is up for debate, studies in both the U.S. and Europe have proven that phthalates and parabens can impact human cells and hormonal functions.

    Phthalates have been shown to interfere with hormones, and can cause defects in the male reproductive system at birth. Some have even been labeled as carcinogens. The European Union has banned DBP and DEHP in cosmetics, and the state of California listed DBP and DEHP as chemicals that are known to cause reproductive or developmental toxicity. The FDA, however, has lagged behind and says the amount of phthalates used in cosmetics do not pose a safety risk.

    Parabens are known to disrupt hormone function, which can be linked to increased risk of breast cancer and reproductive toxicity. Parabens mimic estrogen, and researchers have found parabens in breast tumor tissue. Recently, the European Commission banned five lesser-used parabens in cosmetics, and they are currently proposing to lower the allowed maximum concentrations of butyl and propylparaben. But the FDA (in partnership with an industry-led Cosmetic Ingredient Review study) says consumers should not be concerned about using cosmetics or skin care products with low concentrations of parabens.

    Baby care

    In the last few years, phthalate-containing skin care products for children have come under special scrutiny. Scientists at the University of Rochester Medical Center found high levels of phthalates in the urine of babies after common baby shampoos, powders or lotions containing these chemicals were applied. Congress has banned specific levels of certain phthalates in toys, based on toxicity studies.

    As for parabens, The European Commission banned leave-on products with these chemicals for the “nappy (e.g. diaper) area” in children under age three.

    Buy wisely

    Although regulations may take years to pass in the US and research continues about the safety of these ingredients, it makes sense to avoid phthalates and parabens as much as possible. Fortunately Pharmaca offers a number of safe choices. Evanhealy, for example, is a high-quality line of phthalate- and paraben-free products approved by top estheticians. “They’re very pure, and highly rated on the EWG (Environmental Working Group) website,” says Bambi Stenberg, esthetician in Portland.

    Acure products come highly recommended as well. “It’s a well-priced organic line and customers love their paraben- and phthalate-free shampoos and body moisturizers” explains Bambi. For kids, Babo Botanicals is a top customer choice. The plant-based line offers pure hair, scalp and skin care products for babies and children.

    Learn more about other ingredients to avoid in your skin care.

  • Why Better Sleep Can Mean Better Skin

    Sleeping Woman

    Sleep is vital for allowing the body to repair and renew itself. And the impact of sleep on our skin is no exception. Our bodies produce proteins while we sleep to restore and repair skin damage occurring from UV light exposure, stress, pollutants and other age-accelerating factors we deal with daily.

    While many adults find it increasingly difficult to maintain healthy sleep habits, the fact remains that getting the recommended seven to eight hours of sleep is essential for great skin. Here are a few ideas for healthy habits that can benefit your sleep quality, and, in turn, positively impact the health of your skin.

    5 steps to a better night's sleep:

    1. Develop a sleep-wake schedule
      Going to bed and waking up at different times every day confuses the body and disrupts your routine. Determine the best sleep and wake time for your schedule, and try to create consistency in your sleeping pattern.
    2. Create a sleep-conducive environment
      A noisy, crowded bedroom creates stress that disrupts your sleep. Clean up the clutter, hang light-blocking blinds or drapes and get rid of anything that makes noises during the night, such as a loudly ticking clock (or incoming emails on your cell phone).
    3. Establish a pre-bedtime routine
      Adopt a soothing, pre-bedtime routine that tells your body and mind it's almost time for sleep. Take a bath or sip a cup of your favorite decaffeinated tea while reading a book. Avoid stimulating activities like TV or computer time. Boost the effects of sleep on your skin with an age-defying night cream (like this one from Jurlique) before bed to help you wake up with fresher, younger-looking skin.
    4. Nix the nightcap
      Forgo drinking alcohol right before bed. A recent article in the Huffington Post talks about the ways alcohol can be devastating to your complexion, especially right before bed. A nightcap can also lead to wakefulness in the middle of the night, reducing sleep quality.
    5. Plan for bouts of sleeplessness
      Don't feel discouraged if there are nights when you still can't sleep. Avoid turning on the television, and opt for soothing music or a book. Resist the urge to look at the clock as it fuels the fire of sleeplessness.

    Healthy sleep habits are developed in a similar way to other healthy lifestyle changes. Be patient as you make changes, and realize that new habits take at least six weeks to become a natural part of your routine. As you endeavor to follow through on your new sleep routine, you'll reap the benefits of younger, healthier skin due to cell regeneration—and enjoy the added bonus of an increase in energy!

  • Scrub Free Exfoliation: 7 Tips to Shed Flaky Skin

    Young caucasian woman receiving a head massagePhysical exfoliators are one means of getting rid of dry top layers of skin, but friction can actually strip the skin of natural moisture, meaning exfoliation through scrubbing isn’t always the best option. While occasional buffing can prove useful in removing dead skin, don't forget about other forms of exfoliation to take the dead skin off and restore your skin’s natural shine.

    Don't overdo it

    Scrubs and exfoliants that contain harsh abrasives can leave skin red and tender. Opt for a gentler product such as John Masters' Jojoba & Ginseng Exfoliating Face Cleanser, which contains jojoba beads that exfoliate without scratching and irritating the skin's surface.

    Keep hydrated

    The most powerful part of your skin care regimen starts on the inside. When you're not adequately hydrated, it can affect everything from your energy levels to the appearance of your skin. Doctors say that on average, you should get at least six to eight glasses of water a day, or more in a dehydrating environment like the dry winter air. If you're suffering from a winter cold or flu, make sure to drink more water to keep hydrated and recover quicker.

    Take a nice, warm (not hot) shower

    Hot showers feel glorious in the cold winter months. But, water that is too hot can strip your skin of moisture and leave your skin dry and flaky. Turn your shower temperature down to warm to maintain more of your skin's natural hydration.

    Exfoliate without scrubbing

    Exfoliators like MyChelle's Incredible Pumpkin Peel contain natural fruit acids that remove dry, dead skin without irritation. Any time you use a fruit acid peel, do a patch test first; some people are sensitive to these products. Always follow up with moisturizer to nourish your skin.

    Use gentle skin products

    Deep cleansers can feel good, but if you're naturally prone to dry skin, lighter, gentler cleansers are actually a better choice. Dry skin is typically more delicate and prone to damage, and “heavy duty” cleansers can strip your skin of vital protective oils that are already in short supply. Weleda's Gentle Cleansing Milk is a great cleanser that helps preserve natural moisture and strengthen skin. Make sure to use an alcohol-free toner after cleansing, since alcohol can trigger a dry, painful reaction.

    Invest in a skin cleansing system

    Traditional methods of cleansing can still leave dirt and residue on your skin. Skin cleansing systems such as those from Clarisonic gently remove makeup, dry skin and other impurities. Sonic technology allows Clarisonic to more deeply penetrate the skin, remove more than six times the amount of makeup than a washcloth, and can minimize the appearance of pores. A quality cleansing system will help your skin retain elasticity, and look and feel silky and smooth.

    Find a winter moisturizer

    A high-quality moisturizer should be a part of your skin care regimen year-round, but is extra important in winter conditions. And don’t forget, the best moisturizer for you isn't necessarily the most expensive one—you may need to experiment before finding the right moisturizer for your skin.

    By adjusting your skin care regimen to fit the season and the current state of your skin, you can kiss dry, flaky skin goodbye, and enjoy a fresher and younger-looking you!

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