Body Care

Biodynamic Beauty Basics

March 2, 2015
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Happy mother

We check skin care labels for parabens, sulfates, synthetic dyes and fragrances. But how often do we check the quality of the active ingredients themselves? If you choose products with biodynamically farmed botanicals you can rest assured they’re organic, grown in harmony with nature and of the highest potency. Why biodynamic ingredients are better...

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Natural Eczema Relief

February 2, 2015
By
Playful

Science has yet to figure out the exact cause of eczema, a chronic skin condition, but those who experience it know there are variety of things that can set it off—causing red, inflamed, crusty or itchy patches. Children are especially prone; about 10-15 percent of babies will have symptoms. Heat and stress can trigger...

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Healing Waters: 5 Ideas for Restorative Baths

December 12, 2014
By
WaterLegs

Sometimes the simplest remedies—the ones that have worked for centuries—are the best. The ancient practice of “taking the waters,” what we now call hydrotherapy, works on two levels: The warm water provides a continuous heat source to our bodies, and gently massages as it circulates. And the addition of therapeutic salts, minerals and botanical...

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Healthy Winter Skin Strategies

Happy woman outside in winter

Ah, winter. Season of hot cocoa, warm scarves…and dry skin! But it’s not just the skin on our face that can suffer during the season of indoor heat—our feet, hands and lips can also experience extra dryness. Here are a few tips for smoothing, hydrating, sloughing and softening every little part of you. First,...

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Treatment Masks: Fast Facial Fixes

February 23, 2014
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Treatment Masks: Fast Facial Fixes

Ever feel like no matter what you do, your skin just won’t cooperate? Maybe a cleanser and moisturizer just aren’t enough to fight dryness, redness, breakouts or other skin problems. The good news is that there are a variety of masks that are formulated for specific skin problems. Here’s how to choose the right...

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What is African Black Soap?

We’re abuzz here at Pharmaca about this new soap that’s can help treat eczema, acne, psoriasis and other skin conditions. “I have had several co-workers approach me about this great new thing called African black soap,” says Tiana Ukleja, manager of Pharmaca’s beauty category. That’s when she started looking into Nubian Heritage, a brand...

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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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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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Your Body: A Well-Oiled Machine

Your Body: A Well-Oiled Machine

Want the dewy, glowy look of hydrated and nourished skin? Turn to these versatile oils, many of which can be used inside and out, to smooth, heal and repair skin–and keep it glowing for years to come. Sea Buckthorn Oil (Internal & External) Over the centuries many populations have used sea buckthorn for a...

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Buyer’s Guide: Lip Balms

Buyer’s Guide: Lip Balms

Navigating the world of personal care ingredients can be confusing—how do you know what’s really natural and non-toxic? We’re starting a new series on Project Wellness that focuses on common beauty and body care products, including which ingredients to look for, and which to stay away from. Tis the season for dry, chapped lips,...

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