Body Care

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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Our Beauty Favorites

Our Beauty Favorites

In honor of our winter Spa Day events, we talked to a few customers, practitioners and staff members about that one beauty, body or hair care item they just can’t live without. Here are a few favorites. “I love MyChelle’s Fabulous Eye Cream–it has plant stem cells and I have seen a decrease in...

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Essential Oil of the Month: Tea Tree

Essential Oil of the Month: Tea Tree

Tea tree oil can be found in almost everything these days. It’s taken from the leaves of Melaleuca alternifolia, native to the northeast coast of Australia, and has long been used by Australian aborigines for its healing properties. What it does Tea tree’s antibacterial and antiviral properties make it a healing tool for everything...

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Make your own bug spray

Make your own bug spray

While we love Pharmaca’s all-natural bug repellents (check out Badger’s Anti-Bug Balm or Quantum’s Buzz Away), we also like the idea of making our own insect repellent with a few of our favorite essential oils. According to an article in Whole Living, “Essential oils that have pungent, spicy, or woodsy odors repel insects by...

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High praise for mineral sunscreen

High praise for mineral sunscreen

The question just seems to keep coming up–how do I choose which sunscreen is right for me? Are there mineral sunscreens that won’t turn my skin white? In a recent article in Boulder’s Daily Camera newspaper, Camille Capone, an esthetician at our North Boulder store, helped suss out what’s best. “Mineral sunscreens actually create...

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