Facial Care

The great thing about all natural skin care is that it's not just about using natural beauty products—it's also about nourishing your skin from the inside. Project Wellness serves as a natural skin care blog that can help you decipher which products to use and how to feed your skin internally. We'll continue to fill the blog with natural skin care tips, from cleansing rituals to hydration to the latest and greatest product ingredients. In one easy spot, you'll find information about natural skin care that draws from clinical research and the expertise of our estheticians, including information about natural sun protection and natural makeup looks that are perfect for every woman.

  • Why We’re Sweet on Honey

    HoneyOur love affair with honey started thousands of years ago. What time has taught us is that besides being one of the finest natural sweeteners, honey has amazing health benefits that can improve our skin, fight infections and reduce inflammation. Here’s the scoop on the sweet stuff.

    Honey's health benefits
    Honey’s natural components make it an effective antioxidant, antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory agent. Studies show it contains a high level of polyphenols and flavonoids, powerful antioxidants that are also found in cocoa, berries and tea. It neutralizes disease-causing bacteria with a protein called defensin-1, and small amounts of hydrogen peroxide (really!). Honey is effective against viruses too, especially the virus that cause shingles and chickenpox. Adding to its superhero status is honey’s apalbumin 1 protein, which helps reduce inflammation.

    All honeys are not the same
    While all honeys may be sweet, the type of plant or tree nectar collected makes a difference in the taste and healing properties of the honey. For example, dandelion honey is rich in vitamins A and K, and beechwood honey is a good prebiotic, full of minerals including zinc, copper and magnesium. (Try Wedderspoon's Gold Organic Raw Dandelion Honey or their Organic Raw Beechwood Honey.)

    Manuka. A super honey.
    There’s been a big buzz (sorry!) lately on honey that comes from bees who get their nectar from New Zealand's manuka trees. Manuka honey has all the same health benefits as other honeys, but with a bonus: It’s high in methylglyoxal (MG), a natural antibacterial compound, which makes it a powerful treatment for wounds, stomach troubles and a variety of infections. The higher the MG concentration the more powerful the antibiotic effect. Flora's Manuka Health New Zealand MGO 550+ Manuka Honey Blend and Wedderspoon's Premium Raw Manuka Honey Active 16+ are two of the most potent. Try a tablespoon mixed with warm water for a healthy boost.

    Honey's skin-saving properties
    Cleopatra had the right idea with her legendary milk and honey baths—the special healing properties of honey make it a great treatment for skin. Honey is a natural humectant, drawing moisture to the skin, keeping it soft and supple. And honey’s antibacterial nature purifies the skin surface, making it particularly useful in treating acne. A few honey-infused skin care products to try:

    For an easy do-it-yourself facial mask, try mixing equal parts raw honey with yogurt (or coconut oil) and avocado to ease dry skin. Wedderspoon's Manuka Honey On the Go packets are just the right size to whip up a quick mask!

    What's your favorite healthy way to use honey?

  • Vegan Beauty: Why We Love What’s Not There

    Bottle with basics oil isolated on whiteNo matter what your eating philosophy, vegan skin and beauty products can be a great way to take care of yourself and protect animals. Here are a few reasons to explore vegan skin care and makeup.

    They're rigorously certified.
    Vegan products that earn the “Certified Vegan” label adhere to strict guidelines. The Vegan Awareness Foundation requires that companies guarantee a vegan product does not contain and is not manufactured with animal ingredients or animal by-products. This means no meat, fish, fowl, egg or milk ingredients, honey or royal jelly, silk proteins or dyes derived from insects.

    They're cruelty-free.
    Besides ensuring that no animal products are used in manufacturing, certified vegan beauty products guarantee that no animal testing is done on the product or on any ingredient in the product.

    There are excellent plant-based alternatives.
    With the high demand for effective, non-animal based ingredients, the skin care industry has responded with botanical substitutes that offer the same or better results. Here are some common animal-based ingredients to avoid, and their plant-based alternative. For an extensive list of ingredients to avoid, check out PETA’s recommendations.

    Animal: Allantoin (uric acid from cows)
    Plant: Comfrey – a moisturizer and skin protectant, used for treating skin wounds.

    Animal: Carmine (pigment from crushed insects)
    Plant: Beet root - a red dye used in lipsticks and blush

    Animal: Collagen (protein from animal tissue)
    Plant: Soy Protein – used in hair care products for body and strength

    Animal: Lanolin (oil glands from sheep)
    Plant: Coconut oil – a skin moisturizer

    Animal: Stearic Acid (from animal fats)
    Plant: Stearic Acid - this thickener makes products creamy, and can be either animal or plant based. Look for stearic acid found in shea or cocoa butter, or coconut oil, instead of generically labeled “stearic acid”.

    Animal: Keratin (protein from animal parts)
    Plant: Rosemary and nettle - found in shampoos and conditioners for volume and body

    They offer amazing results.
    Plant-based beauty products harness the natural power of botanicals. We asked esthetician Shayna Plunkett in La Jolla and Los Gatos health and beauty expert Katie Turturici about some of their favorite vegan brands.

    • Vegan Skin Care

    Evanhealy's Blue Lavender Cleansing Milk gets raves for its deep cleaning properties and its gentleness on sensitive skin. Kaolin clay detoxifies while rose, lavender and aloe calm the skin. And evanhealy's Whipped Shea Butter with Olive Leaf blends shea butter with nourishing olive and coconut oils to moisturize and revitalize skin. DeVita's Perfect Time Moisturizer with Argireline is a great moisturizer for aging skin. Its peptides boost collagen, reducing lines and wrinkles.

    • Vegan Hair Care

    Acure's Moisture Repairing Moroccan Argan Oil & Argan Stem Cell Shampoo gets high marks for moisturizing hair without weighing it down, leaving it extra silky and shiny. Giovanni's Nutrifix Hair Reconstructor saves chemically treated or damaged hair. Pure botanical oils like rosemary, thyme and chamomile combine with soy protein to repair the hair cuticle.

    • Vegan Cosmetics

    The ZuZu Luxe line is a favorite of estheticians and customers who love its vegan, gluten-free and paraben-free cosmetics. For a light, sheer foundation, try ZuZu Luxe's Foundation Dual Powder, a mineral-based powder with SPF protection and oil-absorbing power. ZuZu Luxe's Oil-Free Liquid Foundation provides medium coverage and its easily blendable formula comes in nine skin-matching shades.

    Vegan eye shadows, liners and mascaras come in a wide variety of colors to accent your peepers. Juice Beauty's Illuminating Eye Color in Champagne is the perfect pinky-beige for an easy everyday look. Pacifica's Smolder Eye Lining Gel in Midnight is a navy liner that makes the whites of your eyes appear brighter, neutralizing any redness. Or get full, dark and lush lashes with Pacifica's Stellar Gaze Length & Strength Mineral Mascara that conditions lashes with coconut oil and vitamin B.

  • Vitamin C: Skin Care Superhero

    PrettySkinWhat can banish wrinkles, make dark spots disappear, save you from the sun, and keep skin healthy (and pretty)? It’s vitamin C to the rescue! Of course, vitamin C is good for us when we get it through food or supplements, but it works 20 times better on skin problems when applied topically. Here’s why it should be in your beauty arsenal.

    It attacks free radicals.

    Free radicals from pollution, smoke or ultraviolet light damage healthy cells and can even change their DNA, causing mutations and disease. Antioxidants, like vitamin C, neutralize these damaging free radicals. While vitamin C is naturally present in our skin, ultraviolet light from the sun significantly reduces the amount; you can boost its antioxidant benefits by applying vitamin C topically. Cowgirl’s Extreme C Serum is packed with vitamin C and other powerful antioxidants like vitamin D3, elderberry extract and sea buckthorn.

    It makes brown spots fade away.

    As we age, accumulated years of sun exposure can cause dark or brown spots, from skin-coloring melanin, to appear. Vitamin C significantly lightens these spots and prevents the formation of new ones, and is a safer alternative to the skin-lightening agent hydroquinone, which has been shown to have questionable side effects. Jurlique’s Purely Bright Spot Treatment blends natural vitamin C with kakadu plum and citrus unshui peel extracts to create a super skin lightener, brightener and spot remover.

    It diminishes wrinkles and lines.

    Vitamin C increases collagen production in our skin cells, so it can plump up skin and make it appear firmer and less wrinkled. Sanitas’ Vita C Serum has high levels of concentrated vitamin C, boosting collagen to fill in lines and wrinkles and increase skin elasticity.

    It boosts sun protection.

    Although vitamin C doesn’t act as a sun block in itself, it does help protect the skin against UV damage from the sun. Vitamin C can reduce the number of sunburned cells and help extend the time before skin burns, especially in combination with vitamin E. Slather on Sanitas’ Vitamin C Lotion before applying sunscreen.

    Use it wisely.

    Reap all the benefits of vitamin C by following a few tips.

    • Get the right concentration. The amount of vitamin C in a product should be at least 10 percent; 15-20 percent is even better. The highest concentrations might cause mild dryness or redness on sensitive skin, so speak to an esthetician about what’s right for you.
    • Store it correctly. Vitamin C deteriorates easily in sunlight or heat, so be sure your container is dark or opaque, and keep it in a cool place.
    • Use it every day. Pure vitamin C doesn’t last long when exposed to air or light, so use it up! It works best when a light layer is applied to skin daily.
  • 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.

  • Treatment Masks: Fast Facial Fixes

    LongArmsEver 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 treatment.

    Maximize moisture
    Condition: Dryness

    Travel, winter weather, even hormonal changes can make skin feel parched and tight. Look for masks that use moisturizers known for their ability to draw water to the outer layer of skin. Hyaluronic acid, found naturally in our skin, is a good choice. It holds 1,000 times its weight in water, and when applied in a skin care product, boosts skin’s water content and binds moisture to the skin. Try Derma E’s Hydrating Mask with Hyaluronic Acid, which combines hyaluronic acid with jojoba oil, a natural botanical oil most similar to our skin’s own sebum.

    Condition: Blocked pores, acne

    Clay-based masks are a great solution for acne-prone or congested skin. They draw toxins out of your pores and work as an astringent to deeply clean, exfoliate and heal skin. John Masters’ Moroccan Clay Purifying Mask uses pure clay to absorb impurities, and aloe and lavender to soothe inflamed skin. DeVita’s Italian Tomato Leaf Mud Masque combines three types of natural clays and lycopene from tomato plants to deep clean pores and increase healthy circulation.

    Plump it up
    Condition: Wrinkles and fine lines

    Mature skin needs a mask that can moisturize as well as help restore skin’s elasticity and firmness. Nurturing products that boost collagen production are the way to go. Natural botanicals like kudzu root and beech tree root extracts help strengthen skin and stimulate collagen production to fill in fine lines. Jurlique’s Purely Age-Defying Firming Treatment Mask uses these natural plants extracts plus vitamin C to renew skin.

    No more flakes
    Condition: Rough, flaky skin

    Botanical enzymes are excellent exfoliators for uneven or rough skin. These enzymes work by breaking down the proteins in dead surface skin cells, revealing smooth, healthy skin. Sanitas’ Pumpkin Enzyme Mask uses fresh pumpkin to remove flakes and unclog pores, and moisture-magnet hyaluronic acid to rehydrate skin.

    Seeing red?
    Condition: irritation, redness

    Inflamed skin needs extra tenderness and calming agents. Look for botanical soothers like calendula and arnica, and cooling agents like aloe. MyChelle’s Pure Harmony Mask and Dr. Hauschka’s Soothing Mask are customer favorites for reducing redness and treating sensitive skin.

    Don't stop there

    If you love what a mask can do for your face, try a body mask, which can bring the same benefits to the rest of your skin. Smoothing, moisturizing and renewing body masks are a spa-like luxury worth trying. To help ease aches and warm the body, try SpaRitual’s Affirming Scrub Masque, which blends micro-algae with ginger root. For a total body detox, try SpaRitual’s Instinctual Clay Masque with red clay and deep sea mud that remineralize the skin and free it of impurities.

  • 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!

  • Moisturizer Match Up: Finding the Best One for Your Skin Type

    Portrait of woman smiling, studio shotNothing beats a moisturizer for keeping our skin well hydrated. But moisturizers can serve a treatment too, if you choose the right one for your skin type, since key ingredients in moisturizers target specific conditions. Here’s what to look for.

    Dry, flaky skin
    Look for: hyaluronic acid, shea butter

    Dry skin needs a moisturizer that can be easily absorbed and offer serious hydration. Hyaluronic acid is a natural, powerful humectant (moisture-magnet) that binds water to the skin. Derma E’s Hydrating Night Creme with Hyaluronic Acid plumps and rehydrates skin overnight. Another potent moisturizer is unrefined shea butter, rich in fatty acids that keep skin soft and supple. Try evanhealy’s Whipped Shea Butter with Olive Leaf to soothe and re-moisturize extremely dry skin.

    Oily skin
    Look for: squalane

    Although it may seem like moisturizer is the last thing oily skin needs, just the opposite is true. Drying ingredients used in acne and oily skin products often make the skin produce even more oil to compensate for the oil loss it detects. Squalane, a naturally occurring lipid in plants, is a good remedy since it looks and feels like a light-weight oil, isn’t greasy and balances oil production. Sanitas’ Oil-Free Moisturizer contains squalane, is non-comedogenic (won’t cause breakouts) and leaves a non-shiny finish. Another one to look for: MyChelle’s Oil Free Grapefruit Cream, which combines squalane with sea buckthorn and rooibos extracts to help repair acne-damaged skin.

    Mature skin
    Look for: peptides, antioxidants

    Peptides are big news in the anti-aging arena, known for their ability to stimulate collagen production and decrease the look of wrinkles. Together with antioxidants, which combat free radicals that accelerate aging, these ingredients bring radiance to mature skin. Sanitas’ PeptiDerm Moisturizing Cream’s high concentration of peptides and antioxidants helps renew elasticity, reduce fine lines and intensely hydrate. MyChelle’s Supreme Polypeptide Cream offers a blend of natural botanicals and potent peptides that get rave reviews for giving skin a more youthful appearance.

    Sensitive or Irritated skin
    Look for: calendula, chamomile

    Skin that is easily irritated needs pure, calming ingredients. Calendula eases inflammation and chamomile soothes itchy skin (and relieves sunburn). Evanhealy’s Blue Chamomile Day Moisturizer blends chamomile with argan oil and elderberry flowers to gently hydrate and calm sensitive, allergic or inflamed skin. Jurlique’s Redness Rescue Soothing Moisturizing Cream uses chamomile, calendula and echinacea to restore optimal hydration levels and comfort irritated skin.

    Dark Spots or Discoloration
    Look for: citrus extracts, licorice extract

    Natural botanicals can work more safely and effectively than strong pharmaceutical drugs in lightening skin discoloration from aging or sun damage. Licorice slows melanin production and lightens dark spots. Unshiu citrus peel extracts (from tangerines and mandarin oranges) stops the enzyme that causes skin darkening. Find it and plum extracts as the effective lighteners in Jurlique’s Purely Bright Day Moisturizer. Licorice, vitamin C and bearberry extracts fade age spots and help even skin tone in Derma E’s Skin Lighten Natural Fade & Age Spot Cream.

    Talk to an esthetician at Pharmaca about your skin’s needs—and which moisturizer is right for you.

  • 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!

  • 5 Winter Shaving Tips for Men with Sensitive Skin

    Man ShavingA windy, wintry day is no place for a razor-burned face! Keep your cheeks safe by following these tips for a better shave and a better day.

    1. Forget ordinary shaving cream
      If you shave with a disposable razor, it's important to use a quality shaving cream while doing the deed--and men with sensitive skin need a little something more. That's where a specialty moisture shaving cream or gel comes into play. Hypo-allergenic and fragrance free, Giovanni's Moisturizing Shave Cream in Sensitive features jojoba and aloe vera to soothe sensitive skin.
    2. Use a quality moisturizer
      Winter weather takes its toll on the skin, making it more susceptible to nicks and cuts while shaving. Applying a daily lotion such as Lucky Tiger Men's Face Moisturizer will help provide skin protection. As a 2-in-1 post-shave balm/lotion, this favorite will also help soothe razor burn and redness.
    3. Don’t shave dry
      Make sure your facial hair is thoroughly wet before shaving, as hair tends to absorb a large percentage of water's volume. Showering before shaving is optimal, but if you don’t have time for that, rinse your face and apply a warm towel for a few minutes prior to shaving. Dry shaving or applying shave products to a dry face is the fastest way to redness and razor burn.  
    4. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure
      As we already noted, razor burn occurs when your skin is irritated while shaving. Some simple ways to prevent razor burn are using quality products and sharp razors. Make sure you rinsing the blade between strokes, and shave against the hair growth for a smoother shave.
    5. Go electric
      If your skin is still giving you problems and you've followed all of the above tips and suggestions, it might just be best to use an electric razor in the winter months. Many of today's electric razors provide as close of a shave as disposable razors and are easy on the face.
  • Four of Our Favorite BB and CC Creams Among EWG’s Top Picks

    AgingWe just love it when we can spot a great product that harnesses the power of natural ingredients to make your skin look and feel great! It’s part of Pharmaca’s commitment to being your trusted editor when it comes to clean skin and beauty care products.

    Many of the brands we carry have come out with BB and CC creams in the last few years as a simple way to get moisture, sun protection and coverage all in one simple tube (learn more about the ABCs of these multitaskers).

    Because of this emerging trend, the Environmental Working Group recently rated many of the BB and CC Creams on the market today for their safety and efficacy. Among the top 10? Four popular products from our favorite brands:

    Researchers at the EWG added that BB and CC Creams are a better, safer bet anyway, since you’re combining the function of three products into one. So take comfort in nourishing your skin with moisturizing, sun-protecting, coverage-providing multitaskers from Pharmaca!

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