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.

  • MyChelle: Pioneering Plant Stem Cells

    Plant stem cells are becoming an increasingly popular ingredient in skin care, as they are effective at helping our own skin cells regenerate (learn more about plant stem cells). MyChelle Dermaceuticals was one of the first in the natural market to introduce plant stem cell innovation, and three advanced formulas from MyChelle contain some of the most potent plant stem cell bioactive ingredients.

    Fabulous Eye Cream is an advanced eye cream now formulated with Edelweiss plant stem cells, which help reduce the visible signs of aging. The Edelweiss plant stem cells provide outstanding antioxidant activity and inhibit collagenase, thus limiting collagen degradation and loss of skin firmness. Also high in phytosterols, amino acids and polysaccharides, Fabulous Eye Cream is moisturizing and nutrient-rich, which helps rejuvenate and hydrate delicate eye tissue. Research shows that when applied twice daily for 20 days, Fabulous Eye Cream can reduce wrinkle depth by 15 percent.
    Apple Brightening Serum is a powerful serum with PhytoCellTec Apple fruit stem cells, Melanosatine 5, Algowhite and Applephenon, to effectively diminish hyperpigmentation caused by excessive sun exposure and age. PhytoCellTecTM has been shown to stimulate and protect human stem cells while reducing the depth of wrinkles through the promotion of skin regeneration. This plant stem cell is a key ingredient that can delay the biological aging mechanism.
    Capillary Calming Serum is a bioactive serum that soothes and relieves skin discomfort with the power of cutting-edge Gotu Kola Plant Stem Cells. This particular stem cell culture efficiently inhibits hyaluronidase production by up to 90 percent. Skin maintains healthy levels of hydration and elasticity while remaining firm and toned. Coupled with other incredible ingredients, this powerful formula also helps relieve redness, inflammation, and irritation.
  • About Juice Beauty's Organic Philosophy

    Karen Behnke, Founding Partner and CEO of Juice Beauty tells the story behind one of Pharmaca’s best-selling beauty brands!

    Coming into the beauty industry through my passion for eco-chic living and the healthy lifestyles industry has given me a unique perspective on the Beauty industry resulting in some innovative and amazing products.

    By the time I turned 40, I had been professionally and personally focused on fitness, wellness, nutrition and eco-living for almost 20 years, yet I didn't read an ingredient label on any personal care product until I became pregnant with my first child at age 40! At this point I really needed age-defying and blemish-clearing products, but I couldn’t find any powerful ingredients that were also healthful for me and for the environment.

    When I started researching and reading product labels, I was astounded to learn that, although the skin absorbs over 60 percent of what is placed on it, there were very few available healthy personal care products that worked well. I subsequently bought the name “Juice Beauty” and launched the company, with our first products entering Pharmaca in 2007. Alaina Thompson, who leads our business with Pharmaca, and the rest of our team was incredibly excited about partnering with Pharmaca because they were one of the few retailers that recognized and cared that we were one of the only brands that is authentically organic yet powerfully efficacious.

    The guiding principles behind the partnership were centered on Juice Beauty’s efficacy and our organic authenticity…..values that came through to our customers, which pushed Juice Beauty into its place as one of the top-selling brands at Pharmaca.

    Juice Beauty stays on the cutting edge with the three Core Truths that guide our product development:

    1. Clinically Validated Skincare Efficacy:  We strive to make products with the highest efficacy. Our clinically validated age-defying results for our Serums and Peels show a free-radical-scavenging reduction of up to 85 percent. Our new Stem Cellular products have shown an 88 percent reduction in fine lines and wrinkles. And our Blemish Clearing study participants showed a 94 percent marked improvement to complete clearing within four weeks.

    2. Authentically organic: Our antioxidant-packed organic juice base bringing our products’ total organic content up to 98 percent. Juice Beauty meets the rigorous guidelines of the USDA National Organic Program and the California Organic Products Act. To shed some light on this subject, let me review the various seals to guide you in your selection of products:

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) seal may be carried on products that have 95 to 100 percent organic ingredients (total organic content excluding water). Many Juice Beauty products fall within this category and carry the USDA Organic seal.


    JB Org SealCalifornia Organic Products Act: To use this seal, as Juice Beauty does on every product, the product must meet one of the most rigorous standards in the world. In the State of California, the California Organic Products Act of 2003 (COPA 2003) prohibits the retail sale of any cosmetic product labeled as "organic" unless that product meets the criteria of a minimum of 70 precent organic content excluding water (or fancy names for water!). Any product that does not meet COPA requirements cannot legally be sold in the State of California as "organic." The Department of Health Services has pulled many products from leading beauty companies because of false organic claims; (though DHS personnel are a bit busy, so you’ll still find many falsely labeled organic products on the shelves or “organic cosmetic seals” that really are just creative marketing.Note: If the first ingredient is water (or some fancy name for water, like rose water, hydrosol, or aqua), or if the first ingredient is not organic….these products generally have a total organic content of 10 percent or less.

    Other organic certifications:

    Eco-Cert standards are based on the EU regulatory definition of "organic" which requires that the total organic content total approximately 10 percent. Brands that are claiming to be “certified by EcoCert” do not meet the legal requirements for organic in the U.S.


    This certification was created in 2002 through a collaboration of about 10 laboratories that were paid by various cosmetics companies. To be certified, products must only contain natural (not organic) ingredients, so there is no assurance that they are pesticide-free or made sustainably.

    The Soil Association is a UK-based certifying body that awards its seal to products whose total contents are 70 percent certified organic and the remaining 30 percent is made up of non-toxic, plant-based, GMO-free ingredients which pose no known risk to health or the environment. This requirement is not regulated in North America.


    3.  Leave out any ingredient that could be deemed harmful. Juice Beauty gets powerful action from our organic fruit acids, fat-soluble vitamin C, fruit stem cells, CoQ10, Willow Bark and more. We are always working on reformulating as we find new and more effective ways to preserve and create efficacy.None of our products contain: (methyl, butyl or propyl) parabens, propylene or butylene glycols, petroleum, sulphates, PEGs, TEA, DEA, phthalates, GMO, silicones, pesticides, artificial dyes or fragrances.

    And finally, let me leave you with some general beauty tips. Use only high-efficacy organic beauty products and don’t strip your skin with chemical peels. Build your wellness and beauty foundation by drinking lots of water, eating healthful organic nutrition, practicing daily exercise, and including lots of love in your life!

    Karen Behnke is the Founding Partner of Juice Beauty and has been a successful serial wellness entrepreneur, marrying her passion for eco-wellness living with business goals for 30 years. Juice Beauty offers an assortment of Age Defying, Blemish Clearing and Daily Essentials regimens, each anchored by hero products including the Stem Cellular Repair Moisturizer, patented Green Apple Peel, Antioxidant Serum and SPF Tinted Moisturizers (full-spectrum, non-chemical sun protection). 

  • Juice Beauty's Powerful Stem Cellular Repair Treatments

    Karen Behnke, Founding Partner and CEO of Juice Beauty tells the story behind one of Pharmaca’s best-selling beauty brands!

    Look at these results from Juice Beauty’s new Stem Cellular Repair Moisturizer and Eye Treatment and their best-selling, patented Green Apple Peel:

    Before using Stem Cellular Repair After

    Juice Beauty has become known for its peels and serums--powerful products that work well and work quickly. The Green Apple Peel is Juice Beauty's number-one selling product, and was the first Juice Beauty product to receive a patent. (It really helped when several A-list celebrities discovered the Peel and mentioned it when interviewed in major magazines as the brighten, lighten, tighten wonder-drug.) The Green Apple Peel is a powerful hydroxy acid complex from organic malic, tartaric and citric acids that is one of the strongest, yet hydrating, peels on the market. The Peel produces a glowing, clear complexion and minimizes wrinkles, age and sun spots. Many brands have tried to copy Juice Beauty but have not achieved the results.

    Now, Juice Beauty is introducing two new products that provide the perfect union between high tech science and nature.With a proprietary blend of fruit stem cells to complement the authentically organic juice base, Stem Cellular Repair Moisturizer and Stem Cellular Repair Eye Treatment work at the cellular level to repair DNA damage and to increase cellular proliferation, resulting in fewer wrinkles and younger-looking skin.

    Three years in development, Juice Beauty’s scientists utilized a proprietary blend of fruit stem cells, fat-soluble vitamin C and a clinically validated resveratrol-rich organic juice base to produce the Moisturizer and Eye Treatment--providing emarkable results for customers interested in ultimate age defying technology. The Stem Cellular formulations are protected from environmental contamination with high tech airtight pump jars. The Stem Cellular Repair Eye Treatment’s applicator allows for a gentle massage to help stimulate circulation.

    Now, clinically validated studies show remarkable results in just 6 weeks:

    • 44% decrease in number of fine lines and wrinkles
    • 36% reduction in length and depth of lines and wrinkles
    • 88% reduction in appearance of lines and wrinkles
    • 88% improved skin tone & luminosity
    • 75% improved elasticity of the skin
    • 100% improved hydration


    Karen Behnke is the Founding Partner of Juice Beauty and has been a successful serial wellness entrepreneur, marrying her passion for eco-wellness living with business goals for 30 years. Juice Beauty offers an assortment of Age Defying, Blemish Clearing and Daily Essentials regimens, each anchored by hero products including the Stem Cellular Repair Moisturizer, patented Green Apple Peel, Antioxidant Serum and SPF Tinted Moisturizers (full-spectrum, non-chemical sun protection).
  • Nature's Best Medicine: Aloe Vera

    Sprout Along...


    If you've stayed out in the sun too long and gotten a sunburn, you've probably treated the burn with healing, soothing aloe vera. It comes from the aloe vera plant, and has been used to treat many skin and medical conditions. The Chinese refer to aloe vera as the "harmonious remedy," Russians have dubbed it the "elixir of  youth" and the Egyptians named it the "herb of immortality." Originating in North America, the aloe vera plant can now be found practically anywhere that has a warm climate. The active, healing ingredients in aloe vera include vitamins A, B, C and E, folic acid, calcium, selenium, zinc, magnesium and chromium.

    Because of all of these great ingredients, aloe vera has been successfully used to treat medical conditions such as the following:
    •    Sunburn
    •    Skin wounds
    •    Jaundice
    •    Acne
    •    Frostbite
    •    Constipation
    •    Fungal infections
    •    Insect bites
    •    Eczema

    This wonder plant has many other health benefits, including reducing the appearance of warts and rosacea, and helping those with the very painful medical condition known as shingles.

    Please consult your doctor or Pharmaca practitioner before using aloe vera, especially in very small children. People with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), appendicitis, diverticulitis, hemorrhoids or ulcers should also avoid aloe vera, as should pregnant woman (as aloe vera may cause premature uterine contractions and subsequent miscarriage).

  • Juice Beauty's Eco-Values

    If you think about the fact that more than 60 percent of what you place on your skin is absorbed into your body, doesn't it make sense to use the most pure, organic ingredients on your skin? And why wouldn't you use organic skincare if you knew it worked better than conventional products?

    1. Juice Beauty's mission is to provide clinically validated, authentically organic and pleasurable beauty solutions to people worldwide. That means not only putting the healthiest ingredients (that work!) on people's bodies, but also staying committed to eco values that focus on their products, environment and community.

    By committing to strong relationships with local farms, Juice Beauty can produce products that have not been shipped all over the world prior to making it to the shelves. And by buying ingredients sourced only from the west coast, they can visit their farms, and ensure they are complying with Juice Beauty's high organic standards.

    Juice Beauty's Product Values:

    1. CLINICALLY VALIDATED RESULTS: Juice Beauty achieves efficacy through cutting-edge organic technology. Juice Beauty's Age Defy products showed an 87% reduction in free radical skin damage and a 96% improvement in fine lines and wrinkles in 6 weeks. Our Blemish Clearing products showed 94% complete clearing within 4 weeks.
    2. AUTHENTICALLY ORGANIC: Juice Beauty sets a target standard that all its products should fall within a range of 80 - 98% total organic content. Products must meet the California Organic Products Actminimum of 70% total organic content (excluding water) by using a certified organic base and ingredients.
    3. POWERFUL ACTION WITHOUT: Products stay on the cutting edge of purity by excluding parabens, petroleum, butylene and propylene glycol, PEG, sodium lauryl sulfates, pesticides, phthalates, artificial dyes or synthetic fragrances. And they continue to focus on preservative improvement to remain a leader in clean products.
    4. QUALITY AROMAS: Delicious aromas are achieved from organic and natural essential oils--not synthetic fragrances.

    Juice Beauty's Environmental Values:

    1. BUY LOCAL: Juice Beauty buys the majority of their ingredients locally from the west coast.
    2. SUSTAINABLE & RECYCLED: They use only sustainably sourced and/or recycled paper for all supplies, which are then recycled again.
    3. SOLAR-POWERED & GLUTEN-FREE LABS: Juice Beauty manufactures the majority of their products using solar power, and all manufacturing is done in gluten-free labs.
    4. NO ANIMAL TESTING: Juice Beauty never conducts animal testing.

    Juice Beauty's Community Values:

    1. SUPPORT USDA CERTIFIED ORGANIC FARMERS: Maintain close relationships with ingredient suppliers.
    2. GIVE BACK. Juice Beauty currently donates a percentage of all profits to the following charities: San Francisco Breast Cancer Fund, The Organic Center, Teens Turning Green, Conservation International and the documentary Miss Representation.
  • Looking for a Natural Acne Remedy? Try a Green Smoothie

    Carrot, Celery, Spinach and Watercress Juice


    If you or someone you love has struggled with acne, you know how frustrating this skin condition can be. What's more, some of the prescription medications prescribed to treat acne come with dangerous side effects. Remember Accutane? Introduced in the early 1980s and pulled from the market in 2009, Accutane, a then highly-popular medication prescribed for the treatment of acne, was found to cause very serious side effects including birth defects, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and suicidal feelings.

    While there are still prescription medications available to treat acne, the side effects lead many to search for a more natural acne remedy. We found the perfect solution: A green smoothie that can help clear up acne and feed your skin the important nutrients it needs for optimal health.

    Green Smoothies as a Natural Remedy for Acne

    Green smoothies act as a natural acne remedy because they contain green leafy vegetables that are packed with the nutrients your body needs to cleanse and heal itself. Plus, blending these nutrients into a smoothie makes them easier for your body to absorb.

    These are the nutrients in the below green smoothie that act as natural acne remedies:

    • Chlorophyll: Helps eliminate toxins, improves cell metabolism and speeds healing
    • Sulfur: Balances body's pH, fights infection and reduces inflammation
    • Vitamin K: Improves skin tone, reduces acne scarring
    • Vitamin A: Rebuilds tissue

    Natural Acne Remedy Recipe

    1. Place 1 cup of your favorite green leafy vegetables in a blender (spinach, swiss chard and kale are easy to find)
    2. Add two cups of fresh or frozen fruit (berries, bananas, grapes and pineapples)
    3. Add enough water or juice to give the smoothie the thickness you desire, then blend until very smooth
    4. Pour and enjoy!

    Look for more greenfoods at Pharmaca to support your skin health, or speak to a practitioner about other great natural acne remedies.

  • What Does the "SPF" Number Really Mean?

    With summer in full swing and ski season fast approaching, you'll still find piles of sunscreen available at most pharmacies and grocery stores. Experts have been talking about the danger of sun exposure for decades now, and there certainly is an abundance of sun protection products on the market, all claiming to give you the sun protection you need. While you may know that SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor, what does the SPF number really mean? Does SPF 100 really protect you better than SPF 30?

    Here's how it works. SPF's are determined by testing artificial UV (ultra violet) radiation in a laboratory. Volunteers come to the lab and have their skin exposed to artificial sunlight to see how long it takes for their skin to burn. Then, sunscreen is applied to the volunteer's skin and he/she is again exposed to artificial UV radiation.

    The SPF is determined by dividing the amount of radiation required to burn with sunscreen by the amount required to burn without sunscreen. So the SPF number really is a standard for how long you can tolerate sun without burning. If you can withstand sun exposure for ten minutes without burning, then an SPF of 30 would allow you to spend 300 minutes in the sun before burning. An SPF of 15 would allow you to be able to withstand sun exposure for 150 minutes before burning. (Learn more about the FDA's new rules about labeling sunscreens, especially with regard to SPF claims.)

    Your sunscreen should protect your skin from dangerous UV rays, but it should also be safe. Take a look at our Pharmaca's entire line of natural sunscreen products and rest assured that we offer the safest, most effective sunscreens on the market.

  • Andalou Naturals: A Force of Nature

    Andalou Naturals embodies beauty in action. Their effective skin care, hair care and body care products are made thoughtfully and beautifully, blending Advanced Fruit Stem Cell Science with natural and fair-trade ingredients. All of Andalou's products feature a minimum 70 percent certified organic content for visible age-defying, brightening and clarifying results.

    So why fruit stem cells?
    Stem cells are present in small numbers in almost every tissue, including our skin. Epidermal stem cells work to renew older cells and repair skin tissue damage by dividing and regenerating new skin cells. But as we age, the number of stem cells decreases and the epidermis takes longer to renew, which instigates the formation ofwrinkles.

    Phytocelltec studies have shown that the use of fruit stem cells in topical products encourages the epidermal stem cells to divide, stimulating the production of proteins, carbohydrates and lipids to help renew firmness and elasticity, repair fine lines and wrinkles, and regenerate healthy cells for younger-looking skin.

    A force of nature
    Andalou Naturals' Advanced Fruit Stem Cell Science combines two important discoveries: Solar Vitis and Malus Domestica fruit stem cells. Together they work as "universal" cells that increase the longevity of skin's stem cells, defend against key aging factors (including UV and oxidative stress) and repair skin's DNA to combat the visible signs of aging.

    Together with the benefits of Andalou Naturals' BioActive 8 Berry Complex, each formula provides a potent portfolio of super antioxidants to combat environmental stressors, support cell turnover and strengthen dermal immunity. Top it off with Certified Organic Aloe Vera to soothe, oxygenate and replenish, and you've got the optimal dermal delivery system for the bioactive ingredients to renew, repair and regenerate healthy, vibrant skin.

  • Vitamin D and Skin Cancer: What's the Link?

    It seems as though vitamin d and skin have been getting lots of press lately and for good reason. Vitamin D is known to have a variety of health benefits. Here are a few:


    • Helps the intestine absorb nutrients such as calcium; good absorption of nutrients builds strong bones and a strong immune system.
    • Helps to prevent osteoporosis and arthritis
    • Regulates blood pressure
    • Relieves body aches
    • Helps fight depression
    • Reduces the chance for respiratory infections
    • Reduces wrinkles and makes skin soft and smooth
    • Provides a protective lining for blood vessels, thus improving cardiovascular function


    Now, we can add another health benefit of vitamin D to the list: it can reduce the risk of skin cancer in women by as much as 50 percent! Dr. Jean Tang, Assistant Professor of Dermatology at Stanford University School of Medicine, has been studying the link between vitamin D and skin cancer in women in a high-risk group: those who have had prior non-melanoma forms of skin cancer. Dr. Tang found that taking only 400 IUs (international units) of vitamin D daily could help prevent skin cancer. (Source)


    This is exciting news about vitamin d and skin cancer because, according to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S. In 2007 alone, more than 8,400 people died from melanomas of the skin.


    If you would like to learn more about the benefits of vitamin D supplements, ask your doctor or Pharmaca practitioner today.

  • ZuZu Luxe: Creating a simple summer look

    Our friends at ZuZu Luxe love to offer tips for creating unique looks using their makeup. And we love that their cosmetics blend soothing, all-natural ingredients such as spring water, herbs, vitamins and exotic essential oils with sophisticated, fresh colors.

    Here's a few simple steps to creating the perfect summer look for daytime:

    Start with a neutral tone color all over the lid.

     Casino for fair skin  Eternity for medium skin  Chameleon for dark skin

    For a thicker lash line, line the eyes with a Tobacco eyeliner (for all skin tones) and follow up with your favorite ZuZu Luxe mascara.

    Summer look for night:

    It’s all in the eyes (of the beholder)! A top summer trend is brightly colored eyes.

    To create this look, use the following ZuZu Luxe eyeshadows:

    Absinthe (olive green
    with gold shimmer)
    Angel (lavender purple
    with gold shimmer)
    Skylar (sky blue
    with platinum shimmer)

    Speak with a Pharmaca esthetician to find out more about what ZuZu Luxe cosmetics can do for your summer look! Plus, they're 20% off this month! (Sale prices valid through August 30, 2011)

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