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.

  • 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)

  • 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 from acne to sunburn to infections. As such, tea tree oil can be a valuable addition to a summer first aid kit.

    Bonus use
    Tea tree can be an effective household cleaner—simply combine 2 teaspoons oil to 2 cups of water in a spray bottle.

    Ways to use it

    • Add to unscented body care (e.g. lotion, shampoo or conditioner) to increase their effectiveness. Tea-tree infused shampoo can even help combat dandruff and head lice.
    • Apply to blemishes several times a day (with a cotton swab) to speed healing
    • Add a few drops to a bowl of steaming water and inhale to promote respiratory clearing. Can also be added to a vaporizer or to a hot bath.

    Interesting tidbit
    Bees that feed on flowers of the Manuka bush, a close relative of the tea tree plant, produce Manuka honey, also known for its antibacterial properties.

  • 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 masking our natural scent." They offer up this recipe for a DIY repellent,  perfect for mixing in one of our My Own Blend bottles:

    5 drops patchouli essential oil
    2 ounces of witch hazel
    8-10 drops of cedarwood essential oil

    Apply frequently on clothes (don't spray on face). Enjoy the outdoors!

    Read more at Wholeliving.com: Bugs-Be-Gone Spray Recipe
  • 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 a seal on the skin that reflects the sun," Camille said. That means less absorption, better reflection and, unlike chemical sunscreens, you don't have to apply them 30 minutes before being in the sun. She loves Badger Sunscreen, SPF 30.

    The Environmental Working Group has long been preaching about the safety and effectiveness of mineral sunscreens, and the article cites new nanotechnologies that are making minerals lighter and more invisible on the skin.

    So don't be daunted by the white skin--if you haven't tried a mineral sunscreen yet, stop in to Pharmaca to speak with an esthetician about the latest and greatest in mineral sun protection.

  • Do you know Jurlique? Indulge now...and take 20% off!

    Jurlique has been perfecting plant-based skin care for more than 25 years. Based in Australia, Jurlique has always placed an emphasis on connecting with the earth and hand-crafting specialized formulas from nature’s most perfect ingredients. From biodynamically farmed herbs and flowers—grown on their own 153-acre farm—to Australian superfruits, nothing but the best ingredients go in each Jurlique product.

    And, in the month of July you can save 20% on Jurlique’s entire line of skin care, both in our stores and online! This rare event is the perfect time to try their Herbal Recovery line, a cult classic that customers love for its potent blend of age-defying antioxidants and precious plant oils.

    Here at the Pharmaca office, we’re addicted to their Rose Hand Cream, an ultra-rich smoothing cream that makes your hands softer than you could ever dream (try all four amazing scents with this Hand Cream sampler—perfect for gift-giving).

    We also love their Calendula Cream, a practitioner-recommended treatment that’s ideal for soothing wind- and sunburnt skin, especially good during the summer. The Calendula Cream also packs in macadamia and avocado oils, aloe vera and herbs specially selected for their healing and toning properties.

    If you haven’t discovered the utter luxury of Jurlique yet, take advantage of our July sale to treat yourself to something wonderful. Read more about the Jurlique story...

  • Product Spotlight: Dr. Hauschka

    If you've never tried this luxurious German line of skin care, you should know that it's one of Pharmaca's top-sellers. Hauschka offers the best in botanical ingredients in everything from shampoos to hand creams to cosmetics.

    The majority of ingredients in Dr. Hauschka's products are grown either biodynamically or organically, and all with a great deal of thought and consideration for the earth's natural growing processes. Their ingredient philosophy is a perfect fit on Pharmaca's beauty shelves.

    Dr. Hauschka skin care has been available in the US since 1972, and its popularity has grown as people have discovered the simple efficacy of their products. People love the Dr. Hauschka Cleansing Cream, especially great when followed by another customer favorite, the Rose Day Cream. Hauschka even offers homeopathic remedies to create a complete wellness regimen for your skin and body.

    Because it's one of our best-sellers, Pharmaca offers a lot of great sales on the whole Dr. Hauschka line. This month? The entire line is 20% off. Check back for different Gift with Purchase offers, too—they're the perfect way to discover Hauschka!

    Already love Hauschka? Write a review of your favorite product and tell us why!

  • FDA announces new sunscreen labeling rules

    The Food & Drug Administration revised its 33-year-old rules on sunscreen labeling this week, mandating that sunscreens protect against both UVA and UVB radiation before they can be labeled "broad spectrum."

    The new regulations also state that only sunblocks with an SPF rating of 15 or higher can claim that they help prevent sunburn or skin cancer. Finally, sunscreens can no longer be labeled waterproof or sweatproof, and instead will need to state the minutes for which the product is "water-resistant."

    A New York Times article about the new rules explained that the FDA is also undertaking further testing of the safety of current sunscreen ingredients and seeking further comment about the necessity and efficacy of SPFs over 50.

    Want more important information about the dos and don'ts of sunscreen? Join our Practice Safe Sun Campaign on Facebook.

  • New reasons to keep your sunblock natural

    According to a new article in Women’s Health magazine, some common ingredients found in chemical sunscreens could be not only dangerous to your skin, but also to the bodies of water you’re swimming in.

    “Twenty thousand tons of sunscreen wash off swimmers, divers, and surfers into the oceans every year, eventually affecting marine life, according to a 2008 study published in Environmental Health Perspectives,” says the article.

    The offending chemicals? Octinoxate, oxybenzone, parabens, or camphor derivatives, commonly found in sunscreens, can kill hard corals, eventually disrupting the biodiversity of the ecosystems in which they live. If you want to steer clear of these chems (for coral's sake!), Women’s Health recommends Alba’s Mineral Sunblock, a Pharmaca favorite.

    Other interesting tidbits from the article:

    Replace your sunblock often. While most products are made to last up to three years, if they’re baking in the sun or in a hot car, there’s a good chance they’ve lost some efficacy. Our estheticians often recommend replacing your sun care every year no matter what.

    Certain nutrition can actually increase your natural sun protection. The article cites a study in the British Journal of Dermatology that researched the power of the antioxidant lycopene (found in fruits like watermelon and tomatoes).  Women whose diet included 16 mg of lycopene every day for 12 weeks showed a reduction in the damage created by UVA and UVB rays. So keep eating your fruits and veggies--and keep slathering on that good sunblock.

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