Skin Care & Beauty

Our Project Wellness blog isn’t just about wellness—it’s also a natural beauty blog chock full of natural beauty tips and remedies. From the best in mineral makeup tips to our favorite non-toxic skin care, Pharmaca wants to bring you the best of the natural beauty world. We’ll focus on some of the all-natural and organic beauty products that we carry and get advice from expert estheticians. We’ll also offer suggestions for natural beauty remedies that can give you fresher, younger-looking skin, natural beauty tips to spice up your makeup regimen and cutting-edge news about the latest and greatest natural beauty products. Let Project Wellness be your online source for natural health and beauty information!

Reserve your mini makeovers and facials now for Spa Day!

Reserve your mini makeovers and facials now for Spa Day!

It’s everyone’s favorite time of the year at Pharmaca–our Spa Day events start this week! While customers can always get skin care and makeup advice at Pharmaca, Spa Day events focus specifically on new products and trends in the health and beauty category. “Right now, with the summer months coming, is an especially good...

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New hope for naturally repelling bugs

New hope for naturally repelling bugs

A recent story on NPR profiled a new project being conducted by the CDC to find a natural, non-toxic bug repellant. The good news: Scientists are honing in on a chemical called nootkatone, basically a natural essential oil found in the Alaska yellow cedar trees and citrus fruit like grapefruit. Nootkatone apparently smells citrusy,...

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Reading your product labels

Reading your product labels

We were intrigued by a recent email from the Environmental Working Group about how to read labels on personal care products. Unfortunately they list out all the big offenders to stay away from (parabens, triclosan, fragrance), but don’t tell you what to actually look for when you’re buying those personal care products. At Pharmaca,...

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Help for those with dry, sensitive skin

Help for those with dry, sensitive skin

Here in Boulder, Colo., where Pharmaca has its headquarters, we revel in the mixed blessing of dry air. While it’s great to live without the humidity during the warm summers, at about this point in the season the dry air can lead to cracked, rough skin. That’s why a recent study in the journal...

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The shelflife of your cosmetics

February 24, 2011
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The shelflife of your cosmetics

We just found this fascinating article on Mother Nature Network that talks about how long you should keep everything from mascara to blush brushes. A few especially interesting points: Never keep mascara more than 6 months. (It’s a haven for bacteria.) Sharpen eye and lip pencils once a week to keep bacteria from building...

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Compact for Safe Cosmetics closing down

February 14, 2011
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You may have heard that the Compact for Safe Cosmetics, the coalition of skin care companies who have pledged to remove hazardous ingredients in their products, is being closed to new signers. The goal of the Compact, developed by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, was to improve the safety of cosmetics and skin care...

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Saving your winter skin

Saving your winter skin

With the chill of winter comes a tendency for our skin to get a little, well, flaky. We talked with Pam Martinie, esthetician and assistant manager at Pharmaca’s Seattle-Wallingford store about battling the dry skin blues. Step 1: Hydrate We all know water is vital to keeping skin hydrated, but here’s a special tip...

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5 Fast Facts About Red Yeast Rice

5 Fast Facts About Red Yeast Rice

1. When the yeast Monascus purpureus is cultured on rice, a series of compounds are created that slow the production of cholesterol in the liver. One of these compounds is the active ingredient used in the popular cholesterol medications called statins. 2. The use of red yeast rice in China was first documented in...

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5 Skin Care Ingredients You Need Now

5 Skin Care Ingredients You Need Now

You may know that peptides are pretty popular in skin care right now, but do you know why? What about alpha hydroxy acids? To get the scoop on the science of beautiful skin, we spoke with Ben Fuchs, pharmacist, formulator and founder of Sanitas Skincare. “If you get stranded on a desert island and...

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