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!

Sun Care: Team Member-Approved!

Sun Care: Team Member-Approved!

With so many sunscreens out there, it can be hard to know what’s best for you. Here, Pharmaca Team Members put our sunscreens to the test—from days at the pool to long bike rides. Read more about the sun care they’re loving. I’ve been very happy with Juice Beauty’s Tinted Moisturizer. The slight tint...

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Beautiful Brows: Pointers from the Pros

July 5, 2013
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Beautiful Brows: Pointers from the Pros

Thick, bushy, pencil-thin. Arched or straight. The fashion-questionable “unibrow” (thanks, Anthony Davis and Frida Kahlo). Eyebrows can make a fashion statement. This season, beauty editors tell us that flat, bold brows are in. But unless your plans include a walk down the runway, makeup professionals recommend choosing a natural brow shape that complements your features....

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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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The Three Ss of Good Sun Care

The Three Ss of Good Sun Care

Slather on the SPFs Before your next trip to the beach—or even before an afternoon in the backyard—brush up on the hows and whats of sun protection. Reapply often. Experts recommend applying a full ounce of sunscreen (about the size of a shot glass) to skin before sun exposure. Reapply every few hours, and...

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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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Brush Up! Tools & Tips for Flawless Makeup

May 16, 2013
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Brush Up! Tools & Tips for Flawless Makeup

“Great cheekbones.” “Beautiful eyes.”  When you notice someone’s best features, you’re probably not thinking about the makeup brushes behind the beauty. But according to pro makeup artists, the secret to enhancing your assets is well-applied, well-blended makeup. And the strategy is in using the right brush for the task. Form & function Pharmaca’s new...

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Acne: Triggers, Taboos & Treatments

May 14, 2013
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Acne: Triggers, Taboos & Treatments

A pimple is a pimple no matter if you’re male or female, 15 or 55, vegan or full-on omnivore. The root cause of pimples is the same: too much sebum (oil) production, layers of dead skin cells, plugged hair follicles and thriving bacteria. Triggers So what triggers these breakouts? It’s often a mix of...

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Get a Fresh New Look with ZuZu Luxe

Get a Fresh New Look with ZuZu Luxe

If your calendar is filling up with events and parties, now is the time to find a fresh, new look for the season. Jean Silva, the National Sales Manager for Gabriel Cosmetics and ZuZu Luxe, helped enlighten us on what beauty trends are hot now. What tips and tricks do you have for prepping...

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How SPFs are Calculated

How SPFs are Calculated

If you’ve ever wondered exactly how those SPF numbers are calculated on your sunscreen, you’ve got some sunburnt volunteers to thank. SPF manufacturers test their products’ sun protection factor by slathering it on volunteers, at a rate of 2 mg of sunscreen per square centimeter of skin, and then blast them with UV rays...

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Thick, Bouncy, Fresh and Shiny: Hair Care 101

April 30, 2013
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Thick, Bouncy, Fresh and Shiny: Hair Care 101

Hair not living up to its full potential? Pharmaca’s got solutions—including hair care treatments chock full of natural botanicals, oils and herbs that deliver targeted solutions. Lisa Sawabini, esthetician and beauty product expert in Portland, walks us through some of the finest fixes. Thinning hair Thin hair can become noticeably fuller, and new hair...

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