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!

  • 5 Best Lotions for Men to Fight Winter Dryness

    Father and SonIt's important to protect skin during dry winter weather...for women and men alike! Have no fear men, skin TLC can be as easy as knowing what the best lotions are best for your skin type.

    Here's a look at five of our favorite lotions for men to fight wintertime dryness:

    1. For Dry Skin…

    In the winter months, cold wind can lead to painful chapping of the skin. Nourishing Lucky Tiger's Face Moisturizer is specifically designed to help heal dry, irritated skin. Its specialized formula of certified organic shea butter, green tea, sage leaf, vitamin E and borage oil helps boost hydration while nourishing and rejuvenating troubled skin.

    2. For Sensitive Skin…

    Applying lotion that contains artificial perfume or alcohol can often exacerbate dry, flaky skin. Award-winning, all-natural Bulldog Moisturizer is packed with eight essential oils as well as green tea, green algae and vitamin E to naturally aid male skin in the fight against dry skin and irritation.

    3. For Sun Protection…

    Just because the days are shorter doesn't mean the sun’s harmful rays aren't still penetrating through the clouds. Using sun protection is just as important in the summer as it is in winter, which is why we love Every Man Jack's Face Lotion. This SPF 15 lotion won’t feel greasy, but will heal dry, irritated skin while protecting your face from UVB and UVA rays of the sun.

    4. For Kissable Lips…

    If we’re giving our skin TLC, look no further than Kiss My Face! And speaking of “kiss,” don’t forget about your lips this winter! Kiss My Face's Sport Lip Balm offers long-lasting relief from chapped lips. Made of all organic ingredients, the spearmint essential oil gives your mouth that extra zing, while providing SPF 30 protection from the sun.

    5. For Preventing Razor Burn…

    Razor burn isn’t just unsightly, it’s also uncomfortable. Weleda's After Shave Balm is made of organic jojoba seed oil and biodynamic aloe and myrrh, which helps soothe razor burn while healing small cuts. Applying this quality product immediately after shaving will make facing the bitter cold that much more bearable.

    Keeping your skin moist is the key to keeping it healthy. And even though this is more difficult in the wintertime, it's not impossible. Just invest in a quality, all-natural lotion specifically designed for men.

  • Pharmaca favorites among Delicious Living's 2012 Beauty & Body Awards

    Delicious Living Magazine just announced their 2012 Beauty & Body Award Winners. No surprise that many Pharmaca favorites made the cut. Here’s what they had to say about a few of our own.

    Breakthrough Company: Andalou Naturals
    “…sophisticated, surprisingly affordable…featuring plant stem cells and other science-backed bioactives like probiotics, enzymes, and super fruits.” Andalou Naturals is new to Pharmaca in the last year, and customers are already raving about its innovative ingredients and efficacy. And don’t forget: Andalou’s facial care is on sale at Pharmaca, now through February 28!

    Industry Influencer: Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps
    “After 60 years, household name Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps is among the most vocal organic-personal care advocates...” We love that they pack their multi-purpose soaps with Fair Trade and organic ingredients--making them a perfect, travel-ready way to carry shampoo, soap and face wash in one bottle.

    Best Splurge: MyChelle Dermaceuticals Supreme Polypeptide Cream
    “…Armed with a new antiwrinkle peptide, this even more reparative formula applies with the same smooth consistency.” Fellow Colorado company MyChelle continues to innovate with their specialized, plant-based ingredients.

    Best Classic Product: Weleda Skin Food

    “Natural beauty devotees still crave Skin Food for severely dry skin…” And Pharmaca Team Members swear by its ultra-moisturizing properties! Tip: Massage a small amount around the nose area when you’re sick to prevent chapping (when you just can’t get around blowing your nose).

    Best Oral Care: VitaCare

    “This new, inventive line of oral care products had us smiling wide from the get-go with its toothpaste, mouthwash, and yummy whitening gum….” Find VitaCare oral health care products on sale now at!

    Best Body & Hand Skin Care: Desert Essence Tropical Coconut Hand & Body Lotion
    “…pairs coconut oil and extract with other skin-softening plant-based ingredients like shea butter, jojoba, and vitamin E...and a large bottle costs less than $10.” Moisture and the feel of the tropics: the perfect winter pick-me-up.

    Best Sun Care: Badger SPF 30+ Unscented Sunscreen
    “…has a pleasant texture and offers mineral-based UVA and UVB protection...” Pharmaca practitioners recommend it for its broad-spectrum protection and good value.

    Tell us: What Pharmaca products are among your beauty and body care all stars?

  • 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)

  • 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, we've taken the guesswork out of finding personal care products that are good for you and your family. Sprinkled throughout the store you'll find signs like this one, where we talk about ingredients we love--and ingredients to stay away from. In most cases, you'll find it hard to find the ingredients to avoid, since we put such an emphasis on quality and safety within our product selection.

    Look for these signs the next time you're searching for a new personal care product. Then tell us: What ingredients do YOU love?

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