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  • A Solution for Every Skin Problem

    From breakouts to skin discolorations, Pharmaca has a natural, effective solution for every one of your skin concerns. Here, our estheticians recommend their favorites.

    Astara’s Blue Flame Purifying Treatment
    is a really wonderful product. It’s got salicylic acid, Tottara tree essence, witch hazel and tea tree oil that work together to kill bacteria. It works really well as a spot treatment, and even works for women who have hormonal or stress-related breakouts.
    -Margie Gonzales, Menlo Park

    I recommend the Sanitas Skin Light Gentle, which contains high concentrations of vitamin C and kojic acid to speed cell renewal—the discolored skin will slowly fade and new skin will show through. It also contains a small amount of hydroquinone, which can be prescribed in higher doses by a dermatologist to lighten skin. I also like Jurlique’s new Purely Bright line, which contains a powerful concentration of Kakadu Plum, the world's richest natural fruit source of vitamin C.
    -Lisa Sawabini, Portland

    Our herbalists recommend Quantum’s Scar Reducing Herbal Cream. One of the main ingredients is odorless onion extract, found in a lot of physician-recommended scar treatments, but with vitamin E and 14 other herbs for healing. It’s always best to use immediately after the wound heals, but it may even help later, since it can help heal stretch marks and calluses. We’ve been getting fabulous customer feedback on this for years!
    -Dana Garced, La Jolla

    Dry Skin
    Many skin issues need to be addressed internally, so if someone said they have dry skin, I’d want to make sure they’re taking omega-3s internally and getting lots of fruits and veggies in their diet.

    On the skin, I like Sanitas’ Topical C since it firms the skin, repairs elasticity and can help reduce free radical damage from the sun. I also love anything with hyaluronic acid—it’s a humectant that binds the moisture from the environment to the skin. Even people with oily skin say it helps balance their oil production. Derma E offers a Hyaluronic Acid Crème for day use and a more concentrated formula for the evening.
    -Victoria Haket, Menlo Park

    If you’re looking to treat wrinkles under your eyes, I like the Sanitas PeptiDerm Eye Treatment. Many people see a difference in just a few weeks! Other treatments are meant to prevent wrinkles, but this is actually supposed to reverse the damage that’s already been done. Peptides work on wrinkles in other areas of the skin, too.
    -Catherine Navarro, Brentwood, Calif.  

    Dark circles
    I love the new Cowgirl Extreme Eye Cream—it’s kind of an all-purpose eye treatment for hydration, fine lines, dark circles and puffiness. It’s got collagen-boosting peptides, as well as a shot of vitamins A and C to help keep your eyes looking healthy and bright!
    -Sara A., Seattle - Madison Park

    Get a personalized recommendation for your skin concerns when you speak with a Pharmaca esthetician.

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    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.

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    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.

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  • 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 from Pam: Drink an extra glass of room-temperature water right before bed. Even if it’s hard to get down 8 glasses throughout the day, Pam says, “make the most of the resting period at night, when cell repair is going on.”

    Step 2: Eat right
    Give your skin a fighting chance by adding in the good fats found in salmon, almonds and avocados, says Pam. And add a good dose of vitamin A—necessary for skin tissue repair—through leafy greens like chard and collard greens.

    Step 3: Nourish
    Supplement with an essential-fatty-acid rich fish oil to “lubricate skin from the inside out.” Pam likes Pharmax or Nordic Naturals fish oils. She also suggests adding a probiotic like Pharmax Maintenance to boost gut health, which is linked to the health of our skin.

    Step 4: Cleanse
    Counter-intuitive as it sounds, “jane iredale has this magic mitt that allows you to wash your face without cleanser,” says Pam. “If you’re extra sensitive to cleansers, use the magic mitt at night to keep skin supple and soft without stripping it.” If you can handle liquid cleansers, Pam recommends milky products like Dr. Hauschka Cleansing Milk or one of Primavera's Cream Cleansers. In addition, Pam suggests sloughing dead skin cells with a good scrub at least once a week. She likes Astara Daily Refining Scrub for its polishing effects.

    Step 5: Moisturize
    For the driest cases, Pam will suggest a serious moisture infusion with Dr. Hauschka Moisturizing Mask or Primavera Multi-Purpose Face Oil. “Wear that to bed once or twice a week to help the skin feel more balanced,” she says. For everyday use, try Jurlique Balancing Day Care Cream.

    To find the perfect solution for your winter skin problems, speak with a Pharmaca esthetician today.

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