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  • Your Skin: Three Anti-Aging Strategies

    Keep your skin fresh and glowing throughout the coming years! We spoke with Janet Nelson, esthetician at our Oakland store, about three powerful ways to keep aging skin on the DL.

    Essential fatty acids are key to healthy, moisturized skin, says Janet. One product in particular that’s great is Supercritical Omega-7 from New Chapter, which is good for hydrating the skin and the internal mucous membranes, which helps the entire body maintain a youthful feel.

    “I’m also a big fan of evening primrose oil, an essential fatty acid that’s great for dry skin—and psoriasis and eczema. It’s very hydrating, like all nutritional oils,” says Janet. (Try Evening Primrose Oil from Pharmaca or Barleans.)

    Finally, she recommends adding in Natural Factors’ BioSil. “It’s always nice to boost your collagen, but BioSil not only makes the skin look great—it also nourishes the hair and the nails.”

    Anti-aging serums have nourishing, protective properties that help fight the free radical damage that can speed the aging process. “They protect the skin through antioxidants like vitamin C or pomegranate,” says Janet. The more you can limit free radicals, the more you can keep the skin looking good.

    That’s why she turns to serums infused with a variety of vitamins and active botanicals. “Sanitas’ Vita C Serum is one of my favorites,” says Janet. She also likes the Desert Recovery Serum from Cowgirl. Both of these, she says, can be applied to clean skin and double as a moisturizer, since they’re also packed with essential fatty acids.

    A few things can help keep skin calm and glowy in the first place, says Janet, including hydration, maintaining low stress levels and regular exfoliation. “We have a new Lemongrass Facial Polish from evanhealy that’s amazing.” As a powder, you can add water—or one of evanhealy’s hydrosols for extra nourishment—until you get the right consistency. “You can feel it working as you’re massaging it into the skin.” Because it’s mild, it can be used 2-3 a week on normal skin. “When you put your serums over the top and mist with a hydrosol, you feel radiant.”

    “Of course, keeping a handle on the stress in one’s life makes the skin and the aging process even smoother,” says Janet. “So don’t forget your adaptogenic herbs!” And make sure you’re drinking enough water, especially in the summer months. She recommends raw coconut water as a wonderful way to get refreshed and rehydrated quickly.

    For more anti-aging strategies for your skin, speak with a Pharmaca esthetician today.

  • Your Body: A Well-Oiled Machine

    Want the dewy, glowy look of hydrated and nourished skin? Turn to these versatile oils, many of which can be used inside and out, to smooth, heal and repair skin--and keep it glowing for years to come.

    Sea Buckthorn Oil (Internal & External)

    Over the centuries many populations have used sea buckthorn for a variety of medicinal purposes, as it contains palmitoleic acid, an omega-7 fatty acid, along with potent antioxidants like carotenoids and phytosterols. (In Russia, sea buckthorn is clinically prescribed for inflammation, circulatory disorders and cellular regeneration, among other things.) "It's one of the hottest things right now," says Joan Shure, esthetician at our Pacific Palisades store. "And it can be beneficial topically for reducing stretch marks, too." Internally, try New Chapter's Supercritical Omega-7, or smooth on Weleda's Sea Buckthorn Body Oil externally.

    Fish Oil (Internal only)

    Experts agree that omega-3s are key to healthy, moisturized skin. They can help reduce inflammation (which can deprive the skin of nutrients), and are involved in the production of phospholipids and ceramides, which contribute to overall skin health and moisture. "The glow factor is really big with omegas," says Joan, adding that fish oil can help reduce wrinkles and boost elasticity. She likes fish oils from New Chapter and Nordic Naturals.

    Vitamin E Oil (Internal & External)

    You may not know it, but vitamin E is actually a powerful antioxidant that helps protect cell membranes and other fat-soluble parts of the body. Maybe that's why it's so helpful in healing scars and other skin damage. And since our bodies can't produce it, we have to get it through diet or supplementation. Pharmaca's Vitamin E capsules can be taken both internally, or broken open to apply topically.

    Tea Tree Oil (External only)
    Tea tree oil is a natural antiseptic and a cleansing agent that rebalances oiliness on the skin. Tea tree is a member of an extensive botanical family that releases powerful essential oils, and has long been used by Australian aborigines for its healing properties. "It's a great spot treatment for blemishes," says Erin Alden Velez, esthetician at our Sonoma store. But because it works as an antibacterial, Erin says, it can dry out your skin if you use it all over. So make sure you hydrate afterwards! Try Pharmaca's Tea Tree Oil.

    Coconut Oil (Internal & External)
    This tropical fruit is filled with medium-chain fatty acids such as lauric, capric and caprylic, all of which serve special health functions. It's ultra-hydrating when applied topically, and its antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties can help balance digestion--a key to good skin health--when taken internally. "You can use it in stir fries, bake with it, anywhere you'd use olive oil," says Joan. For topical use, Joan recommends applying it as a moisturizer right out of the shower, when your skin is still damp. Try Nature's Way's EFAGold Coconut Oil for either application.

    Argan oil (External only)
    Packed with essential fatty acids, this oil has long been valued in its native Morocco for its nutritive, cosmetic and numerous medicinal properties. Argan oil helps fight lines, repair imperfections, minimize scars and stretch marks, restore texture, elasticity and tone, and reduce inflammation. You can even massage Acure Organics Argan Oil into hair and scalp for balance and shine.

    Speak with a Pharmaca esthetician about other oils that can help keep your skin glowing.

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