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  • Protect Tender Skin in Cool Weather: Natural Baby Products That Work!

    Cuddles from her daugherYour baby's soft, perfect skin is extra sensitive, so take care to give it extra protection as the cold weather settles in for winter. Natural baby products like lotions, moisturizers and bath washes can help protect your infant's skin using only the safest, most effective ingredients—ingredients you can feel good about!

    Natural Ingredients that Protect Tender Skin in Cool Weather

    Shea Butter
    Vitamin A-packed shea butter is derived from the seed of the African Shea tree and is known for nourishing properties and ability to treat skin allergies, insect bites, sunburns and a number of other skin conditions. Shea butter absorbs rapidly into the skin, boosting the soothing and healing properties of a skin care product like body lotion. Look for it in Burt's Bees Baby Bee Nourishing Lotion and help protect and heal baby’s skin during the harsh winter months.

    Coconut Oil
    It seems like coconut is everywhere these days—and with good reason! Research suggests that among the many benefits of almighty coconut oil is its ability to serve as an antiviral and antibacterial agent that can even help fight off diaper rash, which is quite common in infants. Fast-absorbing coconut oil will help keep your baby's skin moisturized and protected, and is safe to use with cloth diapers. Don’t be surprised the first time you use coconut oil; this natural oil actually begins as a solid, quickly melting into a soothing liquid as you smooth it onto your baby's skin. Look for it from brands such as Nature's Way or Jarrow Formulas.

    Not only are the proteins in oatmeal a tasty way to start your day, they can also soothe skin from the itchy and painful effects of eczema or diaper rash. Dry skin often has a high pH level, and oats have the ability to neutralize the pH level, providing relief from dry skin irritation. With colloidal oatmeal as a main ingredient, Babo Botanicals' Moisturizing Baby Lotion is a wonderful product to nourish and soothe sensitive baby skin.

    In addition to using natural baby products, there are a variety of other ways to ensure that your baby's skin does not get too dry during the cold winter season. Avoid bathing your baby every day, as daily baths can make skin problems worse. Always wash your baby's new clothes in a gentle detergent before wearing. Opt to use wet wash cloths as baby wipes rather than pre-packaged wipes, which can contain ingredients that irritate sensitive skin.

    Give your baby the gift of soft, moisturized skin this winter with these natural strategies and products!

  • Facing Up to the Facts About Aging

    Crow’s feet and laugh lines starting to appear? As we add years to our life, the building blocks of strong skin and bones start to weaken, betraying our age. We talked with esthetician Carolyn Racke at Pharmaca in San Francisco about keeping your skin looking younger with proper nutrition and prevention.

    Issue: Weakening cartilage and bones
    Just like the rest of the skeleton, the bones and cartilage in the face can lose mass and density, changing bone structure and your appearance. As you might expect, Carolyn recommends a strong dose of calcium. “For women, it’s especially important to be taking a multivitamin that includes a good amount of calcium,” she says, recommending New Chapter Every Woman’s One Daily.

    “I actually recommend having your doctor do a bone density scan,” says Carolyn. “A lot of women who think they’re healthy actually have weak bones.” If that’s the case, make sure you’re supplementing with additional calcium. (Check your store events page to find out if bone density scans are available at your Pharmaca.)

    Issue: Collagen and elastin breaking down
    Collagen begins to diminish rapidly after the age of 30 (1 percent per year, says Carolyn), which creates a loss of firmness and elasticity. “Our cells don’t turn over as quickly, which leads to wrinkles,” says Carolyn. She recommends Natural Factors BioSil, a great internal addition that can help generate collagen, elastin and keratin, and helps strengthen bones and joints.

    Sun exposure also can speed up the break down of collagen. “One of the most important things is to protect your skin from the sun,” says Carolyn. Even in the winter months, make sure you’re adding a sunblock into your daily routine. A Pharmaca favorite--Jurlique Sun Lotion SPF 30.

    Issue: Fat loses volume and structure
    Our faces may be the one place where we’d rather not lose fat. As fat cells lose plumpness and structure, they can shift and sag. While it may not be possible to stop this process, you may be able to slow it with essential fatty acids from fish oil or evening primrose oil. “Evening primrose is also good for balancing your hormones, which can aid in other skin issues,” says Carolyn.

    For more advice about keeping your skin looking younger, longer, speak with a Pharmaca practitioner today.

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