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  • Wedding Beauty Countdown: 6 Months to Perfect Skin, Hair & Nails

    WeddingCouple’ve got the venue, photographer and dress all set, but don’t forget that glowing skin and shiny hair need advance planning, too. With wedding season just months away, here’s what to get started on now to get ready the big day.

    6 months: Get your hair and nails in shape

    Now’s the time to be sure your diet supports healthy hair and nails. Foods rich in protein, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D and zinc are key to fortifying the hair follicle, which leads to healthier hair. Salmon, nuts, legumes and yogurt are especially helpful, and biotin, a B vitamin found in peanuts and almonds, helps nails grow strong, too. For an extra boost, supplement your diet with Enzymatic Therapy’s Biotin Forte with Zinc and Pharmaca’s Omega-3 Clinical Strength Fish Oil.

    3 months: Shine the spotlight on skin

    Camera-ready skin needs to be smooth and glowing. This is the time to faithfully follow an exfoliation and moisturizing routine. Treat oily skin with a gentle exfoliator like evanhealy’s Lemongrass Facial Polish that deep cleans pores and reduces excess sebum and inflammation.

    Follow up with evanhealy’s Lemon Thyme Facial Tonic Hydrosol and Light Moisture Replenishing Fluid to balance and soften skin. Dry or mature skin can improve with weekly brightening treatments like Sanitas’ Pumpkin Enzyme Mask. This mask exfoliates with fresh organic pumpkin and moisturizes with powerful hyaluronic acid and squalane.

    It’s also a good time to experiment with self-tanning lotion so you can execute an expert sun-kissed look on the wedding day. The key to a streak-free finish? Gentle exfoliation before application of a self tanner. Try Weleda’s Birch Body Scrub to polish skin with natural plant wax pearls, then apply jane iredale’s Tantasia Self Tanner for natural-looking color (and no smelly self tanner scent!).

    1 month: Make those makeup decisions

    Makeup experts like the estheticians at Pharmaca can help you choose the right products for a natural, picture-perfect look. Makeup primers, for example, can keep you shine free and extend the life of your makeup. Jane iredale’s Absence Oil Control Primer is a colorless base that prevents oiliness and your makeup from changing color throughout the day. For creaseless eye shadow, blend jane iredale’s Lid Primer in Canvas or their Eye Gloss in Pink Silk over the entire lid before applying eye shadow.

    And don’t forget to shape your brows! Get help from an esthetician at Pharmaca, or read more about strategies for creating the perfect arch.

    1 week: Put together your emergency kit

    Having a kit with your essentials nearby can ease some wedding day stress from last-minute snafus or makeup problems. Facial powder, concealer, lip gloss, deodorant, floss, an energy bar, safety pins and a mini sewing kit are all good ideas. Pack them all in a cute bag like Danica’s Ephemera Linen Cosmetic Bag. These bags are thoughtful gifts for your bridesmaids, too!

    1 day: Pamper

    Feeling a little jittery? Calming lavender to the rescue! Treat yourself to a relaxing bath with Pharmaca’s Lavender Bath Salts, or a luxurious hair treatment with John Masters’ Lavender & Avocado Intensive Conditioner. A pampering way to put you in just the right mood.

    Wedding Day: Relax and enjoy the fruits of your preparation. Congrats!

  • 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 especially after sweating, bathing or toweling off. And don’t be fooled by high SPFs—even SPF 50 and higher needs to be reapplied on the same schedule.

    Look for a broad-spectrum mineral sunscreen. Turn to the Environmental Working Group’s Guide to Sunscreens for recommendations on sun care that protects against UVA and UVB rays without unsafe chemicals. On their list this year: sport sunscreens from Badger and Alba, Andalou Naturals’ Beauty Balms and Supergoop’s Lip Balms (along with many other Pharmaca favorites!).

    Double up with moisture and/or coverage. An easy way to get extra protection—choose a moisturizer or mineral makeup that already has SPF protection, like Juice Beauty’s Tinted Moisturizers or jane iredale’s mineral foundations.

    Supplement your skin

    If you’ve played by the rules and still get sunburnt, you now have to contend with the free radicals that are produced by sun exposure—those same free radicals that can speed the aging process and cause oxidative stress.

    Upping your antioxidant intake right after a burn can help quench the free radical damage, says Julie McGinnis, dietician at our south Boulder store. “Drink green tea, eat vitamin c-rich fruits and veggies and add anti-inflammatory turmeric to meals,” she says. For an extra antioxidant boost, try New Chapter’s Supercritical Antioxidants or Pharmaca’s Alpha Lipoic Acid. And if you’re feeling pain with the burn, other anti-inflammatories like bromelain or New Chapter’s Zyflamend can help calm the stinging.

    Self tan!

    Don’t feel like you have miss out on a great summer glow just because you’re applying sunscreen. Natural self-tanners are chock full of skin-nourishing ingredients that produce a healthy looking tan that lasts for days. First steps? Shaving and exfoliating skin to ensure even coverage, says Beth Walker Elwood, esthetician in downtown Boulder. Then, she says, apply in a circular motion to reduce the risk of streaks. “Doing it subtly is the way to go,” says Beth, who even recommends adding a bit to your body lotion for a more gradual build up. She loves Tantasia from jane iredale, a non-sticky self-tanning lotion with a great citrus scent.

    Another way to get that sun kissed glow: Dr. Hauschka’s Translucent Bronze Concentrate, a liquid that’s easy to add to your facial moisturizer for extra rosy cheeks or an allover bronzed look.

    Speak with a Pharmaca esthetician about ways the best ways to protect and support your skin this summer.

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