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  • Healthy Winter Skin Strategies

    Happy woman outside in winterAh, winter. Season of hot cocoa, warm scarves...and dry skin! But it's not just the skin on our face that can suffer during the season of indoor heat—our feet, hands and lips can also experience extra dryness. Here are a few tips for smoothing, hydrating, sloughing and softening every little part of you.

    First, let's start with the basic rules for staying hydrated during the winter: Drink plenty of water, run the humidifier often and up your intake of omega fatty acids through diet or supplementation. "I recommend fish oil year round, but particularly in the winter because of its healing properties," says Tammara Denninger, esthetician at our new Greenwood Village store. "And I make sure my fish oil has omega-7 in it, which is especially good at feeding and protecting skin."

    So how do we tackle individual dry skin problem areas?


    "People think during winter you don't need sunscreen," says Tammara, "but it's important year round." She recommends Sanitas' Solar Block SPF 30, filled with sun-blocking minerals and hyaluronic acid, which helps bind moisture to the skin. She adds that Solar Block is great for all skin types, from extra dry to skin that's prone to breakouts. And, of course, don't forget about a daily moisturizer that's good for your specific skin type.


    In the height of cold and flu season, it's good to wash your hands frequently. But using hot water—which we have a tendency to do when worried about germs—can strip natural moisture from our hands. Tammara recommends keeping water temperatures to warm, and applying a hydrating cream right afterwards. "I like keeping evanhealy's Whipped Shea Butter with Olive Leaf on hand for extra moisture—hands, lips, heels, everything!" says Tammara. "It's really hydrating, healing and protecting during the winter."


    "I've been really hooked on Pacifica's Color Quench Lip Tint," says Tammara. "It provides a really natural color, but its base ingredient is coconut oil, so it's also really hydrating." And don't forget to apply sun protection to lips as well (try Supergoop's SPF 30+ Lip Balms), since winter sun can do serious damage to the delicate skin.


    Make sure you're exfoliating regularly with a foot file, then slather on a cream infused with shea butter, since that's especially good for the cracked and dry skin you sometimes find on heels and toes--find it in Nubian Heritage's Raw Shea Butter Body Butter.

    Get help nourishing your winter skin from a Pharmaca practitioner.

  • 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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