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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.

  • Vegan Beauty: Why We Love What’s Not There

    Bottle with basics oil isolated on whiteNo matter what your eating philosophy, vegan skin and beauty products can be a great way to take care of yourself and protect animals. Here are a few reasons to explore vegan skin care and makeup.

    They're rigorously certified.
    Vegan products that earn the “Certified Vegan” label adhere to strict guidelines. The Vegan Awareness Foundation requires that companies guarantee a vegan product does not contain and is not manufactured with animal ingredients or animal by-products. This means no meat, fish, fowl, egg or milk ingredients, honey or royal jelly, silk proteins or dyes derived from insects.

    They're cruelty-free.
    Besides ensuring that no animal products are used in manufacturing, certified vegan beauty products guarantee that no animal testing is done on the product or on any ingredient in the product.

    There are excellent plant-based alternatives.
    With the high demand for effective, non-animal based ingredients, the skin care industry has responded with botanical substitutes that offer the same or better results. Here are some common animal-based ingredients to avoid, and their plant-based alternative. For an extensive list of ingredients to avoid, check out PETA’s recommendations.

    Animal: Allantoin (uric acid from cows)
    Plant: Comfrey – a moisturizer and skin protectant, used for treating skin wounds.

    Animal: Carmine (pigment from crushed insects)
    Plant: Beet root - a red dye used in lipsticks and blush

    Animal: Collagen (protein from animal tissue)
    Plant: Soy Protein – used in hair care products for body and strength

    Animal: Lanolin (oil glands from sheep)
    Plant: Coconut oil – a skin moisturizer

    Animal: Stearic Acid (from animal fats)
    Plant: Stearic Acid - this thickener makes products creamy, and can be either animal or plant based. Look for stearic acid found in shea or cocoa butter, or coconut oil, instead of generically labeled “stearic acid”.

    Animal: Keratin (protein from animal parts)
    Plant: Rosemary and nettle - found in shampoos and conditioners for volume and body

    They offer amazing results.
    Plant-based beauty products harness the natural power of botanicals. We asked esthetician Shayna Plunkett in La Jolla and Los Gatos health and beauty expert Katie Turturici about some of their favorite vegan brands.

    • Vegan Skin Care

    Evanhealy's Blue Lavender Cleansing Milk gets raves for its deep cleaning properties and its gentleness on sensitive skin. Kaolin clay detoxifies while rose, lavender and aloe calm the skin. And evanhealy's Whipped Shea Butter with Olive Leaf blends shea butter with nourishing olive and coconut oils to moisturize and revitalize skin. DeVita's Perfect Time Moisturizer with Argireline is a great moisturizer for aging skin. Its peptides boost collagen, reducing lines and wrinkles.

    • Vegan Hair Care

    Acure's Moisture Repairing Moroccan Argan Oil & Argan Stem Cell Shampoo gets high marks for moisturizing hair without weighing it down, leaving it extra silky and shiny. Giovanni's Nutrifix Hair Reconstructor saves chemically treated or damaged hair. Pure botanical oils like rosemary, thyme and chamomile combine with soy protein to repair the hair cuticle.

    • Vegan Cosmetics

    The ZuZu Luxe line is a favorite of estheticians and customers who love its vegan, gluten-free and paraben-free cosmetics. For a light, sheer foundation, try ZuZu Luxe's Foundation Dual Powder, a mineral-based powder with SPF protection and oil-absorbing power. ZuZu Luxe's Oil-Free Liquid Foundation provides medium coverage and its easily blendable formula comes in nine skin-matching shades.

    Vegan eye shadows, liners and mascaras come in a wide variety of colors to accent your peepers. Juice Beauty's Illuminating Eye Color in Champagne is the perfect pinky-beige for an easy everyday look. Pacifica's Smolder Eye Lining Gel in Midnight is a navy liner that makes the whites of your eyes appear brighter, neutralizing any redness. Or get full, dark and lush lashes with Pacifica's Stellar Gaze Length & Strength Mineral Mascara that conditions lashes with coconut oil and vitamin B.

  • Moisturizer Match Up: Finding the Best One for Your Skin Type

    Portrait of woman smiling, studio shotNothing beats a moisturizer for keeping our skin well hydrated. But moisturizers can serve a treatment too, if you choose the right one for your skin type, since key ingredients in moisturizers target specific conditions. Here’s what to look for.

    Dry, flaky skin
    Look for: hyaluronic acid, shea butter

    Dry skin needs a moisturizer that can be easily absorbed and offer serious hydration. Hyaluronic acid is a natural, powerful humectant (moisture-magnet) that binds water to the skin. Derma E’s Hydrating Night Creme with Hyaluronic Acid plumps and rehydrates skin overnight. Another potent moisturizer is unrefined shea butter, rich in fatty acids that keep skin soft and supple. Try evanhealy’s Whipped Shea Butter with Olive Leaf to soothe and re-moisturize extremely dry skin.

    Oily skin
    Look for: squalane

    Although it may seem like moisturizer is the last thing oily skin needs, just the opposite is true. Drying ingredients used in acne and oily skin products often make the skin produce even more oil to compensate for the oil loss it detects. Squalane, a naturally occurring lipid in plants, is a good remedy since it looks and feels like a light-weight oil, isn’t greasy and balances oil production. Sanitas’ Oil-Free Moisturizer contains squalane, is non-comedogenic (won’t cause breakouts) and leaves a non-shiny finish. Another one to look for: MyChelle’s Oil Free Grapefruit Cream, which combines squalane with sea buckthorn and rooibos extracts to help repair acne-damaged skin.

    Mature skin
    Look for: peptides, antioxidants

    Peptides are big news in the anti-aging arena, known for their ability to stimulate collagen production and decrease the look of wrinkles. Together with antioxidants, which combat free radicals that accelerate aging, these ingredients bring radiance to mature skin. Sanitas’ PeptiDerm Moisturizing Cream’s high concentration of peptides and antioxidants helps renew elasticity, reduce fine lines and intensely hydrate. MyChelle’s Supreme Polypeptide Cream offers a blend of natural botanicals and potent peptides that get rave reviews for giving skin a more youthful appearance.

    Sensitive or Irritated skin
    Look for: calendula, chamomile

    Skin that is easily irritated needs pure, calming ingredients. Calendula eases inflammation and chamomile soothes itchy skin (and relieves sunburn). Evanhealy’s Blue Chamomile Day Moisturizer blends chamomile with argan oil and elderberry flowers to gently hydrate and calm sensitive, allergic or inflamed skin. Jurlique’s Redness Rescue Soothing Moisturizing Cream uses chamomile, calendula and echinacea to restore optimal hydration levels and comfort irritated skin.

    Dark Spots or Discoloration
    Look for: citrus extracts, licorice extract

    Natural botanicals can work more safely and effectively than strong pharmaceutical drugs in lightening skin discoloration from aging or sun damage. Licorice slows melanin production and lightens dark spots. Unshiu citrus peel extracts (from tangerines and mandarin oranges) stops the enzyme that causes skin darkening. Find it and plum extracts as the effective lighteners in Jurlique’s Purely Bright Day Moisturizer. Licorice, vitamin C and bearberry extracts fade age spots and help even skin tone in Derma E’s Skin Lighten Natural Fade & Age Spot Cream.

    Talk to an esthetician at Pharmaca about your skin’s needs—and which moisturizer is right for you.

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