Tag Archives: wrinkles

  • 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.

  • A Solution for Every Skin Problem

    From breakouts to skin discolorations, Pharmaca has a natural, effective solution for every one of your skin concerns. Here, our estheticians recommend their favorites.

    Astara’s Blue Flame Purifying Treatment
    is a really wonderful product. It’s got salicylic acid, Tottara tree essence, witch hazel and tea tree oil that work together to kill bacteria. It works really well as a spot treatment, and even works for women who have hormonal or stress-related breakouts.
    -Margie Gonzales, Menlo Park

    I recommend the Sanitas Skin Light Gentle, which contains high concentrations of vitamin C and kojic acid to speed cell renewal—the discolored skin will slowly fade and new skin will show through. It also contains a small amount of hydroquinone, which can be prescribed in higher doses by a dermatologist to lighten skin. I also like Jurlique’s new Purely Bright line, which contains a powerful concentration of Kakadu Plum, the world's richest natural fruit source of vitamin C.
    -Lisa Sawabini, Portland

    Our herbalists recommend Quantum’s Scar Reducing Herbal Cream. One of the main ingredients is odorless onion extract, found in a lot of physician-recommended scar treatments, but with vitamin E and 14 other herbs for healing. It’s always best to use immediately after the wound heals, but it may even help later, since it can help heal stretch marks and calluses. We’ve been getting fabulous customer feedback on this for years!
    -Dana Garced, La Jolla

    Dry Skin
    Many skin issues need to be addressed internally, so if someone said they have dry skin, I’d want to make sure they’re taking omega-3s internally and getting lots of fruits and veggies in their diet.

    On the skin, I like Sanitas’ Topical C since it firms the skin, repairs elasticity and can help reduce free radical damage from the sun. I also love anything with hyaluronic acid—it’s a humectant that binds the moisture from the environment to the skin. Even people with oily skin say it helps balance their oil production. Derma E offers a Hyaluronic Acid Crème for day use and a more concentrated formula for the evening.
    -Victoria Haket, Menlo Park

    If you’re looking to treat wrinkles under your eyes, I like the Sanitas PeptiDerm Eye Treatment. Many people see a difference in just a few weeks! Other treatments are meant to prevent wrinkles, but this is actually supposed to reverse the damage that’s already been done. Peptides work on wrinkles in other areas of the skin, too.
    -Catherine Navarro, Brentwood, Calif.  

    Dark circles
    I love the new Cowgirl Extreme Eye Cream—it’s kind of an all-purpose eye treatment for hydration, fine lines, dark circles and puffiness. It’s got collagen-boosting peptides, as well as a shot of vitamins A and C to help keep your eyes looking healthy and bright!
    -Sara A., Seattle - Madison Park

    Get a personalized recommendation for your skin concerns when you speak with a Pharmaca esthetician.

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