PhaMix https://phamix.com Sunscreens, Skincare & More Fri, 23 Jun 2017 22:02:51 +0000 en-CA hourly 1 https://s3-ca-central-1.amazonaws.com/phamix.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/12134225/cropped-pharmacymix-favicon-01-125x125.png PhaMix https://phamix.com 32 32 Margarita Sunburn https://phamix.com/2017/06/margarita-sunburn/ Wed, 21 Jun 2017 17:56:22 +0000 https://phamix.com/?p=73545 If you’re planning to indulge in outdoor entertaining this summer, you’ll want to know about phytophotodermatitis, also known as the Margarita Sunburn. As innocuous as this popular citrus fruit drink sounds, its consumption can result in surprisingly serious chemical burns and rashes. Limes, lemons and other foods such as figs, celery and grapefruit, contain a... Read more »

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If you’re planning to indulge in outdoor entertaining this summer, you’ll want to know about phytophotodermatitis, also known as the Margarita Sunburn. As innocuous as this popular citrus fruit drink sounds, its consumption can result in surprisingly serious chemical burns and rashes. Limes, lemons and other foods such as figs, celery and grapefruit, contain a compound called psoralen, which when ingested, can result in severe sunburn and skin irritation upon exposure to UV light. Like some topical medications and oral drugs, the psoralen in lemons and limes can make the skin sun-sensitive. However, unlike medications, citrus fruit don’t come with a warning label.

Overindulging in margaritas and subsequent exposure to sunlight may result in a rash or red skin irritation that turns brown over time. Even individuals who are not imbibing can be susceptible to phytophotodermatitis. Bartenders, cooks, kitchen staff and chefs who regularly handle limes and lemons and then expose themselves to sunlight can be left with painful blisters and burns on their hands. The best way to avoid this chemical reaction is to wash hands well after handling foods that may cause a reaction to UV light. Gloves may also be a good idea if the combination of psoralen and sunlight are unavoidable. It goes without saying that the application of a good, broad spectrum sunscreen (like Anthelios sunscreens) is wise as well.

As with any burn, it’s best to treat it immediately. For less severe reactions, drinking fluids, a cool water bath and the application of aloe vera gel or a dedicated sunburn product can help soothe and moisturize the skin. For more serious cases that include blistering, peeling and fever, your best bet is to consult a professional who may prescribe topical antibiotic ointment and pain relievers for any swelling and inflammation.

On a side note, sipping on too many alcoholic margaritas can also impair your judgment of time and when to reapply your sunscreen! Call it a double whammy. It gives “enjoy responsibly” a whole new dimension.

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Prejuvenation And Your Skin https://phamix.com/2017/06/prejuvenation-and-your-skin/ Wed, 14 Jun 2017 17:56:39 +0000 https://phamix.com/?p=73420 Not long ago, we were asking ourselves when it was appropriate to start using anti-aging products. Now, it seems we have moved onto “prejuvenation”, a term which refers to undergoing cosmetic procedures like Botox and facial fillers before signs of aging appear on the skin. This trend which combines prevention and rejuvenation is particularly appealing... Read more »

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Not long ago, we were asking ourselves when it was appropriate to start using anti-aging products. Now, it seems we have moved onto “prejuvenation”, a term which refers to undergoing cosmetic procedures like Botox and facial fillers before signs of aging appear on the skin. This trend which combines prevention and rejuvenation is particularly appealing to younger women in their 20’s and early 30’s who are taking skin care to the next level.

Not happy to limit themselves to traditional topical treatments that are the cornerstone of any good anti-aging routine (sunscreen, antioxidants and retinoids), young millennials are not waiting for signs of aging to appear before going on the offensive. A survey by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery recently noted that the youth and celebrity-obsessed culture of young adults want immediate results with little or no downtime. A decided shift has occurred from “corrective” procedures to “preventive”.

With access to an endless stream of Instagram photos, young adults are bombarded with images that do the disservice of presenting an unattainable level of perfection. No longer are we as a society happy to age gracefully. In fact, many of us are unwilling to age at all.

Looking and feeling our best, taking steps to maintain a healthy body and feeling good about the skin we’re in are all honest and honorable goals. However, perpetually holding back the hands of time seems to be an unnaturally heavy burden to carry. Undergoing cosmetic procedures, along with the possible health risks and undeniable costs, is a personal choice. The pitfall is that the ageing process continues, even when we can’t see the signs on the face. And once you discontinue the treatments, you may notice that your skin will revert to its natural stage of ageing in a surprisingly short amount of time.

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Your Skin, a Stress Indicator https://phamix.com/2017/06/skin-stress-indicator/ https://phamix.com/2017/06/skin-stress-indicator/#respond Wed, 07 Jun 2017 17:07:56 +0000 http://blog.pharmacymix.com/?p=7200 You have probably observed that when life gets stressful, it shows in your skin. Depending on the strength of your immune system and genetic predispositions, major life changes as well as smaller but challenging incidents can trigger visible changes in your skin. Is your largest organ sending you a message about your stress levels? Stress... Read more »

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You have probably observed that when life gets stressful, it shows in your skin. Depending on the strength of your immune system and genetic predispositions, major life changes as well as smaller but challenging incidents can trigger visible changes in your skin. Is your largest organ sending you a message about your stress levels?

Stress is a natural, even essential, part of life, but sustained stressful experiences can have a negative effect on your well-being. Biologically, stress stimulates the immune system through regulatory hormones such as cortisol. Cortisol eases the impact of stress in the short term, but over time enhanced cortisol levels lead to premature aging. That’s because cortisol breaks down the collagen in your skin. Cortisol is also the reason why many people who experience skin dysfunctions such as eczema or psoriasis see flare-ups when stress levels are high.

Stress can set off hives as well. For those of us with higher than average levels of histamine in our system, stress can trigger an outbreak of these itchy, burning red bumps, episodes of which can recur for months on end.

Recognizing and addressing the signs of stress in your skin before they become detrimental to your well-being is important . Decreasing stress will not only show on your skin but will also reap benefits for your overall health.  Here are six ideas to help get you started:

  1. Eat mindfully. That means leafy greens, lean protein, and healthy fats. Get your blood tested for deficiencies if you feel out of balance but don’t know why. Your body will thank you for the immunity boost!
  2. Sleep. Maybe we’re starting to sound like your mother here, but have you been getting your beauty rest? Make a healthy night’s sleep your priority. Sleep-deprived skin often shows up as lackluster with dark shadows under the eyes and cold sores and inflammation. This includes acne breakouts and dermatitis.
  3. Stop smoking and limit or eliminate alcohol. Both have been shown to compromise your immune system as well as degrade the appearance of your skin. Smoking deprives the skin of oxygen while byproducts of tobacco in the body can precipitate the breakdown of collagen and elastin, leading to sagging and more wrinkled skin. Alcohol has a generally dehydrating effect on the body, including the skin.
  4. Take time out. Set an alarm for one or more periods a day to relax for a few minutes. Have a plan so you can look forward to your little break. If you have the opportunity, take a vacation. There’s plenty of anecdotal evidence that skin conditions like rosacea, acne, eczema and psoriasis are noticeably improved after a holiday.
  5. Stick like glue to your skin care regimen. When you let your routine fall by the wayside, not only are you depriving your skin of its prescribed care, but you are also missing out on those soothing rituals which offer structure and a sense of well-being. Believe it or not, during times of stress, sticking to a well-established routine gives you a sense of control when other things may seem to be in a state of turmoil.
  6. Exercise. Yoga, running, even walking the dog, all have direct stress-relieving benefits. Exercise and other physical activity produce endorphins, the body’s natural painkiller. The release of endorphins also leads to a boost in mood and feelings of well-being. It’s a natural way to feeling happier.

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10 Reasons to Love Reversa Skin Smoothing Body Lotion https://phamix.com/2017/05/10-reasons-to-love-reversa-skin-smoothing-body-lotion/ Wed, 31 May 2017 17:51:54 +0000 https://phamix.com/?p=73683 We think that Reversa’s Skin Smoothing Body Lotion with 10% glycolic acid doesn’t get enough love, and with summer coming up when we all tend to show a little bit more skin, it’s time to put this skin care product into regular rotation. Here are 10 reasons to love this multi-tasking body lotion: Contains 10%... Read more »

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We think that Reversa’s Skin Smoothing Body Lotion with 10% glycolic acid doesn’t get enough love, and with summer coming up when we all tend to show a little bit more skin, it’s time to put this skin care product into regular rotation.

Here are 10 reasons to love this multi-tasking body lotion:

  1. Contains 10% glycolic acid, the highest concentration allowed without a prescription from a dermatologist.
  2. Provides 24-hour hydration thanks to its moisturizing ingredients and emollients such as vitamin E, panthenol and glycerin.
  3. Prevents ingrown hairs on shaved legs by stimulating the exfoliation of dead skin cells on the surface that may cover and block pores.
  4. Has a fast absorbing formula.
  5. Is equally suitable for men and women as it contains no added fragrance.
  6. Extends pedicures and manicures by keeping feet and hands baby soft.
  7. Smoothes heels, elbows and knees where dry, scaly skin tends to build up.
  8. Ideal for treating keratosis pilaris, alpha hydroxy acids help reduce roughness and soften keratin plugs.
  9. Helps achieve smooth, streak-free results when using self-tanning products by exfoliating the skin and providing an even layer of skin cells for the tanner to work with.
  10. Features the Time-Release Glyco-Comfort  system which releases the skin rejuvenating formula over an extended period of time.  Together with arginine and allantoin, it reduces the stinging sensation that first-time AHA users with sensitive skin may experience.

If that weren’t enough, Reversa Skin Smoothing Body Lotion is also 100% oil- and paraben-free.

What are you waiting for?

 

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Moisturizer with SPF versus Sunscreen https://phamix.com/2017/05/moisturizer-spf-versus-sunscreen/ https://phamix.com/2017/05/moisturizer-spf-versus-sunscreen/#respond Wed, 24 May 2017 17:48:18 +0000 http://blog.pharmacymix.com/?p=7234 As warmer, sunnier weather approaches, many of our customers are wondering if it’s time to switch from their moisturizers with SPF to dedicated sunscreens. In fact, they’re also wondering if it’s even necessary. If their moisturizer has SPF 50 and a sunscreen is also marked as SPF 50, what’s the difference? I like to compare... Read more »

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As warmer, sunnier weather approaches, many of our customers are wondering if it’s time to switch from their moisturizers with SPF to dedicated sunscreens. In fact, they’re also wondering if it’s even necessary. If their moisturizer has SPF 50 and a sunscreen is also marked as SPF 50, what’s the difference? I like to compare it to the difference between a butter knife and a steak knife: while both can technically do the same thing, they’re not completely interchangeable and won’t perform optimally if not used for its intended purpose.

Moisturizers with SPF are designed for daily use. Their primary goal is to hydrate the skin while protecting against UVA and UVB rays is secondary. Formulated to feel nice on the skin with a pleasant texture and pleasing finish, they can provide a good base for makeup. Most are not made to be waterproof or sweatproof. Our favorite go-to moisturizer with SPF is Anthelios KA SPF 50+ Daily Protection. It delivers 24-hour hydration while providing broad spectrum protection thanks to sun filters Mexoryl SX, Mexoryl XL and Tinosorb S. For going to and from work or running errands, this multi-tasking lotion is ideal.

Dedicated sunscreens are designed first and foremost to protect against sun damage. One marked as broad spectrum will contain a combination of sun filters to defend against UVB rays that cause burning and UVA rays that cause signs of aging (wrinkles, fine lines and dark spots). Both UV rays can cause skin cancer like melanoma, basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. Sunscreens are formulated to be more robust in staying power to withstand exposure to sweat, sun and direct sunlight. Because they are made to be effective for prolonged exposure to the sun and water, they tend to feel heavier than a moisturizer with SPF and may not be comfortable to wear on the face on a daily basis. However, it’s these characteristics that make sunscreens so effective when you’re under the sun for extended periods of time, like at the beach or in the garden.

That said, many of our customers (and staff!) tell us that they use Anthelios XL SPF 50+ Comfort Crème sunscreen for the face every day, rain or shine, winter or summer. If your main priority is to protect against sun damage, it’s hard to do better than this one. Although technically a sunscreen, it’s formulated to provide optimal sun protection with a moisturizing, non-shiny velvety finish. It boasts no white marks, is non-fragranced and contains no parabens.  If you prefer something with a lighter consistency, you can’t go wrong with Anthelios XL SPF 50+ Ultrafluide Extreme.

Still not sure? Give us a call and we’ll be more than happy to chat. We do our best to try as many of the sunscreens as possible to give you our first-hand impressions.

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International Sun Safety Knowledge – How Are We Doing? https://phamix.com/2017/05/international-sun-safety-knowledge/ Wed, 17 May 2017 18:32:05 +0000 https://phamix.com/?p=73090 Results of an international study published earlier this year and involving nearly 20,000 participants sheds light on how we’re doing with regards to sunscreen use, sun damage protection and skin cancer detection. Using a representative sample of each participating country’s national population based on official demographic statistics on gender, age and region, researchers from La... Read more »

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Results of an international study published earlier this year and involving nearly 20,000 participants sheds light on how we’re doing with regards to sunscreen use, sun damage protection and skin cancer detection. Using a representative sample of each participating country’s national population based on official demographic statistics on gender, age and region, researchers from La Roche Posay and George Washington University surveyed men and women in 23 countries, aged 16-65, with questions administered mainly online. So how are we doing?

In terms of knowledge about the risks of skin cancer, the countries that came out on top were Greece, Australia, Brazil and Ireland, all of whom were more well-informed about the risks and early signs of skin cancer than the participants from other countries involved in the study. It’s no surprise that Australia is in the top tier as they have had an amazingly successful campaign for decades to incorporate “Slip, Slap, Slop” into their daily routines. In fact, Australia’s melanoma rates are falling for those aged under 40. And they are no longer the country with the highest melanoma rates overall in the world, having recently been surpassed by neighboring New Zealand. Australia, along with Portugal and Spain, also gets top marks for performing self-examinations and consulting a medical professional for possible skin cancer issues.

Sunscreen application and sunglasses were the most frequent preventative sun safety measures used according to the study. Overall, 59% of participants always or often applied sunscreen to exposed parts of their body while 57% used sunscreen on their face. Those who lived in Southern and Western European countries in particular were more likely to use sunscreen (63%-66%). In America, rates reported fell within the average rates. Although there is a considerable amount of work to be done for improvement, there has been some progress since the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in 2015 that fewer than 15% of men and 30% of women used sunscreen regularly when exposed to the sun for more than an hour.

Many of the results were consistent with previous studies and what we generally know about sunscreen use and skin cancer prevention. For instance, gender, socio-economic level and education heavily influenced sun protection knowledge and awareness that sunscreen use was the primary method of protection as opposed to being part of a more comprehensive strategy involving sun protective clothing and seeking shade.

Most importantly, the study reveals gaps in knowledge that will allow future campaigns to more successfully target those sections of the population whose awareness of skin cancer prevention, detection and treatment lag behind the average.

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5 Things to Know about Vitamin C https://phamix.com/2017/05/5-things-know-vitamin-c/ https://phamix.com/2017/05/5-things-know-vitamin-c/#respond Wed, 10 May 2017 17:06:39 +0000 http://blog.pharmacymix.com/?p=7223 Vitamin C, also known as L-ascorbic acid, has been the workhorse and powerhouse of the skincare world for many years, quietly going about its business. But with the growing awareness of how indispensable antioxidants are when it comes to anti-aging skin care, it seems this humble ingredient is finally getting its just desserts with an... Read more »

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Vitamin C, also known as L-ascorbic acid, has been the workhorse and powerhouse of the skincare world for many years, quietly going about its business. But with the growing awareness of how indispensable antioxidants are when it comes to anti-aging skin care, it seems this humble ingredient is finally getting its just desserts with an increasing prominence in formulations. Similar to the growing surge in popularity experienced last year by hyaluronic acid, vitamin C is ready for its close-up.

Before you jump in feet first, there are a few things to know about this superstar that should help you decide which product will give you the most bang for your buck:

  1. Vitamin C is Highly Unstable: Vitamin C has its Achilles’ heel: air. Exposing it to air accelerates the oxidation process, causing it to become unstable, lose potency and potentially harmful to skin. Vitamin C preparations that are not formulated correctly will oxidize (break down) and become ineffective as well as potentially harmful by actually increasing the formation of free radicals which can lead to skin damage. Oxidized vitamin C will take on a dark yellow tinge so look for clear solutions or white creams and powders that are stored in small, opaque containers, a good indication that your formulation is stable and therefore, effective and safe. You may also notice that some creams and preparations have a shorter than usual shelf life. Most cosmetics, once opened, are good for 12 months. Those with vitamin C may only have a 3 or 6 month shelf life so it’s best to use it regularly to get the most value out of your purchase
  2. There’s More Than One Form: The form of vitamin C you’ll most likely see is L-ascorbic acid (also listed as Ascorbic Acid). That’s because this highly effective version is backed by the most clinical studies of any form of vitamin C to support its use in skincare. It’s a potent antioxidant that restores elasticity to the skin, encourages collagen production and brightens overall skin tone. You’ll also find a number of other forms including Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (SAP), Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (MAP), 3-O-Ethyl Ascorbate, Ascobrbyl Glucoside, amongst others.
  3. It Works Better in Conjunction with vitamin E: This is definitely a case of friends with benefits. Vitamin C’s instability is tempered when combined with other antioxidants such as vitamin E and ferulic acid. Not only does this combination help to stabilize the vitamin C but allows this happy trio to work synergistically to soothe, heal and moisturize.
  4. It Can Boost Your Sunscreen’s Effectiveness: Although it should not be used as a replacement for a sun protection, vitamin C’s ability to fight free radicals generated by UV rays, boosts the efficacy of your sunscreen. My daily morning routine includes a vitamin C serum on a clean face before applying sunscreen, every day of the year.
  5. You May Want to Go Slow With Higher Concentrations: Despite its many benefits, vitamin C can cause some skin irritation due to its acidity and/or low pH level. Redness, stinging, itching and peeling are all indications that your skin may need some time to adapt. Introduce it gradually to your routine, switch to a lower strength or choose a different form so that your skin can build up tolerance enough for you to reap the rewards.

We think Apothekari’s Bespoke Vitamin C+++ (in 10% and 15%) serum ticks all the boxes. Because it’s formulated with additives that help stabilize the L-ascorbic acid as well as being prepared at the time of each order, we like to think it’s unique to other serums on the market. It also includes ingredients that are especially skin beneficial and avoids those that are known to be problematic.

Are you ready for the year of C?

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Anthelios and Ombrelle Sunscreens https://phamix.com/2017/05/anthelios-ombrelle-sunscreens/ Wed, 03 May 2017 17:08:16 +0000 https://phamix.com/?p=73195 Hands up if you’re anxiously awaiting the arrival of Anthelios sunscreens. With its highly coveted formulas which include Mexoryl SX and Mexoryl XL (molecules patented by cosmetics giant L’Oreal ), this sun care line proudly boasts broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection that is safe, effective, photo-stable and well-tolerated by sensitive skin types. Know which... Read more »

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Hands up if you’re anxiously awaiting the arrival of Anthelios sunscreens. With its highly coveted formulas which include Mexoryl SX and Mexoryl XL (molecules patented by cosmetics giant L’Oreal ), this sun care line proudly boasts broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection that is safe, effective, photo-stable and well-tolerated by sensitive skin types.

Know which other sun care line L’Oreal heads up? Ombrelle, a Canadian brand developed by dermatologists which also contains the patented formulation of Mexoryl technology and other sunscreen filters to deliver the same level of broad spectrum UV protection as Anthelios.

We know you love Anthelios (and we do too!) but you may also want to check out what Ombrelle offers. Recent reformulations have resulted in products with the same sun filters as Anthelios. They offer great value and we think you’ll be pleasantly surprised:

  • Missing Anthelios SPF 50 Kids Lotion? Try Ombrelle SPF 50+ Kids Lotion with 4.5% Mexoryl XL and 1.5% Mexoryl SX plus physical sun filter Titanium Dioxide 5.85%. This gentle and moisturizing lotion is waterproof, fragrance-free, colorant-free and is specially formulated for a child’s delicate skin.
  • Missing Anthelios XL SPF 60 Comfort Cream? Ombrelle SPF 60 Face Cream is the closest you can get to our most popular product (and long-time customer favorite). With 3% of both Mexoryl XL and Mexoryl, this broad-spectrum sun sunscreen provides effective and sustained UVA and UVB protection which maintains stability under sun exposure. We think you’d be hard-pressed to find anything more similar in finish, feel and formulation.
  • Missing Anthelios XL SPF 60 Targeted Stick? Reach for Ombrelle SPF 50+ Face Stick. Both are perfect for convenient year-round protection with Mexoryl XL, Mexoryl SX, Avobenzone and Titanium Dioxide. Let’s not forget the shea butter (butyrospernum parkii) that makes application such a breeze.

Still holding out for your one-true-love, Anthelios? Give us a call or email us here to get added to the waiting list. And take some comfort that you’re not alone.

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Melanoma Monday 2017 https://phamix.com/2017/04/melanoma-monday-2017/ Wed, 26 Apr 2017 21:09:40 +0000 https://phamix.com/?p=73093 The first Monday of May is designated as Melanoma Monday, set aside to raise awareness about skin cancer. Amidst all the statistics and numbers, what you may not realize is that melanoma is an equal opportunity disease: it doesn’t discriminate based on age, gender or ethnic background. However, a 2016 survey by the American Academy of... Read more »

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The first Monday of May is designated as Melanoma Monday, set aside to raise awareness about skin cancer.

Amidst all the statistics and numbers, what you may not realize is that melanoma is an equal opportunity disease: it doesn’t discriminate based on age, gender or ethnic background. However, a 2016 survey by the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) found that men, especially those over 50, are more at risk than women of the same age. The problem may be that their knowledge lags behind women’s when it comes to skin cancer risk and the damaging effects of UV rays.

According to the survey last year:

• 56% of men know that there is no such thing as a healthy tan, compared to 76% of women
• 54% of men know that a base tan offers no protection, compared to 70% of women
• 56% of men know that skin cancer can occur on areas not normally exposed to the sun, compared to 65% of women

The difference may lie in the behavioral patterns of men versus women. Generally speaking, women may be more accustomed to taking care of their skin from an early age. The majority of advertisements for moisturizers and cosmetics, many of which contain sun filters now, are aimed at women. Many men have not made skincare and sunscreen  a habit the way women have. Socially speaking, applying creams may not have been a “manly” thing to do in decades past.

Fortunately, these long-held beliefs are slowly changing as access to information has become easier. Cosmetic and skincare companies also recognize the growing demand for products that are more in tune with what men want and need.

The AAD encourages men to perform regular self-examinations for signs of skin cancer. For those hard to view areas, like the scalp or back, ask someone you trust to help. Prevention and early detection are crucial to successful treatment.

For more information on skin cancer, the signs of melanoma and free screenings in your area, visit the American Academy of Dermatology website here.

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Egg Based Skin Care https://phamix.com/2017/04/egg-based-skin-care/ Fri, 21 Apr 2017 16:25:25 +0000 https://phamix.com/?p=73055 Eggs are inextricably bound with Easter (not to mention breakfast!) but eggs and skin care? Eggs have been touted as a super food, and they do indeed contain many vitamins, amino acids and minerals that support skin health. Eggs are known for their high protein content, an amino acid essential for collagen production and maintaining... Read more »

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Eggs are inextricably bound with Easter (not to mention breakfast!) but eggs and skin care?

Eggs have been touted as a super food, and they do indeed contain many vitamins, amino acids and minerals that support skin health. Eggs are known for their high protein content, an amino acid essential for collagen production and maintaining skin elasticity. Eggs also contain vitamins A and E, both fundamental to fighting free radicals and keeping the skin healthy and strong. Essential fatty acids are also part of the egg appeal, which keep the top outer layer of the skin supple and intact while bolstering its moisture barrier.

Before commercially manufactured cleansers and moisturizers were available, eggs were used for various skin care purposes: in China in the late 600’s, egg whites and cinnabar (a toxic mercury sulfide mineral) were mixed as a face treatment. Later, in Renaissance Italy, egg whites were mixed with bread crumbs and vinegar for softening the skin. Egg whites were also used as a finishing touch to give the skin a luminous sheen.

Today, egg whites are still popular for DIY face masks. Whipped up either alone or with the addition of lemon juice or honey, they are used mainly to purportedly tighten the skin and treat acne. While it is true that egg whites have astringent properties, the tightening sensation is temporary and wears off soon after the mask is washed away.

Although we aren’t proponents of applying raw eggs to the skin (there is a small but real chance of salmonella if accidentally ingested), we have been noticing that eggs have been gaining a bit of attention in the skin care world. A few brands have begun to feature egg whites, egg yolks and even egg shell membrane extract in their preparations. From cleansers to masks, creams and serums, eggs are touted as the next big thing for the skin.

Cute packaging aside, the few egg-based skin care products we looked into seem to feature some form of egg further down the ingredient list. One product had it listed in the 19th spot. It’s always supported by other more traditional skin care ingredients like AHA’s, fruit extracts, retinol and surfactants for cleansing, exfoliating and minimizing fine lines, but that just makes me wonder if the inclusion of eggs is more a fad than a fact?

We prefer to consume eggs as a good source of protein in a healthy diet, which will, in turn, benefit our skin from the inside out. However, if the lure of using eggs for DIY beauty is just too strong for you to resist, maybe start with a deep hair conditioner of one whipped egg plus 1 Tbs. olive oil. Coat hair, cover with a shower cap for 20 minutes and then rinse off with cool water. After all, you don’t want the egg scrambled.

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Beyond Basic Moisturizers https://phamix.com/2017/03/beyond-basic-moisturizers/ https://phamix.com/2017/03/beyond-basic-moisturizers/#respond Wed, 29 Mar 2017 17:18:54 +0000 http://blog.pharmacymix.com/?p=7174 In our busy lives, there are days when some steps of our skincare routine are missed but most of us can at least adhere to the most basic routine of cleansing and moisturizing. This has been drilled into us since infancy (slight exaggeration here). But as we age our skin changes, so it’s a good... Read more »

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In our busy lives, there are days when some steps of our skincare routine are missed but most of us can at least adhere to the most basic routine of cleansing and moisturizing. This has been drilled into us since infancy (slight exaggeration here). But as we age our skin changes, so it’s a good idea to reassess our skin’s needs and choose a facial moisturizer that will address those concerns.

Moisturizers are meant to hydrate the skin with a combination of humectants, emollients and occlusives for maximum effectiveness. However, what worked when you were a teenager may not be the answer to your skin problems today. Luckily, there are so many choices beyond the basic moisturizer that can help solve the most common issues:

  1. Redness: Red, flushed skin may be attributed to rosacea, a chronic and progressive skin condition. It often presents itself as flushing of the skin, redness, bumps, pimples and tiny visible blood vessels on the face. Look for moisturizers that are two-fold: free of common irritants (such as fragrance and alcohol) but with added soothing ingredients such as aloe, oat extract, jojoba oil and zinc oxide. Moisturizers with a sheer green tint can help neutralize the redness and give the skin a more even skin tone.
  2. Fine Lines: Night creams with alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) stimulate exfoliation and promote quicker cell turnover, helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Glycolic acid is a popular AHA of choice and can be found in concentrations ranging from 5%-10% in daily moisturizers, like Neostrata Glycolic Renewal Creams and Lotions. However, we suggest limiting these to your night time routine as AHAs can increase sun sensitivity.
  3. Deep Wrinkles: Whether they run horizontally across the forehead or down along either side of the nose, deep wrinkles are nobody’s friend. Look for a moisturizer that packs in actives to help stimulate collagen production. In this case, retinoids and peptides are the way to go. Neostrata’s Wrinkle Repair Moisturizing Cream contains a winning combination of Peptide Q10, Matrixyl 3000 and 0.1% retinol. You can also use a dedicated retinoid like retinaldehyde in Apothekari A is for Anti-Aging Retinal Serum on clean, damp skin layered with a basic moisturizer of your choice over top.
  4. Dull complexion: On top of moisture, your skin needs exfoliation. Again, a night cream with glycolic acid will help remove the layer of dead skin cells that are dulling your complexion. Want to take it to the next level? Add in a vitamin C serum like Bespoke Vitamin C+++ to help even out and brighten overall skin tone.
  5. Dry, visibly flaky skin: Like those with dull complexions, you’ll need to exfoliate first before addressing very dry skin. Flaky dead skin cells create a barrier to your moisturizer absorbing fully. This could be accomplished by using either AHAs or retinoids as found in Apothekari A is for Anti-Aging before applying a more hydrating product with hyaluronic acid and/or ceramides. If you’re a fan of both AHAs and retinoids, we suggest alternating them so as not to overtax the skin.

When our skin is feeling especially parched, we like to use an overnight sleeping mask. This is usually in a cream or gel form that is applied thinly on the skin and left overnight to do its magic. In the morning, cleanse your skin as usual. Feel free to be smug about how skin-smart you are!

If you somehow can’t give up your favorite basic moisturizer, use boosters to add active ingredients and up the anti-aging power. Just as exciting are the newest color boosters: add a drop or two of highly concentrated pigment (like thicker foundation) to your moisturizer of choice to add tint and customized coverage. This is no more difficult than adding food coloring to white frosting. Brilliant, especially when finding a pre-made tinted moisturizer or BB cream to match your skin tone is a challenge.

All that being said, there’s still a spot reserved in the cosmetic drawer for my favorite basic moisturizer, Apothekari’s Daily Infusion. It’s my steady standby when I feel all I need is a bit of hydration after using a weekly exfoliating peel or over my nightly retinal serum treatment. Like that pair of black flats in the closet, I know it’s there when I need it.

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Is It Time to Toss Your Cosmetics and Medicines? https://phamix.com/2017/03/is-it-time-to-toss-your-cosmetics-and-medicines/ https://phamix.com/2017/03/is-it-time-to-toss-your-cosmetics-and-medicines/#comments Mon, 27 Mar 2017 15:53:59 +0000 http://blog.pharmacymix.com/?p=7193 If you’re like most women I know, you’ve probably amassed quite a collection of cosmetics and medicines. Various tubes of lipstick, half-used eye-shadow packs still with their original tiny brushes, foundation in different shades depending on the season, tiny sample bottles of body lotion from hotels. Not to mention, that unfinished bottle of antibiotics, the... Read more »

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If you’re like most women I know, you’ve probably amassed quite a collection of cosmetics and medicines. Various tubes of lipstick, half-used eye-shadow packs still with their original tiny brushes, foundation in different shades depending on the season, tiny sample bottles of body lotion from hotels. Not to mention, that unfinished bottle of antibiotics, the pain killers you bought on a trip to Mexico ages back and that ointment that the doctor prescribed many, many years ago. Sound familiar?

We keep these things around “just in case”. However, when it comes to old and dated cosmetics and medicines, you aren’t just accepting clutter, you may be putting your health at risk.

Logically, we know that toiletries and medicines don’t last forever. Most have shelf lives. Once past their ‘best before’ dates, cosmetics become a haven for bacteria, which can then be transferred to skin. This becomes especially problematic with products used near the eye. Medicines tend to lose their potency and therefore, their efficacy, but can also become risky due to a change in chemical composition. Just like cosmetics, certain expired medications are at risk of bacterial growth.

Proper storage is one way to help ensure that your cosmetics and medicines will remain safe and effective up to their expiration date. We tend to keep these products in our bathrooms, where the high temperatures and humidity contribute to faster deterioration. It’s not practical, but if it’s possible, it’s better to store them in a cool, dry place such as a dresser drawer, storage box, closet shelf or kitchen cabinet (away from hot appliances and the sink due to changing temperatures and humidity).

Spring is just around the corner and it’s a good time to visit your cosmetics counter and medicine cabinet. Here are some general guidelines for when to get rid of opened personal care products and medicines.

Cosmetic Products:

  • Cosmetics used near the eye (mascara, eye shadow for example): 4 – 6 months
  • Powders (including brush, bronzers and blushes: 2 years
  • Lipstick: 1 year
  • Moisturizers and foundations: 1 – 2 years
  • Cleansers: 1 year
  • Retinoids/retinol preparations: 1 year (start losing potency)
  • Alpha hydroxy acids (such as glycolic acid): 6 months. Alpha hydroxy acids can actually become more potent over time, increasing their potential to cause irritation
  • Antioxidants (like Vitamins C and E): 6 months
  • Sunscreen: 1 year

Many personal care products display details regarding when to toss them away. Look for guidance and follow it.

Medicines:

Throw medicines away upon expiration. All medicines should list this on their containers. While many retain most of their potency, some don’t so it’s best to exercise caution. Pharmacies will often take back and properly dispose of most over the counter and prescription medications. Don’t dispose of old drugs by flushing them down the drain or toilet as the chemicals may find their way into waterways and the environment.

Check expiration dates on both medicines and cosmetics and if something has a funky smell or the colors have started to change, toss it out. Immediately discard any make-up that is in a broken container or missing a lid.  If you have a hard time keeping track of when you opened a new product such as mascara or blush, write the date on the product with a sharpie.  That way you’ll know how long you’ve had it and when it’s time to toss it out.

The old adage, “When it doubt, throw it out” definitely applies in this case. Keep in mind also, that your nose and eyes can’t detect bacteria and spores. In this case it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

 

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