PhaMix https://phamix.com Sunscreens, Skincare & More Fri, 20 Oct 2017 18:30:15 +0000 en-CA hourly 1 https://phamix.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/cropped-pharmacymix-favicon-01-125x125.png PhaMix https://phamix.com 32 32 Get to Know Dermal Therapy https://phamix.com/2017/10/get-know-dermal-therapy/ Wed, 18 Oct 2017 18:22:12 +0000 https://phamix.com/?p=75004 Dermal Therapy is a skin care company specializing in urea-based skin moisturizers since 1988. Their fascination with urea comes from a deep understanding of its special ability to hydrate dry skin by drawing moisture into the cell structure of the stratum corneum. Urea is an important part of your skin’s natural moisturizing system. Scientists call... Read more »

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Dermal Therapy is a skin care company specializing in urea-based skin moisturizers since 1988. Their fascination with urea comes from a deep understanding of its special ability to hydrate dry skin by drawing moisture into the cell structure of the stratum corneum.

Urea is an important part of your skin’s natural moisturizing system. Scientists call it a true “humectant” because it is an important component of the body’s Natural Moisturizing Factor (NMF). Urea causes hard dry skin cells to “unpack” and expose their water binding sites, thus enabling the cell to absorb and retain additional moisture.

Dermal Therapy’s skin moisturizers are not just beauty products: they are formulations that actively restore moisture even to very dry, cracked, flaky skin. Their special formulations contain elements similar to those naturally found in healthy skin including urea, silk amino acids and alpha hydroxy acid. Dermal Therapy formulations contain both lactic and malic acids to improve the exfoliation of dead skin cells. The amino acid derived from pure silk protein restores skin tone and luster.

Developed by pharmacists and scientists, Dermal Therapy uses a special stabilized urea formulation that is balanced and blended with other moisturizing ingredients including pure silk protein to make your skin feel silky smooth.

PhaMix carries three Dermal Therapy products in differing strengths to address your dry skin needs:

Dermal Therapy Extra Strength Body Lotion: A nourishing, silky smooth, deep penetrating moisturizer with 10% urea. Helps relieve dry, cracked, itchy, rough, problem skin.

Dermal Therapy Hand, Elbow & Knee: A silky smooth, deep penetrating moisturizer with 15% urea. Targets dry, cracked, itchy areas of the skin to help heal dry hands, elbows and knees.

Dermal Therapy Heel Care: This skin softening cream is absorbed deep into hard, dry, cracked outer skin layers to soften and smooth calloused heels and feet. Contains 25% urea to better penetrate the thicker skin of the feet.

All Dermal Therapy products are non-greasy, fragrance-free, non-irritating and never tested on animals.

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Water for the Skin: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly https://phamix.com/2017/10/water-skin-good-bad-ugly/ Wed, 11 Oct 2017 17:34:27 +0000 https://phamix.com/?p=74874 With the skin being made up of 64% water, it’s hard to overstate the importance of H2O. Although it’s been a long-held belief that drinking 8 glasses of water will flush out toxins and leave the skin healthy and clear, the truth is that there is simply a lack of evidence to support the link... Read more »

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With the skin being made up of 64% water, it’s hard to overstate the importance of H2O. Although it’s been a long-held belief that drinking 8 glasses of water will flush out toxins and leave the skin healthy and clear, the truth is that there is simply a lack of evidence to support the link between water consumption and skin hydration. And to continue to believe that drinking water is sufficient to hydrate the skin without any other effort is to ignore what other sources of hydration can do for the health of your skin.

There’s no disputing that the body needs water to survive but in terms of what it can do for the skin, there are good, bad and ugly aspects. Read on…

The Good: Drinking water has no downsides for the body but it is still possible to drink 8 glasses a day and still suffer from dry skin. As the upper layer of the skin is made up of dead skin cells, it cannot absorb water from the inside.

The water that IS in our skin can be retained with the help of moisturizers. Ideally, applying a good moisturizer to damp skin will act as a barrier against water loss. It not only provides a barrier against further moisture loss, but it also helps seal in moisture residing on your skin after your shower or bath. When it comes to keeping your skin well hydrated, an emollient moisturizer is more effective than drinking a glass of water. Look for ingredients like ceramides, urea, and glycerin which have been shown to help keep skin hydrated. Ceramides naturally form part of the skin’s barrier system and can keep moisture from leaching out and external irritants from being absorbed. For the face, we think hyaluronic acid is the star when it comes to attracting moisture to the skin and smoothing out the look of those wrinkles. We’ve included it in two of our favorite products: Apothekari Firming Eye Gel and Apothekari Bespoke Vitamin C serums.

The Bad: Not all forms of water are beneficial for the skin. As tempting as it may be, a long hot bath can actually cause more harm than good. A long soak in the tub washes off the sebum, or the layer of natural oils. These oils help to seal moisture in and once they’re gone, moisture escapes from the skin, leaving it feeling dry and itchy. You may notice that the top layer of the epidermis (the stratum corneum), starts to swell up with water – our fingertips and toes get wrinkly and feel waterlogged, but once we get out of the tub, the excess water evaporates and leaves our skin drier than before because there are no natural oils to help retain the moisture. Hot water exacerbates the problem by causing even further moisture loss. When bathing and showering, choose a warm temperature and try to shorten the amount of time spent in the water.

Even the type of water coming out of your taps may affect the condition of your skin. Hard water, containing more minerals and metals, may leave a residue on your skin which could lead to clogged pores. Hard water also makes it more difficult for cleansers to lather, making it more tempting to use more soap than necessary.

Trust La Roche Posay to bring us products that aim to replenish those lost lipids in the skin: Lipikar Surgras Bar and Lipikar AP+ Body Baume, destined to become your new best friends this winter.

The Ugly: A quick look at the ingredients of your skin care products will tell you that the first item listed is often water or aqua, if we are adhering to the International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients (INCI). Only purified water, free of toxins, pollutants and microbes, can be used safely in skin care products where its main role is as solvent or carrier to deliver active ingredients to where they will be most effective and beneficial to skin.

The downside of using water is that it encourages bacteria growth which can shorten the shelf life of your products considerably. And with the movement toward “all-natural” skin care products, it’s doubly important to ensure that the treatments we use on our skin are safe. Even with the addition of stabilizers and preservatives, bacteria or other substances harmful to the skin can develop, especially if the container is not air-tight. Once bacteria and microbes take hold, you may be at risk of developing rashes, irritations and infections if those products are used beyond their freshness point. As much as we are trying to move away from preservatives, they are often necessary to prevent microbial growth or undesirable chemical changes. Also look for airtight containers to minimize air exposure and potential outside contaminants.

 

 

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Nail Fungus https://phamix.com/2017/10/nail-fungus/ Wed, 04 Oct 2017 17:35:10 +0000 https://phamix.com/?p=74716 Does the mention of nail fungus make you squirm?  It needn’t.  Nail fungus infection (medically known as onychomycosis) is a common condition that accounts for up to 50% of all nail problems. When the infection affects the areas between the toes and the skin of the feet, it is called athlete’s foot (tinea pedis). The... Read more »

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Does the mention of nail fungus make you squirm?  It needn’t.  Nail fungus infection (medically known as onychomycosis) is a common condition that accounts for up to 50% of all nail problems.

When the infection affects the areas between the toes and the skin of the feet, it is called athlete’s foot (tinea pedis). The fungi most frequently implicated in nail infections are Trichophyton rubrum and Tricyphyton mentagraphyte. These fungi like warm, moist environments such as shoes, shower rooms and swimming pools.  And although everyone is potentially susceptible, the immune system of a healthy body will successfully defend the body from an infection taking hold, even if the fungi come in contact with the skin or nail.

Nail fungus infections will typically exhibit these signs:

  • Yellow, white or brown discoloration of the nail
  • Brittleness
  • Crumbling
  • Mild thickening

Once your nail fungus infection has been identified and diagnosed, treatment can begin.  At-home steps may include trimming nails and using a nail file to gently thin the nail and soften them with a cream containing urea.  This helps to reduce the pressure on the nails as well as the associated pain.

Further treatment may also include a topical remedy such as Flexitol Antifungal Liquid. This maximum strength liquid contains 25% Undecylenic Acid, long been known to have anti-fungal properties and clinically proven to target and treat topical fungal infections including most athlete’s foot and to treat fungus growing on the nail bed. It also provides relief from itching, scaling, cracking, burning, redness, soreness, irritation and discomfort which may accompany these conditions.

Easy to use, Flexitol Antifungal Liquid comes with a brush-on applicator to “paint” under and around the affected toe to combat the fungus growing on the nail bed.  Its formula is fast-drying, non greasy and fortified with urea, aloe, vitamin E, tea tree and eucalyptus oils for their anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties.

It’s important, however, to have realistic expectations.  Successful treatment of nail fungus infections requires consistency and time.  And the appearance of the nail will not return to its normal state until the damaged nail grows out and is replaced by a healthy nail.

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Refocusing on All Things Skin: Customer Questions https://phamix.com/2017/09/refocusing-on-all-things-skin-customer-questions/ Wed, 27 Sep 2017 17:46:18 +0000 https://phamix.com/?p=74723 As the season changes from summer to autumn, we can tell that our customers are refocusing on all things related to the skin by the questions they ask and the products that have been flying off the shelves. Sunscreen takes a backseat to skin care as we turn our attention to repairing and restoring. Here... Read more »

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As the season changes from summer to autumn, we can tell that our customers are refocusing on all things related to the skin by the questions they ask and the products that have been flying off the shelves. Sunscreen takes a backseat to skin care as we turn our attention to repairing and restoring. Here are a few of the questions that have come up recently:

1. I have a problem with dry and rough skin which has pimples on it. What is it that I can do to treat and have smooth and soft skin?

Thanks for your question. From the sounds of it, dry and rough skin with “pimples” could be keratosis pilaris (KP). Generally appearing on the back of the arms, it is not medically serious, but can become inflamed, red and itchy. Treating KP usually involves exfoliating with either a scrub like Apothekari Bamboo Lemongrass Foaming Body Polish and then moisturizing. Reversa’s Skin Smoothing Body Lotion is also ideal for treating keratosis pilaris with 10% glycolic acid to reduce roughness and soften keratin plugs. Read more about it here in our blog.

If your skin is dry and rough with pimples on your face, the treatment is the same but your choice of products will be essential to success. Begin by gently exfoliating with a non-drying toner like Neostrata’s Acne Clear Purifying Solution (the glycolic acid removes the dry, dead skin cells on the surface while allowing other products to absorb more effectively). Next, treat the acne with a salicylic product like Neostrata Blemish Spot Gel. Finally use a moisturizer that won’t clog pores, like Apothekari Daily Infusion. It’s important to hydrate the skin as some acne treatments can dry it out even more.

The combination of dry and acne-prone skin is uncommon but with diligence, you should see improvements.

2. Will Impruv help me with exfoliative chilitis? My lips keep getting inflamed and ooze and crust and peel. It doesn’t ever stop going through this cycle. It started five years ago. Nothing I’ve tried seems to help.

Impruv Barrier Cream is indeed gentle enough to apply to the lips and may help in restoring moisture to the skin. However, exfoliative cheilitis, being a chronic condition, may require more specialized treatment. The cause of exfoliative cheilitis is still unclear and could be a result of several factors, including allergies, hormone imbalances and toxins in the body. The condition may improve with topical steroidal creams, keratolytic lip treatments to assist with the peeling process or antifungal creams depending on test results for possible Candida. If you haven’t already, it would be best to consult a dermatologist.

3. I used to use a product called “Complex 15 Facial Moisturizer”. It was the only thing I could use on my face and not have an allergic reaction. After trying to replenish my supply, I found that it was discontinued. Now, I see a product on your website advertised as “Complex 15”. Is this the same product? Have the ingredients changed?

Thanks for your question. We have been carrying the Complex 15 Daily Face Cream here at PhaMix for just over two years, largely at our US customers’ request when they were not about to source a supply locally. As far as we know, it is the same product with the same ingredients. However, we would always suggest comparing the list of ingredients shown on our website with the one on a tube you may still have, just to be sure. Our customers have not indicated to us that it is different than what they have come to know and love.

4. I was born with the type of Icthyosis that is on every skin surface of my body. I am taking Femara now and it has become very high maintenance for flakes some larger than others. I also make literally 40x more skin cells than a normal person. I have seen dermatologist and they suggest lactic acid (AmLac) 12% that used to be prescription only. I am going to try glycolic acid for the face and mix it with a light cream. Do you have anything you could suggest or mix for me? Thank you!!

Thanks for your question. For your body, you may want to consider Reversa Body Smoothing Lotion with 10% glycolic acid, which could help hydrate the skin while exfoliating. You may also want to consider a body lotion with urea which helps attract moisture to the skin as well as having natural exfoliating properties. For the face, Neostrata has a 10% glycolic cream or lotion that may also help. If you require something stronger, your doctor and a local compounding pharmacy would be able to formulate a cream that is suitable for your particular needs.

5. How much Sodium Hyaluronate should be in a product to be effective?

Sodium hyaluronate and hyaluronic acid are both very popular in topical skincare products to boost hydration in the skin. Not only are they able to moisturize but they can help reduce water loss by pulling moisture from the air and drawing it to your skin. Effective in concentrations of as little as 0.01%, hyaluronic acid is more commonly found in formulations at 1% – 2%. At higher concentrations (and in very dry climates), HA may actually pull moisture from your skin, essentially drying it out. Keep this in mind if you are using a treatment containing this ingredient.

 

 

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Neostrata Youth Factor GF Total Regenerating Eye Contour Cream: New! https://phamix.com/2017/09/neostrata-youth-factor-gf-total-regenerating-eye-contour-cream-new/ Wed, 20 Sep 2017 17:25:31 +0000 https://phamix.com/?p=74693 Neostrata Youth Factor GF Total Regenerating Eye Contour Cream is a new treatment from Neostrata, a company that has always striven to introduce novel treatments utilizing cutting edge technology. This is something that many of our customers recognize and value, which is why we’re so excited that it is expanding their Youth Factor GF line. ... Read more »

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Neostrata Youth Factor GF Total Regenerating Eye Contour Cream is a new treatment from Neostrata, a company that has always striven to introduce novel treatments utilizing cutting edge technology. This is something that many of our customers recognize and value, which is why we’re so excited that it is expanding their Youth Factor GF line.  Along with the Neostrata Total Regenerating Cream and Neostrata Total Regenerating Serum, this anti-aging line now delivers a daily moisturizing eye cream formulated to deliver powerful firming benefits to eye contours.

Designed for mature skin of all skin types, Neostrata Youth Factor GF Total Regenerating Eye Contour Cream contains Epidermal Growth Factors technology, combined with Beautifeye and an anti-fatigue complex, to leave the eyes looking younger and more refreshed.

Neostrata Youth Factor GF Total Regenerating Eye Contour Cream tightens and firms the skin of the upper eyelids while improving elasticity, visibly diminishing the depth of fine lines and wrinkles, reducing puffiness and brightening dark circles.  It is ideal for sagging eyelids, wrinkles and puffiness.

Key ingredients include:

9.0% Epidermal Growth Factors: A polypeptide developed to speed wound recover, GF technology helps to reduce appearance of wrinkles and improve elasticity at the cellular level.

•3.0% Beautifeye™:  An active ingredient which offers a gentle, botanical-based way to create a more “lifted” appearance of the upper eyelids skin while smoothing the appearance of crow’s feet wrinkles.  Beautifeye™ contains abizia julibrissin (mimosa) bark extract and St. Paul’s wort extract and is packed with free radical-fighting antioxidants.

•4.0% Anti-fatigue Complex:  Minimizes the appearance of puffiness and dark circles for a refreshed look.

Neostrata Youth Factor GF Total Regenerating Eye Contour Cream is dermatologist recommended, ophthalmologist-tested, non-irritating, fragrance-free and paraben-free.  Use 1 to 2 times daily for best results.

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Menopause and Your Skin https://phamix.com/2017/09/menopause-and-your-skin/ Wed, 13 Sep 2017 17:31:25 +0000 https://phamix.com/?p=74630 Along with all the usual changes in our bodies prior to and after menopause (hello, hot flashes!), hormonal changes also do a number on our skin. During perimenopause and menopause, estrogen and progesterone levels fluctuate and then rapidly decline, leading to more marked signs of aging in our skin. Although perfectly normal, this doesn’t mean... Read more »

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Along with all the usual changes in our bodies prior to and after menopause (hello, hot flashes!), hormonal changes also do a number on our skin. During perimenopause and menopause, estrogen and progesterone levels fluctuate and then rapidly decline, leading to more marked signs of aging in our skin. Although perfectly normal, this doesn’t mean we have to take it lying down!

Here are a few of the significant skin changes you may notice and what you can do to lessen the impact:

  • Sensitivity: If you find that products that you love and have used for years are causing sensitivity, stinging and irritation, it may not be all in your head. Barring a major change in product formulation, the most likely reason may be that your skin has changed, becoming less tolerant of some of the ingredients. By repairing and maintaining a healthy and strong skin barrier with effective emollients, you can increase your skin’s resilience and strengthen its ability to keep irritants out.
  • Loss of Collagen and Elastin: By the time we reach our first quarter century, collagen production has peaked and is beginning its steady decline, slowing down by about 1% per year. By the time we hit menopause, however, this can accelerate to 5x that rate! It’s no wonder some women think they have aged overnight. A gentle yet effective retinoid will help with thinning and sagging skin that has lost its elasticity by boosting collagen production, and that’s only one of its many powers! If you’ve never experienced the benefits of a retinoid, now’s the time to start!  Our favorite is A is for Anti-Aging Retinal Serum, the star of the Apothekari line.
  • Loss of Fat in the Face: As we age, the once evenly distributed fat in our face begins to lose volume and (gasp!) move downwards, giving us a jowly, sagging appearance. Topicals such as retinoids, niacinamide and anti-oxidants can improve the skin in a myriad of ways, including boosting collagen production to add a youthful plumpness and suppleness to the skin. However, if you’re looking to completely reverse what time and gravity have precipitated, cosmetic procedures may be required. Although we still believe in effective topicals and early prevention starting in our 30’s and 40’s, there are new, non-invasive procedures that can be done safely without significant discomfort or downtime by your dermatologist or medical esthetician.
  • Dryer Skin: A drop in estrogen levels is also at the root of dryer skin and its ability to maintain moisture during menopause. Couple that with reduced cell turnover and the result is less than appealing. The answer is two-fold. Firstly, regular exfoliation with a gentle AHA such as glycolic acid which essentially “unglues” the dry dead skin cells that sit on the surface and helps increase cell turnover. Secondly, a good moisturizer with hyaluronic acid will help rehydrate the skin. Although dry skin doesn’t cause wrinkles, well-hydrated skin makes them much less apparent.
  • Increased Acne: Just when you thought you had acne beat, here it comes again. This time, the drop in estrogen results in higher testosterone levels, leading to increased oil production and blocked pores which can be exacerbated by slower cell-turnover. As opposed to the typical T-zone acne of our teen years, menopausal acne usually centres around the chin area. Luckily, if you’re already using a retinoid, you’ve got one of the best acne treatments around! Not only are retinoids stellar in the anti-aging department, they also pack a powerful punch in the fight against acne. In 1943, the first study was published illustrating the effectiveness of retinoids in treating acne. Forty years later, the unexpected anti-aging side benefits were being hailed as skin care miracles. A is for Anti-Aging also boasts niacinamide, which has been shown to result in a significant reduction in acne in several studies, perhaps due to its potent anti-inflammatory effect.
  • Age Spots: Thanks to an accumulation of a life-time of sun damage as well as the drop in estrogen levels, we may see more age spots appear. That’s due in part to the reduction in the number of melanocytes (special cells that produce the pigment melanin which helps to protect the skin from UV damage). Less melanin means less protection and, bingo, more sun damage. Thus, it’s even more important than ever to keep up with your daily broad-spectrum sunscreen application. After all these years, we’re still in love with Anthelios XL SPF 50+ Ultralight Fluide for its matte finish and feather-light feel.

That’s probably enough to digest for now without mentioning the increased facial hair, right?

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Fall 2017 Skincare Trends https://phamix.com/2017/09/fall-2017-skincare-trends/ Wed, 06 Sep 2017 23:46:53 +0000 https://phamix.com/?p=74582 Although we may be lamenting the end of long, hot summer days, there is something exciting about the crisp freshness of fall and all the new trends that it ushers in.  Boots, sweaters and sharp-looking coats are, of course, de rigueur, as are darker lipsticks and nail colors.  And as much as the beauty industry... Read more »

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Although we may be lamenting the end of long, hot summer days, there is something exciting about the crisp freshness of fall and all the new trends that it ushers in.  Boots, sweaters and sharp-looking coats are, of course, de rigueur, as are darker lipsticks and nail colors.  And as much as the beauty industry pushes new makeup trends, it’s really just a pick-and-choose buffet of two-tone smudged lips, pastel eyeshadows, floating eye liner and exaggerated 60’s eyelashes.

Not surprisingly, it’s the new skincare trends that pique my interest, and why not when innovative and high-tech products are being introduced at an unprecedented rate?  In addition to the surge in anti-pollution and men’s skincare treatments, two trends have noticeably made headway in the market:

Essences in Lotion:  Falling somewhere between the consistency of a toner and a serum, essences in lotion have been quietly but steadily appearing on store shelves.  Meant to be applied after toner but before a serum to prep the skin, these new products continue the trend of boosting products with antioxidants, vitamins and hydrators.  Although adding yet another step to your skincare routine may seem daunting and unappealing, fall (and winter) may be the perfect time to try this super-charged liquid.  If it lives up to its claims, a few drops applied by gently tapping into your skin should leave your face hydrated, soft, smooth and fully-prepped for maximizing the effectiveness of subsequent products.

Watermelon: If you really can’t let go of summer, then this latest skincare ingredient will put a smile on your face.  Containing 92% water, watermelon is also rich in vitamins A and C.  This summer time staple also contains amino acid citrulline (which is transformed into arginine in the body and is featured in Reversa’s Skin Smoothing Cream).  Watermelon also contains lycopene, a powerful anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory that can help prevent DNA damage and supports smoother, healthier skin (is it any wonder we’ve added lycopene to Apothekari’s Bespoke Vitamin C Serum?).  Watermelon also quenches the ever-growing consumer thirst for natural botanical ingredients.

Ah, fall….time to grab a magazine and pumpkin spice latte.

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Is Your Skin Showing Signs of Aging? https://phamix.com/2017/08/skin-showing-signs-aging/ Wed, 30 Aug 2017 17:12:13 +0000 https://phamix.com/?p=74431 Once upon a time, not that long ago, wrinkles and aging skin weren’t a concern of ours until we hit our 30’s, but with new information and the rampant spread of social media, even individuals in their 20’s care about whether or not their skin is aging. And maybe that’s not entirely a bad thing.... Read more »

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Once upon a time, not that long ago, wrinkles and aging skin weren’t a concern of ours until we hit our 30’s, but with new information and the rampant spread of social media, even individuals in their 20’s care about whether or not their skin is aging. And maybe that’s not entirely a bad thing.

Whether you’re in your 20’s, 50’s or somewhere in between, aging skin is caused by changes in the deeper layers of the skin resulting from UV damage, collagen loss, less active sebaceous glands and a decrease in skin cell turnover.

These are the 7 generally accepted signs of aging skin:

1. Fine lines and wrinkles
2. Uneven skin tone
3. Loss of elasticity/sagging
4. Age/sun spots
5. Dull complexion
6. Uneven skin texture
7. Enlarged pores

Some of these changes are intrinsic – a result of the passage of time or genetics – things over which we have little or no control. Other signs of aging are due to extrinsic factors such as unprotected sun exposure, poor diet and lifestyle choices or neglecting the basics of skin care like cleansing and moisturizing each night. Thankfully, we can exert some influence over extrinsic factors.

Regardless of why your skin ages, happily there are many treatments and active ingredients that we can use to minimize the signs of aging:

  • Sunscreen: This is the number one thing we can use to keep the signs of aging at bay. Ideally, we’d apply this every day, even in our teens, but the truth is that it’s never too late to start. Whether you use a dedicated sunscreen or one that is combined with a moisturizer, it’s essential to choose a stable, broad-spectrum formulation every day, rain or shine, summer or winter. The UVA rays that cause photoaging (as opposed the UVB ones that cause burning) are just as strong in the warm seasons as in the cold ones. You’ll be hard pressed to find a line more effective and with a range of choice for all skin types than perennial favorite, Anthelios.
  • Retinoids: It is certainly no secret that retinoids are the stars in the world of anti-aging skin care. Retinoids get rid of fine lines and wrinkles, unclog pores so that they are less visible, lighten dark spots, exfoliate, eliminate blemishes and increase the production of collagen. Is there anything that retinoids cannot do? If you’re looking for a gentle way to introduce retinoids to your skin, consider Apothekari A is for Anti-Aging retinal serum. It contains retinaldehyde, the least irritating yet extremely effective form of Vitamin A.
  • Alpha hydroxy acids: A dull complexion is no match for these compounds that improve the look of fine lines, soften the appearance of deep wrinkles and improve the overall look and feel of the skin. Exfoliators like glycolic acid, malic acid and mandelic acid work to slough away the old, dead skin cells to reveal the newer, more youthful skin underneath. They’re not all about looks, though: alpha hydroxy acids also work to remove the barrier that may slow or stop the absorption of other skin treatments like serums and moisturizers.
  • Antioxidants: The primary function of antioxidants is to prevent skin damage by neutralizing free radicals, unstable molecules that can cause havoc. Used regularly, an antioxidant serum can reduce premature aging of the skin. Your skin will profit by becoming noticeably brighter, firmer, more evenly toned and healthier. Vitamin C is a powerful and popular antioxidant that’s used in serums, creams and lotions. In order to reap the most benefits, look for concentrations of at least 10% L-ascorbic acid, a highly effective form of Vitamin C that is backed by the most clinical studies of any form of Vitamin C to support its use in skin care. Our favorite is newly reformulation Apothekari Bespoke Vitamin C Serum, custom-made when ordered and available in either 10% or 15% formulations.

When it comes to aging skin, we may not be able to stop the hands of time but being able to slow them down is a pretty good alternative.

 

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UV Rays and Your Eyes https://phamix.com/2017/08/uv-rays-eyes/ Wed, 23 Aug 2017 17:21:23 +0000 https://phamix.com/?p=74444 With the recent solar eclipse, protecting your eyes from the sun and its UV rays has never been a bigger topic of discussion, but it’s not just during these celestial phenomena that we risk damaging our eyes. Although the eyes cover less than 2% of our entire body surface, a disproportionately large amount of sensory... Read more »

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With the recent solar eclipse, protecting your eyes from the sun and its UV rays has never been a bigger topic of discussion, but it’s not just during these celestial phenomena that we risk damaging our eyes. Although the eyes cover less than 2% of our entire body surface, a disproportionately large amount of sensory information passes through to our brain via our sense of sight. It is generally believed that 80% of what we learn is through our eyes, and the same percentage of our memories are determined by what we see. The majority of vision problems are avoidable, including sun damage. Luckily, protecting our peepers from UV rays couldn’t be easier.

UV radiation from the sun can be the cause of some serious problems such as cataracts, melanoma of the eye, eyelid cancer and photokeratitis, or sunburn of the cornea whose symptoms include pain, sensitivity to light, increased tears and blurred vision. Also referred to as snowblindness, photokeratitis can also be caused by artificial sources of UVB light such as tanning beds.

What’s the best way to protect your eyes from UV damage? Sunglasses.

With so many to choose from, here are a few tips to help you choose a pair of shades that will not only look good but also shield your eyes from damaging rays:

  • Look for a label stating that the lenses block out 99%-100% of UV rays. The label may also be marked UV400 or “UV absorption up to 400nm”, indicating that the lenses will protect against UVB (rays that measure between 280 and 315 nanometers) as well as UVA (rays that measure between 315 and 400 nanometers).
  • Choose lenses that wrap around to protect your eyes from light coming from the sides or opt for larger lenses in the style of Jackie O. This is one case where bigger actually is better.
  • While polarized lenses cut reflected glare and are great for driving, don’t assume that they have also been treated for UV protection.
  • The UV protective coating can become less effective over time so it’s a good idea to get new sunglasses regularly. Scientists in Brazil recently developed a prototype self-service kiosk for people to test the UV protection of their sunglasses. Out of 800 users, 20% found that their lenses were no longer providing full protection.
  • Like sunscreen, sunglasses should be a year-round part of your routine. UV damage is cumulative, so it’s never too late (or too early!) to start. If you have light-colored eyes or are taking medications that can cause photosensitivity, you have an increased vulnerability to UV-related eye diseases.

Another advantage to wearing sunglasses? No squinting, a habit that encourages wrinkles and crow’s feet. And there’s no downside to making our eye cream’s job a little easier.

 

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5 Humid Weather Skin Care Tips https://phamix.com/2017/08/5-humid-weather-skin-care-tips/ Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:01:47 +0000 https://phamix.com/?p=74390 Whether you’re experiencing endless days of sunshine or the summer that never was, chances are that humidity and higher temperatures are doing a number on your skin.  Just as we turn to heavier, more hydrating products in the fall and winter, the rising mercury also warrants a quick reassessment of your skin’s needs and the... Read more »

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Whether you’re experiencing endless days of sunshine or the summer that never was, chances are that humidity and higher temperatures are doing a number on your skin.  Just as we turn to heavier, more hydrating products in the fall and winter, the rising mercury also warrants a quick reassessment of your skin’s needs and the products used.

Here are 5 tips that can help you get through the last of the dog days of summer before autumn rolls in:

  1. Start with a Clean Base.  Using an exfoliating cleanser like Apothekari AHA-Mazing Gel helps remove the dead skin cells that can lead to breakouts and a dull complexion.  When warmer weather naturally steers us toward wearing less on our faces, our goal should be healthy bare skin.
  2. Opt For A Lighter Sunscreen. You may find, in warmer weather, that a moisturizer just isn’t necessary.  Although there are moisturizers that contain very good sun filters, such as Anthelios KA SPF 50+ and La Roche Posay Hydraphase UV SPF 30, we prefer using a dedicated sunscreen during the summer months.  Our favorite right now is the Anthelios XL SPF 50+ Ultralight Fluide.  Not only does it having bragging rights for containing Mexoryl SX, Mexoryl XL and highly coveted Tinosorb S, it also boasts a light texture, matte finish and barely-there feel.  You might also want to consider a tinted sunscreen for a lighter, more natural look while using pencil concealer to cover up smaller problem areas.
  3. Touch Up Your SPF During the Day. Consider an SPF mineral powder containing titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide.  Both minerals provide a physical barrier between the sun and your skin. We love that these sun filters start protecting you the second they go on.  If a powder is not your thing, choose a clear sunscreen spray, preferably with a fine enough mist application that won’t mess up your morning makeup efforts.
  4. Consider a Makeup Setting Spray. These new kids on the block often contain mineral-rich thermal water, antioxidants, soothing extracts and even hydrating vitamins.  Formulated to extend the freshness of your makeup and leave your skin looking matte, some now include SPF for double-duty value.
  5. Control the Shine. For those days when you need a little extra help, Neostrata Oil-free Matifying Fluid comes to the rescue. Applied in a thin layer over the skin, tiny microsponge spheres soak up the excess sebum on the surface, providing a long-lasting matte finish, leaving you shine-free for hours.

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Summer Sunscreen Questions from our Customers https://phamix.com/2017/08/summer-sunscreen-questions-from-our-customers/ Wed, 09 Aug 2017 23:51:53 +0000 https://phamix.com/?p=74317 We’ve said it before: our customers love sunscreen.  But they’re not willing to trust just anything! Based on the questions we get, we know that effective sun protection is as important to you and your family as it is to us.  And we’re happy to pass on information we have so you can make an... Read more »

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We’ve said it before: our customers love sunscreen.  But they’re not willing to trust just anything! Based on the questions we get, we know that effective sun protection is as important to you and your family as it is to us.  And we’re happy to pass on information we have so you can make an informed decision as to which sunscreens will best meet your needs and suit your preferences.

Here are a few questions that have come our way lately:

1.How safe are Anthelios sunscreens? Do they protect a dark skin person? Will it make you darker after sun exposure?

Anthelios sunscreens are known for their stability, effectiveness and the wide range of products. When our customers ask about Anthelios, they are almost always looking for the sun filters Mexoryl SX or Mexoryl XL.  Studies have demonstrated that Mexoryl sunscreens are safe. They have little or no absorption into the bloodstream and are photo stable (they don’t degrade upon exposure to UV light). Broad spectrum sunscreens, like Anthelios, protect skin from UVA (Aging) and UVB (Burning) rays, regardless of an individual’s skin color.  The basic instructions for protecting the skin are the same: apply sunscreen generously 15-30 minutes prior to exposure and reapply after 2 hours or immediately after swimming, toweling off or sweating heavily.  Proper use of sunscreen should in no way make your skin darker after sun exposure.  That would be the opposite of its intention.

2. I am looking for a sunscreen or cream that blocks UVA only but allows UVB rays through. Which product do you recommend?

Avobenzone, Mexoryl SX, Mexoryl XL and Tinosorb S are some of the sun filters that help protect the skin against UVA rays.  However, Mexoryl SX, Mexoryl XL and Tinosorb S also offer UVB protection. Sunscreens are formulated to protect against both UVA and UVB rays because we know that they damage skin in different ways.  We are not aware of any sunscreens that contain solely UVA protecting ingredients and even if any were available, we would advise against their use.

3. I’m impressed with the sun filter “Mexoryl” in La Roche Posay’s Anthelios line. But I see it also has parabens in the ingredients. Parabens have been linked to hormone disrupters/ cancer. Why can’t they leave them out? Thank you.

Parabens are a class of preservative widely used in cosmetics. They are highly effective but some individuals wish to avoid using them because of a suspected link to breast cancer. It’s a widely disputed topic that’s been ongoing for many years. If you are concerned about parabens in Anthelios, there are some Anthelios products formulated without parabens. This includes Anthelios XL SPF 50+ Comfort Creme for the face, Anthelios SPF50 Dermo Kids Lotion, Anthelios XL SPF 50+ Ultralight Fluide and Anthelios XL SPF 50+ Lait Velouté.

4. What sun cream can I use during pregnancy? Is La Roche Posay sunscreen safe?Thanks for your question.

Firstly, congratulations on your pregnancy! Unfortunately, we are unable to comment as to whether Anthelios sunscreens are safe during pregnancy as we are unaware of any studies that would allow us to make a conclusion unequivocally. In general, non-chemical, mineral based sunscreens (those containing zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide) are considered to be the safest options for sun protection during pregnancy. There are many mineral based sunscreens on the market and Anthelios offers one as well.  Anthelios Mineral Ultra-fluid SPF 50 is likely the best option in your case. We recommend checking with your physician to ensure that it is, in fact, the right choice for you.

5. Thank you for all of the wonderful blogs. Very informative. Just need a little clarification.  I understand that avobenzone is stable for about 2 hours. How long is tinsorb/univalve/mexoryl stable for? Is it a put on in the morning and protect from sun all day stable or a certain number of hours. I get melasma and sunspots easily. I currently use zinc oxide but would much prefer a lighter sunscreen.  Thank you for your help.

Avobenzone is a widely used sun filter that blocks UVA-I rays. If it is incorporated with octocrylene (as it is in Anthelios formulations), its stability is significantly enhanced.  Antioxidants, such as vitamins C and E, also bolster its photostability.  Although Tinosorb S and Mexoryl XL are very photostable sun filters, this does not mean applying your sunscreen once a day is sufficient for all-day protection.  Factors such as sweating, swimming, rubbing etc can decrease a sunscreen’s effectiveness.  In fact, the mere act of protecting your skin will “deplete” the sun filters over time so it is still important to reapply on a regular basis.Recent studies have indicated that physical sun filters such as zinc oxide offer better protection from hyperpigmentation (melasma, dark spots).

Zinc oxide sunscreens have been heavy and unpleasant in the past, but new technology has allowed for lighter, non-whitening and much more pleasing formulations, which are much more wearable on a daily basis.  We will be introducing one in our Apothekari line within the next few months for those who want to decrease their chemical load and are interested in purely mineral sun filters.

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Apothekari Bespoke Vitamin C Serum – New Formulation https://phamix.com/2017/08/apothekari-bespoke-vitamin-c-serum-new-formulation/ Wed, 02 Aug 2017 17:03:46 +0000 https://phamix.com/?p=74277 After many months of testing, testing and more testing, we are proud to finally unveil the new formulation of Apothekari Bespoke Vitamin C Serum!  We promise you that this is not a case where you’ll be lamenting the old version! Just when you thought we could not pack any more actives into the bottle, we’ve... Read more »

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After many months of testing, testing and more testing, we are proud to finally unveil the new formulation of Apothekari Bespoke Vitamin C Serum!  We promise you that this is not a case where you’ll be lamenting the old version!

Just when you thought we could not pack any more actives into the bottle, we’ve done just that.  Our new formulation includes green tea extract or EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate), a potent antioxidant that helps to repair damage caused by UVA radiation while aiding to minimize damaging mutations. EGCG also helps control blemishes by controlling sebum (oil) secretion thereby helping to keep pores open.

We know that antioxidant serums like Apothekari Bespoke Vitamin C fight free radical damage generated by exposure to UV radiation and pollution, making it the perfect partner to your favorite daily broad spectrum sunscreen.  But this serum doesn’t stop there because in addition to L-ascorbic acid and green tea, we’ve added a range of additional potent antioxidants including ferulic acid, vitamin e, astaxanthin, lycopene, lutein and alpha lipoic acid. Pomegranate seed oil delivers essential fatty acids, moisture and extra antioxidant support. Plus, we’ve also upped the hyaluronic acid to moisturize and soothe.

Clinical studies have shown that the ingredients in this formulation can help to:

  • Exfoliate
  • Restore elasticity to aging skin
  • Promote collagen synthesis
  • Protect against UV damage caused by free radicals
  • Reduce skin redness
  • Promote wound healing
  • Lighten and brighten skin tone (by suppressing melanin synthesis)
  • Moisturize

Feedback from our loyal customers has let us know that we’re going in the right direction.  They love the luxurious feel on the skin plus the increased hydration.  We think that’s a real win-win situation!

Available in a 10% and 15% concentration, we make this serum to order just for you, to maximize effectiveness and shelf life each time.

Sure, we love our old favorites but sometimes new is good.

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