PhaMix https://phamix.com Sunscreens, Skincare & More Sun, 10 Dec 2017 21:04:42 +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 Christmas Gift Ideas 2017 https://phamix.com/2017/12/christmas-gift-ideas-2017/ Wed, 06 Dec 2017 18:31:47 +0000 https://phamix.com/?p=75523 ‘Tis the season for giving, as they say, and with the big day being only a few weeks away, we’ve got a list of Christmas gift ideas that will hopefully make the process that much easier. From your best friend to your child’s teacher, we’ve got something for everyone on your list: Apothekari A is... Read more »

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‘Tis the season for giving, as they say, and with the big day being only a few weeks away, we’ve got a list of Christmas gift ideas that will hopefully make the process that much easier. From your best friend to your child’s teacher, we’ve got something for everyone on your list:

Apothekari A is for Anti-Aging Retinal Serum: Formulated with retinaldehyde and niacinamide and gentle enough for all skin types, this is as close to a miracle for the skin as we’ve ever come across. This is the top-seller in the Apothekari line and for good reason! Retinaldehyde performs closest to retinoic acid in a cosmetic topical, to deliver the ultimate in wrinkle reduction and age prevention properties to skin – a must-have for anyone concerned about their skin’s wellbeing. Niacinamide offers helps to improve the appearance enlarged pores, uneven skin tone, fine lines, dullness, and a weakened skin surface. We think this would be an ideal gift for your best friend or sister whose skin care routine could be kicked up a notch. (Did you know that retinaldehyde also does wonders for acne? Cross that teen off your list, too!)

Anthelios KA SPF 50+: This daily moisturizer is designed for skin at high risk from UV damage. A perfect blend of hydration and sun protection, Anthelios KA SPF 50+ contains a combination of sun filters that include the much-coveted Mexoryl XL, Mexoryl SX and Tinosorb S, all working together to provide excellent broad- spectrum protection, particularly against those UVA rays that cause wrinkles, age spots and some skin cancers. The perfect recipient would be the man in your life who doesn’t want to fuss with more than a one-step routine. (And for the busy women who feel the same way!)

Apothekari Sugar Body Polish and Shea Body Butter Set: Just added to the Apothekari line are duo sets of customer favorite Shea Body Butter along with our new Sugar Body Polish in either citrusy Lemon Verbena or modern Vanilla Rose. Unlike most sugar-based scrubs, our body polish is smooth and never drips excess oil, so it’s easy to apply and is ideal for aromatherapeutic body treatments or a little pampering in your bath. We’re positive that the teacher, co-worker or friend who receives this gift will be thrilled. (And if there happened to be one under the tree with your name on it, we’re pretty sure there would be no complaints either.)

Ureaka Hand Cream: Perhaps not the typical gift, but for someone dealing with dry, chapped and cracked skin on the hands, this healing hand cream is the perfect stocking stuffer. Made with 10% urea, Ureaka Hand Cream works to protect and heal dry, irritated skin while restoring moisture. Fragrance-free, paraben-free and fast-absorbing, this non-greasy formula will suit both men and women.

Indecisive? This year we’re offering Gift Certificates on Apothekari.com, allowing you to leave the decision making to someone else. Available in increments of $25, this is the perfect “something” when you can’t decide what to choose.

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Refresh Endura for Dry Eyes https://phamix.com/2017/11/refresh-endura-for-dry-eyes/ Wed, 29 Nov 2017 18:48:58 +0000 https://phamix.com/?p=75306 You may have heard about Refresh Endura, lubricating eye drops which are used in managing the symptoms of dry eyes. If you suffer with dry eyes, you’ll know how frustrating the condition may be. Often accompanied by a stinging sensation , you can experience slightly blurred vision. The reasons behind dry eyes can be varied:... Read more »

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You may have heard about Refresh Endura, lubricating eye drops which are used in managing the symptoms of dry eyes. If you suffer with dry eyes, you’ll know how frustrating the condition may be. Often accompanied by a stinging sensation , you can experience slightly blurred vision.

The reasons behind dry eyes can be varied: medications, fatigue, aging, hormonal changes, even extended periods of time in front of a computer screen. Dry eyes occur when tear production is not adequate to provide proper lubrication for the eyes. Symptoms range from the aforementioned stinging and blurred vision to sensitivity to light, discomfort when wearing contact lenses, a scratchy sensation, stringy mucous and redness, to name a few. And just as dry, unhealthy skin can leave you open to external irritants and bacteria, dry eyes can lead to an increased risk of eye infection.

Luckily, many of those symptoms are preventable and treatable with a few simple steps:

  • Avoid Air Blowing Directly on Eyes. Air conditioners and fans can further exacerbate dry eyes unnecessarily.
  • Use a Humidifier. This adds moisture to the air, especially in the winter when central heating is on.
  • Wear Sunglasses. Protect your peepers from bright light, UV damage and wind (and we know how damaging the sun can be to the eyes!)
  • Give your Eyes a Break. Did you know you blink less when looking at a computer monitor, thus producing fewer tears? When doing activities that require visual focus such as reading or extended screen time, set a timer to remind yourself to give your eyes a respite.
  • Use Lubricating Eye Drops. For temporary relief, eye drops like Refresh Endura can be invaluable. Our customers, who are a wealth of information, have let us know that they give high marks to Refresh Endura due to the preservative-free formula and air-free single-use containers.

If there is pain or irritation that goes on for several days or signs and symptoms that do not abate for a prolonged period of time, make sure to see your eye doctor to eliminate any other causes for the dry eyes and for proper treatment of any underlying health condition.

 

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Top 3 Skin Care Products to be Thankful for https://phamix.com/2017/11/top-3-skin-care-products-to-be-thankful-for/ Wed, 22 Nov 2017 20:07:39 +0000 https://phamix.com/?p=75324 As we come up to Thanksgiving, we are undoubtedly most grateful for such things as good health, family and close friends, but we were reminded recently by one of our dearest customers, that it’s the little things that we should be thankful for as well, such as our daily skin care products that make us... Read more »

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As we come up to Thanksgiving, we are undoubtedly most grateful for such things as good health, family and close friends, but we were reminded recently by one of our dearest customers, that it’s the little things that we should be thankful for as well, such as our daily skin care products that make us look and feel great.

After talking to customers, friends and family, we’ve come up with these as our top 3 skin care products to be thankful for this year:

  1. Sunscreen: It’s no secret that we believe Anthelios sunscreens are incomparable, and clearly our customers do as well!  With their patented formulas containing Mexoryl SX and Mexoryl XL, the Anthelios name is synonymous with great sun protection.  Anthelios XL SPF 60 Comfort Cream may be our biggest seller, but the one that customers are truly thankful for is the Anthelios XL SPF 50+ Ultralight Fluide (aka Fluide Extreme).  Not only does it contain the coveted Mexoryl sun filters but it ups the ante with Tinsorb S along with a finish that is invisible in look and feel, making it the perfect daily sunscreen for men and women.  Its non-shiny finish works well under makeup and for those with sensitive skin, you’ll be glad to hear that it’s unscented and paraben-free.
  2. Night Treatment: After spending a considerable amount of time researching , we knew we had a winner with Apothekari A is for Anti-Aging Retinal Serum which contains the vitamin A derivative, retinaldehyde.  We like to think of it as a miracle in a bottle.  Backed by reams of clinical studies, vitamin A  is essential to great looking skin by fighting wrinkles, tackling hyperpigmentation, boosting collagen production, increasing cell turnover and fighting free radical damage as a powerful antioxidant.  And if that weren’t enough, A is for Anti-Aging is also supplemented by niacinamide to combat inflammation, inhibit skin pigmentation and smooth fine lines & wrinkles. Our friends tell us that this one serum has made the most marked improvements in their skin while garnering the most compliments and questions on how they get their skin to glow!
  3. Moisturizer: The moisturizer that many of our customers are thankful for is La Roche Posay’s Hydraphase UV SPF 30.  It’s got a tried-and-true formula of photostable Mexoryl SX to protect against UVA and UVB rays plus glycerin and sodium hyaluronate, a patented moisture binding complex that is a boon for dry, dehydrated skin.  In one fell swoop, this trusty daily moisturizer hydrates and protects.  Given La Roche Posay’s mission to create products that suit even the most sensitive skin, we shouldn’t be surprised that Hydraphase UV seems to be favored across a wide range of age groups and skin types.

Most of all, we’re so grateful for our colleagues and customers who make coming to work a joy every day.  Happy  Thanksgiving to everyone.

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5 Reasons for Anthelios Sunscreens Year Round https://phamix.com/2017/11/5-reasons-for-anthelios-sunscreens-year-round/ Mon, 20 Nov 2017 18:13:25 +0000 https://phamix.com/?p=75145 Anthelios sunscreens are a staple during the hot summer months but as the thermometer drops, many of our sun protection products end up on the shelf in the closet, waiting for the return of spring and summer.  But we’ve got 5 compelling reasons why Anthelios sunscreens should be within arm’s reach year round (especially in... Read more »

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Anthelios sunscreens are a staple during the hot summer months but as the thermometer drops, many of our sun protection products end up on the shelf in the closet, waiting for the return of spring and summer.  But we’ve got 5 compelling reasons why Anthelios sunscreens should be within arm’s reach year round (especially in the winter!):

  1. UVA Rays are Prevalent 365 Days a Year, Even on Cloudy Days.  Unlike the burning UVB rays that are more intense in the summer, the aging UVA rays are bombarding us any time the sun is out.  These are the longer rays that penetrate deeper and can cause hyperpigmentation, wrinkles and other signs of aging.  Exposure to UVA rays also increases our risk of developing skin cancer.  Applying sun protection every day should be second nature, and we think we’ve found the one product that not only provides excellent sun filters like Mexoryl XL and Tinosorb S but also gives us a little glow: Anthelios XL SPF50+ BB Cream.  Best suited for medium to olive complexions, this handy BB Cream also contains antioxidant Baicalin for extra free radical protection against those constant UVA rays.
  2. UVA Rays Can Pass Through Windows.  Even though we spend more time indoors in the colder months, UVA rays can penetrate glass, exposing us to constant skin damage even when sitting by the window or driving in our cars. And sadly, that coveted corner office means we’re exposed 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, no matter the weather or season.  If your preference is for a moisturizer and sun protection in one easy application, you can’t do better than Anthelios KA SPF 50.  This daily moisturizer is designed to provide long-lasting hydration and broad-spectrum protection that’s comfortable, fragrance-free and ideal for all skin types.
  3. UV Radiation Increases with Altitude.  For those who live for the slopes, keep in mind that UV radiation increases with altitude as much as 5% for every 1000 feet above sea level.  Factor in the reflective properties of snow and ice and the UV rays can increase in intensity by as much as 80%-90%!  Before you strap on the skis and snowboards, apply a generous amount of sunscreen and slip an Anthelios XL SPF 60 Targeted Stick into your pocket for easy reapplication.  It takes less than 10 seconds and will cut down the chances of the dreaded “raccoon eyes”.
  4. Dry Winter Skin is More Susceptible to UV Damage. Cold winter conditions, like snow and wind, can wear away sunscreen and its effectiveness as quickly as the summer heat.  Although we may not be sweating like we do in the hotter months, sunscreen in the winter still needs to be reapplied every 2 hours to maintain a consistent level of protection.  After all these years, our most popular sunscreen is still Anthelios XL SPF 60 Comfort Cream.  Its formula contains one of the highest amounts of Mexoryl SX and Mexoryl XL (at 3% each) plus its creamy and hydrating texture helps combat the dryness that is so common in winter.  When skin becomes dry and unhealthy, it loses its ability to maintain a strong barrier against external assaults, and that includes damaging UV rays.
  5. The Earth is Closest to the Sun in the Winter and Farthest in the Summer.  The truth is that for many of us, this makes no sense at all.  We equate heat with being closer to the source, whereas in fact, the tilt of the Earth’s axis in the dead of winter brings us closer to the sun than in the middle of summer, thus making January the peak of sunscreen season!

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Apothekari Sugar Body Polish – Two New Scents https://phamix.com/2017/11/apothekari-sugar-body-polish-two-new-scents/ Wed, 15 Nov 2017 18:25:43 +0000 https://phamix.com/?p=75228 Two new glorious scents of Apothekari Sugar Body Polish have just arrived!  We’re so excited for you to try our newest additions to the Apothekari collection.  Our Lemon Verbena Sugar Body Polish has a bright, aromatic citrus scent that’s ideal for aromatherapeutic body treatments.  Our Vanilla Rose Sugar Body Polish boasts a modern and subtle... Read more »

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Two new glorious scents of Apothekari Sugar Body Polish have just arrived!  We’re so excited for you to try our newest additions to the Apothekari collection.  Our Lemon Verbena Sugar Body Polish has a bright, aromatic citrus scent that’s ideal for aromatherapeutic body treatments.  Our Vanilla Rose Sugar Body Polish boasts a modern and subtle scent of rose with a faint hint of vanilla that takes your time in a pampering bath to the next level. Unlike most sugar-based scrubs, our body polishes are smooth, never drip excess oil and don’t need stirring prior to use so they’re easy to apply.

Made with shea and olive fruit butters combined with virgin coconut oil, these body exfoliators have a unique emulsified texture. Shea butter is a remarkable, all-purpose moisturizer and skin protector, and leaves the skin feeling soft and well-moisturized yet not greasy. Non-GMO, expeller-pressed safflower oil adds nourishment and suppleness to dry skin.

Using sugar as the base for these body polishes was no accident.  Sugar has inherent benefits that lends itself well to exfoliating and softening the skin:

  • Sugar Contains Naturally Occurring Alpha Hydroxy Acids.  More specifically, sugar contains glycolic acid which encourages exfoliation and faster cell renewal.
  • Sugar is a Natural Humectant.  It draws moisture from the external environment into the skin. This can help to hydrate skin and help keep it looking smooth and supple.
  • Sugar’s Small Grains Make it Idea for use in Body Scrubs.  Its fine particles are an excellent exfoliant and combined with its humectant nature, sugar is a true multi-tasking ingredient.

Get ready for some sweet results.

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Winter Hair Care: 7 Tips https://phamix.com/2017/11/winter-hair-care-7-tips/ Wed, 08 Nov 2017 18:53:06 +0000 https://phamix.com/?p=75107 When winter hits, our hair care needs change just as they do for the skin on our face and body. The freezing temperatures outside and the drying heat inside can deplete moisture and leave your strands parched and uncontrollable. Naturally, there are steps we can take to fight the flyaways and the high-static hair: Use... Read more »

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When winter hits, our hair care needs change just as they do for the skin on our face and body. The freezing temperatures outside and the drying heat inside can deplete moisture and leave your strands parched and uncontrollable.

Naturally, there are steps we can take to fight the flyaways and the high-static hair:

  1. Use a Moisturizing Serum on Dry Hair. Apothekari Wild Crafted Argan Oil works a treat to smooth the hair, give it great shine and cut down on static. Argan oil also does double duty as a leave-in conditioner when applied to towel-dried hair. This liquid gold also helps with the brittle ends that tend to break.
  2. Choose Your Conditioner Carefully. Look for a conditioner containing ingredients that will lock in moisture, like panthenol. Go one step further by choosing a shampoo and conditioner based on your particular hair type.
  3. Treat Yourself to a Weekly Deep Conditioning Mask. Make replenishing your hair’s moisture a part of your weekly routine. For those of you who like to DIY, mix 1 Tbs each coconut oil and honey, massage into the ends of the hair and leave for 20 relaxing minutes before rinsing out with warm water.
  4. Don’t Overdo It. Just like the skin on our face and our body, our scalp can also get dry and scaly in the winter months. Over-shampooing can exacerbate the itching and flakes. Shampoo less often if possible. With the abundance of dry shampoos on the market now, skipping a day (or two!) is easier than ever. If dandruff is an issue, a dedicated dandruff shampoo containing ketoconazole, selenium sulfide or antifungal tea tree oil may alleviate those annoying flakes.
  5. See Your Hairdresser Regularly. The ends of your hair are the oldest and tend to be the driest. A regular trim will get rid of split ends.
  6. Stick to Warm or Tepid Water. Hot water can dry it out your hair, just like it can for the skin.
  7. Invest in a Humidifier. This is our top tip. Central heating in winter can lower the humidity in the home to below 10%. Normal humidity is usually in the range of 30%-50%, so you can appreciate why your skin and hair feel devoid of moisture during the colder months. It’s like being on a long flight without the payoff of a sunny holiday at the end of it, and nobody wants that.

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Women’s Medicine Cabinet for Wellness https://phamix.com/2017/11/womens-medicine-cabinet-for-wellness/ Wed, 01 Nov 2017 17:13:39 +0000 https://phamix.com/?p=75058 Most women tend to look after everyone before themselves but we all know that we can’t be good caregivers if we don’t look after ourselves too, and that’s where having a medicine cabinet for women’s wellness comes in. Whether it’s a nutritional supplement, an over-the-counter medicine or a prescription drug, it’s important to make sure... Read more »

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Most women tend to look after everyone before themselves but we all know that we can’t be good caregivers if we don’t look after ourselves too, and that’s where having a medicine cabinet for women’s wellness comes in.

Whether it’s a nutritional supplement, an over-the-counter medicine or a prescription drug, it’s important to make sure that you have the right things on hand. Your medicine cabinet is no doubt stocked with a variety of items for health emergencies, but does it contain items that are essential to your wellness? Taking care of yourself is important to your well-being and if you feel good, then everything else seems to fall into place, doesn’t it?

At PhaMix, we stock a range of products specific to women’s wellness:

  • Apothekari Magnesium Glycinate: Studies show that magnesium deficiency is more common than people realize. Apothekari Magnesium Glycinate Capsules offers a highly absorbable and well tolerated form of magnesium for individuals who may need to supplement.
  • Apothekari Iron Formula: Many women are iron deficient. This highly absorbable formulation is well tolerated by individuals who require supplementation.
  • Gynatrof Gel: Gynatrof Gel is a non-hormonal option for the treatment of vaginal atrophy, which affects up to 75% of postmenopausal women. Vaginal atrophy is a chronic condition that is accompanied by a range of uncomfortable symptoms – dryness, burning, itching, discomfort during sex – yet only 1 in 4 women seek treatment. Gynatrof Gel can help.
  • Purfem Probiotic Vaginal Ovules: This natural health product is made of two naturally occurring strains of probiotics contained in a vaginal ovule. It is indicated for the prevention and treatment of itching, burning, dryness, odour and/or slightly increased discharge caused by an imbalance of the microbial vaginal flora.
  • Zestra Oil Packettes (Hormone Free) for Women: Zestra Oil is a topically applied medication, approved by Health Canada for women suffering from female sexual arousal/ interest disorders (FSAD), have difficulty getting aroused or simply have a lower desire or interest in sexual activity. Its unique, patented and hormone-free formula is composed of active ingredients extracted from 4 plants recognized to increase blood flow and local sensitivity.

View our full selection of women’s wellness products here.

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Pumpkin for the Skin https://phamix.com/2017/10/pumpkin-for-the-skin/ Wed, 25 Oct 2017 17:17:38 +0000 https://phamix.com/?p=75018 At this time of year, pumpkins and Hallowe’en go hand in hand, but pumpkins and skin? You may not think so, but read more about this seasonal squash and you may just change your mind. Pumpkins are Rich in Antioxidants. If you’re serious about skin care, you already know that antioxidants are one of the... Read more »

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At this time of year, pumpkins and Hallowe’en go hand in hand, but pumpkins and skin? You may not think so, but read more about this seasonal squash and you may just change your mind.

  • Pumpkins are Rich in Antioxidants. If you’re serious about skin care, you already know that antioxidants are one of the cornerstones of a good regimen. Not only do they fight free radicals that can damage the skin and bring out visible (and invisible) signs of aging, but antioxidants can also enhance the effectiveness of sunscreens in preventing sun damage. Luckily, pumpkins are rich in vitamins C and E, two of our favorite antioxidants which, coincidentally, work synergistically together to protect cell membranes from oxidative damage, brighten skin tone and stimulate collagen production.
  • Pumpkins Contain Fruit Enzymes and Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs). The most important function of these natural exfoliants is to remove the top layer of dead skin, helping to reveal healthier, newer skin below. Exfoliants work by weakening the binding properties of the lipids that hold dead skin cells together, allowing the outer skin to “dissolve” and get washed away. Regular exfoliation with an AHA will lead to softer, smoother skin. It’s no surprise, then, that pumpkin enzyme and pumpkin ferment have been showing up with more regularity in masks and face washes.
  • Pumpkin Seed Oil Contains Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs). Although it may not have made the same splash as rosehip and argan oil, pumpkin seed oil is nonetheless packed with the skin-benefitting properties of essential fatty acids, particularly omega-6 linoleic acid. The best way to increase the amount of EFAs your body gets is by increasing the amount of vegetables, nuts, seeds and cold water fish in your diet. Though you may be consuming enough, these supplements may not make their way to your skin, which is why topical application is a good idea. It’s thought that EFAs are metabolized by the skin, resulting in free fatty acids that are then incorporated into the lipids making up the skin barrier and decreasing the evaporation of water from the skin.
  • Pumpkin Seed Oil is a Great Source of Zinc. Zinc has been shown to improve symptoms related to rosacea, acne and oily skin. Zinc also assists in the healing of the skin so it’s no surprise that La Roche Posay has added it to their Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel cleanser and Cicaplast B5 Soothing Repairing Balm.

All those good things that pumpkin has going for it? It’s enough to put a big ol’ jack-o-lantern smile on my face.

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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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