PhaMix https://phamix.com Sunscreens, Skincare & More Wed, 26 Apr 2017 21:09:40 +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 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
  • Hydroquinone: 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 colours 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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Korean Skincare is Serious Business https://phamix.com/2017/03/korean-skincare-is-serious-business/ https://phamix.com/2017/03/korean-skincare-is-serious-business/#respond Wed, 22 Mar 2017 17:17:46 +0000 http://blog.pharmacymix.com/?p=7180 “Cutting edge” and “ahead of the curve” describe perfectly the skin care industry in Asia. It is no coincidence that the latest and greatest innovations have come from the east. Think BB creams, cleansing oils and sheet masks. Notice how the cushion compact has been creating a phenomenon here in the past year or two?... Read more »

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“Cutting edge” and “ahead of the curve” describe perfectly the skin care industry in Asia. It is no coincidence that the latest and greatest innovations have come from the east. Think BB creams, cleansing oils and sheet masks. Notice how the cushion compact has been creating a phenomenon here in the past year or two? Yup, it originated in Korea.

So just how seriously do Koreans take their skincare? Pretty darn seriously, based on the time, effort and money they spend on keeping their skin as healthy and young-looking as possible. Good skin seems to be a country-wide, collective obsession: women typically spend twice as much as their North American counterparts on beauty and skin care products whereas SoKo men spend more than those in any other country in the world.

Unlike in North America where skincare seems to fall more into the female sphere of experience, Koreans consider cleansing, moisturizing and using sunscreen daily a part of a non-gender specific routine, and this shows. Young male actors and musicians are routinely selected to represent the face of a brand. In North America, where we are more accustomed to rugged-looking men hawking cologne, life-sized cardboard cutouts of boy bands in Korean skin care stores is a completely new experience.

We’re all familiar with the famous 10-step daily cleansing routine, but here are a few other tidbits of information that you may not have known about Korean skincare:

1. Heat is used as a tool. Facials that feature steam, hot towels and saunas are old hat. The newest form of harnessing temperature comes in formulas that heat up on contact or upon exposure to air. Clay masks and sheet masks are only two of self-heating products that warm up when applied to the skin to maximize absorption of active ingredients. You can use the same principal by allowing your daily moisturizer to warm up in your hand before dotting the face and rubbing into the skin.

2. Cold is your friend. On the opposite end of the spectrum, keeping makeup and some skincare products cool is key to extending shelf life and keeping bacteria at bay. The colder temperature of products also helps with puffiness and is soothing in the warmer months. Koreans take it to the extreme by having tiny refrigerators whose sole purpose is to keep skincare products at optimum temperature. Is this at all a surprise in a country which has coolers specifically for their kimchi?

3. Everything can be found on Beauty Street. The Myeong Dong shopping district in Seoul is comprised of approximately one square kilometre and boasts over 120 beauty stores, with some companies having multiple outlets in this shoppers’ haven. You’re just as likely to see locals as savvy tourists fully indulging in their passion for all things skincare. We hear it’s also a great place to get samples of the next big obsession.

Despite the reputation of SoKo skincare and K-beauty, the very popular Asian snail slime creams are still having a tough time making inroads in the North American market. I’m stumped.

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Spring Trends for 2017 https://phamix.com/2017/03/spring-trends-for-2017/ https://phamix.com/2017/03/spring-trends-for-2017/#respond Mon, 20 Mar 2017 17:31:36 +0000 http://blog.pharmacymix.com/?p=7210 Spring has officially arrived and with it comes all the trends that help us leave winter’s dreariness behind for the new season’s light and warmth. Truthfully, most seasonal trends aren’t usually interesting enough to make me even consider abandoning my tried-and-true routine, but this year’s spring offerings seem to be right up my alley. Not... Read more »

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Spring has officially arrived and with it comes all the trends that help us leave winter’s dreariness behind for the new season’s light and warmth.

Truthfully, most seasonal trends aren’t usually interesting enough to make me even consider abandoning my tried-and-true routine, but this year’s spring offerings seem to be right up my alley. Not only are the makeup, skincare and fashion trends doable but they also make it easy to either incorporate them subtly or embrace them fully, no holds barred.

 

 

Here are my favorite spring trends that I will definitely be trying this season:

Makeup: Goodbye contouring, hello glowing skin. Highlighting is all the rage this spring. Catch the light here and there, along the brow bone or upper cheek bones with liquid or powder highlighters or let loose with all-over “glowtions” that contain light-reflecting pigments for iridescent overdrive. Two-toned lipsticks are also a fun way to create dimension this season.

Skincare: Gel-cream hybrids are also starting to become more popular as the weather gets warmer. Packed full of active ingredients in a light texture that’s quick to absorb, look for these “bouncy” products in Korean pressed serums and body moisturizing treatments. Also be prepared to see more skincare boosters in stores for a bit of DIY customizing. Small, concentrated containers of antioxidants, hydrators and even color tints allow you to amp up your daily moisturizer with just a few drops.

Fashion: Stripes are everywhere this spring. Whether it be the sedate banker type or as colorful as a holiday by the seaside, it’s easy to add a bit of this trend to your basic wardrobe. Bold and bright or classic and understated, there are no rules for this most wearable style.

I have a feeling I will love these enough to carry them into summer as well.

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Customer Questions: All Things Sunscreen https://phamix.com/2017/03/customer-questions-all-things-sunscreen/ https://phamix.com/2017/03/customer-questions-all-things-sunscreen/#comments Wed, 15 Mar 2017 17:38:44 +0000 http://blog.pharmacymix.com/?p=7165 Is it too early to start thinking about sunscreen? Clearly, our customers don’t as we get questions about this indispensable #1 anti-aging product all through the year. If you’re wondering about some of our sun protection products, read on. Alternatively, give us a call and we’ll be happy to chat about all things sunscreen. 1.... Read more »

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Is it too early to start thinking about sunscreen? Clearly, our customers don’t as we get questions about this indispensable #1 anti-aging product all through the year.

If you’re wondering about some of our sun protection products, read on. Alternatively, give us a call and we’ll be happy to chat about all things sunscreen.

1. Just wondering if you thought the La Roche Posay Anthelois XL Comfort Cream/Melt in Cream SPF 60 sunscreen would be okay for sensitive skin?

Anthelios XL SPF 60 Comfort Cream/Melt-in Cream is fragrance-free, has been tested on sensitive skin and is marked as hypoallergenic by the manufacturer. However, as those with sensitive skin may have a more difficult time tolerating chemical sun filters, you may want to consider something like Anthelios SPF 50+ Dermo Kids Lotion (which is made specifically for children’s sensitive skin and has a formula with higher amounts of titanium dioxide and lower amounts of chemical sun filters). You may also want to consider Cliniderm SPF 45 Gentle Protective Lotion which uses only titanium dioxide and zinc oxide as its active ingredients.

As with any new product, and especially if you have sensitive skin, always perform a skin patch test to minimize any possible irritation.

2. I was going to order your sun screen but I had ordered a sunscreen from another website which has Titanium Dioxide & Zinc Oxide and I cannot use this as it is pure white and does not spread on the skin. It looks like something that would be used in a Funeral Home. Why is it like this and is your product easy to spread and is it also very white?

We recognize that finding a sunscreen that you love wearing every day can be a challenge. Physical sun filters titanium dioxide and zinc oxide can often be heavy and leave a white finish on the skin. depending on your complexion. Zinc oxide covers the full range of the UV spectrum, both the longer UVA (aging) and shorter UVB (burning) rays. Studies have shown zinc oxide to be safe, effective and stable upon sun exposure. While titanium dioxide does a good job in blocking the UVB rays, it doesn’t block all UVA rays and should be used in combination with other sun filters to cover a wider range of the UVA spectrum.

If you are open to using the much sought-after filters Mexoryl XL or Tinosorb S, you may want to consider Anthelios XL SPF 50+ Comfort Creme, Anthelios XL SPF 50+ Ultralight Fluide aka Fluide Extreme or Anthelios XL SPF 60 Lightweight Lotion. All three provide great sun protection with an invisible finish.

If you want to stick with physical sun filters, you’ll be happy to hear that we’re working on a formulation called Apothekari Shade SPF 30, an all-natural sunscreen with zinc oxide. Not only does it block 100% of both UVA and UVB rays but does it beautifully without leaving a white finish. Add in UV-absorbing red algae extract and antioxidant ergothioneine and we think it’s a winner. Watch for it soon!

3. My dermatologist has recommended using a sunscreen called Tinosorb-Bemotrizinol and recommended your website as a place to purchase it. I cannot find it on your site- any suggestions?

We are so pleased that your dermatologist suggested contacting us. Tinosorb-S (also known as Bemotrizinol) is actually one of the newest sun filters available. We love it because it is photostable, helps to stabilize other sun filters, is compatible with filters Mexoryl XL and SX and is not associated with any known skin irritations. Read more about it here in our blog.

You’ll find it in a few of the sunscreens that we carry: Anthelios XL SPF 50 Comfort Creme for the face, Anthelios XL SPF 50 Lait Veloute in the large 300ml/ 10 oz tube, Anthelios XL SPF 50 BB Cream and both the tinted and untinted versions of Anthelios XL SPF 50 Ultrafluid (aka Fluide Extreme).

If you have questions about finish, feel and suitability, please don’t hesitate to give us a call as we make it a point to try as many of the sun protection products as we can for first-hand information.

4. Is it okay to purchase discounted UNOPENED sunscreen, with tanning agent, from a shop that expires in a month? I won’t need to use it for two months (so it will be a month past expiry when I start using it) when I’m back in Australia. I can’t imagine it lasting much longer than a month or two because I’m fair skinned and pretty diligent with my sunscreen use.

Expiration dates for sunscreen and skincare are based on tests that the manufacturer has conducted to demonstrate how long the product retains its efficacy and safety. If a manufacturer runs a test for only 2 years, then they can only label that product’s efficacy is for 2 years. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that it will automatically ‘go bad’ or lose its efficacy the day after its expiration date. It just means that this is the duration it’s been tested to demonstrate that it is still safe and effective. A product could very well retain its efficacy for several years more, but there is no way to know without additional testing.

Sunscreens generally have a shelf life of 12 months after opening. If the product has gone past the best before date, it is most likely still safe to use. However, heavily discounted products with a short expiry date are usually final sale with no chance of refund even if the consistency, smell or color are off. This may just be a case of “Buyer Beware”.

5. I was interested in the site’s comment that Anthelios XL + Fluide Extreme (which we had used for years) has now been reformulated with Tinosorb and is now called Ultra Fluid. Surprisingly, the La Roche site is apparently not updated: it still says it is called ANTHELIOS XL SPF 50+FLUID ULTRA-LIGHT, and does not list Tinosorb as an ingredient. Are these the same? Also, we had switched to an EltaMD product, which had been recommended for my rosacea condition. I’d like to try the Anthelios Ultra Fluid but wondered if in the new formulation it is safe for rosacea?

You are right that the Anthelios XL SPF 50+ Fluide Extreme has been renamed Anthelios XL SPF 50+ Fluide Ultra-light Fluide with a new formulation. The link you provided has Tinosorb S listed with its chemical name, BIS-ETHYLHEXYLOXYPHENOL METHOXYPHENYL TRIAZINE. This matches with the stock that we currently have.

As for its suitability for those who have rosacea, it would be difficult to determine without a skin patch test. Because rosacea manifests itself differently for each person, it would impossible to tell if the Anthelios XL SPF 50 Ultra-light Fluide would act as a trigger. Those who deal with rosacea tend to do better with sunscreens that use only physical sun filters such as zinc oxide and/or titanium oxide.

6. I have used the Anthelios products for many years. However, now I find some products have been discontinued. What could I use in place of the Anthelios XL SPF 45 Spray? My dermatologist recommended these products because of the Mexoryl XL. Also, is the Ombrelle Facestick as good a product as the Anthelios Facestick?

With the Anthelios XL SPF 45 Spray Lotion being discontinued by the manufacturer, we currently have two other spray sunscreen options that contain Mexoryl XL: Anthelios Dermo-Pediatric SPF 50+ Spray in aerosol and in pump dispenser. We also have quite a selection of sunscreens in cream or lotion format that also contain Mexoryl XL.

As for the Ombrelle SPF50 Facestick and the Anthelios SPF60 Targeted Stick, both contain the exact same sun filters in the same percentages for effective sun protection.

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Apothekari AHA-Mazing Clean Cleansing Gel: It’s Back! https://phamix.com/2017/03/apothekari-aha-mazing-clean-cleansing-gel-its-back/ https://phamix.com/2017/03/apothekari-aha-mazing-clean-cleansing-gel-its-back/#respond Mon, 13 Mar 2017 17:25:42 +0000 http://blog.pharmacymix.com/?p=7158 Lovers of our Apothekari AHA-Mazing Clean Cleansing Gel will be happy to know that it is available again! A slight reformulation of this cleanser results in a more gentle, but just as effective exfoliating treatment, suitable for most skin types, except sensitive. The three major ingredients in AHA-Mazing Clean will help to improve skin’s overall... Read more »

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Lovers of our Apothekari AHA-Mazing Clean Cleansing Gel will be happy to know that it is available again! A slight reformulation of this cleanser results in a more gentle, but just as effective exfoliating treatment, suitable for most skin types, except sensitive. The three major ingredients in AHA-Mazing Clean will help to improve skin’s overall appearance, smoothing fine lines and wrinkles, gently exfoliating clogged pores and promoting cellular renewal.

Apothekari AHA-Mazing Clean was tweaked to remove the sugar cane extract while still retaining the combination of three alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs):

  • Lactic Acid. Simultaneously hydrates and exfoliates, while also reducing fine lines and wrinkles. Lactic Acid also works wonders at evening out pigmentation discolorations.
  • Malic Acid. Gentle exfoliation, skin smoothing and promotes cellular renewal. Derived from apples.
  • Tartaric Acid. Improves the skin’s ability to retain hydration and exfoliates, further smoothing skin.

Exfoliating regularly removes that dulling top layer of dead skin cells that can act as a barrier to full absorption of active ingredients.  When exfoliation is the one step that seems to fall by the wayside in our busy lives, having alpha hydroxy acids in a daily cleanser is an easy way to a brighter complexion.

This cleanser is an elegant white pearl liquid that contains the beautiful combination of Peppermint and Spearmint Oil. It is paraben free, gluten free and sulfate free.

Apothekari AHA-Mazing Clean works best when used once or twice daily as part of your regular skin care regimen.

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International Women’s Day https://phamix.com/2017/03/international-womens-day/ https://phamix.com/2017/03/international-womens-day/#respond Wed, 08 Mar 2017 18:26:41 +0000 http://blog.pharmacymix.com/?p=7187 March 8th is International Women’s Day, a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. It is also an opportunity to raise awareness for the need to create real change.  The movement is aiming high: challenging conscious and unconscious bias, valuing women’s contributions equally with men’s and committing to helping girls... Read more »

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March 8th is International Women’s Day, a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. It is also an opportunity to raise awareness for the need to create real change.  The movement is aiming high: challenging conscious and unconscious bias, valuing women’s contributions equally with men’s and committing to helping girls and women to achieve their goals are just a few of the objectives.  This year’s campaign theme is #BeBoldForChange, a call to help forge a better working environment and a more gender inclusive world.

“Each one of us – with women, men and non-binary people joining forces – can be a leader within our own spheres of influence by taking bold pragmatic action to accelerate gender parity.”  Before you think, “But what can I do?  What difference can I make?” remember that the key is to take action within your own sphere of influence.  Each step we take has the potential to create a ripple effect, with an impact that is more far-reaching than we anticipate.  Something as simple as speaking openly to your daughter, sister, friend or co-worker about women’s struggles and the challenges we have faced to overcome obstacles can inspire, support and drive change.

Here are a few things you can do today to #BeBoldForChange:

  • Challenge bias and inequality by pointing out bias and highlight alternatives in the workplace
  • Campaign against violence by educating youth about positive relationships and volunteering your time at a local charity
  • Forge women’s advancement by supporting a woman-owned business or mentoring another woman
  • Celebrate women’s achievements by applauding women role models and fighting for fair recognition and credit for women’s contributions
  • Champion women’s education by donating to charities that promote education for girls and by encouraging more young women to consider studies in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)

The World Economic Forum predicts that gender parity won’t occur for another 170 years.  There’s much work to be done.

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How To Beat Muscle Aches & Pains https://phamix.com/2017/03/how-to-beat-muscle-aches-pains/ https://phamix.com/2017/03/how-to-beat-muscle-aches-pains/#respond Mon, 06 Mar 2017 16:35:17 +0000 http://blog.pharmacymix.com/?p=7150 Muscle aches, or myalgia, is an extremely common condition. Whether caused by shoveling snow, lifting something heavy, or sleeping on an uncomfortable mattress, most of us have experienced muscle pain at some point. Because muscle is present in almost every part of the body, muscle pain may be felt practically anywhere. Most instances of myalgia... Read more »

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Muscle aches, or myalgia, is an extremely common condition. Whether caused by shoveling snow, lifting something heavy, or sleeping on an uncomfortable mattress, most of us have experienced muscle pain at some point. Because muscle is present in almost every part of the body, muscle pain may be felt practically anywhere.

Most instances of myalgia result from too much stress, tension, or physical activity. Some common causes include:

  • Muscle tension in one or more areas of the body
  • Overusing the muscle during physical activity
  • Injuring the muscle while engaging in physically demanding work or exercise

Our online store offers a range of treatments to help with occasional muscle aches and pains:

Robaxin. Featuring the muscle relaxant methocarbamol, the Robaxin line of treatments includes products supplemented with additional pain killers including ibuprofen, acetaminophen and acetylsalicylic acid.

Voltaren. This topical treatment features diclofenac, an effective anti-inflammatory agent, which helps to relieve pain and swelling. Available in regular, extra strength and EZ open.

 

Lakota. Pain relief made with natural ingredients. Lakota offers a range of treatments to relieve arthritis, joint, muscle, or back pain.

Non-drug measures that may provide relief from muscle pain include:

  • Gently stretching the muscles
  • Avoiding high-impact activities until after the muscle pain goes away
  • Avoiding weight-lifting sessions until the muscle pain is resolved
  • Giving yourself time to rest
  • Doing stress-relieving activities and exercises such as yoga and meditation to relieve tension

If your muscle pain is a result of minor injuries, stress or exercise, home treatment is usually sufficient. However, if you suffer a severe injury or have systemic disease, this can be serious and requires medical care. Muscle pain that is accompanied by breathing difficulties, dizziness, extreme muscle weakness, high fever or stiff neck requires immediate attention and you should seek medical care.

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Spring Cleaning for the Skin https://phamix.com/2017/03/spring-cleaning-for-the-skin/ https://phamix.com/2017/03/spring-cleaning-for-the-skin/#respond Wed, 01 Mar 2017 18:19:17 +0000 http://blog.pharmacymix.com/?p=7141 Finally, we can say that Spring is on its way! And just like our homes and wardrobes, our skin could do with a bit of spring cleaning to get ready for the warmer weather. Here are 6 things we can do to prep from head to toe: 1. Exfoliate the face. After hibernating all winter... Read more »

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Finally, we can say that Spring is on its way! And just like our homes and wardrobes, our skin could do with a bit of spring cleaning to get ready for the warmer weather. Here are 6 things we can do to prep from head to toe:

1. Exfoliate the face. After hibernating all winter behind scarves and under heavy creams, our face could do with a bit of a gentle scrub. Exfoliating is the one step that most likely gets left out each week but when you realize the long list of benefits , we think you’ll make the time. There’s no end to the options: dry brush, muslin cloths, mechanical rotating brushes and alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) treatments. My favorite right now is an exfoliating sheet mask. Not only are these incredibly popular and easy to find, they’ll give you a reason to sit back and do nothing for 10 minutes while the AHA’s and fruit enzymes do their job. You can also consider adding a cleanser like Apothekari AHA-Mazing Clean Gel with a triple combination of gentle and effective AHAs.

2. Give your body a good polish. Shower, moisturize and go, that’s the body’s basic routine for winter. Dealing with dry skin may have been the priority but now with spring on the way, we need to slough off the dead skin cells that have been hiding under the heavy sweaters and long pants. Exfoliating will actually allow moisturizers to do a better job without that extra barrier. And if you’re like many of us, there may have been a lapse in body hair grooming over the past few months. Giving your arms and legs a bit more attention will also make hair removal easier and more thorough. Apothekari Bamboo Lemongrass Foaming Body Polish is our go-to. We love it for the unique foaming action, the invigorating scent and, best of all, the non-oily feel. No more slipping around in the tub!

3. Switch over to a dedicated sunscreen. This is the time of year that we tend to change over from a moisturizer with SPF to Anthelios XL SPF 50+ Comfort Crème, a dedicated sunscreen made specifically for the face. Its lightweight feel and invisible finish make it an obvious choice for everyday wear, even under makeup. And we couldn’t be happier about the formulation: Tinosorb S, Mexoryl Xl and Mexoryl SX plus calming antioxidant baicalin.

4. Lighten up with the moisturizer. As the temperatures go up, it’s time to leave behind the heavy face creams. Choose a lighter moisturizer that won’t interfere with your other topical treatments, like Apothekari Daily Infusion. But use only as needed. You may find that an additional moisturizer is unnecessary as many sunscreens now have hydration built in with ingredients like vitamin E (tocopherol) and glycerin.

5. Book a pedicure. I try to leave it to the professionals at least twice a year: once in spring and once in fall. To maintain results in between appointments, Eucerin Repair Foot Cream with 10% urea every night works wonders. The secret, besides consistency, is the urea which not only hydrates but exfoliates as well. And if we let things slide a bit, take comfort that Flexitol Heel Magic is available for emergencies.

6. Buy a new pair of sandals or a new dress. Technically, this is not spring cleaning, but after all our hard work to get our skin ready for the new season, it’s a way to celebrate all our efforts. We definitely deserve it.

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Voltaren Extra Strength Bonus Offer https://phamix.com/2017/02/voltaren-extra-strength-bonus-offer/ https://phamix.com/2017/02/voltaren-extra-strength-bonus-offer/#respond Mon, 27 Feb 2017 19:07:31 +0000 http://blog.pharmacymix.com/?p=7137 Since introducing Voltaren Extra Strength Emulgel two years ago, this little miracle in a tube has become one of our top sellers and a customer favorite. In fact, we have a sneaky suspicion that it’s more popular than the original, which is saying a lot! While supplies last, we’re offering a convenient 30g bonus tube... Read more »

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Since introducing Voltaren Extra Strength Emulgel two years ago, this little miracle in a tube has become one of our top sellers and a customer favorite. In fact, we have a sneaky suspicion that it’s more popular than the original, which is saying a lot!

While supplies last, we’re offering a convenient 30g bonus tube of Voltaren Extra Strength Emulgel with every order of two Voltaren, whether it be the Original or Extra Strength formulas, or one of each! Maximum of one bonus tube per order.

If you haven’t had an opportunity to try this 2.32% diclofenac version, now is the perfect time. And if you’re already a fan of the Extra Strength, you’ll be getting an ideal size for passing on to a friend who is looking for relief from joint pain, muscle pain and stiff knees. Of course, you may just want to keep it for yourself in the car or purse.

Don’t let pain keep you from doing the things you love to do every day. Freedom of movement is within reach!

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