PhaMix https://phamix.com Sunscreens, Skincare & More Mon, 21 Aug 2017 15:34:46 +0000 en-CA hourly 1 https://s3-ca-central-1.amazonaws.com/phamix.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/12134225/cropped-pharmacymix-favicon-01-125x125.png PhaMix https://phamix.com 32 32 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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Vaginal Dryness: Causes and Treatments https://phamix.com/2017/07/vaginal-dryness-causes-treatments/ Wed, 26 Jul 2017 17:07:07 +0000 https://phamix.com/?p=73905 Vaginal dryness may not be a “say it loud and say it proud” kind of phrase, but it is a common condition that many women experience, particularly during menopause.  It’s estimated that 30% of women experience this symptom during this time of change.  The numbers go up to over 50% after menopause when production of... Read more »

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Vaginal dryness may not be a “say it loud and say it proud” kind of phrase, but it is a common condition that many women experience, particularly during menopause.  It’s estimated that 30% of women experience this symptom during this time of change.  The numbers go up to over 50% after menopause when production of estrogen decreases dramatically substantially. and eventually ceases altogether.

Although frequently associated with menopause, vaginal dryness can occur at any time of life when estrogen levels fluctuate. Breastfeeding, radiation or chemotherapy or other and certain medications may all be responsible.  Vaginal atrophy is a more severe progression of the dryness, which involves thinning, drying and inflammation of the vaginal walls due to your body having less estrogen. Vaginal atrophy occurs most often after menopause. For many women, vaginal atrophy not only makes intercourse painful, but also leads to distressing urinary symptoms.  We openly talk about menopausal hot flashes, irritability, forgetfulness and insomnia but  vaginal dryness, vaginal atrophy and sexual disinterest still seem to be topics that do not precipitate frank and candid discussions.  This is despite the quality of life impact it can have on the women affected by it.

Luckily, vaginal dryness and vaginal atrophy can and should be treated.  Women should not be merely resigned to the fact that this happens.  Speak to your doctor to rule out more serious causes and ask if lubricating and moisturizing treatments can help.  We’ve added several to our store’s Wellness section, including:

  • Gynatrof Gel: non-hormonal vaginal lubricant in convenient gel form that improves hydration, relieves and treats vaginal atrophy and its underlying symptoms.  Available in Europe since 2006 and now here!
  • Zestica: natural-feel lubricant specially formulated with two types of hyaluronic acid molecules for instant relief and longer-term moisture.
  • RepaGyn Ovules: hormone-free nightly treatment that helps relieve dryness and promote healing of vaginal tissue.
  • Zestra: available in handy pump dispenser or convenient single-dose packets, Zestra contains active ingredients to increase blood flow and local sensitivity to enhance arousal.  Best used with Zestra Glide Lubricant.

Simple, effective treatments for vaginal dryness and vaginal atrophy are available. Reduced estrogen levels causes changes to your body, but it doesn’t mean you have to live with the discomfort.

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Propanediol https://phamix.com/2017/07/propanediol/ https://phamix.com/2017/07/propanediol/#respond Wed, 19 Jul 2017 17:16:39 +0000 http://blog.pharmacymix.com/?p=7042 As cosmetic and skincare companies modify formulations in order to adjust to customer preferences, you may notice propanediol popping up more frequently in the list of ingredients of your favorite product. Also known as 1,3 propanediol, it is structurally similar to its chemical cousin propylene glycol, but its differences are making it a more popular... Read more »

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female-scientistAs cosmetic and skincare companies modify formulations in order to adjust to customer preferences, you may notice propanediol popping up more frequently in the list of ingredients of your favorite product. Also known as 1,3 propanediol, it is structurally similar to its chemical cousin propylene glycol, but its differences are making it a more popular choice in cosmetic preparations.

Propanediol is a glycol that is used mainly as a solvent and emulsifier, helping formulations with stability. It allows active ingredients to remain suspended uniformly in solution, giving products a consistent and even quality. Glycols are also widely used due to their hydrating properties which lend a smooth feel and finish to the end product.

The advantages that propanediol has over propylene glycol are many:

• Studies have shown it to have low potential for skin irritation
• EWG gives it an overall low hazard rating of 1
• Rather than petroleum-based, propanediol is sourced from corn and produced via a fermentation process using corn sugar
• It comes from a renewable resource, a factor that has become increasingly important as consumers consider environment impact when choosing their products

Generally well-tolerated and favored by those who are looking for more “natural” ingredients, we’ve also become converts. You’ll find this handy little compound in our newly reformulated Apothekari Bespoke vitamin C+++ serum where it performs the important job of making sure you receive maximum results from its range of highly effective antioxidants.

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About SPF: A Primer https://phamix.com/2017/07/about-spf-a-primer/ Wed, 12 Jul 2017 14:18:13 +0000 https://phamix.com/?p=73855 We’ve officially hit summer, and with the warmer temperatures, most of us are spending a lot more time outdoors.  Using sunscreen may be a given for many, but if you care about keeping your skin healthy and young-looking, it’s important to understand how the sun can cause damage and even more crucial to know how... Read more »

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We’ve officially hit summer, and with the warmer temperatures, most of us are spending a lot more time outdoors.  Using sunscreen may be a given for many, but if you care about keeping your skin healthy and young-looking, it’s important to understand how the sun can cause damage and even more crucial to know how to maximize the protective power of your sunscreen.  SPF is not everything!

First up, what exactly does SPF mean?  SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. This rating system is a measurement of the length of time a sunscreen will protect you from burning UVB rays compared to how long it would take you to burn with no protection whatsoever. For instance, if you typically burn in 10 minutes, an SPF 30 product should give you protection for 10 minutes x 30, so 300 minutes. Keep in mind that this is very much dependent on applying enough, something most of us do not do.

Another thing to keep in mind: reapplying after the recommended 2 hours does not extend your protection time by another 300 minutes. You are simply maintaining the same level of protection for the same amount of time. The SPF rating does not give any indication of the amount of protection afforded against UVA rays (those responsible for skin aging). Most dermatologists recommend choosing a sunscreen with a minimum SPF 30 (which blocks about 97% of UVB rays; an SPF 60 product blocks about 99%). Which brings us to….

Broad Spectrum. Sunscreen formulations that protect against both burning UVB rays as well as the longer, deeper penetrating UVA rays (linked with premature aging and many types of skin cancer) are known as broad spectrum. Over the last 10 years, it has become increasingly evident that UVA rays are responsible for damaging skin cells in the basal layer of the epidermis where most skin cancers occur. Unlike UVB rays, UVA rays are prevalent year round and can pass through clouds and windows, further supporting the need for sunscreen year round, regardless of weather. Lucky for you, we stock a wide selection of broad spectrum sunscreens including ever popular Mexoryl sunscreens, including Anthelios and Ombrelle.

Now that we know what type of sunscreen to choose, here are 5 tips for getting the most out of your sunscreen:

 1.    Apply 15-30 Minutes Prior to Sun Exposure:

Although applying the sunscreen upon arriving at the beach or 5 minutes before you step out the door is probably more the norm, it may not be the optimum timeframe for application. Physical sunscreens (those containing titanium dioxide or zinc oxide, like Cliniderm SPF45 Gentle Protective Lotion and Neostrata Protective Lotion SPF45) may be applied with no waiting time because they work by sitting on top of the skin and deflecting UV rays. Chemical sunscreens (those containing ingredients such as Mexoryl SX, Mexoryl XL and Tinosorb S), however, need some time to interact with the skin’s surface before reaching maximum effectiveness. Sun filters in these sunscreens work by absorbing UV rays and releasing them as harmless heat. Even if you’ve missed the 15-30 minute window, you’ll still get more protection if you put on sunscreen than if you don’t.

 2.    Apply Enough.

Studies have shown that the majority of us never apply enough sunscreen for adequate protection – the reason for sunburns and tanning despite sunscreen application. To achieve the Sun Protection Factor listed on a bottle of sunscreen, you should use approximately two milligrams of sunscreen per square centimeter of skin. In practice, this means applying the equivalent of a shot glass (two tablespoons or 1 fluid ounce) of sunscreen to the exposed areas of the face and body – a nickel-sized dollop to the face alone. I like to apply once, wait a few minutes and then apply a slightly thinner layer on top. This way I know that I haven’t missed any spots. And stretching one bottle of sunscreen over the whole summer is not the goal!

 3.    Reapply As Needed.

The advice regarding reapplication is directed towards being outside in direct light, which can break down sunscreen filters. And since most of us don’t apply enough, the reapplication advice helps to ensure that we end up with better and longer sun protection.  If the majority of your day is spent inside, your sunscreen should still be effective at the end of the day. If you are outside, however, reapply every 2 hours. You may need to reapply more often if you are swimming or sweating.  Reapplying is a must after towelling off.

 4.    Use a Water-Resistant Sunscreen if Swimming or Sweating:

Not all sunscreens are water-resistant so make sure you choose one if you need it. Water resistant sunscreens are formulated to resist being washed off by water. The industry standard for “water resistant” is effective for 40 minutes in the water. “Very water resistant” sunscreens are effective for 80 minutes in the water. However, like the sun, water also breaks down the stability and effectiveness of the sun filters, leaving you exposed to harmful rays that will not only burn but age and increase the risk for skin cancer. Washing your hands also removes sunscreen so reapply if you need to.

 5.    Don’t miss these commonly missed parts:

  • Lips
  • The part in your hair (sprays or powder sunscreens are ideal here)
  • Ears
  • Décolleté
  • Back of the neck
  • Under the chin
  • Tops of the feet
  • Hands
  • Backs of the knees

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What’s New from Anthelios? https://phamix.com/2017/07/whats-new-from-anthelios/ Wed, 05 Jul 2017 19:02:44 +0000 https://phamix.com/?p=73962 School’s out, summer’s in, and that means long days spent outside. What better time to introduce two new sunscreens from trusted brand Anthelios, formulated with kids in mind: 1.     Anthelios SPF 50+ Dermo Pediatrics Wet Skin Gel Lotion:  Ideal for children who are in and out of the water, this formulation features WET SKIN INNOVATION,... Read more »

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School’s out, summer’s in, and that means long days spent outside. What better time to introduce two new sunscreens from trusted brand Anthelios, formulated with kids in mind:

1.     Anthelios SPF 50+ Dermo Pediatrics Wet Skin Gel Lotion:  Ideal for children who are in and out of the water, this formulation features WET SKIN INNOVATION, an invisible gel that is instantly absorbed and creates a hydrophobic film on the skin to help repel water. SPF protection is maintained even when applied on wet skin.  Anthelios Dermo Pediatrics Wet Skin Gel Lotion SPF 50+ offers very high face and body protection for children’s sensitive skin and is excellent for sun-intolerant skin and extreme sunshine intensity.  It’s easy to apply, non-greasy, non-sticky and doesn’t leave white marks when applied to wet skin.

2.     Anthelios SPF 50+ Dermo Pediatrics  Smooth Lotion: This new lotion provides optimal SPF 50+ protection reinforced against UVA rays (stricter than the European recommendation on suncare products) thanks to patented filtering system Mexoplex combined with soothing and antioxidant La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water.  Mexoplex is the highly coveted trio of sun filters Mexoryl SX, Mexoryl XL and Tinosorb S, all working synergistically together to offer very high broad-spectrum and photostable protection for both the face and body.  Although specially formulated for children’s sensitive skin, this product is suitable for the whole family.

And just in time for your summer holidays, these customer favorites are back in stock: Anthelios SPF 50+ Dermo Pediatric Spray Lotion with Mexoplex technology as well as Anthelios SPF 50 Dermo Kids Lotion with 4.5% Mexoryl XL in the 150ml/5oz size.

Anthelios sunscreens are always ahead of the curve when it comes to excellent UV protection and effortless wearability.  Check out our entire range of Anthelios formulations here on our website.

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Focus on the Face: What Customers Are Asking https://phamix.com/2017/06/focus-face-customers-asking/ Wed, 28 Jun 2017 20:50:39 +0000 https://phamix.com/?p=73380 Our customers have been focusing on the face lately, asking specific questions about products that will help with the signs of aging. We love that our Phamix customers want to know what will work best for them and what they should be looking for in targeted treatments. Here are just a few that have come... Read more »

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Our customers have been focusing on the face lately, asking specific questions about products that will help with the signs of aging. We love that our Phamix customers want to know what will work best for them and what they should be looking for in targeted treatments. Here are just a few that have come in through our blog and website:

1. I have acneic, aging skin (age 66). It is very oily in summer but in winter I experience some dehydration but acne persists, only somewhat diminished. I use retinol in warm months but had to stop. I feel I still need it in winter. I was looking at Green Cream Level 3 and the Apothekari A is for Anti-Aging Retinal Serum. I don’t know which to choose. How strong is the Apothekari product? I use a vitamin C, Sodium Hyaluronate and a rejuvenating serum in the morning and at night (since I can’t find a nighttime treatment that doesn’t break me out. I like to stick with serums.) What do you recommend? Thanks for your advice.

Thanks for your question. Your timing could not be more perfect as we just posted a blog about how Apothekari A is for Anti-Aging (and retinoids in general) can be an effective treatment for adult acne. You can read more about it here in our post.

In terms of strength, A is for Anti-Aging contains 0.1% retinaldehyde. Studies have shown that retinaldehyde is the best tolerated form of vitamin A so products with this ingredient contain higher concentrations with less side effects and better results. Keep in mind, too, that retinaldehyde is just one conversion step away from retinoic acid, the form of vitamin A that the skin uses. Retinol, like in Green Cream, requires a two-step conversion process.

As with any new skincare product, we always recommend doing a skin patch test to minimize any unexpected reactions. Initially with retinoids in general, there may be a period of exfoliation while the skin adjusts so things may seem to get worse before they get better. However, we really believe in Apothekari A is for Anti-Aging (it has become the line’s customer favorite, hands down) in terms of its gentleness and effectiveness, so much so that we offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

2. I have noticed dark spots under my eyes. Could you please advise me what else should i do to remove this? Thank you.

The area under the eye is quite delicate and fading dark spots can be a long-term process. There are few products that you may want to consider. We recommend:

• A retinoid formulation like Neostrata SecureWhite Anti Dark Circle Complex. The retinol will help to fade spots by encouraging cells to act “normally”.
• An antioxidant treatment like Apothekari Firming Eye Gel, which contains vitamin C and ferulic acid, which can help combat hyperpigmentation and prevent new spots from forming.
• Applying a good sunscreen suitable for the eye area every day to prevent dark spots from recurring.

3. What’s the shelf life of your Apothekari Bespoke Vitamin C+++ serum? Since ascorbic acid is very unstable, how do you stabilize it?

Thanks for your question.

As you know, the L-ascorbic acid form of vitamin C has the most clinical research to back up its usefulness in skin care. And it’s for this reason that we have chosen to formulate our Bespoke Vitamin C+++ serum with this ingredient.

You are wise to ask about the stability of any L-ascorbic acid serum as that is one of the downfalls of formulating. We have taken some steps to ensure that our serum retains its stability:

• We add a couple of actives, which deliver their own benefits – ferulic acid and vitamin E – but which also help to stabilize the L-ascorbic acid.
• We mix the serum to order so that the L-ascorbic acid is freshly added, helping to ensure that a bottle of the serum has a shelf life of 6-8 months as tested by our lab. This step is unique to other L-ascorbic acid serums on the market. It also allows us to avoid the use of certain ingredients, like propylene glycol, which may extend the shelf-life, but which some individuals are unable to tolerate.

Although not necessary, storage of the serum in a cool, dark place (like your refrigerator) may extend its shelf-life. However, we have not tested for this so are unable to guarantee this.

We hope that this helps to address your concerns but please don’t hesitate to contact us if we can be of further assistance.

4. Is the Preparation H ointment ok to go on my face? I had a tube shipped from Canada by a Facebook acquaintance and while it goes on greasy, when I apply it at night it is totally absorbed by the morning. Please say it is ok and will work the same! Thanks

Both Preparation H Cream and Preparation H Ointment have the same active ingredient, 1.0% BioDyne. Most of our customers, however, find the cream to have a more appealing texture when using it for wrinkles and under-eye puffiness. The choice between the cream and the ointment comes down to personal preference. As it is being used for purposes that are not indicated by the manufacturer, unfortunately, we are unable to give you any specific advice regarding its use.

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Margarita Sunburn https://phamix.com/2017/06/margarita-sunburn/ Wed, 21 Jun 2017 17:56:22 +0000 https://phamix.com/?p=73545 If you’re planning to indulge in outdoor entertaining this summer, you’ll want to know about phytophotodermatitis, also known as the Margarita Sunburn. As innocuous as this popular citrus fruit drink sounds, its consumption can result in surprisingly serious chemical burns and rashes. Limes, lemons and other foods such as figs, celery and grapefruit, contain a... Read more »

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What are you waiting for?

 

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