PhaMix https://phamix.com Sunscreens, Skincare & More Fri, 16 Feb 2018 19:59:10 +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 Valentine’s Day 2018: Show Yourself Some Love! https://phamix.com/2018/02/valentines-day-2018-show-yourself-some-love/ Wed, 14 Feb 2018 18:29:13 +0000 https://phamix.com/?p=76584 Valentine’s Day is typically dedicated to showing your significant other some love and appreciation. Instead of putting all that pressure on each other to make a grand gesture, why not celebrate yourself for once? At PhaMix, here’s what we would put on our wish list for this year’s most romantic holiday: Sweets: It may be... Read more »

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Valentine’s Day is typically dedicated to showing your significant other some love and appreciation. Instead of putting all that pressure on each other to make a grand gesture, why not celebrate yourself for once?

At PhaMix, here’s what we would put on our wish list for this year’s most romantic holiday:

  1. Sweets: It may be stereotypical but it just wouldn’t feel like Valentine’s Day without some sweets. Most of you know what we think about sugar (yes, it’s true: we have referred to it as a dietary evil in the past), but these sweet treats are actually good for the skin! Our Apothekari Sugar Scrubs provide excellent exfoliation to remove dead skin cells, leaving behind baby-soft skin. With fine granules that magically melt away and heavenly scents, these yummy scrubs are perfect for pampering yourself.
  2. Wine: Yes, alcohol can dehydrate the skin and make fine lines and wrinkles appear more prominent. And while overindulging can result in deep nasolabial lines and enlarged pores, enjoying an odd glass now and again is certainly no sin. To make things more festive, we’re opting for a beautifully red cranberry mimosa. Yum!
  3. Dinner: Nothing says love like not having to cook dinner. With Valentine’s Day falling mid-week this year, we think take-out is entirely appropriate. Did you know that St. Valentine’s Day was originally a feast day in the Christian calendar? Although this has nothing to do with eating a large meal, we can think of no better reason to serve up our take-out on fine china with some ambient candlelight.
  4. Time with our Favorite Guy: By this, we mean cuddling up on the couch while watching our favorite romantic comedy starring that tall, dark and handsome actor. You know which one. And if our significant other wants to join us, we’ll allow it, as long as he keeps his comments to himself.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Korean Skin Care Trends for 2018 https://phamix.com/2018/02/korean-skin-care-trends-for-2018/ Wed, 07 Feb 2018 18:51:36 +0000 https://phamix.com/?p=76591 With the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics set to start in a mere 2 days, it seems like the ideal time to check up on the newest skin care and beauty trends making waves in Korea. Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past few years, you will no doubt be aware of K-beauty’s reputation... Read more »

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With the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics set to start in a mere 2 days, it seems like the ideal time to check up on the newest skin care and beauty trends making waves in Korea. Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past few years, you will no doubt be aware of K-beauty’s reputation for being on the absolute cutting edge. Since the addition of BB creams to store shelves, Korean skin care has been literally dominating the cosmetic and skin care world. There’s no way to ignore the face masks, cushion compacts and cleansing oils that have exploded in popularity over the past few years.

Focusing on treatments that nourish, hydrate and protect the skin as opposed to products that cover up or camouflage, the goal is to achieve dewy skin with a slight rosy glow from within. Naturally flushed cheeks and clear, smooth, healthy skin is the aim, before makeup. Get used to hearing the term “glass skin”, where faces are flawless, radiant and almost reflective in finish.

2018 will not disappoint with South Korea’s reputation for bringing innovative and unique ingredients to the table. Here are our top 3 picks for trends and products that will give you a leg up on your healthy skin goals:

  1. Acne Treatments: Keep an eye out for handy kits with translucent stickers that deliver targeted treatment, blackhead scrubs and clay nose masks to detoxify and clean out pores. Apart from the requisite cute packaging, look for anti-inflammatory salicylic acid, tea tree oil, beta hydroxy acid and sebum-controlling green tea extract.
  2. Patting Splash Masks: The importance of regular exfoliation cannot be overstated when trying to achieve “glass skin” and what better way than using a patting splash mask in the shower? Shrinking a normally 20-minute process into a mere 15-seconds, patting splash masks are concentrated blends of alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) such as lactic acid and sugar cane extract along with antioxidants and botanical extracts. Pour a capful into the hands, splash and pat onto face and then use water from the shower to splash and rinse off. Splash masks can also be added to a sinkful of water and splashed onto the skin for 15 second before patting dry with a soft towel.
  3. Bubble Masks: As though animal sheet masks and rubber face masks weren’t fun enough, these self-foaming cleansing gels are formulated to react with oxygen and create tiny bubbles that theoretically bring oxygen to the skin and increase circulation. Although the jury is out on whether the skin can truly benefit from topically-applied oxygen, the bubbling action certainly makes for a unique and amusing experience while the skin absorbs the active ingredients.

All eyes will be focused on Korea for the next two weeks while world-class athletes battle it out for gold, silver and bronze. And you can bet that we’ll be paying as much attention to the flawless athletic performances as the flawless faces in the stands.

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Apothekari: Getting Real with Skin Care Results https://phamix.com/2018/01/apothekari-getting-real-with-skin-care-results/ Wed, 31 Jan 2018 18:58:01 +0000 https://phamix.com/?p=76352 We were delighted by the recent news of a giant American drugstore’s plans to end photoshopped advertisements in their stores and finally getting real with beauty products’ claims and skin care results. The negative impact of photoshopped media images is not a new issue. Television and magazine ads have been bombarding us with pictures of... Read more »

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We were delighted by the recent news of a giant American drugstore’s plans to end photoshopped advertisements in their stores and finally getting real with beauty products’ claims and skin care results. The negative impact of photoshopped media images is not a new issue. Television and magazine ads have been bombarding us with pictures of unrealistic beauty and body images for years.

Although we knew, in the back of our minds, that those images had been digitally altered, how often have we heard that little voice inside saying, “Why don’t I look like that?” or “Why didn’t it work for me?” Print readership may have plummeted in recent years but digital access to those same impossibly attainable images are available to anyone with a device (and who doesn’t have one nowadays?).

We’ve been led by the same philosophy of real skin care results in developing Apothekari’s products. We include ingredients that have a purpose, never added just because they are trendy, organic or natural. Apothekari is formulated with effective ingredients that are supported by science. We follow guidelines to ensure that ingredients are incorporated in our formulations at appropriate concentrations to ensure that you get optimal results.

We believe that your skin deserves the same care and attention as your overall health and wellness, and our products reflect that. Apothekari operates with honesty and transparency to deliver treatments that work. No hype or empty promises – just results.

Just as importantly as efficacy, we are also concerned with your safety. While we aren’t an organic skin care line and don’t claim to be “natural,” that doesn’t mean that we don’t care about what goes on your skin. Our founder is a Pharmacist so we take our science seriously!

All the products in our line are:

  • Paraben-free
  • Phthalate-free
  • Formaldehyde-free
  • SLS/SLES-free
  • Synthetic colourant and fragrance-free
  • Silicone-free
  • Cruelty-free, never tested on animals

Truthful marketing, factual information and above all, products that deliver real results – that’s Apothekari.

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Neostrata Anti-Aging and Brightening Peel Solutions – NEW! https://phamix.com/2018/01/neostrata-anti-aging-and-brightening-peel-solutions-new/ Wed, 24 Jan 2018 18:37:06 +0000 https://phamix.com/?p=76336 Neostrata Anti-Aging and Brightening Peel Solutions – NEW! Neostrata Canada, one of the first cosmeceutical companies to focus on the benefits of exfoliation to the skin, has recently introduced Anti-Aging Peel Solution and Brightening Peel Solution, two new products that cater to the growing trend of at-home beauty treatments. Both are dual-action professional-grade peels that... Read more »

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Neostrata Anti-Aging and Brightening Peel Solutions – NEW!

Neostrata Canada, one of the first cosmeceutical companies to focus on the benefits of exfoliation to the skin, has recently introduced Anti-Aging Peel Solution and Brightening Peel Solution, two new products that cater to the growing trend of at-home beauty treatments. Both are dual-action professional-grade peels that can be used in the convenience and privacy of your own home. These one-step peels, inspired by dermatological treatments, are highly concentrated in alpha hydroxy acids and enzymatic agents to deliver maximum results, yet gentle enough for at home use, with no recovery time necessary.

Neostrata Anti-Aging Peel Solution:

  • Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while improving skin elasticity and firmness
  • Skin texture looks smoother, pores look tightened and skin tone looks more even and radiant
  • Helps improve the absorption and performance of skin care products
  • Contains alpha hydroxy acids, papaya extract and 1.5% potent anti-aging peptide complex to improve skin’s elasticity, increase the look of skin’s thickness and reduce the appearance of wrinkles with a filling action

Neostrata Brightening Peel Solution:

  • Evens the look of skin tone and boosts radiance
  • Dark spots and skin discoloration appear reduced
  • Skin texture looks smoother, pores look tightened
  • Helps improve the absorption and performance of skin care products
  • Contains glycolic acid, gluconolactone, papaya extract and Genowhite, a new generation of brightening peptide from Asia that provides very fast results in reducing the look of dark spots

Can be used 1-3 times weekly on face, neck, décolleté and hands. For best results, use in the evening. Due to the potency of the formula, it is normal to experience a temporary tingling sensation or redness. Apply a moisturizer such as the Neostrata Post-Procedure Repair Cream for optimal comfort and results.

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Anthelios Sunscreens: How Mexoryl XL, SX and Other Sun Filters Work Together https://phamix.com/2018/01/anthelios-sunscreens-how-mexoryl-xl-sx-and-other-sun-filters-work-together/ Mon, 22 Jan 2018 20:25:56 +0000 https://phamix.com/?p=76282 Anthelios sunscreens with Mexoryl have an enviable reputation for their formulations, wearability and, of course, the effectiveness of the Mexoryl XL and SX sun filtering system. But have you ever wondered how the active ingredients in your sunscreen work together to protect your skin? To make the most well-informed decisions about sunscreen, it’s important to... Read more »

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Anthelios sunscreens with Mexoryl have an enviable reputation for their formulations, wearability and, of course, the effectiveness of the Mexoryl XL and SX sun filtering system. But have you ever wondered how the active ingredients in your sunscreen work together to protect your skin? To make the most well-informed decisions about sunscreen, it’s important to read labels and realize that not all sunscreens are created equal.

It’s important to first appreciate how the sun’s rays can cause skin damage. The sun is made up of shorter length UVB rays and longer length UVA rays. UVB rays are responsible for tanning and sunburns. UVA rays, on the other hand, penetrate deeper into the skin and contribute to wrinkles, premature aging, allergic reactions and some types of skin cancers. SPF (Sun Protection Factor) is a measurement of the amount of UVB protection that a sunscreen delivers. As of yet, there isn’t an official, international standard for measuring the UVA protection of a sunscreen. However, it’s taken that a ‘broad spectrum’ sunscreen will deliver adequate protection against both UVA and UVB rays. In our opinion, this is where Anthelios sunscreens excel!

Anthelios sunscreens stocked at PhaMix contain the ingredients Mexoryl SX and/or Mexoryl XL, which offer broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection. When combined with other effective sun filtering agents such as titanium dioxide, avobenzone, octocrylene or Tinosorb S, for example, Anthelios delivers excellent protection against UV rays. Many sunscreens on the market only deliver UVB protection, so while you may not get a sunburn, you aren’t protecting yourself against skin aging and skin cancers. In addition to their efficacy, Anthelios formulations are also highly photostable, meaning they don’t degrade when exposed to sunlight, thus preserving their protective properties. Studies have shown that Anthelios maintains the majority of its sun filtering capability even 24 hours after initial application.

As you wade through the myriad of sunscreens available on the market today, look for some of these key active ingredients to ensure the most comprehensive, broad spectrum protection for you and your family:

  • Titanium Dioxide: blocks UVB rays. It works by creating a physical barrier between the sun and your skin and is effective the moment you apply it. Titanium dioxide is inherently photostable, won’t break down upon UV exposure and is unlikely to cause skin irritation.
  • Zinc Oxide: Like titanium dioxide, this stable physical sun filter works by acting as a barrier between the skin and UV rays. Unlike titanium dioxide, it protects against both UVA and UVB rays.
  • Mexoryl SX: may also be listed as Terephthalylidene Dicamphor Sulfonic Acid. It blocks UVA rays measuring 290-400 nm, making it particularly effective in guarding against premature aging, wrinkles and other signs of aging.
  • Mexoryl XL: may also be listed as Drometrizole Trisiloxane; blocks UVA-II rays in the 320-340 nm range. When combined with Mexoryl SX, we think this sun filter provides the ultimate in UVA protection. Our most popular sunscreen is Anthelios XL SPF60 Comfort Cream with 3% Mexoryl XL and 3% Mexory SX.
  • Avobenzone: blocks UVA-I rays. Ideally, avobenzone (butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane) should be stabilized with octocrylene. Anthelios XL SPF50+ Lait Velouté features this important partnership along with titanium dioxide and Mexory SX, and with its 250ml / 8.45 oz size, the value is unbeatable.
  • Tinosorb S: blocks UVB as well as UVA rays measuring 280 nm to 400 nm. We’ve noticed that more customers are looking for sun protection that contains not only Mexoryl but also Tinosorb S, a chemical filter known for its photostability with a good safety profile. It isn’t associated with skin irritation and lacks hormone disruption effects associated with some older sun-filtering agents. Tinosorb S adds one more layer of protection against both UVA and UVB rays, an advantage that melanoma survivors are acutely aware of. You’ll find Tinosorb S in Anthelios XL SPF 50+ Ultralight Fluide as well as daily hydrator Anthelios KA SPF50.

The important thing is to select a photostable, broad spectrum sunscreen with a combination of active ingredients that protects your skin from both UVA and UVB rays that you’ll be happy wearing every day. Questions? Give us a call and we’d be happy to help you choose a sunscreen that’s right for you .

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Top 5 Skin Care Trends for 2018 https://phamix.com/2018/01/top-5-skin-care-trends-for-2018/ Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:37:53 +0000 https://phamix.com/?p=76081 With a new year comes the inevitable flood of lists of the top fads and styles that we will be witnessing over the next 12 months, and skin care trends of 2018 are no exception. However, we’ve noticed that instead of the usual outlandish crazes (such as crystal and cannabis-infused creams), the majority of the... Read more »

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With a new year comes the inevitable flood of lists of the top fads and styles that we will be witnessing over the next 12 months, and skin care trends of 2018 are no exception. However, we’ve noticed that instead of the usual outlandish crazes (such as crystal and cannabis-infused creams), the majority of the trends have a decidedly customized feel to them. It looks like the skin care industry’s offerings and what consumers really want have finally united into one happy convergence:

  1. Boosted Treatments: Each person’s skin is different with individual issues and needs. Recognizing that is the first step. Not only will we be seeing more skin care boosters for a bit of DIY customizing at home but bespoke treatments, blended with your choice of active ingredients, will also be more readily available to amp up your daily moisturizer. We like to think that we’re ahead of the curve on this one: we’ve had our own made-to-order vitamin C serum with high potency L-ascorbic acid and an arsenal of antioxidants, moisturizing and collagen promoting ingredients for years.
  2. At Home Beauty Tools: Facial cleansing tools like sonic brushes have been popular for many years, but are you ready for the next step? Say hello to microneedling kits  and light therapy masks for treating acne in the privacy and convenience of your own home, not to mention the very attractive long-term savings.
  3. Targeted Body Care: Newsflash: skin extends below the neck! Consumers are recognizing that the time and effort spent on building up healthy, glowing skin should also encompass the skin on the body. Retinoids may be the gold standard in anti-aging, but for a body care product with enough active ingredient to be effective, the cost may be steep. An excellent alternative would be glycolic acid to stimulate exfoliation, improve skin texture, reduce the appearance of wrinkles and age spots and promote cell regeneration. Neostrata Body Smoothing Lotion contains 10% glycolic acid for softer, smoother skin.
  4. All in One: More than multi-tasking, these all-in-one products will be geared toward simplifying the daily routine. Look for creams that can be used day and night, eye treatments that can tackle lines, wrinkles, dark circles and puffiness as well as moisturizers with built-in primers.
  5. Free From: Now that the word has gotten out that “all natural” and “organic” don’t guarantee “effectiveness” in the skin care world, consumers are looking specifically for products that don’t include what they don’t want as much as what they DO want. The search for “green” products has given way to the more specific quest for “clean” products. Consumers will continue to consciously seek products that are free from ingredients such as parabens, silicones, fragrances and gluten. Products that are free from animal testing are also aligning with consumers’ changing criteria of what they want in skin care.

We don’t claim to be clairvoyant but we can definitely see all five in our immediate future.

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Exfoliating: The Missing Link to Great Skin? https://phamix.com/2018/01/exfoliating-missing-link-great-skin/ Wed, 10 Jan 2018 18:59:02 +0000 https://phamix.com/?p=75806 You wouldn’t think that Christie Brinkley and Pharrell Williams have that much in common, but the fact is that both attribute their great skin to exfoliating. Genetics and a healthy lifestyle can’t be discounted, naturally, but both the legendary model and stylish musician have been open about how exfoliating has contributed to their youthful looks.... Read more »

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You wouldn’t think that Christie Brinkley and Pharrell Williams have that much in common, but the fact is that both attribute their great skin to exfoliating. Genetics and a healthy lifestyle can’t be discounted, naturally, but both the legendary model and stylish musician have been open about how exfoliating has contributed to their youthful looks.

When you exfoliate, dead dry skin cells that sit on the skin’s surface are cleared away. Although harmless, these skin cells can make skin look dull and dry. Remove them and healthy new skin shines through. Additionally, when you exfoliate, you get rid of the barrier that may impede the absorption of subsequent active ingredients.

You can exfoliate in one of two ways – chemically or mechanically. Mechanical exfoliation relies on pressure – a washcloth or a scrub will help to whisk away dead, dry skin cells. Results from mechanical exfoliation depend on the skill of the practitioner. Rubbing too lightly may be ineffective. Rub too harshly and you risk causing irritation. That’s why we prefer to exfoliate chemically by incorporating ingredients that will do the work for us in as simple a way as possible.

Here are our two favorite ways to exfoliate:

  1. With a Cleanser: Why not let your daily cleanser do double duty? Many cleansers now include extra-value ingredients like antioxidants and hydrators. Look for soap-free cleansers that include alpha hydroxy acids such as glycolic acid, malic acid from apples and other fruit acids. Our favorite is Apothekari AHA-Mazing Gel Cleanser with its triple combination of lactic, malic and tartaric acids.
  2. With a Vitamin C Serum: Although vitamin C is mainly known for its free radical fighting properties, this skin care workhorse can also be used as a way to exfoliate on a daily basis. Our Apothekari Bespoke vitamin C serum in either 10% or 15% concentration is formulated with a low pH to help remove dead skin cells. By allowing the serum to penetrate the skin for 30 minutes prior to applying other treatments and products, the L-ascorbic acid will help to “dissolve” the glue that holds skin cells together, very much like AHA’s, thus revealing the newer, fresher skin underneath.

Here’s a bonus tip you may not be aware of: retinoids are a great partner in the exfoliating process. As cell communicators, retinoids increase cell turnover, pushing the old cells to the top for quicker and easier removal. Maybe that’s why fans of Apothekari A is for Anti-Aging retinal serum say it makes their skin glow!

Unfortunately, exfoliating the face is most likely the one thing that gets cut out of your skin care routine when you run short of time, but we’re hoping to convince you that it’s quick, easy and worth the tiny bit of extra effort to accomplish this step, all without having to give up what little leisure time you have.

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Top 4 Menopause Myths https://phamix.com/2018/01/top-4-menopause-myths/ Wed, 03 Jan 2018 18:48:25 +0000 https://phamix.com/?p=75934 While menopause is a condition that most women will experience, many menopause myths persist about this very natural process. Once you’ve gone without having a menstrual cycle for 12 consecutive months, you’ve technically entered menopause. The period leading up to menopause, perimenopause, varies among individuals and often lasts between 3-5 years. For some, it can... Read more »

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While menopause is a condition that most women will experience, many menopause myths persist about this very natural process. Once you’ve gone without having a menstrual cycle for 12 consecutive months, you’ve technically entered menopause. The period leading up to menopause, perimenopause, varies among individuals and often lasts between 3-5 years. For some, it can be a long and drawn out experience with severe symptoms. For others, perimenopause is brief with very mild symptoms. Whichever end of the spectrum you’re on, managing your specific symptoms is key.

Here are 4 menopause myths:

1. Hot Flashes are the First Sign of Menopause. Although women complain most about the symptom of hot flashes, not everyone experiences them and they may not necessarily be the first indication that you’re approaching this major change in life. While it is true that approximately 75% of women experience hot flashes leading up to menopause, there is also a chance that they may continue beyond that point. A recent study identified 4 groups of women:

  • a. “Early onset” as those who experienced hot flashes 5-10 years prior to true menopause
  • b. “Late onset” as those who didn’t experience hot flashes until the end of their period
  • c. “Super flashers” who start early and whose symptoms continue well past menopause
  • d. Finally, the very lucky few who never experience hot flashes at all

2Sexual Libido Decreases. As with any time of life, libido can fluctuate. During menopause, estrogen levels drop dramatically, resulting in vaginal dryness and uncomfortable sex for many women. When intercourse becomes a less pleasant experience, your desire for contact may decrease. PhaMix carries several non-hormonal treatments that help relieve the symptoms of vaginal dryness, such as RepaGyn ovules, Gynatrof Gel and Zestica Moisture lubricant. Zestra Arousal Oil Packettes can now also be found in our wellness products.

3. Weight Gain is Inevitable. With changes in hormones, age and the slowing down of metabolism, weight gain is certainly a possibility but not a given. By increasing the frequency of exercise as well as including some weight training 2 – 3 times a week in your routine, packing on the pounds at menopause need not be unavoidable.

4. Your Period Will Simply Stop. If only this one myth were true! The entire process can in fact take 3-5 years. During this transitional time, periods can fluctuate in length, flow and frequency. Keep in mind that it is still possible to get pregnant during this time as ovulation does continue, albeit at less regular intervals.

Just as 50 is the new 30, menopause may just be the start of a new phase of relief and freedom.

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Keeping Healthy During the Holidays: 4 Tips https://phamix.com/2017/12/keeping-healthy-during-the-holidays-4-tips/ Wed, 27 Dec 2017 19:22:33 +0000 https://phamix.com/?p=75900 Keeping healthy during the holidays may not be at the top of your to-do list, but after weeks of burning the candle at both ends and extra socializing, it’s not uncommon to find ourselves feeling run down. Now’s the time to focus on our own well-being, and boosting the immune system to fend off winter’s... Read more »

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Keeping healthy during the holidays may not be at the top of your to-do list, but after weeks of burning the candle at both ends and extra socializing, it’s not uncommon to find ourselves feeling run down. Now’s the time to focus on our own well-being, and boosting the immune system to fend off winter’s colds and flus should be the priority.

Here are a few steps we can take to keep our immune system strong;

  1. Wash Your Hands. This may be basic information but Mom was right: washing your hands with soap and water helps prevent spreading the cold or flu virus. Aim to scrub hands for at least 20 seconds. And contrary to what is generally believed, hotter water doesn’t kill germs and bacteria better than cooler water. A recent study by Vanderbilt University found that washing hands well and often is more important than the temperature of the water used.
  2. Don’t Forget the Vitamins. We know about vitamin C but did you know that recent studies have shown that vitamin D could have the potential to be more effective than a vaccination against the flu? A study published earlier this year in the British Medical Journal pooled the results of 25 separate randomized, double blind, placebo controlled trials involving over 11,000 participants and found vitamin D supplements significantly reduced the risk of acute respiratory tract infection. These results bolster the long-held theory that a deficiency in vitamin D increases the risk of catching colds and flus. If taking a multi-vitamin or swallowing pills is just not your thing, vitamin D comes in a convenient no-excuses liquid format.
  3. Exercise. Not only will regular exercise help balance out the extra calories that we are bound to consume over the holidays but staying active also improves overall health and the ability to fight off germs. The theory is that regular exercise stimulates circulation and blood flow, thus increasing the movement of immune cells within the body. This allows them to better search and destroy invading germs and viruses.
  4. Get More Sleep. Think of this as preventive medicine. Allowing ourselves to get run down lowers our ability to fight off illness. Many studies have indicated that sleep deprivation lowers the production of T-cells, a type of white blood cell that searches out cellular abnormalities and infections. A 2009 study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine concluded that poor sleep habits lower our resistance to fighting off the common cold. The subjects who averaged less than 7 hours of sleep every night were almost 3 times more likely to develop a cold than those who averaged at least 8 hours of snooze time.

Stay strong! You’ll need it to tackle those New Year’s Resolutions in January!

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5 Tips to Reduce Holiday Stress https://phamix.com/2017/12/5-tips-reduce-holiday-stress/ Wed, 20 Dec 2017 19:00:34 +0000 https://phamix.com/?p=75688 Unless you are one of the lucky few to jet off to a worry-free sunny escape during December, there probably isn’t a single one of us who hasn’t experienced holiday stress. Short of locking oneself in the bathroom for a quiet moment alone, there are things that we can do to reduce the anxiety and... Read more »

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Unless you are one of the lucky few to jet off to a worry-free sunny escape during December, there probably isn’t a single one of us who hasn’t experienced holiday stress. Short of locking oneself in the bathroom for a quiet moment alone, there are things that we can do to reduce the anxiety and distress, many of which involve changing our own mindset. Our own expectations, fueled by the picture-perfect ideals that appear in magazines, movies and media, may be unrealistically high. Adjusting them and aiming instead for “imperfection” may be key.

Here are 5 tips to reduce holiday stress this year:

  1. Cut Down Your To-Do List. Okay, easier said than done, but start by looking at each item and asking yourself if it will make any difference to how much you and your family will enjoy the holidays if it doesn’t get done. Will you remember in years to come that the cloth napkins weren’t ironed? Or that you didn’t have a fresh floral centerpiece?
  2. Consider Using Prepared Foods. Instead of cooking everything from scratch, consider buying that dessert or side dish already prepared and ready to warm up and serve. Appetizers in particular can be time-consuming to make, so take advantage of frozen offerings or platters with crackers, cheese, fruit and antipasto for guests to help themselves.
  3. Forego wrapping gifts. To cut down on unnecessary wrapping and garbage, reuse large gift bags or paper bags with handles (we all have them stashed away) to fill with presents. Get younger children involved by decorating the bags. Need something a bit bigger? A cloth tote bag or even a pillow case will hold plenty of surprises for Christmas morning.
  4. Delegate. Attention, control freaks: most family members will feel more involved by helping out during the run-up to the holidays. General cleaning, last minute errands and decorating can all be done by others. And if it’s not exactly the way you would have done it, we’re sure nobody will notice or mind.
  5. Focus on the People, not Perfection. Holidays are a time to spend with family and friends, not focusing on what was perfect or not. We’re fairly certain that if everyone is having fun, those are the memories that will stick.

Which holiday memories stand out for you? The one when the dog jumped on the table and grabbed the turkey? Or when you short-circuited the house with too many Christmas lights? See, imperfection is the best.

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How to Choose Anthelios Sunscreens https://phamix.com/2017/12/how-to-choose-anthelios-sunscreens/ Mon, 18 Dec 2017 18:21:55 +0000 https://phamix.com/?p=75234 We get calls every day from customers asking us how to choose the Anthelios sunscreen that’s best for their needs and why La Roche Posay’s Anthelios is such a great product. With so many sunscreens on the market today, these are valid questions. There are reasons why dermatologists recommend Anthelios to their patients and why discerning customers... Read more »

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We get calls every day from customers asking us how to choose the Anthelios sunscreen that’s best for their needs and why La Roche Posay’s Anthelios is such a great product. With so many sunscreens on the market today, these are valid questions. There are reasons why dermatologists recommend Anthelios to their patients and why discerning customers choose it over many other sun products and in this post, we’ll explain just that.

How the Sun Damages Skin

It’s important to first understand how the sun’s rays can cause skin damage. The sun is made up of shorter length UVB rays and longer length UVA rays. UVB rays are responsible for tanning and sunburns. UVA rays, on the other hand, penetrate deeper into the skin and contribute to wrinkles, premature aging, allergic reactions and some types of skin cancers. SPF (Sun Protection Factor) is a measurement of the amount of UVB protection that a sunscreen delivers. As of yet, there isn’t an official, international standard for measuring the UVA protection of a sunscreen. However, it’s taken that a ‘broad spectrum’ sunscreen will deliver adequate protection against both UVA and UVB rays.

The Anthelios sunscreens that we stock at PhaMix contain the ingredients Mexoryl SX and/or Mexoryl XL, which offer broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection. When combined with other effective sun filtering agents such as titanium dioxide, avobenzone, octocrylene or Tinosorb S, for example, Anthelios delivers excellent protection against UV rays. Many sunscreens on the market only deliver UVB protection, so while you may not get a sunburn, you aren’t protecting yourself against skin aging and skin cancers. The Anthelios formulations are also highly photostable, meaning they don’t degrade when exposed to sunlight, thus preserving their protective properties. Studies have shown that Anthelios maintains the majority of its sun filtering capability even 24 hours after initial application.

If you’re not already convinced about the benefits of choosing Anthelios, consider this: Anthelios is luxuriously formulated into cosmetically elegant lotions and creams that feel great on the skin. The finish and texture are made to be wearable every day.  That’s why many of our customers return to PhaMix to buy Anthelios.

Here are a few of our most popular Anthelios products with benefits and features to help you choose the one that’s right for you:

ANTHELIOS XL SPF 60 COMFORT CREAM (100ml/3.4 oz)

Benefits:

  • Fragrance free
  • Non-comedogenic
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Tested under dermatological control
  • Smooth, non-greasy texture and velvet finish for face and body
  • With Mexoryl XL, Mexoryl SX and other sunscreen filters
  • Water-resistant (up to 40 minutes in the water)
  • Fast-absorbing

Suitable for:

  • Extreme exposure to sun
  • Sun sensitive skin such as those with fair skin or rosacea
  • Protection for healing scars
  • Individuals at risk of hyperpigmentation (melasma, oral contraceptives)
  • Face and body

ANTHELIOS XL SPF 50 LAIT VELOUTE (250ml/8oz)

Benefits:

  • Water-resistant (up to 40 minutes in the water)
  • Paraben-Free
  • Non-comedogenic
  • Fragrance-Free
  • With Mexoryl SX and other sunscreen filters
  • Large value-sized tube

Suitable for:

  • Face and body protection
  • Sensitive skin
  • Sun intolerant skin

 

ANTHELIOS XL SPF 60 ULTRALIGHT LOTION (150ml/5oz)

Benefits:

  • Now in larger size
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Fragrance-Free
  • Paraben-Free
  • Non-comedogenic
  • Tested under dermatological control
  • Dry touch finish
  • Contains Mexoryl XL, Mexoryl SX and other sunscreen filters

Suitable for:

  • Sensitive skin
  • High sun exposure
  • Face and body

ANTHELIOS XL SPF 50+ ULTRALIGHT FLUID AKA FLUIDE EXTREME (50ml/1.7oz)

Benefits:

  • Best- selling lightweight fluid
  • Broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection
  • Fragrance-free
  • Very water resistant (up to 80 minutes in water)
  • Paraben-free
  • Non-comedogenic
  • Tested under dermatological control
  • Contains Mexoryl XL, Mexoryl SX and highly coveted Tinosorb S as well as other sunscreen filters
  • Ultra-light, velvety finish

Suitable for:

  • Combination to oily skin
  • Sensitive skin
  • Sun intolerant skin
  • Extreme sunshine intensity
  • Daily facial wear

ANTHELIOS XL SPF 50+ BB CREAM (50ml/ 1.7oz)

Benefits:

  • Optimal UVB and UVA protection (twice stricter than the European recommendations for sunscreen)
  • Tinted for naturally fresh and luminous finish
  • Formulation contains antioxidant Biacalin for extra UV protection
  • Very water-resistant (up to 80 minutes in water)
  • Paraben-free
  • Non-comedogenic
  • Tested under dermatological control
  • Contains Mexoryl XL, Mexoryl SX and highly coveted Tinosorb S as well as other sunscreen filters

Suitable for:

  • Sensitive Skin
  • Medium to olive tone skin
  • Sun intolerant skin
  • Extreme sunshine intensity

Still not sure?  Give us a call and we’ll be more than happy to help!

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Avocado for the Skin https://phamix.com/2017/12/avocado-for-the-skin/ Wed, 13 Dec 2017 18:34:50 +0000 https://phamix.com/?p=75416 Can we agree that the avocado has been the ‘it’ food for 2017?  Perhaps that’s an overstatement, but what’s undeniable is the increasing popularity of this delicious and healthy fruit, to the point where prices have skyrocketed over the past 6 months.  Domestic demand for avocados is now competing with higher demand in Asian and... Read more »

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Can we agree that the avocado has been the ‘it’ food for 2017?  Perhaps that’s an overstatement, but what’s undeniable is the increasing popularity of this delicious and healthy fruit, to the point where prices have skyrocketed over the past 6 months.  Domestic demand for avocados is now competing with higher demand in Asian and European countries where the highly Instagrammable avocado toast is a must on the menu at stylish restaurants.  Who can blame them?

Avocados are rich in antioxidants and an excellent source of vitamins C and E.  Although high in fat, avocados contain “good” fats, namely mono- and polyunsaturated fats.  They also contain nearly 20 vitamins and minerals that the body uses for cell health, bone strength, tissue development and energy.

As part of a diet that focuses more on plant-based foods while eschewing as much of the processed stuff as possible, the wholesomeness of avocados is also good for the skin.  For example, increasing our intake of the good fats and omega-3 in avocados can help to keep the top layer of the skin strong and intact.  A strong skin barrier can increase our skin’s resilience and strengthen its ability to keep irritants out.

If you’re serious about skin care, you’ll know that the antioxidants, vitamins C and E are the basis of many effective anti-aging treatments.  Happily, the humble avocado just happens to contain that very combination.  Antioxidants fight the free radicals that can lead to tissue damage, resulting in wrinkles, fine lines, uneven skin tone and hyperpigmentation.  Vitamin E not only works as an antioxidant but also acts as a moisturizer to rejuvenate dehydrated skin.  Vitamin C, our favorite workhorse of the skin care world, is a potent antioxidant that encourages collagen production, restores elasticity and brightens overall skin tone.

Taking care of the skin from both the inside and from the outside will help us achieve our skin care goals that much faster, so it just makes sense to add avocados to our topical arsenal.  For all you DIY-ers, mashing half a ripe avocado and mixing it with 1 teaspoon of honey makes for a hydrating (and delicious!) mask.  You can also splurge by mashing avocado with coconut oil for a spa-like body mask.  If DIY is not your style, avocado facial oil is an easy way to jump on the bandwagon.  With high concentrations of oleic acid, avocado oil acts as an emollient and is an exceptional occlusive that can help lock in moisture and prevent trans-epidermal water loss.  Just keep in mind that with concentrated facial oils, a little goes a long way.

We wish it were the same with avocado toast.

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