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Anti-Aging Skincare

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  • So You Think You Need a BB Cream…

    Posted on Monday, February 27, 2012

    Original to Asia, BB creams (AKA Blemish Balm or Beauty Balm Creams) are now making their way to North America and Europe. They've garnered significant attention for what individuals think they can do for skin. What can a BB cream do for you?

    The first Blemish Balm was developed by a German dermatologist in the 1960s to treat patients recovering from plastic surgery and laser treatments. It had healing properties. It was introduced to the Asian markets in 1985 and really took off in the 2000s, where it has since become a beauty staple. In Asia, the 'blemish' BB creams are designed to treat is not a pimple, but instead dark skin discolorations or a non-white skin tone. They are designed to whiten skin and keep it from getting darker in a region where having light skin is often synonymous with beauty and success. Typically they contain a combination of tinted moisturizer, sunscreen, blemish healer and skin whitener.

    Many manufacturers have introduced or are in the process of introducing Blemish Balms to North America. Unlike their Asian counterparts, formulations in North America focus more on anti-aging benefits than on skin whitening because it's what customers here want. Considered multi-tasking products, they can brighten skin, even out complexion, cover blemishes, hydrate and protect against UV rays. Some may even contain anti-aging ingredients you'd expect to find in a serum. Sounds like a miracle doesn't it?

    So, is a BB cream right for you? Experts suggest that if you're after a one-step product that carries some tint, then they may be worth a try. Keep in mind that while they sound amazing, you may be falling for marketing spin. Still new to the market, these revamped Blemish Balms haven't really been put to the test yet so only time will tell.

    Sharmani Pillay is a Registered Pharmacist who specializes in anti aging skin care and women's wellness. She owns and operates an online skin care store at PharmacyMix.com
    For a limited time, Fabulously 40 members save 5% off all purchases. Code fab40 at checkout.


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  • New Neostrata Invigorating Solution For Stressed Out Skin

    Posted on Monday, February 20, 2012

    Contribute to your wellbeing with new Neostrata Invigorating Solution, a treatment designed for day, evening, or anytime your skin needs a little pick-me-up.

    Stress is one of the dominating features of modern life, and it shows in our skin. Studies have documented how stress can trigger eczema, hair loss, acne, and rosacea as well as giving us "that tired look". The culprit seems to be cortisol, a hormone that is released when we feel stressed out. Cortisol is essential to staying well, but when levels stay elevated for long, you can start to look older. You can read more about the effects of cortisol on health here 

    Neostrata Invigorating Solution offers Japanese green tea, cucumber extract, and oils of peppermint and eucalyptus to cool and refresh. With an additional 6% glycolic acid to gently resurface the skin, you can reveal a calmer, more refreshed you.

    To address stress-related skin problems, you can also:

    •Avoid hot showers. They overstimulate the sebaceous glands, resulting in more oiliness and breakouts.
    •Use a good moisturizer such as Linacare Transforming Face Cream
    •Never go without sunscreen. I'm in love with Hydraphase UV SPF 30 by La Roche Posaywhich offers ideal protection in winter.
    Don't neglect to take action against stress-related conditions through regular exercise, a healthy diet, and deep breathing to maximize your wellbeing. Don't over-commit yourself.

    Neostrata Invigorating Solution comes packaged in 30 pre-soaked pads. It is ideal for all skin types and all ages. Try it as a stimulant in the morning and as a refresher in the evening or after a stressful period.

    Sharmani Pillay is a Registered Pharmacist who specializes in anti aging skin care and women's wellness. She owns and operates an online skin care store at PharmacyMix.com
    For a limited time, Fabulously 40 members save 5% off all purchases. Code fab40 at checkout.


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  • Fake Bake Flawless Self-Tan: Color Up Safely

    Posted on Thursday, February 16, 2012


    Introducing Fake Bake Flawless Self-Tan, the easy way to achieve sun-kissed, golden skin without UV damage. Whether you want to spruce up your look after a long and dreary winter or are getting ready for a tropical escape, Fake Bake may be just what you need.

    Self-tanners have come a long way since the days of orange stains and unsightly streaks. Fake Bake leads the way with shows-where-it-goes color, so you get instant bronzing, plus no surprises later. Fake Bake Flawless Self-Tan is a top seller because it comes with a professional-quality application mitt which puts the color where it belongs while ensuring smooth and even application. And because it dries quickly, with no sticky residue, it won't transfer onto your clothing.

    Paraben-free, preservative-free, lightly fragranced and suitable for all skin tones and types, you can't afford to miss out on the benefits of Fake Bake Flawless Self Tan LiquidUse it on both face and body. And remember, once you've achieved the golden hue you desire, be sure to protect skin daily with a broad spectrum, photostable sunscreen. View our sunscreen department here 

    Sharmani Pillay is a Registered Pharmacist who specializes in anti aging skin care and women's wellness. She owns and operates an online skin care store at PharmacyMix.com
    For a limited time, Fabulously 40 members save 5% off all purchases. Code fab40 at checkout.


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  • So Kissable: Neostrata Anti Wrinkle Lip Enhancers

    Posted on Monday, February 13, 2012

    In honor of Valentine's Day, treat yourself to plumper, fuller lips with Neostrata Anti Wrinkle Lip Enhancers 

    Available in a clear base as well as two yummy shades (naturaland pink Neostrata Anti Wrinkle Lip Enhancer treats thinning lips, uneven pigmentation, fine lines, and undefined lip contour.

    Formulated with .3% Vitamin B3 (niacin), you'll get an instant boost of volume to your lips. Vitamin A (retinol) and biopeptides deliver long term benefits too. Together they work to restructure collagen deep in the dermis, resulting in a smoother, fuller lip contour. Just smooth it on up to 3 times daily for instant and ongoing results. With 90 applications in one little tube, you can be Valentine-kissable every day.

    The icing on the cake? Neostrata Anti Wrinkle Lip Enhancers are on sale this week: Get 15% off until Sunday, 19 February 2012.

    View our full range of lip care products here 

    Sharmani Pillay is a Registered Pharmacist who specializes in anti aging skin care and women's wellness. She owns and operates an online skin care store at PharmacyMix.com
    For a limited time, Fabulously 40 members save 5% off all purchases. Code fab40 at checkout.


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  • Where Can I Get A Nonwhitening Sunscreen?

    Posted on Thursday, February 9, 2012


    Studies are showing that sun protection is vital for people of all skin tones Yet the biggest barrier to effective UV protection for people with darker skin is the whitening effect of many sunscreens.

    The whitening effect is largely due to the inclusion of physical sunscreens such as titanium dioxide, which increases the effectiveness as well as the photostability of a product. In recent years, cosmetics manufacturers have started to formulate with micronized titanium dioxide, which means the particles are ground small enough that they don't reflect light to the same extent as the regular titanium dioxide, resulting in less whitening.

    Most of the best sunscreens continue to make titanium dioxide (micronized or not) part of their formulation. To make the most of your sun care products without looking like a ghost, follow these four tips:

    1.Look for a product which contains a lower percentage of whitening ingredients, micronized if possible. Keys Solar Rxis a physical sunscreen with micronized particles of zinc oxide, easily tolerated by a wide range of skin tones.
    2.Give the product time. Apply it early and wait 15 or 20 minutes to allow it to sink in. If any white cast remains, gently massage the product in further.
    3.You may find a tinted product works for you. Start with something like Anthelios XL SPF 50+ Fluide Extreme Tintedand add a little foundation until the tone looks natural. Bear in mind that adding tint to your sunscreen may slightly decrease its effectiveness, so continue to exercise caution about your exposure. Foundation worn over sunscreen is also a good way to mask any whiteness.
    4.Don't count on your skin tone to prevent UV damage resulting in age spots, wrinkles or one of the many varieties of melanoma prominent in the darker skinned population. Be cautious, seeking shade where possible and wearing clothes which offer UV protection.
    We carry a wide range of physical and chemical sunscreens. See all our sunscreen options here 

    Sharmani Pillay is a Registered Pharmacist who specializes in anti aging skin care and women's wellness. She owns and operates an online skin care store at PharmacyMix.com
    For a limited time, Fabulously 40 members save 5% off all purchases. Code fab40 at checkout.


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  • Are Micronized and Nanoparticles Safe In Your Sunscreen?

    Posted on Monday, February 6, 2012

    If you take an interest in sunscreen science — or if, like me, you're a bit of a sunscreen fanatic — you'll know that there's been some controversy in recent years over the safety of micronized and nanoparticle ingredients in sunscreens. While I've written about this topic in the past it's one that generates a lot of questions.  Are they safe to use?

    Micronized ingredients or nanoparticles are ultra fine particles of usually titanium dioxide OR zinc oxide two UV filters featured in both physical and chemical sunscreens.  The use of these fine particles allows manufacturers to formulate products that you may actually want to use. That means that they deliver protection, without the white cast that used to be oh so common in sunscreens many years ago.

    So what do the experts say? The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the use of nanoparticles in sunscreens since 1999. And, in 2007, they released a report which focused on nano technology in cosmetics and sunscreens. Here is an excerpt: "the current science does not support a finding that classes of products with nanoscale materials necessarily present greater safety concerns than classes of products without nanoscale materials". In 2008, Australia's Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) made an official statement regarding the safety of nano-sized titanium dioxide and zinc oxide: "The weight of current evidence is that they remain on the surface of the skin and in the outer dead layer (stratum corneum) of the skin." Even the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a consumer watchdog organization recommends the use of zinc oxide and titanium dioxide sunscreens but cautions against the use of sprays and powders, which may increase the risk for inhalation.

    Most of the studies and findings by researchers I have come across clearly state that nano sized particles of physical sunscreen ingredients do not penetrate the skin, but instead remain on the surface layer (epidermis). Obviously research will continue on, and I will always be on the lookout for the latest findings. As of now, there is plenty of scientific analysis that makes me feel safe in recommending the use of micronized or nanoparticle sunscreens.

    I love Keys Solar Rx SPF 30a totally natural sunscreen with 20% Nano Zinc Oxide. It contains antioxidants so protects skin in two ways and is well tolerated by individuals with sensitive skin. It is an excellent product to use on children's delicate skin. Colorescience Sunforgettable Powder Mineral Sunscreens are an ideal choice for reapplication over makeup and also work for hard to reach areas such as around the ears and the top of the head. It's water resistant too.

    We carry a wide variety of sunscreens. For our full range, click here 


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