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Anti-Aging Skincare

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  • Preventing Melanoma: 5 Things You Can Do

    Posted on Tuesday, June 26, 2012

    Melanoma is on the rise. The most dangerous type of skin cancer, it is the leading cause of death from skin disease. Precautions can be taken to minimize your risk of developing melanoma and the disease can be avoided. As we head into summer, here are 5 things you can do:

    1.Avoid indoor tanning booths especially if you are young. Despite information regarding the dangers of tanning booths, they are still being used.
    2.Minimize your exposure to ultraviolet radiation. Not only does it age your skin by causing collagen to break down, UV radiation can also impair enzymes that repair DNA. Just one blistering sunburn during childhood increases your likelihood of developing melanoma. Protect your skin by covering up and staying out of sunlight during its most intense hours (between 10 am and 4 pm).
    3.Fake It. If you insist on sporting a bronzed glow do it safely with a fake tan. Opt for a spray tan or apply one yourself at home with a product like Fake Bake. Formulated with dihydroxyacetone (DHA), sunless tanners darken the skin by reacting with amino acids on the skin's surface.
    4.Wear sunscreen. Apply an effective UVA/UVB blocking sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30 like Anthelios. Remember to reapply every two hours, especially if you are active or exposed to sweat or water. And make sure you slather it on. Studies show that many of us do not apply enough sunscreen to protect the skin.
    5.Check skin regularly. The ABCDEs of melanoma developed by the American Academy of Dermatology, is a guide to look for irregular moles. Monthly self-exams, especially if you are lighter skinned or have a family history of melanoma, are a good idea. Early detection of melanoma can save your life.

    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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  • Plantar Hyperhidrosis and Dehydral

    Posted on Tuesday, June 26, 2012

    Dehydral is a topical cream formulated with methenamine used to treat plantar hyperhidrosis.

    Plantar hyperhidrosis is condition in which feet experience excessive sweating, sometimes accompanied by foot odor. Although its cause is unknown, it may be triggered by diet, anxiety or sympathetic nervous overactivity. One way to treat it is with Dehydral (methenamine).

    Dehydral contains an 8% concentration of methenamine and is indicated to control hyperhidrosis of the feet. It is applied to soles, heels and between toes regularly or as directed by a physician. Feet should be kept dry and free of odor. Although the treatment tends to be well tolerated, sometimes the skin reacts with a little peeling or hardening. This is normal and can be treated by applying an emollient cream such as Uremol .

    Other options for the treatment of plantar hyperhidrosis include aluminum chloride (as in Hydrosal, injections of Botox and similar treatments, which work by "freezing" the sweat glands, microwave treatment, iontophoresis (blocking sweat glands through a low electric current therapy) and drugs which block messages to the brain. Hypnosis has also been proposed as a helpful treatment.

    If your condition does not respond to over the counter treatments, or you aren't certain about your options, check in with your physician or pharmacist so that you can explore the full range of alternatives.

    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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  • Love It: La Roche Posay Derm AHA Resurfacing Serum

    Posted on Thursday, June 21, 2012

    New in store is La Roche Posay Derm AHA Intensive Resurfacing Serum Formulated with a triple-action pro-desquaming complex, this light serum is concentrated with dermatological ingredients including glycolic acid, APF and anisic acid. These three ingredients work in synergy to help exfoliate and deliver complete skin renewal.

    Derm AHA makes wrinkles appear less visible, refines the skin texture and chases away dullness, leaving a bright complexion behind. Use La Roche Posay Derm AHA morning and evening, applying it to the face and neck, either alone or with your regular skin care routine. Fragrance-free and preservative-free it is tolerance tested under dermatological supervision.

    Key ingredients:

    •Glycolic acid – An alpha hydroxy acid glycolic acid is one of the most widely used AHAs in skin care helping to remove dead, dry skin cells and contributing a bright glow
    •APF (Activating Protease Factor) – Stimulates the targeted elimination of dead cells from the surface of the skin using enzymes that break the bonds between cellular connections
    •Anisic Acid – Sourced from aniseed, anisic acid enables the capture of calcium, which plays an essential role in bonding epidermal cells together. As a result, cells are freed more easily and are thus exfoliated away.
    If you are going to be exposed to the sun, ensure that you cover areas where Derm AHA has been applied with sunscreen. The smooth, vanishing texture makes an ideal base for use under all sunscreens, including Anthelios sunscreens 

    As with any skin care product, avoid contact with the eyes and if irritation persists, discontinue use and consult a physician. Derm AHA is designed to be used for short periods of time as part of your skin care routine.

    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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  • What’s A Micellar Cleanser?

    Posted on Monday, June 18, 2012

    When I was in France recently, I noticed that many a Frenchwoman's toilette features a micellar solution. Micellar solutions are ideal for busy lifestyles and for sensitive skin. With one product, irritation-producing residues (including makeup and impurities) are removed, leaving the skin's moisture barrier intact. There is no rinsing involved, making micellar solutions ideal for quick use.

    Cleansing is important because even in the absence of make-up, impurities accumulate on the skin's surface. These must be removed without using harsh ingredients that can irritate the skin. If impurities are left on the skin's surface for a long period of time, they can oxidize, leading to an over-reaction in sensitive skin types. This can lead to visible irritations on the face.

    How does this solution work?

    Micellar solutions force tiny particles of impurities sitting on the skin to clump together, forming larger particles which are easier to remove. No rubbing is necessary, so the sebaceous (oil-producing) glands are not overstimulated. The skin is less irritated by friction, and the natural moisture of the skin is retained. The result is great-looking skin.

    Who should use a micellar cleanser?

    Micellar solutions work well for all skin types, but they are particularly ideal for those with sensitive skin, which tends to over-react to ingredients or situations more aggressively than others. With a weaker barrier function, sensitive skin is more vulnerable and its physiological balance is fragile so it really responds well to gentle but effective attention.

    How should I use a micellar cleanser?

    Using a cotton wool pad, apply micellar solution to the face, eyes and lips. Do not rub or rinse off. You can partner it with a gel cleanser or eye makeup remover, but micellar cleanser does a great job on its own.

    There are many brands available. We recommend Physiological Micellar Solution by La Roche Posay and Neostrata Micellar Cleanser. Click here to visit the cleanser department at PharmacyMix  .

    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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  • Coconut Milk: Health and Beauty Benefits?

    Posted on Tuesday, June 12, 2012

    If you are like me, you have recently begun to wonder if coconut milk is taking over the world. Is coconut milk really a wonder ingredient which will melt away belly fat, keep your heart healthy, ramp up your immunity and make your hair and skin beautiful? While the list of claimed benefits is indeed impressive, it is worth approaching all miracle foods with a bit of caution.

    1.The weight loss claim stems from the idea that healthy fats keep you feeling full longer so that the hunger messages do not cause you to overeat. I fully support the consumption of healthy fats, but experts do not agree on whether coconut oil is one. It is 80-90% saturated fat, and has been shown to elevate both LDL (bad) cholesterol and HDL (good) cholesterol. Not exactly conclusive. And with so many healthy fats available (such as olive oil), there is no reason to confine your fat consumption to coconut.
    2.What about heart health? Coconut milk is supposed to be good for your heart because Pacific Islanders and Asians, who eat primarily coconut oils (rather than vegetable or animal fats), show significantly lower levels of heart disease. This is flimsy evidence on its own, but consider this: medium-chain fatty acids such as those found in coconut milk have been shown kill the three major types of bacteria that cause the formation of plaque in the arteries, possibly leading to heart disease. You'll have to weigh that against the elevated LDL cholesterol to decide whether there is a net balance or a net deficit, because there have been no independent studies to do it for you.
    3.Your immune system might be improved by drinking coconut milk. It contains lauric acid, antimicrobial lipids and capric acid, which have antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties. The body converts lauric acid from coconut milk into monolaurin, which is believed to fight the viruses and bacteria that cause herpes, influenza and even HIV. However, until a study shows this conclusively, I'm reserving judgement.
    4.Finally, what about that healthy skin and hair we all crave? Coconut oil used topically on skin and hair is said to supply nutrients for growth and optimal conditioning, treating dandruff and dry, itchy skin. As an oil, coconut fat is an occlusive, meaning it acts to seal in moisture. There is no disputing the results of using an occlusive; however, this kind of moisturizer is available from a wide range of animal and vegetable fats, and some fat-based occlusives have been shown to clog pores. Don't limit yourself to coconut oil if you want healthy skin.
    Overall, there may be considerable good in coconut milk and its oil. There's no reason to avoid it, unless you have a cholesterol problem, in which case you'll want to ask your doctor's opinion first. However, some of the extravagant claims being made should be taken for what they are: marketing.

    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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  • How To Choose A Sunscreen

    Posted on Tuesday, June 12, 2012

    Every year (sometimes daily), we field questions regarding sunscreen selection. The topic is confusing and if you throw in manufacturer claims, slick marketing and the massive array of products to choose from, you'll know why selecting a sunscreen can often be a daunting task.

    Studies have repeatedly shown that exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays is responsible for more than 80% of skin aging. It is also a factor in the development of skin cancer. As we head into summer, discussion about sunscreen becomes important again. New government regulations are coming; and they will help provide clearer guidance regarding sun protection. Here are 5 basic guidelines that I hope will help you to select the right sunscreen for you and your family.

    1. Make Smart Sun Practices Part Of Your Life. It would be easy to tell you that you must wear sunscreen every day (and that isn't a bad idea). However, prevention really is your best bet in avoiding problems down the road. These habits will help keep your skin looking young and healthy for years to come:

    •Stay out of the sun or seek shade during the sun's peak hours (10 am – 4 pm).
    •Wear big sunglasses to protect the eyes and surrounding skin. A big, fashionable hat will serve you well also.
    •Cover up with long sleeves and pants.
    2. Choose A Broad Spectrum Formulation. While UVA rays penetrate deep and cause damage beneath the skin's surface, UVB rays (those associated with Burning) are responsible for sunburns. Look for products labelled as broad spectrum, which means that they protect against both UVA and UVB rays.

    3. Look For A Photostable Product. Photostability means that your sunscreen contains ingredients that will not degrade upon exposure to UV light. Ingredients including Mexoryl SX, Mexoryl XL, Tinosorb M, Tinosorb S, zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are all photostable ingredients found in safe and effective sunscreens. Find these ingredients in Anthelios sunscreens, Ombrelle sunscreens and Keys Solar Rx 

    4. Apply Well and Re-apply Often. Studies show that most of us don't apply enough sunscreen to reap the benefits. In fact, we often only apply about 1/4 to 1/2 of the amount recommended. This is one of the reasons that I recommend a minimum of SPF 30, as improper application of an SPF 30 means that your sunscreen may only be delivering an SPF of 7 to 15.

    Not sure how much to apply? Here's what the American Academy for Dermatology recommends:

    •Use enough sunscreen to generously coat all skin that won't be covered by clothing. This includes ears, face and hands.
    •This guideline will help to ensure you use enough: One ounce (enough to fill a shot glass) is considered the right amount to cover the exposed areas of the body. It's better to apply more than less.
    •Apply the sunscreen to dry skin 15 to 30 minutes before going outside.
    •Protect your lips, which are especially prone to damage. Ombrelle Lip Balm SPF 30 in a convenient click stick; Ombrelle Face Stick SPF 60 provides protection for all your delicate areas including lips, nose and ears.
    •Re-apply every two hours of after swimming or sweating heavily. Yes, the whole shot glass amount.
    5. Sunscreen Isn't Just For Summer. I wear sunscreen daily, year round. And when I tell people that, I often get strange looks. Surely I can't burn in winter? Truth is that UVA rays (those associated with Aging) are just as prevalent in winter as they are in summer. These are the rays that penetrate deep, causing damage beneath the skin's surface that will lead to wrinkles, sagging skin and hyperpigmentation later on. UVA rays are also associated with some types of skin cancer.

    When it comes to health and beauty, no other skin care product can touch sunscreen in terms of the benefit it can provide to skin. Choose wisely and wear it regularly and you'll be rewarded with youthful and healthy skin.

    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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