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Bounce Creams –The New BB?

cream on noseSince the phenomenon of BB creams a number of years ago, we can’t seem to get enough of Korean beauty products. The influence of the Asian skincare industry has continued to grow with the recent popularity of cleansing oils and sheet masks. Poised to make the next big splash in North America are “bounce creams”, a hybrid between a cream and a gel. Less creamy and more spongey than the traditional face treatments we’re used to (think….pudding), bounce creams are light in feel and texture but formulated to be super-hydrating. And while the Korean skincare routine is renowned for requiring one product for each of its 10 steps, bounce creams take on a very Western multi-tasking twist by combining the hydration of a cream and the actives of a serum into one cutting-edge format.

Similar to the ubiquitous BB cream that we have wholeheartedly adopted, a bounce cream is simply the moisturizing base to which any number of skin-benefitting goodies may be added, such as algae, minerals, fruit extracts, even snail slime. Whether you’re looking to boost collagen, fight fine lines or improve blemishes, you’ll find a bounce cream to suit. In fact, the only thing that bounce creams seem to have in common is the jiggle in the jar.

For those of us who aren’t fans of heavier creams or want something lighter and more refreshing to use in the warmer months, bounce creams are a welcome option. With a texture made to melt into the skin and formulated to feed it, we’re thinking bounce creams are well on their way to becoming the next K-beauty hit.

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Exfoliating from Head to Toe

Splashy beachAlthough not officially summer, Memorial Day is coming and with it, marks the beginning of the vacation season. For that reason, it’s not too early to start thinking about getting your skin ready for t-shirts and shorts, and one of the best ways to prep is by exfoliating from head to toe.

Thankfully, we’ve moved past using rough loofahs and barely-crushed apricot kernels. And as the US makes headway, state-by-state, in the banning of microbeads in cosmetics and personal care products with Canada initiating its own efforts to phase out these environmentally harmful pollutants, consumers are turning to more natural and biodegradable alternatives.

We’ve chosen a few of our favorite microbead-free options that will keep the skin looking fresh and shiny all year round:

For the face: Eliminating the risk of rubbing too hard and causing irritation, chemical exoliants like glycolic acid breaks down the “glue” that holds dead skin cells together, allowing them to be removed from the surface of the skin. Apothekari AHA-Mazing Gel Cleanser contains a triple combination of alpha hydroxy acids and sugar cane extract to help smooth fine lines and gently exfoliate clogged pores, allowing subsequent skin care treatments to absorb more effectively. If your preference is for a topical treatment that works overnight, NeoStrata carries both creams and lotions with glycolic acid for the face to banish dull complexions and maximize radiant skin. New to the AHA game? Start with the 5% formula and move up to the 10% version as your skin adapts.

For the body: Reversa’s Skin Smoothing Body Lotion also uses glycolic acid to gently remove dead skin cells on the arms and legs. After hiding in sweaters and long pants all winter, this daily-use lotion will whip the skin into warm weather condition within a few short days. If pampering is more your style, watch for our newest offering from Apothekari: a bamboo and lemongrass body polish. This non-greasy scrub has so many things going for it. The crushed walnut shell and bamboo powder exfoliate naturally with a unique foaming action that cleanses gently. The clincher? This dreamy body polish rinses clean away with no oily residue on the skin or the tub! Love it!

For the feet: Eucerin Smoothing Foot Cream uses 10% urea to make the jump from boots to sandals effortless. If your feet need a bit more help, we also carry Flexitol Heel Magic to deal with extra dry skin and rough heels in an easy to use stick applicator. Beeswax, shea butter and olive oil all work to hydrate the skin and make the feet look and feel great.

Exfoliating may be one of the most underrated yet simple things you can do for your skin. Low effort, high pay-off. If only everything could be this easy.

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A Brief History of Sunscreen

woman-applying-sunscreen2When the weather warms up and our thoughts turn to sunscreen, most of our customer inquiries involve choosing a product that contains effective sun filters most suitable for their activities, skin type, climate and personal preferences. We forget, however, that over the last 80 years, sunscreen has come a long way. Cue: a brief history of sunscreen.

In the 1930’s and 1940’s, sun protection was being developed independently but simultaneously by multiple chemists in different parts of the world:

*In 1932, Australian chemist H.A. Milton Blake produced a sunburn preventative cream using a UV-absorbing substance known for its wound-healing properties. Through persistence and trial and error, Blake began production of his sunscreen for widespread sale. Today, his company continues to provide Australia with sun protective and skin care products.

*The first major commercial sunscreen was introduced in 1936 by French chemist Eugène Schueller, the founder of L’Oréal. Coincidentally, L’Oréal is the parent company of both the Ombrelle and Anthelios lines of sunscreen that we tend to favor here at PharmacyMix.

 

*In 1944 at the height of WWII, American airman and later chemist Benjamin Green developed Red Vet Pet (for red veterinary petroleum), a physical blocker of UV rays with limited effectiveness. This red, sticky substance was the result of the realization that sun overexposure represented a genuine hazard, particularly evident to soldiers stationed in the Pacific.

*German chemist Franz Greiter developed his own sunscreen in 1946 after becoming sunburned while mountain climbing. Named “Glacier Cream”, this one product became the cornerstone of the Piz Buin company’s wide range of sun protection products. Franz Greiter later developed the SPF rating system, adopted worldwide as the standard for measuring the effectiveness of sunscreen in blocking UVB rays.

In the past decade, as awareness regarding skin cancer has increased, the variety of sunscreens available has exploded. Not only are we able to protect our skin with traditional lotions and creams but sun filters are also added to moisturizers, lipsticks and powders. Whether we prefer physical sun filters such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, chemical filters like Mexoryl XL and Tinosorb S or a combination of both to block as much of the UVB and UVA spectrum as possible, being sun smart and sun safe is easier than ever.

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Medicine Cabinet Bestsellers

hispanic woman3Beyond our new and highly effective line of Apothekari Dermaceuticals, recently featured in Vancouver Magazine as one of its picks for skin care in 2014 (really!!!) to old favorites like Anthelios sunscreens, Pharmacymix stocks every day items in our “medicine cabinet” to keep you and your family healthy.

  • Robaxin and the entire Robaxisal family are a proven way to treat back pain. Available in different strengths, the active ingredient methocarbamol, relaxes tense back muscles, and works well in combination with ibuprofen, acetaminophen or on its own.
  • Nizoral Shampoo. Not just an effective treatment for dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis, Nizoral also comes with evidence to support its use in the management of hair loss. A letter published in the Journal of Dermatological Science showed that 50% of individuals who used a 2% ketoconazole shampoo had hair regrowth, evidence that it may help treat androgenic alopecia (male pattern baldness).
  • Epilyt Dry Skin Lotion is a concentrated dry skin lotion that is colorless and non-greasy. It softens and smoothes rough, scaly skin and has humectant (ability to attract moisture) qualities.
  • Hydrosal Gel Anti Perspirant is a new first-line topical gel treatment for excessive sweating. Developed by dermatologists, Hydrosal is a unique formula combining highly effective aluminum chloride hexahydrate in a proprietary gel base.
  • Voltaren Emulgel (Original and Extra Strength). Voltaren’s unique formulation contains diclofenac molecules which stop pain and speed up recovery while its emulgel component allows for rapid absorption and effective penetration into injured muscles. There’s no reason to let muscle pain hold you back. A tube of Voltaren Emulgel  helps to provide rapid relief against pain and inflammation, whenever and wherever you need it.

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