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Hard to Find Anthelios Sunscreens

parasolWhen it comes to Anthelios sunscreens, there is NO shortage of fans. Many of our customers know exactly what they want.  Often, they’ve tried a sunscreen abroad and are now looking for the same finish, texture and protection.  We’ve been having a tough time stocking many of our popular selling Anthelios sunscreens over the past year, but our hard work has paid off and we’re happy to offer a selection of hard-to-find sunscreens that will satisfy our most discerning and knowledgeable customers.

With Spring Break and sunny skies just around the corner, there’s no better time than the present to pick up your favorite sunscreen.  Here are just a few of what we have in store:

Anthelios SPF 50+ Dermo-Pediatrics Lait Velouté

Due to popular demand, we’ve brought back the Anthelios SPF 50+ Dermo-pediatrics Lait Velouté . This is the one that you fell in love with on your last Mediterranean holiday!  Made in France for the European market, this popular sunscreen is ideal for children’s fragile skin.  It is also a favorite for those with very fair and sensitive skin.   Now sunscreen aficionados are spoiled for choice with both Anthelios XL 45 Kids Lotion of the Anthelios 50+ Dermo Pediatrics Lait Veloute.   Both are photostable, effective and fragrance/paraben-free.

Anthelios XL SPF 50+ Dry Touch Gel-Cream

If you believe having oily/combination skin means you’ll never find a suitable sun protection product, think again. Anthelios XL SPF 50+ Dry Touch Gel-Cream is made just for you, with a dry-touch texture, double anti-shine action, immediate absorption and an ultra-dry finish.  It leaves no white marks and is water resistant, making it a great choice for sports activities as well.

Anthelios XL SPF 50+ Ultra Light Tinted Fluid

Perennial favorite Anthelios XL SPF 50+ tinted Fluide Extreme is now Ultra Light Tinted Fluid.  New look and name but the same high protection formula, combining Mexoryl XL, SX and Tinosorb S.  Those with sun sensitivities (and sensitive skin!) gravitate towards its easy-to-wear, ultra-light texture with just a hint of color for a natural, non-greasy glow.

Anthelios XL SPF 50+ Comfort Cream, tinted and untinted (Melt in Cream)

Renamed Comfort Cream, Anthelios XL SPF 50+ Melt in Cream is our top selling dedicated facial sunscreen and deserves a gold star for sheer wearability.  With its luxurious, moisturizing and ultra-comfortable texture and velvety smooth finish, Anthelios Comfort Cream is perfect for every day of the year.  It provides high broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection with a non-greasy feel that is perfect under makeup.  Want to skip a step?   Opt for the tinted version for light, natural coverage.

Having trouble choosing? Give us a call and we’ll be happy to talk sunscreens.  It’s one of our favorite subjects.

 

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AHA-Mazing Clean: Our New Triple Exfoliating Cleanser is Here!

face cleaningWe’re thrilled to announce the arrival of new Apothekari AHA-Mazing Clean.

Formulated with 3 exfoliating alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) PLUS sugar cane extract, AHA-Mazing Clean is an elegant pearly cleanser intended for all skin types, including aging skin. Ideal for everyday use, it has been designed to improve the skin’s overall appearance. All four major ingredients work together to smooth fine lines and wrinkles, gently exfoliate clogged pores and promote cellular renewal.

AHA-Mazing Clean contains 4 superstar chirally correct exfoliants. Why is chirally correct important?  Chirally correct forms of the three AHAs means that only the side of the molecule with the ability to give the desired results is used in the formulation. All molecules contain a left (L) and right (D) side. However, both sides are not always active. Chirally correct treatments incorporate the ‘effective’ side of an ingredient, ensuring that you get the best results possible.

 

 

Key ingredients of this unique cleanser include:

  1. Actilac M-60 (Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract):  Exfoliating and conditioning agent, active ingredient is naturally derived lactic acid for refining wrinkles and other signs of aging skin, moisturizing and lubricating
  2. Lactic Acid. This AHA simultaneously hydrates and exfoliates, while also reducing fine lines and wrinkles. Lactic Acid also works wonders at evening out pigmentation discolorations.
  3. Malic Acid. Derived from apples, Malic Acid provides gentle exfoliation, smoothes the skin, and promotes cellular renewal by sloughing off dead skin and revealing the new radiant skin that was hiding underneath. Combined with lactic acid, skin will look and feel younger!
  4. Tartaric Acid. The anti-aging process continues with a focus on proper hydration, delivered by tartaric acid, which helps to retain hydration through efficient penetration of the skin layers. Tartaric acid also exfoliates, rounding out the actions of lactic and malic acids.

Beyond delivering a cleanser that just ‘cleanses’ skin, Apothekari views cleansing as the starting point for healthier, younger looking skin. AHA-Mazing Clean’s benefits go beyond cleansing – it was formulated to help improve the health of skin. Combining a full fledge exfoliating and hydrating arsenal, it also contains a  beautiful combination of Peppermint and Spearmint Oils, which adds a refreshing and cooling effect, leaving skin feeling rejuvenated and minty fresh! Use regularly, once or twice daily for best results. We’re certain that AHA-Mazing Clean will become a favorite of yours!

Although AHA-Mazing Clean is suitable for all skin types, overly sensitive skin may not tolerate it well, as with other AHA products. If this is the case, we recommend Apothekari Cloud Nine Foaming Cleansing Creme. A gentle foaming cleanser, Cloud Nine moisturizes and protects while delivering a healthy glow to skin.

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How to Protect Your Skin from Pollution

lovely young thingAlthough many environmental factors including UV exposure, temperature, humidity, water quality, indoor heating and air conditioning can affect the skin, one factor that seems to be creating a buzz is pollution. Our skin is assaulted daily by visible pollution such as smog, car exhaust, and smoke.  We’re also bombarded by particulate matter too small to be seen by the naked eye.  These tiny particles travel through the air, collecting pollution and chemicals before landing on our skin.  Although the particles may be too large to penetrate our skin when they make contact, it is the contaminants that have the potential to damage by generating oxidative stress and creating free radicals.

A 2010 German study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology involving 200 women living in a busy urban area with high traffic pollution and 200 women living in a rural area determined that city dwellers had significantly more pigmentation and more pronounced nasolabial folds (deep wrinkles along either side of the nose).  Short of moving to the country, what can city dwellers do?

Common sense suggests you take a two-pronged approach: cleansing and then taking steps to defend and repair the skin.  Although using your gentle soap-free cleanser should be sufficient to remove the day’s dirt from your face, you may want to switch up your routine by trying an exfoliating cleanser , adopting a two-step double cleansing technique or adding a facial cleansing tool.

To defend and repair your skin, sunscreen and antioxidants are both key.  We’ve long been advocating these as the cornerstone to any anti-aging skin care regimen.  Potential damage from pollution just gives us one more reason to get up on our soapbox.

As major skin care companies turn their focus to protecting their clients’ skin from air-borne pollution, we’ll be seeing more creams and treatments containing sunscreen filters and antioxidants at the cosmetics counters.  And because North Americans are fond of multi-tasking, expect to see a deluge of time-saving products with an all-in-one approach.

Don’t be alarmed, though.  If you’re using an effective broad-spectrum sunscreen and an antioxidant serum daily, plus cleansing your skin well before calling it a night, you’re already doing all the right things, pollution or no pollution.

 

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New Neostrata FirmaLift Anti-Wrinkle Cream

Neostrata-Firmalift-Firming-AntiWrinkle-CreamNeostrata FirmaLift Anti-Wrinkle Cream now has a new formula and is the perfect solution if you are concerned with a loss of skin firmness and elasticity.  As we age, our skin goes through many changes, including slower cell turnover, a drop in collagen and elastin production and loss of moisture, all of which contribute to dull, sagging skin.
Neostrata FirmaLift Anti-Wrinkle Cream isn’t going to let you go down without a fight!  Formulated for all skin types, this latest addition to the line-up of Neostrata’s science-based skin care line promotes elasticity, moisturizes, reduces the appearance of wrinkles and restores firmer, younger-looking skin with the use of three key ingredients:

1. Idealift:  A lipopeptide that promotes skin elasticity and improves resistance to gravity.  Combining lipids and peptides, these molecules are a unique combination that allows them to penetrate the skin more easily and provide moisture and plumping.  This cream contains 4% Idealift.

2. Glycolic acid: Neostrata’s  alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) of choice. Its small molecular size makes it effective in removing the build-up of dead cells on the surface of the skin. With 6% glycolic acid, FirmaLift Anti-Wrinkle Cream is formulated with an ideal pH for better results and to preserve the skin’s delicate acid mantle.

3. Kigeline:  a purified extract from the fruit of the Kigelia Africana tree renowned to improve tone and texture of the skin.  The 3% Kigeline in Firmalift Cream targets sagging by restoring firmness to the skin.

Apply once or twice a day for optimal results. First time users of glycolic acid should slowly build up tolerance gradually.  As always, daily sunscreen is a must when using AHA to protect the skin and prevent further aging due to UV exposure.

Idealift and Kigeline are also available in Neostrata FirmaLift Anti-Wrinkle Eye Contour Cream.

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