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Lipikar Baume AP+: New from La Roche Posay



La Roche-Posay introduced the Lipikar line of body products 20 years ago. This range of treatments for dry skin among adults and children has proven effective in a number of clinical trials, establishing it as a market-leader in emollient products.

La Roche Posay continues to deliver cutting-edge skin care with innovation stemming from 25 years’ research. LIPIKAR Baume AP+ with Aqua Posae Filiformis, a new and exclusive patented ingredient, acts on the 2 determining factors for atopy-prone (‘hyperallergic’) skin:

1. Re-establishes and stabilizes the microbiome’s balance.

2. Restores and preserves the skin barrier.

This new formulation was developed using a minimum number of ingredients selected for their efficacy and safety, including high concentrations of niacinamide with its anti-inflammatory properties and shea butter (20%), known for its ability to heal and replenish lipids.

La Roche Posay LIPIKAR Baume AP+  gives instant, lasting relief to very dry, irritated skin. Free of fragrance and parabens, it has been demonstrated to be very well tolerated by very dry, irritable skin for both children and adults. Beyond immediate soothing, LIPIKAR Baume AP+ spaces out flare-ups of severe dryness. Supple and soft, skin regains long-lasting comfort.

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Is It Time To Switch Your Skin Care Products?

pretty brunetteIf you think your current skin care products just aren’t doing it for you anymore, it’s not always your imagination. As much as you love that cleanser or moisturizer, it may not be giving you the glowing, healthy skin that you’re used to. Although you’d like to remain loyal to your tried-and-true products, it may be time for a switch.

There are many factors that can influence the effectiveness of your skin care products:

1. Change of Weather or Season.  Humidity, cold air, air conditioning and indoor heating can all influence your skin’s needs.  Winter weather may require a heavier moisturizer to combat the dryer conditions while it makes sense to lighten up when summer hits.

2. Hormonal Changes That Affect Your Skin.   Menopause, puberty, pregnancy and even stress levels  can affect hormone levels, which have a direct impact on your skin.  Acne in the teen years and melasma during pregnancy are both classic cases of skin changes due to hormones.

3. Allergic Reaction.  Adverse reactions can happen at any time, even with products that you’ve used without problem for years.  With the sheer number of skin care treatments that most people use on a daily basis, tracking down the source of the reaction may take some time, but your skin could not be giving a clearer message: it’s time for a change.

4. Addition Of Oral Or Topical Medications.  New medications may require an adjustment to your regular skin care routine, either in products used or frequency to avoid overtaxing the skin.  Acne medications, for instance, can make skin very sensitive and dry and may need a basic moisturizer that does not include AHAs in its formula.  Apothekari Daily Infusion fits the bill. Formulations that you may have tolerated previously (like an anti-aging retinoid) may also require modifications in order to minimize skin irritation.

5. Expiry Dates or Shelf Life.  Once opened, most products have a shelf life of 12 months, after which the active ingredients may lose some of their potency.  It’s always a good idea to double check expiry dates, especially on products that are not used on a regular basis.

6. Change of Formula.  The truth is that cosmetic companies like tweaking their products, hoping to improve formulas, but those changes aren’t necessarily welcome. What they see as an upgrade or enhancement can spell trouble for your skin.

Sometimes these changes are actually a great opportunity to try something new, something that you may like even better.  And when you listen to your skin, it’s amazing the things that it will tell you, including things like, “You shouldn’t have eaten that whole bag of chips last night.”  Sadly, skin rarely lies.

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Sunlight Continues to Damage Skin Hours After Exposure

family-sun-umbrella2Most of us are aware that sitting in the sun exposes us to damage that could lead to skin cancer down the road, but researchers at Yale University have discovered some surprising information: even after we have stepped indoors or into the shade, UV exposure continues to damage the skin.  Furthermore, it appears that the melanin in our skin, which acts as our body’s first line of protection against UV rays by absorbing the radiation, is also the source of some DNA damage when it releases the energy taken in during the protective process.  Melanin, in other words, plays a double role (one good, one bad) in the fight against skin cancer.

Researchers noted that UV light triggered an “excited” state in melanin molecules, creating energy that transferred to the DNA, resulting in damage.  What the scientists did not expect was for that energy/damage reaction to continue even 4 hours after the skin was no longer directly exposed to the sun.

While this revelation may initially seem bleak, this newfound knowledge actually allows an opportunity for researchers to focus future work on developing new preventative strategies and products that may be able to block or circumvent the post-UV exposure energy transfer.

In the meantime, traditional prevention is still key to limiting damage: using an effective, broad-spectrum sunscreen with stable sun filters, staying out of direct sunlight between the hours of 10am and 4pm when possible, and wear protective clothing such as long sleeves, hats and sunglasses.

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6 Ways You May Be Ruining Your Skin

wrinkles-cute2Are you doing things that are inadvertently ruining your skin? We would be lying if we said we weren’t concerned about looking as young and healthy as possible, and as the body’s largest organ, the skin can often be a good indication of how well we are taking care of ourselves, inside and out.  What we eat, environmental factors and even what kind of pillowcases we sleep on can all affect how our skin looks.

Here are 6 ways we may be treating our skin with less care than we should:

1. Skipping the sunscreen It seems like not using sunscreen to protect the skin from UV damage is the new smoking.  Add in actually smoking and using tanning beds and you’ve hit the top 3 ways you can accelerate the aging of your skin.

2. Overdoing it on chemical peels or abrasive treatments.  It’s possible to have too much of a good thing. Although chemical peels, microdermabrasions and exfoliation can bring a youthful glow to the skin, doing any one of those too often will more than likely result in skin that’s red, irritated and more sensitive to the sun.  Find a dermatologist or skin care technician that you trust who will be honest with how often you should get treatments as well as how realistic the results will be.

3. Squeezing pimples.  Who hasn’t been guilty of this one, especially when there isn’t enough concealer in the world to cover up the blemish?  Although we may think that by popping a zit, it will speed up the healing process, what we are actually doing is opening up our skin to dirt and bacteria.  One word: resist!

4. Stressing out.  This may be the toughest habit to stop. Studies have shown a clear link between stress, which elevates levels of cortisol, and skin-related problems such as eczema, rosacea, psoriasis and even hair loss.  There’s truth to that line in the movie “The Holiday” where Cameron Diaz’s character says that stress makes women look haggard.  Stress may unfortunately be an unavoidable part of modern-day life, but we can control how we deal with it.

5. Using too strong a cleanser.  We all love multi-tasking and saving a step or two, but honestly, if the bar of soap in the shower is strong enough to clean your body, it should be kept far away from the delicate skin on your face.  Ideally, reach for a gentle, soap-free cleanser that is suited to your skin type and condition.  Our go-to right now? Apothekari’s AHA-Mazing Clean triple-action cleansing gel.

6. Indulging in too much sugar. The link between sugar consumption and the aging process is a relatively new one.  When there is excess sugar in the body, a process called glycation begins, causing collagen and elastin molecules to become hard and stiff and robbing them of the flexibility that gives us firm, plump skin. Sugar, as sweet as it is, essentially speeds up the appearance of aging in our skin and body.

Not smiling for 40 years to avoid wrinkles may be a tad overkill, but to preserve our skin, we’re willing to at least give up our afternoon cookie treat.

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