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Anthelios XL SPF 50 Unifying Blur Sunscreen: New!

la-roche-posay-anthelios-blur-doreJust in at our online store is new Anthelios XL SPF 50 Unifying Blur Sunscreen. Available in two shades – Gold and Rose, we currently have the Gold in stock.

This new Anthelios sunscreen from La Roche Posay delivers optimal UVA/UVB protection stricter than the European recommendation for suncare thanks to its patented filter enriched with Mexoryl XL and Tinosorb S. Suitable as an alternative to the tinted Anthelios XL SPF 50+ Melt-In Creme, which has been discontinued by the company, it works best on medium to olive complexions as tested by our staff.

Anthelios SPF 50 Smoothing Blur Sunscreen has an innovative mousse texture which instantly melts into skin. Although it may seem thicker than sunscreens you are accustomed to using, the texture helps to blur flaws, leaving skin with a velvety, matte finish. Irregularities are smoothed and the complexion is evened.

Anthelios SPF 50 Smoothing Blur Sunscreen offers high facial protection for sun-sensitive skin. It has been
tested under dermatological control. Non-comedogenic, free of perfume and paraben free. This is one you’ll come back to time and again.

Designed for daily use for normal to dry sun-reactive skin.

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Top 3 Makeup Trends for Fall 2015

autumn womanIt may be premature to bid summer goodbye before Labor Day but there is something irresistible about the freshness of fall and the promise of a new start. When those ultra-thick 600-page magazines appear on the shelves, I can’t help but flip through them, looking for trends in clothes, makeup and skincare for when the weather turns.

The top 3 makeup trends for fall 2015 seem to focus on lips, eyes and cheeks:

 

  1. Berry Lips: Summer’s pink and coral lips deepen to berry, and with the wide range of shades and hues, this is one trend that’s easy to adopt while barely putting a dent in the wallet. Add a new black sweater and on-trend plaid skirt for a sophisticated fall look that wouldn’t be out of place in New York City.
  2. High Definition Eyeliner: Liquid and precision black liners do more than the basic cat’s eye. For the more daring, go for exaggerated wings, a “double cat” or heavily lined upper and lower rims. Balance it out with well-groomed eyebrows and pale lips for a very London-inspired look.
  3. Flushed Cheeks: For those of us without the skills to master contouring, flushed cheeks with simple blush is a welcome change. The French have embodied this less-is-more look forever: no foundation or lipstick, just great skin with a healthy glow. Of course, some of us need a bit of help. Anthelios XL SPF 50 Unifying Blur cream might just be the ticket to achieving effortless Parisian chic (but that will be our little secret).

As for the newest skincare, that blog will have to wait. There’s a pair of boots on page 248 of a magazine calling my name. See you at the mall.

 

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Kigeline: A New Anti-Aging Marvel?

sausage treeKigeline, a purified extract from the fruit of the Kigelia Africana tree, is the latest innovative ingredient to hit the cosmetic shelves. Found throughout sub-Saharan Africa, the Kigelia Africana tree is also known by the name of Sausage Tree, for obvious reasons. It bears unusually shaped fruit that hang from long stalks, often measuring 3 feet in length and weighing as much as 20 pounds.

Although the fruit is not widely consumed, extract from the fruit, bark and leaves have a long local history of being used to speed wound healing and treat such ailments as eczema, psoriasis, ringworm and fungal infections.

An abundance of anecdotal testimony of the kigelia tree’s medicinal uses has prompted a number of studies to establish scientific evidence of its potential. A 2012 review published in the Journal of the American Botanical Council outlined the Kigelia fruit’s chemical properties that have contributed to its widespread use for such varied ailments.

Kigelia fruit extract was found to contain high concentrations of anti-inflammatory and antibacterial agents. It was found to contain flavonoids and phyto-hormones that help firm the skin and prevent sagging, properties which have attracted much interest in the cosmeceutical world. Is it any wonder, then, that kigeline is being used in anti-aging products?

Neostrata recently introduced the FirmaLift line, ideal for those whose main concerns are loss of elasticity and firmness. A Canadian company that prides itself on bringing cutting-edge technology and science-based skin care to consumers, Neostrata features Kigeline in an anti-wrinkle cream as well as an eye-contour cream to help counteract and delay the signs of aging.

Kigeline’s potential may go further than skin deep: studies are underway to determine the effectiveness of kigeline in destroying cancerous cells, including melanoma.

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Anthelios Sunscreens: What We’re Using Now

la-roche-anthelios- collectionIn case you missed it, our staff at PharmacyMix are big fans of Anthelios sunscreens. And, it’s no wonder at all. Formulated with UVA protecting Mexoryl SX, UVA/UVB protecting Mexoryl XL and some with UVA/UVB protecting Tinosorb S, these sunscreens deliver in terms of both safety and efficacy.

We carry a wide selection of high SPF Anthelios sunscreens and our selection is continually updated with new formulations and additions to the line. You’d think that with summer being nearly over, we’d move on from sunscreens. Au contraire! Experts agree that sunscreen is just as important in November as it is in July. With that being said, here are some formulations you may want to consider if you’re going to take advantage of some holiday time before school starts or to add to your beauty regimen once cooler weather returns:

  • Anthelios XL SPF 45 Spray – Hands down, my favorite sunscreen for family holidays. Even broody teens don’t complain (too much) about using this easy to apply, non-greasy and water resistant formulation.
  • Anthelios XL 50+ Gel Cream - This very water resistant product has a dry texture, with an ultra-dry finish that leaves no white marks. If you’re a sports lover, this one’s for you!
  • Anthelios XL SPF 60 Lighweight Lotion -  My husband, who has persistently refused my efforts to help with developing a skin care regimen, swears by this one. Maybe it’s the unicorn of sunscreens for men?
  • Anthelios XL SPF 50+ Comfort Cream -  Previously called Melt-In Crème, this sunscreen has been reformulated with additional antioxidant protection and a new melt-in texture. It is moisturizing and not sticky or oily. A staff trial found additionally, that it left no white marks on a range of skin tones. A new favorite and we’ll all be wearing it as we head into fall and winter. 

Got questions about sunscreens or skin care? Give us a call – we’d be happy to help.

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