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Neostrata SecureWhite Anti-Dark Circle Complex

securewhite-anti-dark-circle-complexDealing with under eye dark circles can be an exercise in frustration, but Neostrata SecureWhite Anti –Dark Circle Complex is up for the challenge!  Now available at PharmacyMix, this new treatment is a highly effective, fast-acting and targeted complex clinically proven to lighten dark circles under the eyes and reduce puffiness.

This new lightening complex is composed of 4 potent ingredients clinically proven to reduce the appearance of dark circles due to pigmentation:

* Radianskin: a biotechnical ingredient that inhibits the release of melanin to diminish the appearance of dark spots and to enhance the overall brightening effect of the skin.  In clinical studies, 1% Radianskin was shown to have superior lightening abilities over 2% kojic acid.

* Actiwhite:  an active ingredient formulated with natural extracts that lightens the skin as effectively as 2% hydroquinone.  It decreases tyrosinase activity to diminish the appearance of dark spots as well as decreases the maturation of melanin to lighten and brighten skin.

* Retinol:  our favorite anti-aging ingredient helps in repairing discolored, photo-damaged skin.  The 0.05% retinol in this lightening complex fights the appearance of wrinkles and mottled hyperpigmentation.

* Titanium dioxide:  a natural sun filter that protects well against UVB and short UVA rays.  This treatment contains 1.2% to shield against further photo damage and to provide instant concealing properties.

SecureWhite Anti-Dark Circle Complex is ideal for all skin types and ages in the fight against under eye dark circles and puffiness.  And thanks to Neostrata, the battle just got a bit easier.

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Top Anti-Aging Tips for Every Age

4 generation womenAnti-aging seems to be the name of the game nowadays, and while the basics of good skin care (cleansing, moisturizing) haven’t altered, our skin’s needs definitely change as we age.  The good news is that advances in skin care treatments and products provide us with an embarrassment of riches when it comes to picking and choosing what we use to achieve healthy, glowing skin.

Each decade comes with its own skin care challenges, but with a goal in mind and armed with these top tips for every age, great skin is closer than you think.

  • In Your 20’s: PREVENTION is the goal.  Start your anti-aging routine now! If you haven’t already been doing so, use a broad spectrum sunscreen every day, without fail, regardless of weather or season.   This decade is all about being proactive and protecting your supple and smooth skin.  Anthelios sunscreen with Mexoryl XL  is our top tip, to block those aging UVA rays.
  • In Your 30’s: FEEDING THE SKIN is your aim. Add a serum with antioxidants like Apothekari’s Undercover Agent.  This multi-tasking serum contains the synergistic combination of vitamin C, vitamin E and ferulic acid, providing unbeatable protection from oxidative and environmental stresses on the skin and preventing damage by neutralizing free radicals. Bonus tip: vitamin C also stimulates collagen production, something that starts to slow down as we get older.
  • In Your 40’s: This is when CELL TURNOVER becomes our top goal.  Add a retinoid like Apothekari A is for Anti-Aging Retinal Serum to boost collagen and elastin production and to keep skin looking plump and firm.  Using a retinoid 5 nights a week in conjunction with an AHA 2 nights a week will help remove dead skin cells that not only make the skin look dull but may also prevent other active ingredients from penetrating.
  • In Your 50’s: HYDRATION is the key to healthy skin. Fight dryness by switching to a more hydrating moisturizer.  Look for ingredients like shea butter and hyaluronic acid, a solid and consistent performer when it comes to fighting dehydration.  Plumper, more hydrated skin gives a more healthy appearance and wrinkles are less noticeable.  Our new favorite is Neostrata’s Moisture Infusion Hydrating Cream.

Regardless of your age, extend that special care to those often neglected areas: the neck and décolletage.  And remember that it’s never too late to start taking care of your skin.  As the body’s largest organ, it deserves just a little TLC, don’t you think?

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New at PharmacyMix – Complex 15 Daily Face Cream & Body Lotion

Complex 15 BodyCreated by dermatologists, Complex 15 Daily Face Cream and Complex 15 Body Lotion are both now available at PharmacyMix!  Hypo-allergenic, unscented, non-greasy and non-comedogenic, Complex 15 products are loved by those with sensitive skin who are looking for hydration without the heavy finish.

Complex 15 Face Cream boasts an oil- and lanolin-free formula that hydrates the skin while maintaining its natural moisture balance.  This easy to wear cream is ideal for use under make-up, resulting in a shine-free, matte finish complexion.

Complex 15 Body Lotion is known for its no grease/no residue formula with quick absorption that allows you to “dress and go”.  No waiting required!  Created by dermatologists, Complex 15 Body Lotion is a unique product that corrects the condition that causes dry skin and loss of water.  Water binding components of the skin (phospholipids) are lost daily due to exposure to environmental elements.  Complex 15 Body Lotion replenishes moisture by replacing lost phospholipids.  Each one binds with 15 molecules of water to improve the skin’s ability to maintain its natural moisture balance.

With colder weather and dryer conditions on their way, Complex 15 couldn’t have come at a better time.

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New Sunscreen Ingredients on the Horizon

woman_sunscreen_backThanks to the US Senate recently passing the Sunscreen Innovation Bill in September, we are one step closer to seeing new and more effective sunscreen ingredients on the shelves at our local store. In in the sunscreen world, that’s big news.   If enacted into law, this would push the FDA to review and determine the safety and efficacy of new sunscreen filters in less than one year.  Considering the fact that the last time a new sun filter was approved by the FDA was in 2006 and that another eight have long been awaiting approval (some since 2002), a one year time limit is a considerable improvement.

Unfortunately, the number of cases of skin cancer has been increasing steadily during that same period of time.  Melanoma, the deadliest form, will claim over 9700 lives in the United States in 2014 alone.   It is no wonder, then, that the need for additional, possibly more effective UVA and UVB filters is so desperately needed.  When skin cancer accounts for nearly half the cases of cancer in the US, it is clear that more preventive measures are paramount.

So why the delay?  The FDA considers sun-filtering compounds as drugs, which must undergo a long process requiring specific safety requirements and documentation.  Much of the safety information required for use in the United States is simply not available due to the different approval process in other parts of the world.  For instance, Mexoryl XL, an effective sun filter against both UVA and UVB rays, has been available in Canada and Europe for well over five years and is found in top selling Anthelios XL SPF 60 Melt in Cream.  Mexoryl XL has been awaiting US FDA approval since 2009.

Having access to good sunscreens is only half the solution.  The other half is convincing people to wear it on a daily basis.  Although the task may seem daunting in light of such grim skin cancer statistics, we only have to look to Australia where, for the first time, non-melanoma skin cancer rates have fallen over the past decade for those under age 45.  Australia’s sun-smart campaign of “Slip, Slop, Slap”, must take some credit.  For the past 30 years, Australians have been encouraged to slip on a shirt, slop on some sunscreen and slap on a hat. The proof that the campaign works is just coming to light and that’s encouraging news.

At PharmacyMix, we’re slightly fanatical when it comes to sunscreens and sun protection. We’ll be watching closely to see where the Sunscreen Innovation Bill takes us, and you can be certain that we’ll  pass on the news.


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