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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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Neostrata Glycolic Renewal – New!

Glycolic RenewalFor those with sensitive skin or who are new to alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), Neostrata has introduced a new line of glycolic acid treatments – Glycolic Renewal.  These exfoliating products even out the skin’s complexion by removing the build-up of dead cells on the surface leading to radiant, younger-looking skin in just 10 days. These products are beneficial for consumers of all skin types and ages who are concerned with uneven and dull skin.

Neostrata’s Glycolic Renewal line contains encapsulated glycolic acid which leads to a gradual release of the active ingredient. This slow release minimizes the potential for side effects and makes it ideal for those who have been hesitant to try glycolic acid and suitable for even sensitive skin. Glycolic acid also has a small molecular size which allows it to penetrate effectively and remove the build-up of dead cells on the skin’s surface. You get all the benefits of an AHA with no irritation or stinging.

No matter what your skin type, you’ll find a Neostrata Glycolic Renewal formula to suit:

Once skin is conditioned, use once or twice a day as needed, gradually moving to 10% Gycolic Renewal Smoothing Cream or Smoothing Lotion.  As with any AHA product, use a broad spectrum sunscreen prior to sun exposure.

Neostrata Glycolic Renewal formulations are non-comedogenic and contain 0.4% allantoin for its soothing and anti-irritating benefits.

Apply.  Repeat.  Then get ready for the compliments.

 

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Hyaluronic Acid in the Spotlight

happy face creamLike the stereotypical wallflower in a movie, hyaluronic acid has been quietly but effectively working its magic in the background, but as new anti-aging treatments come out featuring hyaluronic acid as the star ingredient, it’s time for this super-hydrator to step into the spotlight.

Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance widely distributed throughout our bodies.  It acts as a lubricant between our joints, as an important component of cartilage and is found in the spaces between the skin’s collagen and elastin, which form part of the skin’s supporting network.  As we age, the amount of hyaluronic acid found in the skin decreases dramatically (surprise, surprise), resulting in dehydrated skin, roughness, flaking, fine lines, wrinkles and sagging.

The good news? Topical treatments are available which can help to replenish hyaluronic acid (and sodium hyaluronate, its smaller salt molecule) in the skin. Where it really shines is in moisturizers like Hydraphase UV and serums like Apothekari Undercover Agent.  Hyaluronic acid can hold up to 1000 times its own weight in water, helping to draw moisture into the skin to plump and hydrate.  I like to think of it as a supersponge of hydration for the skin.

Consider the benefits of well-hydrated skin:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles are less noticeable
  • Tightness of dry skin is alleviated
  • Skin barrier function is reinforced to keep out external irritants, bacteria and environmental assaults
  • Other treatments and active ingredients penetrate the skin more easily and are absorbed more effectively
  • A healthy environment is maintained for skin cell turnover
  • Transepidermal water loss is minimized

Lab synthesized to mimic the substance naturally found in our bodies, hyaluronic acid in skin care is one ingredient that works for all ages and skin types.  It may not dazzle us with bells and whistles, but hyaluronic acid is tried and true, does its job exceptionally well and doesn’t disappoint.  Rather like a good husband, or so my mother tells me.

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