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What’s on Your Mind? Customers Ask, We Answer

woman on laptopWhat’s on your mind? When customers contact us to ask questions, we do our best to answer. Here are a few that have come up recently:

1. Am I still able to use Ibuprofen if I am using Voltaren Extra Strength?

The instructions for Voltaren Extra Strength Emulgel caution against using this product while taking oral drugs such as ibuprofen, acetylsalicylic acid (ASA) or naproxen. Please refer to the manufacturer insert or check with your doctor for more specific directions.

2. I am interested in creating an effective skin care routine that helps with dark spots on my face left by acne. I am of dark complexion if that info may help. I am going to start derma rolling and purchased a vitamin c serum and retinol. I have been using a benzoyl peroxide topical wash 5% morning and night followed by a glycolic acid toner, hyaluronic acid serum followed by a moisturizer in which I put vitamin E/rosehip/castor oil. Should I include a dark spot corrector? I feel like I have done so many different things in the search for the perfect effective routine and my face doesn’t seem to get better. I need help organizing when and in what order to use these products.

Thanks for your question. As anyone knows who is trying to deal with hyperpigmentation, whether it be from aging, sun damage or scarring, the process is a long and complicated one. There are definitely some do’s and don’ts when it comes to dealing with dark spots. The gold standard in topical dark spot treatment is hydroquinone. However, if you are using any products containing peroxide, it is not recommended to mix the two as this could lead to dark staining of the skin, the very opposite of what you are trying to achieve.
When using a combination of products to exfoliate, it is important to not overtax your skin and to give it time to build up tolerance. Vitamin C, retinol and hyaluronic acid moisturizers will all help the skin heal and renew but please do not forget to add a broad-spectrum sunscreen to your daily routine.
Read more about skin lightening here in our blog as well as information about skin care combinations that work well together and others to avoid.

3. I wanted to get back in touch after you responded to my Feb. 5, 2016, question regarding Anthelios sunscreen. I suffer from severe PMLE (Polymorphous light eruption) on tropical vacations, and you recommended that I give the Anthelios SPF 60 Melt-in Cream a try. I cannot thank you enough for that recommendation, as it has literally changed my life! For the first time I can remember, I was able to enjoy the beach without the pain and itchiness of a PMLE outbreak, for seven days straight. It was like a miracle! I will be stocking up on more Anthelios and, in the meantime, I hope other PMLE sufferers will see this comment and give the Melt-in Cream a try. Thank you so very much!!!

Thank you so much for your feedback and comments! As fans of the Anthelios line, we love to hear that our customers feel the same way and that they have found an effective sun protection product that allows them to enjoy the outdoors! Thank you again for getting in touch with us!

4. Where can I purchase Anthelios KA SPF 100? I’m having a hard time finding it online. (I live in the US.) Also, I’m buying it for sun protection because I have melasma. Do you recommend that? If so, is 100 SPF my best option? I also have acne (I’m 41 years old). Will it lessen or aggravate that?

Thanks for your questions. Anthelios KA SPF 100 is a moisturizer with sun filters that is made for the European market. It is currently back in stock here. If your concern is melasma, we would suggest a dedicated sunscreen like Anthelios XL SPF 50+ Comfort Cream for the face versus a moisturizer with sun filters, especially with the sunnier months coming up.
As far as we know, Anthelios KA SPF 100 is non-comedogenic and should not aggravate your acne. However, it does not contain any ingredients that are specifically effective against blemishes, either.

5. Does Robaxin reduce pain and swelling in the ankle and foot?

Robaxin contains methocarbamol which is used to relieve muscle pain and reduce muscle spasms. For pain and swelling in the ankle and foot, it would be best to consult a medical professional to determine the cause before treating. This is especially important if the condition has persisted beyond a few days. You may want to ask if topical pain reliever Voltaren Emulgel with diclofenac, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, would be helpful in your situation. Please note that Voltaren should NOT be used while on oral pain relievers. As always, if you’re not sure, we recommend that you check with your physician.

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Can Your Windows Age Your Skin?

sitting by windowUsing sunscreen during the summer when we spend much of the time outdoors is a given at this point, but what about the times when we are indoors? Or just running errands? After all, we can’t possibly suffer sun damage going between the house and car, can we? Should we be using a sun protective product on those occasions, too?

Many of us rely on the day’s UV index to decide whether we apply sunscreen or not. If it’s low (from 0 to 2), we often forego the protection, believing that we don’t need it. However, the daily UV index only measures the UVB rays, not UVA rays. UVA rays are prevalent year round, from dawn to dusk, and are the ones responsible for premature aging and some forms of skin cancer.

UVA rays are longer and able to penetrate deeper into the skin. Unlike UVB rays which give us that hot, warning sensation when we are in danger, UVA rays lack the same immediate intensity, lulling us into thinking that sunscreen is unnecessary on cloudy days. And unlike UVB, UVA rays can penetrate glass, exposing us to constant skin damage even when we are sitting by the window or driving in our cars.

The amount of UV rays that pass through windows depends very much on the type of glass. For example, the front windshield of a car is typically constructed of two layers of glass with a sheet of vinyl between which blocks almost 100% of all UV rays, both the ones that burn and age. Side and back windows, as well as the majority of those used in buildings, only block out the UVB rays. Unfortunately, unless the glass is specially treated, the UVA rays that cause wrinkles, dark spots and skin cancer can still get through.

I love sitting in front of the window in the sunshine as much as the next person, and there’s nothing more coveted at work than a corner office with windows. However, this also means we’re exposed 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, no matter the weather or season. And as UV damage is cumulative, sun exposure can result in significant damage over time.

Luckily, research has shown that it’s never too late to start being sun-smart. So before you give up your window seat or cancel this summer’s road trip, consider upping your use of sunscreen on a daily basis. For the face, not only can you get dedicated sunscreens for broad spectrum protection but many moisturizers, powders and makeup also contain sun filters for layering defence against UV exposure. Body lotions with sun filters are less common but are a great way of ensuring that you have some level of protection right out of the shower, even if they don’t eliminate the need for a “real” sunscreen.

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Products to Help Beat the Summer Heat

sunglassesSummer is on its way, and whether you’re happy to soak up the sun or curse the sweltering dog days of the season, nobody is completely immune to the side effects of warmer temperatures, namely perspiration and a shiny complexion. However, we’ve got a few ways to beat the heat while you’re out enjoying backyard BBQ’s and the too-short days at the beach:


  • If the rising mercury makes you break out in a sweat, we’ve got the solutions! Hydrosal, our top-selling antiperspirant, was formulated by dermatologists specifically for hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating. The easy-to- use gel base is key to deeper penetration of product and prolonged relief. Not only does Hydrosal help to reduce perspiration but also reduces odors.
  • For sweaty hands and feet, our customers turn to Drysol. Available in three different formulas, Drysol treats excess perspiration with just a few drops at night while sweat glands are most inactive. After regular use, you may find that application is needed only once or twice weekly to maintain results.
  • If you thought having oily skin put effective sun screen out of reach, think again. Anthelios XL SPF 50+ Gel Crème is formulated specifically for those with oily/combination skin. Its dry-touch, double anti-shine formula means you don’t have to sacrifice UVA and UVB sun protection for a flawless and finished look. Formulated with highly-coveted sun filters Mexoryl XL and Tinosorb S, this gel crème leaves no white finish and is rated highly water-resistant.
  • For those days when you need a little extra help, Neostrata Oil-free Matifying Fluid comes to the rescue. Applied in a thin layer over the skin, tiny microsponge spheres soak up the excess sebum on the surface, providing a long-lasting matte finish, leaving you shine-free for hours.

As for the humidity and frizzy hair, you’re on your own, but there’s not much a big hat and a long, cold drink won’t improve.

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Apothekari Bamboo Lemongrass Foaming Body Polish – New!

apothekari body polishWe’re so excited to introduce the latest product in Apothekari’s line up – our Bamboo Lemongrass Foaming Body Polish. Formulated with a unique combination of ingredients including walnut shell powder and bamboo powder, this polish contains an intoxicating blend of lemongrass, mimosa, and litsea essential oils. It’s the perfect way to begin your day!

Safe for all skin types, Apothekari Bamboo & Lemongrass Foaming Body Polish will exfoliate skin, ridding it of rough spots, especially around elbows, knees, and soles of the feet. It also works wonders on the hands! The essential oil blend delivers a refreshing and invigorating scent. Botanical cleansing agents derived from corn and coconut help to gently cleanse skin while meadowsweet extract offers both anti-inflammatory and skin soothing benefits. Algae and rice extract hydrate and moisturize. And milk thistle extract delivers an extra oomph of skin soothing activity. Many of the ingredients are certified organic.

Our team of testers (both men and women) are over the moon with this new treatment. They’ve reported back that their skin feels noticeably softer and smoother after use and they love that this unique foaming body polish doesn’t leave the body feeling oily afterwards.

Add the polish to your morning or evening shower routine. As much as you’ll be tempted to use it all over, keep in mind that it shouldn’t be used on the delicate face and neck.

Also be on the lookout for our new Apothekari Shade SPF 30. Our zinc oxide based sunscreen delivers broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection and will be available soon!

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