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Apothekari AHA-Mazing Clean Cleansing Gel: It’s Back!

AHA mazingLovers of our Apothekari AHA-Mazing Clean Cleansing Gel will be happy to know that it is available again! A slight reformulation of this cleanser results in a more gentle, but just as effective exfoliating treatment, suitable for most skin types, except sensitive. The three major ingredients in AHA-Mazing Clean will help to improve skin’s overall appearance, smoothing fine lines and wrinkles, gently exfoliating clogged pores and promoting cellular renewal.

Apothekari AHA-Mazing Clean was tweaked to remove the sugar cane extract while still retaining the combination of three alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs):

  • Lactic Acid. Simultaneously hydrates and exfoliates, while also reducing fine lines and wrinkles. Lactic Acid also works wonders at evening out pigmentation discolorations.
  • Malic Acid. Gentle exfoliation, skin smoothing and promotes cellular renewal. Derived from apples.
  • Tartaric Acid. Improves the skin’s ability to retain hydration and exfoliates, further smoothing skin.

Exfoliating regularly removes that dulling top layer of dead skin cells that can act as a barrier to full absorption of active ingredients.  When exfoliation is the one step that seems to fall by the wayside in our busy lives, having alpha hydroxy acids in a daily cleanser is an easy way to a brighter complexion.

This cleanser is an elegant white pearl liquid that contains the beautiful combination of Peppermint and Spearmint Oil. It is paraben free, gluten free and sulfate free.

Apothekari AHA-Mazing Clean works best when used once or twice daily as part of your regular skin care regimen.

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International Women’s Day

womens day2March 8th is International Women’s Day, a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. It is also an opportunity to raise awareness for the need to create real change.  The movement is aiming high: challenging conscious and unconscious bias, valuing women’s contributions equally with men’s and committing to helping girls and women to achieve their goals are just a few of the objectives.  This year’s campaign theme is #BeBoldForChange, a call to help forge a better working environment and a more gender inclusive world.

“Each one of us – with women, men and non-binary people joining forces – can be a leader within our own spheres of influence by taking bold pragmatic action to accelerate gender parity.”  Before you think, “But what can I do?  What difference can I make?” remember that the key is to take action within your own sphere of influence.  Each step we take has the potential to create a ripple effect, with an impact that is more far-reaching than we anticipate.  Something as simple as speaking openly to your daughter, sister, friend or co-worker about women’s struggles and the challenges we have faced to overcome obstacles can inspire, support and drive change.

Here are a few things you can do today to #BeBoldForChange:

  • Challenge bias and inequality by pointing out bias and highlight alternatives in the workplace
  • Campaign against violence by educating youth about positive relationships and volunteering your time at a local charity
  • Forge women’s advancement by supporting a woman-owned business or mentoring another woman
  • Celebrate women’s achievements by applauding women role models and fighting for fair recognition and credit for women’s contributions
  • Champion women’s education by donating to charities that promote education for girls and by encouraging more young women to consider studies in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)

The World Economic Forum predicts that gender parity won’t occur for another 170 years.  There’s much work to be done.

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How To Beat Muscle Aches & Pains

skiingMuscle aches, or myalgia, is an extremely common condition. Whether caused by shoveling snow, lifting something heavy, or sleeping on an uncomfortable mattress, most of us have experienced muscle pain at some point. Because muscle is present in almost every part of the body, muscle pain may be felt practically anywhere.

Most instances of myalgia result from too much stress, tension, or physical activity. Some common causes include:

  • Muscle tension in one or more areas of the body
  • Overusing the muscle during physical activity
  • Injuring the muscle while engaging in physically demanding work or exercise

Our online store offers a range of treatments to help with occasional muscle aches and pains:

Robaxin. Featuring the muscle relaxant methocarbamol, the Robaxin line of treatments includes products supplemented with additional pain killers including ibuprofen, acetaminophen and acetylsalicylic acid.

Voltaren. This topical treatment features diclofenac, an effective anti-inflammatory agent, which helps to relieve pain and swelling. Available in regular, extra strength and EZ open.


Lakota. Pain relief made with natural ingredients. Lakota offers a range of treatments to relieve arthritis, joint, muscle, or back pain.

Non-drug measures that may provide relief from muscle pain include:

  • Gently stretching the muscles
  • Avoiding high-impact activities until after the muscle pain goes away
  • Avoiding weight-lifting sessions until the muscle pain is resolved
  • Giving yourself time to rest
  • Doing stress-relieving activities and exercises such as yoga and meditation to relieve tension

If your muscle pain is a result of minor injuries, stress or exercise, home treatment is usually sufficient. However, if you suffer a severe injury or have systemic disease, this can be serious and requires medical care. Muscle pain that is accompanied by breathing difficulties, dizziness, extreme muscle weakness, high fever or stiff neck requires immediate attention and you should seek medical care.

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Spring Cleaning for the Skin

girl in springtime 2Finally, we can say that Spring is on its way! And just like our homes and wardrobes, our skin could do with a bit of spring cleaning to get ready for the warmer weather. Here are 6 things we can do to prep from head to toe:

1. Exfoliate the face. After hibernating all winter behind scarves and under heavy creams, our face could do with a bit of a gentle scrub. Exfoliating is the one step that most likely gets left out each week but when you realize the long list of benefits , we think you’ll make the time. There’s no end to the options: dry brush, muslin cloths, mechanical rotating brushes and alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) treatments. My favorite right now is an exfoliating sheet mask. Not only are these incredibly popular and easy to find, they’ll give you a reason to sit back and do nothing for 10 minutes while the AHA’s and fruit enzymes do their job. You can also consider adding a cleanser like Apothekari AHA-Mazing Clean Gel with a triple combination of gentle and effective AHAs.

2. Give your body a good polish. Shower, moisturize and go, that’s the body’s basic routine for winter. Dealing with dry skin may have been the priority but now with spring on the way, we need to slough off the dead skin cells that have been hiding under the heavy sweaters and long pants. Exfoliating will actually allow moisturizers to do a better job without that extra barrier. And if you’re like many of us, there may have been a lapse in body hair grooming over the past few months. Giving your arms and legs a bit more attention will also make hair removal easier and more thorough. Apothekari Bamboo Lemongrass Foaming Body Polish is our go-to. We love it for the unique foaming action, the invigorating scent and, best of all, the non-oily feel. No more slipping around in the tub!

3. Switch over to a dedicated sunscreen. This is the time of year that we tend to change over from a moisturizer with SPF to Anthelios XL SPF 50+ Comfort Crème, a dedicated sunscreen made specifically for the face. Its lightweight feel and invisible finish make it an obvious choice for everyday wear, even under makeup. And we couldn’t be happier about the formulation: Tinosorb S, Mexoryl Xl and Mexoryl SX plus calming antioxidant baicalin.

4. Lighten up with the moisturizer. As the temperatures go up, it’s time to leave behind the heavy face creams. Choose a lighter moisturizer that won’t interfere with your other topical treatments, like Apothekari Daily Infusion. But use only as needed. You may find that an additional moisturizer is unnecessary as many sunscreens now have hydration built in with ingredients like vitamin E (tocopherol) and glycerin.

5. Book a pedicure. I try to leave it to the professionals at least twice a year: once in spring and once in fall. To maintain results in between appointments, Eucerin Repair Foot Cream with 10% urea every night works wonders. The secret, besides consistency, is the urea which not only hydrates but exfoliates as well. And if we let things slide a bit, take comfort that Flexitol Heel Magic is available for emergencies.

6. Buy a new pair of sandals or a new dress. Technically, this is not spring cleaning, but after all our hard work to get our skin ready for the new season, it’s a way to celebrate all our efforts. We definitely deserve it.

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