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  • The Case for Natural Makeup

    Is your medicine cabinet already stocked with the best in natural skin care? Time to take it to the next level and make sure your cosmetics are clean and healthy, too. Here, a few of our estheticians talk to us about why natural cosmetics are the way to go.

    First, it’s important to remember that 60 percent of what goes on our skin gets absorbed into your body (read more about skin care by the numbers). That’s more than half of every drop of body lotion, serum, lip gloss or concealer you put on. Just like skin care, cosmetics serve as a sort of conduit to your body—what type of ingredients they’re conducting is up to you.

    Pharmaca’s natural cosmetics lines ensure that these ingredients are actually good for your skin while doing their job. Take jane iredale’s Circle/Delete, an under-eye concealer that hides flaws while healing skin with avocado and cucumber extracts. “Many mainstream cosmetics companies have similar products that are full of chemicals,” says Beth Walker, esthetician in Boulder. “It may camouflage the skin, but once it’s washed away, the chemicals have probably created a whole new problem.”

    Instead of creating new problems, mineral foundations, like those from jane iredaleMineral Fusion, Antonym and ZuZu Luxe, actually serve as nutrition for the skin, says Beth. “It’s wonderful for sensitive skin, acne, rosacea, sun damage,” she says. Instead of exacerbating those conditions, it will actually treat the skin while providing coverage.

    “I love the fact that mineral foundations include zinc, which is especially good for healing acneic skin,” says Kathleen McCummings, esthetician in Seattle. Plus, she says, “It’s good for all skin types, it doesn’t tend to emphasize lines and wrinkles, and it gives you a complete, natural SPF!”

    “Knowing that our natural mineral makeup is talc free is another big bonus,” says Kathleen. “Talc is a known carcinogen and it’s at the base of all conventional makeup. You don’t want to put a product on your face that can potentially cause cancer.”

    Beth adds that lip glosses and lipsticks can also be full of unwanted ingredients. “They say we ingest something like a tube of lipstick each year, so choose something without petroleum or parabens. She loves PureGloss from jane iredale, which includes pomegranate oil and vitamin E to provide hydration along with shine and color.

    In the end, both Beth and Kathleen love the way natural cosmetics look. “People wearing natural makeup have a much more radiant look about them than people wearing mainstream foundations,” Beth says. She also loves the fact that they’re easy to use and many are cruelty free. “It’s guilt-free beauty!”

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  • Our Stress-Busting Top 5

    Stressed?  Here are some of our favorite supplements to help beat all types of stress!

    All stress is not created equal—there are times we need in-the-moment relief and periods of our lives that need more serious support. Here Ashleigh Putnam, naturopathic doctor at our Monterey store, gives us her top 5 ways to beat all types of stress.

    In the moment

    Bach’s Rescue Remedy, in any form, helps calm the emotional response to a situation. And Emotional Ally by WishGarden Herbs works quickly and can be used for in-the-moment stress management. It helps calm the mind, body and emotional state without being sedative.”

    Sleep-related stress

    Quietude by Boiron helps quiet a busy brain, allowing an individual to fall asleep or go back to sleep. It’s so gentle, yet effective, and has no chance of causing morning grogginess. I also like RelaxMax by Xymogen, which has GABA and L-Theanine. It’s a powder that’s easy to take if you wake in the night, and the dose can be tailored to your needs.”

    Adrenal fatigue

    Gaia Herbs Adrenal Health Daily Support helps the fatigue that can accompany stress, featuring rhodiola which increases oxygen to the brain and muscles, and holy basil and milky oat seed to help calm the nervous system. ADR Formula by Pure Encapsulations offers more robust, energizing support with Asian ginseng, eleuthero and licorice, which support adrenal gland function and the immune system.”

    Physical stress 

    “Try Magnesium Glycinate from Pure Encapsulations, Metagenics, Kal or Doctor’s Best—it will help relax the smooth and skeletal muscles, allowing for repair, and enhance blood flow. And Concentrace Trace Mineral Dropshelp nourish the muscles and replenish minerals that are often depleted in periods of extreme physical stress.”

    Overall support

    “B vitamins in their active forms will nourish the adrenals and help to decrease the stress response. I recommend Integrative Therapeutics Active B Complex ITI, B-Complex Plus by Pure Encapsulations or Stress B-Complex by Thorne Research.”


    Thanks to Pharmaca for the tips!

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  • 5 Beauty Breakthroughs for Summer

    Summer beauty means keeping our skin extra safe, staying fresh and playing it cool with fun summer makeup. Here are the newest and best ways to kick off your summer season.

    1. Quick, at-home glow-getters

    There’s no time for lengthy facial treatments when outdoor fun beckons. Speed up your skin care routine with quick and easy pre-moistened treatment pads—like an all-in-one mini facial!

    Treat oily or breakout-prone skin to Sonage Go to Glow Glycopolymer Peel Pads, featuring dead skin-sweeping glycolic acid and lavender oil, a natural antibacterial that helps prevent pimples.

    To brighten and improve skin texture, try Sanitas Skincare Brightening Peel Pads, which use three powerful exfoliators—glycolic, lactic and salicylic acids—to make skin radiant.

    For fine lines or dullness, try emerginC Scientific Organics At-Home Facial Peel + Clarifying Kit, an easy two-step system. The first pad boosts cell turnover with lactic acid and sugar maple extract, and the second pad firms and plumps skin with apple extract and glycerin.

    1. Detoxing with charcoal

    The very thought of charcoal conjures visions of summer barbecues…but did you know that pure activated charcoal is also a great skin detoxifier? When heat, humidity and layers of sunscreen clog your pores, the molecules in activated charcoal are a particularly great way to extract dirt and grime.

    Look to Allafia Coconut Reishi Purifying Facial Cleanser for serious cleansing of oily summer skin with soothing coconut, nourishing reishi, coffee berry and charcoal. Follow it up with a lightweight moisturizer like Derma E Purifying Oil-Free Moisturizer, which absorbs quickly, detoxes skin with activated charcoal, moisturizes with pure aloe vera and is chock full of powerful antioxidants like green tea and seaweed.

    1. Sun protection simplified

    Protecting our skin with a broad-spectrum SPF 30+ sunscreen (good for warding off both UVA and UVB sun rays) is one of the most important things we can do to keep our skin healthy (check out the American Cancer Society’s skin protection guide for more tips).

    For easy, on-the-go coverage, try new brush-on sunscreens that are small enough to keep in your pocket for all-day protection. A few swipes of Colorescience Sunforgettable Brush-On Sunscreen on your face, shoulders, even your legs gives you SPF 50 protection; find it in 4 shades that blend perfectly with your skin tone (hint: go a shade darker for a healthy summer glow!). Or get protection from minerals like titanium dioxide and zinc oxide in Mineral Fusion SPF30 Brush-On Sun Defense. Added antioxidants like white tea and sea kelp help repair sun damage while protecting you from the sun’s rays without harmful chemicals.

    1. Super-safe cosmetics

    Pops of color and hydrating lip tints make summer beauty easy. And knowing that our favorite products have the new EWG Verified stamp from the Environmental Working Group gives us even greater peace of mind. For flirty, fluffy lashes try W3LL People Expressionist Mascara Pro in bright blue or purple. The EWG verifies that it’s made without artificial chemicals or petroleum derivatives, is paraben-free and doesn’t flake (so it’s perfect for sensitive eyes). Then protect, treat and show off pretty lips with Mineral Fusion Sheer Moisture Lip Tint that hydrates with cocoa butter and firms with peptides…also EWG verified!

    1. Natural deodorants that really work

    There are so many effective new types on the market, including formulas that are particularly kind to easily irritated skin. Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant Sensitive Skin Formula, for example, relies on moisture-wicking arrowroot powder and bacteria-neutralizing coconut oil to banish odor without harmful aluminum or parabens. Skin-calming aloe and calendula, combined with moisture-absorbing arrowroot, make All Good Unscented Deodorant perfect for sensitive skin, even after shaving.

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