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Summer Skin Rehab For Your Body 

From soaking up the sun’s harmful rays, to swimming in chlorine-laden pools, the easy breeziness of summer can be a demanding workout for your skin. Here are a few ‘fixes’ to help your skin bounce back from its summer hangover, and get ready for fall. Exfoliate Just like trees shedding their leaves, it’s time to slough off dry dead skin cells. Of course, we love Skinfix Renewing Scrub – a natural, citrus scented scrub that works magic in the shower. A unique blend of natural exfoliating bamboo and 7% glycolic with 6% lactic acids buff skin to smooth, preparing the skin to absorb maximum hydration. And that’s where our Renewing Cream steps in. Power wash Natural oil washes replenish the moisture in your skin barrier instead of stripping your skin like soap does. Allure award winner, Skinfix Soothing Wash uses a nutrient-rich combination of jojoba, grape seed and aloe leaf juice to replenish your skin’s moisture barrier – leaving skin looking plumped and feeling pumped. See ya later, bumpy gator. Did too many rounds of golf or tennis leave you with alligator legs? Or are you prone to pesky bumps on the back of your legs? Hydrate and exfoliate your gams back to glam with a daily, hydrating cream packed with botanicals, minerals and 6 natural fruit acids. Skinfix Renewing Cream is is the ultimate skin smoother for dry, rough and bumpy skin. The extremities call for extreme. Don’t neglect the hard working skin on your elbows, knees and feet. Reach for a thicker hydration solution like Skinfix 12 Hour Miracle Ointment. Extra protective (and hard to pronounce) natural ingredients like cupuaçu butter create a barrier to prevent moisture loss, and pamper dry rough skin.

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Dry Skin from Diabetes? Your Pharmacist Can Help!

Pharmacists play a crucial role in the overall health and well being of patients. Not only are they informed on treatment options, possible side effects and drug interactions, they also have to relay that information to patients both accurately and empathetically. According to the American Diabetes Association, about one third of people with diabetes will develop a skin problem. High levels of glucose can cause the body to lose fluids, which can lead to dry skin, particularly on the legs, feet and hands. In addition, nerve damage (diabetic neuropathy) can lead to undetected irritations that could result in serious infections. For hands, frequent glucose monitoring and hand washing can also leave hands and fingertips split and irritated. Pharmacists are an important resource for people living with diabetes, as this condition requires a proper skincare regimen to protect the skin barrier and keep skin healthy and protected. Some pharmacists are also Certified Diabetes Educators (CDE) and are the first point of contact for people living with Diabetes. They can provide information on various medications, blood glucose testing, treatment of both hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) and hyperglycemia (high blood sugar,) recommendations for proper nutrition and physical activity and advice on how to keep skin all over the body well moisturized and healthy. Skinfix’s new Diabetic skincare collection is formulated for people living with diabetes to help soothe, heal and protect dry, irritated skin. This therapeutic regimen includes our Moisturizing Body Wash and Daily Relief Lotion which help keep skin all over the body hydrated and healthy. The Healing Foot & Leg Balm and Hand Relief Cream moisturize dry, cracked skin and are clinically proven to increase hydration and help soothe irritated, dry cracked skin. Our entire collection is dermatologist and podiatrist recommended and free of fragrance, urea, parabens and phthalates. It is available at all major retailers in Canada, at Rite Aid in the US and on Skinfix.com. Visit your pharmacist for more information on how to treat and manage diabetes and how to keep your skin moisturized and healthy.

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5 Common Skincare Mistakes to Avoid

"A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing." -George Bernard Shaw We all make mistakes. We stumble out of bed, occasionally leave the coffee maker on, and forget to pay the parking meter. Stuff happens! But when it comes to skin care, it is essential to avoid unnecessary errors in our daily routines. Here are six common skin care mistakes to avoid: 1.) Take a long, hot shower. Oh, yeah, nothing feels better in winter than a nice, long, hot, steamy shower. Except that afterwards your skin is likely to lose essential lipids and oils it needs to stay healthy! Hot water strips moisture from the skin faster than warm or cool water. A lengthy exposure to hot water will actually be more likely to break down the lipid barrier in skin and make it more susceptible to irritants. In a study on irritation from the surfactant sodium lauryl sulfate, researchers found that the hotter the water, the more irritated participant’s skin was (Contact Dermatitis). The skin barrier is compromised and softened, allowing ingredients to penetrate the skin better, meaning that irritating ingredients do more damage. In addition, these irritants are compounding the irritation that might come from being in overly hot water for an elongated time period. You might not like the solution, which is to keep showers short — think 10 minutes or less — and to use warm, not hot, water. But your skin will definitely thank you for reducing the heat and time of your showers. 2.) Avoid alcohol in skin care products. Yes, you read that right. Straight rubbing alcohol (ethyl or isopropyl) on your skin is terrible - it can be drying, harsh and irritating. But certain types of alcohol in a skin care product can be beneficial – thinning the solution, helping absorption, and even hydrating your skin as a part of the formulation! Certain alcohols like the list below are called “fatty alcohols” and don’t have the same function as harsh rubbing alcohol. They actually hydrate and emulsify:

  • Stearyl alcohol
  • Cetyl alcohol
  • Cetearyl alcohol
  • Cetostearyl alcohol
  • Cetyl alcohol 40
  • C12-15 alcohols
  • Lanolin alcohol
So while you would never apply pure rubbing alcohol directly to your skin (hello, drying!), if you use the right type of alcohols in a formula it can make everything a whole lot more beneficial. Who knew avoiding alcohol was a bad thing?! 4.) Use pore strips. Pore strips contain a hairspray-like substance on one side. It sticks to the material within your pores, but when you rip the strip off, it stretches the pore. Over time, this leads to enlarged pores, in which material collects, leaving you with a nose that is more likely to trap dirt, debris, and sebum. The best alternative is to cleanse with an oil-based cleanser. Over time, it will cleanse and refine the pores, leading to refined skin. 5.) Use moisturizer inconsistently. Moisturizer is great because it provides the skin with a source of potential moisture. When your skin is thirsty, there's a place to take a drink and replenish itself. And when it's not so thirsty, the moisturizer serves a protective purpose. Think of your skin's dilemma: It’s going out in the cold and then coming back into the heated indoors. It's being out in the sweaty, humid sun and those cold, somewhat drying showers. Try Skinfix Daily Lotion for consistent use twice a day, year-round, to ensure your skin gets what it needs. 6.) Spending a fortune on skin care, but eating a lot of junk food. The glycemic index is a system that rates food on a scale from 1-100 based on how much these foods raise blood sugar after eating them. When you get too much sugar in your body, it has some pretty profoundly negative effects on your skin. Studies demonstrate that diets high in sugar and high-glycemic foods like potato chips, white bread, pasta, candy, and white rice could be the culprit for this skin condition. A 2007 study demonstrated that putting teen acne sufferers on a low glycemic diet helped to reduce acne appreciably (The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition). In addition to sugar being a culprit for one earlier in life problem, it’s also one of the culprits for later in life issues. Sugar can age you in high amounts — though in moderation, it’s not bad for you or your skin. What happens when you overdo it on the sweet stuff is an increase in Advanced Glycation Endproducts (aka AGE). AGE occur during the processing of blood sugar, which is inevitably increased when you eat sugar. In a multistep process, AGE inevitably ends up cross-linking into neighboring proteins and causing the hardening of collagen. And while free radicals speed this up, antioxidants won’t prevent it (Ending Aging).But you don’t have to skin sugar entirely. Skipping out completely — on a sugar-avoidant diet — can put the body in ketosis, increasing production of methylglyoxal, which is a crucial component in producing AGE (Annals of the New York Academy of Science). The key is, of course, moderation. Bottom Line For better skin: 1. Do not take long, hot showers. 2. Know that it's OK, and actually beneficial, to use skin care products with the right kind of alcohols in them. 3. Avoid pore strips. 4. Use moisturizer year-round. 5. Avoid sugar. By FutureDerm

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3 Tips to Refresh your Spring Skincare Routine

Spring is around the corner and although we are quick to switch our make-up routines and reach for pale and shimmery colors we often forget to adjust our skin routine for the rest of our body.  Here are three tips to spruce up your skincare routine so you can show more skin as the temperature rises!

  1. Swap Your Rich Body Creams for Something Lighter

It’s time to lighten up and put away those rich, heavy creams and use a lighter lotion. Look for a lotion that is packed with natural oils like Skinfix Daily Lotion.

  1. Ditch Lotions with Fragrances

Fragrances can actually irritate skin, so look for lotions and shower gels that are scent free. Fragrance also can attract pesky bugs like bees and mosquitos in the warmer months.

  1. Don’t Forget to Moisturize Your Hands!

Just because winter is over doesn’t mean we can neglect our hands. Moisturize hands daily especially if you are a frequent hand washer.  Antibacterial soaps and gels are extra drying no matter what time of year. Skinfix Hand Repair Cream is great to slather on at night and then enjoy soft, smooth hands in the morning.

  By Francine Krenicki, our Senior Vice President of Product Development here at Skinfix

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Smells like trouble!

Skinfxi ChemistIf you have eczema or sensitive skin and you are “shopping with your nose” for products, please think again! Fragrance and scents in skincare, whether they are added perfume or natural aromatic oils like lavender and eucalyptus for example, are some of the top skin sensitizers that can cause flare-ups and irritation. At Skinfix, we take this to heart when formulating our products, because when we say “NO added fragrance” on our labels, we actually mean it. The fact that fragrance is a known irritant for skin is well documented within the dermatological community and is the cornerstone of product ingredient regulations for the National Eczema Society. Topping the list of “NOs” on the NEA website is fragrance and natural aromatic oils. If you have a product that has a fragrance component, they will not let you submit an application for their seal of approval. The NEA means business and so does Skinfix. However, when we say no added fragrance on our labels, it doesn’t necessarily mean our products don’t have a scent or odor to them. Many of our natural super skin healers like shea butter, or some of our natural oils have an inherit scent in their raw state. Our Hand Repair Cream is a perfect example of this. When someone tries this product on their hands and starts to rub it in, the first thing they will do is put their hand up to their nose and smell it. The first thing I tell people when trying it is “there’s no added fragrance in it and what you are smelling are the natural ingredients.” When I explain this, people with chronic irritated skin actually understand because there aren’t many choices out there for products that are truly fragrance-free. We are finding loyal Skinfix customers are truly thankful and relieved that they can use our skincare products without cause for worry. But, even if they aren’t sensitive to fragrance, having products without it on the ingredient list does have its benefits. A truly unfragranced product lets the user smell like themselves and won’t compete with their favorite designer fragrance if they do decide to wear one. By Francine Krenicki, our Senior Vice President of Product Development here at Skinfix

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Eczema. A global epidemic.

A recent article on Dailymail.UK caught our eye and focuses on how prevalent the eczema epidemic has become on a global level. The triggers for eczema reach all corners of the world, regardless of what climate you live in: Stress, food allergies, chemical irritants like fragrance and sulfates in cleansers, air that is too dry or cold from the weather outside, or from our indoor heaters and air conditioners. As the article states, one of the best courses of action for treatment is to apply rich emollient topical creams and ointments. The Skinfix healing balms for eczema like Body Repair Balm and Gentle Eczema Balm are based off of a 150-year-old recipe that was formulated in the UK. Their ultra-rich textures offer immediate relief for some of the toughest eczema out there.

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Skinfix and Skin Sins on The Marilyn Denis Show

Do you know the skincare sins you’re committing? Maybe not, but knowledge is power and the more you know, the better your skin will be. That’s why we’re excited that Canadian naturopath Dr. Natasha Turner recently appeared on The Marilyn Denis Show to cheer for Skinfix and to share important tips for healthy skin. Purchase Skinfix Body Repair Balm & Rapid Repair Balm to Support Skin Barrier Health. ) “It’s one of the only product lines that I’ve found that helps to maintain skin barrier health effectively,” Dr. Turner told Denis and her audience about Skinfix. The skin barrier is the gatekeeper to overall skin health. It is the outermost layer of the skin that keeps our internal moisture in and protects us from outside irritants. If your skin barrier is impaired, it ultimately leads to chronic irritated skin. Our emotions, stress levels, and the food we eat can play a big part in our skin barrier’s health. Dr. Turner believes that small changes in our daily lives - combined with skin barrier healing products such as Skinfix - can make your skin barrier healthy again. Here are some skin sins and fixes featured on The Marilyn Denis show:

  • Avoid hydrocortisone creams, as they actually thin your skin barrier. Use Skinfix healing balms instead.
  • Don’t over exfoliate. One alternative to harsh scrubs is to use fruit serums to get rid of dry, peeling skin.
  • Get seven to eight hours of sleep every night.
  • Try to de-stress. Some findings suggest increased stress can impact our skin barrier’s overall health.
Skinfix’s all-natural balms are secret blends of botanicals, vitamins and minerals that prevent and solve skin’s vexing problems. Buy Body Repair Balm now.

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The importance of skin barrier health

At Skinfix we are huge fans of Dr. Natasha Turner, Canada's leading Naturopathic Doctor and best selling author of The Hormone Diet. Her recent article for Chatelaine "Three unexpected ways to balance your skin barrier" touts the importance of skin barrier health and what to do when it's not at its best. It's interesting how stress, our emotional state and the food we eat can play a huge role in skin health. Dr. Turner claims small changes in our daily lives coupled with skin barrier healing products like Skinfix can get your skin barrier back to its healthy best and is advice worth noting. Justina jem1   To read the full article click here.

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Skinfix in the Land of (Dr.) Oz - Top Tips for Super Soft Skin

Skinfix_wintersnow_sized February can be a tough month. It can be hard on your skin as winter weather does its best to wreak havoc. But, February is turning out to be a pretty good month for us here at Skinfix. Our Body Repair Balm is featured in the very first issue of Dr. Oz The Good Life magazine, under the exciting heading “Top picks for your body”.

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Top picks for what? Well, let’s just say we’re softening to February and we have some ideas about how you can make the most of this month too. You see, we all want baby-soft skin, but as the Good Life article points out, your skin is constantly under assault and you have to take steps to combat drying-out factors. According to the article (and our research too) frigid temperatures, dry indoor heating , too much sun exposure, over-cleansing, showers that are too long and too hot, a lack of good nutrients and not enough sleep can all contribute to dry skin. So, how do you keep your skin soft and supple in the face of all these factors? Here are The Good Life recommendations that we believe in too: Keep Your Skin Soft Tips:
  • Consider using a humidifier in the winter or if you live in a dry climate
  • Use sunscreen with SPF 30 year-round
  • Use gentle sulfate free cleansers and avoid harsh soaps
  • Apply moisturizer immediately after bathing
  • Add foods like salmon, walnuts and flax to your diet because fatty acids can be good for your skin
The reality is that February is a tough month – no matter how much we try to dress it up with Valentine’s Day. Colder temperatures often trigger eczema and dermatitis flare-ups, and that condition affects 1 in 5 adults every year.  The good news is tips like Dr. Oz’s can really help make a difference and so can the right products, like Skinfix Body Repair Balm, which we like to say is the ultimate remedy for dryness and irritation. So, hopefully your February is starting to look up and with these useful tips your skin will be softer, supple and more healthy, just in time for Spring. body-repair-balm-oz

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Some skin creams are bad news for skin with Eczema

A recently published article in the American Academy of Dermatology reveals that certain ingredients in skin creams can cause reactions for people with Eczema prone skin. What's so interesting is that it recommends people with Eczema use products like ointments or anhydrous balms to treat their condition because they don't contain harmful preservatives that are commonly formaldehyde donors. This article couldn't be more timely for us at Skinfix, because our healing balms that were formulated over 150 years ago never included these ingredients to begin with and still to this day give our customers effective eczema relief without worry. To read the full article click here. Francine Krenicki, VP Product Development, Skinfix

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