Exfoliation

Exfoliation

Let’s talk about exfoliation. You may think that by moisturizing, cleansing and slathering on the sunscreen your skin is super healthy—but if you’re not exfoliating, your skin is not as healthy as it could be.

What is exfoliation? Exfoliation refers to the removal of the dead skin cells on the skin’s surface.

PCA carries several different exfoliators, you are sure to find one perfect for your skin.

The first is called Daily Exfoliant, this product can be used both day and night.

Gently polish away dead skin cells to reveal radiant, younger-looking skin with this daily-use, moisturizing exfoliant. This light, gentle exfoliant is suitable for all skin types and removes dirt, debris, and impurities from the skin. Daily Exfoliant contains 100% biodegradable and renewable exfoliants.

The next is Pore Refining Treatment, it is recommended for day time use.

Exfoliate and purify the skin with this advanced blend of clay, mandelic acid, enzymes, pumice and rice powder for a comprehensive skin-smoothing treatment. This powerful exfoliant uses three methods of exfoliation for dramatically smoother and softer skin while absorbing excess oil and impurities.

The final exfoliator is called the Purifying Mask. PCA recommends this is used in the night time.

Detoxify and remove impurities with this at-home clay, algae and tea tree oil mask. Micro-fine pumice gently exfoliates to leave your skin smooth and clear. An at-home clay-based treatment mask that exfoliates, detoxifies and removes impurities, leaving skin smooth, clear and bright.

 

 

If healthy skin is your goal, regular exfoliation is a must. We recommend you limit your exfoliation routine to once or twice a week—over-exfoliating can leave your skin dry, irritated, and damaged.

How Alcohol Affects Your Skin

How Alcohol Affects Your Skin

So, what exactly is happening to the skin when you drink so much? Why is the body processing alcohol differently than it would water, leaving you dehydrated and red in the face?
First, the body metabolizes the alcohol from an enzyme in the liver, which releases a byproduct called acetaldehyde. This byproduct is toxic to body tissues. In turn, body tissues and skin are dehydrated.
Alcohol also dilates the pores of the skin, leading to blackheads and whiteheads.
In reality, alcohol creates inflammation throughout your body and skin, and its effects far surpass dehydration alone. Dullness, enlarged pores, discoloration, sagging, fine lines and lack of resilience are just some of the symptoms that can result within the skin.
Excess alcohol also alters blood flow to the skin and leaves an unhealthy appearance for days. Why? Alcohol causes small blood vessels in the skin to widen, allowing more blood to flow close to the surface. This produces a flushed color and a feeling of warmth, which can lead to broken capillaries on the face.
Do all types of alcohol affect your skin the same way?
Beer has more additives, such as salts and sugars, which will add more stress on the liver to metabolize, as well as be overly dehydrating. The least harmful to you, is probably red wine.
Our Tips for Healthier Drinking
  • Never drink alcohol on an empty stomach
  • Stay well-hydrated by consuming plenty of water
  • Avoid sugar-laden, pro-inflammatory mixers and use soda water or tonic instead
If you do overindulge, take time to hydrate the next day.
The Effects of Sun Exposure

The Effects of Sun Exposure

The sun’s powerful rays make us feel happy, and in the short term, can make us look good. But our love of the sun isn’t a two-way street. Exposure to sun can causes most of the wrinkles and age spots on our faces.

What are the effects of the sun?

1. Sun Exposure May Cause Up To 90% Of The Visible Changes Attributed To Aging

2. UV Exposure Seems To Be Responsible For 80% Of Visible Facial Aging Signs

3. Sun Damage Affects All Layers Of Your Skin

Sun exposure causes most of the skin changes that we think of as a normal part of aging. Over time, the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) light damages the fibers in the skin called elastin. When these fibers break down, the skin begins to sag, stretch, and lose its ability to go back into place after stretching. The skin also bruises and tears more easily — taking longer to heal. So while sun damage to the skin may not be apparent when you’re young, it will definitely show later in life. *webmd

Prevention is key to keeping your skin looking and feeling its best. Sunscreen and shade will be your skin’s best friend.

Here are a few things to remember;

*Apply sunscreen before you step foot outside. SPF needs approximately 20 minutes to sink in before your skin is completely protected from UV ray.

*The active ingredients in sunscreens can lose their potency, so check the expiration date.

*People often forget to protect their scalp—and end up with a burn in their part. Mist your scalp and hairline with a spray sunscreen.

Take care of your skin and remember you’re worth it.

Product Spotlight: C&E Advanced

Product Spotlight: C&E Advanced

Introducing PCAskin’s newest product – C&E Advanced with Hexylresorcinol and Silymarin

PCAskin’s most advanced antioxidant formula diminishes dark spots, soothes irritated skin and reduces signs of aging.

  • Contains proven therapeutic levels of L-ascorbic acid and tocopherol
  • Includes advanced corrective ingredients hexylresorcinol and silymarin
  • Has a stable anhydrous formula that prevents antioxidant degradation

 

Key Featured Ingredients:

Hexylresorcinol – an age-fighting anti-glycation agent that brightens and promotes an even skin tone while reducing future discoloration.

L-Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) – an antioxidant that minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while promoting an even skin tone.

Silymarin – a powerful antioxidant derived from milk thistle that has skin-calming and brightening benefits and helps fight free radical damage.

Tocopherol (Vitamin E) –  a lipid-soluble antioxidant vitamin and emollient ingredient.

This antioxidant formulation delivers stable and highly effective 20% pure vitamin C and 5% pure vitamin E to protect skin from damage, strengthen and smooth the skin, and fight the visible signs of aging.

C&E Advanced is designed for most skin types, and is used during the day time and applied after cleansing, and underneath moisturizer.

Here is the process to incorporate this game changing product into your skincare routine: Apply a pea-sized amount to the face and neck in the morning after cleansing, toning and applying any PCA SKIN® treatment serums. You might experience a slight tingling sensation upon application. Follow with the appropriate PCA SKIN broad spectrum SPF product in the daytime and moisturizer in the evening.

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PCAskin Corrective Bars

PCAskin Corrective Bars

Have you heard of PCAskin’s Corrective Bars?

We offer three different bars to target each individual’s needs.

Pigment Bar

  • A cleansing bar formulated to provide an even skin tone on the face and body.
  • A blend of advanced ingredients calms skin and promotes an even skin tone.
  • Ideal for discolorations on the full body, including the face and scalp.
  • Great for everyday use.

Dry Skin Relief Bar

  • A gentle cleansing bar that soothes and supports dry skin.
  • Soothe and improve dry skin concerns, including psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis, all over the body, even on the scalp.
  • Controls and fights the recurrence of itching, redness, flaking and irritation with 3% salicylic acid.
  • This bar is gentle enough to be used daily.

Blemish Control Bar

  • A skin purifying cleansing bar for oily skin or those with acne.
  • Clear pores of oil and soften the skin
  • Reduce existing acne breakouts and prevent future acne breakouts with 2% salicylic acid
  • Purifying ingredients including eucalyptus oil

 

Which bar is best for you and your skin goals? Not sure? Call to schedule your consultation with our skin care specialist.