C&E strength and C&E strength max: the newest PCA products

August 22, 2014

The latest products added to PCA SKIN’s corrective line-up, C&E Strength and C&E Strength Max, launched on Monday, August 18, 2014. These vitamin C and E products are unsurpassed, antioxidant-rich topicals boasting pure 5% vitamin E (tocopherol), and 15% and 20% vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid), respectively. With daily use, patients can expect to see a plethora of dramatic results.

These anhydrous formulas provide an optimal environment for the 15% or 20% pure L-ascorbic acid to remain completely stable until applied to the skin. The unique encapsulation method employed in both formulations leads to increased efficacy and ensures the maximum amount of L-ascorbic acid is introduced into the skin, leading to optimal results. As the only bioavailable form of vitamin C for the skin, L-ascorbic acid not only delivers antioxidant value, but also instigates the production of collagen and acts as an effective melanogenesis inhibitor.

C&E Strength and C&E Strength Max utilize pure 5% vitamin E (tocopherol), leading to increased efficacy. Topical use of vitamin E alone leads to accelerated epithelialization; increased stratum corneum moisture; and the negation of photoaging, as well as protection against it. Vitamin E, in addition to the aforementioned benefits, also has the ability to reduce edema, erythema and sunburn cell formation.

Together, vitamins C and E work synergistically within the skin to protect the epidermis and the dermis against the harmful effects of UV radiation and free radical damage. Daily use each morning will help to supplement and raise the level of daily UV defense when used prior to broad spectrum SPF application. With two formulas depending on sensitivity level, all patients can benefit.

Add these outstanding products to your back bar and retail space today by calling 877.PCA.SKIN [722.7546] or visiting CandEstrength.com to learn more.


introducing Perfecting Neck & Décolleté

October 4, 2013

Specifically formulated for the delicate skin on the neck and chest, PCA SKIN’s newest corrective product, Perfecting Neck & Décolleté, provides rapid results for smoother, younger-looking skin. This luxurious cream delivers unmatched results in as little as one to five weeks. A truly unique treatment product, Perfecting Neck & Décolleté treats a wide range of conditions commonly seen on the neck and chest, including wrinkling, laxity, hyperpigmentation and persistent redness.

ingredient profile

One of the most compelling new ingredients included in the new Perfecting Neck & Décolleté is the latest generation of matrix-building peptides, palmitoyl tripeptide-38. This newly developed amino acid chain has demonstrated the ability to increase the production of six highly important dermal and epidermal components, as well as an important protein:

  • Collagen I
  • Collagen III
  • Collagen IV
  • Fibronectin
  • Hyaluronic acid
  • Laminin-5
  • Heat Shock Protein 47 (HSP47)

This remarkable product also boasts calcium hydroxymethionine, formulated and tested specifically for the delicate tissue of the neck and chest; grape fruit cell extract; niacinamide; rye seed extract; and retinol.

incorporating Perfecting Neck & Décolleté

For optimal results, apply a dime-sized amount of Perfecting Neck & Décolleté twice daily. Although there are myriad PCA SKIN product combinations, the following product pairings address the more apparent signs of aging: wrinkling and laxity, hyperpigmentation and persistent redness.

Questions? Head on over to neckanddecollete.compcaskin.com or call a member of the PCA Practice Development Team at 877.PCA.SKIN [722.7546].

what is the bee sting facial?

September 16, 2013

There has been some recent buzz surrounding the bee sting facial, developed in England and popularized by Heaven by Deborah Mitchell, a skin care line developed in the UK. The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, is one of the more notable celebrities who receives this unusual facial on a regular basis to keep her skin looking flawless. It has been available in the US for several months now, but only a few select locations carry the bee venom facial since it is shipped from the UK .

Image courtesy of hudabeauty.com.

Image courtesy of hudabeauty.com.

Although it sounds painful, patients are not actually stung repeatedly with live bees. The venom is contained within treatment masks and applied to the skin. Patients have reported that the facial has a pleasant honey aroma and a slight tingling sensation upon application.

The benefits of the bee venom have been compared to that of Botox®, as it causes muscles to relax. An added benefit is the stimulation of collagen, increased blood flow in the area of application and an increase in the number of keratinocytes within the skin.

So how exactly does the venom get into the products and onto the skin? The bee sting facial does in fact contain venom and the process does not harm the bees. Bee venom is extracted from live bees by placing a piece of glass near the hive and sending electrical currents through the glass. The bees are then aggravated and sting the glass, releasing their venom while keeping their abdomen intact. The venom is collected on the glass, dried and purified before being incorporated into facial products and treatment masks. The treatment itself typically lasts up to an hour and can cost upwards of $145.

Have you heard of the bee venom or bee sting facial? Have you ever had one? Would you try it? Let us know in the comments below!

introducing the new Total Strength Serum

August 20, 2013

As a company committed to continuous improvement, and bringing new and innovative products to our customers and their patients, we are thrilled to introduce the newest addition to the PCA SKIN anti-aging family of products:

 Total Strength Serum

This next generation peptide and epidermal growth factor product strengthens the structure of the skin, and minimizes the appearance of fine lines and pores. In addition to this exciting new peptide blend, patients will also benefit tremendously from rh-Oligopeptide-1 (EGF), glycosaminoglycans, glycerin, sodium hyaluronate, vitamin E, coconut fruit extract and honeysuckle extracts to synthesize collagen production and reduce the loss of elasticity.

who is Total Strength Serum for?

Total Strength Serum is indicated for twice daily full-face application for those with any age-related concerns. It is appropriate for patients looking to add an anti-aging serum as a preventative measure, or as an added boost to a current aging regimen.

key features

  • Total Strength Serum contains a next generation peptide ingredient blend
  • EGF stimulates cells to repair and reproduce healthy cells
  • A singular product that addresses loss of elasticity, enlarged pores, loss of collagen production and wrinkling
  • No formaldehyde donors, fragrance or parabens have been used

key benefits

  • Total Strength Serum is intended for full-face application
  • This product will strengthen skin structure and increase collagen synthesis
  • When used twice daily, this product helps reduce loss of elasticity and minimizes the appearance of pores

what does it pair well with?

Total Strength Serum pairs well with several PCA SKIN corrective products:

  • ExLinea® Peptide Smoothing Serum – for the ultimate in anti-aging prevention and correction
  • Intensive Age Refining Treatment™: 0.5% pure retinol night – for fast anti-aging results with double the collagen building action
  • C-Strength 15% and 20% with 5% Vitamin E – for a boost in collagen synthesis and antioxidant protection

For more information about Total Strength Serum, head over to pcaskin.com or call a member of the PCA team at 877.PCA.SKIN [722.7546].

PCA SKIN’s Rejuvenating Serum

July 2, 2013

Rejuvenating Serum is an exceptional formulation that contains grape stem cell extract to support the product’s ability to promote healthy cell proliferation and protect against cellular damage. Epidermal growth factor (EGF) helps to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and leaves the skin glowing. An advanced blend of EGF, vitamin E, bisabolol, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), glutathione and grape fruit cell extract work symbiotically to protect the skin from oxidative damage.

Although indicated for patients with aging concerns, Rejuvenating Serum is also effective for patients suffering with acne due to its healing capacity. Add Rejuvenating Serum to an existing regimen to boost antioxidant protection, minimize the signs of aging or to encourage a healthy complexion. This multifaceted serum pairs perfectly alongside the PCA SKIN® broad spectrum sunscreen products listed below:

Rejuvenating Serum + Weightless Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 45

  • For breakout-prone skin

Rejuvenating Serum + Perfecting Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 30

  • For uneven skin tone, fine lines and wrinkles

Rejuvenating Serum + Protecting Hydrator Broad Spectrum SPF 30

  • For formal to oily aging skin

Rejuvenating Serum + Hydrator Plus Broad Spectrum SPF 30

  • For dry, sensitive skin

Rejuvenating Serum + Active Broad Spectrum SPF 45

  • For those with outdoor lifestyles

Always be sure to consult with your PCA SKIN Certified Professional about the best product combinations for your unique skin type and condition.

Vogue dives into chemical peels with PCA SKIN’s expert advice

April 29, 2013

In the May 2013 issue of Vogue, PCA SKIN®‘s chief scientific officer, Dr. Jennifer Linder, is featured dispelling myths about chemical peels and assuring readers that they are the best thing you can do for your skin. The article, titled “Lift Off,” highlights Ultra Peel® I and explains the many benefits regular chemical peel treatments have on skin health, while amplifying the effects of daily care in the process.

Vogue, May 2013

Vogue, May 2013

“I always say, ‘You don’t have to peel with a peel,’” Dr. Linder says. Regarding Ultra Peel® I, she noted that following the treatment, “the skin takes on this lovely glow and looks more even.” When performed regularly, Linder said, “you can get to the same end points with peels as you can with lasers.”

article highlights

  • The latest cocktails have yielded gentle peels for virtually every skin type and issue: Have sun damage or discoloration? There’s a peel for that. Bothered by fine lines? Or just dull skin? Get a peel. Is acne a problem? A peel will help.
  • The new thinking trades the no-pain-no-gain mentality for the more palatable slow-and-steady-wins-the-race: Combinations of multiple exfoliating acids in lower strengths encourage the skin to shed its top layers, along with dead, complexion-clogging surface cells and impurities.
  • Beyond the luminous, near-instant gratification achieved by so many peels, [there is] another reason to incorporate one into a regular regimen: They help pave the way for daily skin care to perform better by removing dead surface cells that may be impeding its absorption.

Linder ends the piece saying, “Peels are the one thing that every dermatologist can do to help their patient’s age gracefully. The experience is much like getting a facial, but you get more out of it. You’re actually doing something to change the long-term health of the skin [and] it’s such an easy thing to do.”

Pick up the May 2013 issue of Vogue, on newsstands now, to read the full article. Follow PCA SKIN on Facebook and Twitter, and share the story on your own social channels to get customers buzzing about your peel offerings!

Interested in offering Ultra Peel® I in your practice? Call PCA SKIN at 877.PCA.SKIN [722.7546] or visit pcaskin.com for more information.

daily care for the body

April 9, 2013

As the weather warms, many of us become acutely aware of the skin on our bodies, as it comes out from behind the long pants and sweaters of winter. Many of the same conditions that affect the skin on the face also appear on the body, but because we are able to cover much of the skin on our bodies, these conditions are often ignored or neglected. Although the common conditions that affect the skin on the body are no different from when they appear on the face, they need to be addressed slightly differently due to the physiological differences between the skin on the face and the body.

how is it different?

Physiologically speaking, the skin on the face and the skin on the body are similar, but their slight differences have a significant effect on how we treat them. Oil production is typically much lower in the skin on the body versus that of the face. This is because the majority of the body’s sebaceous glands are on the face and scalp, which make dry and impacted skin more common on the body. This is why most body-specific moisturizers can, and should be, richer and more hydrating.

The skin on the body is also thicker than on the face. The facial epidermis is approximately .12mm in thickness, while the skin on the body falls in the .60mm range. Thicker skin can cause negative responses, such as an increased risk of bacterial proliferation or hyperkeratosis. On the contrary, thicker skin can also be a positive, as it can typically tolerate more active products without discomfort. Therefore, body-specific daily care products and in-office procedures can often contain higher percentages of exfoliating acids and corrective ingredients without the risk of causing irritation or inflammation.

Because the skin on the body is inherently dry, cell turnover rates are significantly slower. The body is not as frequently exposed as the face to climate and weather, which also affects the natural desquamation process.

To make the skin on the body healthy, clear and hydrated, it is important to use a body-specific moisturizer that addresses its unique needs. Body Therapy by PCA SKIN is the perfect formulation for the special needs of the skin on the body.

PCA SKIN Body Therapy

PCA SKIN Body Therapy

Containing 12% lactic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid that is also an important component of the skin’s natural moisturizing factor, Body Therapy provides intense moisture in addition to supporting improved exfoliation. Use this moisturizer each night on the hands, feet (spa socks over a good application of Body Therapy leaves feet baby soft by morning!) and all over the body. Regular use will help to improve the surface texture of skin, while promoting an even skin tone and a clear complexion. Give the skin on your body the same attention you give your face all year long.