Sun, 20 May 2018 08:30

Patience is a Virtue!

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Skin care products take time to work and everyone is different in terms of how soon they notice results. Vitamin C Known for its ability to brighten, it also leaves the skin with a dewy glow. This antioxidant rich vitamin does wonders for the skin because it helps create collagen. It also neutralizes free radicals which can cause fine lines, wrinkles and sunspots. Vitamin C helps with pigmentation by decreasing the production of melanin in the skin. With that said you need to use a product with at least 10"% Vitamin C and to be even more effective it needs to be paired with Vitamin E. Maximum benefits can be seen in 3 to 4 months. Retinol Undeniably the gold standard for preventing signs of aging and acne. Retinol increases the rate of cell turnover, which speeds up the process of sloughing away dead skin cells and stimulates new collagen production. When new collagen is made, it improves the appearance and texture of the skin, as well as fine lines and wrinkles, and helps prevent acne. Always use a SPF 30 along with any retinol because they can cause sun sensitivity. Also when starting to use retinol use it 3times a week until your skin gets used to it, then you can work your way up to every night. For the best results though it takes time, about 6 to 8 weeks. PCA has 4 types of retinol for your particular skin problem. They have one for aging, acne, lightening and sensitive skin! They are all time released as well so they will work all night while your sleeping. Hydroquinone Hydroquinone is the best ingredient for fading dark spots, it does this by blocking the production of melanin in the skin. But here's the thing you must use SPF30 daily at t he same time because the sun instigates dark spots. Best results are found when you pair the use of hydroquinone with chemical peels. Once again it takes time t o work but after about a month the dark spots will start to fade.
Fri, 04 May 2018 11:25

The Power of Vit. C

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The power of Vit. C Anti-aging and UV protection with Vitamin C Turns out, mom was right. Your morning glass of orange juice is essential to get your body going and keep it healthy. Orange juice is packed full of the essential antioxidant L-ascorbic acid (also known as vitamin C). Vitamin C — and all other antioxidants, in fact — protect the body’s cells from damage, including preventing signs of aging, including fine lines and wrinkles. However, our bodies don’t naturally produce vitamin C, meaning we need to get it from outside nutrient-rich sources. L-ascorbic acid does as much good for the skin as it does for your body. Unfortunately, your skin is the last organ in the body to receive these healthy nutrients, so even when you’re getting the recommended daily dose of vitamin C, very little of that is making its way to your skin. This is why topical vitamin C is recommended every morning. 90% of visible aging is the result of external factors, most of which is due to UV exposure. Even if you’re applying — and reapplying — broad spectrum sun protection every day, you’re likely still experiencing some sort of environmental damage to the skin. Vitamin C helps protect the skin from the effects of UV exposure, keeping your skin looking youthful and healthy. PCA SKIN® has two advanced vitamin C products: C&E Strength and C&E Strength Max. Both have powerful percentages of vitamin C for anti-aging and skin damage prevention. These formulas have the most potent forms of vitamins C and E for maximum results in anti-aging and prevention for your healthiest and most protected skin. Previous: the history of retinol
Fri, 04 May 2018 10:13

Top 3 Caffeine Benefits in Skincare

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Top 3 caffeine benefits in skincare Protect, prevent and refresh Caffeine is a regular part of most people’s morning routines, “Ok, but first coffee.” However, caffeine is being found in another part of your morning routine more and more – your skincare products. Caffeine is a powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and circulatory stimulant, making it a powerful anti-aging ingredient. It’s used in products ranging from eye creams to moisturizers to SPFs. 1. Caffeine fights free radical damage and premature aging As an antioxidant, caffeine protects skin from free radicals. Think of your skin as an apple slice. As the apple is exposed to the air, free radicals begin to oxidize the surface of the fruit, causing it to discolor and lose its original texture. The same thing happens to our skin (only much slower), causing premature signs of visible aging. Antioxidants, such as caffeine, inhibit free radicals from damaging the skin, preventing discoloration, fine lines and wrinkles. 2. Caffeine enhances your sun protection Just like how coffee gives you a boost in the morning, caffeine gives your SPF a boost. Antioxidants work to slow and repair UV damage, while traditional SPF ingredients like zinc oxide and octinoxate absorb or scatter UV rays before they enter your skin. The combination is improved sun protection. Look for a broad spectrum SPF with caffeine to prevent sun damage, the #1 cause of premature aging. 3. Caffeine wakes up skin Drinking caffeine increases energy and blood flow and so does applying it topically. When applied to the skin, caffeine stimulates circulation, increasing the overall perkiness of skin. Increased blood flow delivers much needed oxygen to skin, de-puffing and brightening tired looking skin. With benefits such as brighter skin and reduced fine lines and wrinkles, skincare products may become the new morning cup of Joe. PCA has caffeine in all their sunscreens.
Tue, 01 May 2018 10:25

Protect Your Skin From The Sun

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As we age our skin becomes more drier and more lax and wrinkled, partly because we lose about 30% of the collagen in our skin after menopause and partly because of the SUN. So let's start with rule #1- protect your skin from the sun. HOW? 1. Avoid the sun during peak hours (10 to 2pm) Even on overcast days. 2. Wear protective clothing which includes sunglasses and hats. There are even laundry additives available which give clothing an additional layer of ultraviolet protection. 3. Apply sunscreen generously and regularly about every 2 hours if in the sun. 4. Skip the tanning beds they emit UVA rays. 5. Choose a broad spectrum spf30 which will protect your skin from UVA and UVB rays. PCA has many sunscreens to choose from, depending on your skin type. They all have a seal of approval from the national skin cancer society. There is one for dry skin, oily skin, pigmented skin, acne skin and there is even a tinted spf. Rule #2 Use skincare products professionally recommended for your skin! Best Anti-aging Ingredients 1. Retinol Retinol is a vitamin A compound and an antioxidant. Antioxidants are important because they neutralize free radicals- unstable oxygen molecules that break down skin cells and cause wrinkles. 2. Vitamin C Another potent antioxidant that helps protect the skin from the sun. 3. Niacinamide A potent antioxidant that helps to reduce water loss in the skin and helps to improve skin elasticity. 4. Peptides 5. Vitamins
Wed, 25 April 2018 06:31

Causes of Discoloration

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causes of discoloration Age doesn’t have to come with spots   Discoloration, often referred to as hyperpigmentation, is uneven dark spots or patches (not freckles) on your skin. These skin discolorations can be caused by acne breakouts, hormo

Tue, 24 April 2018 08:12


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Peptides Our Skin Needs Them

Peptides are the building blocks for our skin. There are different peptides that perform differently--our skin needs them all and HydroPeptide skin care products have them all!!

Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide firms, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide 3 stimulates new collagen and elastin to support the dermal matrix. Over time PP3 noticeably increases skin thickness to improve aging skin. Palmitoyl Oligopeptide works similar to Retin A without the side effects . The effects are smoother, rejuvenated skin. Call me for more info. on HydroPeptide Skincare Products!! (714) 743-4914