PCA Skin promises to deliver safe products
At PCA SKIN®, we use clinically-backed research and science to develop safe and effective products that deliver healthy, beautiful skin. We accomplish this while maintaining a deep respect for human health and the environment.
Formulated with nature in mind
We formulate with ingredients found naturally in the skin and body for maximum compatibility. This ensures optimal results without unnecessary side effects.
Important Peeling Ingredients
Strategic combinations to address a variety of concerns
PCA SKIN® uses blends of well-tolerated, safe and effective peeling ingredients to break down surface buildup. Results are dramatic when used in conjunction with a comprehensive daily care regimen.
Tested for optimal outcomes
Formulating new products takes years to perfect. Before a new formulation is released, PCA SKIN performs extensive product testing and all finished products are tested with patients in medical practices.
No Animal Testing
A zero tolerance philosophy
PCA SKIN® does not perform or condone animal testing at any point during the formulary process. We use ingredients with decades of research proving their safety on human skin.
If a little of something is good, more is not always better
Effective and consistent outcomes are our priority. Your PCA Certified Professional is trained to select the correct treatment plan for you and will build from one treatment to the next to ensure your skin is ready for the next step.
What is retinol?
The superhero ingredient of skincare
Retinol gets a lot of attention for its skin health benefits, including the increase in your skin’s natural cell turnover rate, removal of dead skin cells that clog pores and an increase in collagen production. With all of these amazing skin benefits, what is retinol exactly?
Retinol is a member of the vitamin A family called retinoids, which your body requires for healthy bone growth and a strong immune system. While our bodies don’t naturally produce vitamin A, foods including sweet potatoes, carrots and dark leafy greens contain high amounts of vitamin A to help your body meet its minimum requirements.
However, your skin is the last organ to get the vitamins you consume, so relying solely on diet won’t provide many vitamin A benefits to the skin. Topical application is the best way to reap the many anti-aging and healthy skin benefits that vitamin A has to offer.
There are many different forms of vitamin A, all part of the retinoid family. These include retinol, retinaldehyde, retinyl palmitate, retinyl acetate, and the active form, retinoic acid. When applied to the skin, vitamin A goes through a conversion process, eventually turning into retinoic acid that interacts with your skin directly. PCA SKIN® chooses to formulate with retinol because it is more stable than many other forms and has a shorter conversion in the skin than some other over-the-counter vitamin A options. The shorter conversion means that more of the retinol applied actually gets converted to retinoic acid, delivering the power of the ingredient. Longer conversion times reduce the amount of retinoic acid eventually created, resulting in less dramatic changes in the skin.
Incorporating a nighttime retinol into your regimen, as many nights per week as you can tolerate, provides benefits that include not only a reduction in fine lines, wrinkles, breakouts and discolorations, but also an overall healthier, glowing complexion. Everyone can benefit from retinol use, as it helps enhance the penetration of other products in your regimen. Always use a broad spectrum sunscreen when using any vitamin A product due to an increase in sun sensitivity.