My London Visit: PCA Skin Aesthetic Training Seminar
PCA Skin Aesthetic Training UK Seminar
Over the past two days, I've been training in London with the PCA Skin USA team, who came to visit all the way from Arizona. As a nominated trainer for the brand, I attended PCA's two day aesthetic training course and found it to be a great event. Aside from catching up with old friends, I was lucky enough to nab some product goodies at the end!
PCA stands for Physicians Choice Arizona, an excellent product line which hasn't yet been made available to UK buyers - until now. The laser manufacturer Sigmacon (parent company of Unique Skin) acquired distribution rights for PCA Skin in a move seen as an exciting development for the UK's medical aesthetics industry.
PCA Skin has a past: the line was originally developed over two decades ago by an aesthetician in the United States and has since become renowned as a pioneering organisation, advocating 'low dose' approaches in cosmeceutical skin care. A good example of this: PCA's chemical exfoliation and skin peel products are considered to be the gold standard in the industry and have been put to the test in various peer-reviewed, clinical studies. However, they are also remarkably gentle. If you have read scary things about chemical peels in general, be assured that the strength of PCA's peels is determined by number of layers applied by your treatment provider. If you choose your treatment provider well, PCA Skin peels will never hurt, over abrade or damage your skin.
14 different professional peel treatments are available, with countless methods of customisation. And aside from their professional range, PCA also manufacture a great range of home use cosmeceuticals, many of which contain potent active ingredients. This part - for me - is the most exciting, since I'm ever eager to furnish my bathroom cabinet with more and more and morrre products...
So, what are my favourite products from the range? My two top choices are as follows...
Gold medal: PCA's Apres Peel Hydrating Balm. Now this - in my opinion - is a lifesaver for skin specialists and patients alike. It contains 0.5% hydrocortisone, which really acts to quell redness and inflammation after clinical skin treatments. Unlike those rather thick, viscose steroid creams bought from the good ol' chemist, this pot of magic is bolstered with ingredients which fight oxidative stress. With a natural lubricant trio of olive fruit oil, castor seed oil and wheat germ oil, kickstarting elastin and collagen production is possible while you heal from your lasering and peeling sessions. The inclusion of phytoestrogen ingredients is another great touch; these promise to have a positive impact on those suffering from hormonal, active acne. An 'off label' use I'm now advocating this Autumn is the use of the balm for eczema relief - bye bye petroleum jelly (and icky clothes)!
Next in line: PCA Skin's Perfecting Cream
This is a relatively new addition to the PCA family, and it has been developed exclusively for use on the neck and décolleté. This often neglected (yet very important) area is often first in line for showing the signs of ageing, so it was about time the cosmeceutical industry took notice! Perfecting Cream contains a variety of anti-ageing peptides and compounds, including stem cell extract, niacinamide (an excellent skin smoother and part of the Vitamin B family), and retinol, the ultimate skin resurfacer which speeds up cellular turnover.
If you want to know more about PCA Skin products, contact me and I will be happy to discuss further. I am honoured to be a part of the PCA Skin UK team, and hope to educate all clients on the benefits of using PCA products in their day-to-day skin care regime.