PCA Peels

Have you met my little friend Retinoid? He is kinda a big deal… 5 Reasons why you need to add Retinol to your skin care regimen.



If you have ever watched Dr. Oz, you would know that he is a HUGE fan of retinoids. So, what are they? And why do I need them?

RetInoids are one type of Vitamin A. Retinol, Retinoic acid, Retinol Palmitate, and Retinaldehyde are all considered Retinols but have different levels of strength and irritancy. If formulated correctly, products containing Retinoids have many anti-aging, skin-smoothing, skin-tone, and anti-acne benefits.

According to Dr. Oz and most skin care experts, the two most important ingredients your skin care routine should include are Vitamin C and some form of a Retinoid. Vitamin C (which I will go into detail in another post) is a great sun protectant and anti-aging ingredient.

Here is why Mr. Retinoid kicks ass in skin care:

1.  Cellular renewal: Retinoids and for this post, Retinol, is an anti-ager because it helps stimulate cellular turnover. Cellular turnover is the process by which our skin produces new skin cells which travel from the lowest layer of the epidermis to the top layer and then shed off the skin. This is what keeps dead cells from building up on the skin’s surface.  As we age, our cellular turnover slows down. For example, a baby’s skin is perfectly plump, clear and healthy and that is because they have not been exposed to any free-radicals, UVA/UVB rays, pollution and other toxins. The cells are brand new and constantly reproducing, giving a perfectly moist and clear complexion.

Sadly for our faces, natural skin cell turnover slows as we age. A natural process that takes two weeks for babies takes three to four weeks for teens. Once past our teens, our skin generally renews itself once a month (about every 30 to 40 days) but gets even more sluggish after 50, renewing itself only 45 to 90 days.

Retinol helps increase this process and keep the skin renewal train a’movin.

2. Retinols stimulate collagen and elastin, the building blocks of skin. These vitamin A derivatives have been proven to boost collagen production (reducing wrinkles and preventing fine lines) and encourage new elastin (which keeps skin firm). Need we say more?

3. Retinol lightens pigment by increasing the frequency and quantity of new cells. These retinoid creams or serums reduce brown spots by speeding up the cell activity in the skin which moves the pigment up and out faster. They may also help the pigment making cells to spread the microscopic brown granules (melanin) more evenly, and evening out discoloration and brighten skin tone.

4. Retinol acts as a proactive step against skin cancer by creating new cells and kicking the old, damaged ones to the curb.

5.  Lastly, Retinol also reduces acne outbreaks by preventing dead cells from clogging pores and help unclogging pores (making them look smaller and reducing acne).

So now that you are as madly in love with Retinol as I am, what should you look for in a retinol product? Depending on your skin type and age, a nice blended retinol. Meaning a serum or cream that is boosted by antioxidants and other helpful ingredients, like resorcinol. When in doubt, come in and get a facial and we can create the best plan for your skin care regimen that does not have to break the bank.

Always remember to wear SPF of 30 or higher during the day to avoid hyper-pigmentation, or brown spots and to apply them only at night so that the skin has a chance to rebuild during sleep and so that you can wear your SPF during the day without sensitization.

Come in and let me help you find your perfect Retinol solution so you can enjoy all the benefits of this mighty big shot!

Jasmine Brinton, L.E. 2017

A word about PCA Peels

Peels are safe for all skin types, and as a PCA Certified Professional, I am trained to identify what treatment combination is safe for each person’s skin in order for you to reap the greatest benefits.

I specialize in healing rosecea, acne & aging skin. Utilizing PCA & Ayur Medic products, I have seen such amazing changes in my client’s skin. Feel free to come in for a complimentary consultation. Check out my instagram for pictures of results: “sayhitojasmine.”

The Sensei Peel will strengthen and brighten the skin while helping to treat sun damage and other forms of hyperpigmentation. This multi-faceted treatment also provides anti-inflammatory, anti-acne and antibacterial action, making it an excellent choice for helping calm rosacea, as redness and inflammation can subside substantially after treatment.

The Ultra Peel is a TCA peel specifically formulated to treat dehydrated, maturing skin. Ultra Peel I is also appropriate for many other skin types, conditions and sensitivities. It will help treat pigment disorders, fine lines and wrinkles, skin damaged skin and acne. This treatment is especially ideal for sensitive skin, as it produces only a mild tingling sensation. Mild to moderate exfoliation will be experienced, depending on the number of layers applied. Overall, the final result will be plump, hydrated and luminous skin.

PCA peel with or without hydroquinone and/or Resorcinol is a 33% acid peel blend of salicylic acid. kojic acid and other ingredients to combat acne, inflammation as well as lighten scarring and hyperpigmentation from sun damage.

All my peels address all skin concerns including:

~Visible aging
~Sensitive skin
-Smoker’s skin

And with every peel, I give a post-treatment kit to combat any flaky, dryness or peeling. The result is smooth, gorgeous skin!

Don’t be concerned with how much you peel. You don’t need to actually peel to experience the benefits of a peel.

PCA peels are medical strength peels that deliver results without “down time.” Remarkably effective, PCA Skin Peels are recommended for skin with sun damage, dull, dehydrated, fine lines, uneven skin tones, excess oil, enlarged pores, acne and minor scars. There are a variety of chemical peels that are used to exfoliate the skin, and each have their own specific purpose in effecting the skin cells and tissue regeneration. All chemical peels are tailored to each individual.

I use several corrective treatments that are customized for every skin type. My lunch time peels is non-invasive and has very little to no down time. My deeper peels are great for achieving maximum skin rejuvenation, however cannot be booked on your first appointment. With any exfoliation you will be more sun sensitive, so be sure to avoid the sun for a week, and always wear your SPF.

A monthly program of light peels will help the effectiveness of your home care products. For optimal results it is recommended to perform peels in series. Come in to see me and let me guide you to the best facial for you and your goals.

The cycle of hyper-pigmentation from PCA

Inflammation (caused by sun exposure, acne, hormonal shifts, or a cut or burn)
Excess pigment first develops deep within the skin
The excess pigment spreads across skin cells, but is not yet visible
he excess pigment sets a stain in the skin, which will continue to produce dark spots over time without treatment
Discoloration becomes visible on the surface of your skin
Don’t fight skin discoloration, get even

Discoloration is an area of abnormal darkening of the skin, either visible spots or dark patches. Discoloration happens when your skin produces excess pigment, usually triggered by sun exposure, hormone fluctuations or skin injuries like acne, cuts or burns.

It is important to consult with a PCA SKIN® Certified Professional before using products to treat skin discoloration, as high percentages of certain ingredients can cause further irritation or darkening of the spots you’re intending to lighten.