Scroll down to see articles about acne tips, sunscreens, facts on PCA Skin Care, hyper-pigmentation, vitamin skin supplements, smoking, tanning beds.
Acne Skin Care Tips  for the Summertime  
5 Easy Summer Skin Care Tips for Acne Prone Skin
1) Control Oil  Heat and humidity can cause oil glands to work overtime. Control oiliness by washing your face with a foaming cleanser twice daily. If your skin gets exceptionally oily, you can do a midday cleansing too. But don't get into the habit of cleansing too often. For some, a once per day cleansing may be all the skin can tolerate. Cleansing too often can break down the skin's protective barrier, causing excessive dryness and irritation, and ultimately worsen breakouts. Some dermatologists advise letting the cleanser sit on the skin for a few seconds before rinsing well. You can try PCA Skin's Purifying Mask a few times per week (less if you notice dryness or irritation). 
2) Lighten Up Your Moisturizer If you had been using a more emollient during the cooler months, summer is an ideal time to lighten up on your moisturizer. You may find you don't need as heavy a moisturizer during the summertime to keep acne-treatment dryness at bay. Pick one labeled noncomedogenic and oil-free. Remember, moisturizing lotions are much lighter than creams. PCA Skin's Apres Hydrating Balm, Rebalance or Clearskin are very light moisturizers.
 3) Use a Good Sunscreen Daily   Many acne medications (like Retin-A and BenzaClin) make your skin more sensitive to the sun, so regular use of a sunscreen is a must. No one wants a bad burn or sun-damaged skin. Besides, tanning isn't healthy for your skin. Tanning causes sun damage and premature aging, and puts you at risk for skin cancer. Choose a noncomedogenic, oil-free sunscreen of at least SPF 15; SPF 30 is even better. You may even want to try a tinted sunscreen, which gives you nice coverage without needing additional foundation makeup. See 'sunscreen article' for more information on various types of sunscreens.
 4) Shower After You Sweat   Sweat can irritate acne. Shower after working out or after you've been sweating. Pick a body wash with salicylic acid if you're prone to blackheads, or benzoyl peroxide if you get inflamed pimples. PCA Skin's Blemish Control Bar is a perfect acne body cleanser.  By thoroughly washing away sweat as soon as possible, you can help reduce the severity of breakouts. During periods of heat and humidity, you may be more prone to a form of acne called acne mechanica. Acne mechanica develops when the skin is subjected to excess heat, as well as friction or rubbing of clothes, athletic equipment, etc. In the summer, wear breathable cotton instead of synthetic fabrics. 
 5) Salicylic Acid Treatment Do your skin a favor by getting a professional acne treatment. Rejuvenation Skin Care has a Salicylic Acid treatment that will sure to clean your pores. The Clarifying Facial, aka Medi-Facial. Clarifying Facial is a  blend of 20% salicylic acid with cherry extract and other natural ingredients makes this an ideal choice for helping to improve acne, breakout-prone skin and sluggish, dull complexions. Its exfoliating, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory benefits refine skin texture and bring new brightness and freshness to the skin.



Do you hate wearing sunscreen because....
  • it makes you break out .
  • how it feels.
  • can't get a suntan.
  • how it smells.
  • it is greasy.
  • you have to keep applying it on.
  • it irritates my skin.
  • burns my eyes.
SUNSCREEN is the #1 product you can use to prevent pre-mature aging and help fight against skin cancer. PCA has listen to our complaints on sunscreens and has formulated 5 sunscreens to best suite your skin's needs and desire.

About PCA SKIN Sun Protection Products:  SPF products from PCA SKIN are formulated with a sophisticated blend of zinc oxide and several proven chemical sunscreen ingredients that protect the skin from UVA and UVB rays. The suite of highly effective and cosmetically elegant sun protection products from PCA SKIN provide: Protection for every skin type, condition and tone. This ensures that most people can wear our products comfortably on a daily basis. Daily broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection is important for everyone of every color. PCA SKIN sun protection products also provide important antioxidant protection with silybin (milk thistle) and caffeine to prevent and correct free radical damage. Topically applied caffeine has also been shown to cause damaged skin cells into apoptosis (cell death) minimizing the chances of skin cancer. 
Choose from the following sunscreens....

weightless protection spf 45  Its unique quick-absorbing and light finish makes weightless protection spf 45 ideal for patients with oily or breakout-prone skin and those who dislike the feel of traditional sunscreen products. 
perfecting protection spf 30 This unique blend of ingredients works to reduce existing skin discoloration while preventing future hyperpigmentation.  It is suitable for all skin types and is also recommended following peels, lasers, other in-office procedures for its skin-soothing properties and inhibition of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. 

protecting hydrator spf 30 This non-oily daily hydrator with SPF is formulated with aloe vera and panthenol to provide light moisture with a matte finish. . It is best for patients with normal to oily skin types.    

hydrator plus spf 30 Specifically formulated to replenish the skin's natural moisture content with water-attracting humectants  for dry or dehydrated skin. It is best for patients with normal to dry and mature skin types.    

active very water/sweat resistant spf 45 This revolutionary formulation provides water- and sweat-resistant broad-spectrum protection with a light finish.  Tested to protect for 80 minutes in water or during vigorous exercise, it is the perfect choice for an outdoor lifestyle.  


The facts about PCA SKIN CARE
There are many skin care lines out there to choose from. Among the top skin care lines and brands you will find Dermalogica, Murad, M.D. Forte, Obagi, SkinCeuticals, Bioelements, Cosmedix, Yonka, etc. But have you tried PCA SKIN CARE line? As an aesthetician and owner of a skin care business, It was important for me to find the best skin care out there for my clients to find maximum results without harsh irratation. After looking at many skin care lines, why did I decide on PCA SKIN CARE? In my experience of being an aesthetician I find that most of my clients number one complaint of their skin was hyperpigmentation, aka brown/age spots or scars, and uneven skin tone. Hyperpigmentation is mainly caused by over exposure of the sun. I researched product lines that specialize in treating hyperpigmentation coming up with PCA SKIN CARE as my favorite. 
Not only does PCA target hyperpigmentation but it also has professional treatments for acne, rosacea, sensitive and aging skin. PCA SKIN CARE was founded by an aesthetician working with a handful of physician of Physicians' Choice of Arizona, Inc evolving a company into Physicians Care Alliance, LLC. After nearly two decades of leading the way in the clinical skin care industry, it remains the healthcare industry leader in the development of gentle, yet highly effective professional treatments and daily care products. It is a global organization serving over 5,000 medical practices in the United States and in 60 countries around the globe.Throughout history, they have consistently been referred to as PCA SKIN, a company dedicated to the science of healthy skin. 
Here are just a few more reasons why PCA SKIN care line is Rejuvenation Skin Care's product of choice:: 
1) They use rigorous research and science to develop safe, highly effective products to treat skin conditions such as acne, aging skin, sensitive and hyperpigmentation to deliver healthy, beautiful skin.  
2)  PCA Skin does not use any synthetic colors or fragrances  
3) They do not perform or condone animal testing. 
4) All of finished products are tested in case studies with patients in their medical practice. 
5) They were the first to provide these products to the medical and clinical aesthetics markets. 
6) Their peels are viewed as the gold standard in the industry, and are acknowledged in prominent medical textbooks as the originator of modified and enhanced Jessner's chemical peel formulations. 
7) They formulate with skin constituents, ingredients naturally found in the skin. 
8) PCA believes in the "low-dose approach". People often believe more is better. This is untrue when treating the skin. Overly aggressive treatments and products will only worsen, not correct, the situation. Gentle treatments delivers more dramatic and consistent outcomes. 
9) Has a great protocol that treats Cancer patients under going chemotherapy or radiation treatments. 
10) PCA SKIN will always practice the highest ethical and professional standards. It is a trusted company with sophisticated treatments and home care formulations.

 I could go on and on of why I choose this skin care product line. Seeing is believing and the results that I have seen using PCA Skin Care on my client's skin have been amazing. I am proud to use PCA SKIN Care. It gives me great pleasure to share and introduce this product line to my clients. See for yourself and don't rob yourself of experiencing the benefits of PCA SKIN CARE. You will not regret it! 

Save your skin from Hyperpigmentation this summer!  Treat and Prevent!
When the skin is over-exposed to the sun to a great degree, melanocytes (pigment producing cells) may go into a panic, and produce excessive pigmentation. So what, you ask. All that this means is that I turn a darker shade. Yes, that is true, but the problem is, due to the panic, the nature of the cells may get altered, and you may find that they start producing more melanin permanently. Your tan just may become permanent. However, this is not where the problem lies, as many people would be happy to have a permanent tan. The problem is, not all cells react the same, so while some cells produce extra melanin or colour, others don't, which leads to pigment patches. To make matters worse, certain melanocytes may shut down due to excessive sun exposure, as they are unable to cope. The skin around this cell consequently turns white, and will never tan. This condition is known as hypo-pigmentation, and is even more severe than hyper-pigmentation, as the white skin patches are particularly prone to skin cancer due to their inablitlty to tan. Hyperpigmentation is a skin condition characterized by patches of darker-colored skin. This condition is common, affects people of all ethnicities and is usually nothing to cause concern. However, the dark patches can be unsightly. Fortunately, they are preventable in some cases. Getting rid of hyperpigmentation is possible, but treatment can take a long time  depending on the severity of the case.

TREATMENTS for Hyperpigmentation! PCA SKIN CARE- JESSNER CHEMICAL PEELS These innovative and proven light-to-medium depth peel formulas effectively exfoliate with blends of  lactic, citric and salicylic acids and resorcinol, while bleaching and inhibiting pigment production with kojic acid and hydroquinone (where indicated). These peels help repair and reduce breakouts, control oil, soften lines and provide a more even, smoother skin texture and tone. These peels are gentle and do not damage the skin. Using stronger peels or other methods of mechanical exfoliation can cause trauma to the skin, leading to inflammation and additional hyperpigmentation.
 The peels vary in percentages of  blended acid. I will analyze your skin and determine the appropriate peel that best suites your skin type. Call for consultation. 410-552-5766 

'Must have' SUPPLEMENTS to help keep healthy, youthful looking skin!

Juice Plus

1) COENZYME Q10 (Co Q10) is a relative newcomer to the skin care industry. Yet, its value for general health and nutrition is rather well known and well researched. 
CoQ10 has at least two important roles in the body. First, it is one of the essential cogs in the biochemical machinery that produces biological energy (ATP) inside the cells. Second, CoQ10 is an antioxidant. It helps neutralize harmful free radicals, which are one of the causes of aging. Under perfect conditions, the body can produce as much CoQ10 as it needs. However, various factors, such as aging, stress and some medications, can lower the levels of CoQ10 in the body. As a result, the ability of cells to withstand stress and regenerate declines. Unfortunately, the levels of CoQ10 in the body almost inevitably decline with age. In fact, CoQ10 is regarded as one of the most accurate biomarkers of aging since its decline correlates so well with the aging process. In some studies, rodents treated with supplemental CoQ10 lived up to 30 percent longer than their untreated counterparts. The effects of CoQ10 supplements on human longevity remain unknown. On the other hand, it was proven useful in treating certain human diseases, including heart failure and hypertension. 
What can CoQ10 do for your skin? Theoretically speaking, CoQ10 (in a skin cream, for example) can be helpful. In most people over thirty, levels of CoQ10 in the skin are below optimum, resulting in lesser ability to produce collagen, elastin and other important skin molecules. Besides, CoQ10-depleted skin may be more prone to the damage by free radicals, which are particularly abundant in the skin since it is exposed to the elements. Thus, CoQ10 may boost skin repair and regeneration and reduce free radical damage. Furthermore, CoQ10 is a small molecule that can relatively easily penetrate into skin cells. 
 In a nut shell, CoQ10 basically attacks the bad guys that attack our healthy skin cells!

2) NIACIN is necessary to help proper circulation of blood in the body; this also helps the body maintain healthy skin. Niacin works to help dilate blood vessels which bring blood to the surface of the skin. Sometimes when this happens, a person may experience what is termed a niacin flush, since the skin can appear red looking, or flushed. The skin may itch on the face or neck, but should only last for a few minutes. Niacinamide, is a form of niacin, and may cause less flushing or none at all.
Niacin helps in the production of enzymes your body needs to help in the releasing of glucose that aids in digestion. Eating a healthy diet with foods rich in niacin, will provide the body with sufficient niacin to aid in proper digestion, which is an essential function for a healthy body.
Niacin helps with the production of hormones that are made by the adrenal gland, which are the stress related and sex hormones that the body produces.
Niacin, along with other vitamins and minerals, are known to help in removing toxic chemicals from the body.
Food sources that are rich in niacin include broccoli, tomatoes, carrots, leafy vegetables, sweet potatoes, dairy products, eggs, meats, such as liver, beef, and chicken, fish, for example, salmon and tuna, whole grains, and nuts.
  In a nut shell, Niacin helps prevent broken capillaries by strengthening the capillary walls preventing them from bursting.
How they help the skin 
 Vitamin A-Skin benefits:Helps with fine lines and wrinkles. 
 Vitamin B-Skin benefits:A healthy glow, moisture retention.
 Vitamin  C- Skin benefits:Repairs sun damage.
 Vitamin E- Skin benefits:Repairs dry, rough skin. 
 Vitamin K-Skin benefits:Repairs dark, under-eye circles.
Call for more information on our Juice Plus Vitamins 410-552-5766

So how does smoking speed up skin damage? 

It all starts with the 'free radicals' formed in your body by the exposure to tobacco smoke. Free radicals are highly unstable and powerful molecules that can cause disease and damage to cell DNA. The cells of your body start behaving erratically producing a range of responses that make your skin age faster. The most serious damage to skin is caused by: 
  • restricted blood flow through the capilliaries (tiny veins near the skins surface) preventing oxygen and nutrients getting to the skin 
  • increased production of an enzyme which breaks down the supply of collagen to the skin's structure. Collagen supply is vital to the skin's elasticity. It decreases with age but smoking cigarettes accelerates this process. 
  • smoking reduces the body's store of vitamin A which provides protection from skin damage 
  • smoking gets in the way of absorption of vitamin C - a vital antioxidant for skin protection and health 
  • continual puckering from drawing on a cigarette and squinting in reaction to the cigarette smoke create deeply wrinkled skin around the eyes and mouth - classic signs of 'smoker's face'.

What does a smoker's skin look like over time?  Smoking statistics will clearly tell you the risk of death and disease from your smoking habit, but in terms of what your skin will look like if you continue to smoke, this is what you might expect:
  • dull appearance to the skin - loss of skin glow and vitality
  • discolored skin (an ashy look on white skins)
  • deeper wrinkles around the mouth and eyes 
  • loss of tone and elasticity more than with the normal aging process 
"Smoking exerts such a noticeable effect on the skin that it's often possible to detect whether or not a person is a smoker simply by looking at his or her face. Smokers have more wrinkles and their skin tends to have a greyish pallor compared to non-smokers."

Can the damage be reversed?  
There's no doubt you won't be able to completely reverse the damage that smoking has done.  
But - with a good diet, skin supplements and great anti aging skin care you can do a lot to get your youthful skin back.  PCA Skin care products and treatments (Oxygenating Facial) is the skin care you need to help reverse the signs of aging due to smoking!  When you look at your skin remember that some damage won't appear until ten to twenty years after you began to smoke. So if you haven't been smoking that long and you don't see much damage yet - don't assume it won't happen. 
The important thing for your skin and your looks is to stop inflicting continued damage on yourself. If you quit smoking now you will stop your skin aging any faster than it normally would. And with proper anti aging skin care and nutrition your skin will look much better into the future than it will do if you carry on as a smoker.
And now you know all about the effects of smoking on your skin!

Tanning Beds Linked to Dramatically Higher Melanoma Risk A report from the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer places UV tanning beds in the highest cancer risk category and says the items are "carcinogenic to humans." The report found that exposure to ultraviolet radiation emitted from tanning beds before a person is age 30 results in a 75-percent increase in the risk of developing melanoma, a leading type of skin cancer.Each year, about 62,000 new cases of melanoma are diagnosed in the United States and about 8,000 people die from the disease, according to the American Cancer Society. Worldwide, as many as 50,000 people die each year from melanoma, which accounts for about three out of every four skin cancer related deaths.While makers of tanning beds continue to claim that their products are safer than bathing in natural sunlight, there is mounting evidence to show those claims are false and misleading. Millions of people of all ages use tanning beds to achieve a deep, dark tan. Now, we are finding out that many of those people may be at greatly increased risk of developing a potentially deadly form of skin cancer.
Melanoma Symptoms Melanomas can form anywhere on the skin, but they most often appear on the arms, legs, back, face, head, and other areas of the body that are exposed to direct sunlight.Other symptoms of melanoma include:
  • Moles or other growths on the skin with irregular, asymmetrical shape
  • Growths with different colors
  • Growths with uneven, notched, or irregular borders
  • Growths with a diameter of 1/4 inch or larger
  • Growths that increase in size or change shapes over time

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