PCA vs. Cetaphil

PCA Retinols and Pigment Gels
PCA Retinols and Pigment Gels

This past Monday I was lucky enough to be part of an educational class on PCA.  PCA is a clinical esthetic line that we have included in our facial treatments and retail lines at Kneaded Relief.  Going into it I was thrilled to be learning about all of the amazing attributes of PCA, and in fact that is exactly what I got out of it.  PCA is a clinical esthetic line with rigorous research and science behind it.  PCA develops safe, highly effective products that deliver healthy, beautiful skin, and they do this while maintaining a deep respect for human health and the environment.  Their products are free of synthetic dyes, synthetic fragrances, mineral oil, lanolin, petrolatum, phthalates and parabens,  One thing though that I was not expecting to get from the class was this crazy fact, “5 out of 8 of Cetaphil’s ingredients are known to be potentially toxic.  With 3 of the ingredients on the dirty dozen list.”.  WHAT??

Cetaphil is a commonly used facial product found in your local drug store.  The reason it became a topic of conversation at our class was because most clients when listing what they use at home say Cetaphil as one of the products.  Cetaphil is recommended due to its non-irritating nature and with just 8 ingredients it would seem that it would be harmless, especially when looking at all of the available products on the shelves these days.  If you are like me I was very surprised that something so simple could be potentially harmful.  What I am taking from this information is that Estheticians have been trained on what works for your skin and that when they recommend products (though they might be pricier), I should hear their recommendations and consider that purchase vs. going to my local drug store.  Now back to PCA…

PCA is formulated with ingredients found naturally in the skin and body for maximum biocompatibility.  These ingredients are used in conjunction with best-in-class support and delivery vehicles to ensure optimum results.  Also, their broad spectrum SPF products are recommended by The Skin Cancer Foundation (and they feel amazing, if I do say so myself – nothing like other SPF’s out there).

PCA Brightening Retinol
PCA Brightening Retinol

My challenge then for you as the consumer is to call us and schedule a FREE Skin Consultation with one of our talented Estheticians.  Let them know specifically what you would like to see improvement in (Aging, Hyperpigmentation, Acne, Sensitivity), and they will recommend products that are directed to these things in particular, along with a facial schedule that will give you maximum results combined with at-home care.

Dana Neal – Spa Manager, Group Fitness Instructor, Surprised Consumer