This is PCA Skin’s most expensive serum, yet in many ways it’s among the least impressive. This is a clear case of an expensive product absolutely not being better by virtue of price alone. Although this serum contains a high amount of a peptide, there’s no research proving this particular peptide has any benefit for reducing wrinkles or preventing new ones.
What’s really disappointing is that for over $100 you’re exposing your skin to numerous fragrant oils that cause irritation. Irritating ingredients cause problems for skin, including hurting the skin’s ability to heal and causing collagen to break down. Please see More Info to learn why irritation is bad for all skin types and a step backward if you’re concerned with fighting the signs of aging. You’ll find brilliantly formulated serums (many of which cost less) on our Best Serums List.
- Contains some good skin-repairing ingredients.
- Overpriced considering its problematic formula (but it wouldn’t be worth the risk to your skin even if it were free).
- Contains several fragrant oils known to cause irritation.
- Peptide ingredient has no research proving it is the antiwrinkle answer.
Irritation, whether you see it on the surface of your skin or not, causes inflammation, and as a result impairs healing, damages collagen, and depletes the vital substances your skin needs to stay young. For this reason, it is best to eliminate, or minimize as much as possible, your exposure to known skin irritants, especially when there are brilliant formulas available that do not include these types of problematic ingredients.
This wrinkle-diminishing serum provides intense hydration with hyaluronic acid and plant polysaccharides to enhance suppleness, elasticity and radiance. Argierline fights existing fine lines and wrinkles while preventing the formulation of future lines and wrinkles. Powerful antioxidants and actives heal and protect against free radical and environmental damage while providing the skin with an immediate lifting effect.
Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Acrylates C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Aminomethyl Propanol, Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizinate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Santalum Austrocaledonicum (Sandalwood) Wood Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Menthe Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Phytosterols, Tocopherol, Tocotrienols, Squalane, Oryza Sativa (Rice Bran) Wax, Gluconolactone, Sodium Benzoate, 1, 2 Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Tropolone
PCA Skin is a product line you may have seen at your spa, salon, or dermatologist's office. Founded by an aesthetician in 1990, the brand became relatively popular after developing a series of professional alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) peels marketed as "medical clinical aesthetics"; in other words, these products are sold to dermatology practices offering cosmetic services such as facials. More recently, PCA Skin has teamed up with a dermatologist and other medical professionals to develop skin-care products. The peels are for professional use only and, in fact, except for a facial scrub, PCA Skin does not sell exfoliants that consumers can use at home.
Not surprisingly, PCA Skin's medical and aesthetics background is supposed to be rooted in science. The company states that "we use rigorous research and science to develop safe, highly effective products that deliver healthy, beautiful skin." Although PCA Skin products contain many beneficial, research-supported ingredients, they also contain numerous problematic ingredients that cause irritation; somehow, that "rigorous" research overlooked those. Irritation is always a problem for skin, causing inflammation and collagen breakdown, and impairing the skin's ability to heal.
Chief among the irritants you'll find throughout the PCA Skin line are witch hazel, citrus and numerous other fragrant oils (whether synthetic or natural, fragrance is almost always a problem for skin), drying cleansing agents, and alcohol (we mean, really, alcohol?!). In our Cosmetic Ingredient Dictionary, we provide detailed information on why each of these ingredients is a problem; for all of their talk about science, chemistry, and research, PCA Skin should know better.
If you remain intrigued by this brand (or find the sales pressure from your aesthetician too intense to ignore), there are some worthwhile products. It’s great that every SPF-rated product from PCA Skin includes reliable broad-spectrum sun-protection ingredients, and fans of facial scrubs should know this brand does offer a gentle option. Also, their eye cream and retinol serum are worth a look, and several products are fragrance-free, although you need to choose carefully because many of their products contain fragrant plant extracts or oils despite being listed as fragrance-free.
PCA Skin's science-based mission is admirable, but just because an aesthetician and doctor teamed up, the results for these products aren't going to be spectacular, or even all that helpful.
For more information about PCA Skin, call (877) 722-7546 or visit www.pcaskin.com.