Firm to smooth away the signs of skin aging. Control aging triggers before they start.
Sun exposure, lifestyle habits and genetics all contribute to visible signs of skin aging such as wrinkles, fine lines, dehydration and loss of elasticity. These signs appear when biochemical reactions triggered deep within the skin break down the skin's structure.
AGE Smart® contains scientifically-advanced ingredients proven to impact the major biochemical reactions that contribute to skin aging before they start. Each product protects against skin-aging catalysts and helps repair existing skin damage to restore the skin's structural integrity. Skin is left dramatically smoother, tighter, firmer and healthier.Visible aging
Aging of the skin can be put into two categories: intrinsic and extrinsic. Intrinsic aging happens naturally over time and is determined by a person’s genetics. Mild facial wrinkling, expression lines, and dry, sensitive skin are likely a result of intrinsic aging. Extrinsic aging is a result of external factors like unprotected sun exposure, smoking, alcohol use, pollution and other lifestyle choices. Extrinsic factors are thought to be responsible for 85% of visible aging and are highly avoidable. Sun exposure is the leading cause of extrinsic aging; the suns damaging rays breakdown the skins support structure, leading to discoloration of the skin, wrinkles, sagging and, in some cases even cancer. When treating visible facial aging, it is important to use products that not only treat existing conditions, but also protect the skin from future damage.
- Collagen and elastin break down and their production decreases
- Fine lines and wrinkles appear due to a lack of collagen and elastin support
- Cell turnover rates and hydrating components decrease, leading to dry, flaky skin
- Sun-induced skin discolorations often occur
Affecting nearly 45 million Americans each year, acne is the most prevalent skin condition in humans. Typically, acne develops where there is an abundance of oil glands, like the face, scalp, chest, back and neck. While acne is common, it also varies and can be made up of a complex combination of needs to treat. Seeing a professional is the best way to ensure that this condition is treated appropriately and specific to each person’s unique needs.
Sensitive skin can present itself in a variety of ways. Patients typically experience a combination of irritation, discomfort, bumps, redness and inflammation of the skin. Dermatitis (commonly referred to as eczema), rosacea and psoriasis are classified as sensitive skin conditions. While it is unclear what specific factors lead to a person having truly sensitive skin, it is possible for skin to become sensitized from over-exposure to harsh topical ingredients or climate. Fragrances, lanolin, formaldehyde, latex and menthol are common irritants that contribute to sensitization of the skin and can lead to contact dermatitis. The use of aggressive chemical and mechanical exfoliants can also increase skin irritation. Always consult a licensed professional for a treatment plan tailored to address the underlying causes and symptoms of your unique sensitive skin.Hyperpigmentation
Hyperpigmentation is described as areas of abnormal darkening of the skin. This darkening can either be one spot or large patchy areas, depending on the cause. This condition is a result of inflammation and can be triggered by sun exposure, hormone fluctuations or skin injuries (acne lesions, a cut or a burn). Some skin types are more susceptible to hyperpigmentation than others. It is important to consult with a licensed skin health professional prior to using products to even skin discoloration, as high percentages of strong ingredients can cause further irritation and a worsening of the condition instead of improvement.
Generally, rosacea is characterized by persistent redness and breakouts on the central areas of the face, typically affecting the nose, cheeks, forehead and chin. Though there is not a known cure for rosacea, many have seen positive results from medical therapies coupled with cosmeceutical products and professional treatments. For best results, consult a licensed professional for a diagnosis and customized treatment plan to control rosacea symptoms.Psoriasis
Psoriasis is a condition where skin cells mature at an accelerated rate. Instead of shedding off at a normal rate, the skin cells remain on the surface of the skin. This auto-immune disease is characterized by lesions caused by a buildup of cells on the skin’s surface, often appearing in red patches with silver scales. Psoriasis is usually classified under the larger category of sensitive skin. For this and other sensitive skin conditions, PCA recommends seeking the advice of a licensed skin health professional to help you define a path to healthy skin.