PCA Skin C & E Strength Max

30 ml/ 1 fl. oz. / 28 g
Vitamin C & E antioxidant cream with bisbolol from chamomile to promote smoother, more elastic skin with a reduced appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Best For
Anti-aging [1-3], skin firming, moisturizing, brightening, and blemish reduction [1-3], targets fine lines, wrinkles, and discoloration [1-3]
What's in It 20% Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid) + Vitamin E + Bisbolol
Ingredients of Concern

None.  However, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, a natural ingredient with limonene may cause irritation  EWG "5"

    • All-natural
    • Non-toxic
    • Fragrance-free
    • Natural fragrance
    • Cruelty-free
    • Paraben-free
    Maximum concentration 20% vitamin C and 5% vitamin E antioxidant cream for healthier skin
  • Formulation specially designed to help strengthen skin, while minimizing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Promote an even skin tone
  • Reports of stronger, smoother skin in at little as one week
  • Free of synthetic fragrances and dyes, mineral oil, lanolin, phthalates, and parabens
  • Ingredients Concern:  None

    Cons:  L-ascorbic acid is not very stable and this form of vitamin C is not further stabilized by ferulic acid; May cause excessive skin dryness for some users

    PCA Skin was founded in 1990 by an aesthetician and further developed by a dermatologist. The company is grounded on three core pillars: excellence in education, product innovation, and superior customer support. Their mission has been and continues to be a company that acts as a trusted innovator in the development of highly effective professional treatments and daily care products. Additionally, PCA Skin's research and development, quality assurance processes, and product development are above and beyond current industry standards. Each formula is researched, designed, and produced by an in-house PhD chemist. Skin conditions are addressed holistically, with products combining the newest and most efficacious ingredients, paired with proven ingredients to create visible results. PCA Skin has also been the leader in skin health education for over 25 years. This company's vision is to improve people lives by providing result-oriented skincare products backed by science for the health of unique skin.

    Skin care products with ascorbic acid are not as effective as once believed because this type of vitamin C is water-soluble and easily dissolves in water. Ascorbic acid is also very unstable and oxidizes upon exposure to the air, water, and sun, making it necessary to package this ingredient in dark, air-tight containers. These features are not always feasible for skin care products, meaning products with ascorbic acid may not be very effective, especially if this ingredient is not combined with vitamin E and ferulic acid [1, 2]. This particular cream is packaged in a white, plastic tube that probably provides little protection against sun/air protection for ascorbic acid. In addition the ascorbic acid and vitamin E are not stabilized by ferulic acid, thusly it may not be very effective. More stable forms of vitamin C (THD ascorbate), in combination with vitamin E, and ferulic acid (stabilizing agent) helps boost the body's natural skin cell rejuvenation processes [1, 2]. Bisbolol is an active component in chamomile with soothing properties that help target skin irritation, redness, and itching [Srivastava].
    Anti-aging [1-3], skin firming, moisturizing, brightening, and blemish reduction [1-3], targets fine lines, wrinkles, and discoloration [1-3]
    Vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid) supports healthy levels of inflammation, has skin-smoothing properties, supports healthy levels of collagen as well as photoreceptor enhancing properties, particularly when it is formulated with vitamin E [1, 2]. Vitamin C also helps reduce the appearance of fine wrinkles and skin discoloration [1, 2]. Blending vitamin C with vitamin E supports healthy levels of inflammation and has skin-smoothing as well as photoreceptor enhancing properties [1, 2]. Research shows that bisbolol, a potent chamomile component, has a soothing and softening effect on the skin (scalp) due to its terpene content [3].

    Key Ingredients:  20% Ascorbic acid, Tocopherol, and Bisbolol


    All Ingredients:  Cyclopentasiloxane, Ascorbic Acid, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Ethylhexyl Hydroxystearate, Polysilicone-11, Tocopherol, Hordeum Distichon (Barley) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Phellodendron Amurense Bark Extract, Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Wood Extract, Bisabolol, Retinyl Palmitate 

    Apply once a day in the morning.
    These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
    1. Fitzpatrick RE, Rostan EF. Double-blind, half-face study comparing topical vitamin C and vehicle for rejuvenation of photodamage. Dermatol Surg. 2002;28(3):231-6. 2. Murray JC, Burch JA, et al. A topical antioxidant solution containing vitamins C and E stabilized by ferulic acid provides protection for human skin against damage caused by ultraviolet irradiation. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2008;59(3):418-25. 3. Srivastava JK, Shankar E, Gupta S. Chamomile: A herbal medicine of the past with bright future. Mol Med Rep. 2010;3(6):895-901.
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