PCA Skin Suncare


As part of my sunscreen series, I have had the opportunity to try out some products that I never would have tried on my own, but have really loved using. One of those lines is PCA Skin, which I've had at home since... oh... about November. (Wow, I am slow!) This line is frequently sold at dermatologist's offices, but you can buy it on-line from Derm Store.com, which means that it is super easy to find!


Protecting Hydrator SPF 25 PHaze 7
I think this might be my favorite product of the three. This is a light moisturizer, meant for any skin type (oily to dry), any climate and a quick peek at the ingredients below will show you that there is fairly broad spectrum UV coverage as well.

Personally, I love using this as my daily moisturizer. I have combination skin, and have used this at home in So Cal (in both high and low humidity weather) as well as in Hawaii (most definitely high humidity). This moisturizer has always performed extremely well. It feels hydrating and creamy with application. It easily sinks completely into my skin, creating a great base for foundation. I have never had an issue with becoming greasy from being over hydrated, essentially this creme always creates perfect skin!
Active Ingredients (refer to the Sunscreen Ingredients post):
• Avobenzone (2%)- Long Wave UVA
• Octinoxate (7.5%)- aka Octyl methoxycinnamate, UVB
• Octisalate (3.0%)- aka Octyl salicylate, UVB
• Oxybenzone (3.0%)- UVB, Short UVA
Inactive Ingredients (refer to the Moisturizer Ingredient Post):
Water (Aqua), Stearic Acid, Cetyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Panthenol, Tocopherol, Retinyl Palmitate, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Allantoin, Titanium Dioxide, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.



Protecting Hydrator SPF 25 PHaze 7 at Derm Store


Protecting Hydrator Plus SPF 25 PHaze 6+
The 6+ formulation is meant more for normal to dry skin. For me, this formulation is a bit too hydrating for my skin in the warm, humid weather. You can look at the inactive ingredients below to see the main differences, mainly the Propylene Glycol (a great emollient) has moved way up the list of ingredients to become the #2 ingredient. No wonder this product is more moisturizing!

Despite this added moisture, even with my combination skin I do not get greasy. This formulation sinks into my skin, creating a great foundation base. You really don't even notice that the product is on. In addition, the UV coverage is very broad spectrum. What more could you ask for?

Active Ingredients (refer to the Sunscreen Ingredients post):
• Avobenzone (2%)- Long Wave UVA
• Octinoxate (7.5%)- aka Octyl methoxycinnamate, UVB
• Octisalate (3.0%)- aka Octyl salicylate, UVB
• Oxybenzone (3.0%)- Short UVA
Inactive Ingredients (refer to the Moisturizer Ingredient Post):
Water (Aqua), Propylene Glycol, Stearic Acid, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Tocopherol, Retinyl Palmitate, Sodium PCA, Sodium Hyaluronate, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Triethanolamine, Carbomer, Titanium Dioxide, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Tetrasodium EDTA, Lactic Acid, Citric Acid.



Protecting Hydrator Plus SPF 25 PHaze 6+ at Derm Store


Perfecting Body Hydrator SPF 30 PHaze 30
As far as I can tell, this is essentially the body version of the facial products above. This applies very much like a moisturizer- a bit thinner and easier to spread than the "usual" sunscreen. It sinks into my skin easily, and it really does feel hydrating. It does have a very faint sheen and greasy feeling, but much less than other sunscreens. It is very light feeling, and I could definitely see myself doing active things in this sunscreen without stickiness issues. (Note, I say "see myself doing active things" because I'm actually not a very active person, I like to sit by the pool, but that's a whole other story!)

Once again, PCA is giving us great broad spectrum UV coverage as well!

Active Ingredients (refer to the Sunscreen Ingredients post):
• Avobenzone (2%)- Long Wave UVA
• Octinoxate (7.5%)- aka Octyl methoxycinnamate, UVB
• Octisalate (5.0%)- aka Octyl salicylate, UVB
• Oxybenzone (4.0%)- Short UVA
Inactive Ingredients (refer to the Moisturizer Ingredient Post:
Water (Aqua), Glyceryl Stearate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Stearic Acid, Cetyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Polysorbate-60, Dimethicone, Cyclomethicone, PEG-4, Lactic Acid, Kojic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Morus Bombycis Root Extract, Arctostaphylos Uva Ursi Leaf Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Sorbitan Stearate, Myristyl Myristate, Titanium Dioxide, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Sodium PCA, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Polyacrylamide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Laureth-7, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol.



Perfecting Body Hydrator SPF 30 PHaze 30 at Derm Store


I should also mention that all three of the products I've reviewed here have only a very faint "sunscreen" smell, with just a bit of a citrus leaning in it. These very well may be the "everyday" sunscreen products that I have been searching for!

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