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Placécol uses Cold Lasers for Revolutionary Skin Therapies

Placécol is the first skin care company to use cold laser therapy with our dermatologist-endorsed, clinically-validated skin care products for a revolutionary treatment that actually heals and repairs your skin!   We have been performing these treatments in South Africa for the better part of a decade and now we are bringing them to the U.S. market.  But what is a cold laser?  There are so many lasers and light-based aesthetic treatments that the whole thing is just plain confusing!

Cold lasers supply energy to the body using non-thermal photos of light versus those that use heated photons of light.  Light waves in the near infrared (cold laser) ranges penetrate the deepest of all light waves.  Cold lasers transmit light through the skin’s layers (the dermis, epidermis, and the subcutaneous tissue or tissue fat under the skin).  Cold lasers create photo bio-stimulation which is the process where a chain of chemical reaction is triggered by exposure to light.  Primary photo-acceptors (which are activated by light) are located in the mitochondria and can convert light energy to electro-chemical energy.  Cold lasers stimulate the cell’s mitochondria and thus trigger the production of Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) which is to say that they bring the cells back to their original state of health.  It is this energy that heals, repairs, builds collagen, increases cell turnover, and oxygenates the blood.

Cold lasers are good for your skin…and the rest of your body!  It is a scientific fact that light transmitted to

Placécol's Cold Laser from Multi Radiance Medical

the blood in this way has positive effects throughout the entire body, supplying vital oxygen and energy to every cell, increasing cell turnover, and improving collagen and elasticity. Up until this point, cold laser therapy has been used by pain management physicians, chiropractors, and massage therapists for pain reduction.  The science that enables the device to work for healing also has incredible rejuvenating effects on the skin.

Credibility and Clinical Studies

Laser therapy is supported by over 4000 clinical studies.  Our engineers worked on the Russian space program; they are among the most prominent physicists and engineers in the world.  Over 2500 published articles on light therapy exist with over 1200 references.  Over 170 randomized, double blind studies were conducted.

How does our cold laser work?

Our cold laser by Multi Radiance Medical is FDA-approved and includes patented technology.  It is designed with three specific radiances built into a cluster that combines the following wavelengths and light sources:

∞ 905nm super-pulsed laser                 ∞ 875 nm non-coherent IREDs           ∞ 660nm non-coherent LED

These wavelengths combine the most effective infrared wavelengths with a red light LED.  The resulting photochemical reaction from these modalities produce:  1) an increase in the cellular metabolism rate that expedites cell repair and the stimulation of the immune, lymphatic and vascular systems, 2)  an increase in collagen and elasticity in the skin, 3) an increase in oxygen flow and energy throughout the body, 4) a decrease in bacteria, 4) an improvement in tone and texture, and 5) a reduction in wrinkles which all lead to beautiful, glowing, and healthy skin!

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Placécol Corporation USA launched to accelerate distribution of Placécol products within the United States

Written by Heather Elrod
Tuesday, 22 September 2009


Forget dated European Skincare!  Placécol USA, The Science of Beauty, launches innovative, clinically proven products for skin and body health directly from South Africa.

The origins of Placécol date back twelve years in South Africa. Since its inception, the company has formulated ground-breaking products using unique ingredients, indigenous African extracts, and patented ingredients in the creation of the most innovative products for skin and body health. Over the years, the company expanded its offering of special treatments to include the introduction of our exclusive Photo Bio-Stimulation Facial Therapies to provide clients with a unique treatment with immediate visible improvement.

Today, Placécol LTD is a public company on the South African exchange and operates over 64 Placécol Beauty Centers as well as the

Placécol Core Range

Placécol Core Range

Placécol Aesthetics Institute in South Africa which enrolls 200 students. The Placécol Institute is a two-year, internationally-recognized curriculum that entitles our therapists to international accreditation. In early 2009, Placécol Corporation USA was launched to begin accelerated distribution of Placécol products and our Photo Bio-Stimulation Facials within the United States. Placécol USA distributes to spas and physicians exclusively throughout the United States.

Placécol has four sub-brands to provide the optimal and trusted skin care regime for every skin type, tone, need, and color.

The Placécol Core Range is designed for the client who seeks a trusted skin care routine that is easy to follow. This range includes regimes for 1) Sensitive skin, 2) Normal/Combination, and 3) Oily/Problematic and offers special serums, creams and gels for a variety of skin needs: neck/bust firming, pigmentation, eye puffiness, tone/texture, and rejuvenation. Ingredients include Malachite, AHAs, Pentaviten, Arnica Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Tripeptides, and Silk Extracts.

Placécol Advanced Facial Care

Placécol Advanced Facial Care

The Placécol Advanced Facial Range is a fusion of natural extracts and skin-care technology that was formulated for the organics-conscious woman concerned with age prevention, environmental stress and skin sensitivity. Ingredients include a Vitamin Complex B3-B5-B6, Pentapeptides, Antioxidant Vitamins C & E to protect against free radical damage, Smithsonite extract and Omegas 6 & 9 for wrinkle reduction. The Advanced Facial Range is dermatologist-endorsed, sensitivity-tested, and 100% fragrance and paraben-free.

Placécol’s Advanced Body Care Range includes three products: 1) Advanced Cellulite Treatment, 2) Advanced Firming Treatment and 3) Advanced Stretch Mark Treatment which were each clinically-tested for results on women ages 18-61 in South Africa in 28 days.

The Placécol Platinum Range is developed for the more mature client who is dealing with dry

Placécol Platinum Range

Placécol Platinum Range

skin, changing hormone levels, and the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Some of the latest releases inglobal cosmetic technology are used such as living plant cells, semi-precious stone extracts, phyto-hormones, tri-peptides, and patented collagen-building actives. The development of the Platinum range includes Placécol’s Oxyphytomin™ which contains a unique combination of anti-aging actives to ensure a younger, firmer skin.  Many of the anti-aging products in this range were put through clinical trials where over 95% of women saw improvement in wrinkle reduction after 28 days.

Placécol Renaissance Range

Placécol Renaissance Range

The Placécol Renaissance Range is developed specifically to address concerns of women with skin of color. Ground-breaking, patented active ingredients are a key feature of this range that supports olive to dark chocolate skin in a unique way. Our Renaissance client wants effective skin care for her unique skin type; her concerns are often pigmentation and uneven tone or texture. This product includes Placécol’s Rhodiomax™ which is a powerful, energizing concentrate that results in healthy, radiant skin. It also protects against free-radicals and recharges the cells.

Formulation Testing

Stability testing is performed on all formulations to guarantee the products are of the highest quality. The products are placed in accelerated testing conditions which include temperatures, appearance, color, odor, pH and viscosity. All tests results are recorded and analyzed according to set specifications. Specific test panels are performed to test the product performance and efficacy. Candidates are screened and then selected to take part in the test panels. Results are recorded where after a comprehensive report indicates whether the product is approved. After final approval, the product is subjected to product/packaging compatibility testing. Other tests include sensitivity testing, irritancy testing, claim substantiation and efficacy testing. These tests are carried through by accredited testing facilities, dermatologists, and certificates are issued for every test performed.

Placécol Corporation USA
President/CEO: Heather Elrod
Direct: 615-429-1749
Fax: 866-941-5639

Indulge Spa and Lucca Salon Join the Placécol USA Family

In these tough financial times it might not seem prudent to invest in a new line of Spa treatments and products – Even if the company is not “new” at all and has been the leading company in its industry for over twelve years in South Africa and recently launched in the United States.

In fact, in a recent study conducted by ISPA’s 2009 U.S. Spa Industry Update indicate spa revenues were up almost 18 percent in 2008 from the previous year to $12.8 billion! It would seem that, in this economy, we could probably all use a little pampering — a massage, a facial, a pedicure or perhaps a nice soak in a hot whirlpool – Especially if, along with the pampering, you see improvement in your skin’s health and appearance.

And so, we would like to feature two new members of the Placécol USA family – Two daring companies (among others) who took a chance on Placécol and are succeeding because of it – even in these uncertain times!

Indulge Spa, St. Augustine, FL

The warm sages and chocolate browns which adorn Indulge Spa in St. Augustine, FL suggest the healing and serenity of nature before you even “indulge” in one of their treatments.

Indulge Spa, St. Augustine, FL

Indulge Spa, St. Augustine, FL

Indulge has just begun carrying the Placécol line and are just a few months into their treatments. Already they are getting overwhelming feedback on the clinically-tested Platinum Anti-Aging line, and sold out of their initial stock of Renaissance line in the first weekend Renaissance is the Placécol range which is uniquely formulated specifically for women with skin of color).

Lindsay Navin, the spa’s original owner was a Financial Adviser in Boston, MA before opening Indulge Spa in 2007. She’s been a licensed esthetician for ten years.  After successfully selling her spa recently, Lindsay became a customer just in time for the new owners to start integrating the Placécol line of products and treatments.

Indulge Spa, St. Augustine, FL

Indulge Spa, St. Augustine, FL

“I love all of the Platinum products, especially the Oxygenating Serum,” says Lindsay, “I also love the Advanced Vitamin E serum…it feels like silk on the skin.”

In fact Lindsay was so pleased with her own Placécol experience; she became the Placécol Area Distributor for the Northern Florida region! Lindsay claims, “Skin care is my passion, and I am so excited about working with such a high quality line that is brand new to this country.”

LUCCA Salon, Bonsall, CA

All the way on the other side of the country in Bonsall, CA is another multi-service salon whose stucco and red tiled roof seem to reflect the romance of the quaint Tuscan city of Lucca; after which it was named

Lucca Salon, Bonsall, CA

Lucca Salon, Bonsall, CA

While this booming salon has mostly offered hair styling services, they have just started offering facials and other spa services to their regular customers – And they chose Pacécol for their maiden voyage.

Holly Scheffer and Jamie King are the estheticians at Lucca. “I have been at Lucca for 3 years, an Esthetician and Massage Therapist for 13 years, and have worked in the Spa industry for 10,” notes Holly, “Jamie and I wanted to offer more services to our clients who come to get their hair done. So, we set up a room especially for Facials and Waxing.”

“So far we have received great feedback from Placécol’s exclusive Photo Bio-Stimulation Facial.  Our clients really like this facial and we love performing it!! Placécol’s Photo Bio-Stimulation Treatment itself does wonders in just one treatment and the products really are a bonus.” Holly points out the before and after photos she and Jamie have been taking. “The treatment I did to obtain the results in the photos was a series of 4 Photo Bio-Stimulation facials spaced one week apart. Pretty good I would say!” – It’s clear she’s pleased with even just the initial results from the Placécol treatments.

Bfore and After photos courtesy of Lucca Salon

Before and After photos courtesy of Lucca Salon

Let’s backtrack for a minute and define what this facial really is: Placécol’s Photo Bio-Stimulation Facial is scientifically- proven to rejuvenate, oxygenate, increase blood flow, and increase cell turnover in your body and, its largest organ, your skin!  It is also anti-inflammatory and enables your body to produce collagen to the areas treated.  The result is younger-looking, healthy, and glowing skin!  In addition, Placécol’s Photo Bio-stimulation Facial treatment is a great value; it typically costs the same or only slightly above a traditional facial and 30 minute and 60 minute options are available.

Bfore and After photos courtesy of Lucca Salon

Before and After photos courtesy of Lucca Salon

As for the products Holly is most impressed with?  “I would say that I really love the Hydro Firm mask from the Platinum line”, Holly concludes, “It is the perfect mask to use right after the Photo Bio-Stimulation Treatment as it really hydrates the skin well. Not to mention it smells wonderful! I also love the cleansers and the Arnica Gel Mask (a special cooling mask used during the Photo Bio-Stimulation Treatment) ”

To learn more about how you can become  a Placécol Partner or Distributor, visit our Partner page and send us an email. Or call
Placécol Corporation USA at 888-855-5245.