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‘Tis the Season for Chocolate…on your Face!

by Holly Harmon, Executive Director of Aesthetics and Training Placecol USA and SkinPhD

Ummm, cholocate is the indulgence that so many of us crave.  Can it be true…that chocolate is actually good for us and our skin?  Yes!  Chocolate is made from plants, which means it contains many of the health benefits of dark vegetables.  These benefits are from flavonoids, which act as antioxidants.  Antioxidants protect the body from aging caused by free radicals, which can cause damage that leads to heart disease. Dark chocolate contains a large number of antioxidants (nearly 8 times the number found in strawberries).   Flavonoids also help relax blood pressure through the production of nitric oxide, and balance certain hormones in the body.  Chocolate is good for you internally and as an application on the skin if pure dark chocolate courtesy of the cacao plant is used…as in our signature Revitalizing Facial.

At Placecol and Skin PhD, we have the most luxurious one hour facial therapy that incorporates our signature cold laser therapy and our decadent cocoa mask.

REVITALIZING COLD LASER FACIAL WITH COCOA MASK

As with all of our facials, our steps are to cleanse the face, apply toner, exfoliate ot remove the dead skin cells on the epidermis and then we use cold laser on the face that stimulates a process called ATP in the mitochondria of the cell.  This brings the cells back to their original state of health thus repairing and healing the skin from the cellular level.  Next, we apply our exclusive Revitalizing Cocoa Mask.  This unique mask rejuvenates the skin by means of its active ingredients such as alginates extracted from kelp. The polyphenols and vitamin A are powerful antioxidants that neutralize free radicals and slow the effects of aging. The tannins, because of their astringent and tonic properties, bring back the firmness to the epidermis. In addition cocoa has moisturizing properties that are essential for preventing wrinkle formation. The skin’s protective film is reconstituted, and its glow is restored.  How divine!

For more details on our signature therapies or to contact spas/physicians that carry our products and therapies, please visit us at www.placecolusa.com and on facebook www.facebook.com/placecolusa

Kalahari Melon: the gift for your skin from the deserts of Africa

by Holly Harmon, Executive Director of Training and Aesthetics, Placecol USA  hollyh@placecolusa.com

Oil from the seeds of the Kalahari melon is used to moisturize, regenerate and restructure the skin. Kalahari melon oil is rich in essential fatty acids, especially linoleic, oleic and palmitic fatty acids.  It has high antioxidant activity, which possibly helps the plant to survive in the harsh Kalahari desert environment.  

Our cosmetic scientists in South Africa have long known the restoring properties of Kalahari Melon extract along with the many other elements from nature on the Continent.  Of course, Africa is rich with many indigenous plants and fruits whose extracts are unparalleled for skin restoration and repair.  You will find these “gifts” from Africa used throughout our skin care collections.  Our Renaissance® Restoring Night Cream includes the healing antidote from nature for damaged and aging skin–Kalahari Melon–along with Mongongo Nut Oil and Rhodiola Extract.  

About the Kalahari Melon

The Kalahari melon (citrullus lanatus) is also known as the Tsamma melon or wild watermelon and is the biological ancestor of the common watermelon now found worldwide. It is a creeping annual herb with hairy stems and bright yellow flowers.  Unlike the common watermelon, whose flesh is sweet and red, the Kalahari melon’s juicy flesh is pale yellow or green, and tastes bitter. Kalahari melon fruits are small and round in the wild, but larger and oval when cultivated.  The Kalahari melon is highly adapted to surviving drought and the harsh light of the desert environment. Although found all over Southern Africa, it is most closely associated with the Kalahari sands of Namibia, Botswana, south-western Zambia and western Zimbabwe. 

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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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Rhodiola Extract has antioxidant properties for the skin 20X more powerful than Vitamin C

Hilary Bell, Health and Beauty Blogger

In today’s world of heightened health awareness, to say that skin care has reached borderline revolutionary proportions would be quite the understatement.  “Lather, Rinse, Repeat” has long since been replaced by “Exfoliate, Exfoliate, Exfoliate,” and the average bar of soap simply won’t do. 

More often than not, the consumer beings we are fall victim to the marketing promises on the front of our skincare bottles, and with promises like- “Silky Smooth Hair in 10 Days!” and “Look 10 years younger in 2 weeks!” who wouldn’t?  The problem is that those exciting results promised on the front of those bottles tend to result in our neglect in reading the back of the “little jar full of promises.”

Your first look at the back of those bottles can be eye opening.   The first few names on the list of ingredients will either look like a foreign language or the answers to that Chemistry test you forgot to study for in high school.  There may be no grade involved in this scenario, but these unfamiliar words are no less frightening.  Despite what the front of the bottle promises, these ingredients are hardly contributing to healthier skin and are actually toxic in some cases. 

For example, any one of the first few foreign ingredients could very well be a toxic preservative snuck into many skincare products.  On the other hand, that word you recognize from your Chemistry test may be an emulsifier used to create the illusion of smoother, healthier skin.  When it, in fact, it may actually be a irritant that damages the skin’s protein.   Even a word as seemingly innocent as, “fragrance” can mean that wonderful pomegranate smell in your cleanser is made up of thousands of harmful synthetic chemicals.  In other words, just because it smells like an antioxidant rich pomegranate doesn’t necessarily mean it’s full of antioxidants.

This is where Placécol comes in.  With an emphasis on nutrient- dense plant based ingredients, the backs of these bottles contain no toxins disguised as nice smells and instant smoothing results.  Placécol’s Renaissance® range, in particular, contains a wide variety of products made of natural ingredients that nourish your skin.  For example, the Radiance Toner and Restoring Night Cream contain Rhodiola Extract. 

Rhodiola Rosea, or Golden Root, belongs to the Crassulaceae family.   Rhodiola contains an almost unlimited amount of phenolic antioxidants and contains Proanthocyanidins—a phytochemical found in grape seed, cinnamon, cocoa, bilberry, cranberry, black currant, green tea, and black teaRecent studies show that this phytochemical’s antioxidant capabilities are 20 times more powerful than that of Vitamin C and 50 times more potent than vitamin E.   While this is indeed an impressive little factoid, what makes Rhodiola unique to The Renaissance® Range is its ability to penetrate skin with more melanin (darker skin tones) extremely effectively.  A note to you beautiful women with darker skin tones, when they tell you that “one size fits all” for skin care—it is simply not true!  Placécol’s products are formulated and manufactured in South Africa and we ARE experts in this area.  To put it simply, the free radicals you’re constantly warned about in today’s commercials are no match for Placécol’s Renaissance® products.   Also, the Proanthocyanidins in Rhodiola suppress the production of endothelin-1, a protein that constricts the blood vessels.  Why is that significant?  Well, the suppression of this protein makes for greater bioavailability, which, in short, means your body is able to absorb and use ALL the benefits from an antioxidant rich plant like Rhodiola.  To put it simply, it’s a win-win for you and your skin.

We use Rhodiola in our Renaissance® range because it is a powerful energizing and protective concentrate that results in healthy and radiant skin.  It protects cells from free radical aggression and recharges cells with energy.  The result is a revitalized, glowing complexion with improved skin tone. 

Renaissance Restoring Night Cream with Rhodiomax

Active Ingredients:

Rhodiola Extract:       Protects cells from free Radical aggression and recharge cells with energy.  Significant stimulation of the skin’s cell respiration.

Mongongo Nut :     This oil is restructuring

Watermelon Extract:   Assists in the protection of DNA

Benefits:   This special blend of active skin care ingredients help to revitalize  the skin, refining its appearance and improving texture and tone.  The result is smooth, soft, velvety skin, with a radiant and translucent glow. 

 Ultimately, Placécol’s Renaissance products for skin health offer you something essential – results from REAL all natural plant based ingredients designed to work with your skin instead of against it.  With ingredients like Rhodiola, the back of the bottle will never again be a scary place to look.  Once you’ve achieved the younger, healthier looking and feeling skin you’ve been searching for in those other products, you’ll realize that Placécol is the one skincare line that keeps all its promises.

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.