Difference Between Retin-A vs. Retinol

Difference Between Retin-A vs. Retinol

The Difference Between Retin-A vs Retinol

You may be confused on what the difference is between both Retin-A and Retinol and wondered which one would be best for your skin type.  Well, they are quite similar as they come from a group called Retinoids, but they actually differ in structure.


How to Treat your Neck and Décolleté

How to Treat your Neck & Décolleté

The neck and the chest are among the most underrated parts of your body – but as you start to age, you’ll realize that they’re just as important as your face when it comes to skincare.

One of the most obvious signs of aging are wrinkles, and your neck is not an exception. For instance, looking down at your phone all day can result to premature folds. Your chest is also vulnerable to sun damage and rashes particularly when it’s exposed depending on your type of clothing.

That said, it’s important to pay really good attention to your neck and chest area. You have to treat your neck and chest parts like their own, and not a mere extension of the face.

Why is it essential? Well, imagine if you have a perfectly glowing face, but you notice the saggy and wrinkled parts developing all over your neck (aka turkey neck or tech neck) and chest – it will look unnatural since they are not balanced. 

Here are our recommendations to treat your neck and chest:

Add retinoid to your skincare

Retinoid has long been proven to promote healthy skin – treating acne, dark spots, and other signs of aging. It is a group of compounds that are extracted from Vitamin A, which helps brighten your skin and keep it glowing. 

You’ve probably seen it in various face products, but it works the same for your neck and chest. Retinoid typically comes in two forms: Retin-A and Retinol. You may check out the difference here:

Difference Between Retin-A and Retinol

Don’t skip the serum

An underestimated part of a skincare routine is the use of serums. People often think it’s okay to skip it because one can just opt for a moisturizer, but they’re different. 

Unlike moisturizers that only sit on the surface, serums directly penetrate your skin. This way, you’re sure to counter skin issues from the inside, like acne and wrinkles.

Yes, a serum is a little more expensive, but it’s guaranteed to be a bang for your buck. It is important to note, though, that correct application is essential. A little drop goes a long way. 

Use a good day and night cream

Just like your face, there are creams that directly focus on your neck and chest. If you’d really like to prevent damage, better invest in such creams! You’ll notice how these creams can treat your neck and chest area with the glow they deserve.

You may gently massage your chosen cream on those areas – as you would on your face – for that added relaxation.  

See our Advanced Anti-Aging Duo for face, neck and décolleté.


Just like your face, your neck and chest area is also prone to sun damage, so be sure to put as much sunscreen to keep them protected from harmful UV rays. 

A good sunscreen is always important, it doesn’t matter if you’re going to the beach or not – there are so many ways in which you can be exposed to the sun without realizing it. 

Do not wait until you get permanent sun damage as it would look like you have a tan line tattooed on your skin. There are sunburns that may not heal, and these will leave a permanent scar on your body that may worsen as you grow old.

Consider supplements

Although there are supplements that specifically promise to boost your skin health, a regular Vitamin C with bioflavonoids will do. 

Vitamin C has long been known to strengthen your immune system, but this also encompasses your skin. It will help boost collagen production and protect you from harmful UV rays.

Invest in chemical peels or laser treatments

For more serious cases, chemical peels and laser treatments, such as IPL or Intense Pulsed Light or Fraxel Laser treatment, may be an option. They’re proven effective for treating skin discoloration. 

However, aside from being a little more expensive, the healing time can be longer compared to topical means.

Eat a balanced diet

A balanced diet is important to keep your skin youthful – but don’t just do it for your skin, your whole body will thank you for that! Opt for those that are high in healthy fats, such as avocados, walnuts, olive oil, and more. Green veggies are always a good idea, too!

Further, avoid unhealthy ones like soda, fast food, salty snacks, among others.  

Remember that prevention is better than the cure, so never neglect taking care of your whole body inside and out! 








All About Superficial and Chemical Peels

With summer winding down and fall right around the corner, now is a great time to start thinking about a peel to help refresh and revive your complexion. If you’ve never had a peel before, don’t let the name scare you!

A peel can help address skin issues like sun spots, clogged pores and dehydrated skin that the hot and sunny summer weather may have intensified. Our selection of powerful yet gentle superficial peels are a great place to start. The pumpkin and cherry peels help remove dead skin cells, revealing a smoother, clearer complexion in minutes, with no downtime.



Tan skin, beach waves, fruity bowls — who wouldn’t be excited for the summer?! A lot of us cannot wait to get out and enjoy the summer sun, but as we know overexposure to the sun and the summer elements causes premature aging.

That’s why it’s always important to keep your skin health in check no matter where you go. Here are some tips for the summer:


Protect Your Skin from the Sun

As the temperature heats up and the sun starts beating down, it’s important to defend yourself from the sun’s harmful rays. Sun damage can cause all types of issues over time—sun spots, uneven skin tone and texture, wrinkles, loss of firmness and other visible signs of aging. Since we’re all striving to maintain that youthful glow, it’s time to prioritize sun safety for your skin.

In recent years, the physical sunscreen vs. chemical sunscreen debate has been heating up, but whichever type of sun protection you choose, it’s important to educate yourself on the ingredients, benefits and drawbacks of both kinds.


Meet Marlene

Meet Marlene

When Marlene Weber began struggling with her skin in her early twenties, she had no idea how that experience would change her life. Not only did her struggles motivate her to learn as much as she could about the body and skin health, they also inspired her to start her own business, dedicated to helping others heal their skin and feel their best.

In this Q&A, the esthetician and PureCeuticals founder discusses why she loves what she does, what makes PureCeuticals so special, and of course, her favorite skincare tips.


Retinol – Vitamin C Duo

Why the Retinol-Vitamin C duo is the best pair for your skin

Retinol is known for its skincare magic! Having been proven to boost collagen, speeds cell turnover for healthier skin—reducing wrinkles and preventing fine lines, helps to keep acne under control by uncloging pores, evens out discoloration and brightening skin tone. 


The Power of Peptides

If you’re looking to slow the aging process, make peptides your new best friends.

Scientifically speaking, our skin is mostly comprised of collagen, which is a protein that keeps the skin supple. Proteins are made up of long chains of amino acids, and if you break down those long chains into smaller fragments, the fragments are known as peptides.


Benefits of Calendula

Calendula (Calendula officinalis), also called marigold, is a flowering plant that has been used for healing purposes since the 12th century. It grows naturally around southeastern Asia, Mediterranean, and western Europe. Its petals are packed with antioxidants that are effective in helping treat diseases, and skin conditions.

Although it can be used as a tea or in salads, calendula is widely used for applying topically. This is also why it is made into natural health products, such as lotions, creams, gels, oils, and more. Plus, the best thing about calendula is that it’s safe enough for babies and older adults.


The Naughty List

The holidays are definitely a time to indulge. Between the holiday parties, family dinners and irresistible sweet treats set out in the office kitchen, this is the time of year when we can all take a well-deserved break from the kale, smoothies and grilled chicken that we turn to during the rest of the year.

But while our holiday diets may include some less than ideal ingredients, this philosophy should not be applied to skincare.


Pumpkin Fever

There are so many things to love about fall: sweater weather, boots, changing leaves, football and of course… PUMPKIN! From pumpkin spice coffee and desserts, to pumpkin scented candles, everyone’s favorite autumnal ingredient is center stage this time of year.

But before you get completely pumpkined out, why not try adding it to your skincare routine? That’s right, did you know that pumpkin has plenty of skin-healthy benefits and that it’s great for all skin types?