Skin Concepts
407 North San Mateo Drive, San Mateo, Ca. 94401, 650-400-7823,        108 Andrieux Street, Suite 105, Sonoma, Ca. 95476, 707-343-1123

             PCA Skin products


The following products are on Sale through the end of April at 20%off:

Clarity. The power of 0.5% pure retinol paired with phytic acid, phenylethyl resorcinol and gluconolactone delivers the ultimate nighttime treatment for those prone to breakouts and hyperpigmentation.

Regular $106 , now only $84.80

Age refining.  Highly potent 0.5% pure retinol blended with a host of anti-aging, hydrating and soothing agents offers outstanding age control benefits by effectively increasing collagen and elastin production, reducing free radical damage and preventing the occurrence of future visible aging.

Regular $106, now only $84.80

Nutrient Toner.This formulation of vitamins, enzymes, amino acids and alpha hydroxy acids helps refine pores, removes superficial dead skin cells and provides added nutrients.

Works for all skin types, and especially for rosacea subtypes involving breakouts.

Regular $35, now only $28

Grande Lash-MD. Feel beautiful and look younger with longer thicker looking lashes.

This save formula is made with natural ingredients and will help to improve the appearance of your eyelashes in length, fulness and thickness in only 4-6 weeks.. It really works.

Regular $70, now only $56.

Perfecting neck and decollete. Get those necks and decolletes ready for spring and summer with our much acclaimed neck and decollete cream. Specifically formulated to provide rapid results for smoother, younger looking skin.

Regular $76, now only $60.80

I will have to charge for shipping on all discounted product.

The importance of regular   peels and daily care.

Human skin is a dynamic organ, ever-changing in appearance as new cells are born in the deep layers and travel up toward the surface.                               

As a result, if you have only one professional treatment and do not take care of your skin on a regular basis, any benefits that were achieved will be lost.      Caring for teeth is a similar endeavor; if one sees a dentist twice a year, but doesn’t brush and floss at home, their teeth will still be unhealthy. It is the synergy between the daily use of a targeted home skin care regimen and regular visits to a skin health clinician (that would be me) for peels that leads to continues healthy, glowing skin.

The frequency of professional visits is based on the conditions to be addressed.  For aging skin, it is recommended to have a professional treatment once a month, unless you have extensive skin discoloration. If you are looking to treat visible aging as well as hyperpigmentation it is wise to begin treatments at 3 week intervals to better address the pigment issues. Once the pigment is resolved you can then move to monthly visits.

I am often asked:”how many peels will it take to fix my skin issues”?

Well, if you are planning on stopping the aging process very soon after a peel, you probably only need a few to change for the better what years of sun damage and aging have done to your face and neck. If, however you continue to age (which most of us do), you need to continue a maintenance program as long as you live. You still get your teeth cleaned on a regular basis, take your car in for an oil change, bodies need maintenance and your face especially.

Announcing a special event at the Sonoma store:

On May 18th we will have a BOTOX and Bubbles party, with special discounts on Botox  and free champagne. More information to follow.

Email any questions, product orders or appointment changes to


Spring 2015

A message from Gabrielle

Spring, or has it gone to summer without advance notice? When I look at my garden I cannot believe how early the fruit has set on all the trees, even the apples. With all of the restrictions on our water usage, I wonder how I will keep it going all year.

The roses are glorious in their first bloom and much larger then last year and I am happy to have so many varieties. I think the most beautiful one is called “Eden” and here is a photo:

      Apple tree in bloom

Enjoy this beautiful time of year and yes, do feel guilty about not having rain, but make up for it by conserving your water as best you can. Perhaps next year it will be better and we can go back to long showers and green lawns.

Stay happy and healthy everyone.


Facials versus Peels.

Ever since I started doing the PCAskin peels I am asked about the difference the peels make in your skin versus the facials.

For the first 20 years of my career the only thing available to us as professional products for use in a facial were granular exfoliation cremes, some ampoules that could be penetrated with galvanic current, a steamer to soften the skin for manual extractions, masques and on a more effective  level, perhaps an Enzyme masque.

All of us in the industry became very excited when Glycolic Acid became available as well as Micro Dermabration. Finally we could do more then just remove a few dead and dry surface cells and stimulate the skin with a massage.

Though Glycolic acid as a single ingredient acid was perhaps a little harsh for most of my clients and micro dermabration left the skin red and in some cases irritated.

But it was much more then just a plain facial and the long term results were much more dramatic.

Today we are indeed lucky that the products available to us are so much more effective. Even in my remaining facial “Guinot Beaute Neuve” treatment we are peeling in a more gentle way. The fruit acids in the Peel’in gel penetrate between the dead surface cells to cut the intercellular links, while Peel’out foam gently removes them. To conclude the treatment, the Clarimasque with pure vitamin C regenerates the elastic fibers and lightens pigmentation marks, leaving the skin radiant.

For those of you who just cannot live without a relaxing massage, this is far more effective then the old facials, but you still cannot get the dramatic long term improvement you will see with the PCAskin* peels.

If your skin is in need of corrective measures, the fastest way to achieve this is with the Chemical peels. If it’s pigmentation changes you have gone through, fine lines or even acne, nothing works as fast as the peels. We can finally get beyond those surface layers and make changes in the deeper layers of your skin, were most of these issues are seated.

The changes I have witnessed in my clients skin is truly remarkable and as the peels are not aggressive, but rather progressive, it will take a little time and a few treatments for lasting results, as well as a maintenance schedule, but you will see immediate improvement as well.

As Dr. Lindner says: “When performed regularly you can get the same results, as you do with lasers”.

I might ad “a lot less expensive and much more pleasant an experience”.

I can truthfully say that those of you who have been coming to me for years, have truly remarkable young looking and healthy skin.

Congratulations and thank you for trusting in me all these years and being open to all the new treatments I introduced.

To conclude, if you truly want fast and lasting results the peels are your best choice and you can always have a relaxing facial on a cruise or at a Spa in the wine country.