Is Stress Aging Your Skin?

Is Stress Aging Your Skin?


Life brings with it lots of stress. Kids, work and money issues to name a few. All trigger the stress hormone cortisol. Cortisol, produced by our adrenal glands, has the important function of allowing us to survive immediate, danger when in “fight or flight” situations. That was great back when you had to worry about getting chased by a saber tooth tiger, but today stress is a little different.

During “fight or flight” your body reacts by:

• Rapid heartbeat and breathing:

The body increases heart rate and respiration in order to provide energy and oxygen where it is needed to quickly flee dangerous situations.

• Pale or flushed skin:

As the stress response starts to take hold, blood flow to the surface areas of our bodies are reduced to direct blood to the muscles, brain, legs and arms. You might become pale as a blood drains from your face. Conversely, some people get flushed as blood rushes to their brain.

• Dilated Pupils:

The body prepares itself to become more acutely aware of its surroundings.

• Trembling;

As your body becomes primed to face danger the tension can result in trembling or shaking.

The thing is, we have different stresses today. Stresses that aren’t as temporary as being chased by a tiger. Stresses that may never seem to go away. The long-term effects of fight or flight will eventually start to break down your body, aging you and your skin and potentially leading to disease. The effects of stress are cumulative. Your body may have handled stress better when you were younger, but by middle age your stress bucket might be full. At that point many of us experience adrenal burnout.

Some symptoms of adrenal burnout:

• Weight gain:

Especially around your middle. Fat is deposited there as a survival mechanism to protect our vital organs in times of stress. Oh, great!

• Loose skin:

Prolonged cortisol breaks down the connective tissue, that supports collagen and elastin fibers in the dermis of your skin, leaving it loose and flaccid.

• Increased lines & wrinkles:

Cortisol interferes with your circadian sleep cycles. Sleep is so important for your skin because it’s the time when most healing and repair occurs. This is why we recommend serums and treatment products to be applied just before bed.

• Cross linking of collagen:

Elevated cortisol levels means increased cravings for sweets. That’s because cortisol spikes insulin (the hunger hormone). Think about it, when you’re feeling stressed is it your first impulse to run and get a kale salad, or is are you more likely to grab a slice of chocolate cake?

• Your skin becomes dull and loses its glow:

Because blood is being diverted from your face to other parts of your body, you become deprived of vital nutrients. Your face takes on a tired, lack luster look. Cells dies prematurely which leads to skin aging.

• You might develop rosacea:

If you’re one of those lucky ones whose skin flushes under stressful situations, learning stress reduction techniques is of vital importants.

• Dark Circles may appear:

Stagnant lymph can occur under your eyes making them look puffy, blueish, and perpetually tired.

• You can develop eczema:

Stress lowers your immune system, leaving you vulnerable to eczema, rashes and itchiness.

• Dry Skin:

The lack of circulation to skin cells can leave you dehydrated and skin cells under nourished leading to early senescence.

• Adult Acne: Cortisol also acts as an androgen which increases oil production and increased inflammation. Great, you’re worried about that job interview and now you’ve got a pimple.

Does this mean we’re all doomed if we live our lives under stress?

Well, there are certain things you can do to help your body handle stress in a meaningful way.

Light Exercise:

If you have adrenal burnout you may want to change the way you exercise. While some of us can sustain intense training. If you already have over the top cortisol levels you may actually be breaking down muscles and collagen with vigorous, high intensity workouts that your body perceives as more stress. More moderate exercise, like long walks might be better for you in the long run. Yoga can also be a good alternative choice. Note that moving is an important stress buster, so you need to get up and exercise every day. Sitting at your computer increases stress hormones in a big way, you have to counteract that by getting exercise in there… somehow.

Cut out the sugar:

Refined sugar leads to higher cortisol levels and insulin resistance, which makes you more hungry for more high carb and nutrient deficient foods and more likely to experience sugar causing glycation of collagen fibers in your skin. This leads to wrinkles and excess inflammation which also breaks down skin cells, leading to loss of tone and dullness.

Add omega 3 fatty acids to your diet:

Omega 3s are great for counteracting inflammation caused by stress. Walnuts, salmon and avocados are good choices. Also consider skincare products which include omega 3s. Check out Elizabeth Renee’s Kukui Cleansing Milk, Intensive Lipid Repair night cream and Good Nite sleeping masque as skincare products that help calm dry, stressed out skin.

Eat your veggies:

These are your number one nutritional stress defense. Cruciferous vegetables help lower blood sugar. These veggies carry abundant nutrients, antioxidants and anti-inflammatories you need to counteract stress. This should be your highest priority for a healthier lifestyle and reducing the damaging effects of stress. You may also want to supplement with Sunrise Solution, an intense antioxidant serum derived from superfoods. It can easily be add to your morning skincare routine.

Get Space:

Giving yourself a little R&R is a perfect way to lower stress hormones. Put yourself in a good place. Go somewhere peaceful that you enjoy. A walk on the beach or hike in the park isn’t a selfish allegation of time. It’s good for you, and good for those around you. As you lower your stress hormones you’ll become more tolerant of others.  Better for everyone. Getting a massage, or facial may seem like a pampering indulgence, but offers a great boost for your health. Practicing meditation may also be a good choice, although I find it a bit stressful trying to be disciplined enough to control my thought like that. But great if it works for you… go for it.  You might also want to try breathing exercises, which have been shown to help lower stress hormones in the form of relaxation response techniques.

Laughter and social connections:

Isolation causes stress. Social connections help you to get some of that stress out of your system, definitely lowering stress hormones. Remember, your attitude has a powerful effect on stress hormones. Taking everything a little lighter not only lowers cortisol but increases telomere length of your chromosomes. This is a major biomarker for longevity. (More about that in a coming post.) Rumination, or not being able to let things go by playing events over and over in your head, sets you up for continued stress hormones circulating your body, playing havoc with your health and the health of your skin. So just find a way to let it go, and watch how your stress levels drop. You and your skin will feel so much better.

Disclaimer: The preceding article was meant for educational purposes only and not intended as medical advice.

MICROCHANNELING REJUVENATION – The next big thing in skincare.

MICROCHANNELING REJUVENATION –  The next big thing in skincare.

Next time you have a spa visit it will be worth your while to check out MicroChanneling Rejuvenation treatments.  I’m a huge fan and feel this is the next big thing in professional skincare. That’s because it’s minimally invasive and provides dramatic results which have been scientifically supported.  Your skin will look instantly better, plumper, smoother, healthier and more radiant. Check out this list of benefits you get from MicroChanneling Rejuvenation:

  1. Reduces Fine Lines & Wrinkles:
    MicroChanneling Rejuvenation breaks up irregular cross linked collagen fibers that often results in wrinkles and that thick, dull, leathery look so many of us want to erase.  At the same time it dramatically stimulates repair factors to produce a healthy supply of the right kind of collagen along with elastin, and glycosaminoglycans for a smoother, firmer complexion.


  2. Volumizing:
    MicroChanneling Rejuvenation uses a unique stamping method that creates tiny micro columns in the skin that go down to the base of the epidermis where it stimulates fibroblasts to produce the new collagen fibers in an upward fashion.  This enhances the thickness and strength of your skin in the dermal layer.  In the epidermis it stimulates keratinocytes to create a thicker, more organized epithelial layer.  This is not the kind of unhealthy thickness that comes from an accumulation of corneocytes as a result of sun damage, but the increased keratinocytes which are fresh, vibrant, plump and well hydrated.


  3. Helps Reduce Age Spots:
    MicroChanneling Rejuvenation aids in exfoliation of the top layers of skin to minimize age spots.  It also increases penetration of cytokines which help normalize melanin production (the pigment producing cells in your skin) thus encouraging a more even toned complexion.


  4. Acne Scarring:
    MicroChanneling Rejuvenation can help reduce acne scarring by helping to break down unorganized scar tissue and stimulating the skin to produce new collagen that is laid down in a healthy columnar fashion as opposed to flat striated layers.


  5. Premature Skin Aging:
    MicroChanneling Rejuvenation not only minimizes wrinkles, it stimulates energy in keratinocytes which wakes up fibroblasts to encourage skin to repair and replace cells in a way that’s similar to the way your younger cells used to do – minimizing future wrinkles.


  6. Pore Size:
    MicroChanneling Rejuvenation helps to normalize the sizes of pores that have been expanded over time – especially those around the nose and cheeks which may be the result of the flattening of the dermis which occurs with age.  By producing healthier collagen and healthy thickening of the epidermis the pore size appears smaller.


  7. Reduces Clogged Pores:
    MicroChanneling Rejuvenation perforates the skin to loosen and dislodge hardened oil found in clogged pores.


Not to be confused with Micro-Needling Treatments that are rolled or glided over the skin. Those micro-needling treatments of the past dragged over the skin creating uneven cuts or tears that caused unnecessary inflammation.   Even fractional lasers rely on intensely high temperatures which create damage before it jump-starts wound healing and collagen production.  MicroChanneling Rejuvenation uses tiny needles that only go down to the dermal/epidermal junction.  This way it excites cytokines to go into repair mode without causing excessive damage, and without unnecessary downtime, discomfort or inflammation.

How many Treatments Do you Need?

The number of treatments range greatly depending on what we are treating:

  • For light anti-aging: 1-3 treatments are recommended.
  • For deeper wrinkles or acne scarring at least 6 treatments may be required.
  • There is no limit to the number of treatments that one can receive as long as adequate time passes between each treatment.
  • The ideal time between treatments is 4 weeks.
  • We encourage you to have them in-between your regular facial treatments.
  • You can purchase a series of 3 or 6 treatments for a reduced price.

MicroChanneling Rejuvenation creates invisible micro-perforations which stimulate cells called keratinocytes to produce new collagen, elastin, glycosaminoglycans and healthy epithelial cells.  It does this by stimulating the healing cascade of cytokines, which is a natural part of your body’s repair mechanism.

Visible improvements in aging skin, acne scarring, uneven pigmentation and overall tone and texture are real with MicroChanneling Rejuvenation.  With our expertise, we can show you how to make those results last!

For a limited time you can experience your first MicroChanneling Rejuvenation Treatment and save $50 off the regular price of $300. 

Book this special now.



Peels that Reveal

Peels that Reveal

Sun exposure, acne or just getting older can leave your skin tone uneven, wrinkled, spotted or scarred. If you want your skin to look smoother and younger, consider a chemical peel, which uses a chemical solution to smooth the texture of your skin by removing the damaged outer layers.  A chemical peel is one of the least invasive and most economical ways to improve the appearance of your skin. Although chemical peels are used mostly on the face, Glycolic Boosters can also be used to improve the skin on your back, chest, arms or legs.

You can improve:


What are chemical peels?

Chemical peels contain different chemical solutions to produce a separation and peeling of the outer layers of the skin which stimulate the production of new cells. They vary from very light and superficial to medium and more intense medical grade peels. The type of the peel recommended will depend on your skin condition, type, and desired result. The skin’s reaction to the chemical peel can be imperceivable (you can go out to dinner after), a mild flaking or similar to the peeling you would expect from an intense sunburn.  Medical peels may result in extreme redness, scabbing or peeling and may require some down time.
At Elizabeth Renee Esthetics, we prefer a series of gentler peels performed in succession, rather than one stronger peel that requires down time. For best results peels may be done weekly or bi-weekly for a limited period of time. Milder peels may be done monthly in combination with your facial.

Exfoliation is an important tool to stimulate fibroblasts and create new collagen, as well as stimulate cellular turnover to fool your skin into behaving like younger skin. But, there have been studies indicating that chronic inflammation caused from too many chemical peels can break down the skins protective lipid barrier, leaving it vulnerable to irritation and the production of free radicals. If the skin is irritated all the time, it is an indication of free radical damage which can change the DNA of the cells and age your skin even faster. Chemical peels are high in demand now, but you don’t want to be exfoliating and peeling all the time.


Also, keep this in mind when choosing your home exfoliation program.  Often clients look for glycolic, salicylic or retinol products that contain very high dosages. The idea that stronger is better may be aging your skin. Trust an esthetician to evaluate your skin and prescribe optimum dosages and an exfoliation program that fits your individual skin type. If your skin seems red or constantly irritated you should discontinue your current approach and consider something milder.
At ELIZABETH RENEE ESTHETICS, we offer several different types of light to moderate chemical peels to fit everyone’s skin care needs such as:

    A very gentle, hydrating peel based on pancreatin enzymes. This a smart enzyme only dissolves dead skin cells to minimize irritation and discomfort. It’s great at freshening and hydrating dry, sensitive skin.
    A light exfoliating peel which combines Vitamin C with antioxidants derived from cranberries, and a small amount of skin brightening lactic acid. Perfect for smoothing and rehydrating dry, dehydrated skin.
    A moderate blend of pore clearing glycolic acid plus antibacterial salicylic acid. This peel helps soften oil and clear the pores to increase the effectiveness of extractions. Also speeds the healing of mild acne.
    This moderate peel is very effective for brightening skin and maximizing hydration levels to help correct uneven pigmentation while softening fine lines. Green Tea provides soothing anti-aging anti-oxidants.
    A 30% Vitamin C peel blended with active fruit enzymes creates an effective brightening treatment to plump, hydrate, and reduce sun induced pigmentation. May be combined with Bio-Brasion exfoliation.
    This Vitamin A peel done regularly, helps stimulate reorganization of cells in the epidermis as it reinforces the dermis. Wonderful for both resurfacing and rejuvenation to combat both ageing and acne.
    20% or 35% depending on the skin type. This is the perfect peel for deep exfoliation, pore clearing, and reducing acne causing bacteria. An integral part of a problem skin facial.
    Thorough, consistent exfoliation with no irritation or inflammation. Crystal and chemical free, this non-invasive technique uses water and ultrasonic technology to gently lift off superficial dead skin cells.
    State-of-the-art microdermabrasion using a gentler wet/dry technology. It’s crystal-free and combined with mild chemical peel exfoliation to reveal brighter, clearer and smoother skin.
    More aggressive than Bio-Brasion, this chemical free skin sander wears down peaks and builds up valleys in the skin: minimizing sun damage, smoothing fine lines and retexturizing. Reserved for stronger skin.
    Combines two very gentle peels, ultrasound exfoliation and smart enzymes, to get a more advanced result that is appropriate for sensitive skin types which are clogged, dehydrated or keratinized.
    Combines Microdermabrasion with Lactic Acid for unsurpassed brightening and resurfacing to treat sun damaged skin. Diminishes ashiness, softens pigmentation and smoothes fine lines and uneven texture.

You should not have a chemical peel if you:



After Your Peel:

You may be more sun sensitive, so limit sun exposure for at least one week before and after your peel. You should use a daily sunscreen/moisturizer with broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection with an SPF of 30 or higher. Avoid strenuous exercise for at least 2-3 days, as perspiration may irritate the skin. When washing your face, do not use a scrub. Use a gentle detergent free cleanser that contains soothing Aloe Vera extracts and avoid wearing foundation during the day if your skin is actually peeling. Opt for a layer of Evening Primrose Oil and Borage Seed Oil which you’ll find in Elizabeth Renee’s Environmental Protection serum to reduce irritation and visible peeling. Do not “help” your skin peel with a scrub or AHA for the first few days. This avoids premature skin cell removal which could cause scarring or rashes. Do not have any other facial treatments for one week after your peeling is completed. Although the application of an Azulene Soothing Gel Masque at home, or for ultimate soothing a Seaweed Nourishing Masque (listed under facials when you book online) at the spa, will restore comfort and instantly super hydrate your skin. You may resume the use of a retinol, alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) or a mild scrub upon the advice given from your esthetician.











How to Hydrate Within Your Skin

How to Hydrate Within Your Skin

Hydration is an indisputable part of all skin care treatments and home care products.  Hydration provides benefits to all skin types regardless of their skin type.  Hyaluronic Acid, Aloe Vera, Panthenol, Glycerin, Sodium PCA and many different sugars heave long been known as effective hydrators that provide precious moisture to the skin.   Because hydrators are well known as being effective moisturizers they are readily accepted by consumers as a way to get water into the skin without adding emollients or occlusive oils which may or may not be indicated.  But, the way we think about skin hydration is changing.  We have discovered that long term cellular hydration means more than just introducing moisture to the skin.  You need to be able to get that moisture inside skin cells where they can provide positive changes to the skin.

It has been discovered that there are little water channels found in the membrane walls of skin cells.  These are responsible for allowing moisture to pass through to the cell’s interior. They are called aquaporins. These membrane-channeled proteins regulate and facilitate water molecules to be transported through the cell membranes.  Because of this discovery, we now  understand how the cell’s internal plumbing system transports not only water, but also glycerol, urea, natural moisturizing factors etcetera, through the epidermis.

Like other skin proteins, the number of these water channels decline with age.  You may be hydrating your skin, but it’s possible that little water is actually being delivered inside the cells. This leaves skin looking flat, dull and lackluster.

The good news is aquaporins can be activated and rebuilt.   Molecules from a Brazilian tree called Piptadenia Columbrina increase the presence of aquaporins up to 11 times within hours of application, repairing the damaged stratum corneum and re-densifying the dermis.  With continued use the presences of other humectants further hydrate the skin.

A great source of this performance ingredient is found in Elizabeth Renee’s Revitalize Cell Therapy serum, which includes Piptadenia Columbrina as part of its A-list of revolutionary anti-aging ingredients, and works best when applied daily.  For a concentrated boost of Piptadenia Columbrina you should try a Cell Youth Facial which uses micro-current to aid in further penetration of this hydration stimulating ingredient deep into the skin.



How Vitamins Boost Sun Protection

How Vitamins Boost Sun Protection


Sunscreens are vitally important to the health of your skin and should be applied daily, but they’re not the whole story.  There are two vitamins that have been scientifically shown to protect your skin against sun damage.  They work when applied directly on the skin, or taken internally in combination with a sunscreen.  These vitamins are Vitamin C and Vitamin E.

External Vitamin Protection
Did you know that to get the most out of your sunscreen, you should pair it with a powerful antioxidant serum that contains both Vitamins C & E Antioxidant Protection?

Sun damage is an oxidative process. UV rays and other environmental stressors like pollution, alcohol and cigarette smoke cause the release of skin damaging free radicals. Free radicals lead to premature skin aging. Vitamin C helps neutralizes free radicals to shield your skin from this kind of damage, in turn keeping your complexion healthy, vibrant and younger looking.

Vitamin C does not work as a barrier against UV rays the way sunscreen does, but once rays enter the skin, it is a potent antioxidant that slows the rate of free radical damage to collagen and aids in skin cell repair by reducing oxidative stress to the skin cells. It also reverses photo-aging, evens pigmentation and decreases fine lines by stimulating collagen production. Some studies show up to 60% of the Vitamin C in found in a stable Vitamin C serum can get absorbed right through the skin to the areas where it’s needed most.  Vitamin E reduces the inflammation cascade which is associated with skin aging. Together these vitamins have been shown to enhance the protective function of SPF sunscreen formulations.

Internal Vitamin Protection

Both vitamins are antioxidants which have been shown to have additive sun protection when combined with sunscreen.  Vitamin E is particularly effective by offering increased protection against UVB rays. Vitamin C offers most of it’s protection against aging UVA rays while it promotes firmness by increasing production of collagen and elastin fibers.


The foods you eat can seriously reduce your risk for sunburn, sun damage, and skin cancer by supporting your skin’s ability to defend itself against too much sun. Here are 5 foods you should add to your summer diet for optimal protection:

1.     CITRUS FRUIT –  Citrus fruits are high in Vitamin C which reduces the potential for sunburn. Besides being high in Vitamin C, citrus fruits also contain limonene, which has been associated with a whopping 34 percent lower risk of skin cancer. Citrus fruits also contain other antioxidants, which work to protect your cells from free-radical damage.

2.     GREEN TEA –  When you sip a cup of green tea, your body is getting catechins, which protects against sunburn inflammation and long-term UV radiation damage. Green tea also has tannic acid in it, which helps calm sunburn pain, and antioxidants called EGCGs. A University of Wisconsin study showed EGCGs stopped genetic damage in human skin cells exposed to UV light.

3.     POMEGRANATES – The seeds in this delicious exotic fruit are rich in Vitamin C and other antioxidants. Pomegranates also contain ellagic acid, which can help protect your skin from cell damage induced by the sun’s UVA and UVB rays. In one research study, when pomegranate extract was used in conjunction with sunscreen, it increased the SPF by 20 percent!

4.     RED GRAPES – Phytonutrients in grapes can slow down the formation of destructive reactive oxygen species (ROS) that form in skin cells, which has been linked to sun damage, skin cancer and cell death. Grapes also contain proanthocyanidins, shown to inhibits skin cancer induced by UV rays. Plus, grapes contain quercetin.  Studies found that quercetin was responsible for lessening oxidative DNA damage caused by UVB exposure, and was able to help protect the skin from related inflammation.

5.     WATERMELON – This staple summer fruit is high in lycopene (40% more than tomatoes).  Lycopene is a carotenoid and antioxidant that neutralizes the free radicals produced from too much sun, and minimizes any inflammatory response to UV damage by your body.

For the most effective antioxidant and sun protection you should get your skin protecting vitamins and nutrient from a combination of topical and nutritional sources.  Try to combine Vitamins C & E together in the same formulation when applied topically because these two vitamins recycle each other for increased, long term effectiveness.



Stressed skin happens. Your skin is a reflection of everything that’s going on in your life. It never fails, something “really important” is about to happen; you get a blemish. You’re worried about your new job; dark circles suddenly appear.  Your anxious about a new relationship; your rosacea flares up.  Since you can’t avoid your job, bills, or life, the best thing to do is learn how to manage your stress.

This includes eating healthy, exercising regularly, getting enough sleep, and taking care of yourself in general. By adopting stress reducing habits like taking up yoga, going for walks, practicing meditation or having facials regularly you can lessen the effects of stress on your body and on your skin. If you don’t, the signs of stress will eventually show themselves as aging, acne or reactivity.

When under stress, the brain orders our adrenal glands to secrete two hormones, adrenaline and cortisol. Of the two, cortisol is the most concerning from a reactive and anti-aging perspective.

Cortisol is a natural hormone that helps the body deal with stress. In small amounts, cortisol is a normal and healthy short term reflex to give you the energy to push through stress. You’ve heard of the fight-or-flight response that saved early man from getting eaten by a saber-toothed tiger. Cortisol serves as a great short term coping mechanism. However, cortisol can turn into your enemy if it remains elevated for a long period of time. In today’s society, stress doesn’t always leave after a short encounter.  You can’t always fight or run away from the tiger, especially when the tiger is your boss. People who are prone to high levels of stress will sustain high levels of cortisol.  This negatively affects the body and specifically the skin by increasing reactivity responses which can cause flushing, inflammation and acne as well as premature wrinkling, dark circles and loss of skin firmness.


You may notice that during periods of high stress you experience more acne-breakouts. This is because elevated cortisol prompts skin’s sebaceous glands to produce more oil, increasing the likeliness of getting clogged pores.  If that’s not bad enough cortisol also increases your inflammation response. Normally, a clogged pore might just sit there forever.   But combined with elevated cortisol your skin becomes more reactive, often leading to a full-blown blemish.

What to do:

  • During times of stress act proactively. Switch to a light moisturizer that contains anti-inflammatory ingredients such as  Sea Whip or Chinese Licorice Root.
  • Exfoliate regularly to clear the pores. Instead of grabbing your Alpha Hydroxy Acid serum, Retin-A or a strong scrub to exfoliate, reactive skin should make the wiser choice of gently exfoliating, particulate free Proteolytic Enzymes.
  • Nix the typical acne masque which is often drying and irritating, robbing your skin of moisture and its natural protective barrier. When your skin is stressed you need to focus on calming inflammation first.  This way, angry red papules calm down and heal quicker. Choose a masque that contains Meadowsweet, which is a milder version of anti-bacterial and pore clearing salicylic acid. When used at the first signs of breakouts or a few days before your monthly cycle, a non-drying, anti-inflammatory gel masque for acne will effectively disrupt the visible blemish cycle to encourage smoother skin with fewer noticeable bumps.


Cortisol has the power to accelerate aging in stressful situations.   Elevated cortisol levels have a long list of negative effects that contribute to aging.  Here are just a few:

  1. Increased Glycation
    Stress causes sugar to be dumped into the bloodstream to provide energy for the fight or flight response.  Prolonged, elevated sugar levels cause cross linking of important collagen and elastin fibers which normally support and plump our skin (known as glycation). When sugar molecules attach to collagen and elastin fibers it makes them rigid and malformed. This eventually leads to wrinkles, dullness and a loss of firmness. This process is called Advanced Glycation End Products (appropriately shortened to the acronym AGEs).
    What to do:
    While glycation cannot be completely stopped, dietary changes can make a big difference.  It’s not easy to eliminate sugar completely. Even whole grains, fruits, and vegetables turn to glucose—the type of sugar that fuels glycation. But limiting added sugar certainly helps.  When under stress, it’s also important to remember to boost your antioxidant levels. All fruits and veggies, as well as things like dark chocolate and green tea, have powerful antioxidants that help protect cells from glycation.  So, the important thing is to eat fresh, whole fruits and veggies (not the juice) which slows sugar absorption and provides you with valuable antioxidants.   Getting a regular supply of antioxidants helps to stave off the effects of AGEs.  Also, consider a Vitamin B supplement: Studies have found that Vitamins B1 and B6 help inhibit the formation of AGEs by lowering the effects of stress on your skin.
    Skin Care Tip:
    When dealing with glycated skin, it is essential to remember that the skin needs ingredients that have anti-inflammatory properties. Research shows that antioxidants also fight inflammation. Vitamin C is the anti-oxidant most researched for fighting stress induced aging.  Using a high potency skin serum containing Vitamin C is very effective.  The problem with using Vitamin C in the form of L-Ascorbic Acid (the most common form found in serums) is that it can be very irritating and unstable, which adds to the inflammation component. We suggest trying Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate as a non-irritating and stable alternative.  If you’re particularly stressed, you should also consider adding additional antioxidants to your skin care routine. Superfruits like coffee berries, acai berries, gogi fruit, mangoes and pomegranates are among the most powerful sources of natural antioxidants and can be added to your Vitamin C serum.
  2. Thinning Skin
    Elevated cortisol (this includes extended use of cortisone creams) wears down skin supporting connective tissue resulting in thinner skin which is less durable, more reactive and more prone to wrinkles.
    What to do:
    Your skin is made of protein.  You need to eat protein to provide your body with the amino acids needed to rebuild heathy skin cells.  Making sure you are eating enough protein is essential.   You also need lipids to calm and reinforce your skin’s protective barrier.  Calming Omega-3 fatty acids found in oily fish and in nuts and seeds are great sources for building healthy skin.
    Skin care tip:
    Caprooyl Tetrapeptide-3,  is one of a powerful group of protein building peptides which act as messengers that tell skin cells called fibroblasts to produce more collagen. Popular, new stem cell stimulators like Hydrolyzed Algin and a rare Swiss Apple Extract offer great promise for waking up your skin’s own sleepy stem cells to start rejuvenation and repair.  While these stem cells don’t directly replace our own stem cells, research supports that they have the ability to give your own stem cells a little nudge to wake them up and start acting like younger, more vital skin repair cells.
    LED (light emitting diode) treatments help stimulate Mitochondria in skin cells. Mitochondria is the engine, or power house for skin cells.  Slowed skin repair is caused in part by a natural slow down of energy (called ATP) produced in cells as we age.  LED boosts energy to stimulate metabolism for healthier, stronger skin.
  3. Dull, Sluggish Skin
    In some cases stress causes decreased blood flow to the skin.  This happens when hormones draw blood away from extremities and the skin to protect internal organs. Prolonged stress means the skin gets less nutrients and oxygen and becomes depleted of antioxidants. The result is skin which appears dull and tired looking.
    What to do:
    Moderate exercise is great for energizing the skin (don’t forget your sunscreen).  It increases blood flow and improves circulation.  Of course you need to get plenty of sleep, eat properly and avoid sugar, alcohol and smoking.
    Skincare tip:
    If your skin looks dull and worn try exercising your face as well as your body.  Don’t do facial exercises as they pull on skin in a way that actually causes wrinkles. Instead, when you doing your morning and evening cleansing choose an invigorating cleanser containing rosemary.  Try doing simple massage techniques like gentle circles and tapping movements all over your face before you rinse off your cleanser.  A Ginseng toner is great followup that gently draws moisture and blood flow to the skin.
    Your skin will benefit from a series of Microdermabrasion or Bio-Brasion treatments.  Microdermabrasion and Bio-Brasion as well as many peels are exfoliating treatments that stimulate collagen by causing a very mild trauma to the skin.  This gets the skin to go into a healing mode, which results in increased collagen production.  Bio-Brasion is better for stressed skin because it is less likely to go overboard and cause irritation that can be counterproductive.
  4. Puffy Eyes
    Cortisol has a natural rhythm throughout your day.  Your body should produce more in the morning than in the evening, giving you the energy to begin your day. In the evening, as you leave your daily stresses behind, cortisol levels should drop by 90 percent. However, elevated cortisol levels at night can deprive you of sleep. Most skin repair occurs at night, during REM sleep, this is why your esthetician encourages you to apply those active rejuvenating serums in the evening.  Lack of sleep can cause lymphatic fluid to pool under eyes causing puffiness in the morning.
    What to do:
    To prevent and shrink puffiness get at least eight hours of sleep. Since the light from your smartphone, smart TV, computer and iPad screen simulate sunlight, shut off any electronic devices an hour before you go to sleep. Use your downtime to make yourself a cup of caffeine-free chamomile tea to help calm and relax you before bed.
    Skincare tip:
    Try adopting the stress reducing habit of  going to bed and getting up at the same times each day.  If you still wake up with puffy eyes try applying an anti-puff gel in the morning.  A good anti-puff gel contains Hesperidin to shrink capillaries and reduce dark circles.  It might also contain CoQ10 to energize lymph drainage from under the eye.  Make your anti-puff gel even more effective by placing your glass bottle of gel in the fridge at night.  In the morning, when you tap on the gel, roll the edge of the chilly glass bottle over the puffy areas to tighten and further drain the lymph from the area.

A great stress reducer is remembering to smile, laugh and be good to yourself. This is not only good for your skin but great for your overall health as well.



What’s Trending at Elizabeth Renee?

What’s Trending at Elizabeth Renee?

At Elizabeth Renee we only have two product sales a year. Clients wait patiently to take advantage of these great savings. Right now we are in the middle of our Valentine’s Day Sale. Before you make your purchases we thought you’d like to take a peek at what popular products are being swept off the shelves right now. So here is a snapshot of our top 10 best selling skincare products.

1. C & E Antioxidant Serum – This has been our most desired serum for years. That’s because it not only offers extra protection against sun damage and other environmental agers, but it builds skin firming collagen and even diminishes old blemish marks.

2. The Pink Cream – Loved by everyone with sensitive skin. Natural moisturizing factors reduce signs of aging and stop trans-epidermal water loss that results in dehydration. Skin becomes supple, smooth and more comfortable.

3. Getting Even – This state-of-the-art AHA blend incorporates Glycolic, Lactic and Salicylic Acids to dissolve rough dead cells. The new skin revealed is fresher and more vibrant. Making it ready to absorb your anti-aging and skin correcting serums.

4. Environmental Protection – It’s winter! You need extra protection from the dry, arid winter air that robs your skin of moisture. Just a drop of this emollient serum acts as an overcoat for your skin.

5. Hydraessence – This oil free hydration serum is super effective for all skin types, to fight dehydration by grabbing onto moisture. It features hyaluronic acid: the super humectant that holds up to 1000x’s its weight in water.

6. Hawaiian Seaweed Moisture Cream – This wonderfully rich moisturizer is perfect for correcting and protecting sun damaged skin. It does so by strengthening skin’s resistance to environmental agers.

7. Calming Chamomile Cleanser – Choosing the right cleanser is paramount for preparing your skin to gain great results from the rest of your regime. This is our most popular of our twelve cleansers.  The azulene in this formula helps to soothe  and comfort sensitive skin.

8. Aloemist Toner – Think you can skip this step? This ever popular alcohol free toner is so important for removing impurities in tap water that dull your skin, clog your pores, adds to dehydration and prevents penetration of those precious treatment products of yours.

9. Crepe Escape – This neck treatment has become so popular! Why? Because, when used regutlarly, apple stem cells found in this formula help wake up your own sleepy stem cells to prompt skin to repair itself. This cream gives this difficult area a smoother, younger look.

10. Revitalize Cell Therapy – This superstar product activates skin to act like a younger version of itself. Because of its ability to stimulate sleepy stem cells, increase cells ability to take in more water, increase cellular energy, increase antioxidant protection and boost skins repair mechanism.  It’s not only our most powerful corrective anti-aging serum, but also our most popular.

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