Acne Vs. Your Diet

hands on faceEvery time a client comes to see me to get a problem skin facial I find I can’t stress enough the importance of a proper diet in the treatment and improvement of their acne prone skin.  Good skincare products are key but by themselves you will not be able to clear up your skin.  Strong ingredients like benzoyl peroxide may work temporarily but I can’t tell you how many clients get discouraged when all of a sudden their acne is back.

Your skin is a reflection of everything that is going on in your life, from how much sleep you get to any emotional stress you’re experiencing, to the amount of exercise you get plus all your other lifestyle choices. The foods you choose are right up there on the top of the list.  Feed your skin well and it will thrive.  If you’re eating enough antioxidant vitamins it will help you fight off acne causing bacteria.  If you consume calming foods you can lessen the risk of skin inflammation.  If you choose the right type of fat you will effect the viscosity of the oil (sebum) you produce which means less blackheads and clogged pores. Change your diet and you will change your skin.  Then maximize your effort with great calming and pore clearing skin care products but remember what you put on your skin will provide only half the answer.  Many of my clients who have made significant dietary changes found that they were eventually able to get off their acne medications and finally feel comfortable facing the world wearing less makeup.

AVOID REFINED CARBS: Refined carbohydrates are foods where carbohydrates turn quickly into sugar in the blood stream.  This includes processed foods like white bread and and sweets. It’s a good idea to start reading ingredient labels to become aware of exactly how much sugar is in the foods you choose.  The problem with sugar is that sugar causes insulin to spike.  Insulin is a hormone connected to androgens like testosterone that increase oil production and inflammation of your skin.  This is a huge and important change to finally calm those acne lesions.

EAT YOUR VEGGIES:  Antioxidants found in highly pigmented veggies help you fight off acne by calming the skin’s inflammation potential.  Vitamin A: found in the pigment in spinach, carrots and sweet potatoes helps build stronger cell layers that are more organized and less likely to get clogged pores.  Vitamin C: found in oranges, tomatoes and broccoli helps boost your immune system and strengthen your cells walls (reducing the risk of scaring and cysts).  Most veggies are high in fiber which helps clean out your intestines and your skin.

AVOID DAIRY PRODUCTS:  Most dairy products are filled with growth hormones which boost acne-causing testosterone levels.  High fat dairy products are even more of a problem because when eaten they can change the viscosity of your sebum to become thicker which means it flows more slowly out of the pores and is more likely to get clogged.  Some people can get away with fat free yogurt that is organic (not fed hormones), but if you have an acne problem you may no be able to tolerate even this.  Better stay clear until you find your skin clears.  Then you can slowly add yogurt to your diet to find out if you can tolerate it.

EAT MORE FISH:  Oily fish such a salmon contains omega 3 fatty acids which has a calming effect on the skin.  Inflammation is a huge factor as to why some people get those large, red, sore pimples.  Red meat on the other hand contains Omega-6 fatty acids which is actually highly inflammatory.  Add to that the fact that cows are often fed growth hormones so they will get fatter.  Eating beef increases your risk for skin that becomes easily inflamed.   Choose instead natural, grass fed meat products which are hormone free.

Give this diet a good three months to work.  Even though most client start to see a difference after just a few weeks, if you really want understand the full effect that diet plays for your personal chemistry you need to give it time.  Remember, with a little determination you can have good skin in a relatively short period of time.  Good skin from the inside out!

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Is Yogurt Good for the Skin?

yogurt masqueI have had a lot of questions from clients about whether or not eating yogurt is healthy for their skin.  The whole dairy question seems to be where this started.  Dairy products can be bad for skin that has a tendency to get clogged or break out.  This is because most dairy cows are fed hormones to make them produce more milk.  The hormones get into your system when ingested and that can increase skin inflammation (i.e. blemishes and sensitivities).  Plus, the high fat content in dairy products can change the consistency of your oil (sebum) to become more viscous, sluggishly moving through the pores which increases the clogging.

Yogurt however, is different.  It’s actually one of our most healthy food choices, but you have to know how to choose the right type of yogurt to benefit your skin.  Your first consideration should be to make sure your yogurt is organic.  Why, because organic yogurt comes from cows that are not fed those hormones I mentioned, so it is less sensitizing. Second, I would choose Greek Yogurt because it has a higher protein content (often double that of regular yogurt).  Protein is the main component of skin cells.  You need to eat enough protein to produce healthy new cells.  Important cells include collagen and elastin in your skin which are responsible for giving skin firmness and support thus making your skin more resistant to lines and wrinkles.   You should also consider the fat content of your yogurt.  If you have skin that is oily or tends to get clogged pores you should stay away from high fat yogurts.  Choose a low fat yogurt, fat free is even better.  Stay away from added sugar.  Sugar invites bacteria which increases the likelihood of breakouts.  Plus, high amounts of sugar in your diet can lead to cross-linking of collagen fibers which ages your skin (see our post on Is Sugar Aging Your Skin?)  Plain yogurt is best, then you can add your own fresh fruit and a few almonds (rich in essential fatty acids).  Finally, the yogurt you choose should contain live active cultures or “good bacteria”.  You will find higher amounts of probiotics and active cultures when you choose organic yogurt.  These probiotic cultures help digestion, boost your immune system  and makes your skin more resistant to bacteria that contributes to breakouts.

Interestingly enough, the same benefits you get from eating yogurt also benefit your skin when yogurt is applied directly to skin via a masque. The following ingredients found in Organic Greek Yogurt are great for your skin:

Lactic Acid: a mild AHA with great exfoliating properties.  This means smoother skin and clearer pores.  Lactic Acid is more hydrating than other alpha hydroxy acids which helps elevate dullness and dryness.  After using lactic acid (also found in BOOST) your pores will appear smaller, giving your skin a younger appearance.  Plus It has a skin brightening effects which are particularly good as a dark circle reducer under your eyes.

Live Yogurt Cultures: As mentioned above, these probiotics reduce acne bacteria but they also limit yeast on the skin contributes to breakouts in hot, humid weather.

Zinc: contained in yogurt also has antibacterial benefits which is particularly good for healing blemishes.  Zinc also has mild skin bleaching qualities which helps reduce staining on the skin left over from old breakouts. Zinc is also very soothing for sensitive skin.  

Calcium:  helps the body regulate how fast it generates new skin cells which then replaces old worn out cells and helps regulate how quickly the skin sheds those old cells. Skin that does not have enough calcium may appear fragile, thin and dry. 

I hope all this yogurt info has inspired you to try a yogurt masque at home. Or even better, visit Elizabeth Renee Esthetics’ Skincare Spa to experience a super soothing skin restorative treatment.  Our Express Yogurt Facial is only offered during the month of July.  This is the perfect time to fend off the effects of hot, humid summer weather.  This facial includes tropical enzymes from papayas and pumpkin extracts to re-texturize and enhance yogurts skin smoothing exfoliating properties. We also include an ultra relaxing hydration massage which is then followed by our Organic Greek Yogurt Masque.  This masque is ultra-customized for your unique skin type. Its prepared with the perfect blend of emollients, humectants and probiotics to fit your skin’s special needs. We top that with a soothing cucumber eye pack and finish with a vitamin enriched hydration spray that leaves skin moist, soothed, refreshed and balanced.  This is the perfect antidote for summer stressed skin.

Do you think you have rosacea?

Baby faceIf you do, you need to start treating that baby face with kid gloves with lots of nurturing, soothing, and skin strengthening treatments.  The focus should be life style changes and avoiding triggers that aggravate a rosacea condition. In this post we list triggers you should be mindful of to keep rosacea prone skin calmer and less reactive,

Rosacea is a disease of the skin that results in redness, dilated capillaries, extreme sensitivity and it’s sometimes accompanied with red inflamed blemishes.  These blemishes look like acne but they are more red and don’t usually come to a head.  Plus, you don’t often find rosacea type blemishes in conjunction with blackheads or white heads.  Rosacea blemishes need to be treated differently than acne blemishes so avoid acne medications that may be too harsh for your skin.  Clients with oily skin and rosacea also tend to be flaky.  They need exfoliation but should avoid strong acids and physical scrubs.  An enzyme based exfoliant is often a good solution.

Rosacea usually becomes visible in your 30’s or 40’s and can progressively get worse with age if left untreated.   Rosacea starts in the center of the face (cheeks and nose) and gradually moves outward over time as the disease progresses.  Sometimes Rosacea feels hot, burny or itchy.  Rosacea progresses more rapidly with the onset of menopause.  Estrogen is a natural anti-inflammatory, which suppresses rosacea symptoms.  So when estrogen levels drop, rosacea increases. There is no known cure for Rosacea but there are many effective treatments that you can do which offer calming results. Start off by learning what triggers your rosacea and avoid these triggers.


Learn to circumvent the triggers and you can avoid the harsh consequences.  Things like extreme temperature changes, stress, irritating chemicals and certain foods and beverages must be avoided. Here is a list of common triggers:

  • Extreme Climate Conditions
    • Sun Exposure
    • Strong Winds
    • Extreme Cold
    • Hot Weather
    • Humidity
    • Dry Heat
  • Lifestyle Stressors
    • Emotional Stress
    • Aerobic Exercise
    • Hot baths or showers
    • Spicy foods
    • Some Medications
    • Some Medical Conditions
  • Dietary Stresses
    • Alcohol consumption (especially red wine and beer)
    • Caffeinated Beverages (coffee, soda)
    • Certain Fruits (sometimes citrus but this is very individual)
    • Dairy Products (milk, cheese, sour cream)
    • Hot foods and drinks (that make you flush)
    • Spicy foods (hot sauce, red peppers)

*note:  Some of my clients swear by an alkalizing diet. They say it works wonders for rosacea symptoms.  This diet basically consists of reducing acidifying foods (foods that change your internal pH to become more acid.)  Foods that should be avoided include meat, processed grains and sugars and stimulants like coffee and tea and alcohol.  At the same time you want to increase alkalizing foods i.e. fruits, vegetable and sprouted grains. The premise is that rosacea is the result of too much acid in the body.  By the way, soft drinks are by far the most acidifying thing we consume.


  • Soap (drying and irritating)
  • Granular Exfoliating Cleansers (too rough on the skin)
  • Washing with hot water (again heat is a trigger)
  • Wash Cloths (again too rough on the skin)
  • Toners with volatile alcohols (dehydrated skin becomes more sensitive)
  • Occlusive Ingredients (petrolatum, mineral oil trap heat in the skin)
  • Physical Scrubs (too abrasive)
  • Microdermabrasion (way too abrasive)
  • Brushes (including mechanical brushes like Clarisonic)
  • Witch Hazel (the drug store type is 90% alcohol, the herb alone is fine)
  • Fragrance (known irritant)
  • Strong Alpha Hydroxy Acids (Glycolic Acid)
  • Benzoyl Peroxide (very harsh and caustic)
  • Chemical Sunscreens (work by turning UV into heat)
  • Using too many products at the same time (sensitive skin can react)


I feel the increase in the number clients with rosacea has to do with our skin reacting to the constant barrage of irritating chemicals that we encounter everywhere in our environment. From paints on our walls to fibers used in carpeting to chemicals in our foods, our skin is reacting to these constant stresses and there seems to be no escape.  Those of you with descendants from Northern Europe, that have delicate fair skin, are most susceptible.  Thicker skin types, for example those from Mediterranean countries,  have more of a protective barrier in your skin which means you have stronger, more resilient skin.  This protects you from rosacea triggers that would otherwise play havoc with your complexion.

If you think you have Rosacea because your skin is sensitive, flushes easily or gets red from products, climate conditions, certain foods and stress, you may want to see a dermatologist for topical anti-biotics (Metrogel), oral antibiotics (tetracycline) or laser treatments.  Another option is to see an esthetician who can monitor your symptoms an provide gentle, skin strengthening treatments based on LED (light emitting diodes).  We have had great success with these treatments as long as the client has made a commitment to life style changes.  Your esthetician can also recommend products that are good for your skin type.  If you want more information about how to customize your skin are regime for rosacea prone skin check out our blog post:


Also, I want to let you know I am really excited about our soon to be released  Tranquility Serum.  This sensitive skin serum is perfect for rosacea prone skin because it contains some powerful anti-redness ingredients (including sea whip), its mildly antiseptic and has great skin strengthening properties.  It should be available at Elizabeth Renee Esthetics’ spa or online at sometime in April, 2013.  In testing this new serum we have found it to give phenomenal results.  we like it so much that during the month of April we invite you to stop by our spa for a complimentary trial size of Tranquility Serum to get first hand experience of how great ingredients can improve your skin.


RosaceaIf you have sensitive skin that flushes way too easily, reacts to everything, and flares up at the most inopportune times (sometimes with red inflamed blemishes) with redness concentrated mostly around your nose and cheeks, you may have roseacea.  To make matters worse you are now noticing articles in magazines that are talking about how inflammation of the skin contributes to aging…agh!

It’s not too late to adopt some new life style changes that offer positive results for your skin.  In the next few posts I will be showing you tips & tricks you can easily incorporate into your life to help relieve the stresses of rosacea.  Today we start by offering you tips on how to make subtle changes to your home skin care regime and make it easier to achieve and maintain a calmer, healthier, more comfortable complexion.


1.  Use a gentle water-soluble cleanser.  Check the ingredients.  Harsh emulsifiers, particularly polyethylene glycols (PEGs) can aggravate your rosacea.  Use only tepid water to wash with and under no conditions should you use an abrasive cleanser or scrub.

2.  Use a non-drying, alcohol free toner.  Avoid fragrance, essential oils and anything that gives your skin that tingly, cool feeling.  That coolness means water is evaporating out of your skin. This causes dehydration which makes your skin more vulnerable to react to triggers in the environment. Still, toner is important because it removes lingering cleanser and irritants (like chlorine and fluoride) found in tap water. A good toner for rosacea also contains mildly antiseptic ingredients and should be a relatively simple formula to avoid irritation.

3.  Invest in a super calming serum.  Even if you’re most disturbed by the blemishes that often come with rosacea, treat the redness first!  When the skin is calm it can heal. Skin that gets stronger can fight off blemishing better. What should a rosacea serum do?

  • CALM:  My favorite calming ingredient is Sea whip. This coral-like sea plant is a superior anti-inflammatory that reduces pain and swelling associated with rosacea.
  • REPAIR:  Peptides have some of the same skin building properties as retinol without the irritation.  Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7 is a good example of a skin building peptide with anti-inflammatory properties that helps promote tissue repair, making for stronger skin.
  • LIMIT BACTERIA:  Another favorite ingredient of mine is Licorice Extract (listed as Glycyrrhiza Glabra on the label).  Studies suggest that rosacea may be caused by some yet unidentified pathogen that leads to inflammation. Licorice Extract is not only an excellent anti-inflammatory ingredient with superior calming properties but it is believed to limit rosacea related bacteria on the skin.  Through clinical studies, Licorice Extract has been shown to eliminate almost 100% of the enzyme Lipase.  Lipase is a bi-product of the types of bacteria that may be triggers for red inflamed blemishes associated with rosacea.
  • PROTECT:  Antioxidants help prevent the damage caused by inflammatory triggers.  Look for Japanese Green Tea which is an antioxidant that has been studied and shown to calm and strengthen capillary walls which helps prevent leakage of blood into the surrounding tissue.

4.  Never forget your sunscreen.  The sun definitely aggravates rosacea conditions.  The problem is that many sunscreens are based on irritating chemical ingredients. The way to circumvent this problem is to choose a sunscreen based on physical screens containing minerals like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.  The problem with chemical sunscreens is the way they work. Chemical sunscreen absorb ultraviolet light from the sun and converts it to heat which is then released in the skin.  Heat is the nemesis of rosacea prone skin.  A physical block acts more like a barrier that reflects suns rays away from the skin.  Choose a 30 SPF sunscreen for maximum protection.  You also might want to follow this with a foundation that also contains mineral based sunscreens for extra protection.  Remember, your sunscreen isn’t going to work unless you apply enough and reapply often enough.

5.  Exfoliate.  Many rosacea sufferers have flaky surface skin cells.  Scrubs and Alpha Hydroxy Acids (Glycolic) will only aggravate a rosacea condition.  You might find you can tolerate a mild, time released retinol (vitamin A) if you start very slowly (once a week and work up to every other night over time).  In the beginning you may need to buffer the retinol with a moisturizer.  Cut back usage if any signs of irritation occur.  The benefit of using retinol is that over time it helps build collagen to strengthen your skin which increases skin’s resistance to triggers.  It’s also an amazing anti-aging ingredient.   If retinol doesn’t work for you a second option is to find a non-abrasive enzyme based exfoliant.  These go on like a masque and gently remove surface cells without containing strong acids.

6.  Moisturize.  Use an appropriate moisturizer for your skin type. Include calming ingredients, antioxidants and vitamins.  If you’re going to include Vitamin C make sure it’s the no-sting form of the vitamin (avoid L-ascorbic Acid).  Remember that occlusive ingredients such as petrolatum trap heat in your skin, which is definitely not what you want.  Oily skin needs a light formula that contains antioxidants and I would still opt for sea whip as the major calming ingredient.  Drier skins need a comforting cushion for their skin.  It seems that ingredients that are derived from the ocean are more effective and less irritating than petroleum based creams or those containing essential oils.  Check out soothing Red Marine Algae.  This seaweed can be found off the coast of Hawaii.  This plant has developed a defense system against harsh environmental conditions.  When used in a moisturizer, the components in Red Marine Algae are harnessed to facilitate repair for environmentally  damaged skin.

7.  Masques.  For instant relief (say when you’re going out and want your skin to look exceptionally good) try a non drying Aloe Vera or Azulene based masque.  Clay masques may dry out your skin and only serve to aggravate it.  Aloe lets the heat out of the skin by temporarily dilating capillaries then, skin calms down and feels soothed, refreshed and hydrated.  When blemishes are also present you might want a gel masque that also includes mildly antiseptic BHA to unclog pores and kill bacteria.

So there you have it.  Home care steps that will improve sensitive or rosacea prone skin. At Elizabeth Renee Esthetics we are currently doing extensive research on the causes and treatments of rosacea.  We are working an an updated serum for sensitive, inflamed skin, and the prototypes we’ve tested look very promising.  Stay tuned for new posts on symptoms, triggers, available treatments and dietary changes that seem to have helped others with sensitive skin and rosacea symptoms.  If you have extreme rosacea symptoms you should contact a dermatologist for medical care.



Ezekiel BreadProblem skin is a complicated condition that requires a multi-faceted approach to get positive results.  It all comes down to your bodies chemistry which is influenced by factors such as hormone levels, inherited characteristics, skin care choices and lifestyle.  Among lifestyle choices, what we choose to eat is a primary factor that can either aggravate your acne condition or reduce it by creating a healthier, more resilient skin. You’ve heard about foods (like dairy and sugar) that can increases the probability of developing zits, but did you know there is an arsenal of acne fighting foods you can find right in your kitchen?  Here are my five top choices.

1. Water.  Water is a great hydrator so make sure to get your eight glasses each day. This will keep skin cells soft and pliable (less likely to get clogged).  Water also helps flush out harmful toxins from the body that can contribute to problem skin.  It stimulates metabolism that cleanses skin from within and helps rebuild it to a healthier state.  Toxins can damage cells and increase the amount of inflammation.  Inflammation being one of the key causes of acne, so the more you have it, the worse your acne will be.

My recommendation is to start every day with a cup of hot water and lemon juice (fresh is best). Vitamin C in lemon water increases the production of glutathione, which is the main antioxidant your liver relies on during detoxification. As a result, it enhances the removal of toxins from your body, helps lower inflammation and clears your skin.

2. Green Tea.  This is a superfood that should be used as part of your water consumption goals for the day. What you as an acne sufferer should take note of is the fact that green tea fights all three underlying causes of acne:

  • Inflammation: which causes red, sore blemishes and reactive skin.
  • Insulin resistance: which creates higher sugar levels that bacteria loves to feed on.
  • Hormone changes: green tea helps limit testosterone converting to DHT, a harmful hormone that is a major acne contributor.

My recommendation is to drink several cups of green tea during the day.  It’s best to brew it yourself because the benefits of bottled green tea are often lost due to the huge amounts of sugar added to it.

3. Whole grains.  I say this with caution because there are so many overly processed and refined grains out there that actually add to problem skin by contributing to inflammation. But, unless you have celiac disease or a gluten intolerance there are some extremely beneficial effects for acne sufferers if you carefully choose the whole grains you include in your diet.  True whole grains contain the entire grain seed, including the bran, germ and the endosperm.  These are chock full of fiber (to detoxify), vitamins (including B Vitamins to reduce stress related flair-ups), minerals & antioxidants.  And contrary to processed grains, true whole grains have a lower glycemic index which helps stabilize sugar and reduce inflammation.

My recommendation is to learn to stay away from white flour and whole wheat breads that are not 100% whole “grain”.  Learn to carefully read labels.  Don’t be fooled by wheat bread that is really white bread with a little whole wheat thrown back in.  If the bread you choose is light and fluffy you can bet there is very little whole grain in it.  Sprouted wheat is the healthiest choice because the wheat has actually become a vegetable.  It has more protein and is easier to digest.  My favorite healthy bread is Ezekiel Sesame Bread which contains no flour just the goodness of sprouted wheat.

4. Cruciferous Vegetables. These veggies, which include broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts and kale, are also loaded with antioxidants. But they provide one other ingredient — sulfur — that which the body needs to make its own high-powered antioxidants.

My recommendation is to eat these veggies raw.  Add them to a salad at least one a day.  You can stop blemishes in their tracks by using a topical product which contains sulfur. Check out Elizabeth Renee Esthetics’ Detox Clearing Masque or Blemish Buster (a spot treatment).

5. Purple and deep red foods: contain anthocyanins which are high in antioxidants and help maintain blood flow to the skin, promoting optimum cell turnover (essential for keeping pores clear) and they have wonderfully  calming   anti-inflammatory responses.  Acai, pomegranates, purple carrots, black grapes and beets are all great choices.

My recommendation is, in addition to adding these foods to your diet, back up their skin calming properties with reinforcing skin care products.  Remember that acne products are often overly harsh.  If you don’t calm the inflammation first you’re just aggravating the acne.  Consider trying Cool, Calm & Collected, a serum based on Japanese Green Tea which is a great hydrator for super sensitive skin. You can also benefit from an acne masque that makes calming its first priority, as well as killing acne bacteria and clearing pores.  An excellent example is Elizabeth Renee Esthetics’ Clear Comfort Masque with super soothing sea whip extracts.

Stay focused on lifestyle changes that will improve your skin.  Calm and feed your skin with these effective food choices.  Back them up with amazing acne products and get regular facials to calm, clear and heal your skin.


jelliesI admit it, I have a sweet tooth.  And there have been times when I have forgone heathy nutritious meals in favor of low nutrition carbohydrates to feed my sugar addiction.  Well… sugar tastes good doesn’t it?  I’ve lucked out by the fact that I’ve always taken good care of my skin and it turns out that some of my skincare habits have saved me up to this point.  I say up to this point because now that I’m post-menopausal I don’t have some of the built in defenses that estrogen offers to protect my skin from aging. I guess this means it’s time to get serious about kicking this sugar habit.

The problem with sugar causing premature aging starts with a natural process called glycation.  Glycation is when sugars (carbohydrates) attach to proteins in the skin.  The major proteins in your skin are collagen & elastin.  These fibers make up a network of support that gives your skin strength, tone and flexibility.  Imagine them as the outside rungs of a ladder.  Carbohydrate chains form and attach themselves to each side of the ladder creating rungs that are stiff and inflexible. The end result is called advanced glycation end products (or AGEs for short).

So, think about what collagen and elastin does for your skin.  They make your skin strong and firm skin that skin snaps back into place after it has been assaulted.  As AGEs accumulate they stiffen the fibers and makes them ridged.  Ridged fibers are no longer flexible, they create wrinkles and eventually sagging skin.  The more sugar you eat the more AGEs develop.

This often starts to become noticeable around age 35, especially when combined with sun damage.  Postmenopausally, as the presence of collagen and elastin diminishes, glycation is accelerated and a more fragile and less supportive type of collagen (type I) begins to replaces the older (type I and II) collagen fibers.  The final blow is that AGEs cause a mild inflammation in the skin which deactivates antioxidants.  Antioxidants are incredibly important when you’re trying to protect your skin from aging factors in the environment.

The good news is, it’s never too late to change your sugar habit.  Unfortunately all sugar contributes to glycation.  But, you can make great improvements by limiting yourself to natural sugars in the form of fruits, veggies and whole grains. This change is sure to cut down on your overall sugar consumption.  Change your habits and there will be less AGEs.  Plus, foods like these are high in anti-oxidants which protect your skin.

Next, (and this has been my saving grace) you can actually build new collagen by using products rich in peptides and retinols.  At night try a combination of Retinol Resurfacing Treatment which is a gentle time released retinol where you can visibly see a strengthening and firming of your skin over time.  Follow that with Peptide Firming Serum which is an antioxidant/peptide blend using pomegranate and peptides that have been extensively tested and found to increase collagen production. Make sure to perform regular exfoliation to help remove the damaged collagen.  And, wear a potent antioxidant Serum (try C & E Antioxidant Serum) daily under a 30 SPF sunscreen.

Try adopting these good skincare habit and tossing the bad ones. You will enjoy great looking skin for years to come.


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When on your quest for “complexion perfection” you should consider what goes into your body to be as important as the products you put on your face.  At the same time its important to note that the active ingredients in foods (that make positive changes in your skin) contain natural chemicals that when harnessed properly form the basis of most results oriented high-tech skincare formulas.  Often these ingredients are even more effective in the form of specialty serums because of the higher concentrations used and a sophisticated delivery system that targets ingredients to specific locations in the skin.  Here are some ingredients we encourage you to eat and incorporate into your skincare regime.

Antioxidants found in foods protect the skin from environmental aging. They are located in the pigment of richly colored fruits and vegetables.  The more pigment, the higher the percentage of antioxidants.  Berries are a perfect example; they are super rich in antioxidants, namely Vitamin C.  For the health of your skin you should consider including at least one serving of berries daily in your diet.  Both blueberries and cranberries are excellent food sources.  Notice the great amount of color you find in these fruits.  For your skin: Vitamin C battles sagging skin and dullness.  The Vitamin C found In Elizabeth Renee Esthetics’ C & E Antioxidant Serum uses a concentrated, stabilized version targeted to stimulate collagen production, brighten the skin and provide antioxidant protection from UV rays and pollutants.

Watch out for

 saturated fats in your diet.  Saturated fats play havoc with acne prone skin by changing the consistency of sebum to become thicker and more sluggish making it harder to flow out of the pores.  At the same time saturated fats in milk products, processed foods and fried foods are triggers for inflammation.  Acne prone skin will suffer from this by becoming more reactive, causing increased breakouts.  Inflammation in general, is a problem for anyone concerned with premature aging because of a cascade of chemicals events that are triggered by inflammation results in free radical damage. Inflammation is a major contributor to accelerated aging. We not only need to avoid foods that cause inflammation but to increase foods and ingredients that will sooth the skin.

Monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats are considered the “good” fats. They include olive oil, avocados and omega-3 fatty acids which have wonderful skin calming abilities.  Check out Environmental Protection.  It’s a calming dry skin serum that contains omega 3 fatty acids. Wheat germ glycerides and licorice root are two more super soothing natural ingredients found in moisturizers developed for sensitive skin.  One of my favorites is Elizabeth Renee Esthetics’ Phytolipid Recovery Crème.

Vitamin A is an important vitamin for the skin because it helps organize the Malpighian layers of the skin so the skin stays smooth and the pores stay clear.  These epidermal layers increase the skin’s protective barrier function and give the skin a nice smooth texture.  In the dermis Vitamin A helps build supporting collagen and elastin fibers, so skin stays firm.  The result of using Vitamin A is positive for both acne prone and maturing skin.   Vitamin A can be found in beta carotene rich vegetables, in the orange pigment found in carrots, yams, sweet potatoes and pumpkins.  Vitamin A is the “secret” ingredient in one of the skin care industries all time most effective anti-aging formulations: namely Retinol.  Retinol Resurfacing Treatment is a very effective, time-released Vitamin A formula that skips the irritation you get from the prescription version: Retin-A.

Finally, keep in mind that skin cells are made of protein.  This means skin needs adequate amounts of protein to reproduce itself.  The skin should be able to replace about one cell layer per day to stay healthy and young-looking.  Soy is an alternative way to get protein if you don’t eat meat.  Peptides in skincare products are protein fragments, which have been extensively studied and shown to stimulate collagen production.  Our Firming Peptide Serum is an excellent source of protein plus it contains Pomegranate Extract which is an excellent antioxidant that also helps calm inflammation.

A combination of living right, eating right and using the right products on your skin will keep your skin looking fresh and radiant for years to come.