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.











What’s So Important about Skin Hydration?

What’s So Important about Skin Hydration?


Water is the basic substance in our skin and throughout our body that transports vitamins and nutrients to skin cells.  This keeps them plump, healthy, alive, resilient and younger looking.  In order for your skin to protect itself from UV radiation, micro organisms and toxic agents, it must be kept adequately hydrated. Hydrated skin will remain flexible and allow your protective barrier to remain intact. If skin is broken, environmental factors can damage our bodies and cause exacerbated water loss, feeding a cyclical pattern of more damage due to further dehydration.

The primary way one can make sure that their skin is well hydrated is to drink 6 to 8 glasses of water or fluids without caffeine daily.  Caffeine should be avoided as it acts as a natural diuretic which takes fluid away from skin.  Skin hydration is very important no matter what a person’s age or skin type. This is true even if you have oily skin.  Oily skin may have a layer of sebum on the surface, yet could be dehydrated underneath.  This lack of moisture in the skin means it’s protective barrier has been compromised.  The result is skin that is less able to defend itself against irritation, inflammation and an onslaught of bacteria.  So, drink up.

Beyond drinking water, you need to wear a hydrating moisturizer every day.  Many skin types get oilier during the summer.  This doesn’t mean you can skip your moisturizer, it just means it might be time to change your moisturizing formula. Try a lighter formula that focuses on humectants.  These are ingredients that don’t add oil.  Instead they have a special talent for grabbing onto moisture and holding it in the skin. Some of the best humectants include glycerin, glycolic acid, sodium lactate, sodium PCA, aloe, honey and seaweed, but the superstar of all humectants is hyaluronic acid.


The reason Hyaluronic Acid is the superstar is because of it’s amazing ability to hold onto about 1,000 times it’s weight in water.  Hyaluronic acid is a natural component of the skin’s dermal layer and gives skin a plump, fresh look.  It supports all those important skin firming collagen and elastin fibers you keep hearing about. It also supplies a medium for water to feed cells as well as support other master cells that are responsible for the manufacture of collagen and elastin.

In skin care products Hyaluronic Acid is made up of very large molecules that have difficulty penetrating the skin.  Studies have shown however, that applied serums containing hyaluronic acid can draw moisture transdermally from the lower layers of the dermis.


Humectants are key ingredients in cleansers, lotions and serums that hydrate the skin by attracting water like a magnet, locking in moisture. Chemically speaking, humectants form hydrogen bonds with water molecules. Humectants are extremely important in keeping skin soft and supple.

Humectants also draw water up from the dermis (the second layer of skin) into the epidermis (the outer layer) and, if humidity is above 70 percent, they can even draw in moisture from the air.  Humectants increase the amount of water that the stratum corneum (the outermost layer of the epidermis) can hold. This helps repair dry, cracked skin by providing maximum hydration and reducing skin irritation.

Some humectants also encourage exfoliation, by dissolving the glue that holds surface skin cells together. Then they act as a barrier by preventing outside chemicals from making contact with the dermis.


When the weather is dry, particularly in winter or in arid climates, humectants can actually pull moisture away from the skin. Using a moisturizer that contains occlusive ingredients can counteract this loss of moisture.  Occlusives are generally richer in texture and more oily by nature. Occlusives help the stratum corneum retain moisture by creating a barrier layer of lipids.   Emollients help to soften the skin as well as providing this same type of barrier. Lipids are a natural barrier that helps protect your skin against dehydration.  There are ingredients like dimethicone and Shea Butter which mimic the natural lipids your skin should be producing.

Some new ingredients will actually stimulate your skin’s ability to produce more lipids. One such ingredient is a derivative of rosemary extract called ursolic acid, which is also a great antioxidant.


Your cleanser, toner, exfoliant and masque can all contribute to hydration or dehydration depending on your choices.  Choose your cleanser to match your skin type.  How much emollients vs. humectants do you really need?  Alcohol free toners that contain Sodium PCA or Seaweed extracts are great hydrators, without adding occlusive ingredients.  Moisturizers often contain a mix of emollients and humectants.

If you’re looking for the most effective humectant providing products you’ll find them as serum based. A respectable hydrating serum contains the right dosage of hyaluronic acid.  Products that claim 100% hyaluronic acid are just not being accurate.  Since hyaluronic acid is a solid, 100% hyaluronic acid would also be a solid which is very difficult to get into the skin.  You’ll probably find hyaluronic acid listed as sodium hyaluronate.  Sodium hyaluronate is the salt of hyaluronic acid and it has a much lower molecular size. This gives it the ability to penetrate skin when applied topically, which is why it works in creams and other potions.


One of the best reasons for splurging for a facial is because this gives you an opportunity to have an expert work with your skin for an hour or more.  This way she can make superior recommendations on which products to choose and how to get the best results for your skin.

You just can’t revive or rehydrate dead cells.  Having a spa strengthened peel is the best way to exfoliate away those dead or very dehydrated cells on the skin’s surface.  This will reveal those younger, fresher, well hydrated cells underneath.  For most skin types, peels are the most productive step of the facial.  Then your skin is ready for steam, super humectants and valuable repair factors that create that extraordinary complexion we all crave.


Glow on the Go

Glow on the Go

Pumpkin Peel‘Tis the season to be busy.   Those holiday parties are right around the corner and you notice that the summer glow you had just a few weeks ago is turning dull and lackluster.  Your lines appear a bit more pronounced…  or is that just your imagination?  You may even be experiencing typical fall breakouts.  The idea of having a facial sounds so appealing, but time is short.  How are you going to squeeze that into your already overbooked schedule?  Introducing…

Glow On The Go

For a limited time only Elizabeth Renee Esthetics is offering the perfect pre-holiday pumpkin peel treatment for only $49. This quick half hour treatment is designed to brighten the skin, soften lines, ease dryness, help even out skin tone and minimize redness and irritation.  With Glow on the Go you’re sure to look and feel radiant, healthy and glowing, just in time for the holidays.

Why a  Pumpkin Peel ?

The mighty pumpkin, when fermented, contains more than 100 nutrients, including collagen building amino acids, skin renewing beta carotene (think retinol)  and moisturizing fatty acids. It’s not surprising that the skin eagerly accepts these nutrients and responds by producing a very happy, healthy glow.

Suitable for all skin types, the fermented pumpkin enzyme offers benefits to both dry and oily skin, producing results in a natural way. This natural exfoliation process removes unwanted debris from pores, enhances cellular regeneration and enables the skin to better absorb active ingredients, such as concentrated serums and moisturizers.

The pumpkin enzymes in Glow on the Go are incredibly useful for the biological processes of skin cells. With a proprietary combination of super fruits, this is the treatment of the future.  Fruit enzymes are gentler and safer than other peels, with superior anti-aging antioxidants that provide healthy benefits for your skin. At Elizabeth Renee Esthetics, our expert estheticians have the knowledge to choose the perfect timing and strength of your pumpkin peel to achieve maximum results for your skin.

The Process

  1. Skin is cleansed and effectively analyzed to determine the correct pumpkin enzymes for your skin type.
  2. A thin coat of pumpkin enzyme peel is applied for 3-10 minutes and gently removed with warm towels.
  3. A hydrating serum is applied using cold ultrasound to deeply moisturize new cells and soothe the skin.
  4. We finish with a few drops of FijiGirl Facial Oil (with retinol & emollients) followed by a protective sunscreen.

Your skin will feel incredibly soft and look impeccably smooth.

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What’s the deal with a Cranberry Peel?

What’s the deal with a Cranberry Peel?

cranberrypeelOf all the peels in all the world why should you choose a Cranberry Peel?

A Cranberry Peel is beneficial for most skin types, especially dry, dehydrated or somewhat sensitive skins.  The combination of enzymes plus lactic acid in this peel offers a little more exfoliation than solely enzyme based peels. This means that a Cranberry Peel is highly effective for removing the accumulation of dead, dehydrated cells that can clog pores or give the skin a dull, lifeless look, yet a cranberry peel is still gentle enough to be used on all but the most sensitive skin types.  The low-level amount of Lactic Acid found in this peel is not only great for exfoliating, but has wonderful hydrating properties and helps to diminish pigmentation. The new skin revealed looks fresher, more moist and boasts a lovely radiant glow.

You also get a bonus effect with our Cranberry Peel.  Cranberries are nutrient rich with Vitamin C and packed with anti-aging antioxidants.  These help replace and repair collagen fibers that has been damaged from past sun exposure.  The bottom line is that Cranberry Extracts (processed correctly) help your skin retain it’s tone and firmness.

To create softer, calmer, well hydrated skin, ask for a Cranberry Peel to be added to your facial or as an à la carte treatment that can be done in-between your regular monthly facial treatments.

Very Merry Cranberry Peel Special

This special is offered by Elizabeth Renee Esthetics Skin Care Spa every holiday season between Thanksgiving and New Years.  It’s a fun time to try our exfoliating Cranberry Peel.  If you haven’t yet had one now ‘s the time.  Choose to use it for yourself or gift it to someone special this holiday season.

Get that “glow” for the holidays.


Purchase a gift certificate for $100.
Get a gift card for a FREE Cranberry Peel.

The gift card can be used any time during the month of January, 2016.

(a $50 Value)

Better Than Microdermabrasion

Better Than Microdermabrasion

wet / dry microdermabrasion

Do you love microdermabrasion?  Our clients rave about it.  This popular exfoliation technique delivers immediate results to smooth the skin, soften lines and even pigmentation. When microdermabrasion was first introduced we saw results like we’ve never seen before.  This has been the “it” exfoliating treatment for years.  But, now there’s a new “darling” in the world of effective exfoliating spa treatments. It’s called Bio-Brasion. Bio-Brasion is very much like our beloved microdermabrasion, only better. Much better.

What Is Bio-Brasion?

Simply put, Bio-Brasion is an advanced technology treatment for effective exfoliation.  It combines a diamond tipped hand piece with low suction and gentle vibrations to painlessly exfoliate the skin. Infused into this treatment is a special wet / dry microdermabrasion system that pushes hydrating ingredients deep into the skin while introducing skin brighteners and pore clearing ingredients that allows for peak performance and maximum results.

Why is this better than traditional microdermabrasion?

Technically Bio-Brasion is a form of microdermabrasion. The treatments are very similar, but there are a few factors that set Bio-Brasion microdermabrasion treatments apart from the rest.

With traditional microdermabrasion, the particles used are made of aluminum oxide crystals.  These sand like crystals have a few problems:

  • First of all they are messy.  You can get crystals in your hair, in your mouth, on your clothes, in your ears and God forbid you can get them in your eyes.
  • The amount of crystals sprayed on the skin can be hard to control.  This sometimes means uneven or unpredictable exfoliation which could result in prolonged red patches.
  • In some cases the crystals might  get lodged in the pores which could contribute to increased acne flare-ups.
  • The suction used in traditional microdermabrasion can be quite strong. Anyone with weak capillary walls or prone to redness should stay away from traditional microdermabrasion treatments or risk damage to their skin.

Our estheticians have always loved microdermabrasion and often got great results but because of these considerations, they have had to think twice before recommending it to clients.  Often we would opt out for a milder peel that would involve less variables. The best candidates were those with thick, sun damaged skin and those who were not actively breaking out or had to worry about skin sensitivities.

Our new Bio-Brasion Treatment has solved these potential problems and then made some extraordinary innovations that greatly increase the positive results you’ll enjoy:

  • Bio-Brasion’s diamond tipped heads eliminate the need to use crystals.  There are five diamond tips that each correspond to the clients skin type. and allow for precise and consistent exfoliation.
  • Bio-Brasion uses a lower suction, so you’re not pulling or tugging at fragile capillaries and there is no risk of damage.
  • Unlike traditional microdermabrasion, it’s performed on wet skin which increases skin hydration and penetration of performance ingredients.
  • Bio-Brasion is like three treatments in one.  With each pass over the skin a corrective serum is infused into the skin:
  1. THE PEEL PHASE. The first pass over the skin includes applying a gentle AHA/BHA based foam peel which instantly starts to loosens up dead skin cells, so when the Bio-Brasion hand piece goes over the skin, it works quite effectively at removing these dissolving cells.
  2. THE TREATMENT PHASE. The second pass is more treatment oriented.  Your esthetician will choose either a brightening serum (which is a blend of Vitamin C and niacinamide) that easily penetrates the pores to help correct sun-damage and even skin tone, or a clearing solution (containing antibacterial and pore clarifying salicylic acid) to target excess oil, blemishes and blocked pores.
  3. THE BUFFING PHASE.  As the Bio-Brasion hand piece gently buffs over the skin in the third pass, anti-aging peptides, promote cell renewal, strengthen the skin and reduce inflammation.  This ensures a softer, smoother texture and promotes a beautifully hydrated complexion.

Who should try it?

The good news is, Bio-Brasion is safe and effective for most skin types. I’d still be a little hesitant to recommend it for very sensitive, reactive or allergy prone skins which might do better with a calming treatment such as our Cold Fusion Facial. Just about everyone else will see phenomenal results for retexturizing of their skin with either a Bio-Brasion Ultra Brightening Facial, a Bio-Brasion Ultra Smoothing Facial or a Bio-Brasion Ultra Clearing Facial.

The Results.

Bio-Brasion is especially good for undoing the ravages of sun-damage. It helps retexturize skin into something smoother, more translucent, soft and touchable.

For large pores, clogged pores and problem skin it helps remove debris that fills up the pores as it reduces the appearance of large pores.   The antiseptic portion of the treatment kills acne bacteria which greatly reduces acne flareups.  Combine Bio-Brasion with a extractions and you have a powerful tool for treating problem breakouts and achieving a beautifully healthy, clear complexion.

For uneven pigmentation, Bio-Brasion works especially well when dealing with sun induced hyper-pigmentation. When combined with a light chemical peel you can achieve excellent results without over stressing your skin.  Pigmentation is a difficult problem to deal with.  To make real changes in your skin you should consider a series of weekly Bio-Brasion Treatments, and don’t forget the importance of proper homecare.

We are very excited to bring you this new skin perfecting treatment. Bio-Brasion is an excellent way to retexturize your skin without resorting to invasive medical procedures.  One treatment will brighten, smooth and refresh your skin and can be done alone or as part of one of our Bio-Brasion Skin Correcting Facials. For best results contact Elizabeth Renee Esthetics Skincare Spa to set up a consultation with one of our expert estheticians who will create an effective protocol for your unique skin type.

note: To book our Bio-Brasion Treatment (as a stand alone exfoliating treatment) Online.  Click Here.  Select Medical Spa Services from the drop down menu and choose Bio-Brasion Exfoliating Peel.  For a complete facial including a Bio-Brasion Peel click Facials from the drop down menu and choose Bio-Brasion Ultra Brightening Facial; Bio-Brasion Ultra Clearing Facial; or Bio-Brasion Ultra Smoothing Facial.

How to Banish Blackheads

hands on faceBlackheads are a very common problem, especially on the nose and in the oily areas of the face.    Many of us think blackheads are dirt lodged in the pores but they are really oil that has oxidized from the air (which turns oil black similarly to how rust forms on metal) and pigment from old cells.  Oil gets clogged more easily if the oil is viscous and slow moving through the pores.  The viscosity of oil can be effected by a diet high in saturated fats (esp. dairy).  Also, runners are more likely to get blackheads because when they run, air hits the skin and oxidizes the oil.  Air also evaporates moisture from the skin, creating a hardened surface that traps in oil.

To keep blackheads at bay start by getting a facial.  Tell your esthetician to concentrate on extractions to unplug those clogged pores.  Verbalizing this concern will help your esthetician to focus on this problem instead of something else that may not be as important to you.  Your esthetician will use techniques to soften the clogged oil and make for easier extractions.  She may not be able to remove all blackheads in the first treatment, but this will get the ball rolling and she can advise you as to what routine you need to follow at home to prepare your skin for future treatments and offer products to help dissolve blackheads at home.

At home treatment includes using a Vitamin C Serum  which contains Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate to help prevent oil from oxidizing, reducing blackheads.  This product should be used daily in the morning.  Next you should use an AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) blend that contains Glycolic Acid.  Glycolic goes in deeper than other AHAs and is most effective in a serum form.  Three times a week you should use a physical scrub to loosen the clogs and remove dead surface cells that trap in oil.  Finally once a week one should use an at home peel to clean out pores and exfoliate on a deeper level.

For stubborn blackheads you should consider a series of professional peels.  If you also have a problem with blemishing I suggest Salicylic Peels.  If you have a layer of dry skin trapping in oil you should consider Lactic Acid Peels which are not only skin softening but very hydrating.   If you have thicker skin you might want to try a Blueberry Peel which is a combination Glycolic Acid with a little bit of Salicylic and Blueberry Enzymes.  Once your pores are clean, you’ll want to keep them that way.  Keep up with regular monthly maintenance facials and be fastidious about your home care.

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Papaya Enzymes for Gentle Exfoliation

PapayaHow do papaya enzymes work for your skin?  

Papaya enzymes exfoliate by dissolving dead protein cells and help clear debris within the pores.  Clients with delicate skin tissue such as broken capillaries and rosacea may not be able to tolerate stronger chemical peels containing alpha or beta hydroxy acids that strip away surface layers in a much more aggressive manner.  Due to their sensitivity or because they are allergy prone they need something that discriminates between living cells and dead surface cells. Enzymes have this ability and the result is a delicate peel that also feels more comfortable on the skin. Note that many papaya enzyme exfoliators on the market also include salicylic acid which negates the purpose of doing gentle peeling. So, you need to check the ingredients listed on the jar before you buy. Our Tropical Enzyme Smoothing Peel’s activity comes purely from the papain enzyme derived from papayas.

These enzymes are also work well for acne prone skin. By cleaning out pores, you will lessen blackheads that can lead to blemishing. If there is already visible blemishing, the papaya’s strong decomposition quality works to clear the skin by breaking down harmful elements while still leaving the healthy cells to thrive.  Enzymes are better than scrubs for inflamed acne because the rough particles in scrubs add to irritation and create little lacerations in the skin that spread acne bacteria.   

Tropical Enzyme Smoothing Peel also helps brighten and even skin tone without chemical abrasives. Natural papaya enzymes work to eliminate dry, dull pigmented cells and toxins to reveal a softer, smoother complexion. Plus, It improves penetration of other treatment products due to removal of dead cells that create a barrier on the skin’s surface.

Tropical Enzyme Smoothing Peel is used in our spa during some of our sensitive skin facials but it is one peel that is mild enough to use at home on a regular basis to keep skin looking smooth, fresh and younger looking.