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.


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.



Skin AnalysisDid you know that problems with clogged pores and skin eruptions are more prevalent in the fall than any other time of the year?

One theory for this has to do with the weather change.  During the summer many people attempt to clear up their skin by spending more time in the sun.  The anti-bacterial properties of sunlight makes this an effective temporary solution for some people. But… at the same time you are drying up your blemishes you are also increasing a layer of thick, keratinized (hardened) cells. So, when fall rolls around and you’re spending less time in the sun that trapped oil, beneath the skin’s surface becomes a problem.  The result is lots of bumps under the skin and increased blemishing.  To further exacerbate this problem is the fact that when you’re in the sun, heat changes the consistency of the oil (sebum) in your pores to a much more liquid consistency.  Then, when you’re out of the sun the oil becomes more viscous and is more easily trapped under the skin’s surface.  To make matters worse, being exposed to sun decreases Langerhans cells in your skin.  These cells are the skin’s first line of defense for your immune system. Depleting Langerhans cells increases the proliferation of bacteria thus instigating breakouts.  Add to this the stress of going back to school or work.  The elevated stress hormones trigger inflammation which again leads to more breakouts.

Now is the time to make a clear skin commitment.  Stop fall breakouts in there tacks by getting a Problem Skin Facial and then making a commitment to following a protocol that’s right for the needs of your unique skin type.  The first step in performing a Problem Skin Facial should be an in depth Skin Analysis.  Because not all problem skins behave the same way or are caused by the same triggers.  Your esthetician should take a close look at your skin, discuss what’s going on and determine the steps needed to clear up your skin.  For example,  if clogged pores are your major problem you may benefit for coming in for weekly peels that will exfoliate away the dead clogging cells.  If you have inflamed acne you need to focus on calming the inflammation first.  Your esthetician should talk to you about ways to calm your skin, plus how diet and stress effects your skin and offer life style changes that will benefit the your skin’s health.

Often exfoliating peels are the most dramatic solution to clearing away clogging, dead cells and establish a nice, smooth texture.  Thick, sun exposed skin tends to do well with microdermabrasion treatments coupled with gentle lactic acid peels. Inflamed, problem breakouts may require a series of  salicylic acid peels to kill bacteria.  Very sensitive, inflamed problem skin may need to skip the acid peels altogether and rely on smart enzymes to like pancreatin to clear away clogging without irritation.  The right peel will allow your esthetician to perform expert extractions that are essential for clearing up problem skin.  Only a highly trained esthetician can recognize how to extract and decipher which blemishes and clogged pores should be extracted as well as which blemishes should be left alone.

Calming and sedation is an integral part of a problem skin facial.  Depending on the skin your esthetician may choose to use a blue LED light treatment which not only kills acne bacteria but calms those inflamed blemishes and promotes skin healing.  A soothing masque should finish off your treatment.  These types of masques might include soothing seaweed, azulene, antibacterial clays or anti-inflammatory licorice root extracts.

Two essential areas to focus on is frequency of treatment and devising an individualized home care program.  An expert esthetician can guide you towards the right course of action which is critical to getting the results you are looking for.  Be proactive by making a clear skin commitment now.  Start by booking a Purifying Problem Skin Facial and let your esthetician guide you to the best approach toward achieving complexion perfection.


Problem SkinAcne is an aggravating condition suffered by 80% of teenage women and 90% teenage males. Triggered by hormonal changes, the numbers diminish in adults as hormones level out to 12% in adult women and 3% in adult males. Notice that teenage acne in males is higher but settles down to a number considerable lower than women as adults.  This is due in part to the fact that testosterone levels spike in teen males then tend to level out a bit, but in women there are more erratic hormonal changes that continue through their adult lives.

Acne is actually a disease that can range from Grade I acne: mild comedones (blackheads and clogged pores) to moderate Grades II and III: which include papules, pustules and a few nodules to Grade IV: which also includes cysts and acne scaring (from collapsed of tissue underneath the skin’s surface). Severe acne requires medical treatment but there is a lot one can do to minimize mild to moderate breakouts.

Common treatments of the past focused on drying out the skin, removing sebum and killing acne causing (p-acne) bacteria by using harsh ingredients like Benzoyl Peroxide, solvent alcohols and over drying sulfate based cleansers. Today researchers have found that these aggressive treatments may actually aggravate one of the main pathogenic factors that cause acne: namely inflammation.

If your problem skin includes red, inflamed blemishes you need to focus on calming the skin first. Calming inflammation means cutting the chain of events that ignites blemishes and leads to staining and scaring of the skin.  This also lessens the time that flare-ups last and allows skin to stay clearer longer. One should remember that reducing inflammation is part of a complete problem skin program which should also consider things like stress reduction and diet modification.

Acne researchers have linked three enzymes to acne related inflammation.

I. 5-Alpha Reductase:  This enzyme is responsible for creating a type of testosterone which makes “sticky” sebum (oil) in the pores of acne-prone skin.  This sebum mixes with dead skin cells which then contributes to clogged pores.  Once the trapped sebum is cut off from bacteria limiting oxygen, a perfect environment is created for acne bacteria to proliferate.

II. Lipase: This enzyme is released in pores by acne bacteria which then changes sebum into free fatty acids, the kind that acne bacteria loves to eat.  As microbes increase, the skin signals an inflammation response which brings in white blood cells to to fight off bacteria.  You’ll see this as red, sore inflamed blemishes.

III. Hyaluronidase: This enzyme is released to thin out the skin and allow white blood cells to rush into the infected area more easily.  Hyaluronic Acid (which supports, plumps and gives volume to the skin) is broken down by this enzyme. Unfortunately, once the blemish has healed, the tissue doesn’t always go back to it’s original heathy state.  The result can be a caving in of the skin, creating an acne scare or leaving a pigmentation stain.

It is now believed that the best way to treat these conditions is to inhibit these enzymes and their influence on problem skin.  Using a calming approach to acne can change the face of your acne prone skin.

If you take steps to find and incorporate these ingredients into your skin care program you will help break the chain of events that contribute to acne breakouts.

BETAINE SALICYLATE: Treating acne-prone skin with salicylic acid has become quite popular. Salicylic Acid is a BHA that works kind of like AHA’s to clear the pores, but Salicylic is more anti-bacterial than glycolic and other alpha hydroxy acids.  This special version of salicylic acid is even better because it is attached to sugar beet extract. This makes the salicylic acid gentler on the skin and provides time-released exfoliation and pore clearing properties even after the ingredient has been washed off the skin.
[Check out our AHA/BHA Clarifying Mousse.]

CHINESE LICORICE EXTRACT: This ultra soothing version of licorice extract has been shown to decrease the lipase enzyme which is linked to the inflammation cascade created in acne-prone skin. Inflamed blemishes heal much faster, with less of a post breakout mark.
[Look for Clear Skin Solution as a gentle spot treatment.]

AUSTRALIAN & NEW ZEALAND TEA TREE OILS: This patented blend of Tea Tree Oils helps neutralize p-acne bacteria without the irritation & redness typically associated with other tree tree oils.  Look for 4-Terpineol & New Zealand Tea Tree Oil on the label.
[You’ll find this in Elizabeth Renee Esthetics’ Clear Comfort Masque]

MEADOWSWEET: This fragrant flower extract boosts skin’s natural defenses, helping to maintain a healthy flora on the skin’s surface and in the pores.  Researchers are using this botanical extract to limit inflamed acne lesions. Results of the study appear in the April edition of International Journal of Cosmetic Science.  Researchers found that applying a 1% solution of meadowsweet extract to skins cells increased the production of an antimicrobial peptide called cathelicidin by 130%. This is important because excess bacterial growth coupled with a rise in inflammation characterize acne outbreaks.
[At Elizabeth Renee Esthetics, our clients find Meadowsweet Toner a “must have” part of a program to effectively reduce inflamed blemishes.]

SEAWHIP: This ocean derived extract is a super anti-inflammatory ingredient.  We feel it is unsurpassed as a calming skin care ingredient. This soft coral, found in the Caribbean, provides potent natural anti-inflammatory properties that have been studied and found to inhibit up to 90% of the enzyme phospholipase.  This gives an almost instant calming effect to the skin.
[You can find this ingredient in Seawhip Soothing Lotion as well as in Tranquility Serum by Elizabeth Renee Esthetics.]

So, next time you are breaking out consider a gentler approach to treating your problem skin.

Six steps to minimize large pores.

Phyto Bubbles MasqueClients often ask me if they can shrink the size of their pores.   The honest answer is “yes and no.”  Pore size is something one inherits.  It is part of your skin type, like having oily skin.  This inherited characteristic is triggered by hormone changes, which is why pores are so much smaller in children, before they reach puberty.  Your pores are going to be larger in oily areas and smaller in drier areas of your face.  This is a good thing because if your pore size is too small for the amount of oil you are producing you are likely to get clogged pores, which can lead to breakouts.

As time marches on, pores can become larger due to sun damage and other free radical skin agers.  The sun damages important collagen and elastin fibers that support skin around the pores, keeping pores firm and tight.  With age the skin becomes lax and pores expand.

Using products that are too rich for your skin not only clogs your pores but stretches them out, making them appear larger.  The bottom line is that even though you can’t really shrink pores to smaller than what you’ve inherited, you can influence changes in your environment to minimize pores that have been enlarged.  Here are some simple steps to make them look smaller resulting in a smoother, younger looking complexion.

  1. Define your skin type. If you have oily skin you still need to moisturize to keep your skin well hydrated but choose “oil free” products to prevent oil accumulation that will stretch out the pores. Try Weightless by Elizabeth Renee Esthetics.  This light weight moisturizer is oil free, die free and fragrance free.  It does not feel sticky or get lodged in your pores.
  2. Never go to bed wearing makeup.  Wash your face regularly, twice a day will help keep pores clean.  Balance your skin by using a light weight milky cleanser that neither deposits too much oil nor over dries your skin.  Click here to read more on cleanser choices for you skin type. Following cleansing one should always use a toner to remove the last traces of cleanser residue that sits in your pores.
  3. Good anti-aging techniques will minimize pore size.  Use a mineral based SPF 30 Sunscreen every day.  Sunscreens protect against the break down of fibers, keeping skin firm and pores tight.  To help repair past sun damage and promote healthy new collagen and elastin fibers try a retinol based serum at night.  Retinol has a proven anti-aging track record for over 30 years.  Our favorite formula is Retinol Resurfacing Treatment which is gentler and more easily tolerated by most skin types.
  4. Instant gratification.  Elizabeth Renee Esthetics’ Pore Perfecting Face Primer  used under makeup transforms your skin by instantly evening out and smoothing skin’s texture.  All of a sudden pores look smaller.  Follow your primer with a powder foundation.  Powders won’t settle in the pores and will absorb excess oil.
  5. Power Peel Perfection. Look at your skin close up and you will see peaks and valleys that make up the texture of your skin. A Microdermabrasion exfoliating treatment uses aluminum oxide crystals to “sand-blast” the surface of your skin.  While this treatment is not as uncomfortable as it implies, the crystals wear down the peaks and stimulate repair to build up the valleys in your skin.  The end result is a more even skin texture.  The pores not only appear smaller, lines are softened and skin takes on a healthy, youthful glow.
  6. Have a deep pore cleansing facial.  These facials focus on extractions of material trapped in pores that create blackheads and whiteheads.  Pores that are kept clean cause less attention to irregular pore size and are more able to  shrink back to their inherited size.  My favorite deep pore cleansing facial is Elizabeth Renee Esthetics’ Phyto-Bubbles Facial.  This facial uses plant enzymes in an bubbly effervescent mask to soften oil and clear pores deep down in the skin. This leaves skin texture looking smooth, fresh and clean.

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.

Best Antioxidant Choice: C & E or Sunrise Solution?

Smooth SkinAlong with sunscreen, applying an effective antioxidant serum every morning, under your sunscreen, is an effective way to minimize premature aging do to the damaging rays of the sun.  Many clients are asking me what the difference is between our classic C & E Antioxidant Serum and our new Sunrise Solution.

C & E Antioxidant Serum contains the most stable form of Vitamin C available (magnesium ascorbyl phosphate) which has had extensive studies done over many year with proven results as an exemplary antioxidant skin protector against free radical damage.. This is our best selling serum by far and clients continually rave about it’s positive effects which also include pore clearing, collagen building and skin brightening.

C & E Antioxidant Serum
C & E Antioxidant Serum

That being said, if you’re currently using C & E Antioxidant Serum and love it you might want to stick with it.  However, we have chosen to introduce a new antioxidant formula called Sunrise Solution because it contains 18 potent and more recently recognized antioxidants including some superfruits like goji berries and pomegranate extract.  This serum is very concentrated and addresses aging from other damaging rays from the sun besides UV light, primarily uncontrolled infrared light rays.

Some of my clients are combining both antioxidant formulas.  This way they feel they are getting more broad spectrum antioxidant protection. (If used in this way, you are not using any more product, just use a half pump of the C & E and one pump Sunrise Solution).   If you’re not into mixing you might want to examine how much sun you get on average.

Sunrise Solution
Sunrise Solution

 I would choose C & E  for those with drier skins or those who get a minimal amount of sun exposure.  If you lead a more active lifestyle or have issues with sugar consumption (which also causes free radical damage) you may want to choose Sunrise Solution.    I’ve noticed that not everybody can use C & E Antioxidant Serum.  Some people with very sensitive skin will want to opt for Sunrise Solution.  I have yet to find anyone who has a sensitivity to this serum.  Sunrise Solution is the first formula I have found that was created to neutralizes free radicals from multiple sources including air pollution, smoke, stress and diet.  For those with oily skin, Sunrise Solution is also oil-free and particularly light weight.  

Still not sure which formula is best for your unique skin type?  Have one of our expert estheticians do an in depth skin analysis next time you visit Elizabeth Renee Esthetics.