Is Stress Aging Your Skin?

Is Stress Aging Your Skin?


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

During “fight or flight” your body reacts by:

• Rapid heartbeat and breathing:

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

• Pale or flushed skin:

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

• Dilated Pupils:

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

• Trembling;

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

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

Some symptoms of adrenal burnout:

• Weight gain:

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

• Loose skin:

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

• Increased lines & wrinkles:

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

• Cross linking of collagen:

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

• Your skin becomes dull and loses its glow:

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

• You might develop rosacea:

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

• Dark Circles may appear:

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

• You can develop eczema:

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

• Dry Skin:

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

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

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

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

Light Exercise:

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

Cut out the sugar:

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

Add omega 3 fatty acids to your diet:

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

Eat your veggies:

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

Get Space:

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

Laughter and social connections:

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

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

MICROCHANNELING REJUVENATION – The next big thing in skincare.

MICROCHANNELING REJUVENATION –  The next big thing in skincare.

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

How many Treatments Do you Need?

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

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

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

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

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

Book this special now.



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.

Are You Protected?

Glowing SkinEver wonder why your skin pigments during the summer even though you’ve been fastidious about applying sunscreen?  At Elizabeth Renee Esthetics we’ve noticed this ourselves and have been researching plausible theories as to why this is happening.  In the past we’ve put the blame on the fact that people just don’t apply the optimal amount of sunscreen or reapply when necessary.  We’ve also put a lot of the blame on hormone changes because we know that estrogen is a natural anti-inflammatory that interferes with pigmentation due to sun exposure. When estrogen levels drop we observed that “heat plus hormone changes equals pigmentation” even when your skin is protected by sunscreen.  This means if you are post-menopausal all of a sudden pigmentation seems to appear from no-where .  One way to start to limiting pigmentation brought on by heat, is to choose a sunscreen based on physical instead of chemical screens (like titanium oxide and zinc oxide found in Advanced Protection SPF 30) because they do not heat up your skin when used.  This is still great advice, but we now know that there is so much more to protecting your skin from free radical damage that contributes to aging from sun exposure.

First of all, don’t give up your sunscreen.  Sunscreens still protect you from two of the sun’s most dangerous rays (UVA & UVB light). But, now we know there are other rays that cause pigmentation and free radical damage contributing to aging. Infrared rays account for 53% of the total rays reaching the earth from the sun.  The heat caused by infrared rays is enough to literally “cook” your skin cells, tissues, collagen and elastin fibers that keep skin strong and firm.  Infrared heat damage is often seen as brownish-red, blotchy patches on the skin.  It not only increases inflammation that leads to pigmentation but it also increases skin’s sensitivity and “leaky capillaries” which is associated with redness and rosacea.  In addition, Infrared rays damage DNA, which forms mutations to future skin cells and may be a major contributor to the increased incidence of skin cancer.

The newest research recommends you apply potent antioxidants daily to limit the effects of free radical damage caused by both UV and Infrared rays.  Rather than adding antioxidants to sunscreens (which is not very stable and lacks the proper delivery system) you should apply your antioxidants separately under your sunscreen in the form of a concentrated serum. 

While traditional antioxidants like Vitamins C & E have been shown to control outbursts of free radicals when skin is exposed to UV and Infrared rays, skin that has more than minimal exposure to the sun should consider mega doses of newer antioxidant formulations found to be most effective against prolonged infrared damage. 

Elizabeth Renee Esthetics had just introduced Sunrise Solution, our newest antioxidant serum, which contains a total of 18 mega doses of high-powered antioxidants including antioxidants from six “superfruits”, green tea, ergothioneine (mushroom extract) and a super potent enzyme from the sea which protects against heat activated free radicals (called thermos thermophillus). This combination of antioxidants is unsurpassed at protecting your skin from sun induced accelerated aging of the skin.

As good as this specialty serum is at protecting your skin, when the damage is already done you need a repair serum.  For that I recommend Revitalize Cell Therapy, under your night crème. This is our optimal serum for cell repair.  If your skin is showing signs of sun damage that appears as redness or rosacea you might also want to add Tranquility Serum to your regime. 

Finally, to insure that your treatment products are able to get into the skin make sure to keep up with your exfoliation program throughout the summer.  However, during the summer we recommend that you limit your exfoliation to nighttime use.  With proper diligence we are confident that you can protect your skin enough to keep it looking youthful and radiant for years to come.


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.