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.

Cold Weather Skin Savers

Cold Weather Skin Savers

Burrrrrr. It’s cold outside. You thought you had your skincare routine tweaked to perfection but when the heat turned on you instantly felt like a prune. Moisture was immediately sucked out of your skin leaving it tight, dry, flaky and uncomfortable. Even worse, you suspect you’re looking a bit older than you did just a few short weeks ago. Yikes!

It’s time to rev up your skincare routine to reflect this new environment. Don’t despair, a few changes will help you sail through to get you to the sunnier side of the season. (Even if that means waiting ‘til May if you live in New England.) The following winter time skin savers should do the trick, bringing back that moist happy skin you love.

It’s not just water:

Sure, drinking water helps hydrate your body, and hopefully your skin. But, I know so many clients who drink a full 10 to 12 glasses a day and still experience dry, dehydrated skin. That’s because drinking water doesn’t guarantee that the water is going to be absorbed into your skin. (It may just keep you running to the bathroom). Even if it does get absorbed, with this cold dry air or arid indoor heat, it gets sucked out just as quickly. The key here, if you have dry skin, is lipids and emollients. Barrier ingredients that hold water in your skin and protect it from the environment, bringing relief as it soothes, softens and conditions your skin.

Change up your routine:

It’s important to change your cleanser. The sudden change in weather means the slightest bit of detergent, surfactants or foaming agents will rob dry skin of its precious moisture when used this time of the year. Even that milky cleanser you switched to this fall might be over cleansing your skin. So, look for something a bit more soothing and emollient. Try an Omega 3 fatty acid based cleanser.

Omega 3 fatty acids truly are remarkable ingredients for your skin. They serve as the essential building blocks of skin’s surface layers, creating a smoother, more even, younger-looking, and healthier complexion, no matter what your age. If the idea of putting fish oil on your skin sounds a bit gross, don’t worry—plant-derived omega 3 formulations are remarkable. Here are some things a topical application of omega 3 fatty acids based products can do for your skin:

• Reinforce and smooth your skin’s surface.

• Increase hydration without feeling heavy.

• Calm external stressors, including redness and sensitivity.

• Eliminate signs of flaky, dehydrated-looking skin.

• Visibly strengthen skin against signs of environmental damage.

• Deliver antioxidants for anti-aging results.

• Help dissolve makeup easily when included in your cleansing formula.

All of these benefits mean that applying omega fatty acids directly to skin leads to visible rewards you’ll love. Elizabeth Renee has developed an emollient milky cleanser based on nut oils that is rich with omega 3 fatty acids. These oils derive from hazelnuts, kukui nuts, cherry pits, borage seeds and rose hips. They include sweet almond oil, evening primrose oil and rose oil. Kukui Cleansing Milk has a luxurious feel that isn’t greasy and washes off clean without leaving your skin feeling tight.

Omegas have a natural affinity for skin, and are especially beneficial when combined with other soothing and protective ingredients like Shea butter, green tea and licorice root. This formulary approach is exactly what we do at Elizabeth Renee with our Kukui Cleansing Milk and its exclusive blend of omega 3 fatty acids.

Changing your diet:

This is no time to forget about fatty acids in your diet. Omega 3s are found in foods like cold water fish (salmon), flax seeds, chia seeds and walnuts. Plus, your grandmother was right when it came to cod liver oil. Yuck you say? Well fresh, good quality cod liver oil (I like the Arctic brand) doesn’t taste fishy at all. Not only is this oil high in omega-3 fatty acids, it is also loaded with anti-aging vitamins A and D.

In its active form as calcitriol, vitamin D contributes to skin cell growth, repair, and metabolism. It optimizes the skin’s immune system and helps destroy free radicals that can cause premature aging.

Retinol (vitamin A) is my number one favorite skin vitamin. It organizes skin cells for a smoother texture and reduced clogging of the pores. In the dermis it builds collagen, resulting in youthful and plump skin. While I’m a big fan of using Retinol Resurfacing Treatment regularly for its stellar vitamin A anti-aging qualities, consuming vitamin A is also essential. You can get plenty of beta carotene (a precursor to vitamin A) from vegetables like yams, carrots and spinach, but only about 5% is actually converted to vitamin A. This means animal sources like grass fed, organic eggs, butter and cheese and cold water fish like salmon… or cod liver oil are most effective. I take a tsp. every morning to nix the possibility of dry winter skin.

Dry heat. Protect yourself!

Barrier protection is essential this time of year. If you’re using moisturizers that are mostly comprised of water holding humectants which worked great in summer, that may be doing more damage than good when the air is dry. Sure, humectants grab on to moisture for your parched skin, but honestly where does that moisture come from? If the air is dry as a bone that humectant is going to draw water from the deepest layers of your skin… which can ultimately evaporate and dehydrate your skin. To prevent this, you need to intensify your moisturizing formula by providing more emollients or adding a protective layer that holds that moisture in and acts somewhat like an overcoat to protect your skin.

My favorite wintertime moisturizer for very dry skin is Intensive Lipid Repair. This luxuriously rich formula not only includes an array of omega 3 fatty acids but has great emollients like Shea Butter and a special performance ingredient called Ursolic Acid (from rosemary extract). Ursolic Acid has the ability to stimulate your own skin cells to produce more natural lipids which hold moisture in between skin cells of your epidermis. If you have very dry skin you might want to use this both day and night especially during a deep freeze.

The overcoat that creates a breathable barrier for your skin is a calming skin serum called Environmental Protection. This very popular serum was first formulated as a protective layer to apply over moisturizer to create a barrier to ward off dehydration during airplane travel. Now it has a loyal following. Apply it over moisturizer any time you are exposed to a dry environment. It keeps the dry air in your house from robbing your skin of moisture as well as protecting against the cold, dry air outside. This great serum includes omega rich fatty acids from Evening Primrose and Barrage Seed Oils which are super skin soothers for sensitive or environmentally stressed skin.

Special Treatment:

One of the best ways to retexturize, repair, condition and rehydrate your skin is with an incredibly fun and effective treatment masque we call Good Nite Sleeping Masque. This rich, overnight hybrid masque/night cream conditions skin to create a wonderfully smooth, soft skin by morning. This new masque is formulated with detoxifying Swiss Garden Sprouts that enhance cellular resistance and promote the elimination of environmental toxins. Omega rich Sea Buckthorn and Black Raspberry keep skin looking fresh, healthy and supple while providing antioxidant protection.

Time to head to the spa:

My favorite dry skin treatment for winter is our Cell Youth Anti-Aging Facial. Based on stem cell stimulators that nudge your skin cells to go into repair mode, plus super hydrators to increase your skin’s ability to retain moisture inside skin cells. This gentle, skin rejuvenating treatment is a must this time of year to wake up sluggish skin cells and coax them to start acting more like younger skin.

Pout Perfect

Pout Perfect


The color story right now is all about lips. So, get ready to pucker up!  Your mother’s lipstick formulas just won’t do.  It’s time to explore something new. Change your mind, change your formula and change the age you’re being perceived at – to something a little more current, a little more polished and definitely more fun.

Whether you want nude, natural, bright or bold the texture you choose is just as important as the color.  The newer formulas have a matte like intrigue, even when choosing a satin finish.  They have more coverage and more payoff for a prettier lip.

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NEW! Cream Lipsticks

The newest cream formulas are opulent, creamy, intensely-pigmented and bathe your lips with moisture. They glide over lips with powerful and enduring pigments and a blend of moisture-rich oils, butters and waxes that help lips remain supple, comfortable and soft. Antioxidant Vitamin E helps keep lips protected, conditioned and hydrated throughout the day. My favorites…

Seductive Scarlet

Seductive Scarlet

I’ve always felt a little conspicuous wearing red, but this red is perfect even for the faint of heart.  A cool brown red, it’s sexy and smart and makes me feel like a grownup.  With my maturing skin, I always wear a Professional Lip Primer underneath.  It smoothes lines (works great to smooth lip lines above the lips).  Primer also extends lipstick wear and makes lips appear fuller and more sensuous. I always finish with a drop of Plumping Gloss (try Enchanted).


Naughty Nude

Most days I go for nude lips.  This formula is about accentuating the good. It’s a cool brown, beige. Lips look soft and creamy and it gives just enough color to perk up your skin.  Still subtle and casual, but I bit more refined.  I still wear my Professional Lip Primer underneath, that goes without saying for all these new formulas.  My secret lip trick is to apply LipToxyl X3 at night, it boosts hydration and collagen synthesis to banish wrinkles and build fullness and volume.


Playful Peach

This is a creamy neutral pink with warm undertones that perfectly syncs with client’s complexions that have medium to light golden undertone.  This fun shade perks up their skin while it adds definition and a subtle pop of color. Ballet Waterproof Gel Liner compliments this shade as it insures definition and keeps this lipstick in place all day.

NEW! Satin Lipsticks

Full on mattes are also in vogue right now, especially if you’re very young with a perfect complexion.  For the rest of us, the new satins are more forgiving and more wearable.  This great new formula not only offers a richer payoff, but they’re not that shiny, glittery, metallic frost that you’ve experienced in the past.  Instead, you get a lush, rich texture that shapes your lips to perfection.  This wonderful, full on formula presents a look that is current and sophisticated.  As with the new creams, the new satins look best when partnered with a line smoothing lip primer.

Newbury street

Newbury Street

This is a natural, neutral pink with a warm, yellow undertone that compliments most complexions who want the most subtle finish for their lips.  The rich texture gives a matte shine that supplies a finished look, even though it enjoys a quiet color.  I usually apply this to slightly warmer skin tones but I still keep it in my own makeup bag. It looks great even r with my cooler skin tone, on casual jean days.

Highland Park

Highland Park

This perky pink color has cool, violet undertones.  It’s fervently feminine color is so much fun to wear. It is especially appreciated on warm summer nights, shopping in the city or trying to create a festive, holiday mood. One of my absolute favorites in my personal makeup bag.  Don’t forget to pop your primer in the same bag.

Bourbon street

Bourbon Street

This is a beautiful, warm coppery color, rich with yellow undertones. It’s deep velvety color and creamy satin texture inspires a look of confident, capable style.  Very smart and sophisticated.  It completes the look you want when transitioning to a cozier autumn wardrobe.  Great for a professional look or mastering your overall finished look.


At Elizabeth Renee Esthetics Skin Care Spa, you’ll find 30 new shades in pout perfect colors and textures.

Shop our online store.   Enter NEW in the search field to view all 30 new shades.


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.











Happy Winter

Happy Winter

And so this is winter…  It officially started on December 21st.  For me winter means the onset of an annoyingly itchy back followed by flaky skin on my legs (which hints at the necessity to wear stockings). This is just the beginning of winter weather complexion issues.  Tight, dry, flaky facial skin that increases the propensity for lines; a paler complexion which lacks life and radiance; or increased sensitivity that means red, chapped skin that can no longer tolerate your summer skin care routine (assuming you just marched along without thinking  you needed to change products and start using a richer cleanser and a more emollient moisturizer.  The key here is to act now, before these issues get out of control.


Winter air is often arid and accompanied by harsh winds that rob your skin of it’s protective oil, leaving you with an impaired lipid barrier.  Go for a moisturizer that’s extra-rich to protect your skin. Try using your night cream under your sun screen/moisturizer.  Look for a new, high tech ingredient derived from rosemary oil, called Ursolic Acid.  this amazing ingredient boosts your skin’s natural production to produce more barrier lipids found in-between surface skin cells creating a cushion that calms, softens and protects your skin.  Along with that, you need the perfect antidote for alipidic skin (skin that is not producing needed oil).  Skin  that is stripped of its own is oil should be using a facial oil.  Extra gentle facial oils contain ingredients like Evening Primrose Oil or Borage Seed Oil which not only lock in moisture but help calm sensitivities.

Try Intensive Lipid Repair night cream ($55.50 at Elizabeth Renee Esthetics) or Environmental Protection for Sensitive Skin ($42.50 at Elizabeth Renee). If your skin is not too sensitive add a little anti-aging retinol to your oil with FijiGirl Facial Oil ($24.50).


Dryness and dehydration aren’t the same thing. Dry skin lacks oil while dehydrated skin lacks water. Indoor heating draws humidity out of the air.  This lack of humidity can zap water from your skin leaving it flaky, tight and rough textured.  For dehydrated skin, make sure you are exfoliating properly.  Lactic Acid is an AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) that also boosts the moisture content of your skin.  Also, instead of adding extra oil to your skin try adding ingredients that attract and retain water, such as phospholipids and hyaluronic acid.

Try Hydraessence hydrating serum ($42.50 at Elizabeth Renee) and Moisture Infusion night cream ($48.50 at Elizabeth Renee).


Flakey legs in winter need extra exfoliation as well as moisture.  Legs encased in winter leggins become extremely dry and flakey. Before you apply your favorite body lotion (which should be daily) add a few drops of a glycolic acid serum to that lotion.  The glycolic acid will dissolve those dead, dry cells on your legs.  These cells must be removed because they’re past the point of rehydration.  Glycolic Serum is also exceptionally effective for Keratosis Polaris, which is those goose bump looking things you get on your upper arms.  Apply glycolic Serum neat, every day to the effective areas.

My favorite body lotion is our classic, Avocado Body Lotion (still only $18.50 at Elizabeth Renee) to which I add a couple pumps Glycolic Serum 15% ($48.50).


In winter many of us suffer from dry, chapped hands.  The best ingredient for winter dry hands is Shea Butter.  Emollient and protective, try leaving your Shea butter based hand cream on your night table to apply every night before bed.  Wearing cotton gloves over a your hand cream really improves its efficacy.

My favorite is the super rich and emollient formula is our Hand Revitalizing Treatment ($25.50 at Elizabeth Renee)


As soon as the dry, cold air appears clients are frantically searching for the best lip treatment to get them through another cold New England winter.  If your lips are at the point of peeling you must exfoliate first.  A gentle but effective way to do this is not by using your scrub (which may be too irritating for this gentle membrane).  Try using gentle enzymes to dissolve dead, peeling skin.  Follow with an effective lip protector that does not contain petrolatum. Petrolatum is okay as a short term fix but can perpetuates dryness over the long run.  Instead choose vitamins (like vitamin E) for lip repair, and take advantage of the new lip peptide therapy (think ogliopeptides) to encourage real repair.

Try Elizabeth Renee’s Lip Exfoliator ($22.50) and follow it with our client’s top choice to fight chapped lips, our Lip Treatment ($19.50).  I make sure to carry our Lip Treatment with me all the time, all winter long (and so does my grand daughter Ava).

While you’re considering the best products to treat your winter dry skin you should also be thinking about which facial to choose the next time you visit Elizabeth Renee Esthetics Skincare Spa.  One of the most effective, with state-of-the-art cell therapy, to get dry maturing skin to act like a younger version of itself is our Cell Youth Facial.  Click the link to find out more about this and other Elizabeth Renee Facials.

Antioxidant Superfruits for Your Skin

Antioxidant Superfruits for Your Skin

Sunrise Solution

By now you realize that antioxidants are essential nutrients that protect your skin and slow overall aging by capturing and neutralizing damaging free radicals.  That’s why you just ordered that freshly pressed green-drink, for its mega amounts of antioxidant vitamins.

But, if you’re already eating right, keeping your skin clean, well hydrated and exfoliated will adding a serum rich in antioxidants really make a difference for your skin?  Well that depends. Do you digress from your well intentioned diet?  Do you live a life free of sun damage and stress?  Do you refrain from smoking, sugar and alcoholic beverages?  Are you actively athletic?  All these factors create free radical damage that will eventually catch up with you and age your skin.

Enter Vitamin C & E Antioxidant Serum:  This is the tried and true gold standard antioxidant combination to help fight environmental agers.  There have been numerous studies that show the effectiveness of C & E to protect against sun induced free radical damage as well as brightening the skin and promoting skin firming collagen.  Specifically, C & E protects against oxidative stress (IE cross linking of collagen fibers) which eventually leads to sagging skin, unwanted pigmentation, lines and wrinkles.  So if you’re not using a Vitamin C & E Antioxidant Serum daily, now is the time to start.

Why a serum?  Eating vitamin rich fruits and veggies is important, but realize that your skin is the last organ to receive their benefits.  However, our skin is like a sponge.  We can absorb up to 60% of some antioxidants through the skin. A serum is more concentrated than a cream and incorporates a delivery system to penetrate those important antioxidant ingredients.

Realizing it’s impossible to get enough antioxidants to entirely eliminate all free radical damage, you may want to do a little more.  Consider adding a boost of concentrated superfruits to your antioxidant serum.  Here are six of our favorite superfruits which we recommend adding to your repertoire. These superfruits are top high functioning, vitamin packed health foods and can be found in Elizabeth Renee’s Sunrise Solution.

Here is our A-List:

  • Acai Berries
    acaiThe Acai fruit does, in fact, contain a truly amazing nutrient profile with a combination of essential fatty acids that supports cell structure. plus B & C vitamins. And just as importantly, the Acai fruit is rich in anthocyanins and phenols.  These powerful antioxidants help rejuvenate skin and calm inflammation.
  •  Goji Berries
    gogi berriesThe most exciting benefit from Goji Berries is its anti-aging potential. It includes minerals like calcium, potassium, iron, zinc, and selenium. All which fight free radicals, and many that encourage the production of collagen and elastin. It’s also rich in amino acids, the building blocks for proteins which help fill fine lines, smooth skin, and improve tone and color. Goji berries have also been shown to increase adenosine triphosphate (ATP) production, increasing the skin’s energy and the ability to regenerate itself.
  • Noni Fruit: 
    Noni2Noni Fruit is especially high in essential fatty acids which are the building blocks of fats and oils in the skin. These acids help to keep skin healthy by promoting the efficient functioning of cell membranes. This means cells can more readily absorb the nutrients they need while also flushing out the toxins that interfere with optimal cell function.
  • Mangosteen: 
    Mangosteen1Contain antioxidants which have antimicrobial and antibacterial properties.  This  is very useful for treating problem skin. It also contains catechins, an antioxidant which exerts sun damage protection by quenching free radicals and reducing inflammation rather than by blocking UV rays. Therefore, mangosteens work synergisticlly to enhance sun protection when used in addition to a sunscreen.
  • Pomegranates: 
    Whole And Half Of Pomegranate Isolated On White BackgroundKnown to possess enormous antioxidant activity (amongst other things), with benefits that help control both UVA and UVB damage; boosting regeneration, lessening hyperpigmentation and increasing collagen production.  Pomegranates have also been shown to enhance the topical effectiveness of sunscreens.  If anything deserves to be dubbed a Superfruit, then it is a pomegranate.
  • Coffee Berries: 
    coffeeWhen applied to your skin, polyphenolic antioxidants in Coffee Berries soak up free radicals caused by ultraviolet light.  Plant polyphenols also act as a topical anti-inflammatory agents, when applied to your skin to treat inflammatory skin conditions such as contact dermatitis, rosacea or eczema.

A combination of these superfruits can be effective when adding just one pump to your current Vitamin C & E Serum daily.  Skin types that have found they are too sensitive to use Vitamin C Serums find that this as a great alternative (use 2-3 pumps) without irritation.  Also those who live an active lifestyle outdoors have benefited from adding a layer of a serum containing superfruits daily under their sunscreen for increased sun protection.

Ten Mistakes That Are Aging Your Skin

Ten Mistakes That Are Aging Your Skin

1. Not applying sunscreen properly. 
Girl in the SunBy now you know to apply sunscreen every morning, winter and summer, rain or shine. But are you really applying enough to get that SPF number written on the label? Most people just skim coat their faces and think they are being protected. Really, it’s more about how much you apply than the SPF number written on the bottle. Try applying a peanut size amount to your face (more for your neck and décolleté) on a clean skin. Work it into your skin. Get dressed. Then, come back and apply a second coat. Sunscreen should be reapplied every two hours when in a sun situation.

2. Not using a toner.

Skin Care Woman Removing MakeupUsing a non-alcoholic toner is vital every time water touches your face. Tap water contains sodium, chlorine, fluoride and bacteria, which will dry out and dull your complexion. This leaves a film that blocks the pores, preventing those precious anti-aging ingredients in your serums and treatment products from penetrating deep into the skin where they are needed to do their magic.

3. Forgetting about your hands.

Nothing so obviously shows your age more than your hands. Though we fastidiously care for our faces, hands often get overlooked. For beautiful hands, make sure to use 30 SPF daily, exfoliate regularly, use an AHA serum weekly and an emollient hand cream at before you go to bed at night.



4. Going to bed wearing makeup.

imageI know you’re tired, but when you skip that nightly routine you don’t just clog the pores, you’re loosing a valuable opportunity to repair and rejuvenate your skin. At night (during REM sleep) is when skin goes into repair mode, undoing environmental damage and building collagen. This is when anti-aging actives, like retinol and peptides, do their best work.

5. Not exfoliating enough.

imageYour skin is dry. You keep trying new moisturizers. You buy richer and richer formulas, but you can’t find one that works. Time to switch your focus to exfoliation. Since you can’t revive those dead dry cells, get rid of them. Try alternating an exfoliating scrub with Retinol or an AHA Serum. Then watch how easily your moisturizer penetrates, softens, hydrates and smooths your skin.

6. Exfoliating too much.

imageAre you guilty of doing too much of a good thing? Exfoliation is important. It stimulates new cells to make skin look younger and smoother. But, if you’re choosing aggressive exfoliants like synthetic electric brushes, jagged exfoliating particles or AHA’s with a super low pH, you may be causing inflammation. Inflammation is a huge factor in accelerating the aging process of the skin.


7. Getting addicted to the sweet stuff.

imageAside from adding excess pounds, sweets can add years to your face. Sugar molecules attach to collagen fibers in the skin. This damaging process, known as glycation, creates inflexible collagen fibers which tug on the skin, leading to a loss of tone and an increased number of fine lines and wrinkles. Try protein based snacks like walnuts or almonds instead. To satisfy your sweet tooth eat low glycemic fresh fruits, especially berries which are packed with anti-aging antioxidants.
8. You don’t use eye cream.

skin careEven a no-fuss skincare routine needs an eye cream to keep wrinkles at bay. The skin around the eyes is thinner and shows age faster. A peptide based eye cream will moisturize, diminish circles and reduce puffiness. Try gently patting on the bone around your eye with your ring finger, moving out above the eye and in under the eye.  This will help reduce puffiness.


9. You sleep with your face in the pillow.

imageSleeping on your stomach or on your side with your face smashed into the pillow creates wrinkles as the pillow irons them into your skin. These eventually become permanent. If that’s not bad enough, sleeping on your stomach or your side can cause a build up of lymph that contributes to eye puffiness. The ideal position to reduce wrinkle formation is on your back with your head slightly elevated.

10. You cut out all fat from your diet.


Fat is necessary for maintaining youthful skin. Healthy omega 3 fatty acids found in oily fish (think salmon and mackerel) and certain nuts (walnuts, almonds and flax seeds) keep skin supple and plump, thereby preventing wrinkles. They also help reduce aging free radicals caused by inflammation. Try to include fish in your meals at least twice a week.  Supplement with an emollient facial oil that also contains collagen building retinol.