How Vitamins Boost Sun Protection

How Vitamins Boost Sun Protection


Sunscreens are vitally important to the health of your skin and should be applied daily, but they’re not the whole story.  There are two vitamins that have been scientifically shown to protect your skin against sun damage.  They work when applied directly on the skin, or taken internally in combination with a sunscreen.  These vitamins are Vitamin C and Vitamin E.

External Vitamin Protection
Did you know that to get the most out of your sunscreen, you should pair it with a powerful antioxidant serum that contains both Vitamins C & E Antioxidant Protection?

Sun damage is an oxidative process. UV rays and other environmental stressors like pollution, alcohol and cigarette smoke cause the release of skin damaging free radicals. Free radicals lead to premature skin aging. Vitamin C helps neutralizes free radicals to shield your skin from this kind of damage, in turn keeping your complexion healthy, vibrant and younger looking.

Vitamin C does not work as a barrier against UV rays the way sunscreen does, but once rays enter the skin, it is a potent antioxidant that slows the rate of free radical damage to collagen and aids in skin cell repair by reducing oxidative stress to the skin cells. It also reverses photo-aging, evens pigmentation and decreases fine lines by stimulating collagen production. Some studies show up to 60% of the Vitamin C in found in a stable Vitamin C serum can get absorbed right through the skin to the areas where it’s needed most.  Vitamin E reduces the inflammation cascade which is associated with skin aging. Together these vitamins have been shown to enhance the protective function of SPF sunscreen formulations.

Internal Vitamin Protection

Both vitamins are antioxidants which have been shown to have additive sun protection when combined with sunscreen.  Vitamin E is particularly effective by offering increased protection against UVB rays. Vitamin C offers most of it’s protection against aging UVA rays while it promotes firmness by increasing production of collagen and elastin fibers.


The foods you eat can seriously reduce your risk for sunburn, sun damage, and skin cancer by supporting your skin’s ability to defend itself against too much sun. Here are 5 foods you should add to your summer diet for optimal protection:

1.     CITRUS FRUIT –  Citrus fruits are high in Vitamin C which reduces the potential for sunburn. Besides being high in Vitamin C, citrus fruits also contain limonene, which has been associated with a whopping 34 percent lower risk of skin cancer. Citrus fruits also contain other antioxidants, which work to protect your cells from free-radical damage.

2.     GREEN TEA –  When you sip a cup of green tea, your body is getting catechins, which protects against sunburn inflammation and long-term UV radiation damage. Green tea also has tannic acid in it, which helps calm sunburn pain, and antioxidants called EGCGs. A University of Wisconsin study showed EGCGs stopped genetic damage in human skin cells exposed to UV light.

3.     POMEGRANATES – The seeds in this delicious exotic fruit are rich in Vitamin C and other antioxidants. Pomegranates also contain ellagic acid, which can help protect your skin from cell damage induced by the sun’s UVA and UVB rays. In one research study, when pomegranate extract was used in conjunction with sunscreen, it increased the SPF by 20 percent!

4.     RED GRAPES – Phytonutrients in grapes can slow down the formation of destructive reactive oxygen species (ROS) that form in skin cells, which has been linked to sun damage, skin cancer and cell death. Grapes also contain proanthocyanidins, shown to inhibits skin cancer induced by UV rays. Plus, grapes contain quercetin.  Studies found that quercetin was responsible for lessening oxidative DNA damage caused by UVB exposure, and was able to help protect the skin from related inflammation.

5.     WATERMELON – This staple summer fruit is high in lycopene (40% more than tomatoes).  Lycopene is a carotenoid and antioxidant that neutralizes the free radicals produced from too much sun, and minimizes any inflammatory response to UV damage by your body.

For the most effective antioxidant and sun protection you should get your skin protecting vitamins and nutrient from a combination of topical and nutritional sources.  Try to combine Vitamins C & E together in the same formulation when applied topically because these two vitamins recycle each other for increased, long term effectiveness.

How to Boost Your Sunscreen’s SPF

How to Boost Your Sunscreen’s SPF

As we enjoy a fantastic summer, clients at Elizabeth Renee Esthetics Skin Care Spa are aware that the most effective way to slow the hands of time regarding their skin is to diligently apply and reapply sunscreen. Yet, some clients are noticing that they’re still developing a tan or even worse, a harshly skin damaging sunburn.  This has left some of them wondering if their sunscreen is truly effective. If you’ve avoided a sunburn then you can be sure your sunscreen is working. However, a tan still represents skin aging and skin cancer promoting sun damage.

Unfortunately, no sunscreen can completely block the sun’s harmful rays. Here are our top eight tips on how to increase the effectiveness of your sunscreen:

  1. The two-peanut approach – When the FDA tests sunscreen and labels it a certain number (like SPF 30) it tests this by using 1 ounce of sunscreen for your whole body. What that means for your face is a about a half teaspoon from your chin up.  Do you apply this much?  What we advise clients to do this to insure you are getting the right protection:  Apply about the size of a peanut to your face every morning as part of your regular skincare routine.  Then go get dressed.  Come back to the bathroom after your sunscreen has had time to settle in and apply a second peanut amount before applying makeup.  Now you’ll get optimum protection.
  2. Re-Apply – Even the best sunscreen only lasts 80-minutes if you’re outdoors. So, take your sunscreen with you and set your countdown timer on your phone or watch. You might be surprised how quickly 80-minutes goes by.
  3. It’s Water Resistant, Not Water Proof – Think a water-resistant sunscreen is only necessary when swimming? Think again. Hot days can mean a lot of sweat and the body’s cooling system can do a great job of breaking down and diluting sunscreen. A water and sweat-resistant formulation can help with this. But don’t be fooled. There is no such thing as a “waterproof” sunscreen. All sunscreen, no matter what the label says, is compromised by exposure to water and sweat. Re-apply after you swim or if you’re particularly sweaty.
  4. Up your SPF, But Don’t Be Fooled– During the summer don’t use anything less than an SPF 30. Anything lower just doesn’t offer adequate protection, especially if you know you’re going to be exposed to direct sunlight. But also, don’t be fooled. An SPF rating higher than 50 doesn’t not offer significant additional protection from the sun. A product labelled SPF 100 does not protect twice as much as an SPF 50. An SPF 50 will protect you from 98% of the sun’s UV-B rays. A higher SPF rating will only improve the protection very slightly.  Also, the higher the SPF the higher the risk of skin sensitivities and reactions.
  5. Go Broad Spectrum– Not all sunscreens are the same. Look for those labelled “broad spectrum.” These enhanced sunscreens protect you from both UV-A and UV-B rays. UV-A rays contribute to skin cancer and significant skin aging. UV-B rays cause sunburn. Because sunscreens are only required to protect you from UV-B rays you may not be fully protected from the potentially more harmful UV-A rays.
  6. Rosacea and Sensitive Skin Types – Look for zinc oxide as your main sunscreen ingredient. Unlike chemical sunscreens this ingredient provides a barrier of broad spectrum protection that reflects UV rays sun away from your skin. Chemical sunscreens disarm UV light waves by changing them to heat waves.  This process can heat up sensitive skin causing redness and sensitivity.  The ideal sunscreen however should contain a tiny bit of a chemical sunscreen ingredient.  This is because the barrier created by zinc oxide is like a layer of tiny little balls on your skin.  Unless you apply the thickest amount of zinc oxide you are vulnerable to sun’s rays passing between the zinc oxide particles and damaging your skin. A tiny amount of chemical sunscreen (like Octinoxate) can benefit your skin by filling in the spaces and avoiding this imperfection.
  7. Check the Expiration Date – Sunscreen doesn’t last forever.  The ingredients in sunscreen are naturally unstable and over time sunscreens loose their effectiveness. Pay attention to expiration dates as using expired sunscreen can result in a nasty burn. Did you apply sunscreen all over but developed a strange, swirly sun burn? Your sunscreen has likely expired. Can’t find the expiration date on the bottle? Throw it away!
  8. SPF In Foundation – Foundations that contain sunscreen are not a replacement for your regular sunscreen product. The reason why is simple.  Are you really going to apply the required 1/2 teaspoon of foundation to your face to get the amount of SPF promised on the bottle?  I think not.  However, applying a reasonable amount of foundation with SPF after your two peanuts worth sunscreen in the morning will boost your SPF by adding another layer of protection.





Stressed skin happens. Your skin is a reflection of everything that’s going on in your life. It never fails, something “really important” is about to happen; you get a blemish. You’re worried about your new job; dark circles suddenly appear.  Your anxious about a new relationship; your rosacea flares up.  Since you can’t avoid your job, bills, or life, the best thing to do is learn how to manage your stress.

This includes eating healthy, exercising regularly, getting enough sleep, and taking care of yourself in general. By adopting stress reducing habits like taking up yoga, going for walks, practicing meditation or having facials regularly you can lessen the effects of stress on your body and on your skin. If you don’t, the signs of stress will eventually show themselves as aging, acne or reactivity.

When under stress, the brain orders our adrenal glands to secrete two hormones, adrenaline and cortisol. Of the two, cortisol is the most concerning from a reactive and anti-aging perspective.

Cortisol is a natural hormone that helps the body deal with stress. In small amounts, cortisol is a normal and healthy short term reflex to give you the energy to push through stress. You’ve heard of the fight-or-flight response that saved early man from getting eaten by a saber-toothed tiger. Cortisol serves as a great short term coping mechanism. However, cortisol can turn into your enemy if it remains elevated for a long period of time. In today’s society, stress doesn’t always leave after a short encounter.  You can’t always fight or run away from the tiger, especially when the tiger is your boss. People who are prone to high levels of stress will sustain high levels of cortisol.  This negatively affects the body and specifically the skin by increasing reactivity responses which can cause flushing, inflammation and acne as well as premature wrinkling, dark circles and loss of skin firmness.


You may notice that during periods of high stress you experience more acne-breakouts. This is because elevated cortisol prompts skin’s sebaceous glands to produce more oil, increasing the likeliness of getting clogged pores.  If that’s not bad enough cortisol also increases your inflammation response. Normally, a clogged pore might just sit there forever.   But combined with elevated cortisol your skin becomes more reactive, often leading to a full-blown blemish.

What to do:

  • During times of stress act proactively. Switch to a light moisturizer that contains anti-inflammatory ingredients such as  Sea Whip or Chinese Licorice Root.
  • Exfoliate regularly to clear the pores. Instead of grabbing your Alpha Hydroxy Acid serum, Retin-A or a strong scrub to exfoliate, reactive skin should make the wiser choice of gently exfoliating, particulate free Proteolytic Enzymes.
  • Nix the typical acne masque which is often drying and irritating, robbing your skin of moisture and its natural protective barrier. When your skin is stressed you need to focus on calming inflammation first.  This way, angry red papules calm down and heal quicker. Choose a masque that contains Meadowsweet, which is a milder version of anti-bacterial and pore clearing salicylic acid. When used at the first signs of breakouts or a few days before your monthly cycle, a non-drying, anti-inflammatory gel masque for acne will effectively disrupt the visible blemish cycle to encourage smoother skin with fewer noticeable bumps.


Cortisol has the power to accelerate aging in stressful situations.   Elevated cortisol levels have a long list of negative effects that contribute to aging.  Here are just a few:

  1. Increased Glycation
    Stress causes sugar to be dumped into the bloodstream to provide energy for the fight or flight response.  Prolonged, elevated sugar levels cause cross linking of important collagen and elastin fibers which normally support and plump our skin (known as glycation). When sugar molecules attach to collagen and elastin fibers it makes them rigid and malformed. This eventually leads to wrinkles, dullness and a loss of firmness. This process is called Advanced Glycation End Products (appropriately shortened to the acronym AGEs).
    What to do:
    While glycation cannot be completely stopped, dietary changes can make a big difference.  It’s not easy to eliminate sugar completely. Even whole grains, fruits, and vegetables turn to glucose—the type of sugar that fuels glycation. But limiting added sugar certainly helps.  When under stress, it’s also important to remember to boost your antioxidant levels. All fruits and veggies, as well as things like dark chocolate and green tea, have powerful antioxidants that help protect cells from glycation.  So, the important thing is to eat fresh, whole fruits and veggies (not the juice) which slows sugar absorption and provides you with valuable antioxidants.   Getting a regular supply of antioxidants helps to stave off the effects of AGEs.  Also, consider a Vitamin B supplement: Studies have found that Vitamins B1 and B6 help inhibit the formation of AGEs by lowering the effects of stress on your skin.
    Skin Care Tip:
    When dealing with glycated skin, it is essential to remember that the skin needs ingredients that have anti-inflammatory properties. Research shows that antioxidants also fight inflammation. Vitamin C is the anti-oxidant most researched for fighting stress induced aging.  Using a high potency skin serum containing Vitamin C is very effective.  The problem with using Vitamin C in the form of L-Ascorbic Acid (the most common form found in serums) is that it can be very irritating and unstable, which adds to the inflammation component. We suggest trying Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate as a non-irritating and stable alternative.  If you’re particularly stressed, you should also consider adding additional antioxidants to your skin care routine. Superfruits like coffee berries, acai berries, gogi fruit, mangoes and pomegranates are among the most powerful sources of natural antioxidants and can be added to your Vitamin C serum.
  2. Thinning Skin
    Elevated cortisol (this includes extended use of cortisone creams) wears down skin supporting connective tissue resulting in thinner skin which is less durable, more reactive and more prone to wrinkles.
    What to do:
    Your skin is made of protein.  You need to eat protein to provide your body with the amino acids needed to rebuild heathy skin cells.  Making sure you are eating enough protein is essential.   You also need lipids to calm and reinforce your skin’s protective barrier.  Calming Omega-3 fatty acids found in oily fish and in nuts and seeds are great sources for building healthy skin.
    Skin care tip:
    Caprooyl Tetrapeptide-3,  is one of a powerful group of protein building peptides which act as messengers that tell skin cells called fibroblasts to produce more collagen. Popular, new stem cell stimulators like Hydrolyzed Algin and a rare Swiss Apple Extract offer great promise for waking up your skin’s own sleepy stem cells to start rejuvenation and repair.  While these stem cells don’t directly replace our own stem cells, research supports that they have the ability to give your own stem cells a little nudge to wake them up and start acting like younger, more vital skin repair cells.
    LED (light emitting diode) treatments help stimulate Mitochondria in skin cells. Mitochondria is the engine, or power house for skin cells.  Slowed skin repair is caused in part by a natural slow down of energy (called ATP) produced in cells as we age.  LED boosts energy to stimulate metabolism for healthier, stronger skin.
  3. Dull, Sluggish Skin
    In some cases stress causes decreased blood flow to the skin.  This happens when hormones draw blood away from extremities and the skin to protect internal organs. Prolonged stress means the skin gets less nutrients and oxygen and becomes depleted of antioxidants. The result is skin which appears dull and tired looking.
    What to do:
    Moderate exercise is great for energizing the skin (don’t forget your sunscreen).  It increases blood flow and improves circulation.  Of course you need to get plenty of sleep, eat properly and avoid sugar, alcohol and smoking.
    Skincare tip:
    If your skin looks dull and worn try exercising your face as well as your body.  Don’t do facial exercises as they pull on skin in a way that actually causes wrinkles. Instead, when you doing your morning and evening cleansing choose an invigorating cleanser containing rosemary.  Try doing simple massage techniques like gentle circles and tapping movements all over your face before you rinse off your cleanser.  A Ginseng toner is great followup that gently draws moisture and blood flow to the skin.
    Your skin will benefit from a series of Microdermabrasion or Bio-Brasion treatments.  Microdermabrasion and Bio-Brasion as well as many peels are exfoliating treatments that stimulate collagen by causing a very mild trauma to the skin.  This gets the skin to go into a healing mode, which results in increased collagen production.  Bio-Brasion is better for stressed skin because it is less likely to go overboard and cause irritation that can be counterproductive.
  4. Puffy Eyes
    Cortisol has a natural rhythm throughout your day.  Your body should produce more in the morning than in the evening, giving you the energy to begin your day. In the evening, as you leave your daily stresses behind, cortisol levels should drop by 90 percent. However, elevated cortisol levels at night can deprive you of sleep. Most skin repair occurs at night, during REM sleep, this is why your esthetician encourages you to apply those active rejuvenating serums in the evening.  Lack of sleep can cause lymphatic fluid to pool under eyes causing puffiness in the morning.
    What to do:
    To prevent and shrink puffiness get at least eight hours of sleep. Since the light from your smartphone, smart TV, computer and iPad screen simulate sunlight, shut off any electronic devices an hour before you go to sleep. Use your downtime to make yourself a cup of caffeine-free chamomile tea to help calm and relax you before bed.
    Skincare tip:
    Try adopting the stress reducing habit of  going to bed and getting up at the same times each day.  If you still wake up with puffy eyes try applying an anti-puff gel in the morning.  A good anti-puff gel contains Hesperidin to shrink capillaries and reduce dark circles.  It might also contain CoQ10 to energize lymph drainage from under the eye.  Make your anti-puff gel even more effective by placing your glass bottle of gel in the fridge at night.  In the morning, when you tap on the gel, roll the edge of the chilly glass bottle over the puffy areas to tighten and further drain the lymph from the area.

A great stress reducer is remembering to smile, laugh and be good to yourself. This is not only good for your skin but great for your overall health as well.



What’s Your Lash Style?

What’s Your Lash Style?

Natural / Lash Tints

Lash Tint 2Lash Tints are the perfect summer solution for those who want to look fresh and clean while participating in fun summer activities. You’ll wake up looking bright and smudge free.  Water sports and hot muggy weather is no match for this subtle yet dramatic service which is quick, easy, safe and affordable.  Can be worn with or without other eye makeup.




Traditional / Mascara

Version 2Don’t want to give up on your favorite way to spice up your lashes?  Now you can enjoy maximum lashes with this exciting new and improved formula. XL XL Mascara has Film Forming Polymers that coat lashes to out-perform other mascaras. This advanced formula imparts extreme volume, separation, length and lift. At the same time it provides transfer and water resistance.  See, you can have it all.


Glamorous – Lash Extensions

Lash ExtentionsNothing says glamour & high style like lash extensions. This spa service ensures maximum full, luxurious lashes that fit in with today’s top trends.  Lashes enhance your professional image by providing a finished and polished look, even if you don’t wear much make-up. The fine art of lash extensions requires patience, training, and skill. You can trust our expert estheticians.  You’ll soon become addicted to sporting this impeccable style.



Lash it up and save.  For the month of June, 2017 we ‘ll help you get ready for summer by offering 10% off lash services or our new XL XL Mascara.


How to Make the New Makeup Trends Work for Mature Skin.

How to Make the New Makeup Trends Work for Mature Skin.

This spring’s makeup trends have some fun and exciting looks, but what works on the runway may be too outrageous for your everyday wear. An even greater consideration is, these looks can be far from flattering and even age your look. So with that in mind, we’ve tweaked the most current makeup trends to create fresher, more natural and wearable looks.

  1. The Trend: Perfection Redefined.It’s all about perfectly smooth skin. But, if you usually apply foundation immediately after your moisturize you may notice the product sinking into lines, accentuating imperfections.


Try this instead…

It’s deceptively simple and sincerely sensational. Using Retexturizing Face Primer under foundation starts you off with a smooth canvas that allows makeup to go on looking fresh, clean and contemporary. It not only blurs lines and boosts hydration; it makes for easy touchups during the day when you find yourself in that afternoon slump.



  1. The Trend: Auto Correction.

    Struggling with redness, dark circles or dark spots? Perfect skin means color correction. But, when concealers seem too heavy or less than skin-like, take your concealer routine to the next level.



Instantly neutralize and correct skin imperfections like a pro. Infused with photo-reflective pigments, these feather-light, buildable formulas work little miracles for your skin. Plus, Bio-botanicals gently soften fine lines and wrinkles.

Key Lime Color Corrector Pen – hides red imperfections

Lilac Color Corrector Pen – helps undo yellow undertones.

Chiffon Color Corrector Pen – blurs and fades blue undertones.


3.  The Trend: Full On Luminous Coverage.

Instead of matte, the look implies an inner glow. Foundation is smooth, with even, full coverage that show minimal imperfections. But, when you’ve tried full coverage foundation and you’ve found your skin looks dull and dry….


Reimagine complete luminous coverage that offers a fresher look. With Elizabeth Renee’s Light Illusion Foundation (and the right technique for proper application) you’ve set the stage for a flawless color story. Come in and have your foundation applied by a professional. We have your shade.




  1. The Trend: Glossy Lids

There are many fanciful eye shadow stories strutting down the runway this season. Often using a mixture of gloss and shadow swiped across the lids. This is a bit unrealistic when you want your makeup to stay fresh and flattering throughout the day.


This season keep it simple. Apply just one or two shades of cream shadow in naturally flattering tones that capture a bit of warmth from the sun. Cream Shadow in Spice Girl makes a great, easy wash across your lids. Pair it with Tip Taupe for a little more dimension.





  1. The Trend: Big Shot Lashes

    False lashes and lash extensions are still in vogue. Many of our clients love to indulge in our lush lash extension services. But, others find themselves at the point in their lives where simplifying becomes top priority.


Mature eyes need to focus on thickening, not lengthening, which is more likely to frame and define your eyes.  This spring Elizabeth Renee will introduce our new XLXL Mascara. It’s the mascara your you’ve been longing for. This advanced formula delivers maximum fullness, exceptional lift and superior separation.  To be introduced mid-spring.


  1. The Trend: Saturated Lips

    Big, bold saturated lips in semi-matte formulas are everywhere. Definitely the top trend for the season. It can be a flattering look for maturing faces because you get a boost of color that brightens your face. But, long lasting matte lipsticks can also be unforgiving as they falls into creases and dry the lips.

LIP STAIN 06Try this instead…

Change out a heavier formula for a lip stain. It’s not a gloss.  Our new Lip Stains deliver buildable-coverage with a dose of long lasting gorgeous color that protects and moisturizes without feeling sticky or tacky.

Colors: 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 08.

Hint hint: Don’t forget to prime & plump with

Liptoxyl X3.



  1. The Trend: Smudged and Smoked

According to Harper’s Bazaar, eyeliner should be worn only one-way in spring 2017, “smudgy and imperfect”. Makeup artists gravitated toward shades of black and gray (as we all do), but also experimented with navy and various shades of brown. But the color didn’t matter as much as the application: either traced in the waterline or randomly smudged across the lids, or both.

GEL EYELINER IN NOIRTry this instead…

It may have taken you months to perfect, but consider leaving                  your black cat-eye liner behind in 2016. This year’s go-to liner is all about black gel pencil liners, traced along your waterline. Mature skin types might want to go a bit softer, choosing a liner that fits your hair, skin and eye color. Don’t line equally on top and bottom. Try a longwearing, not drying gel like Noir on the waterline on top line only. Then, line top and under lashes with a soft brown or grey powder shadow.



  1. The Trend: A Boy Story

Brows continue to get top focus. The shape on many models during fashion week was less angular (boy-like), but still strong and three-dimensional. Is this your desired look?


Don’t underestimate brows for reinforcing a strong, vital eye story. But, shape, style and dimension can be delivered in a more flattering way when you enhance your own, natural brow shape. Our new Brow Shaper Kits offer a 3-in-1 system that creates a perfectly textured, gorgeous brow. The Wax Base, Sticky Powder and Fiber Powder all add natural fullness and wonderful dimension to your brows.



  1. The Trend: Glow Getters

The glitter trend is still going strong (blame Instagram). This year, try to wear it in a less precise manner than you’ve tried before. Scatter it across the tops of your cheekbones and through the t-zone, allowing flecks to fall where they might. The less perfect it looks, the more perfect it is.


I do like this trend, even for my 60+ face. And I’m addicted to our Powder Illuminators, which are ultra-creamy and give the complexion a fresh radiant, highlighting experience. However, a great option for mature skin clients who want the glow but in a more subtle fashion will love Liquid Luminosity (in Starlight or Moonlight). It’s the simplest way to achieve the perfect amount of natural radiance.



  1. The Trend: Resetting Your Skin

We can’t talk about trends without throwing in a little skincare. And, we can’t do that without mentioning how big charcoal masques have become. Besides, you want to start your spring skincare by ousting that dull, winter dry skin. The problem is, most charcoal masques were made for your daughter and tend to draw out precious moisture and lipids along with blackheads and dead cells.

CLEAN SLATETry this instead…

Wipe away winter dullness with Elizabeth Renee’s Clean Slate Exfoliating Masque. It not only has charcoal for pore purging, but a wonderful blend of skin AHAs with an emphasis on brightening. Then, after masking a bit, add water and a gently massage to call up volcanic buffing beads to complete the exfoliating process. Mature skins must follow up with a hydrating masque. Our ever-popular Azulene Soothing Masque creates a wonderful starting point for flawless makeup.


What’s Trending at Elizabeth Renee?

What’s Trending at Elizabeth Renee?

At Elizabeth Renee we only have two product sales a year. Clients wait patiently to take advantage of these great savings. Right now we are in the middle of our Valentine’s Day Sale. Before you make your purchases we thought you’d like to take a peek at what popular products are being swept off the shelves right now. So here is a snapshot of our top 10 best selling skincare products.

1. C & E Antioxidant Serum – This has been our most desired serum for years. That’s because it not only offers extra protection against sun damage and other environmental agers, but it builds skin firming collagen and even diminishes old blemish marks.

2. The Pink Cream – Loved by everyone with sensitive skin. Natural moisturizing factors reduce signs of aging and stop trans-epidermal water loss that results in dehydration. Skin becomes supple, smooth and more comfortable.

3. Getting Even – This state-of-the-art AHA blend incorporates Glycolic, Lactic and Salicylic Acids to dissolve rough dead cells. The new skin revealed is fresher and more vibrant. Making it ready to absorb your anti-aging and skin correcting serums.

4. Environmental Protection – It’s winter! You need extra protection from the dry, arid winter air that robs your skin of moisture. Just a drop of this emollient serum acts as an overcoat for your skin.

5. Hydraessence – This oil free hydration serum is super effective for all skin types, to fight dehydration by grabbing onto moisture. It features hyaluronic acid: the super humectant that holds up to 1000x’s its weight in water.

6. Hawaiian Seaweed Moisture Cream – This wonderfully rich moisturizer is perfect for correcting and protecting sun damaged skin. It does so by strengthening skin’s resistance to environmental agers.

7. Calming Chamomile Cleanser – Choosing the right cleanser is paramount for preparing your skin to gain great results from the rest of your regime. This is our most popular of our twelve cleansers.  The azulene in this formula helps to soothe  and comfort sensitive skin.

8. Aloemist Toner – Think you can skip this step? This ever popular alcohol free toner is so important for removing impurities in tap water that dull your skin, clog your pores, adds to dehydration and prevents penetration of those precious treatment products of yours.

9. Crepe Escape – This neck treatment has become so popular! Why? Because, when used regutlarly, apple stem cells found in this formula help wake up your own sleepy stem cells to prompt skin to repair itself. This cream gives this difficult area a smoother, younger look.

10. Revitalize Cell Therapy – This superstar product activates skin to act like a younger version of itself. Because of its ability to stimulate sleepy stem cells, increase cells ability to take in more water, increase cellular energy, increase antioxidant protection and boost skins repair mechanism.  It’s not only our most powerful corrective anti-aging serum, but also our most popular.

Click on product names to find out more.

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.