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.

10 Tips for your Spring Makeup Update

10 Tips for your Spring Makeup Update

Spring 2016 introduces delightful new makeup looks as well as popular carryovers from last year. It’s important to update your makeup each season to coordinate with those fun new fashions in your closet, but not all trendy makeup fits your personal style or are right for your skin type. Here are ten things to consider before updating your spring makeup:

  1. Skin Care Woman Removing MakeupSTART WITH GOOD SKIN CARE
    For makeup to look super fantastic  you need to achieve your best complexion possible. Taking daily care of your skin is essential to make that happen.  Make sure you are cleansing twice a day. Especially at night.  Makeup left on your skin makes it look dull and lifeless, clogs the pores and contributes to breakouts.

    Milky cleansers work best for makeup removal. Instead of stripping your skin and leaving pigments clinging to the pores, milky cleansers emulsify makeup which melts it away.  Waterproof makeup needs a specialized remover dedicated to this type of product.  Also, don’t forget regular exfoliation to get rid of dull, flaky cells that become obvious when you wear foundation.  Moisturizer applied right before makeup allows foundation to glide on more easily and softens the texture of your skin.


  1. skin careKNOW YOUR SKIN TYPE
    Are you oily?  Dry?  Sensitive?  Does  your skin show signs of aging, like uneven pigmentation or fine lines?  You need to match your foundation not only to your skin color but just as importantly to your skin type.   Oily skin will benefit from an oil free foundation  and the right primer will minimize large pores and reduce oil breakthrough during the day.

    Dry or maturing skin will find a smoothing primer to be one of your most essential tools in your makeup bag.  One of my favorite products, Retexturing Face Primer immediately smooths lines and takes years off my look. I carry it in my pocketbook for touch-ups during the day. Just pat on problem areas when you start to look tired.

    Does your skin have a warm, cool or neutral undertone? Not only is this important to know when choosing a foundation;  knowing your undertone helps avoid mistakes when choosing  blush, shadow, lipstick, even concealer.  Product shades are either cool, warm or neutral. There are some crossovers, but your safest bet is to choose colors from your own pallet.


  • Take a look at the color of the veins on the inside of your wrists. If they are blue or purple you are probably cool. If they are green you’re warm.
  • What’s your favorite color of jewelry? Silver is cool.  Gold is warm.
  • What color clothes do you like? If you like blues, purples and bluish-greens you’re cool. If you like earthy tones like warm reds, yellows, browns and olives you’re probably warm.
  • Do you burn or tan?  Those who burn easily are usually cool skinned. Those that tan to a nice warm honey color are definitely warm.
  • Check out your natural eye and hair color. If your eyes are milky sky blue, clear blue (with white flakes, not gold), grey (with black or white flakes), or deep brown with cool blonde, dark brown, black, silver or platinum hair, you’re most likely cool-toned. If you have warm brown, amber, or hazel eyes with strawberry blonde, auburn, or warm brown hair with gold tones, you are most likely warm-toned.


    Trends come and go. While it’s fun to keep up, make sure your new makeup colors make you feel comfortable and pretty. They don’t do any good sitting in your makeup drawer. Try meeting with a professional makeup artist. Someone who is a trained to recognize your personal style but will also offer you something fresh and new .


    It’s spring, so lighten up, and brighten up for the season. You’ve worn those deeper, duller shades all winter. Since now’s the time to update to your spring wardrobe,  coordinate it with a brighter lipstick, a pastel blush or a sun kissed bronze contour.  Be brave.  How about experimenting with one or two of the new trends.  You just might fall in love.


  1. vibrant lipsticksPLAY WITH LIPSTICKS
    The easiest place to start is with lipstick.  When you plan your meeting with a makeup artist go when you’re in a playful mood. Fun bright lipstick colors rule the day this spring. Our new collection of Vibrant Lipsticks are making for dazzling smiles.  Lipsticks are where you can easily take a chance.  Swipe one and see if you like it.  No go?  No problem.  It’s easy to wash off.

    Still, if you’re hooked on nudes; there’s a place for them in today’s fashion with plenty of style to go around. Try updating your nude lip by crating the perfect pout.   Investing in a creamy waterproof lipliner.   The color of the moment is Holly Berry, a soft, easily wearable shade that blends with a wide array of lipstick shades.


    More than a fashion statement, great looking makeup has skin perfection as its goal. If your complexion is flawed, the new correctors are wonderful formulations that are more natural and skin-like than ever before. This spring try a less heavy foundation.  You can still perfect tough areas with Liquid Powder Foundation (it covers and corrects like a concealer),  a CC Cream (which takes on your best natural color as it reduces redness), or a Blemish Concealer (oil free with blemish healing ingredients).


  1. highlight contourHIGHLIGHTING & CONTOURING
    A trend you’ll want to investigate this spring is Strobing and Shading.  New contouring creams are worn under your foundation. They melt right into your skin to shape and beautify with an almost undetectable charm. Bronzing Powders pick up the contrast between light and dark to really shape your face while sheer, creamy Illuminators easily swipe on light to perfect cheek bones and shape your face.
  1. lash tintEYELASHES
    Big news!!! Lash tints are back. Imagine waking up to perfectly smudge free peepers. Want more daring ?  Become part of the huge rage for Eyelash Extensions. Full beautiful eyelashes that are so striking, you’ll be tempted to bat them all day long.  For the traditionalist, may I suggest Volume-X Mascara to achieve your biggest lash possible or a waterproof version to carry you through workouts, a hike or a day at the the beach.
  1. blue eyesBROW TRENDS
    You can’t deny it. Big, beautiful brows are even bigger and more beautiful than before. We now carry six brow formulas, one perfect for achieving the look that fits your style. If you’re a bit squeamish about adding color to your brows, try swiping them with a mascara wand, dipped into Brow Lites Brow Tint. Try one shade lighter than your natural color.

My personal favorite brow product is our new Precision Brow Definer Pencil. All-day wear is achieved by drawing in brow hairs, then softening the look with the attached brush. To  give brows a three-dimensional color, finish with a quick stroke of the Blonde Lites Brow Tint. The color looks real with perfect all day wear-ability.

Hoped we’ve been inspired to take advantage of updating your makeup for Spring.  Remember to book Elizabeth Renee”s  Spring Makeup Update.  This 45 minute service is usually $65. but we are offering it as a complimentary service throughout the month of April, 2016.


SKINCARE MYTH #1 – Moisturizers

SKINCARE MYTH #1 – Moisturizers

“Expensive Moisturizers Don’t Work Better Than Cheap Ones.”


Dermatologists often tell their patients that Vaseline is just as good as any other moisturizer. Yes it’s true that Vaseline locks in moisture, keeping it from evaporating out into the air. Maybe you could try it the next time you go skiing or find yourself in arctic conditions. But lets get real, regular use of Vaseline on your face has a few problems. First, Vaseline is very occlusive. This means it traps oil underneath the skin’s surface, which then clogs the pores, creating milia and leading to breakouts. It also traps in heat, which stimulates the proliferation of bacteria. Because Vaseline makes the skin warmer, rosacea prone skin should be particularly wary. Heat in this type of skin can mean increased redness and irritation.

Estheticians and cosmetic chemists on the other hand, recognize the value of a more sophisticated formula.  Consumers often overpay for what ever moisturizer they pick up at the beauty counter.  You can avoid this by understanding a little bit about what’s in the formula you’re choosing.

The goal of a good moisturizer is to insure sublimely hydrated skin. This is accomplished by choosing the right combination of humectants (water binding ingredients), emollients (skin conditioning ingredients), and occlusives (barrier ingredients to trap in water). Read more about these components in my blog post: Creating Healthier Skin.

Further more, you may want to add powerful high performance anti-aging ingredients to this hydrating formula. This is where the added expense comes in. Anti-aging Ingredients with a proven track record include: Peptides, Vitamin C, Retinols, Antioxidants and Seaweed Alginates. Theses ingredients have a lot of research behind them to back up their anti-aging claims. Performance ingredients are dose dependent and any reputable product line is paying attention to how much of the ingredient needs to be included for proper efficacy. Although, keep in mind that serums generally have a higher concentration of actives and a more advanced delivery system than your favorite night cream. So, this might be where you want to invest your money. Also, don’t forget to match formulations with your skin type. Employing the help of a professional esthetician can actually save you money in the long run. Your esthetician will know how to match up specific ingredients and formulations with your inherited skin traits and current skin conditions. This will achieve superior results compared with just throwing anything on your skin and hoping for the best.

Check out our moisturizers at Elizabeth Renee Esthetics.



The skin contains two types of stem cells:

The epidermis, or outer layer of skin, is responsible for protecting us from environmental assaults like pollution and sun damage. It holds in moisture, which keeps skin soft, smooth and pliable. Stem cells, located in this layer, trigger epithelial cells to continuously reproduce and repair the skin.  This keeps skin smooth, even, strong and healthy.

The dermis, found just below the epidermis, houses collagen and elastin fibers for tone and firmness, as well as hyaluronic acid, blood vessels and glycosaminoglycans that cushion, nourish and keep skin from wrinkling. Stem cells found in the dermis stimulate fibroblasts, which are the “factory cells” that manufacture these important substances and keep skin full and plump while minimizing wrinkles.

As we get older stem cells tend to go to sleep. The activity and quality of skin stem cells deteriorates over time as they become tired and worn out. Skin cells die; those proteins that made your skin look so youthful decline; and moisture-holding lipids decrease. Waiting to receive a molecular message to produce new cells to take the place of older ones are reservoirs of stem cells hidden in microscopic niches within your skin. Unresponsive “sleepy” stem cells is considered one of the most important causes of aging of the skin.

Recently, scientists have discovered a promising solution in the icy waters of the North Atlantic. There you’ll find a unique form of Sea Algin. This seaweed, when exposed to severe climate conditions, has developed an internal defense mechanism that can reactivate stem cells that have shut down as a response to harsh weather conditions. Studies suggest this avant-garde performance ingredient also reactivates dormant stem cells found in mature skin via messengers that wake up stem cells and stimulate them into doing their job properly. This North Atlantic Sea Algin is a major component found in Elizabeth Renee Esthetic’s Cell Youth Anti-Aging Facial. It is also an important performance ingredient in their REVITALIZE Cell Therapy for home use.

North Atlantic Sea Algin is part of a collection of five internationally patented performance ingredients based on over a decade of research and the Human Genome Project.

New Year’s Resolution: Create Healthier Skin

New Year’s Resolution: Create Healthier Skin

So you’ve made a resolution to take better care of your health this year. To take time out to destress, exercise and eat healthier foods. On your list to create a healthier you, don’t forget to take care of your skin.

Where should you start? You have limited time, what should your priorities be? Presenting a glowing healthy complexion makes you look wonderful and feel great, plus a healthier skin enforces your first line of defense that protects the rest of your body and keep you healthier overall.

Lets look at the 5 key factors that can change your skin and make it healthy, strong and glowing. Although all are important I’ve listed them in order so you can consider how much time and energy you want to invest in creating your best skin possible.


Take care of that beautiful skin you’ve been given. In skincare, the first rule is to hold onto what you’ve got because trying to repair damage you’ve done is so much harder and at some point impossible.

You know what I’m going to say. UV damage, from the sun, causes photoaging and skin cancer. UVB light, which varies in strength depending on the time of day and time of year, causes sun tanning and burning which are both indications that the skin has been damaged.  UVA light, which is consistently strong all of the time, cause over overactive melanin cells and the breakdown of collagen and elastin which leads to sun spots, a loss of skin tone, wrinkles and a leathery skin texture.

This is why wearing sunscreen year round is vital. If you’re walking from here to your car and your skin is unprotected, you’re getting sun damage. In the summer, a broad spectrum SPF 30 is recommended. The same is true in winter, but if you live in a colder climate you might do well with an SPF 15 formulated in a rich, moisturizing base.

For extra protection, follow with a foundation that includes an SPF. Unfortunately, relying solely on your foundation for complete sun protection just doesn’t work. Usually you’re not going to apply enough foundation to give you that SPF number listed on the bottle.

When improving your diet, as a part of your newly health conscious self, consider that there are some healthy foods that help protect your skin from sun damage and boost your skin’s natural SPF. One such food is watermelon, another is pomegranate. Science has shown that eating these foods is a good addition to your arsenal of sun protection (along with sun avoidance and protective clothing).

So if you can’t do anything else for your skin, sun protection would be on the top of my list for taking care of your skin.


So, you have limited time, but you’ve successfully committed to daily use of sunscreen. What’s next on your list? I would say, even more important than those very expensive anti-aging serums is how you cleanse your skin on a daily basis. Besides, if you’re not cleansing properly those high performance ingredients won’t get into your skin anyway.

The proper way to cleanse your skin is to choose a lightweight, non-clogging cleansing milk or a detergent free, non-foaming cleansing gel depending on your skin type. The idea is to keep your skin soft, smooth, clean and well hydrated. If your skin feels tight after cleansing, you’re probably using something that’s too drying and is dehydrating your skin.

Always follow cleansing with a toner. This is a step that people often skip, but toners are essential for healthy, clean skin. The best reason for using a toner is the condition of the tap water that we use to wash our faces. Tap water typically contains fluoride, chlorine, bacteria, sodium and other drying and clogging chemicals. So along with removing your left over cleanser, an alcohol fee, non-drying toner will quickly improve your skin, creating a more translucent hydrated look that easily accepts treatment products and supports moisturization.

** For more complete detoxification consider regular monthly facials, which rid the skin of impurities, dirt debris and bacteria that can be trapped in pores and can lead to infection and breakouts. You can even do a detoxifying mini facial at home, which includes exfoliation with AHAs and a scrub followed by a masque created specifically to deep cleanse the skin.


Water is extremely important for your skin. It’s essential for all metabolic functions that keep skin cells alive and healthy. You know you should be using a moisturizer daily, but are you really getting water into your skin?

Drinking water is the place to begin. Getting those eight glasses in a day will create a reservoir of moisture in your system that has great potential for hydrating the skin. If you’re doing your cleansing routine correctly you will bypass the dehydrating effects that occur from over or under cleansing. Then you need to choose the correct moisturizer that fits your skin type.

Hydration means getting water into skin cells. Moisturizing means locking it in with the appropriate cream or lotion over well-hydrated skin.  Then you need to hold it there to force moisture into thirsty cells. If you use water alone it will quickly evaporate and leave your skin even drier than before.

You need a few types of ingredients to keep skin cells well hydrated.

  • Humectants are ingredients that attract water to your skin. One of the most effective being hyaluronic acid which can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water. Another is Sodium PCA, which has been shown to pull moisture out of the air, even in the Sahara.

* If you want to go that extra step we have a beautifully hydrating, oil free serum (Hydraessence) based on hyaluronic acid that can be worn under your moisturizer or mixed with another serum.

  • Occlusives are ingredients that increase moisture levels by providing a barrier that prevents water from evaporating from the skin. If you just use a humectant and the air is particularly dry (as in winter) humectants will draw water out of your skin and into the air, leaving you dehydrated. One of my favorite barriers is silicone. This breathable barrier keeps water from evaporating but does not hold onto heat in your skin. Less heat means less redness and fewer reactions for sensitive skin types.
  • Emollients provide some occlusivivity but not quite as long lasting as occlusives. An emollient is an ingredient that smoothes the skin’s surface by filling in cracks between skin cells. They make the skin more soft and flexible and contribute to the creamy texture of a moisturizer adding lubrication to the epidermis. My favorite emollients are oils, lipids and ceramides.

The perfect blend of humectants, emollients and occlusives depends on your unique skin type. Get help from a professional, licensed esthetician who will guide you towards that unique formula to give you beautifully hydrated skin.


Okay, you’ve mastered protecting, cleansing and moisturizing your skin. Now you want to really make some big changes. What should you do? Peeling away those dead, dry cells provides instant improvement by way of smoother, softer skin. It removes dullness and helps clear the pores. Actually, exfoliation goes way beyond these quick fix benefits.

Proper exfoliation helps jumpstart your skins internal repair mechanism to produce newer, younger skin cells. The epidermis (outer layers) becomes smoother and when new cells are generated it becomes stronger with a reduction of fine lines and evening of pigmentation. That’s not all. The under layer (the dermis) starts to produce more collagen and elastin for firmer, stronger skin.

Perfect exfoliation must be done regularly. It combines physical exfoliation with chemical exfoliation that can be alternately applied throughout the week. Perfect exfoliation does not mean irritation. Chronic inflammation actually ages your skin. Your skin likes little shocks. So once in a while you can have a professional peel or boost exfoliation at home. If your skin remains sensitive or red for an extended period of time after exfoliating, you’re doing too much. Also, remember that exfoliation removes the surface barrier that keeps skin well hydrated, so moisturize appropriately.

My favorite exfoliators are smooth surfaced scrubs using jojoba beads or eco-friendly, plant based micro beadlets. Use them 1-3 times a week depending on your skin thickness. Clients love to leave this product in the shower for convenience. Combine this with an AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) blend. These two products work really well when alternated because one breaks apart dead cells and the other easily lifts them off the skin. Retinol is also a good alternative for less sensitive skin types and has had a great amount of research to prove its efficacy.


If you want to go all the way and pull out the big guns incorporate a corrective serum into your routine. Last but certainly not least, corrective serums are highly specialized products developed for whatever problems your skin may face. From blemishes to wrinkles to hyperpigmentation or sensitivities a corrective serum offers results.

What makes these products distinctive is that they include specialized performance ingredients, which are super concentrated for greater results than you can achieve from using a moisturizer alone. Furthermore, an effective corrective serum includes a sophisticated delivery system, directing performance ingredients to the precise location in the skin where they are needed, making them super active and most efficacious.

Some of my favorite performance ingredients found in serums include:

  • Stabilized Vitamin C: most studied ingredient as an antioxidant, collagen booster and skin brightener.
  • Peptides: to send a message to fibroblasts to produce more collagen, thus firming skin and softening lines.
  • Retinols: to stimulate repair and rebuilding of both the dermis and epidermis to help undo damage from the sun.
  • Daisy Flower Extract – a safe alternative to hydroquinone, reduces the formation of melanin, provides significant brightening.
  • Specialized Hydrolyzed Algin: awakens dormant stem cells to repair and activate a youthful firmness and smoothness.
  • Piptadenia Colubrina: increase the presence of aquaporins, pores in skin cells which allow super hydration of the skin.
  • Sepicalm – a patented water lily/peptide complex, which cools heat-activated skin, and reduces redness and blotchiness.
  • Ubequinone (CoQ10) – powerful antioxidant that helps boost cellular energy to enliven sluggish skin.


Happy New Year and good luck with all your resolutions, including achieving super healthy beautiful skin!














Ever notice how quickly a child’s skin repairs itself after it gets a cut or scratch? A child’s skin metabolism is running full force. In just a few days you might not even find a trace of where that injury was. Unfortunately, our skin starts aging as early as in our teens, when environmental factors like sun exposure decreases the skin’s ability to repair itself. This accelerates in our early 20s when cell production begins to slow down, and further slows in our thirties when a decrease of growth hormones means our bodies can’t quickly repair assaults upon the skin.


Our skin is a dramatic indicator of how we age. Subtle changes take place over the years that take us from the young, beautiful, plump, well hydrated skin of a child through the frustrations of teenage problem skin, to the hormonal pigmentation problems of pregnancy, the fine lines of middle age and the deeply etched wrinkles of our later years.


We’re all going to age, but how and when our skin shows the signs of aging is subject to four major factors. Luckily, science is discovering that we do have the power to influence these factors and slow the visible effects of aging.


#1. Genetics is responsible for more than just your blond hair and blue eyes or your olive complexion. The DNA that’s passed on to you also contributes to whether or not you have oily skin or are prone to breakouts, and it sets your biological timeline. Look at your parents for clues as to how your skin is going to age. The good news is that genetics only effects about 20% of how your skin visibly ages. Environmental factors play a much greater role. Given your biological predisposition, you are not destined to live with inherited imperfections. If you understand your skin type you can treat your skin accordingly. There are treatments and products available to influence their development and to minimize them if you so desire. So while skin type is inherited, you can still work to change what you’ve been given.


An example is skin thickness, which is inherited. Those with thinner skin types will benefit from adding a few drops of argon oil (FijiGirl Facial Oil) to their moisturizer to protect this delicate skin type from harsh environmental aggressors. Thicker skin types should focus on creating a balanced exfoliating program that combines retinol, AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids), and a physical scrub (EcoSmooth) to keep their skin soft, smooth and supple.


#2. Hormones have a major impact on the skin at just about every stage of life. When they start surging in adolescence, they can cause acne. Later, some birth control pills can cause breakouts, while others can help clear up your skin. Pregnancy often results in hormone-related hyperpigmentation.

Then, at menopause estrogen levels drop. This means skin becomes thinner and drier. Because estrogen plumps the skin, its decrease causes a loss of elasticity and tone. And, since estrogen is a natural anti-inflammatory, the skin may become more sensitive: more likely to develop rosacea or reactions to products and environmental irritants.


When we speak of hormones, we tend to think of the sex hormones such as estrogen and testosterone, but there are other hormones such as cortisol, which is elevated by stress and can cause breakouts or thinning of the skin (which exacerbates aging). Your esthetician can teach you good diet and lifestyle habits to help you counteract these hormonal changes.


It’s important to match your products and treatments to your hormonal stage of life. Young skin should avoid super active anti-aging products. These products are meant to stimulate skin’s metabolism. Since younger skin’s metabolism is already active these products may cause clogging or breakouts. As skin matures, skin metabolism slows down and needs to be revved up. Ergothioneine and CoQ10 are two examples of effective skin energizing ingredients (REVITALIZE Cell Therapy).


#3. Free radicals are disruptive chemical reactions that occur within the body and in the skin. Free radical damage is one of the main culprits involved in rapid skin aging. Free radicals are highly unstable and reactive molecules that can damage all living cells. The most common way that free radicals are created is as a by-product of the normal burning of fuel (even more so when exercising) that occurs in every cell of the body every day. Your skin is also especially vulnerable to free radical damage from external sources such as ultraviolet light from sun and pollutants that are all around you every day.


There is a certain type of oxygen molecule that causes a chain reaction of free radical damage (called oxidation) to your cells.


The antidote to oxidation is appropriately called “antioxidants.” Antioxidants are associated with a wide variety of vitamins and minerals found in the deep pigment of fresh fruits and vegetables. Generally, the deeper the pigment the more antioxidants it contains. For example, deep green leafy vegetables and rich colored berries contain mega doses of antioxidants. The Free Radical Theory of Aging suggests that free radicals are associated with inflammation. Chronic inflammation leads to free radical damage that results in premature aging. Therefore, be gentle with your skin and remember that antioxidants not only help slow aging by diffusing inflammation but they also calm and soothe sensitive skin.


While a healthy diet including plenty of fruits and vegetables helps fight free radical aging, antioxidants can also be applied directly to the skin. Serums based on stabilized Vitamin C (C & E Antioxidant Serum) or super fruits (Sunrise Solution) are a great way to protect and promote cell recovery through topical application.


#4.  Lifestyle choices can be a major cause of free-radical damage; from too much sun, cigarette smoking, excessive alcohol, sugar consumption and exposure to environmental pollutants. It can also be caused by other environmental challenges, such as intense wind, heat or cold. Chronic stress is also a major factor, causing free radical damage that breaks down the skin and contributes to aging.


The important thing to remember here is that prevention is key. Avoid these aggressors as much as possible. Daily use of a broad-spectrum sunscreen (Advanced Protection SPF 30) is your number one anti-aging product. If you’ve had past sun indiscretions start wearing your daily sun protection today. Science shows you can actually reverse some of that damage when you begin regular daily use of sunscreen.


At Elizabeth Renee Esthetics our master estheticians are specially trained to help you manage skin aging by recognizing the needs of your individual skin type.  Wherever you are located, it would be wise to seek out an  experienced esthetician for regular facials, which include valuable advice on how to minimize aging.    Before you resign yourself to the thought that you’re “just aging” and you can’t do anything about it, consider all that affects what is making your skin look it’s age and start looking “ageless.”