MICROCHANNELING REJUVENATION – The next big thing in skincare.

MICROCHANNELING REJUVENATION –  The next big thing in skincare.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How many Treatments Do you Need?

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

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

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

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

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

Book this special now.

 

 

How Vitamins Boost Sun Protection

How Vitamins Boost Sun Protection

HOW VITAMINS BOOST YOUR SUN PROTECTION FACTOR

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.

FOODS THAT BOOST NATURAL SUN PROTECTION

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.

 

 

Sunscreen Intelligence

Sunscreen Intelligence

Are you being smart about saving your skin from accelerated aging caused by UV damage from the sun? Are you getting adequate protection from skin cancer?  The savvy sunscreen user knows how to avoid the following sunscreen mistakes.  She also knows how to choose esthetically sophisticated formulas that meet the needs of her individual skin type.  Then she meticulously applies sunscreen daily to obtain maximum top performance resulting in a more youthful, glowing complexion. Don’t make these common sunscreen mistake:

1. Not consistently using your sunscreen.
The first sunscreen mistake is not wearing any. By now, we all know that spending too much time in the sun increases your risk for both skin cancer and premature aging. Sunscreen is not just something you wear at the beach.  Any time the sun is up (even on cloudy days or in winter) you are exposed to damaging ultra violet rays.  So why do people skip wearing sunscreen?  I think it’s because sunscreen does not always feel like a plus for their skin.  Some people break out from sunscreens, it can be irritating or feel heavy on the skin or make you feel hot, or if you have rosacea, it can increased redness.  Sunscreen can also be drying, pore clogging and create a dull look to the skin.  Click here for options for choosing the best sunscreen formula for your skin type.

2.  Putting too much faith in the SPF number on the bottle.
Don’t put all your confidence in the SPF (sun protection factor) number.  This number only refers to protecting your skin against the damaging UVB rays (the burning rays). There is still no number that measures UVA rays (the aging rays).  Both rays can contribute to skin cancer. Your best bet is to look for a “broad spectrum” sunscreen that handles both.  Also, the number doesn’t accurately represent how much more a lower SPF number protects over a higher SPF number.  For example if you are using an SPF 30 you are not getting twice the protection that you’d get from an SPF 15.  An SPF 50 requires quite a lot more chemicals than an SPF 30 and the protection difference is negligible.  Matter of fact, the FDA no longer allows manufacturers to claim an SPF higher than 50.  100% protection from sunscreen alone is nearly impossible. For more information on why it’s important to wear a broad spectrum sunscreen every day, click here to view Huffington Post’s latest sunscreen update.

3. Relying solely on the SPF in your makeup for protection.
A foundation/sunscreen combination seems handy, but that doesn’t mean it works. Part of the problem is quantity.  A little dab of foundation isn’t enough to give you the actual SPF listed on the bottle.  Also, makeup wears off during the day and chances are you aren’t re-applying it the way you would sunscreen. That being said,  I would still choose to use a foundation that contains SPF and apply it over my regular sunscreen/moisturizer, just to get little added protection.  You might like to try   Elizabeth Renee’s MINERAL SHEER TINT or DEMI-MATTE MINERAL SHEER TINT (both with SPF 20).  These products are light and glide on easily without looking too much like makeup.  Still, you should not think of this as a replacement for your sunscreen.

4. Not applying enough product.
When the FDA set up the SPF number they were counting on the consumer using about an ounce of protection for one application over the entire body.  For some sunscreen products that might mean a quarter of the bottle.  Most people don’t end up using anywhere near enough sunscreen to get the SPF protection listed on the bottle.  This is what we recommend for just the face.  When you get up in the morning and do your regular skin care routine use about the size of a peanut for just your face (more for the neck, arms, chest etc.).  Then go and get dressed.  Come back to the bathroom and reapply.  This is a good rule of thumb for daily application. If you are in a sun situation you need to reapply every two hours. Look for a long wearing sunscreen like ADVANCED PROTECTION SPF 30.

5. Keeping your sunscreen product too long
The active ingredients in sunscreens can deteriorate over time, which means the protection won’t be as effective. Even though the shelf life listed may be for two years, we recommend starting the summer off with a fresh bottle .  You can use up last years formula on your body if you can’t bare to get rid of it.  Make sure to toss your sunscreen after the two year expiration date printed on the bottle.  Remember, how you store your sunscreen also plays a part in the shelf life of the product.  Keeping your sunscreen in the trunk in of your car in hot weather will quickly deteriorate the product.

6. All you need is sunscreen to protect you from uneven pigmentation.

Aging skin is not just wrinkled skin.  Unwanted pigmentation makes your skin look tired and dull.  Skin changes that cause brown spots or uneven pigmentation may have occurred from past sun damage that may have happened decades ago.  For a while, much of this damage was suppressed due to the presence of the hormone estrogen.  As we age estrogen levels drop and all of a sudden those brown spots can appear. This can happen even after you’ve made the commitment to stay out of the sun.  To reduce some of this pigmentation from popping up,the estheticians at Elizabeth Renee Esthetics Skin Care Spa recommend that their clients keep their skin cool.  That is because Heat + Hormone Changes = Pigmentation.  To keep your skin cool, wear protective clothing and stay out of the sun as much as possible.

7. There is nothing you can do once the damage is done.

You can greatly improve the texture, color and condition of your skin with regular facials and smart homecare.  Start by using your sunscreen fastidiously, every day. Exfoliate regularly (your esthetician can suggest which exfoliant is right for you) to rid the skin of dull, pigmented cells.  Protect yourself from the free radical damage from the sun by incorporating powerful antioxidants into your routine (Check out Elizabeth Renee’s C & E Antioxidant Serum).  Try natural skin lighteners, and keep your skin well hydrated and nourished. For quick anti sun-damage results check out Elizabeth Renee’s Bio-Brasion Ultra Smoothing Facial treatment.