What is Microneedling?


Tiny needles poking your face might sound like a scene out of a horror movie, right?


But what if we said that’s one of the best treatment options for acne scars, fine lines, collagen induction, and even hair loss?  


(And no, you won’t walk out of Renew and into the Pueblo streets looking like you were in a Halloween movie.)


There’s magic in microneedling (the service using these tiny needles). Stick with us and we’ll explain why this treatment option is worth a little poke.






In a nutshell, this minimally invasive treatment uses multiple micro-fine needles which are used to prick and puncture the skin.


The needles then induce a deeper layer of skin (the derma) to begin skin rejuvenation.


We know that can sound scary, but it really isn’t and once you see the results from microneedling, you’ll understand why everyone’s talking about it.





You’re probably wondering, “And what is this pricking doing for my skin, exactly”?


Think of microneedling as a workout for your skin and here’s how this skin workout helps…


Benefits of microneedling —


• Induces Collagen

Collagen is the reason why we see fewer wrinkles and fine lines, so the more collagen we have, the merrier!


• Enhances Absorption of Topical Products

Because microneedling may decrease pore size, you can begin to see your skincare products work smarter, not harder.

Reduces Scars (Especially Acne Scars)

Acne is no fun, but the scars left behind can, oftentimes, be harder to treat. Over time you should see a reduction in acne scars and a youthful-looking appearance.


• Pairs Well with Other Skin Treatments

Take your skin to the next level when you add a boost of PRP or Radiofrequency (RF) to your microneedling session.  


• Increases Hair Growth  

This treatment can stimulate hair follicles that are dormant, so if you suffer from loss of hair (or have that one spot that needs some extra attention), this could be worth a try.


This treatment is generally safe and effective.

Some people may experience redness, skin irritation, swelling and in some cases bleeding (which can be common with the depth of your microneedling treatment).


Speak with your skincare professional about any concerns you have pre, during and post-treatment.


There are people who are not candidates and those include anyone with —

• Active Acne

• Skin Infection

• Keloid Scarring

• A Blood Disease




Downtime is minimal and redness should lessen after 24-48 hours.

For best results, stay out of the sun during this time, protect your skin and follow post-care instructions from your skincare professional.

Once the inflammation goes down, you will see a generously plump glow to your skin.

Treatments spaced out over six months can increase results, especially with collagen and elastin.


Remember, this treatment gets better over time, so patience is key.



What do you think about microneedling now?

Still scary, or does it sound worth it?


If you struggle with acne scars, fine lines, wrinkles — or want to see what the big deal is about microneedling — the Renew Crew invites you to come see for yourself.

Call Renew in Pueblo, Colorado today to get started!




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Pueblo, CO 81003


Ask Dr. Elijah | What is LED Light Therapy?




A –  We know therapy is good for your mental health, right?  

You get your feelings out, talk through the mess of life and feel lighter walking out of that office than you did walking in.


But, what about therapy for your skin?  

(Aside from the gab session you have with your esthetician, of course.)


What treatment can help you feel comfortable in your skin (like talk therapy does)?

That’s where LED light therapy comes in…



LED (light emitting diode) uses wavelengths of red, blue and in some cases near-infrared light that help repair and rejuvenate the skin.


Light therapy can be used to treat the skin for:

• Anti-aging

• Acne

• Pain management

• Wound healing


And is a perfect added boost to most skincare treatments like facials.



We mentioned how light therapy can help with acne and anti-aging, but it goes deeper than that.


Because this light therapy penetrates the skin at various depths, it can help:

• Calm irritated skin

• Diminish acne bacteria (hello + goodbye, acne)

• Clear existing breakouts and inflammation

• Increases collagen and elastin production

• Reduces the look of fine lines and wrinkles

• Improve firmness and resilience of skin

• Restore skin’s healthy appearance


Anyone! Really, no joke.

Especially those who suffer from rosacea.


However, those who are pregnant, or on certain medications like Accutane, please consult with your doctor or skincare professional first.


Yes, it is!


Like we said, it supports all skin types and is:  

• Non-invasive 

• Lacks harsh chemicals

• Does not emit harmful UV-rays



At Renew, we offer Celluma — a cutting-edge, alternative LED light therapy service to support acne and anti-aging.

A series of Celluma treatments are recommended which will depend on your customized skin care.  

And this can be a perfect add-on to most treatments and services we offer at Renew (walk out glowing — on the inside and out!).

So, is this the skin therapy you’re lookin’ for?

If you’re a client, ask us about it next time you’re in.


And if you’re not a client and wonder what skin therapy is best for you — book an appointment with Renew and let us help you walk out feeling better than you did when you walked in!




Back to School | Your Skin Care Guide


 Are you ready for back to school?


Whether you’re a student, parent or even grandparent, we know this time of year can get hectic.


With school supply shopping, summer winding down and soaking up that beautiful weather — it’s easy to forget about skin care.


(I mean, isn’t sunscreen enough to remember?)


We want you to look and feel your best, so we’re pulling out our best back to school skin care guide to help you feel confident as a new season approaches!






Yes, technically, we’re still in summer (trust us, we don’t want to rush this season either).


But we all know back to school signals a transition.


A transition that says our schedule may need an adjustment, fall is approaching, and we think it’s another opportunity to examine what your skin care routine looks like.


It’s easy to get stuck in a rut with products and skin care.


Decision fatigue can take over and the next thing you know – inspiration turns into frustration and you’re back to what you’ve always done: Wash. Rinse. Repeat. (And pray to the skin gods for a glowing complexion).


We say, “Not on our watch!”


Here are our best tips to help you up your back to school skin care game.





If you think lack of sleep and stress doesn’t play a part in your overall health — think again.


Sometimes all it takes to look good is to feel good and that can start simply by taking a glance at your lifestyle.




1.   Get Sleep

We know you’ve heard it a thousand times, but interrupted sleep patterns wreak havoc on your body — including your skin.


Aim for 7-9 hours of solid sleep and your brain, body and skin will thank you.



2.   Choose Healthy Food Options

It doesn’t have to be complicated when it comes to eating healthy.


Stay hydrated, skip the sugar more often than not, eat in moderation and opt for whole foods like protein, healthy fats (avocado), vegetables and fruit over the junk and fast food.



3.   Manage Stress  

With kids, a career and everything else life demands, stress can play a large part in your wellness journey.

Apply your non-negotiables in life any chance you get (that means carve out your “me time”), remember that self-care is critical to mental health and don’t forget to breathe.


Be mindful that everything is temporary, and you play a pivotal role in how you react to life.



4.   Move + Shake

Your skin loves when you get the body moving.


Exercise maintains healthy levels of cortisol (the stress hormone), purges toxins that can clog pores (hello, blackheads and blemishes), and reveals a healthy glow from all of that oxygenated blood.


Just move and shake. Take a walk. Dance the stress out. Buddy up and join a gym. Whatever you do, just get movin’.





You’re rockin’ the wellness (stress is at a minimum; sleep is on point, etc.).

Now it’s time to think about skin care.


Perhaps you just need a product refresh.

Or maybe you need a complete routine makeover.


Whatever it is, these tips will lead you in the right direction… 




1.   Question Your Products

Have you used the same product since you were in high school? It’s ok if you have and if it works for you (we get attached, too).


Sometimes though we need to take a step back and examine what is working for our skin and what is not.


Oftentimes we need to cycle out of a product; experiment with other ones.


Now is the best time to question your skin care products and which ones need to stay and which ones need to go.



2.   Pay Attention to Sun Damage

Summer is fun.

Sun damage is not fun.


We can go a little wild in the summer and lose our sense of sunscreen and protection from the sun.  


And then fall starts to creep up and we notice those dark, sunspots.


It’s best to catch sun damage early and with options like IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) and retinols, you can do just that.


These treatments can help your skin look sun-kissed, not sun-damaged.



3.   Exfoliate

 Part of any good skin care routine includes exfoliation.


Dead skin cells love to pile up and the next thing you know blemishes, inflammation, large pores, and blackheads are lurking on your skin.


Exfoliation is key to prepping the skin for maximum product absorption, smooth texture, and an even complexion.

Enzyme peels, retinols, and dermaplaning can help exfoliate the skin so it’s not working overtime.



What do you think, is this doable?

You don’t have to implement everything right away — start with one tip that excites you and integrate.

Incorporating even one wellness or skin care tip can help you step up your game!



And if you really want to maximize your back to school skincare, The Renew Crew is here to help you.  

Schedule a skin consultation with us today and let us customize a regimen that works just for you!




Everything You Need to Know About Hyaluronic Acid


Hyaluronic Acid.


It almost sounds like something you’d use in chemistry class with beakers and those rather large – yet, safe – goggles on, doesn’t it?


Except this isn’t one of THOSE acids.


Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is naturally found in skin cells and works to hold water and keep that skin plump and full of hydration.


In other words: Hyaluronic Acid is crucial for keeping skin hydrated, soft, and smooth.


That means fewer fine lines, wrinkles and an even skin tone for you!



Ok, now that we know your skin wants and needs HA, let’s swap those chemistry lab goggles for some major geek time on all things Hyaluronic Acid.





Hyaluronic Acid occurs naturally in the body and this molecule has the ability to hold 1000 times its weight in water which makes it one of the most potent ingredients for natural moisturizing.


Another reason why HA is so potent is that it also has the skill to control moisture within skin cells. Therefore, your cells aren’t drowned by too much moisture.


Smart little cookie, this substance is. (We said we were going to geek out, didn’t we?!)


HA is a super-magnet for cells to keep as much moisture as it can, so your skin can be as healthy and full of life as possible.





You know how people talk about the aging process and remind you to be aware that collagen and elastin start to decrease with age? (Hello, slow cell turnover and rough texture, fine lines and wrinkles that start to pop up).


Same goes for this naturally-occurring molecule.

(Oh, age – why do you have to be so cruel sometimes?)


That’s why it’s important to be aware of this process in your body and amp it up when age begins to slow it down.


And the good news is there are ways to increase the production of Hyaluronic Acid in the body.





Now that you know the role Hyaluronic Acid plays in your skin health life, we bet you’re wondering how to get more of it into your daily routine.


Here are a few tips to up your Hyaluronic Acid game –


1. Hydrate. Hydrate. Hydrate.


And that can start internally. Drink at least half of your body weight in ounces a day (Ex. Your weight: 140 pounds. Drink 70 ounces of water a day).


Incorporate water-rich foods like watermelon and peaches into your wellness lifestyle.


These routes of hydration can decrease inflammation and help your body and skin retain moisture.



2. Serum. Cream. Injectable.


Hyaluronic Acid can be found in everything from a precious bottle of serum, a jar of eye cream, a special face mask, your daily facial cleanser to a filler for your face and lips.


HA can stand-alone or be combined with other ingredients.


Of course, speak with your favorite, trusted esthetician before you go crazy buying all the products you see that has Hyaluronic Acid in it.


Makeup tip: instead of a primer, use HA as a base before you apply your makeup.





1.   With skin hydration comes a plump face that will have you looking like rest and relaxation is your middle name.


2.   Want to shave off a few years on the face? Those fine lines and wrinkles can begin to soften (and hopefully lessen over time).


3.   The fight against free radicals can be won with HA because it’s packed with antioxidants that can kick environmental stressors to the curb.


4.   It’s safe for any skin type — even the most sensitive and easily aggravated.


5.   Speaking of safety for your skin, this is one acid that is counter-intuitive to its name because it’s actually gentle to your skin. No harsh exfoliation or downtime with this acid.



So, do you feel like you just had a major geek session on Hyaluronic Acid (minus the beakers and safety goggles)?

Can you believe the power of HA? Talk about tiny, but mighty!


Have any questions, or feel like Hyaluronic Acid should be part of your skincare routine?

The Renew Crew would love to help you with a skincare analysis and consultation.

Call us today and start a skin health and wellness journey you won’t regret!



Ask Charmayne | What Is An OxyGeneo™ 3-in-1 Facial?


Q – Charmayne, I’ve heard about a new 3-in-1 “super” facial…is there such a thing, or is this a new skin fad?


A – Well, you’ve heard correctly; there is such a thing as a “super” facial. And the good news is, it’s so not a skin fad — we think this skin health technology is here to stay!


This service is actually an OxyGeneo™ 3-in-1 Facial that combines exfoliation, infusion and oxygenation to support a complexion that is well nourished to reveal a healthy glow.

— Charmayne Torres-Trujillo, Medical Aesthetician


The unique aspect of this “super facial” is its ability to work naturally with your body which allows for higher potency and benefit for your skin.



Ok, let’s talk about how this facial really works for your skin and why we think this facial will be next on your self-care list!




Three treatments are simultaneously delivered in this facial:


#1 – Exfoliation

Exfoliation occurs to the outer layer of the skin to remove dead cells and prepares the skin to absorb nutrient-rich active ingredients.

Think microdermabrasion, but much less abrasive.

This phase of exfoliation is safe for all skin types (including sensitive skin).


#2 – Infusion

Infusion is where your happy skin cells come alive with active ingredients that will help nourish your complexion.


The infusion of essential nutrients like peptides, hyaluronic acid and antioxidants help improve texture, improve clarity of complexion and support bright skin.


#3 – Oxygenation

This is where the genius of OxyGeneo™ comes in – oxygenation of the skin is generated within your body.


CO2 bubbles create a physiological response with a gentle burst on your skin’s surface, which stimulates oxygen-rich blood flow and increased skin metabolism.


Nutrient-rich active ingredients are then optimally absorbed by your skin.


Exfoliate + Infuse + Oxygenate Results –

• Skin Plumping & Hydrating

• Restored Skin Volume

• Renewed Youthful Glow

• Increased Collagen

• Reduced hyper-pigmentation

• Improved Skin Cell Production

• Reduce Appearance of Wrinkles

• Safe for ANY skin type!




All skin types! Even the sensitive ones. Another reason why we love this “super facial”.





I know we sound like a broken record, but this can be done during your lunch hour! (I mean, who has time for long treatments these days?)


Typically, it takes 30 minutes for the facial with some time for pre and post treatment preparation.





Zero! No downtime for this facial and you can go right back to your daily routine.


Because this treatment feels like a massage for your face; you should feel comfortable the entire time.





After the first treatment, you will see noticeable results!


OxyGeneo™ Facials can be performed frequently and we can customize a skincare plan just for you.

So, what do you think — is this the facial you’re looking for?

Who doesn’t love skin that is well exfoliated, infused with nutrient-rich ingredients and oxygenated to nourish and plump the skin?



If you’re ready to up your self-care game and reveal a healthy complexion — without all the hassle of time-consuming skin treatments — OxyGeneo™ 3-in-1 “Super” Facial is here for you!


Love your skin and call Renew today to book your best skin health.



5 Tips to Stay Hydrated This Summer (Skin Included!)


Summer’s officially in full swing, so what does that mean?

It means…

Yes, to living life on the patio while you sip your favorite beverage and read up on the latest and greatest (those trashy magazines just have a way of sucking you in, don’t they?).


Yes, to fun in the sun (with all the sun protection, please).


Yes, to as many outdoor adventures that your life can handle (Are you a Manitou Incline type? Beach bum? Or both?).


And the biggest “YES!” of all…staying hydrated during these summer activities!



Dehydration is not the look we want you to carry around, Darling, so here are 5 tips to help you stay hydrated this summer (your skin hydration included).



Tips TO stay hydrated this Summer (skin included!)


1.   Hydrate with Water (obviously) but make it fun!



Sweat increases in the summer and so should your water intake (this we know).


But we get that not everyone loves to drink plain ole water. (If you’re a no-frills water-drinker, we salute you.).


If you’re the kind that needs a little pizazz with your beverage, there are some pretty cool ways to add that tiny bit of “extra” to your water.


You can add fruit like cucumber, lemon, lime, strawberries, mint or whatever fruit speaks to your hydrating soul!


And if you want to up your “extra” water game even more – invest in a new water bottle that sparks all the joy (yes, we just quoted Marie Kondo) and will have you reaching for that fruit-infused, joy-filled water bottle all summer.


Water tip: Aim for at least half your body weight in ounces a day (Ex. – body weight: 130 pounds; drink 65 ounces of water/day). Your body and skin will thank you.



2.   Stock Up on Liquid Food



And by liquid food, we mean summer foods that are plump with hydrating juiciness.


So, go ahead, eat your way through the summer – especially if you’re surrounded by watermelon and cucumbers.


At a BBQ? Fill up on water-rich fruits like watermelon, strawberries, cantaloupe, peaches and oranges, first.


And then get your best BBQ life on!



3.   Get to Know the Bubbly (Booze Optional)


Speaking of BBQ’s, we know what’s usually hanging around those social gatherings: things of the boozy nature.


Whether you choose to imbibe or not, there’s an alternative to beer and sugary drinks: sparkling water.


Yes, this bubbly water can be a healthy replacement for cocktails and mocktails (but not a replacement for your water).


Grab some fresh fruit (there we go again with adding fruit to all things summer), your favorite alcohol or non-alcohol and mix with that refreshing sparkling water.


Some of our favorite sparkling waters are La Croix®, Waterloo and Spindrift®.


Bottoms up!



4.   Shed Those Dead Skin Cells (Skin Tip: Exfoliate, Baby!)


If you’re thinking about sweating more and exfoliating less then you have summer skincare all wrong.


This isn’t the season to question what to do about dead skin cells – it’s the time to maintain your exfoliation regimen.


Fun in the sun can wreak havoc on your face (hence why we get all mom-like with you about protecting your skin) and staying on top of cell turnover is key to keeping your skin healthy and hydrated.


Sloughing off dead skin cells allows your skin care products to penetrate deeper – especially the ones that protect your skin during the summer (hello, sunscreen).  


Exfoliation tip: Get your dermaplaning on! Even the most experienced and consistent exfoliators swear by this skincare treatment. (Example: this video right here…whoah!).



5.   Protect Yourself (Skin Tip: Sunscreen + Shade All the Way)


You don’t have time for sun damage and dry, cracked skin, right?




That’s why sunscreen and shade are some of your skin’s best hydrators – because they can prevent sun damage and skin that’s dry as the dessert.

Grab those wide-brimmed hats, bask in the shade wherever you go and don’t think about leaving the house without sunscreen.



Sunscreen tip: Want to look your best AND have sun protection? ZO® Sunscreen + Primer SPF 30 literally has you covered with their quick-drying sunscreen that offers a sheer matte finish which protects the skin and helps reduce the appearance of skin imperfections. SCORE!




If you’re looking for your best skin health and wellness summer, keep these hydrating tips in mind —


• Drink lots of fruit-filled water (indulge in a beautiful water bottle if that helps inspire you).


• Eat water-rich foods like watermelon, strawberries, and cantaloupe.


• If drinking cocktails (or mocktails) opt for sparkling water to add to the mix.


• Stay on top of your exfoliation routine (less dead skin cells = better product absorption).


• And because we’re your fairy Sun Mother’s, stay in the shade and lather on that sunscreen like your skin life depends on it (because sun damage and dry skin are not cute).



Ready to level-up your wellness routine or on the lookout for your best sun protection products?

The Renew Crew would love to be part of your skin health and wellness journey…call us today or book a consultation to get started!

Renew Medical Spa + Laser + Wellness Center


ZO® Product of The Month | Daily Power Defense


Don’t you love when a product actually lives up to its name?


Case in point: ZO®’s Daily Power Defense.


With words like power and defense, this product almost sounds like it belongs to some military operation.


But we’re pretty sure you’d say skincare is like your very own operation – full of powerful skincare ingredients and defense against the sun and signs of aging.


That’s why ZO®’s Daily Power Defense is not only a best-selling product, but one of our favorite’s when it comes to daily protection and any future damage that can be lurking (hello, sun damage, fine lines, and wrinkles).


Ok, let’s take a look at this powerhouse skin health product…



ZO® Product of The Month | Daily Power Defense

Daily Power Defense is a powerhouse antioxidant serum that aims to improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and any future damage that can occur.


Future damage can include anything that comes with aging and too much fun in the sun (especially if you’re not wearing any sun protection. Hint: please protect your beautiful skin from the sun!).


Basically, this product is here for your current + future best self (high fives all around!).

Benefits of Daily Power Defense


  • Provides antioxidant protection to combat free radical damage

  • Helps tighten and firm the skin

  • Promotes skin health

Superpower Ingredients | Daily Power Defense


  • Ultrasomes (UV—endonuclease) and roxisomes (glycosylase): Introduces enzymes to help speed up the skin’s natural repair process

  • Vitamin E: Provides antioxidant properties

  • Retinol (vitaine): Firms + helps even skin tone

  • Ceramide 6: Helps restore barrier function


Daily Power Defense | $150

If you’re shopping around for a skincare product that you can use daily — that’s not too harsh for daily use, yet effective enough to keep your skin in tip-top shape — ZO®’s Daily Power Defense has you — and your gorgeous skin — covered!

Picture(s) via @zoskinhealth (Instagram)

Book a skin consultation today + let the Renew Crew help you decide what skin health products are best for you.

Renew Medical Spa + Laser + Wellness Center


Ask Dr. Elijah | What is Radiofrequency (RF) for The Skin?


Q – Dr. Elijah, I keep hearing the term “Radiofrequency” being used when it comes to skin treatments – what exactly does this mean and what can it do for my skin?


A – This is an excellent question — especially considering the increase in radiofrequency treatments.


In short, radiofrequency (RF) is a non-invasive treatment for skin tightening — RF aims to stimulate the formation of new collagen and improve the skin’s elasticity — without much downtime and can be done during your lunch break. – Rochelle Elijah, MD

Who Is Radiofrequency (RF) For?


This treatment can be used by both women and men (yes, men, we know you have skincare needs, too!).


Radiofrequency is fitting for most people due to the lack of downtime and minimal pain associated with it.


RF can be used on the face for collagen stimulation and skin elasticity improvement, in addition to neck and body contouring as well.


Many clients love the lack of downtime that RF can give for body contouring treatments compared to an invasive procedure like a tummy tuck or liposuction!


What Results Can I Expect from Radiofrequency (RF)?


Utilizing RF for your skincare treatment is like playing the long game; overnight results aren’t typical.


You can usually begin to see results after a couple treatments – 6-12 are recommended depending on skin type, etc.


Think of this non-invasive RF treatment as a workout for your skin – better skincare over time will help you feel like yourself, both inside and out!



Keep in Mind…


Not all medical aesthetics providers are the same, so do your research!


Make sure you’re comfortable with the person who will be taking care of your skin + self-care needs.


Don’t be afraid to ask questions (that’s why we recommend a consultation) because feeling at home with your local medical spa is key to a lasting relationship!

RENEW MEDICAL Aesthetics + Laser + Wellness Center


Welcome to The (New) Renew!


Remember this scene in your childhood? 


It’s Christmas Eve and all of the presents are underneath the tree (very neatly wrapped) and you’re overcome with excitement for the gifts you want to tear apart… RIGHT NOW!


Well, that’s how all of us at Renew have felt for a while now — ever since the purchase and remodel of our new building, almost a year ago.


We’ve waited patiently – and very anxiously at times (much like a little kid on Christmas Eve) – for the (new) Renew building to be ready, so we can bring you — our client family — a medical spa, laser and wellness experience like none other in the Southern Colorado area.


And now — we’re so happy to say — the doors are officially open + we can’t wait for you to see and experience Pueblo’s best med spa…



Welcome to the (New) Renew


Here at Renew, we offer you a one—of—a—kind experience — and that’s simply to help you feel comfortable both inside + outside.


We not only want you to feel good about yourself on the outside (with all the world—class skincare treatments we offer), but we also want you to feel just as comfortable on the inside (your mental health and wellness is just as important to us).


So, how do we help you accomplish this?



From the moment you walk through the door and our (so beyond!) Practice Manager, Brittany makes you feel like home – you’ll be indulged from start to finish.


Let’s take a look at those services that the Renew Crew offers to help you look and feel your best!


Renew Spa Services



Sometimes, all it takes to feel good is time to yourself, a facial and an esthetician that’ll help you feel relaxed and heard.


That’s the experience Stephanie and Tyra offer you at Renew.


Whether it be custom facials for acne, anti-aging, hydration, hyper-pigmentation, or longer and fuller lashes, or micro-blading for your eyebrows — our spa services are here to help you get started on your self-care journey.



Renew Medical Spa Services


If you’re looking for an added boost to your self-care — our medical spa services are here to bring you support for everything from hormones, vaginal rejuvenation and Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP), to injections, fillers, body contouring, laser hair removal, skin tightening, skin rejuvenation and ZO® skin health products.



Dr. Rochelle Elijah + Charmayne Torres-Trujillo, Medical Aesthetician are highly trained, skilled and ready to help you feel comfortable by customizing a treatment plan that’s just as unique as you are!



Renew Wellness Services


Like we said, your wellness journey is just as important to us as your skincare journey and that’s why we offer massage therapy — your relaxation and rejuvenation sanctuary.


Our highly talented massage therapist, Kendra, doesn’t just want to improve your health — she aims to improve your life as well.


Her therapeutic approach and mission to help teach and heal her clients will leave you with a sense of confidence and autonomy for your well-being!

Thank You

If you’re our client — thank you!

Thank you for sticking with us through this transition; we’re so grateful for your patience.

If you’re new to Renew or curious about what we can do for you — welcome!

Stop by and see us and we’d LOVE to have the opportunity to be a part of your self—care journey to being the BEST version of YOU.

Cheers to all things new,

The Renew Crew


Renew | Med Spa + Laser + Wellness Center


Ask Charmayne | What Is A Renew | Signature Facelift®?


Q: Ok, Charmayne, I keep hearing about this highly specialized facial that you offer at Renew – what exactly is it?


A: Yes, we do offer a specialized facial and the exact one you’re referring to is the Renew | Signature Facelift®.


And honestly, it’s one of my favorite facials — if not my favorite — because of the results it creates.


Simply, this facial is custom-built to exfoliate + hydrate + brighten + tighten your gorgeous face!


If you’re a skin geek like me here’s the breakdown of how this signature facial can help your skin feel fresh and renewed.



What Is A Renew | Signature Facelift®?


This facial helps to reverse the visible effects of skin damage in several ways —

  • First, it powers away dull, dead cells to illuminate the skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, clogged pores and blemishes.

  • Then, it supports collagen for firmer-looking skin over time. (Hello, gorgeous!)

  • Our signature, results-driven treatment combines Vitamin C, hydroxy acids and enzymes to speed up cellular renewal.

  • Stem cells are combined with brightening, protection, detox and energy complexes.

  • Vitamin C and fruit enzymes blended in an organic aloe vera base visibly reduce redness and brighten the skin.

  •  Hyaluronic acid provides superior hydration.

  •  And this peel is perfect for skin types that are: redness-prone, dry/dehydrated, smoker’s skin, tired/ dull, post-microdermabrasion, oily/acne.



This combination of potent, yet gentle ingredients offers noticeable results in just one session.

Yes, that means you’ll walk out looking refreshed + renewed!

Book your R E F R E S H today…

Renew Medical Aesthetics + Laser + Wellness Center


ZO® Product of The Month | Anti-Aging Program


Do you have a good program in your life that just makes sense?

And no, we’re not talking about your morning routine (we love a rockin’ morning routine though!).

We’re talking about a program that’s plug and play — kind of like those home-delivery food services where everything’s taken care of for you and all you have to do is use it!

At Renew, we love efficiency and a well-developed program that is just right for your lifestyle and your skincare — especially an anti-aging one that comes with all the bells and whistles.

Good news is ZO® already has that figured out for you with their ZO® Anti-Aging Program.

This program is a moderate treatment for the reduction of signs of aging which can:

  • Help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

  • Promote a more even-looking skin tone + finer pore appearance

  • Preserve + maintain a more youthful-looking complexion

ZO®’s Anti-Aging Program includes:

  • Exfoliating Cleanser

  • Exfoliating Polish

  • Complexion Renewal Pads - 30 Pads

  • Daily Power Defense

  • Growth Factor Serum

Ok, now that you know what the program is as a whole, let’s take a closer look at what each product has to offer your skin…

Exfoliating Cleanser

Gentle exfoliating cleanser for normal to oily skin that targets surface oil leaving the skin feeling clean, but not stripped and dry.

  • Rids the skin of dirt + surface oil

  • Unclogs pores with exfoliation

  • Calms and soothes irritated skin

Exfoliating Polish

Magnesium crystals exfoliate dead skin cells to create a clear, smooth and even toned complexion.

  • Instantly polishes skin to restore smoother texture and healthy glow

  • Removes dead skin cells to prevent clogged pores

Complexion Renewal Pads

Moistened pads help minimize surface oil and exfoliate pore-clogging dead skin cells and dirt.

  • Dual action exfoliation removes dead skin cells to prevent clogged pores

  • Reduces oiliness + minimizes surface oil 

  • Calms and soothes irritated skin

Daily Power Defense

Powerful antioxidant serum designed to improve the appearance of lines and wrinkles, and to address future damage.

  • Provides antioxidant protection to combat free radical damage

  • Helps tighten + firm the skin

  • Promotes skin health


Growth Factor Serum

Lightweight gel for all skin types that strengthens skin, supports skin rejuvenation and protects against future signs of aging.

  • Improve overall appearance of skin

  • Reduce appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

  • Improve skin firmness and elasticity

  • Restores hydration and reinforces the skin's protective barrier


ZO® Anti-Aging Program | $213

If you’ve thought about what products would work the best to combat signs of aging, this ZO® Anti-Aging program could be your one-stop shop for just that.

Call Renew today to set-up a consultation and skincare analysis to see what products are right for your skin!

Pictures by: ZO Skin Health

RENEW Medical Aesthetics + Laser + Wellness 719.423.0083

How to Protect Your Skin from The Sun


We’re nearing summer and sunshine is about to be in full bloom (especially here in Southern Colorado where we’re known as the “desert of Colorado”. Interesting right?).


Now, you won’t find us sun-loving people complaining about warmth and all the adventures that come along with those rays of sunshine (hello, water activities and drinks on the patio).


You will, however, find us in the shade, slathering on sunscreen, while talking A LOT about how to protect your skin from the sun.


And because May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month – what better time to talk about your skin and protection from the sun?!


First up, though, is some cold, hard truths about sun and skin cancer…



Sun + Skin Cancer

According to the American Academy of Dermatology:  

• 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.

• Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States.

• Approximately 9,500 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with skin cancer daily.  

• One blistering sunburn during childhood or adolescence can nearly double a person’s chance of developing melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, later in life.

• Nearly, 20 Americans die from melanoma every day.

• UV exposure is the most preventable risk factor for all skin cancers.

• Water, snow and sand can reflect and intensify the sun’s damaging rays.

• Even on cloudy days, up to 80% of the sun’s UV rays can reach your skin.


We know reading these figures can be a sobering thought, especially when the figures point out that melanoma takes 20 American lives a day.


But there’s good news: you can greatly reduce your risk of skin cancer!

(Go ahead and breathe now after reading those statistics).


So, how do you reduce your risk of skin cancer?

Good old-fashioned sun protection.



Before we introduce ways to protect your skin from the sun, we need to talk about the sun and what it CAN do for your body and health…



The (Healthy) Sun + Vitamin D


We’ve discussed the harm that the sun can do to your skin (increased skin cancer risk and even sun damage).



What we haven’t talked about is what the sun (specifically Vitamin D) can do for your overall health.  


The sun is essential for Vitamin D production which helps hormone regulation, supports a healthy immune system and builds strong bones (just to name a few perks).


So, if we’re constantly protecting ourselves from the sun, how do we get that essential Vitamin D from the sun?


According to the National Institutes of Health 

“It has been suggested by some vitamin D researchers, for example, that approximately 5–30 minutes of sun exposure between 10 AM and 3 PM at least twice a week to the face, arms, legs, or back without sunscreen usually lead to sufficient vitamin D synthesis…Individuals with limited sun exposure need to include good sources of vitamin D in their diet or take a supplement to achieve recommended levels of intake.”


Remember, when taking into consideration your relationship to the sun; consider these factors:

• Skin type

• Where you live (how harsh the sun can or cannot be in your area)

• How much sun exposure your skin has had over your lifetime (Sun worshipper? Tanning beds? Rarely use sunscreen?)


Yes, your body needs Vitamin D, but it doesn’t need an increased risk in skin cancer or sun damage, therefore, find a happy dance between sun health and sun protection.


Ok, speaking of protection…

Here are some of our favorite ways to protect your skin from the sun!



How to Protect Your Skin from The Sun


1.    Cover Up


We love a powerful sunscreen, but even that chemical barrier can’t block all the sun from your skin.

If you’re down with being covered head-to-toe in protective clothing, go for it!

If that’s not your style, at least opt for a wide-brimmed hat (peace out sun damage), shades and something to cover those areas on your body that sun loves to touch.


2.    Be Shady


The sun is the most powerful during the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., so that means, duck and get your shade on.

Having lunch outside? Go for a shaded area, or under an umbrella. Remember that hat you bought to protect you from the sun? Whip it out and be as shady as you need to be!



3.    Know Your Surfaces

Keep in mind it’s not just the surface of the sun that can increase your risk of skin cancer.

Surfaces like water, snow and sand can all reflect the sun’s rays and the next thing you know, you’re wondering how you got a sunburn on a cloudy day at the beach, or a plow down the mountain.

Protect your skin from the sun, snow, sand and water!


4.    Sunscreen. Sunscreen. Sunscreen.

This one is a no-brainer, so here are some extra tips to keep your sunscreen working hard.  

• Don’t forget the areas on your body like lips, hands, feet, ears and neck.

• Use a water-resistant, broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF of 30 or higher.

• Reapply! Especially after sweating or swimming and typically every two hours.


5.    Repeat After Me, “No More Tanning Beds”

Repeat that mantra any time you feel the urge to get in a tanning bed.

Not only does your skin cancer risk increase with tanning beds, but so does the aging process (wrinkles, sun damage, hyperpigmentation, age spots, etc.).

And we want you to look AND feel your best, so drop the tanning bed and if you’re really feeling an itch for tanning; grab a self-tanner and slather away.



Favorite Sunscreen


Obviously, we can’t talk about all things sun and protection without talking about our favorite sunscreen.


We’re so grateful for our partnership with ZO® Skin Health because we LOVE offering our clients different options when it comes to sunscreen AND healthy aging.

Below, you’ll find five different options of sunscreen from ZO®.

For easy application, the Sun Spray SPF 50 is a hit and if you’re going for a day look with make-up — the Sunscreen + Primer SPF 30 (literally) has you covered.

Need help choosing one? Give us a call (719.423.0083) or stop by Renew and we can help you choose the best sunscreen for you.


• ZO® Sunscreen + Primer SPF 30

• ZO® Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 50

• ZO® Smart Tone Broad Spectrum SPF 50

• ZO® Daily Sheer Broad Spectrum SPF 50  

• ZO® Sun Spray SPF 50



We know the risk of skin cancer is scary – especially with numbers that say 20 Americans die from melanoma a day (eek!).  

The upside? You have all the power to reduce that risk by protecting yourself from the sun.


Ditching tanning beds, covering up with a hat and light layers, seeking the shade as much as possible and using sunscreen consistently when outdoors (even around water, sand and snow) can help your relationship with the sun be as healthy as possible.


Because using a hat and looking like a celebrity while doing it is way cooler than sun damage and increasing your risk of skin cancer!

RENEW | 719.423.0083

Laser Hair Removal | Your Guide to Remove Unwanted Hair


What body hair camp do you consider yourself to be a part of?  

The full-on 80’s band camp that loves all the hair, in all the places?

The no hair loving camp, except on my head?

Or are you the in-between camp who prefers a little hair there and definitely no hair there?


If you’re in the camp that wants to get rid of some (or all) body hair — we have your guide to remove unwanted hair with a little help from laser hair removal!



What Is Laser Hair Removal?

“Laser hair removal targets melanin (a pigment) that’s found in the hair follicle. The heat from the laser damages the hair follicle and most often destroys it or dramatically inhibits hair growth.”Dr. Rochelle Elijah


The focus for removing unwanted body hair with laser hair removal is on hair reduction over time.


This is especially helpful for anyone who has coarse, thick, dark hair who essentially shave their legs and underarms in the morning and by the afternoon — itching the hair they just shaved.


Who Is Laser Hair Removal For?

“The best candidate for laser hair removal is someone who desires a major reduction in their body hair to accompany a lifestyle that doesn’t require much — if any shaving; in my experience arms, legs, bikini area and underarms perform best.”Charmayne Torres-Trujillo, Medical Aesthetician


We know shaving can take up a lot of time and resources (hello last minute Target run for razors on a Sunday night), so laser hair removal would be ideal for you if you’re over the hassle of shaving and everything that accompanies it (potential rash from razor, extended time shaving, and money spent over a lifetime on razors and shaving cream).


What Are the Benefits of Laser Hair Removal?

We mentioned that your investment in razors may greatly decrease; here are some more benefits to keep in mind for choosing laser hair removal:


Targeted Treatment – The lasers can target the area of unwanted hair while leaving the skin surrounding it undamaged.


Pace – Many hairs can be treated at one time during the process (an area the size of a quarter may be treated every second).


Downtime – Little to no downtime and this treatment can be done during your lunch hour.


Long-Term Savings – Forget buying shaving cream, depilatories and those razors in bulk! Not to mention the confidence you’ll have when you can rock your swimsuit without any bumps or redness around that bikini line.



Is Laser Hair Removal Painful?

Ok, you’ve decided to swear off razors and now you want to make that laser hair removal appointment and blast those hair follicles. You’re singing good riddance to that unwanted hair, but then you start to ask yourself, “Hold on, how much is this going to hurt?”


Well, here’s the deal: some say it feels like the continuous flick of a rubber-band (remember that annoying kid in middle school who did that to you?), while others would beg to differ.


Depending on pain tolerance, some say it feels less than the rubber-band flicking, and some argue, “No way, it hurts more than I thought!”


If pain is a concern, request a test area to be done to see if the procedure is right for you and keep in mind that a numbing cream is usually used for your comfort.



How Many Laser Sessions Are Needed?

Typically, 6-8 laser hair removal sessions are required so you may experience the maximum benefit of hair reduction.


Remember that the area of the body being treated, hormones, hair thickness, skin color and health condition all play a role in how many sessions you will need for your individual treatment plan.  


Intermittent treatment may be needed every year due to potential hair growth in certain areas, as well as maintenance for stubborn hair that needs extra “help”.



Is There Risks to Laser Hair Removal?

Removing unwanted hair via laser hair removal is considered a safe treatment and with any treatments using laser and heat, there are things to consider…


• Darker hair and lighter skin are the best candidates for targeting pigment because the darker skin can potentially absorb the laser light which causes it higher heat and can burn the skin.


• If you have hair that is fairer the laser may not be as effective due to lighter pigment.


Laser hair removal can be incompatible with photosensitive medications like antibiotics. We also recommend abstaining from the use of skin care products that contain alpha hydroxy acid and retinols that can leave your skin hypersensitive during and post-treatment.


If you don’t know for sure what medications could interact with laser hair removal, check with your doctor before treatment in addition to having a conversation with your medical spa provider.



If you’ve come this far – thank you – because it sounds like you’re ready to ditch the razor and remove unwanted hair.



Whatever hair camp you find yourself in know there are options for dramatically reducing hair in areas you no longer want to take the time to shave or spend money on razors over your lifetime.


Because who wants to worry about unwanted hair when you’re on the beach, rockin’ a bikini line you’re proud of?!  

RENEW | 719.423.0083

Ask Dr. Elijah | How Can I Tell When My Hormones Are Out of Whack?



Q: How Can I tell when my hormones are out of whack?

A: Hormones are a hot topic and I hear this question so much; especially in my family medicine practice.


I often hear people at their whit’s end feeling very confused and questioning: Doc…are my hormones out of whack or am I losing it?


Now, if you were in my office, I’d run some tests and check important levels to determine the root cause and whether or not it’s your hormones that are making you feel out of whack (or if there’s something else going on).


However, there are signs to look for when it comes to hormone imbalance, so let’s take a look…



Signs + Symptoms Your Hormones Are Out of Whack


When your body displays certain signs + symptoms, you may not correlate those to a hormone imbalance. In fact, it’s at those times when people – especially women – overlook their hormonal health.


Thankfully, a simple symptom checker can help you decipher if what you’re feeling is potentially related to hormones.



Symptom Checker

  • Fatigue 

  • Mood Changes: Irritability, Anxiety, Nervousness, Depression 

  • Decreased Mental Ability: Memory Loss, Confusion, Loss of Focus 

  • Hot Flashes / Night Sweats 

  • Weight Gain: Bloating, Excessive Belly Fat, Inability to Lose Weight 

  • Decreased Sex Drive, Vaginal Dryness 

  • Sleep Problems: Can’t Stay Asleep / Can’t Fall Asleep 

  • Cold Hands & Feet / Always Cold 

  • Hair Loss / Breakage 

  • Dry, Wrinkled Skin


**BioTE® Medical (a bio-identical hormone replacement therapy) provides a hormonal imbalance test for women that can also help you hone in on your hormones.


Did you find yourself relating to these symptoms?

If so, let’s look at some happy hormone options…



Happy Hormone Options

Fortunately — if you do feel like it’s your hormones that are making you feel out of whack — we live in a world, now, with so many options to help with happy hormones.


1.    Speak with Your Doctor

The best way to find out if it’s your hormones that have you feeling whacky is to talk with your doctor. They can go over your symptoms and run proper tests to help you gain clarity around your health.


2.    Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BioTE®)

At our Southern Colorado Clinic location in Pueblo, Colorado, we love the hormone optimization of plant-based, BioTE® Hormone Pellet therapy.  

These non-synthetic pellets, “…are tiny, custom-compounded therapies for symptoms that stem from hormonal imbalances. This therapy keeps hormone levels consistent through the day and avoids rollercoaster-like effects from orally administered or topically administered hormones. The pellets BioTE uses contains bio-identical hormones, derived from natural sources. The pellets contain hormones identical to the ones found in the human body. Studies have shown that bio-identical hormones have fewer side effects than synthetic hormones.” – BioTE®


3.    Check Your Stress (And overall lifestyle)

The stress hormone cortisol can impact so many aspects of our daily life. From lowering immune function, increased risk for depression and even lower life expectancy – stress can wreak havoc to our adrenal glands and hormones in particular.


A combination of healthy lifestyle choices like physical activity, nourishing food, connection with friends and family and self-care can all positively influence the control that stress has – or doesn’t have – in your life.

I’ve seen so many people experience hormonal imbalance — including myself — and it can absolutely make you question yourself.  

Keep in mind these signs and symptoms of hormonal imbalance, as well as your options for happy hormones and know that there’s light at the end of that whacky hormonal tunnel!

RENEW | 719.423.0083

Looking for Work-Life Balance? Here’s What to Do Instead.



Has your BFF or partner said this to you lately: “You need to find some balance between your work and home-life.”?  


Actually, they may not have said that to you, they may have shouted that AT you while you were pinging from work stuff to family stuff to everything in between.


Does this scenario sound all too familiar?


If you struggle with the balancing act of work and life — first of all — know you’re not alone (we battle with it as well).


And also, keep in mind there’s a different way to view “balance”.


Here’s what we’re talking about…



Is Work-Life Balance a Myth?


Did your mom stay home to raise you and she thinks you should do the same?

Did your dad work long hours and weekends to provide the “best possible life” for you?

Does your sibling(s) buck the family system and believe you should live it up as much as possible?

Does your grandma harp on you to not work weekends?


Whatever scenario you were raised in, when it comes to the beliefs around what it takes to achieve work-life balance, there comes a time when YOU have to know what you believe.


So many times, we take in the world around us without filtering and deciphering what truly works for us — not for mom, dad, sister, brother, grandma, grandpa and great uncle Steve.


That’s why we have to ask ourselves, “Is work-life balance a myth?”


Work-life balance may not exist at all, because oftentimes, we’re living out someone else’s version of it— not our own.


So, what do you do when work-life balance is a myth?

Seek alignment.


Align-who, you might be asking.

Let us explain…



Work-Life Alignment

No, we’re not talking about going to the chiropractor and getting adjusted (although, that can help, too).


What we’re talking about is alignment with your work-life…not balance.


“Aim for work-life alignment by crafting a meaningful professional life that matches up with who you are and what’s important to you.” – Patricia Thompson, Ph.D


The work-life concept described by Patricia Thompson, Ph.D integrates your core values, meaningful relationships, and awareness of what areas in your life are not fully aligned.

So what does that look like in everyday life?

How to Seek Work-Life Alignment 

Ever thought your life was on the hot mess express? We’ve probably all been there and that’s why the harder we seek balance in work-life, the farther away that “goal” becomes.

Why? Because life is full of ups and downs and the more we work with them, the easier alignment can be.

Here are some tips on how to move towards more work-life alignment:

• Seek relationships, friendships, and circumstances that lift you up; not drain you.

If your work is a source of contention look at other areas of your life that can help ease that work burden. That might mean saying buy-bye to that toxic friend you keep around for no good reason or asking for help from your partner around the house.

• Accept that balance is a myth + integrate your values.

What can you take with you everywhere you go? Your core values.

Whether that looks like working a little extra one week because you have upcoming travel, or getting your meal-prep on like the boss that you are so you can eat what helps you feel your best — it’s all about integrating the things that matter most to you.

Not every day or week will look the same and oftentimes, accepting that work-life alignment looks different from time-to-time can help you feel good about showing up fully as your best self — in work and life.

• Drop the guilt.

If you’re a human then you know life is not always linear (even as hard as we try to make it be).

Life is full of hiccups and speed-bumps, roaring highways and curvy mountain roads. When we can stop throwing guilt and shame on ourselves, life can open up in ways that give us options to take the slow lane, or pass the Sunday drivers — but only when we realize we’re all doing the best we can with what we have.

So drop the guilt and raise your glass to riding the waves of work-life alignment — with your core values intact and more areas of your life — than not — that fill you up!

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