Laser Hair Removal | Your Guide to Remove Unwanted Hair

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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:

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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.

 

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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?

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ASK DR. ELIJAH

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.

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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!


RENEW | 719.423.0083


How to Minimize Pores (And Our Favorite Pore Refiner Product!)

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Have you ever looked in the mirror and wondered how a pore (or pores) could be so large?

 

You’re standing there contemplating your best lipstick choice and the next thing you know – boom – you find yourself questioning not only your pores but life as well!

 

Ok, we won’t get that philosophically deep today (only a few face layers of depth on this one, we promise), but we’re definitely going to talk all things pores, how to minimize them and our favorite pore refiner product.

 

Ready? Let’s do this.

 

 

What, Exactly, Is a Pore?  

Aside from the ability to make a lot of good puns with this word, according to the dictionary, a pore is simply, “a minute opening in a surface, especially the skin or integument of an organism, through which gases, liquids, or microscopic particles can pass.”

 

Don’t worry that’s all the science words we’re going to use, but there are some things to take into consideration about these tiny openings on your face.

 

Here’s what to keep in mind about pores:

• Pores are hair follicles.  

• You guessed it, genetics plays a big role in determining pore size.

• Other factors play a role as well, such as skin type (oily, dry, combination, sensitive), the aging process and your environment.

• Even though you may not love the appearance of your pores, they support and maintain healthy skin (everything plays a role in our body, right? Pores are no different.).

• Definitely cleanse your pores, but over-cleansing can actually increase the production of more oil and clog pores even more.

 

Now that you have the lowdown on what the function of pores really are, let’s talk the best treatment and maintenance for your pores (especially if you want to minimize them).

 

 

How to Minimize Pores

Cleanse your skin – 1—2x/day is plenty, particularly if you’re not wearing make-up. Remember less is more: over-cleansing the skin can increase oil production and the next thing you know, your pore (see that pun) skin starts freaking out.

 

Make sunscreen your friend – your very close, never-leave-home-without-it friend. When the skin is damaged by the sun a breakdown in collagen occurs and that can create saggy pores; we know you don’t want that!

 

• Exfoliate – but be gentle, please; no rubbing your face off. Looking for an exfoliation suggestion? Retinols and peels can work wonders for penetrating the skin and sloughing away those dead skin cells.

 

Laser those pores – as in Laser Genesis those pores. This non-invasive, mild laser is perfect for minimizing pores and helping skin even out tone and texture. We love you, Laser Genesis.

 

Pore Refiner – you didn’t think we’d leave you hanging without shouting from the digital rooftops our favorite pore refiner product, did you? No way.

 

ZO®’s Instant Pore Refiner

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ZO® INSTANT PORE REFINER | $60

• Refines enlarged pores

• Minimizes the amount of oil on the surface of the skin for a shine-free, matte appearance


• Helps smooth skin texture + reduce imperfections on the skin

• Works to exfoliate dead skin cells around pores, helping to prevent congestion, which can lead to breakouts


Pore genetics (look at those puns, again) or not, these pore minimizing tips and products should have you smiling in the mirror (deep conversations on the meaning of life are totally optional).


RENEW | 719.423.0083



Ask Charmayne | What Is Laser Genesis?

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ASK CHARMAYNE


Q: What Is Laser Genesis?

A: Well, I can’t start this Q& A off without saying how much I LOVE Laser Genesis. I recommend this treatment to just about every client who comes to see me; especially if they have an event coming up soon (even that weekend) because most people see results right away.

And this service is one of our favorite treatments at Renew – not just for you the client – but I personally use Laser Genesis for my skincare routine + maintenance.

Ok, enough about me and my love for Laser Genesis – let’s find out WHY I love this skincare treatment so much and think you will too!

 

WHAT IS LASER GENESIS?

Laser Genesis is a non-invasive laser treatment that helps restore and smooth out skin tone and texture as well as reduce acne scarring, fine lines and wrinkles, redness, pore size and can aid in the treatment of active acne.

 

The Laser Genesis’s heat-based laser boosts collagen growth and loves to work on treating acne scars and rosacea.

  

I don’t just recommend Laser Genesis, I’m a faithful user of this treatment because it works. Especially for rosacea sufferers like myself.
— Charmayne Torres-Trujillo, Medical Aesthetician


WHO IS LASER GENESIS FOR?

The short answer: just about anyone!

If you struggle with acne, acne scarring, rosacea, large pores or desire an overall refresh of your skin tone and texture – without going under the knife – Laser Genesis is for you.

Of course, there are always exceptions when it comes to certain skin types that Laser Genesis may not be useful for, so please speak with your skin care expert.

 

HOW DOES LASER GENESIS WORK?

Laser Genesis can be done on the face, neck and chest and depending on the area you’re receiving this treatment, the appointment is typically around 30-45 minutes.

 

Most people report that Laser Genesis is not painful – only a warm sensation is felt. And yet, another reason why we love this treatment: zero downtime and recovery.

 

Now, taking into consideration your skin type and desired results, multiple treatments (3-5) of Laser Genesis (spaced out over 4+ weeks) is recommended.

 

WHAT RESULTS FROM LASER GENESIS CAN I EXPECT?

With this lunchtime laser treatment, you can potentially see results right after receiving Laser Genesis. However, the most optimal results and benefits are seen within 3-6 months (and oftentimes, beyond that timeframe).

 

Maintenance for results – especially if being treated for pigment and rosacea challenges – are highly recommended every 6-12 months.

 

Protecting yourself from the sun and maintaining a consistent skincare regimen at home can also help extend your results from Laser Genesis.

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My Laser Genesis | Before + After

Series of 6 treatments with 1-2 touch-ups on cheek area.

 

What I’m trying to say is — you know that really trustworthy best friend you call upon when life’s getting you down and who always has golden nuggets of wisdom to share?

That’s a lot like our BFF Laser Genesis: totally there for you when you’re at your wits end with your skin, shows up consistently for you with treatments and helps you feel all warm and fuzzy (outside + inside…because laser and confidence!).

Ready to get to know your skin BFF, Laser Genesis?


PS — Have a question for Charmayne or Dr. Elijah? Simply email (renewpuebloco@gmail.com) with your question and we’d love to answer and feature them in our monthly Ask Dr. Elijah/Ask Charmayne articles. (And don’t worry, we won’t use your name; it’s all anonymous.).


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7 Lessons Learned from 25 Years of Marriage

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It’s hard to believe I’m writing an article about what I’ve learned in 25 years of marriage; just saying 25 years of marriage sounds crazy to me!

 

Trust me, I never knew that night I met Randy in a hot tub that one day we’d share a beautiful daughter, Alex, travel, move, and ride the crazy waves of life as we have together.

 

Randy + Rochelle.

Randy + Rochelle.

Now, I’m not the sentimental type, so I won’t get too gushy here, so I thought I’d share 7 lessons learned from 25 years of marriage – the good, the bad and the ugly – because that’s marriage in its full glory, right?!

 

I hope you enjoy!

 

 



7 Lessons Learned from 25 Years of Marriage

 

1.     Have a sense of humor; life is literally too short to take things too seriously.

 

2.     Have a husband/partner who is a great cook. It’s hard to stay mad at someone who just made you dinner!

 

3.     Don’t go to bed mad at each other when there’s Ambien®!

 

4.     When you’re in the throws of perimenopause, don’t poke the bear (literally + figuratively!).

 

Budweiser + a good time!

Budweiser + a good time!

5.     An alcoholic beverage and a good sense of humor can go a long way.

 

6.     Appreciate the other person; even if they’re driving you crazy.

 

7.     Learn to accept the other person for who they are + how you complement each other because of that.

 


My graduation with Randy + Baby Alex.

My graduation with Randy + Baby Alex.


Cheers to 25 years of lessons learned and the people we are now because of everything we’ve endured.






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I’ll raise my favorite glass of red wine to that!





Best Lip Balm | Ormedic Balancing Lip Enhancement

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What happens when you mix the best lip balm with lips that are rockin’ new filler?

A perfect pout.

 

**Hold up non-filler loving people – we see you, too!**

 

That’s why we’re talkin’ about Ormedic Balancing Lip Enhancement; better known as your lips most favorite and best lip balm — filler or no filler.

 

 

What Is Ormedic Balancing Lip Enhancement?

 

IMAGE Skincare (one of our favorite product partners in the skincare world) created this lip-enhancing moisturizer.

 

And that is what it is: a soothing + hydrating infusion to your lips.

This lip moisturizer also works to improve the appearance + volume of lip contours (hello filler — especially that Revanesse® Versa™ lip filler we’re lovin’ on right now).

 

 

Why Is This the Best Lip Balm (All the Details)?

 

Yes, we know this lip balm is technically a lip-enhancing moisturizer, but what makes it so enhancing + moisturizing?

Well to start –  

“It diminishes fine lines and contains a powerful, anti-aging polypeptide complex that supports collagen in the lips so they look naturally firm and full.”

– IMAGE Skincare

 

Imagine your chapped lips feeling relief from this lip moisturizer while it continuously heals (apply to lip area as needed).

 

And it’s physician formulated for all skin types, fine lines, dry, dehydrated lips and post-dermal fillers/injections.

  

WHAT ARE THE Ingredients?

Infused with ingredients like organic aloe vera juice + Japanese Green Tea as well as key ingredients:

·      Palmitoyl oligopepide

·      Persea gratissima (avocado oil), (organic)

·      Ubiquinone

·      Tocopherol (Vitamin E)

 

Oh yeah, did we mention this product was seen in the American Spa Magazine?

 

If you’re on the hunt for the best lip balm — Ormedic Balancing Lip Enhancement — is here for you!

With its instant + lasting moisturizing properties, appearance + volume enhancing features + increase in moisture volume over time – what’s not to love?

 

Ormedic Balancing Lip Enhancement | $20.00


R E N E W | 719.423.0083


Ask Dr. Elijah | What is Filler by Revanesse® Versa™?

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ASK DR. ELIJAH

 

Q – What is Filler by Revanesse® Versa™?

 

A – Well, we’re very happy you asked that question because at RENEW, we are pretty excited to introduce you to this new dermal filler product!

Revanesse® Versa™ is a company we’ve partnered with that is not only impeccable with their ingredients, testing, and manufacturing, but they also aim to be more natural and accepted easier by the body.

If you’re the type of person who desires filler but doesn’t want to look like you had filler (you go for the more natural look) — this dermal filler is just for you.

 

Revanesse® Versa™ — a multipurpose dermal filler that’s now available in the U.S. — is based on a tried + tested formula which has been used globally since 2002 and leverages state of the art production methods.

 

The Versa™ Difference

“All dermal fillers are not created equal. A unique formula, high quality ingredients and innovative manufacturing techniques ensure that Revanesse® Versa™ is optimized for remarkable results. Versa™ is processed in small batches, in our own state-of-the-art facility to maximize quality and safety.” – Revanesse® Versa™

 

This multipurpose dermal filler is here for those wanting to shine inside + out — because in our book age is just a number and it’s how you feel that matters.

 

What Makes Revanesse® Versa™ Different from Other Fillers?

 

Well, to start off, Revanesse® Versa™ dermal filler is balanced with the water content of natural skin and this treatment is optimized for accurate results; it’s also meticulously tested in-house with each and every syringe individually inspected for safety and efficacy.

 

Revanesse® Versa™ uses advanced manufacturing techniques to ensure that their particles are spherical and uniform.

So what does all that particle talk really mean for you? It means that this allows the formula to be more easily accepted by the body, reducing swelling and providing added longevity.

Pretty cool, right? Who doesn’t love a well-made product that your body can trust + can help you look + feel better…naturally?

If you desire to enhance your looks with natural results we think Revanesse® Versa™ dermal filler is one of the best decisions you can make for investing in your confidence and happiness!

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Health Benefits of (Real) Chocolate

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If the month of February doesn’t scream chocolate, I’m not sure what does.

I mean, not only is this the month of love but all things love-inducing as well. And if we’re being honest, real chocolate has the potential to do a lot of love-inducing.

Now, before you fly out the door to stock up on all of those chocolate-laden candy bars – mini size and all – keep reading because there’s a major difference between chocolate you think you’re getting in a candy bar versus a real-deal hunk of chocolate.

Not to mention the health benefits correlated with this tropical tree seed called cacao.

But first, a little background on this little bean…

 

Chocolate: Cacao or Cocoa – What’s the Difference?

In Latin, this tropical, evergreen tree Theobroma Cacao — which contains cacao fruits (pods of cacao beans) — literally means “Food for the Gods”.

In America, it’s easy to confuse the difference between cacao and cocoa. Growing up I never heard my mom say, “Come get your hot cacao, Sweetie!”

Now that we’re in a bit of a health craze in this country the differences in cacao and cocoa are being talked about.

So, what are the differences exactly?

Cacao is the pure, raw form of chocolate.

Cocoa is more processed – with high heat – and oftentimes sugar, milk fat and oil have been added to it.

Cocoa is the hot chocolate of our childhood and the candy bars we hand out at Halloween (or stash in our desks at work).

Cacao is the health craze of today and the purest form of chocolate, packed with all of those health benefits you’re looking for!

However, you’ll often hear both cocoa and cacao used interchangeably even though they can be distinctly different.

 

Ok, so what exactly are these health benefits we’re hooting and hollering about?

 

Health Benefits of Chocolate

Before we dig into the health benefits of chocolate, we want to acknowledge that 85% dark chocolate – with little to no processing or added sugars – is highly recommended for being the most beneficial for your mind + body.

Ok, now for those health benefits of chocolate we keep talking about…

 

•  Antioxidant High Achiever: If dark chocolate was taking a test on its ability to fight free radicals and support antioxidant activity; their score would be higher than most (including blueberries). Looking to fight the signs of aging? Bring on the cacao and antioxidants, please!

 

•  Chocolate Truly Does Love the Heart: You know that LDL cholesterol everyone says to keep low? Well, in observational studies chocolate has been shown to protect against oxidation; therefore arteries are less clogged and risk of heart disease is potentially lower. Thank you, dear chocolate!

 

• Brain Booster: With stimulants like caffeine and theobromine (the good-energy stimulant that doesn’t crash the central nervous system) and high-flavanols that support circulation and blood flow – chocolate is primed to boost the brain. Who says you can’t have a nibble of chocolate before a test or big meeting?!

 

• High on Happy: You know how we said February is the month of all things love-inducing? Well, chocolate may be one of the culprits for that feeling in the brain. Serotonin, dopamine, and endorphins – your “happiness neurotransmitters” – can be released when chocolate is consumed. Before you know it you’re feeling all the feelings from these happy chocolate neurotransmitters!

 

 

A Note on Chocolate – The Pitfalls?

 

As we mentioned, the most concentration of nutrients and health benefits of chocolate are found in cacao – specifically dark, 85% chocolate – with little to no added sugars or processed ingredients.

 

Grabbing a bunch of candy bars and thinking that’s going to boost the brain and send you into happy land – probably not.

 

Go for that dark chocolate, or heck, grab some raw cacao powder at your local health food store and make your very own hot chocolate.

 

 

Whether February is your month to spread the love or that’s just not your thing – keep in mind the power of chocolate (the cacao kind, anyway). This hunk of dark chocolate can ramp up those antioxidants (hello anti-aging!), boost that brain power (bring on that meeting!), keep your cholesterol (LDL specifically) in check (I love you, heart!) and help you get into your happy place…one small nibble of chocolate at a time!


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ZO® Product Of The Month | Renewal Crème

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Imagine how magical it would be if you could channel Samantha from Bewitched; twinkle your nose and poof, all of your problematic skin is gone.

 

I know we’re obviously dreaming with that TV magic for our skin, but what if we said there’s a solution to dry, irritated winter skin — a solution that doesn’t involve nose wiggling, movie mystic or anyone by the name of Darrin?

  

What is this winter skin wonder?

Renewal Crème by ZO® Skin Health

 

 

What Is Renewal Crème?

 

Renewal Crème by ZO® Skin Health is above all a hydrator for your skin. And don’t we need more of that in the winter?

RENEWAL CRÈME | $106

RENEWAL CRÈME | $106

This product hydrates + promotes moisture for your skin while it nourishes, soothes and reduces redness.

Can we get some more of that, please?!

  

Renewal Crème –

•  Supports the restoration of moisture

•  Helps repair skin’s protective barrier

•  Nurture’s healthy skin repair

•  Soothing + calming for your skin

•  Delivers antioxidant protection

 

Renewal Crème | Directions

No fuss with this product – simply apply Renewal Crème every morning (or as needed) to clean, dry skin.

 

 

Renewal Crème | Super Ingredients

What makes this winter wonderland skin saver so effective?

Some of these super ingredients (if you like to geek out on that sort of thing).

  • Sodium Hyaluronate and jojoba ester: Helps restore hydration.

  • Oat and Canadian willowherb extracts: Soothe and reduce skin irritation.

  • Photosomes: Provide DNA repair enzymes.

  • Oxysomes (vitamins C and E) and coenzyme-Q10: Provides antioxidant properties.

  • Retinol (vitaine): Stimulates epidermal renewal and collagen production, and helps even skin tone.

TO SUM IT UP

Dry, irritated winter skin giving you the blues?

You don’t have to be Samantha from Bewitched to soothe your inflamed skin with a twinkle of the nose.

The ultimate hydrator — Renewal Crème ($106) by ZO® Skin Health — can be applied in the morning (or as needed) and is packed with super ingredients for your skin to help restore hydration, soothe irritation, aide in DNA repair enzymes, antioxidant properties + stimulates skin turnover, collagen production + evens out skin tone.

Cheers to this Renewal Crème ZO® product + whisking the winter skin blues away!


Schedule your ZO® Skin Health consultation today w/ RENEW | 719.423.0083


Ask Charmayne | What Is An Oxygen Facial?

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ASK CHARMAYNE


Q — WHAT IS AN OXYGEN LIFT FACIAL? 

A — If you’re imagining laying back with some spa music in the background + an oxygen tank right next to you — don’t worry, it’s not THAT kind of Oxygen Facial.

This non-medical facial uses the IMAGE skincare line which infuses oxygen, plant-derived stem cells, peptides and specially concentrated enzymatic botanicals into the O2 LIFT facial.

This Oxygen LIFT Facial delivers a spa experience you won’t regret (especially from the RENEW Crew — but you know that) with results you can see the minute you walk out of your treatment.


WHAT RESULTS CAN YOU EXPECT?

  • Anti-aging: We’re talking cell turnover (thank you enzymes) that’s gentle, yet invigorating. Hello, Glow!

  • Moisturized + Rejuvenated: This Oxygen LIFT Facial aims to produce gorgeous, luminous skin that will leave your face feeling healthy + radiant.

When your Oxygen Facial is finished + you  walk out of that peaceful room (feeling so relaxed you forget where you are for a minute) your face will be fully moisturized, glowing and ready to turn over new cells for skin rejuvenation like a kid that just learned how to ride a bike (vroom, vroom!). 

PS — Have a question for Charmayne or Dr. Elijah? Simply email (renewpuebloco@gmail.com) with your question and we’d love to answer and feature them in our monthly Ask Dr. Elijah/Ask Charmayne articles. (And don’t worry, we won’t use your name; it’s all anonymous.).



How to Ease into The New Year (Without Losing Your Mind)

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Oh hello, 2019!

 

Have you noticed there are two very distinct camps of people when it comes to making stuff happen and crushing goals in the new year?

 

The super energetic, full of vigor, jazzercising camp – “Let’s DO THIS PEOPLE!!” (With so many exclamation points and in all caps because they’re shouting this from the rooftops).  

 

And the Eeyore-laden, ho-hum camp – “Another year. Another shmyear. Whatever.” (In the most mundane tone because they just don’t do excitement very well).

 

But what if there was another camp?

 

Yes, let’s create another camp and call it Easy Like Sunday Morning Camp (and tip our hats to Lionel Richie).

 

This new year camp is all about ease + productivity; grit + grace; get’er done + give it some time.

 

 

The new year can be full of so much hope + excitement it’s easy to get swept up into goal setting and what you want to accomplish for the next twelve months, the next thing you know anxiety is setting in.  

 

Before you know it overwhelm sweeps up any feelings of excitement and eagerness for what you want to accomplish in the new year.

 

And why is that?

 

Because we’re not giving ourselves enough time to integrate, to decipher what we want and don’t want – instead, we’re just looking at placing a checkmark next to our daily/weekly/yearly goals.

 

We’re too hard on ourselves.

We expect too much too soon.

And the next thing you know a pint of ice cream has vanished and it’s gurgling in the belly – because overwhelm.

 

 

What if we changed that paradigm?

 

What if we usher in 2019 in a way that feels good?

 

If this sounds like a better plan than you have now – then we have some Easy Like Sunday Morning tips for your best year yet (without all the overwhelm).

  

 

Ease into The New Year Tips

  

1.    Set goals (but be spacious with your time + self-love)

 

Have a ginormous, behemoth goal this year? (Good for you, by the way!)

Does this goal scare you a bit? That’s what big goals do, don’t they? They’re equally frightening and exhilarating.

 

What if, every time you got scared with this big one, you also gave yourself some space + time as well?

Perhaps your goal needs a new timeline?

Perhaps you need to recalibrate?

Perhaps you need to scrap the whole thing?

 

Give yourself enough time to cultivate + create as well as be gentle with how this goal is playing out.  

 

Be tenacious + flexible!

 

 

2.    Experiment (replace the word goals with experiments)

 

Does the word goal send tingles down your back?

 

If you’re in the category of people that just don’t love the word “goals” – what if you replace that word with experiment?

 

Sometimes we just need an energy shift that helps us take the pressure off and find more fun and freedom with all the things we want to do in the new year.

 

Here’s a little script that can help shift your mindset –

 

Goal/experiment: Lose 15 pounds.

 

Mindset/Mantra: “This year I’m going to experiment with foods that make me feel good + a lifestyle that supports high energy levels, clear thinking and more movement in my daily life.”

 

Instead of making things too strict; make your focus about feeling better and experiment with what will help you do that!

 

 

3.    Remember the “little” wins

 

Don’t forget to acknowledge the wins you achieve on a daily or weekly basis.

 

Maybe you packed your lunch for work more than you didn’t.  

Maybe you got up 30-minutes early 4 out of 7 days.  

Maybe you simply showed up for yoga class.

 

Sometimes showing up – more often than not – is all you need to keep the momentum going…

 

So, keep showing up!

 

 

Whether you’re bogged down by goal overload or haven’t even thought about what you want from 2019 – we hope these tips and mind shifts help you feel less stress + more spacious as you move through this new year!



2018 Reflections from Dr. Elijah + Charmayne

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“We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails.”

– Dolly Parton

  

With 2018 coming to a close – we decided to look back on this year with some reflections + life lessons we’re definitely taking with us into 2019 and beyond.

  

We hope these nuggets help you!

 

 

Dr. Elijah | 2018 Reflections

  

•  Life’s too short to be offended by everything. 

I think taking offense to everything just makes us angry all the time. I got caught up in all the politics for a while, but I felt myself just being triggered by others and that made me feel anger and irritation, so I blocked the negativity on social media. Often times the power really does belong within us!

 

•  Encourage your kid to graduate early. 

Not only does this save you a lot of money, it also allows your kid to jump into a possible career earlier or get in some travel before starting a job.

  

•  Starting a new business and renovating a building is hard work! 

When I embarked on starting a new business and renovating a building, I never could have imagined what those two endeavors could entail. I have new admiration for all those entrepreneurs out there and showing up every day – especially when curveballs get thrown your way!  

 

 

Charmayne | 2018 Reflections

 

•  Friends are the family you choose for yourself.

I’ve learned blood isn’t the only requirement for family – it can also be friends who come into your life and make your world SO much better. I’m grateful I’ve embraced friends who are just like family to me.

 

•  Self-care is not selfish.

Taking care of yourself mentally, physically and emotionally is an absolute requirement before you can even think about taking “care” of anyone else. It may have taken me a while to learn this one, but I’m happy I can see the benefit of self-care (like, don’t even come at me if I haven’t done at least 10 burpees)!

 

•  Nourish connections.

Sometimes you find connections with people you never thought would be a part of your life. I’ve learned not to shirk those bonds – even when I can’t fully understand why a certain person was placed in my life. Whether someone is in your life for a particular reason, a specific season or throughout your lifetime – soak all the lessons in that you can!

 

 

Here’s to all the life lessons that’s shaped you throughout this year + the lessons carrying you into the new year.

 

 

Cheers, 2019 –

Dr. Elijah + Charmayne

Botox vs Filler – Which One Is Right for You?

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Look in the mirror lately and spot some sneaky lines and potential wrinkles on your face – that you’re NOT in love with?

 

Aging is definitely part of life, but the world we live in now – going under the knife doesn’t have to be the only way to treat a sagging face or even that “resting” face where people think you’re either super angry, or highly confused.

 

(You know the one we’re talking about!)

 

A less invasive approach to treating wrinkles, lines and areas of lost volume on your face can be Botox or filler.

 

But this is where confusion usually sets in…

 

What’s the difference between Botox + filler and which one should I choose?

 

Let’s take a closer look, so you can decide for yourself…

 

  

What Is Botox?

  

You’re injecting WHAT into your face?

 

Oh, just a neurotoxin that’s produced by a bacterium by the name of Clostridium botulinum (aka botulinum toxin).

 

(Whew, that’s a mouthful isn’t it?)

 

Just saying those big words and uttering neurotoxin on top of it sounds like nobody should be injecting Botox into anything, right?

 

But what if we said it all depends on how the Botox is made and administered that distinguishes Botox from wrinkle-smoother to botulism-inducer?

 

Botox – the kind used for injecting into and smoothing areas like the forehead and eye area – first comes in a powder form that is diluted with saline which allows for injection.

 

The saline also helps to water down the Botox and dilute any toxic capabilities.

 

When Botox is injected into, say, the forehead area, it will block transmission to the nerve in the nearby muscles. Almost like a “freeze” of that injected area.

  

When Botox is used and administered correctly (ahem, we’re talking a licensed professional) it can be used for more than a smooth forehead.

 

Botox can also be used for headaches, migraines, eye crossing, muscular and bowel disorders, bladder challenges and even excessive sweating.

 

Depending on your age and amount of collagen, receiving Botox for aesthetic reasons may also help your future creases and wrinkles as well.

 

Who would’ve thought Botox was more than a beauty enhancer?

 

Ok, now that we’ve covered Botox, let’s talk about filler…

 

 

What Is filler?

 

Most fillers contain Hyaluronic Acid (in different forms) and do not “freeze” the muscle like Botox does.

 

Filler is usually used in areas that Botox is not (like around the mouth) and can even be used to contour the nose, plump up the perfect pout, as well as add volume to areas that appear to be sagging on the face.

 

There are different versions and names for these fillers:

 

•  RESTYLANE SILK – known to be a subtle enhancer.

 

•  RESTYLANE + RESTYLANE-L – known for volume; the only difference is the Restylane-L has lidocaine in it for potential prevention of pain.

 

•  JUVÉDERM VOLBELLA XC – lip line definition, in addition to smoothing out fine lines found around the mouth area.

 

•  JUVÉDERM ULTRA XC – known for a plush lip look.

 

Depending on the look you’re going for, a combination of these fillers can be used to achieve the desired appearance.

 

 

Which One Is Right for You – Botox or Filler?

 

When you get right down to it, Botox or filler is a personal choice and one that should be made between you and a highly qualified professional injector.

 

So, here’s what’s typically recommended —

 

•  Botox is best for facial expression lines like the crease points where your muscles contract (crow’s feet and eye area, between the eyebrows and forehead).

 

•  Botox can last 3-6 months depending on skin type.

 

•  Filler is best for facial lines at rest — where volume is needed — like the deep lines around your mouth, plump up your pout and can also be used for nose correction and those wrinkles/lines where you sleep as well.

 

•  Filler can last anywhere from 6-18 months depending on skin type and what filler you choose.  

 

 

To Sum it Up

 

If you’ve ever considered smoothing out some of the lines and wrinkles creeping up on your face with Botox or filler, but were confused and, honestly, a little nervous because of words like Botulism and neurotoxin being thrown around – not to mention those horror stories about botched Botox – we completely understand your concern.  

 

Some of the biggest reasons Botox and filler gets a bad rap is due to an unlicensed or inexperienced “professional” administering this injectable, especially with a wrong dosage that isn’t safe to be injected.

 

Our best advice?

Do your research for a highly qualified – and highly recommended – injector in your area and allow yourself plenty of time to ask questions and get comfortable with the person who may be helping your face look totally fresh – without the surgery!


Curious about Botox and fillers?

Request an appointment below or contact RENEW | 719.423.0083 to consult with a highly qualified injector like Dr. Rochelle Elijah!



truSculpt iD® vs. CoolSculpting® – A Melt the Fat or Freeze the Fat Comparison

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When it comes to body contouring, we’re pretty sure you’ve heard the words truSculpt or CoolSculpting.

Followed by that is usually terms like “melt the fat” or “freeze the fat” when referencing these body sculpting technologies.


And often times this is where confusion sets in.

Because there’s much debate on which body contouring technology is better and more effective — to melt fat or to freeze fat.

Not only is this one of the big questions in medical aesthetics today, but it’s also on the minds of many potential clients looking to contour their body without surgery.

 

We know you want to target those areas on the body that can be stubborn and don’t want to let that fat go no matter how hard you exercise or eat right — like the abdomen, flanks, back, arms and even the chin area.

 

But how do all of these body contouring machines compare?

 

Let’s take a look, shall we…

 

A Melt The Fat or Freeze The Fat Comparison  

truSculpt iD® (Melt the Fat):

 

•  Technology Used?

Monopolar focused Radio Frequency.

 

•  Treatment Time?

15-minutes.

 

•  Comfort Level?

Usually well tolerated; little to no discomfort.

 

•  Effectiveness of truSculpt iD®?

Up to 24% permanent fat reduction. 

 

•  Any Adverse Effects? 

None reported.

 

•  Treatable Areas:

The flexibility of applicators allows for multiple areas to be treated including chin, arms, abdomen, flanks, thighs, knees and the back area.

 

•  Skin Tightening? 

Yes.

 

•  Treat BMI Over 30?

Yes.

 

 

CoolSculpting® (Freeze the Fat):

 

•  Technology Used?

Cryolipolysis (fat freezing).

 

•  Treatment Time?

105 minutes to treat same area.

 

•  Comfort Level?

Due to the suction-based applicator + post-treatment massage this can get uncomfortable.

 

•  Effectiveness of CoolSculpting®?

Up to 22% permanent fat reduction. 

 

•  Any Adverse Effects? 

Up to a few weeks of potential numbness, nerve pain and uneven results of the treatment area.

 

•  Treatable Areas:

Potential limited treatment areas based on the design of the applicator (which is suction-based).

 

•  Skin Tightening? 

No.

 

•  Treat BMI Over 30?

No.

 

  

To Sum it Up

 

Now you’ve seen the comparisons – to melt or to freeze – those stubborn areas on your body where no amount of jumping jacks, lunges, hot yoga sessions and green smoothie sipping can help.

  

Call us bias (we LOVE our truSculpt iD® technology), but it looks like if you want to maximize your time, increase your potential for permanent fat reduction, experience little to no discomfort during the body contouring treatment and tighten your skin while treating your problem areas – truSculpt iD® has you covered in all of those areas and then some.

 

If you asked us whether we’d melt our fat or freeze our fat – we’d simply say, “Pass me a frozen drink ‘cause it’s about to get warm up in here while I melt this fat away!”


Does body contouring without surgery have your interest?

Call RENEW | 719.423.0083 to schedule a consultation or REQUEST AN APPOINTMENT below to get started!