Chemical Peels | Everything You Need to Know

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What else do you have to look forward to in the fall and winter (other than pumpkins, scary movies and holidays)?

 

Chemical Peels!

 

We know that’s probably not the answer you were looking for, but if you enjoy a younger, smoother, more hydrated complexion — chemical peels are your winter best friend.

 

And we’re going to tell you why — including everything you need to know about chemical peels.

 

But first, we need to talk about skin prep for chemical peels.

 

 

WHY DO I NEED TO SKIN PREP FOR A CHEMICAL PEEL?

You want your chemical peel to work smarter for you, not harder, right?

That’s exactly what happens when you prep your skin for a chemical peel.  

 

HERE ARE 4 SKIN PREP TIPS FOR CHEMICAL PEELS

 

1.   STAY OUT OF THE SUN

This is not a time to forget about sunscreen and learning to love the shade.

Even if it’s wintertime, sunscreen should still be a part of your skincare regimen.

2.   ENZYME PEELS

Enzyme peels are perfect pre-treatments to chemical peels.

This gentle exfoliant helps to remove the top layer of skin, speed up cell turnover and give your skin a fresh, glowing look.

3.   RETINOLS

Retinols target cell turnover and skin exfoliation (hint, exfoliation is a big step in skin prep!).

  

4.   DERMAPLANING

This exfoliation ninja helps “shave” the surface of the skin and remove the top layer — “peach fuzz” and all!

 

Don’t forget to speak with your skincare professional about skin prep before a chemical peel — they can customize a plan that’s just right for your skincare needs.

 

  

WHAT IS A CHEMICAL PEEL?

Chemical (single or combination of chemicals) peels can be applied to your face, hands, and neck and aim to remove dry, damaged and dead skin cells by speeding up the natural exfoliation process.

 

This in-office treatment can improve the look and feel of your skin to reveal a smooth, healthy appearance.

  

 

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF A CHEMICAL PEEL?

Chemical peels can be customized for your specific skincare needs

 

• Chemical peels exfoliate the outer layer of your skin — which is the layer exposed to factors that damage, stress and dry your skin

 

• Chemical peels couple well with other skincare procedures

 

• Reduces acne, mild scarring, fine lines and wrinkles

 

• Removes dead skin cells

 

• Improves skin texture

 

• Stimulates collagen and elastin

 

• Reveals youthful, smoother looking skin  

  

 

IS A CHEMICAL PEEL PAINFUL?

Most people report a temperature change (warming or cold sensation) on the face and then slight tingling or itching.

 

These are all normal to experience during your treatment.

 

As always, speak with your esthetician if you feel uncomfortable or don’t know what a “normal” feeling is when it comes to your chemical peel.



WHAT TO EXPECT DURING AND POST CHEMICAL PEEL  

As we said, you may experience a slight temperature change, tingling or itching.

 

The treatment can last anywhere from 30-minutes to 90-minutes.

 

After your chemical peel, your skin may look red and feel tight. (This is where you DEFINITELY want to stay out of the sun and use sunscreen!).

 

And don’t forget to hydrate.

 

Peeling may last 3-7 days (depending on your type of chemical peel) and most importantly, your esthetician will give you specific instructions and recommendations to help you maximize the results of your peel.



ZO® 3-STEP PEEL

One of Renew’s favorite chemical peels is ZO®’s 3-Step Peel.

This powerful blend of exfoliants, retinol and multi-action agents aim to improve your skin health, signs of aging and skin discoloration.

 

Charmayne shows her 5-day progress with the ZO® 3-Step Peel!

 

ZO® 3-Step Peel

 

  

Are you ready to fall in love with your skin with a chemical peel?  

Interested if a chemical peel is right for you?

Give Renew a call today + start your skin health journey!



RENEW MEDICAL SPA • LASER • WELLNESS

719.423.0083

127 S. UNION AVENUE (DOWNTOWN PUEBLO)

 



10 Tips to Build Better Mental Health

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Ever feel overwhelmed by life?

 

We’re sure most people — from time to time — have felt engulfed by life in varying ways. (And if you haven’t…can we get some of your secrets, please?)

 

In a world where we have 24/7 access to news and the world of social media, it’s easy to feel the pressure of life on us.

 

And that can become daunting to our mental health.

 

In honor of World Mental Health Day on October 10th — and because your wellness is important to us (not just your skincare) — here are 10 tips to build better mental health!

 

 

10 TIPS TO BUILD BETTER MENTAL HEALTH

  

1.   TALK TO SOMEONE

Whether that be a therapist, your best friend or a tree in the middle of nowhere — talking it out can help you feel not so alone, and it gets everything out that is bottled up inside you.

 

Oftentimes when we release what we’ve been holding onto for a while, we immediately feel better. Kind of like when you have a vent session with your BFF, and you feel 20 pounds lighter after that conversation.

2.   MOVE YOUR BODY

Join a gym, find a YouTube channel you like, go for a leisure (or brisk) walk outside (and take in the Pueblo Riverwalk scenery) or throw on some of your favorite tunes and dance your heart away.

Chemicals that are beneficial for your mental health release when you move your body and can help transform feelings of stress and anxiety. Go get your sweat on!

3.   CREATE A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE

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Don’t feel so good after you eat a particular food? Pay attention to what your body likes and doesn’t like and incorporate more of what it does like into your daily life.

 

You don’t have to change everything at once — just add in one healthy lifestyle change at a time and watch your body thank you.

4.   BUILD YOUR VILLAGE

Find your people (family, friends, mental health professionals, etc.) and make them part of your village. When you know you have people in your corner it takes the pressure off of feeling like you’re doing life alone.

5.   WRITE IT OUT

Don’t want to talk to a therapist, or vent to your friend? Grab a journal and let it all out there. The paper can take it, trust us.

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6.   KNOW YOURSELF

Are you an introvert that feels like you should act like an extrovert? Drop the “shoulds” in life and embrace who you are and find the resources to support your unique qualities — even if that means staying in and watching Downtown Abbey over an evening out.

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7.   SELF-CARE LIKE IT’S YOUR JOB

What do you need to fill your mental, physical and emotional cup up? If you don’t know — experiment!

 

Does a bath help to ease the stress of the day? Does tea help you feel grounded? Whatever it is, incorporate more of it into your self-care!

8.   KARAOKE ANYONE?

We know music has the ability to change a mood, so what if you put on some feel-good music and belted out some tunes at the top of your lungs (karaoke bar optional)? At the very least, you’ll have moved your body.

9.   GRATITUDE IS THE ATTITUDE

Sometimes we need a reframe of our thoughts — especially if we’re going down a negative spiral.

 

When we choose to take time to appreciate what we do have in our life, it can foster an attitude of gratitude to help remind us of everything we’re not seeing in the moment.

10.   REACH OUT

When we feel low, reaching out to volunteer can help us step outside of ourselves for a moment and see life through a new lens. Volunteer at an animal shelter, or soup kitchen, or extend help to your neighbor(s). This can also help to cultivate more gratitude!

   

 

We hope these tips help your journey to build better mental health.

And yes, skincare love is absolutely an act of self-care!


RENEW MEDICAL SPA • LASER • WELLNESS

719.423.0083

127 S. UNION AVENUE (DOWNTOWN PUEBLO)

 

Ask Charmayne | What Are the Differences Between a Medical Spa + Day Spa?

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Q – CHARMAYNE, WHY DOES RENEW CALL ITSELF A MEDICAL SPA? IS THERE REALLY A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A MEDICAL SPA AND A DAY SPA?


A – You’re looking for a spa because you want to relax, be pampered and heck – while you’re at it – take care of those fine lines and wrinkles popping up out of nowhere (that’s literally how it happens, right?).
 
 
But not all spas are created equal – especially medical spas and day spas – so let’s talk about the differences and which one is right for you.




WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN A MEDICAL SPA + DAY SPA?


When you hear the word spa, you’re probably imagining relaxation, tranquility and soothing music.   

And that is definitely the goal of most spas.  



But one of the biggest differences between a medical spa and day spa is in the results you’re seeking.  




MEDICAL SPA  

A medical spa – like Renew – wants you to not only feel good, we want you to look good as well (if that’s your goal, of course!).  


Therefore, a medical spa (or med spa) offers these distinct differences —


• A med spa has a medical director that not only oversees the operation, but usually performs medical treatments like BOTOX® and filler injections, and other advanced skincare services as well as hormone therapy like BioTE® and vaginal rejuvenation.  

At Renew, Dr. Rochelle Elijah acts as the owner and medical director!  



• Along with a medical director, med spas have Medical Aestheticians (that’s me, Charmayne!) that have added training to perform more aggressive skincare treatments like dermaplaning, microneedling, microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and laser hair removal.  

ZO® Medical + Skin Health Products at Renew

ZO® Medical + Skin Health Products at Renew

• You’ll typically see medical-grade skincare products at a med spa (like the ZO® Medical + Skin Health line we carry).

Products like these offer a higher strength of active ingredients that can potentially create significant results for your customized treatments. 



• Therefore, the treatments you’ll find at a medical spa are geared towards creating results for you which can be achieved with medical-grade skin rejuvenation and tightening, body sculpting, laser hair removal, injections and fillers, intimate health and bio-identical hormone replacement therapy.   




DAY SPA 

Day spas are all about your comfort!  

• A medical director is not required for a day spa and most likely you’ll see various people — including estheticians, cosmetologists, and resort or spa management companies — own and operate these businesses (depending on the laws for each state).  



 • A day spas goal is to help you feel relaxed and comfortable from start to finish by offering skincare services and body and wellness treatments that are non-medical.  



• You’ll see that day spas offer everything from facials and massages, to waxing, lash and brow, spray tan, make-up application and nail services. You may even see that some day spas offer light medical treatments like microneedling or chemical peels – this all depends on state laws and varying factors.  



I hope this helps you understand the differences between a medical spa (like Renew) and a day spa.  



Renew Medical Spa + Laser + Wellness in Downtown Pueblo

Renew Medical Spa + Laser + Wellness in Downtown Pueblo

Both offer unique services for your specific desires.

And sometimes if you’re looking for specific results — a med spa could be just the type of spa you’re looking for!  


VIDEO | ASK CHARMAYNE


RENEW MEDICAL SPA • LASER • WELLNESS

719.423.0083

127 S. UNION AVENUE (DOWNTOWN PUEBLO)

 



What Is Microdermabrasion?

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What if we said there’s a sandblaster for your skin – but in a good way?

Like a super exfoliator that leaves you with an even skin tone glow, less fine lines and say goodbye to clogged pores.

  

The treatment we’re referring to is microdermabrasion.

  

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WHAT IS MICRODERMABRASION?

Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive procedure that exfoliates and helps remove dead skin cells found on the surface of the skin – using ultra-fine crystals or a laser-cut diamond tipped wand – to reveal a bright, smooth complexion.

 

There’s no downtime and you can be in and out of our Renew office in Pueblo during your lunch hour. (Well, that’s if you don’t count chat time with your favorite skincare expert!).

"I love microdermabrasion because it's non-abrasive, no downtime and most skin types can benefit from this treatment. Because it helps remove dead skin cells + unclog pores, your complexion will reveal a bright, glowing appearance!"

— Tyra Torres | Esthetician + Lash Specialist at Renew

 

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF MICRODERMABRASION?

The beauty of microdermabrasion is that you get a non-invasive procedure with results that look like it took a lot longer than your lunch hour to achieve healthy skin.  

 

Because this super exfoliator removes all of the excess debris found on the surface of your skin – cell regeneration happens after it’s all been cleared away.

 

A blank slate for your skin to repair and reveal glowing skin over time.

  

MICRODERMABRASION SUPPORTS –

• Sun damage

• Clogged pores

• Hyperpigmentation  

• Fine lines and wrinkles

• Blackheads and whiteheads

• Uneven skin texture

• Minor age spots and scars

 

*This service is NOT recommended for anyone with active rosacea or acne. Speak with your skin care professional if you have autoimmune disorders like lupus, dermatitis, psoriasis, and eczema and are thinking about receiving microdermabrasion.

 

 

IS MICRODERMABRASION PAINFUL?

A microdermabrasion treatment is like watching toddlers run around right before their bedtime – potentially annoying and uncomfortable, but peace (and a beautiful complexion) are so close!

 

Your skin may be slightly red and tender after but will clear up quickly and that’s really the only downtime — if any — you’ll have.

 

 

HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?

This will depend on your skin type and individual desires.

 

Most often, microdermabrasion can be done on a routine schedule that’s unique to you.

 

One of the major benefits is when you combine microdermabrasion with a facial or added enzyme treatment. This gives ingredients an extra boost to absorb into your skin properly and create better results.

 

 

 

So, how does microdermabrasion sound?

Ready to get sandblasting?

  

Microdermabrasion is the perfect skincare tool to help exfoliate your skin and help you show off that glow about you – both inside and out!

 

 

Want to know if microdermabrasion is a fit for your skin?

Contact Renew for a skincare analysis, or book your microdermabrasion appointment, today.


your quick microdermabrasion guide


RENEW MEDICAL SPA • LASER • WELLNESS

719.423.0083

127 S. UNION AVENUE (DOWNTOWN PUEBLO)

 



How Massage Therapy Can Relieve Headaches

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A headache is something we’ve all experienced in life at some point.  

 

(If you haven’t had a headache thus far, you should probably go play Lotto right now!) 

 

For some, headaches don’t just happen once in a while, they happen several times a year and even – in extreme cases – several times a month.  

 

When you feel a headache coming on, reaching in your medicine cabinet for a pain reliever is common.  

 

But what if there was an alternative approach to headaches?  

One that didn’t involve over-the-counter medication, or could lessen the use of those medicines.  

 

The alternative, natural approach we’re talking about is massage therapy.  

 

Let’s look at how massage therapy can relieve headaches... 

WHAT IS MASSAGE THERAPY?

Massage therapy is a bodywork that’s based in touch which gives it the unique ability to help balance the body.  

 

Massage therapy has the ability to — 

• Ease emotional and physical tension  

• Relieve muscle spasms 

• Decrease stress that can accumulate in the body over time 

• Release shortened muscles  

• Improve circulation throughout the body  

And that’s all without taking medication!  

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MASSAGE THERAPY + HEADACHE RELIEF  

 So, you experience headaches – even migraines and/or tension headaches – but you don’t want to reach for your medicine cabinet every time...you want to add an alternative treatment to your headache relief.  

 

Maybe you don’t even know if massage is right for you, but you’re willing to try anything that can potentially help reduce pain caused by a headache.  

HOW MASSAGE THERAPY CAN RELIEVE HEADACHES 

Because massage therapy can…

• Relax muscles in the shoulders, neck, and head (where a lot of headache tension is held)

• The blood vessels and nerves will experience a decrease in pressure and improved circulation

• Which then helps relieve pain!  

Your muscles, blood vessels, and nerves are not the only thing massage therapy can help when it comes to headaches.  

 

Stress and anxiety play a major role in your lifestyle as well as the feelings that can be accompanied with headaches (when and where they occur, how long they last, etc.).  

“Incorporating massage therapy into your wellness journey can help ease muscle tension and stress associated with headaches, and support an overall balance to your mental and physical health.”  — Kendra Maes, Licensed Massage Therapist at Renew

 

Ready to try an alternative to headache relief?

Start your wellness journey today with Kendra, Licensed Massage Therapist at Renew in Pueblo, Colorado.

Because as Kendra says, “My mission is to not only restore the health of my clients but to heal + teach my clients a better approach to their own health.”


RENEW MEDICAL SPA • LASER • WELLNESS

719.423.0083

127 S. UNION AVENUE (downtown Pueblo)

 



What is Microneedling?

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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.

 

  

WHAT IS MICRONEEDLING?

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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.

 

 

WHAT DOES MICRONEEDLING DO FOR THE SKIN?  

 

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.

WHAT ARE THE SIDE EFFECTS OF MICRONEEDLING?  

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

 

 

WHEN CAN I SEE RESULTS FROM MICRONEEDLING?

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!


MICRONEEDLING VIDEO


RENEW MEDICAL SPA + LASER + WELLNESS

719.423.0083

127 S. Union Avenue (downtown pueblo)

 

Ask Dr. Elijah | What is LED Light Therapy?

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Q – DR. ELIJAh, I’VE NOTICED LIGHT THERAPY IS A THING FOR SKIN CARE NOW. WHAT IS LED OR LIGHT THERAPY AND IS IT SAFE?

 

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…

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WHAT IS LED LIGHT THERAPY?

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.

 


HOW DOES LED LIGHT THERAPY HELP YOUR SKIN?

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



WHO IS LED LIGHT THERAPY FOR?

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.



IS LED LIGHT THERAPY SAFE?

Yes, it is!

 

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

• Non-invasive 

• Lacks harsh chemicals

• Does not emit harmful UV-rays



LED LIGHT THERAPY TREATMENT OPTIONS

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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!



RENEW MEDICAL SPA + LASER + WELLNESS

719.423.0083

127 S. UNION AVENUE (DOWNTOWN PUEBLO)

 

Back to School | Your Skin Care Guide

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 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!

 

 

BACK TO SCHOOL | YOUR SKIN CARE GUIDE

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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.

 

 

WELLNESS

 

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.

 

BEST WELLNESS TIPS FOR BACK TO SCHOOL

 

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’.

 

 

SKIN CARE

 

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… 

 

BEST SKIN CARE TIPS FOR BACK TO SCHOOL

 

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!


RENEW MEDICAL SPA + LASER + WELLNESS

719.423.0083

127 S. UNION AVENUE (DOWNTOWN PUEBLO)

 

Everything You Need to Know About Hyaluronic Acid

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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.

 

 

WHAT IS 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.

 

 

WHY IS HYALURONIC ACID IMPORTANT FOR YOUR SKIN?

  

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.

  

 

HOW DO I INCORPORATE HYALURONIC ACID INTO MY DAILY LIFE?

  

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.

  

 

BENEFITS OF HYALURONIC ACID FOR YOUR SKIN

 

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!



RENEW MEDICAL SPA + LASER + WELLNESS

719.423.0083

127 S. UNION AVENUE (DOWNTOWN PUEBLO)


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

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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!

 

 

WHAT IS AN OXYGENEO™ FACIAL?

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!

  

 

WHAT SKIN TYPE IS THIS FACIAL FOR?

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

 

  

HOW LONG DOES THE OXYGENEO™ FACIAL TAKE?

 

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.

 

 

WHAT IS THE DOWNTIME FOR OXYGENEO™?

 

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.

 

  

HOW MANY OXYGENEO™ FACIALS ARE RECOMMENDed TO SEE RESULTS?

 

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.



RENEW MEDICAL SPA + LASER + WELLNESS

719.423.0083

127 S. UNION AVENUE (DOWNTOWN PUEBLO)


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

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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!

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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

 

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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)


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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!)

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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)


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

 

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

719.423.0083

127 S. UNION AVENUE (DOWNTOWN PUEBLO)


ZO® Product of The Month | Daily Power Defense

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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

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  • 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

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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!


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

Picture(s) via @zoskinhealth (Instagram)



RENEW MEDICAL SPA + LASER + WELLNESS

719.423.0083

127 S. UNION AVENUE (DOWNTOWN PUEBLO)


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

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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 SPA + LASER + WELLNESS

719.423.0083

127 S. UNION AVENUE (DOWNTOWN PUEBLO)


Welcome to The (New) Renew!

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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?

 

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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

 

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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.

 

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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.

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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

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RENEW MEDICAL SPA + LASER + WELLNESS

719.423.0083

127 S. UNION AVENUE (DOWNTOWN PUEBLO)


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

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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.

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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

719.423.0083