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!

Picture(s) via @zoskinhealth (Instagram)



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

Renew Medical Spa + Laser + Wellness Center

719.423.0083


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 Aesthetics + Laser + Wellness Center

719.423.0083


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 | Med Spa + Laser + Wellness Center

719.423.0083


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


ZO® Product of The Month | Anti-Aging Program

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

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

  • Preserve + maintain a more youthful-looking complexion

ZO®’s Anti-Aging Program includes:

  • Exfoliating Cleanser

  • Exfoliating Polish

  • Complexion Renewal Pads - 30 Pads

  • Daily Power Defense

  • Growth Factor Serum

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

Exfoliating Cleanser

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

  • Rids the skin of dirt + surface oil

  • Unclogs pores with exfoliation

  • Calms and soothes irritated skin

Exfoliating Polish

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

  • Instantly polishes skin to restore smoother texture and healthy glow

  • Removes dead skin cells to prevent clogged pores

Complexion Renewal Pads

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

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

  • Reduces oiliness + minimizes surface oil 

  • Calms and soothes irritated skin

Daily Power Defense

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

  • Provides antioxidant protection to combat free radical damage

  • Helps tighten + firm the skin

  • Promotes skin health

 

Growth Factor Serum

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

  • Improve overall appearance of skin

  • Reduce appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

  • Improve skin firmness and elasticity

  • Restores hydration and reinforces the skin's protective barrier


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ZO® Anti-Aging Program | $213


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

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


Pictures by: ZO Skin Health



RENEW Medical Aesthetics + Laser + Wellness 719.423.0083


How to Protect Your Skin from The Sun

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

Sun + Skin Cancer

According to the American Academy of Dermatology:  

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

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

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

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

• Nearly, 20 Americans die from melanoma every day.

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

Good old-fashioned sun protection.

 

 

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

 

 

The (Healthy) Sun + Vitamin D

 

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

 

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

 

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

 


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

 

According to the National Institutes of Health 

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

 

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

• Skin type

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

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

 

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

 

Ok, speaking of protection…

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

 

 

How to Protect Your Skin from The Sun

 

1.    Cover Up

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

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

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

 

2.    Be Shady

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

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

 


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3.    Know Your Surfaces

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

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

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

 

4.    Sunscreen. Sunscreen. Sunscreen.

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

 

Favorite Sunscreen

 

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

 

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

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

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

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


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• ZO® Sunscreen + Primer SPF 30

• ZO® Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 50

• ZO® Smart Tone Broad Spectrum SPF 50

• ZO® Daily Sheer Broad Spectrum SPF 50  

• ZO® Sun Spray SPF 50

 

 

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

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

 

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

 

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



RENEW | 719.423.0083


Laser Hair Removal | Your Guide to Remove Unwanted Hair

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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!


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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).



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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



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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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VIDEO: ASK DR. ELIJAH | WHAT IS FILLER BY REVANESSE® VERSA™?


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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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