anti-aging

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 CENTER

719.423.0083


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 CENTER

719.423.0083


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


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


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.).


R E N E W | 719.423.0083


Botox vs Filler – Which One Is Right for You?

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

But this is where confusion usually sets in…

 

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

 

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

 

  

What Is Botox?

  

You’re injecting WHAT into your face?

 

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

 

(Whew, that’s a mouthful isn’t it?)

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

  

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

What Is filler?

 

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

 

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

 

There are different versions and names for these fillers:

 

•  RESTYLANE SILK – known to be a subtle enhancer.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

Which One Is Right for You – Botox or Filler?

 

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

 

So, here’s what’s typically recommended —

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

To Sum it Up

 

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

 

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

 

Our best advice?

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


Curious about Botox and fillers?

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



The Powerhouse Skincare Product – ZO®’s Growth Factor Serum

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What would you do if you were getting ready to go on the vacation of a lifetime, but there was a catch when it came to what you could bring for skincare products…

The caveat: you can only bring ONE skincare product.  

Would you cancel the trip?

 

Or would you get really serious about finding the absolute best product to take with you on this dream vacation?

 

If we know your style at all, you begin your research and the hunt is on.

 

But, what if we said we can help you in that search for the one powerhouse skincare product?

 

Let us introduce you to ZO® Growth Factor Serum – a trusted, anti-aging formula with proven results.

 

 

What is ZO® Growth Factor Serum?

 

“Growth factors manage essential tasks like replicating cells, reducing inflammation and stimulating collagen production. By applying them topically, growth factors strengthen the skin’s extracellular matrix, stimulate collagen and trigger the skin’s natural ability to heal – making growth factors an invaluable component of anti-aging skincare.” – ZO® Skin Health

 

Growth Factor Serum is here to help you –

 

• Improve skin firmness

• Reduce appearance of wrinkles and fine lines

• Improve skin elasticity

 

 

How Does Growth Factor Serum Work?

 

This ZO® skincare product has a unique combination of ingredients proven to help you not only prevent future skin damage but enhance the appearance of your skin.

 

Growth Factor Serum is a gel formula that packs potency and is tolerable for your skin.

 

Synergistic Ingredients —

 

• Plant + Enzymatically Derived Growth Factors: stimulates the skin’s extracellular matrix to promote the skin’s own production of new collagen and hyaluronic acid, resulting in healthy, hydrated and firm skin.

 

Angelica Polymorpha Sinensis Root Extract: Stimulates collagen, enhances microcirculation and reduces inflammation.

 

• ZPRO® Sericin Protein: Helps prevent against future signs of aging by protecting skin from cellular damage and collagen degradation and by enhancing production of collagen and hyaluronic acid.

 

Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate: Relaxes muscles for rapid smoothing of deep wrinkles.

(Wooo - those were some big words, eh?!)

 

 

Why Choose ZO® Growth Factor Serum?

 

Because it’s backed by science.

 

“In a 12-week clinical study, Growth Factor Serum was proven to help improve skin density, firmness and elasticity, as well as the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.” – ZO® Skin Health

 

Proven Results —

 

• 31% Improvement in Dermal Thickness (*at the 4-week interval compared to baseline)

 

• 80% of Participants Showed Improvement in Firmness + Elasticity (*at the 12-week interval)

 

• 92% Experienced Improvement in Fine Lines + Wrinkles (*at the 12-week interval compared to baseline)

  

Patient Satisfaction —

 

•  95% of Participants — reported improvement in texture + smoothness at 8 weeks

 

•  92% of Participants — reported improvement in overall appearance at 12 weeks

 

•  78% of Participants — said skin appeared tighter and firmer at 12 weeks

 

 

** PROTOCOL: Forty-one female subjects, Fitzpatrick Skin Types II-IV with moderate to severe fine lines and wrinkles + lack of firmness, completed a 12-week study. Subjects cleansed skin in both AM/PM with Gentle Cleanser, applied Growth Factor Serum in the AM/PM and applied SPF 30+ Primer Sunscreen in the AM daily.

 

 

To Sum it Up

 

Ok, now that you’ve done your due diligence and found that powerhouse skincare product – ZO® Growth Factor Serum – you’re ready to place this liquid gold in not only your travel bag but your daily skincare routine as well. Right?!

 

If you’re looking to prevent future skin damage and improve skin elasticity, firmness, fine lines, and wrinkles, as well as know this product is backed by the science of a clinical study – let Growth Factor Serum help you.

  

Request an appointment below to talk to Dr. Elijah or any of the RENEW Crew about Growth Factor Serum (or any ZO® products).




Best Non-Retinol Skin Brightener

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If you’re looking for a skin brightener that doesn’t contain retinol - we have just the ticket for your pigmentation challenges and those with skin sensitivity.

So…

What is the Best Non-Retinol Skin Brightener?

ZO® Skin Health Brightalive®

what is brightalive®?

Brightalive® is a ZO® Skin Health product that helps brighten the skin — without retinol. Which, for some people, retinol can cause increased skin sensitivity.

Inside this little blue package are ingredients that work synergistically to help your skin reveal a brighter, more even skin tone.

Brightalive® is packed with:

  • Skin brightening complex: Unique blend of skin brighteners helps block the production of pigmentation.

  • Papain: Provides enzymatic exfoliation to remove dead skin cells.

  • Glycerin: Replenishes hydration to restore skin barrier moisture balance.

  • Stachys officinalis (leaf) extract, beta-glucan, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract: Calms and soothes irritated skin.

Who is Brightalive® For?

Brightalive® is helpful for anyone with pigmentation problems — especially post-summer when those spots start to show up even more.

Because Brightalive® doesn’t contain retinol, this product can be particularly helpful for those who are sensitive to retinol, or have a sensitive skin type.

If retinol and skin sensitivity is not a challenge for you, this product can be combined with a retinol for an added boost.


in this video, dr. elijah discusses zo® product brightalive® + how this non-retinol formula can brighten your skin


to sum it up

If you’re feeling like your complexion is on the dull side right now and/or you’re experiencing pigmentation challenges - ZO® Skin Health product Brightalive® could be just what you’re skin needs (especially if you’re prone to skin sensitivity and/or retinol isn’t your friend).

And this product can also be combined with retinol-based product for an added boost, if needed.


Ready to get started with Brightalive®? You can purchase this product at our online ZO store.

Want to discuss ZO® Skin Health products for a skin care analysis and customized regimen?

Contact Dr. Elijah | 719.553.2201 or RENEW | 719.423.0083 to get started!



Best Non-Surgical Facelift Treatment

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Have you looked in the mirror lately, ran your hands over your neck area and muttered the words, “ugh, turkey neck”?

 

But thought to yourself, “No way am I going under the knife for a nip and tuck!”

 

What if we said there’s a non-surgical facelift treatment to help not only the dreaded turkey neck (sagging skin), but crow’s feet and deep wrinkles as well?

 

And this treatment can be done during your lunchtime…(what?!).

 

This skin tightening procedure is called Forma (by InMode) and not only gives you the option of a non-surgical facelift treatment, but also allows for an in-office procedure with little to no downtime.

  

Ok, let’s get into the details, shall we?

 

 

What is Forma for Skin Tightening?

 

“Forma is the first auto-adjusting non-invasive, thermal skin treatment for deep and uniform tissue stimulation. Forma uses radio-frequency power that flows uniformly between the electrodes to provide a comfortable thermal experience with immediate and subsequent contraction.”  - Forma by InMode

 

Ok, so what does all this radio-frequency and electrodes talk really mean?

 

It means that Forma is your non-surgical treatment superstar for face tightening, deep wrinkles, and collagen stimulation.

  

Now that you know you don’t have to go under the knife for that saggy skin, what can you expect from this Forma procedure?

 

 

Non-Surgical Facelift Treatment | What to Expect

 

Unlike going under the knife (and anesthesia for that matter), Forma only requires an in-office visit with your skincare professional and less than an hour of your time.

 

Hence why they call this the “lunch-time” procedure.

 

You may experience some warmth or slight tingling during the Forma treatment, but nothing that should be highly uncomfortable.  

 

Over time your skin can reveal a more youthful, glowing appearance that doesn’t involve bandages on your face from going under the knife.


in this video charmayne torres-trujillo talks about forma for skin tightening and the potential results for this “lunch-time” procedure.


To Sum it Up

 

If you’re looking for a solution to sagging skin, crow’s feet and/or deep wrinkles, but don’t want an invasive procedure – Forma by InMode is your “lunch-time”, non-surgical facelift treatment solution!

 

With little to no downtime and potential results that include a tighter and younger-looking appearance, Forma could be just the skincare treatment you’re looking for.

 

Say so long to the “gobble, gobble neck” and save your turkey for Thanksgiving.  


If you’re ready for skin tightening that doesn’t require going under the knife, request an appointment today to get started or call 719.423.0083 to schedule a FREE consultation.  



IPL for Sun Damage

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Do you feel like you’ve tried everything to get rid of that sun damage on your skin — but nothing’s worked?

 

Did you buy the lotions and the serums and work diligently to erase the sun damage – and still – you were left with sun spots, hyper-pigmentation, fine lines/wrinkles and/or melasma?

 

Frustrating, right?

 

We so get that.

 

 

When it comes to a one-size-fits-all approach to skincare, there isn’t such a thing.

 

 

One person may achieve glowing results from certain serums and skincare products, while another person may never see the results they’re looking for with that particular regimen.

 

Add to the mix the fact that sun damage – depending on your skin type – is a skin condition that can be difficult to treat.

 

If you’ve been let down by skin care products or regimens promising sun damage help and not living up to that promise – we have an alternative treatment for your sun damaged skin: IPL (Intense Pulsed Light).

 

 

What is IPL?

 

As mentioned IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light and can also be referred to as a “Photo Facial”. 

 

At RENEW, we use Lumecca™ IPL by InMode, which helps to treat and target skin conditions through selective photothermolysis (also known as laser resurfacing).

 

 

Okay, now that you know what IPL is, let’s take a look at why IPL can be the powerhouse treatment of sun damage…

 

 

IPL Treatment of Sun Damage

 

With skincare, most professionals want to start off slow and/or ease you into treatments for your skin.

 

Sometimes, however, IPL is exactly the skincare tool that’s needed to get in there and treat stubborn sun damage.  

 

IPL treatment can be used for:

• Light and dark skin

• Allows for the potential to treat varying skin types and conditions that could include photo-damage, superficial vessels, rosacea, skin texture and/or facial pigmentation.

 

What to expect from IPL:

1-5 IPL treatments are recommended (around the 3rd treatment is when most patients begin to see results) – with mild downtime around 7-10 days.

 

Keep in mind, post IPL treatment you will notice the pigment (especially the darker/damaged spots) pull to the surface of your skin – that means don’t be shocked if spots on your face look darker in this time period; the IPL treatment is working (but always contact your skincare professional with any concerns and follow-up).

 

Yearly IPL treatments are recommended for maintenance.

 

IPL for sun damage aims to reveal even skin tone, texture and glowing, dewy skin!


In this video Dr. Elijah + Medical Aesthetician, Charmayne Torres-Trujillo demonstrate an IPL treatment, the benefits and how this "photo facial" can help with stubborn sun damage.


To Sum It Up

 

Summer is fun.

Sun damage is not.

 

We feel you, truly.

 

And sometimes, no matter what you’ve done in the past to help erase those dark spots and uneven skin tone, a sun damage ninja is needed: say hello to IPL (Intense Pulsed Light).

 

As always, speak with your skincare professional to make sure IPL is right for you and the best course of action for your skin type.


Resources:

Photo by Artem Kovalev on Unsplash


Looking for a sun damage ninja?

Ready to find out if IPL is right for you?

 

Request an appointment below to get started with Dr. Rochelle Elijah and/or Medical Aesthetician Charmayne Torres-Trujillo – or someone from the RENEW Crew!



Lip Fillers - Your Guide to the Perfect Pout

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I want to real-talk with you about something that’s kind of taboo…

Lip fillers.

Yes, I’m talkin’ injections in your lips.

Don’t gasp, I’m here to help you maneuver this topic…

 

Do you ever think about getting lip fillers, but you’re too afraid people will liken you to the next Kylie Jenner?

Or perhaps you’re afraid you’ll receive a botched job and end up looking like those duck-lip selfies nobody wants to see?

You’re not the only one with these thoughts.

 

Today, we’re going to talk about all things lip fillers – your guide to a perfect pout!

 

But first, you have to remember to...

 

 

Do Your Research

You wouldn’t buy a brand-new house without spending time looking for the best real estate agent, neighborhood and dialing in your preferences, correct?

Exactly. Do the same with lip fillers.

Research doctors in your area, go in for a consultation and definitely take your time.

Even though lip fillers are meant to be temporary, you’re still injecting a needle into your lips – make sure you’re completely comfortable with the doctor and procedure you choose.

And remember – you can always change your mind! No pressure just find out what works for you.

 

Ok, let’s talk about all things lip fillers…

 

 

What Are Lip Fillers?

Most lip fillers are temporary and contain Hyaluronic Acid (in different forms). These temporary, hyaluronic acid lip fillers are FDA approved and – unlike any other time in history – are highly popular.

There are different versions and names for these lip fillers:

•  RESTYLANE SILK – known to be a subtle enhancer.

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

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

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

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

 

Ok, now you know what lip fillers are -- what does the procedure entail? 

 

 

Lip Fillers – Procedure

After cleansing the area, potentially applying a topical numbing cream (and allowing it to kick in) and then the injections – you’re looking at less than an hour from start to finish.

Of course, this is a ballpark figure, so don’t forget to ask your injector what their process looks like and how long a visit will take.

 

...But is it painful? 

 

 

Lip Fillers + Pain

Isn’t this the question we always ask – but will it hurt?

What’s that famous quote, “Pain is beauty.”

Hmmm, perhaps some truth to that.

 

As for lip filler, the most pain people feel is the lidocaine shot.

After that, the filler is usually described as a pricking sensation that is soon followed by the filler moving through the lips (potentially uncomfortable pressure here).

You’ll most likely see volume right away but swelling and bruising can occur for up to a few days after the procedure.

We don’t recommend an evening photo shoot after your session!

 

 

Lip Fillers + Side Effects?

Small bumps may occur around your lips but usually go away after a week or so.

With any procedure, serious (but rare) complications can occur.

For lip fillers, blood clots can occur as well as significant pain or discoloration. Please get in touch with your doctor immediately, if you experience these side effects. 

 

 

Lip Fillers – Care + Maintenance

Post-procedure you want to keep your blood flow to a minimum. That means no exercise for a couple of days and definitely keep those hands away from your lips for at least 48 hours.

If you love your (new) perfect pout, touch-ups are ideal. Speak with your injector about your lifestyle (Full of movement? Love the couch?)

Those factors can help determine when your ideal touch-up window is.

 

 

To Sum it Up

So, you’re thinking about what your perfect pout would look like?

To lip filler or not…that is the question.

As the diligent student you are, do your research and take your time.

Remember most lip fillers are temporary (speak to your injector about what can be done if you absolutely hate how your lips turn out with filler).

In less than an hour, you’ll probably feel a small amount of pain and experience discomfort, but that should go away.

(Contact your doctor immediately if you experience extreme pain and discoloration.)

 

And in a few days, you’ll be ready for your close-up, darling!


Looking for an injector in the Pueblo/Southern Colorado area?

Request an appointment with Dr. Rochelle Elijah today…and start your perfect pout journey.

 


Resources

Photo by Jakub Gorajek on Unsplash

 

Benefits of a Hydrating Facial

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What happens when your skin feels like you just spent a week in the Sahara Desert and no amount of moisturizer is helping your face feel less parched?

After you hear the benefits I’m about to tell you, you’re going to treat yourself to a Hydrating Facial.

Why you ask?

Because this Hydrating Facial can help solve your dry, itchy, irritated skin problems.

 

Ready to hear all about this water-rich, dewy-skin inducing facial?

Ok, let’s get started…

 

What is a Hydrating Facial?

This facial actually does exactly what it says: hydrates.

The Hydrating Facial is usually a 7-step process that looks like this:

1.    Cleanse

2.    Tone

3.    Exfoliate

4.    Serum (love an added ZO® Booster Serum)

5.    Massage

6.    Mask

7.    Protect

 

Every skincare professional is different (and so is your skincare), which means your facial may differ from these steps.

But the goal is the same: hydrate that face!

Ok, you know how the Hydrating Facial works – what are the benefits?

 

 

Benefits of a Hydrating Facial

Another reason to love this facial – especially if your skin doesn’t react well with facials in general – is this one is suitable for all skin types (even the sensitive ones!)

Here's 5 benefits of a hydrating facial your face will love --

 

  • Hydration = Less Irritation – moisture is locked in with this facial and allows the skin to heal and repair over time. Say “buh-bye” dry, flaky, irritated skin.

 

  • Improved Skin Tone & Texture – exfoliation does its job without stripping your face of necessary moisture and oil. With dead skin cells gone, your skin tone and texture reveal a smooth, even surface. Hello, mirror!

 

  • Bright & Supple Complexion – that hydrating serum works its magic and aids in moisture retention, balance, and circulation. This gives way to skin that’s full and bright. Ready for your little black dress moment?

 

  • Decreased oil (in excess) & breakouts – too much oil and you’re prone to breakouts. Too little oil and your face is begging for moisture. This Hydrating Facial balances and regulates oil production on your face, so you feel more like you’re treating your face than servicing your car.

 

  • Enhanced Skin Care Product Absorption – because your skin has been cleansed, toned, exfoliated and protected with this facial, the absorption of skin care products on your face will be easier to penetrate the skin. Better absorption means your skin care products have a better chance of working and supporting your skin. Can you say cha-ching?

 

 

To Sum It Up

If you have dry, irritated skin and all the moisturizing in the world isn’t working for you – a Hydrating Facial is something to consider.

And if your skin is the sensitive type or you think facials don’t work for you – a Hydrating Facial might just be your ticket to less skin irritation and a brighter, suppler complexion.

As always, I encourage you to speak with a professional skin care expert who can help you navigate the unique needs of your skin.

 

If you’re in the Southern Colorado/Pueblo area, you can request an appointment below to get started.

 


Resources

Photo by Jernej Graj on Unsplash

 



Your Guide: Treatment for Sun Damaged Skin

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It’s summertime.

You soak up the sunshine, read your book by the pool, drink that sparkling water…

And watch your sun damaged skin age.

Wait, what? That’s not the story you told yourself going into the sun, did you?

 

You think you’re young, so age is on your side.

You figured by wearing sunscreen you're totally protected.

You tell yourself you’re only out there for a small amount of time, so a little sun won’t matter.

 

Forget what you think right now, I have a guide for you – treatment for sun damaged skin – and everything you need to know.

 

 

Vitamin D & The Causes of Sun Damage

 

You know the sun can definitely cause damage to the skin, but the sun isn’t all sagging skin and wrinkle-inducing.

 

The sun is essential for Vitamin D production. And the body needs Vitamin D for hormone regulation, a healthy immune system and strong bones (just to name a few perks of getting Vitamin D).

 

How much is too much 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…”

 

Too much sun on the skin = sun damage city. No fun.

 

So, how does this happen?

 

When sun rays penetrate the dermis (where collagen and elasticity live), this is where you’ll see free radicals going crazy and causing damage to your skin.

 

The exact thing that nobody wants for their skin.

 

When understanding your relationship to the sun make sure you take into consideration your skin type, where you live (how harsh the sun can or cannot be in your area) and how much sun your skin has been exposed to over your lifetime (tanning beds, sun worshipper, etc.).

 

Your body needs Vitamin D, but it doesn’t need sun damage and as you can see there’s a fine line of when healthy sun exposure ends, and sun damage begins.

 

 

What Does Sun Damage Look Like?

 

Sun damage is like that sneaky kid at a family dinner.

 

The kid is off somewhere being super quiet, and you think everything is just fine.

No sound, no worries, right?

 

You know better, though. Something is lurking.

Something is building up.

 

And then you see it – a heaping cloud of flour – right before your eyes.

 

How did that kid get flour?

How did I not see this happening?

 

That’s how sun damage works – it sneaks up on you.

 

You sun worship in your teens and 20’s, get hip to skin care and sunscreen in your 30’s and one day that cloud of flour – err, sun damage – explodes right in front of your face.

 

Sun damage usually appears in the form of –

 

  • Sunburn

 

 

 

  • Fine Lines & Wrinkles

 

  • Loose/Sagging Skin

 

 

All things you don’t like to see on your skin, but can appear out of nowhere and overtime.

 

 

Treatment for Sun Damaged Skin

 

In a perfect sun-loving world, the best treatment for sun damaged skin is prevention.

 

Right now (in this moment) and moving forward you can help your skin by limiting sun exposure for your skin type and slathering on that sunscreen like it’s your job.

 

But, don’t worry, even if you haven’t used prevention most of your life for the sun, here are some tips and treatment options for your sun damaged skin –

 

  • IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) – Powerful intense pulsed light that will treat pigmented and vascular lesions such as age spots, sun damage, spider veins, rosacea, and freckles. After just one treatment you may notice significant improvements in the complexion of your skin. Multiple treatments are recommended.

 

  • ZO® Sunscreen + Primer SPF 30 – This 12-hour time-release antioxidant complex protects you from photo-damage and UVA, UVB and HEV (high-energy visible) light. This sunscreen + primer can be used with or without makeup and helps smooth your skin and diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

 

  • Hydrate – While you’re chugging down water and counting your ounces of hydration, don’t forget to moisturize externally! We love ZO® Growth Factor Serum for all-around skin rejuvenation and restoration of your skins protective barrier.

 

 

To Sum It Up

 

I know you wouldn’t go looking for sun damage, but if ever you look in the mirror one day and wonder, “Where did these spots and/or fine lines come from all of a sudden?” remember all that time you may have spent in the sun.

 

Stay hydrated, lather on that sunscreen and know your skin type and limit your sun exposure before you even think about spending time in the sun.

 

And if you want to treat sun damage (or prevent it), know there are options out there like IPL, ZO’s Sunscreen + Primer and don’t forget to hydrate internally with water intake and externally with a strong moisturizer.

 

Don’t forget to speak to your favorite skincare professional for the best treatment options that are tailored to your unique skin or request an appointment below and we'd be happy to help you. 

 

Resources 

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