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Back to School | Your Skin Care Guide


 Are you ready for back to school?


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


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


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


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






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


But we all know back to school signals a transition.


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


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


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


We say, “Not on our watch!”


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





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


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




1.   Get Sleep

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


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



2.   Choose Healthy Food Options

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


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



3.   Manage Stress  

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

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


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



4.   Move + Shake

Your skin loves when you get the body moving.


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


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





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

Now it’s time to think about skin care.


Perhaps you just need a product refresh.

Or maybe you need a complete routine makeover.


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




1.   Question Your Products

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


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


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


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



2.   Pay Attention to Sun Damage

Summer is fun.

Sun damage is not fun.


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


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


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


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



3.   Exfoliate

 Part of any good skin care routine includes exfoliation.


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


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

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



What do you think, is this doable?

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

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



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

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




How to Protect Your Skin from The Sun


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


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


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


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


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



Sun + Skin Cancer

According to the American Academy of Dermatology:  

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

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

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

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

• Nearly, 20 Americans die from melanoma every day.

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

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

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


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


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

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


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

Good old-fashioned sun protection.



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



The (Healthy) Sun + Vitamin D


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



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


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


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


According to the National Institutes of Health 

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


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

• Skin type

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

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


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


Ok, speaking of protection…

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



How to Protect Your Skin from The Sun


1.    Cover Up


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

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

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


2.    Be Shady


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

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



3.    Know Your Surfaces

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

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

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


4.    Sunscreen. Sunscreen. Sunscreen.

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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



Favorite Sunscreen


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


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

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

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

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


• ZO® Sunscreen + Primer SPF 30

• ZO® Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 50

• ZO® Smart Tone Broad Spectrum SPF 50

• ZO® Daily Sheer Broad Spectrum SPF 50  

• ZO® Sun Spray SPF 50



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

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


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


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

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