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Everything You Need to Know About Hyaluronic Acid


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.





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.





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.





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.





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!



Best Non-Retinol Skin Brightener


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.


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!