wellness

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

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Summer’s officially in full swing, so what does that mean?


It means…


Yes, to living life on the patio while you sip your favorite beverage and read up on the latest and greatest (those trashy magazines just have a way of sucking you in, don’t they?).

 

Yes, to fun in the sun (with all the sun protection, please).

 

Yes, to as many outdoor adventures that your life can handle (Are you a Manitou Incline type? Beach bum? Or both?).

 

And the biggest “YES!” of all…staying hydrated during these summer activities!

 

 

Dehydration is not the look we want you to carry around, Darling, so here are 5 tips to help you stay hydrated this summer (your skin hydration included).

  

 

Tips TO stay hydrated this Summer (skin included!)

  

1.   Hydrate with Water (obviously) but make it fun!

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Sweat increases in the summer and so should your water intake (this we know).

 

But we get that not everyone loves to drink plain ole water. (If you’re a no-frills water-drinker, we salute you.).

 

If you’re the kind that needs a little pizazz with your beverage, there are some pretty cool ways to add that tiny bit of “extra” to your water.

 

You can add fruit like cucumber, lemon, lime, strawberries, mint or whatever fruit speaks to your hydrating soul!

 

And if you want to up your “extra” water game even more – invest in a new water bottle that sparks all the joy (yes, we just quoted Marie Kondo) and will have you reaching for that fruit-infused, joy-filled water bottle all summer.

  

Water tip: Aim for at least half your body weight in ounces a day (Ex. – body weight: 130 pounds; drink 65 ounces of water/day). Your body and skin will thank you.

 

 

2.   Stock Up on Liquid Food

 

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And by liquid food, we mean summer foods that are plump with hydrating juiciness.

 

So, go ahead, eat your way through the summer – especially if you’re surrounded by watermelon and cucumbers.

 

At a BBQ? Fill up on water-rich fruits like watermelon, strawberries, cantaloupe, peaches and oranges, first.

 

And then get your best BBQ life on!

 

 

3.   Get to Know the Bubbly (Booze Optional)


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Speaking of BBQ’s, we know what’s usually hanging around those social gatherings: things of the boozy nature.

 

Whether you choose to imbibe or not, there’s an alternative to beer and sugary drinks: sparkling water.

 

Yes, this bubbly water can be a healthy replacement for cocktails and mocktails (but not a replacement for your water).

 

Grab some fresh fruit (there we go again with adding fruit to all things summer), your favorite alcohol or non-alcohol and mix with that refreshing sparkling water.

 

Some of our favorite sparkling waters are La Croix®, Waterloo and Spindrift®.

 

Bottoms up!

 

 

4.   Shed Those Dead Skin Cells (Skin Tip: Exfoliate, Baby!)

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If you’re thinking about sweating more and exfoliating less then you have summer skincare all wrong.

 

This isn’t the season to question what to do about dead skin cells – it’s the time to maintain your exfoliation regimen.

 

Fun in the sun can wreak havoc on your face (hence why we get all mom-like with you about protecting your skin) and staying on top of cell turnover is key to keeping your skin healthy and hydrated.

 

Sloughing off dead skin cells allows your skin care products to penetrate deeper – especially the ones that protect your skin during the summer (hello, sunscreen).  

 

Exfoliation tip: Get your dermaplaning on! Even the most experienced and consistent exfoliators swear by this skincare treatment. (Example: this video right here…whoah!).

 

  

5.   Protect Yourself (Skin Tip: Sunscreen + Shade All the Way)


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

 

Right.

 

That’s why sunscreen and shade are some of your skin’s best hydrators – because they can prevent sun damage and skin that’s dry as the dessert.




Grab those wide-brimmed hats, bask in the shade wherever you go and don’t think about leaving the house without sunscreen.

 

 

Sunscreen tip: Want to look your best AND have sun protection? ZO® Sunscreen + Primer SPF 30 literally has you covered with their quick-drying sunscreen that offers a sheer matte finish which protects the skin and helps reduce the appearance of skin imperfections. SCORE!

 

 

 

If you’re looking for your best skin health and wellness summer, keep these hydrating tips in mind —

 

• Drink lots of fruit-filled water (indulge in a beautiful water bottle if that helps inspire you).

 

• Eat water-rich foods like watermelon, strawberries, and cantaloupe.

 

• If drinking cocktails (or mocktails) opt for sparkling water to add to the mix.

 

• Stay on top of your exfoliation routine (less dead skin cells = better product absorption).

 

• And because we’re your fairy Sun Mother’s, stay in the shade and lather on that sunscreen like your skin life depends on it (because sun damage and dry skin are not cute).

 

  

Ready to level-up your wellness routine or on the lookout for your best sun protection products?

The Renew Crew would love to be part of your skin health and wellness journey…call us today or book a consultation to get started!


Renew Medical Spa + Laser + Wellness 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


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


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!





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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How to Ease into The New Year (Without Losing Your Mind)

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Oh hello, 2019!

 

Have you noticed there are two very distinct camps of people when it comes to making stuff happen and crushing goals in the new year?

 

The super energetic, full of vigor, jazzercising camp – “Let’s DO THIS PEOPLE!!” (With so many exclamation points and in all caps because they’re shouting this from the rooftops).  

 

And the Eeyore-laden, ho-hum camp – “Another year. Another shmyear. Whatever.” (In the most mundane tone because they just don’t do excitement very well).

 

But what if there was another camp?

 

Yes, let’s create another camp and call it Easy Like Sunday Morning Camp (and tip our hats to Lionel Richie).

 

This new year camp is all about ease + productivity; grit + grace; get’er done + give it some time.

 

 

The new year can be full of so much hope + excitement it’s easy to get swept up into goal setting and what you want to accomplish for the next twelve months, the next thing you know anxiety is setting in.  

 

Before you know it overwhelm sweeps up any feelings of excitement and eagerness for what you want to accomplish in the new year.

 

And why is that?

 

Because we’re not giving ourselves enough time to integrate, to decipher what we want and don’t want – instead, we’re just looking at placing a checkmark next to our daily/weekly/yearly goals.

 

We’re too hard on ourselves.

We expect too much too soon.

And the next thing you know a pint of ice cream has vanished and it’s gurgling in the belly – because overwhelm.

 

 

What if we changed that paradigm?

 

What if we usher in 2019 in a way that feels good?

 

If this sounds like a better plan than you have now – then we have some Easy Like Sunday Morning tips for your best year yet (without all the overwhelm).

  

 

Ease into The New Year Tips

  

1.    Set goals (but be spacious with your time + self-love)

 

Have a ginormous, behemoth goal this year? (Good for you, by the way!)

Does this goal scare you a bit? That’s what big goals do, don’t they? They’re equally frightening and exhilarating.

 

What if, every time you got scared with this big one, you also gave yourself some space + time as well?

Perhaps your goal needs a new timeline?

Perhaps you need to recalibrate?

Perhaps you need to scrap the whole thing?

 

Give yourself enough time to cultivate + create as well as be gentle with how this goal is playing out.  

 

Be tenacious + flexible!

 

 

2.    Experiment (replace the word goals with experiments)

 

Does the word goal send tingles down your back?

 

If you’re in the category of people that just don’t love the word “goals” – what if you replace that word with experiment?

 

Sometimes we just need an energy shift that helps us take the pressure off and find more fun and freedom with all the things we want to do in the new year.

 

Here’s a little script that can help shift your mindset –

 

Goal/experiment: Lose 15 pounds.

 

Mindset/Mantra: “This year I’m going to experiment with foods that make me feel good + a lifestyle that supports high energy levels, clear thinking and more movement in my daily life.”

 

Instead of making things too strict; make your focus about feeling better and experiment with what will help you do that!

 

 

3.    Remember the “little” wins

 

Don’t forget to acknowledge the wins you achieve on a daily or weekly basis.

 

Maybe you packed your lunch for work more than you didn’t.  

Maybe you got up 30-minutes early 4 out of 7 days.  

Maybe you simply showed up for yoga class.

 

Sometimes showing up – more often than not – is all you need to keep the momentum going…

 

So, keep showing up!

 

 

Whether you’re bogged down by goal overload or haven’t even thought about what you want from 2019 – we hope these tips and mind shifts help you feel less stress + more spacious as you move through this new year!



Welcome to SKIN by Rochelle Elijah, MD

Welcome to SKIN by Rochelle Elijah, MD

Welcome to SKIN by Rochelle Elijah, MD. This news blog will highlight important information and news about skin care and general wellness. We hope that you will join us on this journey and discover your beauty.

 

Get Comfortable in Your Own SKIN