By Dr. Julie Shelley
In the past several months, our office has seen a large increase in the number of patients coming to see us for correction work after being injected with the “Hyaluron Pen.” This device, and several others like it, are being marketed on social media and across the internet as an “innovative” new injection device that can “painlessly” inject hyaluronic acid filler into the skin without using a needle. It is commonly being used across our state for lip injections. There are so many Hyaluron Pen gone wrong cases that cause us great concern.
At Renew Wellness & Aesthetics, we pride ourselves on being educated and knowledgeable about the newest aesthetic techniques and treatments. New trends are constantly emerging in the beauty industry. Oftentimes, new treatments lack evidence to support their safety or efficacy. I firmly believe in sharing knowledge with our patients to help everyone make safe and informed decisions about their health and aesthetic treatments.
The Hyaluron Pen (also known as hyaluronic acid pen) is a small handheld medical device that is used to administer hyaluronic acid fillers into the face. This “pen” was originally created for diabetic patients to offer a needle-free, pain-free way to deliver insulin into the subcutaneous tissue.
The Hyaluron Pen works by creating enough pressure external to the tissue to “push” hyaluronic acid filler into the skin without using a needle. In Oklahoma, it is most commonly being used for lip injections.
The Hyaluron Pen is currently NOT FDA-approved in the United States. In fact, it is currently being marketed and sold illegally online. Recently, the Canadian Health Department made a strict warning against the device to its residents, stating that the device may pose health risks.
Potential risks of the Hyaluron Pen include:
In the U.S., no state has publicly commented on these types of devices. Yet, administering medication (no matter the method used) is considered “the practice of medicine.”
Per the American Medical Spa Association, these needle-free injection devices should be treated the same as traditional syringes of filler. In the state of Oklahoma, in order to legally use a Hyaluron Pen, individuals would need to possess the same license required to inject using a needle and syringe. These licensed individuals include: Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Physician’s Assistants, or Registered Nurses.
Both cannula and needle techniques are proven to be safe injection techniques. Both are FDA-approved in the US. These techniques allow the injector to place fillers in very specific planes and depths of tissue to allow for a desired aesthetic result. There are several brands of Hyaluronic acid fillers in the US. Juvederm and Restylane are two mainstream. Both are available for medical professionals to purchase through licensed pharmaceutical companies. At Renew Wellness & Aesthetics, we ONLY purchase hyaluronic acid filler through these FDA-approved companies.
Hyaluron Pens only “push” a thin hyaluronic acid filler into the superficial layer of tissue where it disperses in a very non-specific way. This makes it more likely to produce an undesired aesthetic result.
Hyaluronic Pen devices are currently being illegally sold and marketed to the public. This “treatment” is often used by unlicensed individuals. We have seen several patients in our office with undesired results from these devices. Patients should be extremely wary about having a treatment performed with one of these devices. Further, you should be aware of the risks associated with the outcome. This device has caused numerous, documented medical issues across the globe.
We strongly recommend only seeing a medical provider who purchases their filler (and all products for that matter!) directly and LEGALLY from pharmaceutical companies that provide FDA- approved products. It may save your face (literally)!
Hey you, yes you. The one that’s reading this right now. Wait, don’t scurry to find the backspace button. We know that having a low libido might be embarrassing for some, but you’re not the only one that wants to know how to increase sex drive. Many suffer from having a low sex drive at some point in their lives.
We know talking about it might seem taboo, but at Renew Wellness & Aesthetics, we’re here to help.
It is normal for your sexual desire to go through natural peaks and declines, but what do you do if your desire drops for a long period of time? What if you cannot seem to “engage” like you used to, and you find you want to increase your sex drive?
Many factors can contribute to this, and this article will talk about several ways to increase libido and reverse low sex drive in women and men. Plus, it’ll give you an overview of many of the sexual wellness treatments available at Renew.
So, what is the point of having sex if nobody gets to the peak of their enjoyment in the end? If you’re struggling not only with a low libido but also issues with achieving an orgasm, you might want to look into getting the O shot for women or the P shot for men.
This might not be a solution that you’ve heard of before, but it’s one of the many holistic remedies that people are now turning to when it comes to increasing their libido or treating erectile dysfunction.
Renew Wellness & Aesthetics is an O shot and P shot provider in Oklahoma City. We walk our patients through the process of this non-invasive procedure and ensure it is the right treatment. Here’s how PRP injections for the O shot and P shot work.
PRP injections take the platelets from your body and use them to increase your function sexually.
The O shot, or “Orgasm shot”, promises to increase arousal. Patients report better orgasms and increased libido after injecting platelets into the vaginal tissue. Also, the procedure is non-surgical, so you can rest assured of no surgery-related problems going forward.
Similarly, the P shot, or “Priapus” shot, works by injecting the penis with similar platelets. It assists with erectile dysfunction by repairing the blood vessels and other internal organs in the area. With the P shot, a man’s sex drive can thrive as it once did.
Blood is taken from the body and then it is spun in a centrifuge to separate the concentrate of the platelets. The platelets are then injected back into the body where healing needs to happen. This process stimulates the repair of cells around the area where the platelets get injected. Therefore, if the injection happens in areas such as the vaginal or penile tissues, this can lead to rejuvenation in those areas.
While it may sound strange, it’s been used to remedy a number of sexual issues that a person might be struggling with, including low libido, erectile dysfunction or orgasm disorders.
This type of treatment can help immensely when it comes to both clitoral and vaginal rejuvenation and ED in men.
The change to your libido may be due to a hormonal imbalance. For women, your body goes through a variety of changes beginning from when you hit puberty all the way through menopause. Because of these changes, you experience hormone imbalance, vaginal dryness, and loss of interest in sex.
But there’s a remedy for that, and it’s hormone replacement therapy. Studies have shown that hormone replacement therapy helps women rediscover the interest they’d thought they lost in their sexual desires.
How does this work, you might be wondering? HRT helps to reduce hot flashes, improves sleep, and increases vaginal secretions.
We realize that patients have lots of questions about hormone replacement therapy. Dr. Shelley offers consultations to address each patient’s specific questions and also has an extensive article on the topic that answers many commonly asked questions about hormone replacement therapy.
Another option to encourage the growth of your sex drive is through the use of intimate-wellness tools. One example of these multifunctional devices includes Joylux’s vFit and vFit PLUS.
The vFit PLUS is a device that you insert into the vagina and allow to promote the body’s natural healing over several sessions. The vFit PLUS device uses many pieces of technology, including:
Both the vFit and the vFit PLUS are available at Renew, with the second one having advanced features. These include additional levels of sonic vibration as well as longer red light therapy sessions.
After three treatments per week for eight weeks, the device should have a noticeable effect on the surrounding tissue. It should improve confidence, increase sensitivity, and exemplify your intimate wellness.
ReVive is another revolutionary new therapy intended to combat low sex drive in women. It uses radio waves that it broadcasts toward the labia’s skin surface to encourage moisture to form and promote hydration of the skin cells.
These treatments are usually scheduled twice a month and continue for three months. They take around thirty minutes to perform and are non-surgical in nature.
The process involves preparing the area for treatment with a cleansing agent. After this, an ultrasound gel is applied. The ReVive electrodes are then positioned around the affected area and you will feel a warm sensation where the devices are applied against the skin.
After the treatment, the patient can continue with their daily life. They do not need extra rest or time away from their own routine. This makes ReVive perfect for a woman with a strict schedule or rushed lifestyle who cannot take time off.
Its non-surgical nature means this treatment is perfect for those who wish to avoid invasive treatments. Many who were thinking about labiaplasty have instead chosen to opt for ReVive instead. Labiaplasty can sometimes lead to scarring and ongoing pain, so ReVive is a wonderful alternative.
For sex drive issues, such as a lack of moistness or erectile dysfunction, shockwave therapy has had significant success. It can restore the muscles and tissues that lead to a positive sex life. For this reason, it has recently started to have a significant surge in popularity.
Shockwave therapy involves using acoustic waves and targeting them in specific areas. Acoustic waves are small vibrations that can assist with loosening or tightening areas.
Shockwave therapy treatment providers at Renew use a specialized wand to focus these acoustic waves towards parts of the body that need to repair themselves. This encourages the body’s natural healing processes and kickstarts its repair effort.
As the acoustic waves travel through the shockwave therapy device, they maintain their kinetic nature. The wand creates these acoustic waves by forcing compressed air through the shockwave wand. The wave then gets transferred to the transmitter at the end of the wand.
The wand is then placed against the affected area. From the wand, this kinetic energy stimulates the tissue deep in the body and can have a significant effect on the region’s healing potential.
When this method of treatment gets used on a person’s genitalia, it can help encourage blood flow. Also, it can reverse inflammation from chronic issues such as Peyronie’s disease and generally improve comfort levels in the area.
Shockwave therapy is a proven treatment for erectile dysfunction. The therapy enables a man to achieve a full and lasting erection.
Alternatively, shockwave therapy may aid the vagina’s natural methods of lubricating. This will be due to increased stimulation of the area from the acoustic wand.
For those with incontinence issues, loss of bladder control during sex can be a major worry. Fortunately, there are solutions available such as the FDA-approved, Emsella chair.
This chair, also referred to as the Kegal Throne, works by penetrating the body with electromagnetic technology. This repeatedly stimulates muscles to contract. It’s like doing 11,000 kegels in 28 minutes!
This exercises the muscles and builds up their strength. The result gives the individual greater control over their body’s functions. Patients achieve a more toned and tightened pelvic floor straight away after a single treatment. Emsella tightens vagina walls, minimizes urinary incontinence and enhances sexual satisfaction. Women have also reported increased strength of orgasms.
You sit on the chair fully clothed while the electronic waves work their magic for less than half an hour. Due to the non-invasive nature of the procedure, you can get straight back to your life afterward.
Finally, we understand that everyone has things that stress them out in life, but one thing you might not realize is that the things that are stressing you out might be why you need to seek a sexual health doctor near you. It’s crucial that even with the things that life throws at you, there’s a way for you to destress.
This could mean taking a relaxing bath at the end of the day or it could mean meditating and clearing your mind of clutter. When you take the time to reduce your stress, you’ll find that you’re able to focus better in other areas of your life, including your sex life and the bedroom.
We understand this decrease in sex drive topic isn’t one that you want to talk about with anyone, let alone your doctor, but it can be extremely useful. Dr. Shelley at Renew is here to provide you with advice on your holistic health and well being, and if you didn’t know it by now, your sexual health is a part of your overall health.
Your doctor can help you get to the root of why you have no desire for intimacy. And from there, you can discuss ways to improve this problem, whether that means a change to some of your lifestyle choices or treating an underlying issue.
Now you have a greater knowledge of the options available to increase your sex drive and begin to restore your intimate health. You might consider having PRP injections or the O shot. Maybe you are more interested in hormone replacement therapy to help get your body back in check.
You have options and certainly, if you have questions, please feel free to get in contact with us here at Renew Wellness and Aesthetics.
Our dedicated team is on-hand to ensure you have the best experience and make the right sexual health decisions that are best for you. Your well being and joy come first at Renew.
The human body is amazing and strong. However, it goes through many changes as a result of aging and normal wear and tear, not to mention childbirth for women. In fact, one of the common problems that women in particular face is a prolapsed bladder. It affects nearly 40% of women in the United States but can also affect men.
This condition is uncomfortable and usually requires treatment. Thankfully, there are non-invasive options that men and women can take advantage of as an alternative to surgery.
With that in mind, if you’re experiencing pelvic floor prolapse, this guide has the answer. Keep reading to discover your options and treatments available at Renew Wellness & Aesthetics.
In women, this includes the weakening of vaginal tissues. The bladder is held in place by the pelvic floor muscles and tissues within women. But when prolapse occurs, the tissues are stretched, become weak and cause the pelvic floor to drop and bulge into the vagina. It causes a hernia, and many women experience pressure in the vaginal area too.
This condition is also called a dropped uterus, dropped vagina, or a dropped rectum. Medical professionals refer to it as a cystocele.
Prolapse usually occurs as a result of pregnancy and childbirth. On the other hand, it happens to women who have never had kids as well. Additionally, prolapse is the side effect of chronic constipation, repetitive heavy lifting, severe coughing, and poor tissue integrity. It also occurs due to aging and menopause.
In addition to a bulge in the vaginal area, there are other symptoms associated with pelvic floor prolapse.
Symptoms include the following:
In most cases, a prolapsed bladder is a mild condition. It’s usually up to the discretion of the patient as to when to get the condition treated. However, if it’s left unattended, the condition could get worse over time.
In regard to postpartum bladder prolapse, new symptoms usually disappear within a year after delivery. The only time that the condition is considered severe is when there is urinary retention and the bladder is unable to empty itself. In this situation, the problem could lead to kidney damage or infection, and treatment is mandatory. However, urgent medical attention due to urinary tract infection is rare.
As previously stated, you don’t need to have surgery to treat a prolapsed bladder. There are non-invasive treatments that you can do to correct the issue, including the following:
Are you suffering from a prolapsed bladder? If so, Renew Wellness & Aesthetics can help you determine the best treatment for you. In addition, we offer a variety of sexual wellness services for both men and women.
If you have any questions for us, call 405-810-5944 or schedule a consultation online. We look forward to helping you get rejuvenated and feel your best!
Hello again! We wanted to share this Lash Lift OKC Guide to highlight our lash lift and tint services offered at Renew. You may have heard of this service, thanks to its recent popularity on TikTok. If you’ve been around the beauty industry long enough, you might even remember it being called a lash “perm.” Either way, this service has made its way back to service menus in spas and salons across the country in the last 5 years. And for good reason!
So what is a lash lift and tint? A lash lift and tint is great for several reasons. The reason it’s our pick for any type of eyelash enhancement service is because it uses your own natural lashes. Do you wear mascara daily? During this service, we’re basically replicating the look of a gorgeous mascara-coated and curled eyelashes.
This Lash Guide OKC wouldn’t be complete without information on lash tint. This gives the lashes their mascara-coated look. As a true blondie, my light-colored lashes always look much fuller when I have them tinted, and it really helps to define my lash line as well. While we recommend doing these services as a pair, you can definitely do them as stand-alone services. As with any service we offer, your lash curl size and tint color are 100% customized to you and your beauty goals.
This service is also a great alternative option for clients who love the look of lash extensions but not the upkeep or hassle of having them. We love that it gives your natural lashes a little break in having something glued on them 24/7. The lift serums we use are keratin-infused, which adds a nice healthy boost to anyone’s lashes. This service takes roughly an hour and only needs to be done every 8-10 weeks. It carries no downtime and is a nice excuse to come take a little cat nap during the day!
If in fact you are trying to take a break from lash extensions and feel like you might need a little boost, we recommend adding Latisse Lash Growth Serum to your routine as well! It’s an incredible FDA-approved eyelash growth serum (which can also be used on eyebrows). It helps to quickly and safely grow long and luscious lashes! We can always tell when a client has been faithfully using their eyelash serum because they have the longest and fullest lashes. Apply Latisse once daily to the lash line (or brow area) using the small brushes provided in your lash lift kit.
Overall, lash services are treatments that we love, and so do our clients! We hope you found this Lash Lift OKC Guide helpful. Giving your lashes a lift and tint is a great way to make a small change to your look without causing any damage to the natural lash. It’s also worth noting that while we are all wearing masks, the eyes are the new focal point of our face, so let’s make them pop. Learn more about all of our lash and brow services. We can’t wait to see you in for your lash lift and tint soon!
Shock wave therapy for ED is available at Renew. Erectile dysfunction, also known as ED or impotence, is a concern for millions of men around the world. Over 50% of men will experience some type of ED in their lifetime. The prevalence increases with age. This frustrating and life-altering sexual dysfunction is treatable.
The good news is that erectile dysfunction (ED) is treatable. Depending on the cause of the condition, several possible options are available, including Shock Wave Therapy, Platelet-Rich Plasma injections, and medication. Renew proudly offers shock wave therapy for ED. Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) is a relatively new and innovative treatment. This clinically-proven method treats various medical conditions.
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a common sexual disorder among men. Men affected by ED have consistent trouble achieving and maintaining an erection that is firm enough to have sexual intercourse, despite being sexually stimulated. The condition can have both physical and psychological causes.
One of the major causes of ED is restricted blood flow to the penis, which means that the amount of blood in the penis may not be enough to cause an erection. This type of ED is called vascular erectile dysfunction. Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy is a clinically- proven and evidence-based treatment option for this type of ED. It also treats Peyronie’s Disease, which is the development of scar tissue in the penis leading to a curved, painful erection.
Shock Wave Therapy, also known as Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT), involves audible, high-energy sound waves. Short pulses of focused shock waves are directed at the penis at a very low intensity to improve erectile dysfunction. It consists of several sessions and can be repeated if necessary.
Shock waves successfully treat various medical conditions and have since the 1980’s. In orthopedics, shock waves treat painful insertional tendinopathies such as plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinitis. In addition, shock waves treat non-healing bone fractures. In urology, shock waves break up kidney stones, treat Peyronie’s Disease and treat erectile dysfunction caused by vascular compromise. Depending on the area of treatment, low-energy or high-energy shock waves are applied. Compared to surgery, Shock Wave Therapy is a non-invasive treatment option with virtually no risks or side effects. Recent studies show that Shock Wave Therapy significantly improves erectile dysfunction. In particular, improvements are seen when the cause is due to decreased blood flow to the penis or other vascular causes.
In 2010, Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT) was introduced to treat vascular erectile dysfunction. During treatment, low-intensity shock waves are applied to different areas of the penis. A topical numbing cream is applied to the penis prior to the treatment. Patients experience virtually no pain or discomfort. The shock waves stimulate the creation of new blood vessels in the penis and improve blood flow within the penis. This creates the ability to achieve an erection. Shock wave therapy feels like a vibration to the penis. In about 95% of patients, the treatment is relatively painless. At Renew Wellness & Aesthetics, our board- certified physician, Dr. Julie Shelley performs this simple and painless treatment. Six total treatments, twice weekly for 3 weeks is recommended. Moreover, many patients report a noticeable improvement of their ability to achieve an erection within a few weeks
Yes, it is safe to exercise immediately after Shock Wave Therapy.
Men who have struggled with erectile dysfunction and have not seen success from medications such as Viagra® or Cialis® should consider Shock Wave Therapy. It can be especially effective for men who are not experiencing adequate blood flow to the penis. These patients will see an improvement with Shock Wave Therapy due to the promotion of new blood vessel growth in and around the penis.
Schedule a consult with Renew Wellness & Aesthetics in Oklahoma City for a free sexual health consultation with our board-certified physician, Dr. Julie Shelley, to determine if Shock Wave Therapy is the right treatment for your erectile dysfunction, no matter how mild or severe. For more information on other sexual health services, visit our Oklahoma men’s clinic for sexual health page.
If your lips are thin, you may be considering having a cosmetic treatment to gain plumper, fuller looking lips. As we age, many people develop thinner looking lips as well as frown lines or unsightly wrinkles. Botox lip flip and lip filler both help to make your lips look fuller and more attractive. These procedures vary slightly, so it’s essential to carefully consider which treatment would be right for you before deciding.
If you’re looking to change your lips’ shape as well as the volume of your lips, a filler is likely to be a better choice. If you’re unsure whether to choose a lip flip or filler, schedule a consultation at Renew and you can talk to Dr. Julie Shelley or certified and trained nurse injector, Jessie Hammock, RN, who will assess your lips and help you reach a decision. If you’re searching for Botox lip injections in Oklahoma City, don’t hesitate to contact Renew Wellness & Aesthetics, who provides a variety of aesthetic treatments and wellness services in Oklahoma City, including male lip injections. For more information about OKC lip fillers, call 405-810-5944.
Renew is home of The Natural Oklahoma Look™ where we are committed to helping our clients achieve a natural look and enhance their natural beauty. Full service list of botox okc treatments are available on our website.
The doctors who cared for her during that recovery process made such an impression that she was inspired to be a physician and help others with their physical ailments. But it was only after her residency and fellowship training that she decided her path.
“I was drawn to the way aesthetic medicine could build peoples’ confidence. I would see people leaving the office so much happier than when they walked in and with a boost of confidence they did not have before their treatment,” says Dr. Shelley. “ I loved my experience practicing Sports Medicine, but something kept drawing me toward aesthetic medicine.”
Her desire was to blend her unique sports background and aesthetic training to create something special to serve an even wider variety of needs.
Renew Wellness and Aesthetics is the unique medical spa Dr. Shelley wanted to bring to the community she loves. It’s a space where she and her team can treat both the aesthetic concerns as well as the physical and emotional health concerns of her patients.
They provide traditional medical spa services such as a full-menu of injectables, waxing and skincare services for both men and women as well as cutting-edge regenerative treatment options. This includes an extensive list of services that bring solutions for problems ranging from low-libido and related hormone imbalances to incontinence and hair loss.
“Renew brings such a personalized approach to medical care in the Nichols Hills area, “ says Dr. Shelley. “Our team does such a great job of making sure we know each of our patients on a personal level, and I think that allows us to create the best individualized treatment plan for each patient.”
She is proud of the care and excellent treatment Renew is able to bring to the Nichols Hills community and Oklahoma City area — and she attributes much of that success to her talented team.
“My team – which includes nurse injector Jessie Hammock RN, aesthetician and certified medical micropigmentologist Sarah Lowell-Oshman, and Patient Coordinator Taylor Grande – make coming to work a joy every day,” says Dr. Shelley. “My goal was to have a team that truly cared for patients, would always put patients first, and would always have a positive attitude no matter what the scenario. They have truly exceeded my expectations, and I don’t know what I would do without them.”
Dr. Shelley is on a mission to improve the lives of her patients through the advancement of regenerative as well as aesthetic medicine.
“There is nothing like making an impact on someone’s life,” says, Dr. Shelley. “As a physician, to truly improve the way someone feels is so rewarding.”
She is a firm believer in self-care and encourages her patients to supplement their aesthetic treatments with healthy habits that improve their emotional and physical health.
“At Renew, we offer nutraceuticals, including Vitamin D supplements, Omega 3/Fish Oil, B Complex Vitamins, Iron supplements, Active Probiotic, DIM, and a sleep supplement with natural ingredients including melatonin, magnolia seed extract, and valerian.”
Sexual wellness is another area in which many of Renew’s patients are seeing real-life results. Dr. Shelley and her team are committed to creating a space for open conversation and comprehensive regenerative treatment options for both men and women. She and her team have undergone extensive training with the Intimate Wellness Institute™, which was co-founded by a renowned urogynecologist, to train and become certified in treatments to improve intimate health in both men and women.
When it comes to aesthetics, the concern she and her team hear most often is, “I don’t want to look unnatural.”
“I like to let all of our patients know that at Renew, we are conservative with our treatment approach and always strive to create the most natural yet beautiful look for our patients,” says Dr. Shelley.
“That is one of the reasons why we trademarked ‘The Natural Oklahoma Look™,’ because each of our providers has the goal of creating the most beautiful version of yourself while still allowing you to look like yourself.”
Whether it’s helping her patients or enjoying the Nichols Hills community with her family — Dr. Shelley is excited to spend her life investing in the people she cares about in the place she loves most.
Does anyone else feel like it has been months since we last chatted? We hope you all have stayed well, and if you have not been back to visit us at Renew yet, we are ready and waiting! While we are all focusing on protecting our health right now, it occurred to me that maybe we’re letting some other areas of our self-care fall to the wayside. We wanted to write a QUICK blog talking a little bit about our favorite sunscreens, sun protection and summer skin care recovery — so here it goes!
The summer months are finally here and it’s time to celebrate! Trips to exotic places may be few and far between, but quick getaways to the lake or your favorite poolside are totally within reach. We personally love to be on a boat at the lake with friends! However, it seems like no matter what, some area of our body comes home with a bit of a sunburn or some other less than glamorous “side effect” of a long weekend in the sun. We have a ton of great SPF options at Renew, so today we want to talk about MY personal faves.
First up are our two favorite sunscreens we carry here (see the complete offering list at the end).
We cannot go a day without the Total Defense and Repair Tinted SPF 34 from SkinMedica as part of our skin care routine. We are so picky about what a tinted moisturizer or SPF looks like on us, and this one fits the bill. It’s very light and not greasy and gives just enough coverage so that you can rock a natural summer glow look, or even layer a little powder over the top and transition it to a socially-distanced night on the town look. It also comes in non-tinted, which we love as well. A great perk of this SPF is that it also has blue light and infrared protection. For anyone wondering, blue light is the light emitted from our “screens” aka: cell phones, laptops, iPads, etc. Recent studies have found that blue light damage is just as aging and causes just as much damage as UVA/UVB rays. With all this increased screen time, it is best to protect your skin with this broad spectrum sunscreen that is appropriate for all skin types! Did we also mention that one of the key benefits of this moisturizer is that it reduces fine lines and wrinkles AND improves the appearance of damaged skin?? What more could you ask for?
Any fair-skinned blondies out there? For our light skin friends, we love the Elta MD UV Spray and UV Sport! We recommend the spray on the body and the UV Sport on the face, ears, and along the part in your hair so your scalp does not get burned. Honestly, anything from the Elta MD line is FAB but these are the two we find myself reaching for the most. Bonus — the guys love UV Sport too! They can even apply this water-resistant sunscreen to their head (#baldisbeautiful) and face without having to worry that the heat and humidity might get the best of him. This same thing makes it a kid-approved SPF too, no more stingy eyes at the pool!
Two of our other “can’t live without” summer skin care products are more of an after-sun product that helps the skin to bounce back after some time in the sun or in the water. First up is Le Mieux’s Iso Cell Recovery Spray. Use this spray pre- and post-sun exposure to help skin balance and retain moisture. It feels like heaven on sunburned skin and has been proven to help it heal quicker than if you were to leave it untreated. You can also use this spray on any scrapes, cuts, bug bites or any other unpleasant skin issue that comes your way. We also love the Moisture Infusion Sheet Mask by Le Mieux. It gives your skin an instant refreshed feeling and hits the reset on your moisture levels.
We promised to keep this short and sweet, so we’ll wrap it up with this…PROTECT YOUR SKIN! Great skin starts with great skincare, and great skincare should always include sunscreen. As promised, the complete list of our staff sun care picks is below!
• ISO Cell Recovery Solution and ISO Cell Silver Gel from Le Mieux
• Lytera 2.0 from SkinMedica
• Discoloration Defense and Metacell Renewal B from SkinCeuticals
Post Sun/Lake/Pool Dryness:
• Dermal Repair Cream from SkinMedica (would be great for swimmers who experience chlorine dryness)
• Biocellulose Masque from SkinCeuticals
• Moisture Infusion Sheet Mask by Le Mieux
• Essential Defense Mineral SPF from SkinMedica
Outdoor Activities/Sports (great for men):
• EltaMD UV Sport
• EltaMD UV Clear
• EltaMD UV Spray
• EltaMD UV Lotion
Hello, hello! Coming at you from my couch during this lovely quarantine (fingers crossed that by the time you’re reading this, we’re all back to “normal”). I figured with this time on my hands, why not write a few blogs over some of my favorite skin care products!? I’ll be the first to say it took me a while to get my digs in with the ZO by Obagi line. It was very new to me, but as soon as I started using it and seeing the changes in my clients’ skin, I was hooked! While I have several products from ZO that I absolutely love, I think my two favorites are the 10% Vitamin C and the Growth Factor Serum.
Vitamin C products in the skincare industry are a time-tested favorite for many reasons. The top few reasons are its ability to lighten areas of pigmentation and its added benefit of some extra sun protection. ZO by Obagi’s Vitamin C is no stranger to those things! It helps to even out skin tone and provide overall clarity to your complexion. I personally struggle with a dull, uneven skin tone. I don’t necessarily have a ton of (visible) sun damage, but I feel like my skin constantly looks dull. I started using the 10% Vitamin C a few weeks ago and began to see a huge difference in the overall glow of my skin! After incorporating a Microneedling Treatment with PRP, my skin is finally on its way to being smooth and clear. It’s also worth noting that the texture of this product is amazing. To me it feels like a smooth, soft makeup primer, which makes it easy for me to layer on in the mornings. It also gets bonus points for its smell (hello fresh citrus)! I like this particular Vitamin C product over others because 1.) I feel like I can see a huge difference in my skin clarity sooner and 2.) The texture and scent seal the deal. In the past, I’ve used Vitamin C serums that have been really runny and honestly kind of stinky, and this is neither. It’s also worth noting that this product causes me ZERO breakouts!
Another favorite product of mine, and one that’s becoming sort of a “cult beauty favorite” among my clients, is the Growth Factor Serum from ZO by Obagi. This Growth Factor Serum is what I’m now calling filler in a jar. Its main purpose is to help “plump” back up fine lines and wrinkles. I love it because I’m not totally sure I want filler in my smile lines yet, but they do bother me, and this product is the perfect midway solution. I’m already noticing a difference in my “marionette lines” and under eye areas. To quote one of my clients “I’ll never not own this stuff…I want to bathe in it.” I can’t say I disagree with her! While not a replacement for filler, this product is a great building block to it. I also like to use it around existing filler I already have (my lips) to help protect my investment and keep any fine lines from making a surprise appearance. If your filler appointment is currently on hold thanks to COVID-19, I cannot recommend trying the anti aging ZO Growth Factor enough! As with the 10% Vitamin C from ZO, the smell and texture of this product alone is enough to get you hooked. In fact when I use it on facial clients, the first thing they comment on is how good it smells!
Honorable mention from the ZO by Obagi line goes to: Wrinkle + Texture Repair and Daily Power Defense. I have also recently incorporated those into my skincare routine, and I am loving them. The Wrinkle and Texture is great for stubborn acne and rough texture, and the Daily Power Defense gives my fair skin an extra boost of sun protection as well as protection from the daily stressors of our environment.
All in all, this product line is amazing, and I’m so excited we decided to bring it on as one of our Physician-Grade skincare lines at Renew! If you’re looking for a way to change up your current skincare routine, I recommend adding in one of these products!
Just wanted to share some of our favorite pregnancy-safe products and treatments we offer at Renew. Our sweet Patient Services Coordinator, is expecting her first baby soon, and it seems like so many other friends and family of the staff here are expecting little ones as well. What better time to write a little something to focus on them? Treatments and safe skincare products can seem like such a wash during pregnancy. I mean — if you can’t get Botox, what on Earth is there to be excited about!? The great news is here at Renew, that’s totally not the case! We offer several pregnancy-safe facials, and we also carry many products that are mama and baby approved! So, let’s dive in and chat about some of our favorites…
The “Mask of Pregnancy” (aka Melasma) can be a frustrating side effect of the hormonal changes your body goes through during pregnancy. If you aren’t familiar with the term, it’s essentially a darkening of areas of skin on the face, usually around the upper lip and eyes, hence a “mask.” These areas can be as subtle as a freckling of color or as deep in pigment coloration as “café au lait.” Some women also report experiencing melasma while using different forms of hormonal contraceptives. The good news is, hormone related melasma USUALLY resolves after pregnancy or cessation of birth control use, but it can take more time than most women are willing to wait. The better news? At Renew, we have a pregnancy-safe treatment for melasma. We carry a product that helps not only speed up the process of fading these areas but also to help prevent its development altogether. Lytera 2.0 from Skin Medica is one of the most effective and innovative pigment lightening skincare products on the market.
When we’re treating discoloration of the skin, we want to focus on two things: preventing new pigment as well as treating existing pigment. Lytera 2.0 contains several key ingredients to help do these things: Phenylethyl Resorcinol, Niacinamide and Tetrapeptide-30. Phenylethyl Resorcinol helps to support melanin (pigment) balance and correct the appearance of existing discoloration. Niacinamide and Tetrapeptide-30 are helping to prevent the appearance of NEW pigment by helping to quiet the melanocytes in your skin cells. Per SkinMedica, it is best to apply all over the face, neck and chest as opposed to spot treating areas of pigment. You should apply Lytera 2.0 twice daily and you can even layer it as the 2nd product in your skincare lineup. Cleanse, apply your TNS Essential, then Lytera, then the rest of your routine follows suit. Lytera can cause slight sun sensitivity, so a daily SPF is recommended. We personally LOVE Skin Medica’s Essential Defense- Tinted sunscreen.
Honorable mention goes to the ZO by Obagi- Exfoliating Polish as another pregnancy-safe product fave, but you’ll have to book a facial to experience the magic of this one for yourself!
We also offer a few fabulous pregnancy-safe facial treatments that have become a “mama fave” here at Renew. The first being our “Diamond Glow” or as some of you know it, “Dermalinfusion” treatment. This treatment involves a deep but gentle exfoliation using a diamond tip and suction, while also infusing a customized serum for your pregnancy skincare needs. This is one of our favorite facials, regardless of whether you’re pregnant or not! I recommend it to everyone because in my opinion, it’s truly one of the best facials money can buy. It’s the deepest clean your skin will ever get, and you leave with an immediate glow! Maybe you’re nearing the end of your pregnancy and are more concerned with a little relaxation and just trying to be comfortable than you are worried about skincare…no worries as we have a facial that fits both of those things! Our Prenatal Facial is the ultimate relaxation experience before your baby arrives. An entire hour of quiet pampering to yourself? Yes please! It’s worth noting that I also have a completely adjustable bed in my treatment room as well as supportive pillows to make sure your body is in its most comfortable position.
As always, I am available for any skincare or treatment questions you might have and would love to help you navigate the skin changes that come along with welcoming a new baby into this wild world.