Healthiest Skin

The Top Five Foods for the Healthiest Skin

The best thing you can do for you skin is eat a healthy, balanced, whole foods diet. You don’t even have to give up many of the foods that you eat, you only have to get a little creative with how you are preparing your meals.

FACT: Eating an optimal balance of protein, fat, carbohydrates and vitamins / minerals and you will be feeding your skin the vital nutrients it needs to help it stay soft, supple, healthy and free of blemishes.

Twice a year, I cleanse by eliminating caffeine, sugar, gluten/wheat, dairy and alcohol for 30 days and the first positive result that I notice is that my skin looks and feels incredible. Other people notice it as well. I only wish I had enough will power to keep up with it 365 days a year, but I miss my pizza too much ;-D. That being said, I still keep my skin healthy by eating antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables and healthy fats from nuts, avocados and fish that is rich in Omega-3 fatty oils year-round.


Five of the best foods to add to your diet for keeping your skin healthy, firm, supple and cancer free include the following:

Dark Chocolate for skin hydration

1. For Hydration, eat 1 ounce of dark chocolate (yay) every day. The cacao is rich in anti-oxidants which help to hydrate and improve blood circulation.

Green Tea for skin elasticity

2. Improve your skin’s elasticity with green tea The anti-oxidants found in green tea delivers key nutrients to your skin by boosting oxygen and blood flow to it which helps to keep your complexion healthy.

Oatmeal for acne

3. Eat your organic whole grain oatmeal to prevent acne and other blemishes from occurring. The carbs in oatmeal promotes your bodies production of insulin and  of hormones known as androgens. These androgens help the skin to secrete more oil that gets trapped inside your pores, ultimately causing pimples.

kale for skin cancer prevention

4. Kale can help prevent skin cancer because the nutrients in it  absorb and neutralize the free radicals created by UV light. In addition, the vitamin C and vitamin A in kale helps with firming your skin.

Beef for wrinkle prevention

5. Help your skin stay wrinkle-free and taut longer by consuming organic, grass-fed lean-cut beef. Grass-fed beef contains a higher ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids which reduces inflammation. It is also very high in protein which is the building block of collagen and elastin tissue.

Other recommendations to consider is replacing your dairy with healthy non-dairy options such as almond or coconut milk in place of real milk, ghee in place of butter (I make my own ghee – it is so simple. Click here to learn how), almond or coconut yogurts and ice cream and make sure the cheese that you eat is non-processed (American cheese is the worst!). Check out this article regarding the dangers of processed cheeses.

Probably the most important advice that we have for you is to drink six to eight glasses of water a day. (64 oz.) There some great apps that you can download for free to help you remember to drink your water.  Make sure it’s filtered water if your water supply does not have a good rating. Check your local water supply rating here. See the Culligan Water’s top five choices here.

Photo Rejuvenation at The Skin and Laser Boutique can improve your efforts even more, quickly and painlessly. Learn more about photo rejuvenation or schedule your free consultation today!

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Skincare Goals 2018

New Year…New Skin!

When the first of January rolls around every year we find ourselves making “Healthy Resolutions.”  We commit to going to the gym daily, cutting carbs out of our diets and to stop drinking wine.  But one healthy and easier to achieve New Year’s resolution that gets left off the list is better care and treatment of our skin. This month we will be talking about Skincare Goals for 2018.

Huh?  You may be asking “Why do I need to worry about my skin in the dead of winter in Colorado when it’s so cold outside?”

“Don’t let the dropping temperatures mislead you” said Leslie Brown, Director of The Skin and Laser Boutique of central Denver.  “The sun’s rays are just as harmful in cold weather and Denver’s Mile High address puts us that much closer to the suns harmful UVA & UVB rays.”

We’ve all heard the reports that too much exposure to long wave ultraviolet (UVA) rays can lead to premature aging and wrinkles known as photo-aging, but it’s UVA’s evil twin, short wave ultraviolet (UVB) rays that cause painful sunburns and the development of skin cancer.

The Denver Post reported that Coloradans who hike, ski, climb and otherwise play in the mountains are more susceptible to skin cancer than flat-landers.  A survey completed by The Melanoma Foundation of New England found that only 7.69% of Coloradans use sunscreen into the fall and winter months, which leaves us outdoor enthusiasts more susceptible to skin cancer and sunspots.

So, what can you do to achieve your 2018 healthy skincare goals?

Start by using a high-quality, broad spectrum sunscreen.  Leslie with The Skin and Laser Boutique recommends PCA Skin with a SPF of 30.  “Most sunscreens are greasy, feel heavy on or your face or have an unpleasant scent. sunscreen PCA Skin spf 30 I encourage people to come to my boutique near Cherry Creek to try a sample of this sunscreen to find the right formulation for their individual facial skin type.”  Bring in this blog post and receive a 5% discount on any PCA Skin product. Other important goals should include drinking more water, eating healthier and getting enough sleep. These are common sense goals that many people forget about.

And stay tuned for more discounts… next week we will talk about non-invasive ways to undo sun damage and make your skin look younger.  If you’d like a head start to younger more vibrant skin schedule your appointments now and receive a 25% discount on two (2) or more Intense Pulse Light Therapy (IPL) treatments. We recommend IPL as a non-invasive and pain-free laser treatment to dramatically reduce redness, rosacea and sun spots.

No More Incontinence

Urinary Incontinence: The sneeze and squeeze

Okay ladies, we have all been there, and if you haven’t been there yet, rest assured, you will experience this slightly embarrassing phenomenon of urinary incontinence before you know it. Urinary leaking after children or simply just because you are aging is no laughing matter.  Take comfort in knowing that you are not alone AND now there is a non-invasive, quick, easy, pain-free and very successful solution to the sneeze and squeeze issue. Women don’t really talk about this issue with their peers, but over 50% of women that have given birth have experienced urinary incontinence.

Urinary Incontinence

You are a great candidate for this procedure if you experience some urinary leaking when you are working out, lifting heavy objects, when you sneeze, when you cough, when you laugh too hard, when you dance, or when you run around. Mother nature can be so cruel sometimes, can’t she? Not to worry, you can help reverse this particular sign of aging with Geneveve by Viveve. Prior to this new type of laser therapy, surgery was the only option to correct it. One surgical option was called a bladder sling, vaginal sling or urethral sling and it was used to help with urinary incontinence caused by stressful activities (stress incontinence). Other than the bladder sling, there were minimal options.

To learn more about the procedure, how long it takes, how it works, how long the results last and how much it costs, visit our Geneveve by Viveve Services page. Alternatively, you can call us at 303-547-0671 or schedule a free consultation to learn even more.

Sun Damage Solutions: Reverse the signs of sun damaged skin

Sun Damage Solutions

Let’s face it – there is virtually no way to avoid sun damage. We all forget to put on our sun screen every so often, and most of us don’t re-apply throughout the day or after a dip in the pool or during or after a long hike in the sun. We have spent years in the harmful UVA and UVB rays penetrating and damaging not just our skin’s surface, but also what is underneath – the collagen and elastin. We all suffer from fine lines and wrinkles, age spots and sagging skin as we age all thanks to the sun.

Sun Damage Solutions

While we can’t go back in time to make sure we hide our skin from the sun at all times, we can take steps to reverse the sun damage that we have already incurred. Reversal includes a combination of proper skin care regimens (cleansing, toning, moisturizing) and proper nutrition, drinking lots of purified water, using the right type of topical anti-aging serums all in combination with your professional skin care treatments such as photo rejuvenation and micro-needling. These professional treatments can help remove the skin’s damaged exterior layers, which help in diminishing sun spots and encouraging the growth of new, healthy collagen which reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Lucky for you, The Skin and Laser Boutique, offers both of these services and a very affordable price. Leslie has an abundance of experience working with people of all skin types and ages. After a thorough consultation, she will recommend the treatment that will prove to have the best results for you. Contact us at 303-547-0671 to schedule your appointment today!

Read more details on all sun damage solutions here.

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What is Rosacea?

Should you Treat Rosacea with Laser Therapy?

Rosacea (pronounced “roh-ZAY-sha”) is a chronic facial skin disorder, which can be characterized by recurring skin flare-ups. The condition typically begins after age 30 and the symptoms include a redness on the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead and in some cases, rosacea may also occur on the scalp, chest, neck and/or the ears. These symptoms may come and go over time.  As a person with Rosacea ages, the redness tends to become darker with visible blood vessels and it also becomes much more persistent. If the Rosacea is left untreated, bumps and pimples often develop, and in severe cases the nose may become bulbous, swollen and bumpy from excess tissue. In some cases of rosacea, the eyes can also feel irritated and appear watery or bloodshot.

Although rosacea can affect all segments of the population, individuals with fair skin who tend to flush or blush easily are believed to be at greatest risk. The disease is more frequently diagnosed in women, but more severe symptoms tend to be seen in men — perhaps because they often delay seeking medical help until the disorder reaches advanced stages.

Unfortunately there is no cure for rosacea and the cause is unknown, but fortunately, it can be treated to control and even reverse its symptoms via medical therapies such as photo rejuvenation treatments. If you suspect you may have rosacea, we recommend you first to see a dermatologist or other knowledgeable physician for diagnosis. In many cases, your dermatologist will recommend you treat rosacea with laser therapy.

Primary Signs of Rosacea

  • Persistent Redness
    Persistent facial redness is the most common individual sign of rosacea, and may resemble a blush or sunburn that does not go away.
  • Flushing
    Many people with rosacea have a history of frequent blushing or flushing. This facial redness may come and go, and is often the earliest sign of the disorder.
  • Bumps and Pimples
    Small red solid bumps or pus-filled pimples often develop. While these may resemble acne, blackheads are not present and burning or stinging may occur.
  • Visible Blood Vessels
    In many people with rosacea, small blood vessels become visible on the skin.

Other Common Signs and Symptoms

  • Eye Irritation
    In many people with rosacea, the eyes may be irritated and appear watery or bloodshot, a condition known as ocular rosacea. The eyelids also may become red and swollen, and styes are common. Severe cases can result in corneal damage and vision loss without medical help.
  • Dry Appearance
    The central facial skin may be rough, and thus appear to be very dry.
  • Raised Red Patches or Plaques
    Raised red patches can develop without changes in the surrounding skin.
  • Thicker Skin
    The skin may thicken and enlarge from excess tissue, especially on the nose. This condition typically affects more men than women (likely because Men wait longer to seek help).
  • Swelling
    Facial swelling, known as edema, may accompany other signs of rosacea.
  • Burning or Stinging
    Burning or stinging sensations may often occur on the face. Itching or a feeling of tightness may also develop.
  • Signs Beyond the Face
    Rosacea signs and symptoms may also develop beyond the face, most commonly on the neck, chest, scalp or ears.

How is Rosacea Treated?

While there are numerous oral and topical medications that can help with the bumps and acne like symptoms temporarily, we recommend treating your rosacea with laser therapy for a more permanent treatment to not only assist in healing the bumps but also the redness, reduce and in some cases eliminate the blood vessels and most other symptoms. Depending on the seriousness of your condition, we may recommend multiple treatments a few weeks apart.  It is best to schedule a consultation with Leslie in order to determine what the best course of action should be for your symptoms and whether or not you should treat rosacea with laser therapy.  Of course, we always recommend seeking medical advice first and foremost, however, Renew Skin and Laser does have lots of experience with identifying and correcting rosacea symptoms.

Organic African Black Soap

12 Days of Beauty – Tip # 10: African Black Soap

My Brother swears by the Organic African Black Soap that he buys from Amazon and sent me a bar for the holidays this year and I have to say, while I thought he was a little crazy with his rants and raves about this product at first, I have since become a firm believer and now advocator of this miracle product.

African black soap is a much gentler solution than most other store-bought soap brands. It is an all-natural cleanser made only from various plant attributes such as plantains, shea and cocoa pods. Not only does it clean your skin, but the suds are also packed full of skin loving benefits.

About African Black Soap

African Black Soap isn’t typically black, but more of a dark brown color. Black Soap originated in West Africa, specifically Ghana. It was initially produced with the ash from cooking fires, which is what made it black as well as many secret ingredients including coconut and/or palm oils, as well as the other plant ingredients listed above. This soap was traditionally used to help heal the wounds, scrapes, cuts and sores of the West African people.

Benefits of African Black Soap

African black soap contains shea butter, which helps with skin moisturizing while it does not clog your pores. Shea butter gives the soap some UV-protection properties too (don’t ditch your sunscreen though as it does not protect your skin from harmful UV rays as much as a 30 spf sunscreen does). Some people claim that African black soap fades skin discoloration and dark spots. It is ideal for people with skin irritation and rashes, rosacea, dry skin, aging skin and other abnormal skin conditions since it is such a gentle cleanser. African black soap contains plantain extract, which has antibacterial properties that can also help treat acne breakouts and blemishes. Some people even use African black soap as a mild makeup remover or even shampoo to cleanse the hair.

This soap is also a perfect cleanser for your post laser treatments since it is so gentle and contains natural skin healing qualities. Be sure when buying African black soap that you are not buying the ‘fake’ American made soap with lye and charcoal. Read this article to learn more about the differences.

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Spring Has Sprung!

No matter what that pesky groundhog has predicted, the facts show that Spring has definitely sprung early in Colorado and everyone has been getting outdoors for their hiking, biking, volleyball games, tennis, Rockies games and I’ve even seen a few people sporting shorts on the slopes of Vail and Beaver Creek lately.  Don’t miss out on our Laser Hair Removal Special Offer for Spring!

Renew Skin and Laser wants to help you prepare for the warm weather with discounted laser treatments!

Take 30% off two or more laser hair removal treatments from 4/4/2017 – 4/12/2017!

Laser Hair Removal is one of the best alternatives to  plucking, tweezing, shaving and waxing, so why not make it easier on yourself this Spring and always by getting your first two treatments or more at a huge discount.  In the long run, it will save you time and money on razors, shaving cream, waxing, and more. Not only that, but this is the best time of year to consider any kind of laser treatment. We recommend that the treatments not be performed on tan skin and since we are only just starting to get outdoors and our skin is still looking a little pasty from the Winter months, this is the perfect time to schedule your treatment with Leslie.

If you are already tan, that’s ok too.  We can still treat you if you stay out of the sun for two weeks prior to your appointment!

You can either call Leslie at 303-547-0671, email, or schedule your appointments online here.  Be sure to mention this offer when you schedule with us.


Harmful Skin Care Ingredients

12 Days of Beauty Tips – Tip # 9: 12 Harmful Skin Care Ingredients

Potentially Harmful Skin Care Ingredients that are also found in hair care products, baby products and cleaning products.

Do you know the saying: ‘You are what you eat’? Well, the same holds true for skin care products. When you place any product on your skin, your skin naturally absorbs it. Many people believe all the hype like looking 10 years younger, diminished wrinkles, firmer skin, etc. that most companies advertise. When in reality, most of the products that promise miraculous results can actually be toxic and result in more harm than good.

I used to believe every single ad and I did indeed try virtually every single product without questioning the ingredients. Not one of them lived up to the hype. Check out the following list of 12 potentially harmful skin care ingredients that you should watch out for before purchasing and massaging these products onto your precious skin. Some of these ingredients are linked to cancer, reproductive and developmental complications, DNA damage, brain and nervous system damage, contact dermatitis (rashes and irritation to the skin), or other health issues.

  1. Parabens (Phenoxyethanol, Methyl, Butyl, Ethyl, Propyl): Used as preservatives and found in many creams or lotions, deodorants and other skin care products.
  2. Benzoyl Peroxide: Benzoyl peroxide is typically found in acne products.
  3. Propylene Glycol and Butylene Glycol (Plastics): A highly toxic material made from petroleum. It is so toxic, in fact, that the EPA requires full protective gear for anyone burying it in the ground to prevent brain, liver and kidney abnormalities.
  4. FD&C Color Pigments: Found in many beauty products, color pigments are synthesized from coal tar and contain heavy metal salts which are toxic to the skin and shown to be carcinogenic.
  5. Dioxins (triclosan, Polyethylene Glycol or PEGs and sodium laureth sulfate): Found in most non-organic tampons and linked to cancer an interfere with the immune system. Unfortunately, you won’t see ‘Dioxins’ listed as such on ingredients. Look for triclosan, PEGs and sodium laureth sulfate instead and steer clear.
  6. Triethanolamine (TEA, DEA, MEA): Not the good kind of tea. It is used to increase foam in cleansers and to adjust pH in many creams. Unfortunately, TEA is easily absorbed by the skin and accumulates in the organs of the body and the brain.
  7. Formaldehyde (DMDM hydantoin, Imidazolidinyl urea, Diazolidinyl urea, Quaternium-15, Bronopol, 5-Bromo-5-nitro-1, Hydroxymethylglycinate): typically found in nail polish, eyelash glue, and hair smoothing and straightening products. These ingredients are used as preservatives and release formaldehyde which is linked to cancer, allergies, chronic fatigue, depression, ear infections, insomnia, ear infections and headaches.
  8. Phthalates: Can be found in personal care and skin care items including soaps, body washes, cleansers, shampoos, cosmetics, nail polishes, hair spray and baby care products and usually not listed on the label.
  9. Triclosan: used as an antibacterial agent in creams and lotions. Even the EPA has listed it as a pesticide that damages human health and the environment. It is used as an antibacterial agent in in creams and lotions. It is classified as a chlorophenol which can cause cancer in humans.
  10. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES): used as foaming agents and degreasers in shampoos and found in 90% of all products that foam. SLS and SLES have been linked to eye damage, labored breathing, depression, skin irritation and diarrhea.
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  11. Toluene (benzene, methylbenzene, toluol and phenylmethane): Found in many nail polishes, even ones that are supposed to be safe from Toluene. Also found in hair coloring products.
  12. Sunscreen Chemicals (avobenzone, benzophenone and ethoxycinnamate): These are known to generate free radicals which can lead to cancer and DNA damage.

Our recommendations when confronted with these harmful skin care ingredients is to try to avoid them. Always check ingredients of the products you are interested in purchasing and if there is no ingredient list, do NOT purchase them no matter what their miracle claims are. Try to search for skin care solutions that are organic, like AnnMarie Gianni or NaturaVeda.

So please remember “Buyer Beware!” and Be Aware ALL the time!

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12 Days of Beauty Tips # 8 – The Right Way to Apply Makeup

We all have that friend that cakes on her foundation, mascara, eye liner blush and lipstick and ultimately looks like a clown. Now if you are a good friend, you will tell her how ridiculous she looks (using somewhat nicer language hopefully). If you are a really good friend, you will send her this article which will teach her the right way to apply makeup for any age, complexion and/or occasion.

There are two messages you should take away from this article and they are: less is more (LIM) and keep it simple stupid (KISS).

Moisturizer and Eye Cream

First, make sure your hands are clean and apply your favorite eye cream using your ring finger on either hand. Massage in circular motions around your eyes for thirty seconds. Next, choose a moisturizer with SPF protection, place a quarter sized amount in your palm using a cotton swab or clean applicator, warm it up in your hands and press it into your face, neck and chest. Massage it in an upward motion on your chest, neck and jowls and a circular motion on the face for thirty seconds.

Primer or Foundation

We recommend either a primer OR a foundation for most days. The primer will help create a beautiful even toned canvas for the rest of your makeup application. Be sure you apply it in the same way as your moisturizer and don’t neglect your neck. If you opt for foundation and prefer something lighter, we recommend using a tinted moisturizer. For special events and occasions, you can opt for a heavier foundation in order to optimize those ‘photo op’ moments. The best way to apply foundation is to use a make-up sponge. After applying it, flip the sponge over and buff it into your face using the dry side of the sponge. Be sure to use a tone that is similar to your neck tone.


For days when you have dark circles under your eyes or blemishes, use concealer to help cover them up. You could also use it to cover up broken capillaries and conditions like rosacea. We recommend purchasing a lighter shade and a darker shade and blend them together on the back of your hand with a brush in order to get a custom camouflage color. Test the shade on your chin first. When you’re happy with it, gently brush a bit of concealer onto the area where you need it and then press it in with your finger until the area is covered.


Next, use facial powder to set your foundation and help to prevent your skin from getting too oily or too shiny. It will also make your face look smoother and more even toned. You can use a puff or a powder brush. Be sure to blow off the excess powder before applying.

Eye Shadow

If you wear eye shadow, you will want to first apply eye shadow primer or for even longer lasting lids, use a cream shadow over powder. We recommend darker shades in the crease and lighter shades on the lid and orbital bone. User a powder brush and not the applicator to apply and blend powder shadows. You could use your finger or foam to apply cream shadows. Always start in the center and smooth out to the left and then the right.

Eye Liner

Eye liner can open up your eyes, making them pop and bring more volume to your lashes. Line your upper lash line and/or lower lash line by aiming for the roots of your lashes. Apply it and then smudge it with a brush to blur it a bit. Do not apply to the waterline (the inside of your eye) as it can cause infections.


Before applying mascara, use an eye lash curler in three quick stages. Start at the base, then move to the mid-section and then finally curl the upper end of your lashes. To apply the mascara, start at the base of your lashes and wiggle the wand a bit as you pull it up through the lashes. Repeat one time on each lash. Use a light circular motion on baby lashes. Then, wipe off the brush and very lightly apply to the bottom lashes. We recommend waterproof mascara only if you are doing something active (swimming, skiing, etc.).


Blush will help you look even more radiant when applied correctly. A little blush goes a long way. It is important not to over apply and use a shade that looks natural on you. Do not apply it below the cheekbones as they used to do in the 70s and 80s. Instead, brush it right on top of your cheekbone (this is higher than the apple of your cheeks). It will look more natural and lift your features. Use blush sticks for longer lasting results.


Finally, use lip color with your moods. It can help you express yourself so you can have many different shades and colors for many different occasions. When applying lipstick, use a brush, dab some in the middle of your bottom lip and then roll your lips together to help distribute it. Then add the color to the rest of your lips. For a glossy look, add a small amount of lip gloss over the color. There are many long lasting lip sticks available today, however, we do not recommend these as they are damaging to your lips. If you would like to plump your lips a bit, get yourself some cinnamon essential oil and mix a drop of it with jojoba oil or your lip gloss. Make sure you test it before using it as some people are very sensitive to pure cinnamon.

Now that you know how to doll yourself up properly with the right way to apply makeup, go find yourself a special event and turn some heads!

Sun exposure

12 Days of Beauty Tips # 7 – The Truth About Sun Exposure

You’ve been told by your Mother, your Dermatologist, your Esthetician, your doctor and your Grandmother, over and over and over again, to wear more sunscreen, keep re-applying during the day and make sure that it contains at the very least 30 SPF protection. Well, guess what people? Studies have shown that brief periods of unprotected sun exposure is actually beneficial to you and your skin.

Some of the benefits include heart disease reduction, diabetes prevention, Multiple Sclerosis prevention, cavity prevention, aches and pain relief, boosts fertility, reduces the risk of certain cancers, reduces issues with menstruation, Helps to heal skin conditions such as psoriasis, acne and eczema, assistance with weight reduction, eases Inflammatory Bowel Disorders, increases your energy level and last but not least, sun exposure makes you happy!

So don’t worry if you forget to put your sunscreen on for a half hour in the morning before 10am or in the afternoon after 2pm and let that fantastic Vitamin D seep into your skin and your soul.

That being said, you absolutely DO need protection if you are going to be out in the sun for an extended period of time because over exposure can indeed cause skin cancer, wrinkles, permanent sun spots or damaged skin.

My 11 year old neighbor, Mackenzie, recently performed a science experiment for school where she compared five different sunscreens and determined that the best sunscreen to buy with regards to ingredients and effectiveness is Palmer’s which you could find at any grocery or super store or pharmacy. Her experiment won second place throughout the entire sixth grade class!

We also found this great article about the best and worst scoring sunscreens that you should check out on the EWG website.

In addition, it is imperative to have full sun protection after one of the Renew Skin and Laser treatments. Leslie will direct you with the details about your sun exposure for each treatment.

Be sure to contact Leslie at 303-547-0671 to schedule your appointment for Laser Hair Removal or Photo Rejuvenation today!