Complete Detox Tips

12 Days of Beauty Tips – Tip #3

So the holidays are over and we all survived (some better than others) – we looked and felt great for our holiday parties, but then ate and drank a wee bit too much at various celebrations, dinners and events, leaving us feeling bloated, swollen, lethargic and depressed with way too many blemishes and other skin irritations.

New Years Resolutions are just a start to getting back your mojo and of course the most popular resolution is to cleanse or detox. Some people detox for 10 days, some for 12, some for 28, 30 or even more. We recommend a detox at least twice per year.

Detoxification is a good way to ‘re-set’ or heal your liver, which in turn helps your whole entire system work more efficiently, improving your metabolism, digestive system, blood circulation, energy and stress levels and overall health.

There are many detox programs out there. Some are free and some are very expensive. We do not recommend doing extreme cleanses like the 7 day Master Cleanse. We recommend that you start by identifying all the toxic things that you have allowed in your life for so long, be it unhealthy food items, bad habits, drugs or other unhealthy vices and even negative people and relationships. The next step is to write down what you want to remove from your life, even if it is only temporarily. Share your intentions with family and friends in order to keep it real. Finally, get prepared by first cleaning out your fridge/freezer/pantry and next creating a shopping list, stocking up on the items that you need, setting a start date, creating a journal and tracking your progress. There are many apps that you can use also that can help motivate you and also help you track your progress, for example, you can check out Fat Flush to help you get started.

One product that we recommend for you to take while you are naturally detoxing is the Clear Change 10 Day Program by Metagenics. You could read more about it on Dr. Kent’s health blog at: I will be starting mine tomorrow in fact!

I start by eating real and raw. Twice a year, I remove sugar, dairy, gluten, alcohol and caffeine from my diet for thirty days, and yes, I am a world class capital B – itch for about the first five days with headaches and strange things going on in the bathroom but after getting over that hump, everything becomes more clear, and much more optimistic. My skin glows, I feel lighter on my feet, I sleep through the night and sleep more soundly, I can fit into old clothes that have been hidden in my basement for years and I am much more pleasant to be around. Another benefit to starting your detox (at least for me) is that it is not recommended to work out too hard during your detox, instead a little light exercise will do you just fine during this period.

Some things I do include in my diet are hard boiled eggs (some cleanses don’t allow eggs), homemade organic oatmeal with sliced apples, cinnamon and honey, organic miso soup, salmon, lots and lots of vegetables and salads, raw almonds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, legumes (all varieties of beans) and decaf green tea, just to name a few of my favorites. Juicing is another great way to get the nutrients you need while detoxing. There are so many great recipes that are easy to prepare that you could find that would adhere to the rules of a raw detox and so many resources out there for you to use for your research.

Here’s one of my favorite recipes that I prepare for dinner often whether I am detoxing or not:
Nachos Grande
a handful (typically 10-12) of organic rice or blue corn tortilla chips
2 Tbsp organic black beans
2 Tbsp dairy free shredded cheese (optional)
1 Sliced organic large tomato
1/2 cup chopped organic iceberg lettuce
1 sliced avocado
2 Tbsp organic medium spiced salsa
1 Tbsp raw chopped organic jalepeno
1 Tbsp chopped green onion
1 Tbsp chopped black olives

Sprinkle black beans, green onion, jalepeno, black olives and dairy free cheese onto the tortilla chips
Microwave on high for 1 and 1/2 minutes
Sprinkle the rest of the ingredients onto the dish and enjoy!

I would be happy to share some amazing recipes with you if you are interested. Simply comment on this article, let me know what types of foods you like and I’ll send you some great recipes to get you started. Good luck with your detox. Let us know how your are doing and if you have any questions. We are here to help motivate and support you!

Learn the right way to shower

Countdown to the Holidays – Beauty Tip 2

How often do you shower? Every day? What if I told you that frequent showering (like every day or even every other day), may be doing more harm than good? The reason being is that by showering, you are washing away natural oils and processes that your skin, hair and nails need.

If you are like me (a working Mom with little time to even hit the loo, every day, let alone shower), this is great news. On the other hand, if you are like me and cherish those 15 minutes of warmth and quiet reflection time, this recommendation might not be as welcoming.

In either case, we recommend showering anywhere from one to three days a week depending on the climate you live in, your age, your gender and your activity level. You could wash only the grimiest, smelliest parts of your body daily using wash cloths, wet wipes, or even jumping in the shower and only lathering those parts of your body up.

Not to mention, you will also be helping the environment by conserving water when you cut down on your showering routine.

So here is another shower recommendation that is going to blow your mind…
At the end of your nice hot, steamy shower, turn the knob to 100% cold (you could work up to this). You will be amazed at the health benefits that a cold shower has. I myself, have seen some incredible transformations in just 6 weeks of doing this. It all started when I celebrated Leslie’s 50th birthday with her at a spa in Bachelor Gulch, CO. They had an ice cold bath sitting next to the hot tub in the ladies locker room. I jumped in after the steam room, sauna and hot tub and lasted less than a minute, but I felt completely energized afterwards. When we went out that evening, my hair and skin felt incredibly healthy and overall, I felt fantastic. Then I did some research and found out that cold water not only increases alertness, but it refines hair and skin, stimulates weight loss, speeds up muscle recovery, reduces stress and anxiety and improves circulation and immunity. Try it out for yourself and let us know how it is working out for you!

Feel free to call us at 303.547.0671 if you have any questions about this article or to schedule your free consultation with us or an appointment for photo rejuvenation or laser hair removal! You can also schedule your appointment online.

Drink more water

Countdown to the Holidays – Beauty Tip 1

You have heard this a b’zillion times – this is no secret and likely the most important beauty tip to abide by…


The good news is that Coffee and Tea count towards your daily intake of H2O (beer and wine don’t – sorry gang). The bad news is that you will probably have to spend a little more time in the bathroom each day, but trust me when I tell you that your skin will thank you in the end.

You are all different and require a different amount of hydration for your body to function at its best, but the general recommendation is that you should try to drink between half an ounce and an ounce of water for each pound you weigh, every day.‚ÄĚ For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, that would be 75 to 150 ounces of water a day. There are many factors that you should take into consideration when you calculate your water intake number for each day including, your size, weight, activity level, the amount you sweat, the color of your urnine and believe it or not, the weather.

This is a great tool that I like to use when I am in doubt or I switch up my activities or the weather changes: Hydration Calculator

The key to being successful is to find either a great camelbak or 16 oz or larger water bottle that you can take with you everywhere. Sip on it when you are at work, sitting in front of your computer, killing time looking at FB posts, sitting in traffic on your way up to the mountains (or wherever you are heading), waiting at the Docs office, waiting for your hair removal treatment at Renew Skin and Laser, preparing your meals, etc. – you get the picture. When I DON’T like to drink water is after 7pm. I am sure you can figure out why, but just to be a bit more clear, my bladder does not work as well as it used to and I don’t like having to get out of bed in the middle of a deep, wonderful dream. ūüėÄ

The other important lesson to be learned about your water is that you should be drinking filtered water as much as you can and ween yourself off of tap water. A little tap water is not going to kill you and there are many areas where the tap water is actually almost as healthy as filtered. I am a huge fan of the Aquasana filter and have been using it in my home for years. It is a reverse osmosis filter, removing harmful chemicals, while maintaining important water elements that are good for you. This is a good chart that can assist you with finding the filter system that is right for you: Water Filter Comparison Chart.

Please join Renew Skin and Laser in becoming a healthier you, with healthier skin by committing to drink more water! You will be surprised at the difference this little change will make in your health and appearance…just in time for the holiday parties!!

Image Skincare product line

Top 3 Reasons You Should Use Image Skincare

If you have never tried the Image Skin Care line, you have truly been missing out on one of the best anti aging products on the market today!  All of their products are of the highest quality using the most superior ingredients and developed and tested by Internationally recognized chemists.

The Company was the first to develop their products without the use of chemical preservatives like paraben, which has been suggested¬†to be detrimental to a person’s health and wellbeing.

So what are the top three reasons you should use the Image skin care line of products?

  1. Image has a product or products for everyone that can alleviate each one of your skin care concerns. You can find products in the following categories:
    • Anti-aging
    • Loss of firmness
    • Hydration
    • Acne
    • Redness
    • Uneven Skin Tone
    • Dry and/or Sensitive Skin
    • Eye area Wrinkles and/or Puffiness
    • Sparse Lashes and/or Eyebrows
    • Body Care
  2. Image has proven results and incredible testimonials.
  3. Image has¬†the most innovative skincare brand in the industry and has a trademark on the Vectorize technology ™, which uses over 100 time-released active ingredients such as peptides and stem-cells.

Some of our favorite products include the Total Anti-Aging Serum with Vectorize Technology ™, the Balancing Eye Lift Gel, the Daily Tinted Moisterizer with SPF 30, and the Intense Lightening Hand Cream with SPF 15, just to name a few.

Be sure to ask to test out our samplers at your next appointment, or if you already know what product you are interested in, call Leslie at 303-547-0671 to place your order.  Or if you are looking for a skincare solution for a specific concern, Leslie would be happy to consult with you on your best options. Once you start using the Image skincare line of products, you will likely never need to try another new skin care product again!

Why and When You Should Get Photo Rejuvenation

I am a 49 year old woman who has been fighting Father time for 16¬†years, since my ex-boyfriend of 10+ years left me broken-hearted and very aware of being thrown back into the singles scene at the ‘ripe old age of 32’ (which is how I actually felt at the time – HA). ¬†Although I was always conscious about my looks and cared very much about both looking and feeling young, it was at this point in my life that I realized, I should probably spend a little more time taking care of myself.

Mind you, this was in the year 2000, when all these non-invasive anti-aging treatments were considered¬†very new. ¬†I didn’t care. ¬†I was ready to try anything and I did – I tried quite a few including Botox every six months, 5 IPL treatments and annual maintenance, Juvederm fillers, Laser hair removal, micro-dermabrasion treatments¬†and¬†chemical peels. ¬†I also spend a lot of time researching the best¬†methods used for anti-aging (since they are always changing) and have investigated¬†holistic healing, natural skin care regimens / routines and hormonal health.

You see, I have fair skin and my entire life, I have had these freckles on my face Рnot just freckles Рthey were like these dark brown unattractive age spots that grew larger in the sun and started melding together until my face looked blotchy and deformed.  In fact, when I was in 7th grade, my science teacher, asked me to come up to the front of the class and when I did, he took a sharpie and said we were going to play connect the dots on my face.  The entire class laughed at me, much to my dismay and Mr. Weiner (Yeah РI know), thought he was the funniest teacher in the world.


IPL, sometimes known as Photo Rejuvenation or Photo facial, honestly saved me when I was 32.  I went five times in five months and I was this new woman.  Not only were all my freckles completely gone, but my skin was tighter and it helped diminish some wrinkles that I had noticed were just forming around my eyes.  It was the best investment I have ever made Рnot only is it quick and simple, but there is very little down time, no pain or discomfort and it is reasonably priced.


Right now is the best time to start your Photo Rejuvenation treatments (in the fall), when your tan is faded and you know you will not be spending a lot of time outside in the sun.  Also, you want to see the best results just before the holidays when you will be going to dinners and parties, and maybe a parade or two. So if you are finally ready to take that first step to clear, beautiful and younger looking skin, you should call Renew Skin and Laser at 303.547.0671, schedule online now or email Leslie for more information.

How to prevent your skin from aging

Easy Tips to Keep Your Skin from Aging

Moisturize your skin. Especially in a dry climate like Colorado, moisturize twice a day and exfoliate. Be sure to use moisturizer that matches your skin type.

Drink plenty of water. Again, with a dryer climate, it’s more important to stay hydrated, helping your skin keep it’s healthy glow. Eight glasses of water is recommended to keep skin supple and maintain its elasticity. Hydration also helps with overall health, digestion, circulation, absorption and even excretion. The lack of hydration will present itself by turning your skin dry, tight and flaky.

Wash your face twice a day with a gentle cleanser formulated for your skin type. It’s important to wash before bed because skin rejuvenates overnight, so getting rid of oil buildup and dirt is essential.

Use plenty of SPF 30+. Sunscreen helps your skin look healthy and beautiful, protecting it from the outside in. Sun damage is the primary cause of wrinkles, sunspots, dryness, blotches and skin cancer.

Exfoliate every two months. Removing the dead skin cells allows healthy new skin to replace the exfoliated cells and breathe resulting in smoother skin and less acne.

Exercise. Anything that promotes healthy circulation also helps keep your skin vibrant and healthy. Exercise aids in increasing skin tone and maintaining elasticity from an increase of blood flow.

Take a multi-vitamin daily with vitamin D and calcium for a more vibrant complexion and strong bones.

Eat a well-balanced diet. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, minerals, vitamins and protein to keep your skin looking smoother, younger and to ward off wrinkles.

Avoid smoking and second hand smoke. Smoke alters the amount of oxygen in your blood, which affects the health of your skin. It can accelerate the aging process, causing the skin to droop, develop wrinkles and lines and cause dryness, broken capillaries and blotchiness.

Avoid stress. Stress can make your face age by a decade and the skin more dull and cause breakouts. Two grams of Vitamin C daily can correct some of the stress related skin issues.

Get photofacial treatments. Living at higher altitude increases sun-damage to the skin and accelerates the skin’s natural aging process. Photo rejuvenation helps reduce irregular pigmentation including sunspots, freckles, broken capillaries, rosacea and acne. It also helps with reducing the size of enlarged pores, thus improving tone and texture of the skin.