Rick Rhoads, Pharm.D

BioRenew Skincare Blog

Skin Care Blog with Anti-Aging Tips

  • 10 New Year's Resolutions for Your Skin

    2017 isn’t just your best year yet, it’s your skin’s best year yet! If you haven’t made your list of resolutions, let us help you. We’ve compiled a list of 10 tips that’ll make your skin look healthier, younger, and more vibrant.

    Know your skin

    If there’s one thing you do in 2017, get to know your skin. By determining your skin type, and how your hormones might impact it, you can figure out the best course of treatment. No skincare solution is one size fits all. Visit an esthetician, test out our different products, and then create a custom skincare routine that you can stick to each day. Because when it comes to your skin, consistency is key.

    Wear sunscreen

    Even on the cloudiest of days, the sun can still reach your skin. UVA and UVB damage can lead to wrinkles, freckles, and even scarier, Melanoma. And wearing sunscreen is one of the easiest ways to avoid those ailments. In fact, according to this Annals of Internal Medicine study, the simple act of wearing sunscreen can slow aging by up to 24 percent! If that hasn’t convinced you to protect your skin, our Solar Defender will. This SPF 30 protects against both UVA and UVB rays and is light enough to wear under your makeup! Now you have no excuse not to wear sunscreen everyday.

    Cover up

    Sunscreen is critical, but this year, take your skin protection up a notch. When you’re planning on spending an extended amount of time outdoors, wear a hat or visor to cover your face. If a ski trip or beach vacation are in your future, heed this tip even more. Snow and sand reflect the sun, making the rays even stronger.


    Drinking enough water each day is not only important for your overall health, but it helps your skin, too. In 2017, create a new habit by challenging yourself to drink eight glasses a day. Add drink reminders to your phone and swap sodas for H20 to make this goal a reality!


    Breaking a sweat is great for your overall health, but it also benefits your skin. Working out delivers oxygen to your skin while increasing circulation. Combine cardio and weight training for a winning combination!

    Reduce sodium intake

    We get it, sometimes salty foods just hit the spot. But, those cravings for french fries come at a cost. Too much sodium and salt can result in water retention which can increase swelling under your eyes. Make bright eyes a yes in 2017 by reducing your sodium intake and adding our Intensive Eye Cream to your routine.

    Drink green tea

    Antioxidants are one of nature’s gifts that aid in anti-aging. Lucky for you, green tea is an antioxidant that also tastes great! This year, see if you can swap your morning cup of coffee with a cup of green tea. You’ll still get a little caffeine buzz, while giving your skin some extra love.

    Moisturize daily

    As you’re developing your 2017 skincare regimen, create a moisturizing routine with it. Find a moisturizer that works best with your skin type, and use it regularly. Keep your moisturizer in places where you’ll be most included to use it often and when it’ll benefit your skin the most. Store a bottle next to your shower so you can slather up immediately. If you’re often on the go, or workout at the gym before work, keep a bottle in your purse or gym bag, too!

    Wear your vitamins

    Eating your vitamins is important, but wearing them can help your skin glow even brighter. That’s why many of our products contain Vitamin C. This antioxidant has been proven in numerous studies to promote a smoother and firmer appearance for women in menopause. So you can have your oranges, and eat them too.

    Sleep more

    We kept the best (and possibly hardest) for last. Catching some extra zzz’s is one of the most nourishing things you can do for your body, but when life gets in the way, it can be one of the most  challenging. If you can’t fit in an extra hour, opt for better sleep. Leave your smartphone, computer, and tablets in another room where you won’t be interrupted by (or tempted to check) notifications and that pesky blue light won’t interfere with your  beauty sleep.

    So that’s it--10 simple ways to achieve younger, more vibrant skin in 2017. If you have questions, or just want to say hi, comment below. We’d love to hear from you!

  • BioRenew Holiday Gift Guide

    Shopping for the woman in your life isn’t always easy. With so many different gifting options and ways to show your affection during the holiday season, how do you choose? Here at BioRenew, we’ve decided to make your job as Santa a little easier. So skip the shopping mall and check out our top picks for holiday gifts for the leading lady in your life.
  • The ABC’s of Skincare During and After Menopause

    Are you dealing with aging skin and menopause at the same time? Most people don’t associate menopause with their skin, but declining hormones can wreak havoc on your appearance.

    Hot flashes AND skin aging?!

    The most common result of hormonal skin aging is loss of collagen, which causes wrinkles and sagging skin. Your face will appear dry and dull looking.

    I often hear from women that “I've always had good skin until recently.”

    For women in menopause, many products aren't good enough

    I’m sure you have seen all types of exotic ingredients on the television. It's a shame that most of these ingredients make for good commercials but they don't work any better than cheap lotions. When it comes to skin care that gives true results for women in menopause, let’s go back to the basics…the ABC’s.

    The most basic ingredients can be the best... if strong enough

    Vitamin A (Retinoids):

    Retinol is a form of vitamin A and is proven to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Retinol works by speeding up the cell turnover in the skin. It is important to know how to use retinol products properly. You can read more about essential tips for apply retinoids correctly.

    Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide):

    Vitamin B3 is clinically proven to be effective in reducing the appearance of sun damage (hyperpigmentation and brown spots). It is a strong antioxidant and age reversing agent.

    Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid):

    Vitamin C plays a critical role in skin care. As we age the amount of natural vitamin C in our bodies decreases. Vitamin C aids in the production of collagen, brings back radiance to the skin and reduces sun damage. Only highly concentrated preparations (10% or more) deliver enough vitamin C to the cells to be topically effective at changing your appearance. Applying Vitamin C to the skin can be 20 times more effective than taking it orally. You can read more about how Vitamin C can brighten you skin and reverse the appearance of sun damage.

    (Hint:  look for Vitamin C in several forms - Ascorbic Acid, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, and Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate).

    >>Click here to learn more about skin care for women experiencing the changes of menopause.

    About the Author: Amy Colo is a licensed esthetician and skin care consultant at BioRenew Skincare. To get a free sample of our pharmacist-formulated skin care, send us a request here!

  • Dry Skin Treatments With Instant Results

    Is your dry skin moisturizer not cutting it? Learn two easy steps that give instant and professional skin rejuvenation.

    We combine professional dry skin products and an easy regimen for amazing results. This is especially good for skin that has been negatively effected by dry weather, lack of good daily skin care regimen, and stress. The winter months are harshest on the skin and are a major cause of increasing aging factors.

    Dry Skin And Itching

    Many people suffer from dry skin, often on their lower legs, elbows, and lower arms. Dry skin feels rough and scaly.

    Fight Dry Skin with the Right Moisturizer

    Fight Dry Skin with the Right Moisturizer

    There are many possible reasons for dry skin, such as:

    • Not drinking enough liquids
    • Staying out in the sun
    • Being in very dry air
    • Smoking
    • Feeling stress
    • Losing sweat and oil glands (common with age)

    Dry skin also can be caused by health problems, such as diabetes or kidney disease. Using too much soap, antiperspirant, or perfume and taking hot baths will make dry skin worse.

    As we are our skin gets thinner and excessive scratching can cause bleeding that may lead to infection. Some medicines make the skin itchier. If your skin is very dry and itchy, see your doctor.

    Moisturizers like lotions, creams, or ointments can soothe dry, itchy skin. They should be used every day. Try taking fewer baths and using milder soap to help your dry skin. Warm water is less drying than hot water. Don't add bath oil to your water -- it will make the tub too slippery. Some people find that a humidifier helps.

    Dry Skin or Dehydration?

    Important Fact: The difference between dry skin and dehydrated skin? Simple!

    Dry Skin is a lack of oil production in the skin, while dehydrated skin is a lack of water. All skin types (even oily) can be dehydrated, especially in the dryer winter months.

    The problem is that a simple moisturizer might not be enough to keep your skin hydrated. This easy treatment is a great addition to your daily regimen.

    Get Instant Skin Soothing Results With This Regimen

    Step 1: Detox and Exfoliate

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  • Daily Anti Aging Skin Care Routine Part 2: Night

    You still don't have a good night time anti aging skin care routine? Let me show you some easy tricks and one ingredient that I always recommend at night.

    While you sleep, your body is programmed for renewal and detoxification. This is necessary because of daily exposure to environmental pollution, sun exposure, and sweat build up. Without a good nightly beauty routine, you are actually making it harder for your body to fight these daytime stressors.  (This is especially true for smokers.)

    We’ll give you the essentials for a good night time skin care beauty routine. You will want to implement this night time regimen along with a day time protection routine. If you haven’t read our post about proper skin care in the morning, make sure to read it first.

    This is the night time skin care routine I recommend to all my patients.

    Step 1: Remove makeup

    A cleanser won’t be able to adequately remove all of your makeup. This is especially true for eye makeup and heavy foundation. Don’t be fooled into buying expensive makeup remover.

    Believe it or not, I use a Huggies Baby Wipe with Aloe to remove my makeup and it works fantastic!

    I realize that many people don’t remove their make up at night. Truthfully, I used to be guilty of this.

    Let me tell you why I always tell my patients to completely remove their makeup. Wearing makeup during sleep can clog pores and cause acne breakouts. It also increases irritations and possible eye infections. When you have aging skin, the last thing you need is any level of irritation. This can be simply avoided.

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  • Daily Anti Aging Skin Care Routine Part 1: Morning

    Reversing aging skin can as easy as implementing a simple but consistent morning skin care routine. It doesn’t take an elaborate multi step program to see results.

    I recommend this simple but effective morning beauty routine to many of my patients. The feedback I get is amazing!

    A few tricks with each step will make your anti aging skin care products work even better.

    The Right Cleanser:

    Normal/dry skin - Use a mild cleanser that removes dirt but does not dry your skin. This is the most common cleanser for aging skin since, dryness is typically an issue. We like cleansers that contain vitamins and nutrients to replenish your skin while removing contamination. Also, avoid any alcohol based products.

    Oily or acne prone – Use a gel based cleanser that contains ingredients to clean out pores. Look for products that contain AHA's (glycolic acid), BHA's (salicylic acid), or Benzoyl Peroxide. Again, I recommend to avoid alcohol based products as they tend to strip essential moisture barriers and can damage your skin.

    Trick #1 - I personally use a Clarisonic because it makes cleansers work better. It is touted as having 6 times the cleansing power than just using your hands. I think it is definitely worth the investment.

    *A quick word about toners:

    Although they have been used for years, I don’t personally recommend it.

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  • DIY Skin Glow: The Secrets to a Professional At Home Facial

    At Home Facial Glow

    Do It Yourself Facials

    Get the same glow from a professional facial.

    Does your skin need a little professional TLC from an esthetician?

    I have an at-home facial regimen that will rejuvenate dull looking skin and save you money.

    After this facial...

    • your dull skin will glow
    • your skin layers will be detoxified
    • your appearance will be rejuvenated
    • your whole body will be relaxed

    Professional Facials Start with Good Prep

    Prepare a quiet and stress free area for your treatment and turn on some relaxing music. The goal is to allow your stress level to lower and your whole body to relax.

    Cucumber Mask Recipe: Making a cucumber mask at home is a breeze and takes ingredients that you probably have around in your kitchen already. You won’t get the texture of a commercial mask in a tube, but, uh, you also can’t do this with those masks in a tube:


    • 1 cucumber, sliced
    • 1/4 cup plain yogurt
    • 2 tablespoons honey
    • 1/4-1 cup oats (depending on water content of cucumber)

    Directions to make Cucumber Mask:

    In a blender, pulse together yogurt and cucumber to form a paste. Pour into a bowl. Next, add honey and oats (1/4 cup at a time) until the mixture forms a thick paste. Give another quick spin in the blender to chop oats. Pop in the freezer for 5-10 minutes to chill and solidify

    Facial Instructions (pay close attention to the details)

    1. CLEANSE: Restorative Cleanser

    • Apply the cleansing cream over your face.
    • Massage in circular movements over the face and neck.
    • Leave it on for a few minutes to dissolve dirt, grime, stale make-up and oils.
    • Gently wipe off with cotton pads. Do not drag the sensitive skin around the eyes.
    • Rinse off with lukewarm water.

    2. SCRUB: Crystal Clarity Microdermabrasion Crème

    • A good exfoliating scrub will remove accumulated dead cells that make the skin appear dull and lusterless. This will leave your face softer and smoother.
    • Use warm water to make your face damp.
    • Massage the face gently with a blob of scrub using your fingertips. Do this in circular motions for about 1 – 2 minutes. Avoid the eye area where the skin is delicate.
    • Rinse with warm water.
    • *Skip this step if you have broken veins.

    3. MASK: Apply Cucumber Mask

    • Smooth on your chosen face mask.
    • Leave the mask on for about 10-15 minutes.
    • Lie down after applying the mask and relax. You can apply cool slices of cucumber or eye pads if you'd like.
    • Use warm water to rinse away the mask.
    • To finish, splash some cool water. This will help to close the skin’s pores and refresh the face.
    • Use a soft towel to pat the skin dry.

    4. MOISTURIZER: Apply Tone & Glow Corrective Therapy

    • Dot some moisturizers on your skin.
    • Smooth it over the entire face.
    • Massage slowly with circular movements your skin. This will boost blood circulation resulting in a brighter complexion and reducing puffiness.
    • Apply a small amount of eye cream around the eyes.
    • Gently pat it in with your ring finger. The tapping action helps relieve puffy eyelids and also stimulates the acupressure points around the eyes.
    • Apply sunscreen. We recommend a broad spectrum with an SPF of 30.

    Now it's your turn

    Pick a comfortable area, gather all your products, and give yourself a rejuvenating facial.

    Enjoy the phenomenal experience and then come back and tell me how you felt. I bet you loved it just as much as my client did.

    Tell me..

    Did your skin feel detoxified and healthier?

    Did you feel your body relax?

    Most importantly, did your face glow?

    About the Author: Amy Colo is a licensed esthetician and skin care consultant at BioRenew Skincare. She specializes in wrinkle treatments, skin lighteners, and anti-aging skincare. You can contact her at Amy@BioRenewSkinCare.com.

  • 7 Easy Diet Changes to Fight Skin Aging

    Not getting anti-aging results with your skin? Maybe its time to fight skin aging with what you eat and not just your skin care. The good news is that making skin-healthy changes to your diet are easy.

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