I started playing with a PhotoShop Elements free Action
called "Perfect Portrait" from CoffeeShop.
An Action is a set of memorized moves.
Unfortunately, these can't be created and memorized
in Elements, only in full PhotoShop.
Fortunately, CoffeeShop and other sites have
created Actions and offer them for use in Elements.
After running this Action, lots of adjustments
can made to the many layers which were created by the Action
(10 layers in Perfect Portraits, I think)
so that you have abundant control over the final photo.
Here are three photos - as taken -
and the results after using CoffeeShop's Perfect Portrait.