By Renee Rouleau, Skincare Expert and Esthetician
Renée Rouleau has been helping men, women and teens attain healthy, glowing, beautiful skin for more than twenty years.
Her philosophy is simple: With the proper tools, effective products and a disciplined approach, anyone can have great skin.
She provides regular skincare advice and tips on her blog, too!
Six Skin Habits You Should Unlearn for 2012
As a skin care expert and celebrity esthetician with 25 years of hands-on experience, I have observed and heard many bad skin habits through the years. Here’s six of the most common habits I hear, and ones that should be broken to ensure your skin is healthy, balanced and glowing.
1) Tugging at the delicate eye area.
The eye area is the thinnest skin of any area on the face, and it’s the first to show the signs of aging, so when people pull on the skin when they put in their contacts, apply eyeliner, or rub aggressively on the area when removing stubborn eye makeup, this can unnecessarily create wear and tear on the collagen and elasticity fibers within the skin. These habits may cause visible lines and wrinkles prematurely, so be sure to treat this delicate area with care.
2) Misting, not wiping, your skin when using toner.
While I understand a lot of people have gotten in the habit of misting toner on the skin because of the convenience, it is really important to use a wiping action while using toner. The reason is because toners are designed to remove cleanser residue and (most importantly) salts, chlorines, and chemicals from tap water that may dehydrate the skin. So when you mist the toner, you are simply diluting these chemicals, not removing them. Always use an alcohol-free toner, wipe it over the skin with our Toning Cloths, and if you so choose, mist afterwards.
3) Over-using your Clarisonic brush.
In a previous Temptalia post called Skin Care Expert, Renée Rouleau Reviews the Clarisonic, I share my thoughts on how many people may be over-using the Clarisonic brush and being more harmful than helpful to the skin. The company suggests you use it twice a day, every day but I personally feel this is way too much for most types of skin to handle, especially if you’re using other exfoliating products such as acids, scrubs and enzymes. Just like you shouldn’t use a facial scrub twice a day, you also shouldn’t use the Clarisonic twice a day. It should be reserved to 2-3 times a week.
4) Not washing your skin in the morning.
Many people have gotten in the habit of not washing the skin in the morning, because the skin is already clean from washing the night before and no makeup was worn. The reason it is important to wash your face in the morning is because while you are sleeping, the skin is in repair mode and will secrete toxins and sebum, which can prevent your daytime products from working effectively. When you wash your skin in the morning, you are removing not only the toxins and sebum, but your nighttime products as well – this allows your daytime products (particularly our Daily Protection SPF 30) to absorb into the skin better since they will have a clean slate. Be sure to wash with a mild, sulfate-free cleansing gel in the morning.(And of course, washing your skin every night is a must!)
5) Using the same products year-round.
Without a doubt, your skin has different needs in summer and winter, but even in fall and spring. In summer, the focus should be on protecting your skin from the sun with sunscreen and antioxidants, which have powerful protective qualities. Products should be lighter-weight in the summer, since there is more humidity in air. A summer skin care routine should have less exfoliation since more time is spent outdoors. During the fall, you can increase your exfoliation to repair the skin from the summer sun. With the dry air in winter, it is about increasing moisturization with more hydrating products. In spring, it is time to do a spring cleaning with deep pore cleansing products. So getting in the habit of using the same products year-round is an absolute no-no.
6) Picking at your skin.
Many are guilty of this one, but they are in the habit of automatically picking at a blemish the minute it appears. Whether it is out of nerves or simply trying to make a blemish go away faster, you really do end up making it worse. The truth of the matter is, a blemish only lasts 5-7 days, but the redder, dark scar can linger for months. Did your blemish leave you with a dark or red scar? Use Post-Breakout Fading Gel. To keep your hands busy and off of your face, try our No Picking! Twisty Toy.
So if you are stuck in any of these habits, follow these skin care tips to break free and be well on your way to healthy, glowing and beautiful skin in 2012.
Lancome Spring 2012 Collection: Roseraie des Delices
For Spring 2012, Lancôme is delighted to invite you to a makeup garden party! Inspired by sumptuous treats, this collection melts macaroons and sweets with eye shadows and lipsticks. The pastel colors remind us of sweet macaroon flavors. Sweet marmalade, green almond and rose candy to satisfy your appetite. Delicious gloss shades of Dreamsicle, Spring Fling, Miracle and fresh cheek color of Cosmopolitan Pink and Tangerine Tint for a gourmand collection.
Illuminating Powder ($42.00) (Limited Edition)
- La Roseraie Multi-color powder blush embossed with a delicate rose
Color Design 5-Pan Shadow and Liner Palette ($49.00) (Limited Edition)
- Rose Romance Soft pinks, peach, burgundy
- Vert Tendresse Mint and forest greens
Le French Touch Absolu Nu ($35.00) (Limited Edition)
- Cotton Candy Soft pink
L’Absolu Nu Replenishing & Enhancing Lipcolor ($29.50) (Limited Edition)
- Rose Petal Sheer bright pink
- Sweet Marmalade Sheer bright coral
Color Fever Gloss ($26.00) (Limited Edition)
- Green Petal Translucent soft green
- Tangerine Petal Sheer soft coral
- Rose Petal Sheer baby pink
availability: February 2012 at all Lancome counters and lancome.com
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MAC Shop MAC, Cook MAC Collection (Shop Shop Shop, Cook Cook Cook)
availability: February 9, 2012 in North American, March 2012 at international MAC locations
Try and Buy a delicious, delovely, delectable, divine, degorgeous, de-with-it, degroovy assortment of Eye Shadow x 4 in wearable brights perfect for Spring. Treat yourself to Lipstick in heavenly hues, mouthwateringly Kissable Lipcolour and Cremeblend Blush. This Spring, shop ‘til you drop with a tongue-in-cheek collection that elevates the everyday into the extraordinary. Whether it’s detergent or diamonds, produce or Prada, everyone loves to shop, shop, shop!
Please keep it clean and insult-free in the Shop MAC/Cook MAC post. Thanks! Everyone’s entitled to their opinion – even if you disagree.
Lipstick ($14.50 U.S. / $17.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)
- Innocence, Beware! Light yellow pink (Cremesheen) (Repromote)
- Naughty Saute Bright pepto pink (Cremesheen)
- Watch Me Simmer Bright pink-orange (Amplified)
- Quick Sizzle Bright pink (Matte)
- Dish It Up Berry pink (Lustre)
- Runaway Red Rich red-blue (Satin) (Repromote)
Kissable Lipcolour ($19.00 U.S. / $22.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)
- Flaunting It Grey mauve (Repromote)
- So Vain Muted dirty coral (Repromote)
- Scan-delicious Blue fuchsia (Repromote)
- Woo Me Light pinky nude (Repromote)
- Enchantee Light blue pink (Repromote)
Cremeblend Blush ($20.00 U.S. / $24.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)
- Optimistic Orange Bright orange (Repromote)
- Florida Bright coral (Repromote)
- Restores Dazzle! Rich plum
See more of the collections and photos!
MAC Vera Collection for Spring 2012
Brilliant butterflies, flashy florals and gorgeously geometric graphics…A colourful collaboration between M·A·C and the artist known worldwide as Vera, who merged fine arts with linens, murals, textiles and silk scarves in her punchy, painted patterns. Now in shades plucked straight from her most lavish prints, M·A·C Vera embraces the luxe, lighter-than-air spirit that delivers the kind of startling, look-at-me statement that defines what it means to be an instant classic. Limited Edition.
Crushed Metallic Pigment x4 – Aloha ($34.00 U.S. / $40.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)
- Latern Light Metallic gold/bronze (Frost)
- Campfire Rich copper (Frost)
- Shifting Sands Metallic champagne
- Aloha Dirty Cocoa Brown
Crushed Metallic Pigment x4 – Strawberry Patch ($34.00 U.S. / $40.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)
- Star Crystal Pink champagne
- Rose Light Metallic yellow pink
- Strawberry Patch Light blue pink
- Moon Rose Bright dark pink
Crushed Metallic Pigment x4 – Butterfly Party ($34.00 U.S. / $40.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)
- Butterfly Party Bright lilac
- Desert Cloud Deep blue purple
- Rain Drop Metallic teal
- Moss Garden Metallic silver green
Pearlglide Intense Eye Liner ($15.00 U.S. / $18.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)
- Lord It Up Bronze with pearl (Repromote)
- Industrial Periwinkle grey (Repromote)
- Designer Purple Iridescent violet (Repromote)
- Undercurrent Teal with pearl (Repromote)
- Petrol Blue Deep navy with pearl (Repromote)
- Black Swan Black with pearl (Repromote)
- Black Line Black with gold pearl (Repromote)
Nail Lacquer ($16.00 U.S. / $19.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)
- Midsummer’s Dream Pale pink lilac (Creme)
- Play Day Pale milky coral (Creme)
Pearlmatte Face Powder ($28.00 U.S. / $33.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)
- Sunday Afternoon Clean bright pink/bright clean fuchsia/soft pale pink with white pearl
- Flower Fantasy Pale coral with slight gold pearl/slightly blue pale pink/soft pale salmon
Plushglass ($19.50 U.S. / $22.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)
- Fashion Fanatic Creamy pale pink (Repromote)
- Pretty Plush Extra soft pink with white pearl (Permanent)
- Confetti Bright orange coral with soft pearl
- On a Holiday Bright pink with blue pearl
- Butterfly Dream Mid-tone violet with blue pearl
availability: February 9th, 2012 in North American, March 2012 at international MAC locations