By Renee Rouleau, Skincare Expert & Esthetician
Renée Rouleau has been helping men, women, & teens attain healthy, glowing, beautiful skin for more than 20 years. Her philosophy is simple: With the proper tools, effective products, & a disciplined approach, anyone can have great skin. You can find more advice on her blog!
Your best accessory during the holiday is glowing skin – it can make you look ethereal, radiant and simply ravishing. Unfortunately, with the holidays in full swing, sometimes our glow gets a little less glowy. Here are my tips on how to keep skin looking its best, even as you may jet from party to party, city to city or country to country celebrating the season and ringing in the New Year!
Exfoliate. Exfoliation is considered one of the most important techniques that you can perform on your skin to resolve certain skin problems as well as to achieve healthy and glowing skin.
- Take the exfoliating test. Start off with a simple test to determine if you have surface dry skin cells on your skin that need to be exfoliated. A quick and easy test is to take a piece of clear tape and apply it to the forehead. Rub it gently and remove. Look at the tape, and if there are little pieces of flaky skin, then you need to exfoliate!
- Use a gentle face scrub or mild acid serum. I recommend using products that feature round beads or an acid exfoliator using lactic, glycolic or salicylic acid. Just keep in mind that the goal with your skin is to exfoliate as much as possible, with minimal irritation. The skin likes little boosts but not on an everyday basis!
Rev up your circulation. When the skin ages, less oxygen and nutrients are being delivered to the skin. For example, by the time you are 75 years old, you have about 50% less blood vessels in your face, so with less vessels, it means less blood is flowing to the skin leading to skin fading, lacking the glow and looking fairly washed out. It’s so important to focus on keeping good circulation in the skin so nutrient-rich blood can deliver what it needs to the skin to keep it glowing.
- Massage in your moisturizer. When applying your moisturizer, massage into the skin using firm circular motions to help increase blood flow. Another trick is immediately after applying moisturizer at night, close your hand to make a fist and use your knuckles to massage the skin in small circular motions for two minutes. This helps to gently stimulate blood flow to the skin to bring new nutrients to the skin cells—and a glow!
- Try incorporating products containing vasodilators. This includes ingredients such as peppermint and ginseng which work to give the skin a pick-me-up! When applied topically to the skin, these ingredients work to dilate the blood vessels, therefore, allowing the skin to accommodate more nutrient-rich blood. With continued use, you can get skin that glows!
- Avoid yellow-based colors. That goes for makeup and clothing (mustard, olive green, khaki, burnt orange) as they can make the skin appear sallow. Mineral makeup is a great choice for giving your skin the look of radiant glowing skin!
- Get a facial. Whether you DIY or book an appointment with a professional, facials are extremely beneficial for stimulating circulation to get your skin glowing. Giving a boost to your normal skin care routine with a facial the night before a special event can really help guarantee glowing skin.
- Increase your intake of water and eat your fruits and veggies. Particularly to help control unnecessary under eye puffiness drinking a lot of water really helps to prevent excess fluids from building up around the eyes. It’s also important to replace water and antioxidants from the inside to aid in recovering your body. Eat fruits like strawberries, blueberries and raspberries since they contain a good amount of water that the body can retain. Raw and steamed vegetables like broccoli and green beans not only provide water to the skin and body but also good antioxidants that your body craves. Salmon, avocado and olive oil are also beneficial to the skin’s moisture content.
When it comes to glowing skin, keep in mind that rough, dry skin = dull, tired-looking skin and healthy, glowing skin = light reflective skin! When the skin is tired-looking, it is a result of a damaged lipid barrier that no longer seals moisture between surface cells, resulting in an uneven dull surface. As a consequence, when light hits the skin, instead of reflecting it evenly, it is scattered and skin appears lackluster. So make sure you’re exfoliating and keeping your skin hydrated to ensure a holiday glow.
If you’re curious what products Renee Rouleau recommends from her range that fit the bill, here are five: