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.
Welcome to Free For Haul Friday!
- Haul: More Jack Black Lip Balm!
- Weekend plans: I’d love to get ahead by a day or two on the blog, so I’m going to work on that!
- Favorite accessory?: I love a good scarf, and it’s even better that it looks good and keeps me warm!
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This week’s Mellan photo…
This dog sleeps three times as much as I do, yet he’s always yawning!
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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I’m lucky to be on the west coast, so a lot of times I only have to stay up til 9-10PM, which isn’t bad at all. I’ve been around for many a MAC launch, though I’ve certainly been at the computer at 5AM to catch products like Marine Life. I’ve never stayed up – but I will check for a a really big launch every time I wake up (I am a light sleeper, so I usually wake up five times a night).
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By Dustin Hunter, Makeup Artist
Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Dustin Hunter has been designing various media since his early teen years. Studying several different art forms, Hunter’s creative background ranges from illustration and photography to fashion and interior design to music production and makeup artistry. He has worked for over a decade as a professional illustrator and his retail interior design concepts have been featured in nation-wide publications, receiving recognition for their uniqueness and creativity. Check out his blog and YouTube channel!
No-Fail Natural Beauty Products for Women and Men
Thinking about my Holy Grail products and my everyday easy, no-fail beauty tricks got me wanting to empty my makeup bag, which I refer to as my “car bag,” (because I like to think I’m manlier than I am) to see what I had in there and what I would freak out about if I lost.
These products and tips are good for women AND men who want to focus on a natural makeup look. I have found these techniques and products reliable and easy to work with (I use these on myself almost every day):
Everyone makes one (think YSL’s Touche Éclat), and they are all different. Some are heavy like a concealer, some aren’t. Some come in correcting tones, some come with shimmer. They work wonders for brightening the inner eye area, along the brow bone, just below the dark circles on your eyes, or around the nostrils and mouth. Anywhere you show fatigue is where you want to use a product like this–to “wake” you up.
Eyebrow Pencil (Powder, Brow Set, etc.)
Ladies: I always see you overlook your eyebrows (they are one of the most important parts of your face). I like them full and soft, groomed but never over-plucked. Brow products are right up there with mascara in terms of “if you only have time for one thing in the morning, make it this…”
Fellas: MAC’s Brow Set (comes in multiple colors, $15) is the one product I lose it over if I can’t find it. If you have light facial hair and want to fill in your sideburns or beard a little more (so it doesn’t look creepy and clear), you can brush one of these over the hairs to instantly (and naturally) transform your look. I started going grey in high school – I used to dye my facial hair. I use this now instead.
Powder? Yes or No?
Ladies: If you are going for a more natural look you want to be able to see the texture of your skin. Don’t over-powder. If you have a hard time with this one, make luminizers your best friend! Strobe Liquid pressed into the high points of the face will give you back the glow (and some of the texture) that you lost after you powdered your face.
Fellas: If you want to look like Divine, go for it! If you want to look more “natural” then don’t powder AT ALL! If you need to, use blotting films as an alternative. Focus on skincare to take care of your face instead of looking for something to cover it up. I have seen far too many tutorials on men’s makeup that use mineral and other powder foundations. STOP! A matte face will be your biggest tell! (That and blue eyeshadow of course.)
Know Who You Are
More important than any other tip or trick you’ll ever learn from any makeup artist, magazine, book or YouTube tutorial: You’ve got to know who you are and be comfortable with yourself. Regarding makeup, this is important because you need to really know your skin: the pros and the cons, what works for you and what doesn’t. You also need to consider your natural habits (especially when choosing tools). People ask me all the time, “What’s the best blending brush?” My reply is always the same: “That depends, are you light-handed or heavy-handed?” There’s no one answer that is going to work for every person – not in life and not in makeup.