Skincare Tips from Renée Rouleau: New Year Skin Resolutions
Savvy, smart, and always knowledgeable, Renée Rouleau is my go-to for all that is skincare. She’s a celebrity esthetician with her own line (I love her AHA/BHA Cleansing Gel!), and she also regularly updates her blog with skin care tips and tricks.
Make this the year for healthy, beautiful and glowing skin with these 10 New Years’ Skin Resolutions from skin care expert, Renée Rouleau.
1. ALWAYS WASH YOUR SKIN AND MOISTURIZE AT BEDTIME
Research indicates that the skin repairs itself most effectively at night, so you want to put your skin in the best possible condition for its repair. For those who are too tired to wash off their makeup at night, try this! Your nighttime routine doesn’t have to be done minutes before you hit the bed. Wash your face when you get home from work, or even after dinner. Do it earlier rather than later! Washing off the day’s dirt and grime and nourishing your skin with good moisture and nutrients will give your skin a chance to renew while you sleep. And remember, quality moisturizers (without clogging ingredients) will not suffocate your skin.
2. WEAR A MOISTURIZER WITH SUNSCREEN DAILY
Studies indicate that 78% of the sun exposure we get in a lifetime is incidental exposure. You may say, “I’m not out at all during the day.” Just working in your home or office near windows, walking to your car, and even driving in your car will subject you to unnecessary UV damage. Windshields do nothing to protect you from UV rays. Daylight exposure is the #1 cause of premature skin aging so a minimum of SPF #15 should be used 365 days a year, rain or shine, inside or out.
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3. DON’T PICK AT YOUR SKIN
The life of a blemish is just 3-5 days, but when you pick at one, the red mark can linger there for 1-2 months. We know it’s tempting, but you can make problem skin much worse by forcing bacteria deeper into the skin, resulting in scarring and further breakouts. A better solution for problem skin is to get regular facials, so the pores can be cleaned professionally and use skin care products exclusively formulated for your skin type.
4. GET AT LEAST 8 HOURS OF SLEEP A NIGHT
Sleep is important not only to keep dark circles at bay, but it is also the time when your body is most metabolically active, ridding itself of toxins that would otherwise wreak havoc with your skin. Sleep also reduces stress, the #1 aggravator of acne!
5. CLEAN YOUR COSMETICS BRUSHES ONCE A WEEK
Bacteria and oil can build up on your cosmetic brushes, leading to clogged pores and breakouts. Using a mild liquid dish soap and cold water, carefully wash out your brushes and rinse thoroughly. Comb the bristles to prevent tangling, and stand the brushes upright in a glass in the sunlight to let dry and destroy bacteria. Cosmetic sponges should be washed with mild soap and rinsed thoroughly after each use.
6. TOSS YOUR BAR SOAP AND EXCHANGE IT FOR A LIQUID CLEANSER
Cleansing your skin with a bar of soap–no matter how expensive it is or how moisturizing it claims to be–is an absolute no-no. The binders that hold a bar of soap together are in an alkaline base (high pH balance) and strip the water and natural oils from the skin, causing the surface of the skin to dehydrate. Then, you have to quickly run and put moisturizer back on to put back in what was just taken out–makes no sense. Skin cells are like fish, they need water to live. Your skin cells need to stay moist in order to be healthy; acne conditions and sensitive or dry skin suffer from lack of water.
7. HAVE YOUR MOLES CHECKED
Melanoma is increasing faster than any other cancer in the United States. Once a year, you should visit a dermatologist to have a full body check, especially if you have a family history of skin cancer, are fair-haired, or have gotten excessive sun exposure. Early detection can save your life.
8. GET THOSE BLACKHEADS UNDER CONTROL–ONCE AND FOR ALL
Blackheads. We all have them (or at least most of us) and we all hate them. Blackheads are large, open pores containing oil that has oxidized from the air causing it to turn black. Contrary to what most people believe, it’s not “dirt”, it’s simply oxidized oil. You can remove the blackhead but once the oil fills back up in the pore (which it will), the air will cause the oil to oxidize again and now the blackhead is back. To get blackheads under control, you must first remove the blackheads, then use an acid exfoliator to keep the pores clean and use an antioxidant to prevent the oil from oxidizing.
9. ALWAYS CHOOSE PRODUCTS RECOMMENDED FOR YOUR SKIN TYPE
Your friend will tell you about some fabulous product that she loves; you’ll read in a magazine about a product that celebrities use, but that doesn’t mean it will work for you. The #1 reason why you will not show improved results with your skin care products is that they aren’t suited for your skin’s unique needs.
10. GIVE YOUR SKIN A MAKEOVER
A new year is a fresh start. If you’re ready to get serious and kick off the new year right, here’s my 10-step plan for beautiful skin.
- Skin Makeover Tip #1 Assess Your Skin Care Products
- Skin Makeover Tip #2 Find a Reputable Skin Care Professional
- Skin Makeover Tip #3 Schedule a Consultation
- Skin Makeover Tip #4 Do a Patch Test with New Products
- Skin Makeover Tip #5 Get Started with Caring for Your Skin
- Skin Makeover Tip #6 Practice Good Skin Care Habits Daily
- Skin Makeover Tip #7 Go Through a Series of Light Chemical Peels
- Skin Makeover Tip #8 Get Regular Professional Facials
- Skin Makeover Tip #9 Eat a Healthy Diet
- Skin Makeover Tip #10 Practice Self-Acceptance