Renée Rouleau Confesses Her Personal Skin Care Secrets

What an honor it was to be one of five estheticians chosen to be profiled in More Magazine in a story called “5 Top Facialists Confess.” As an esthetician, I’m always advising others on how to care for their own skin, so they thought it would be informative for their readers to turn the tables and see how we care for our own skin.

I shared more information with the writer than what was published so here is more information I shared about how I personally treat my own skin. (You can read the full More Magazine feature by clicking here.)

NAME: Renée Rouleau is a celebrity esthetician with skin care practices in Dallas, NY and LA. (I also offer skin consultations in other cities and via Skype over the web. See more information here.)

DESCRIBE YOUR SKIN: From the very start of my career, I learned that every skin is unique and the ‘one-size-fits-all approach’ is not effective in achieving healthy, balanced and beautiful skin. And classifying skin into the standard dry, normal and oily skin types is just so limiting. How can cosmetic companies say “This product is for all skin types” when all skin types have such different needs? I created a results-oriented skin care line with 72 products based on nine skin types so every type of skin has a customized routine to give results to all their skin needs. In my line, I’m a skin type #2 which is called “Oily/Combination/Occasional Breakouts/ Anti-Aging.” (What is your skin type? See my nine skin types here.)

At age 43, I need a good anti-aging, skin-smoothing routine but since I still produce oil and get occasional cystic acne on my chin and jawline, I need my anti-aging products to be lightweight and non pore clogging so this routine caters to my exact needs.

Read: How Do Hormones Affect the skin in Your 40s?

YOUR SKIN CARE MUST-HAVES: Anti-Cyst Treatment for my occasional cystic breakouts,  Advanced Resurfacing Serum for long-term pore size and wrinkle reduction, and ColoreScience SPF 50 Mineral Powder to use over sunscreen (Daily Protection SPF 30) to ensure protection from UV rays.

TREATMENTS: I get Botox in between my eyebrows and a tiny amount around my eyes a few times a year. I don’t have them put in a lot because I want to still show expression. A frozen face is not a good look–on me or anyone.

I do mild chemical peels at my skin care spas in Dallas every month to keep my skin smooth and the pores looking small, and to keep summer time, heat-induced pigmentation lightened. It is my belief that beautiful skin is about having the smallest pores possible along with the smooth, more even-toned texture possible, NOT a skin completely free of all lines and wrinkles.

Read: Considering Having a Chemical Peel? Important Information You Need to Know

I don’t do fillers. Wrinkles are a fact of life, so for me, going to extreme measures to never have a wrinkle is just not my thing. It’s about aging gracefully and looking realistically younger than my age. That’s the look I’m going for. It’s also the look that French women go for and I admire their approach to skin aging. So I focus on doing at-home and in-spa treatments that will make my skin texture look as smooth as possible.

Read: Are People Overusing Botox and Dermal Fillers? I Think So

SKIN TIP I SWEAR BY: As much as I adore cheese, especially on my yearly trips to France to see family, I have to watch my dairy intake because too much will cause my adult cystic breakouts. So keeping dairy to a minimum has helped my skin tremendously.

Read: Why Does Eating Dairy Cause Cystic Acne?

YOUR SKIN SECRET: I listen to my skin, if my skin is changing, it’s time for a change. I change up my skin care routine at night a lot. Healthy, beautiful skin requires a variety of high-performance ingredients and at night is the best time to do that.

WHY I BECAME AN ESTHETICIAN: Growing up in my grandmother’s hair salon, I saw a profession where you make people look good and feel good and feel more comfortable in their own skin.

Read: Dermatologist vs. Esthetician: Who Should You See for Your Skin?


I might do some Botox in the neck but I don’t see doing anything more invasive in my future. If I truly believe in my skin care products and the benefits of caring well for my skin (along with aging gracefully), then I shouldn’t have to, right?

I think overall I look better now than I did in my 20’s. I take much better care of myself than I ever did and have respect for my body. My health, my skin and my happiness are top priorities.

Which products are right for your skin? See our nine skin types and get products recommended.

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