Renée’s At-Home Beauty Routine—From Head to Toe

Renée Rouleau full at-home beauty routine with peel

At age fifty, there is a lot of maintenance that I choose to require as part of my self-care. I grew up with a grandmother in the beauty industry and after thirty-plus years being an esthetician myself, you can imagine I’ve learned a thing or two about perfecting my own beauty routine. In this post, I’ll share what I’m currently doing to look and feel my best at home. (But, I also shared a few things the things I get done professionally, as I know many of you may be curious!)

HAIR

My Hair Color…

…is pastel pink! I’m naturally blonde and I get highlights every two months from Tisa Watson at the Little Sister Salon in Austin, TX. To get my hair pink, I simply use a color-depositing hair conditioner called Overtone. Before I shower, I grab a bowl and mix up Overtone Pastel Pink Daily Conditioner, a touch of Overtone Pastel Silver Daily Conditioner, and It’s a 10 Miracle Deep Conditioner. This allows me to create the perfect, subtle shade of cool, pastel pink. Then, after I shampoo (using Olaplex No. 4 Bond Maintenance), I’ll section out my hair and apply the conditioner. It absorbs immediately so I don’t have to leave it in. I’ve been pink for five years and still love it. 

To Get Volume In My Hair…

Professionally, Tisa also bonds in some extensions at the salon every two months. I don’t do it for length, just to keep my hair looking thick since it tends to be naturally thin. I started getting these done a year ago and I really like the boost it gives. 

Because I Don’t Wash My Hair Daily…

I rely on Batiste Dry Shampoo. My trick is to use it at night. This way, as you’re sleeping and your hair is being squished against the pillow, the scalp’s natural oils are being absorbed into the powder. I’ve tried a lot of dry shampoos, but this classic is my favorite and it’s not super expensive. 

EYEBROWS + EYELASHES

To Keep My Eyebrows Shaped…

I use a DIY eyebrow shaver at home. Sometimes when I’m in L.A., I’ll go to Benefit’s eyebrow bar and get waxed. I have to say, though, sometimes they take too much off and make them thinner than I want, which can be frustrating. Because of this, I find that just doing them myself is best (even though I’m not the greatest at creating the best shape). 

For Color and Additional Volume…

I use Glossier Boy Brow in blond. Benefit has a similar one, but the color isn’t quite a match (too reddish) so I switched to this one and it looks much better on me. 

Pro brow tip: I recently had my makeup done by makeup artist Erin Smith. She taught me to apply tinted brow gel against the grain. Basically, back-comb first because it gives a lot more volume and tint. It definitely works!

So That I Don’t Always Have to Wear Mascara…

I regularly tint my eyelashes. Because I’m an esthetician, I have access to the supplies needed for this (peroxide and the professional tint) so I’ll do it at home. It’s great to instantly turn my blonde lashes black and lasts for a few weeks. A lot of estheticians provide this service, but it varies from state to state. 

FACIAL HAIR

My Secret to Smooth, Glowing Skin Is…

I dermaplane to remove the peach fuzz that comes on strong with age. When the face has hair, not only is it harder to apply makeup evenly, but the hair prevents light from bouncing off the skin. This is what makes skin look glowy and youthful. To keep my face light-reflective, I’ll use a face shaver to easily remove peach fuzz about every three weeks. 

I know many of you are scared of “shaving” your face because you worry that your hair will grow back thicker and darker. But I want to assure you it won’t—this is a myth! If shaving actually made the hair grow back thicker or darker, I believe we would have just discovered a cure for male baldness.

Read more about how I shave my face

EYE AREA

To Make My Under-Eye Lines Less Noticeable…

I swear by using an exfoliating eye serum to gently remove dryness around the eyes. This really helps give a smoother look. I’ll use it a few nights a week and always follow with eye cream. A lot of people question the validity of eye creams, but I’m definitely a believer that eye creams DO work—read why.

Professionally, I get Botox in this around the eyes to smooth out the lines. Botox is absolutely amazing for this area, and it never looks weird or unnatural (which can happen with the forehead). I get a little touch-up every two months or so because I get what they call “baby Botox”. It looks so much more natural since they are putting in less, but it means I have to go in more often. 

SKINCARE (FACE)

My Skin Type Number Is…

Skin Type 6 (normal / anti-aging). Most of the products I use in my daily skincare routine are from the Skin Type 6 collection.

My Morning Routine Is…

Four steps: 

  1. Cleanser Luxe Mint Cleansing Gel
  2. TonerMoisture Infusion Toner (I sub this toner into my routine for extra hydration when it’s chillier out)
  3. Vitamin C SerumVitamin C&E Treatment
  4. Moisturizer with SPFWeightless Protection SPF 30 (applied generously to both face and neck)

My Evening Routine Is…

Six to seven steps: 

  1. Eye Makeup Remover Soothing Eye Makeup Remover
  2. Cleanser Moisture Protecting Cleanser
  3. Toner — Moisture Infusion Toner again
  4. Serum — I alternate between Pore + Wrinkle Perfecting Serum, Advanced Resurfacing Serum, and Firm + Repair Overnight Serum
  5. Moisturizer Hydraboost Rescue Creme
  6. A skin oil, if needed

Once a Week… 

I do a two-step, at-home peel and mask using the Rapid/Peel Duo.

  1. Exfoliate with Triple Berry Smoothing Peel
  2. Hydrate with Rapid Response Detox Masque

When I Break Out…

Anti Bump Solution is my go-to spot treatment. My blemishes tend to be the under-the-skin kind, and this has always been a miracle worker for me. 

I am extremely diligent about my skincare routine. No matter how tired I am at night, I’ll get my routine done. However, I’ve been known on a rare occasion (such as 4 am after a New Year’s Eve party) to skip the serum or eye cream. Life happens, no sweat. 

When I travel…

I tweak my skincare routine slightly to keep my skin cooperative. Without a doubt, airplane travel and a new environment definitely mess with my skin. It gets oily, greasy and dehydrated on the plane from moisture evaporation. This can definitely trigger breakouts. I always have the Rapid Response Detox Cleanser and Toner in my toiletry bag and will use them daily until I get back home to Austin. It has made a huge difference in preventing and minimizing my travel-related blemishes.

MAKEUP

Most People Don’t Know This, But…

I used to be a makeup artist at the start of my esthetics career. No surprise since I was the first one of my friends to wear makeup…in the fifth grade. While I don’t go too crazy with my looks, I certainly like to change things up and not get in a rut. I love plopping down in a makeup artist’s chair, not giving them any direction and letting them create a new look for me. Makeup should be fun since it’s so temporary.

For Foundation…

I used to use Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation for years, but then I realized that it gave too much coverage and I wanted a more natural look. I switched to Laura Mercier Lumiere Radiance-Perfecting Foundation and I really liked that. But then, just a few weeks ago, I tried Chanel Ultra Le Teint Velvet and I’m loving it. 

After applying foundation, I like to apply the Chantecaille HD Perfecting Loose Powder in Candlelight. I’m all about making the skin look glowy, and this one looks really good but still natural. 

For Eye Makeup…

I like a lot of Charlotte Tilbury’s cream shadows as well as Glossier’s Lid Tints. They are so easy to apply and blend. For a more dramatic nighttime look, I’ll add some eyeshadow powder. I’m also loving Charlotte’s Colour Chameleon Eye Shadow Pencils, but I use it as my eyeliner. It gives a nice, natural smudged kind of look. I also recently purchased LemonHead Spacepaste in Houdini for a pop of glitter and sparkle for a night out. Super fun. 

LIPS

I’m Addicted To…

…keeping my lips hydrated. I can’t stand that feeling of my lips feeling tight. Lately, I’ve been loving Bite Beauty Agave Lip Balm. I like it because it’s smooth and creamy, never sticky, gummy, or waxy. It also stays on my lips for a long time. I’ve heard that they are possibly going to reformulate it, so I’m curious to see what improvements they will make because it’s pretty great as is. Learn more about how to care for your lips and keep them looking plump!

NECK + CHEST

I Wish I Had…

…taken better care of the skin on my neck and chest when I was younger. I didn’t really think about it, but once I was in my early forties I started to see changes so I made it a priority: proper sunscreen application, exfoliation, and moisturization should be the main focus with these areas. I definitely have sun damage on my chest as you can see in this post. (And if you look closely, you can see the result of my broken collar bone that occurred when I was 19!)

I’m considering having some professional laser treatments on my chest to even things out a bit. The skin on my face is pretty even-toned but my chest could use some assistance. But, I’ll wait until fall to do this. 

TEETH

The Number of Toothbrushes I Use Is…

Three! After my face, this is my top priority when it comes to my beauty routine.

In the Morning I…

  1. Remove my Invisalign retainer from the night before and brush it, along with my teeth, with a soft toothbrush
  2. Brush my teeth a second time using a sonic toothbrush with toothpaste for sensitivity 
  3. Use a harder brush with Crest toothpaste on my tongue

In the Evening I…

  1. Brush with the sonic toothbrush
  2. Brush my tongue with a harder brush
  3. Pop in my Invisalign retainer

Once a Month…

I’ll bleach my teeth at home with some stuff I get from my dentist’s office and I keep up with dental cleanings every six months. My teeth are sensitive but I take incredible care of them. I really, really value a good smile. 

HANDS + NAILS

As an esthetician, everyone always says, “You must have the softest hands since they’re in creams all the time.” Years ago when I was performing skin treatments full time, I never found that to be the case. Mainly because they are in water (using a facial bowl) as much as they are in creams. My hands can get really dry so I have always used hand cream at night. 

What I Like in a Hand Cream Is…

Something that isn’t too greasy and heavy. The reason for this is that I sometimes sleep with my hands on my face. In the past, I’ve had issues with hand creams giving me bumps and clogging my pores when they transfer onto my face. I coined the term “hand cream acne” years ago because this was definitely something I had determined was causing issues for some people. Hand creams I’m currently using are Aesop hand balm, Lano Rose Hand Cream, and Welda Hand Cream. I feel that these actually repair dry hands for long-lasting softness. 

Struggling with dry hands? Learn how to prevent and repair dry hands.

I Recently Had Filler…

…put into the tops of my hands from Dr. Sam Lam in Dallas. I did this because my hands have gotten veinier with age. My hands are on display a lot (people love taking pictures of my hands on their face during a facial), so they kind of have to look good. I’m pretty happy with the results I’ve gotten! The filler makes the skin look a little plumper so the veins are less noticeable, but it’s still natural-looking. (BTW, this was my first-ever time getting filler!)

For My Nails…

I have always, always kept them polished. I get weekly manicures and you’ll almost never find me with chipped nail polish (a pet peeve for me!). My trick is, the day after the manicure, I’ll apply an additional topcoat over my nails, especially the tips (Seche Vite is my favorite). This ensures my polish is long-lasting. 

BODY

Smooth skin on my face is a priority, and this is true for the skin on my body as well. I have a little bit of keratosis pilaris (little bumps on the back of my thighs) and in winter, it becomes more noticeable. I’m also conscious of the fact that the natural exfoliation process slows with age and that the skin retains less moisture. Because of these two factors, dry skin can be a problem for me.

I Am Regularly Using…

…both physical and chemical exfoliants on my body just like I do on my face. A few times a week I’ll scrub the skin on my body (arms and legs mainly) in the shower either with a scrubbing mitt like this one or this one from Rituals. Or, sometimes, I’ll use a dry body brush before showering. 

Then a few nights a week I’ll apply a body serum with exfoliating acids under a body lotion. The combination of manual scrubbing, dissolving dryness with an acid-based body serum, then moisturizing with lotion all work to keep my skin really smooth and bump-free. I’m currently using Weleda Body Lotion and Josie Maran Body Butter.

I’m Particularly Obsessed With…

…keeping the skin on my body even-toned. What I mean is, if I bump my leg and get a little cut that leaves a mark once it heals, I go into high gear to get the red/dark scar to go away as quickly as possible. I’ll dab on a product like my Post-Breakout Fading Gel a few times a week, which is the same product I use on healed blemishes. Time is certainly the only thing that will truly help, but this most definitely expedites the fading process. 

Other Body Stuff…

I waxed the hair on my legs for thirty years, so now it barely grows anymore. I gave up on waxing last year because there wasn’t enough there. Now I’ll shave once a week at home just to get any stray hairs. That said, I started getting professional laser hair removal just on my knees because whenever I shave I can’t seem to avoid getting little cuts with the razor. And remember how I said I’m obsessed with keeping my body even-toned? These little cuts really get in the way of that, so I finally decided to try laser hair removal. It seems to be working well, so far.

FEET

Aside From Regular Pedicures…

I really stay on top of keeping my feet soft—especially my heels. I am certainly prone to getting hard calluses, so I have to be diligent. Once a week, I’ll use a foot buffer to remove any dry skin. Every other night, I’ll slather on Egyptian Magic Cream or Aquaphor and sleep with socks. For many years I thought that simply buffing away calluses would keep my feet soft, but it didn’t. Just like the face, our feet need moisture, too. Applying cream has made a huge difference. 

So there you have it. The rundown of my extensive beauty routine at home, as well as a few professional treatments! Being in the beauty industry as well as in the public eye, it can definitely feel like a part-time job staying on top of my routine. That said, I mostly enjoy it and have fun. After all, it’s all about self-care and making time for yourself, which is so important and always feels amazing!

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