Beauty Expert Q & A: Celebrity Esthetician Renée Rouleau

October 27, 2009 at 5:00 am 2 comments

Renee_RouleauRenée Rouleau is a skin care expert & celebrity esthetician who has been helping men & women of all ages attain glowing, beautiful skin for more than 20 years. In fact, celebrities like Jessica Simpson, Lisa Rinna and Melissa Rycroft have all been clients of Renée’s. Known for her 9 Skin Types (I’m a skin type 3) and skin care tip of the day, Renée has become a trusted resource.

Shannon: Most women are familiar with 3 skin types–normal, dry, combination–but you educate people via Twitter, your blog, your website and your spas that there are in fact 9. How did you discover the other 6 and how do they differ from the “baseline” 3? 

Renée Rouleau: The standard dry, normal and oily skin types that are so common only relate to how little or how much oil your skin produces. They don’t encompass the true problems that people may have; rosacea, hyperpigmenation, fine lines and wrinkles, adult acne and so on. Being an esthetician for 22 years and working with skin “hands on,” I learned long ago that everyone’s skin is unique and often times have a myriad of skin concerns. At Renée Rouleau, it’s based on nine different skin types so you’re sure to get the perfect fit for your skin’s individual needs…including the results.

Shannon: Many women (and men) will complain that it is their skin care products that are causing them problem skin. Would you say this is true or is it due to improper skin care or a combination of both?

Renée Rouleau: Yes and no, it really just depends on the problem they are experiencing. I always tell my clients to ‘listen to their skin’. If you’re using a moisturizer and it feels too heavy and greasy, it is too heavy for you. If you use a cleanser and it makes your skin feel dry and irritated, then it is too harsh for your skin. Don’t use products that don’t feel right! Your goal is to find a routine that makes your skin feel really good and give you realistic results.


Renée Rouleau and Melissa Rycroft

Shannon: What is the biggest myth in skin care that you feel is still propagated among the press that women believe and why isn’t it true?

Renée Rouleau: Where do I even begin? There are so many myths out there. One that comes to mind is that using a toner is unnecessary. Many toners still contain alcohol, which is extremely drying and irritating to the skin. So many experts will say to avoid using a toner because they are too harsh and irritating. While there is some truth in there, they need to understand that many toners on the market are alcohol-free and offer many skin benefits.

1. They give your skin a drink of moisture (when left damp before applying serum or moisturizer)

2. They remove drying chlorines and minerals found in tap water

3. They normalize the PH in the skin

4. They can enhance the results of your skin care program

5. They support your skin’s protective barrier

Alcohol-free toners are a must!


Renée Rouleau and Ali Landry

Shannon: I know you were inspired to be an esthetician because of your grandmother, what is the one thing that she taught you that you still hold onto?

Renée Rouleau: Not only did she love making others look beautiful (she was a hairdresser who owned a beauty salon) but was also a very smart, strong business woman. She was my role model growing up and loved that I followed in her footsteps of being a beauty entrepreneur. She was a single woman with a family to raise and she taught me the value of working hard.

Shannon: Are there any new products in the works for 2010?

Renée Rouleau: I’m currently working on a new mint-based, sulfate-free cleansing gel which launches this December. In 2010, I will be come out with mini starter kits for all nine skin types and a product that fades post-breakout red/dark marks. I’m headed to France next week and will be meeting with some of the labs there. I’m always working on new and exciting products to give our client’s the beautiful, glowing skin they deserve!

Where you can find Renée Rouleau:


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