Summer Skin Care Tips from a Top Aesthetician

Dallas-based facialist Renée Roleau weighs in on how to score gorgeous skin in the summer

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Renee Rouleau

Inspired by her grandmother's beauty salon, Roleau opened her first skincare spa at the age of 21. Her focus? Ditching the one-size-fits-alll approach to skincare. Today, Roleau has two Texas-based spas and an eponymous skincare line.


Click on to read her summer skincare advice— it goes beyond just slathering on SPF.

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Skip the Chemical Exfoliants

"Using exfoliants regularly is a good idea—but discontinue them for seven days prior to a beach vacation. Skin-sloughing ingredients like glycolic acid have been shown to increase sun sensitivity by 45 percent."

The Best Anti-Ager Out There

"Women continually search for the cure-all magic potion that gives youthful-looking, wrinkle-free skin. But simple sunscreen really is the world's best anti-aging product. And it's truly not the SPF number that's important, it is how often and how generously you apply. An SPF 30 is sufficient only as long as it's applied with a heavy hand."

Don't Be Fooled: Shade is Not Sunscreen

"You can still get sun under an umbrella and behind a hat—especially by the ocean since water reflects light. Wearing sun protection in the shade is a must."

Beware of Oily Spots

"The areas of your face where you have larger pores will always produce more oils. These natural oils can break down sunscreens more quickly, so pay attention and reapply more often in those spots."

Try Internal Anti-Agers

"Along with daily use of sun protection, summer offers many delicious fruits with antioxidants that protect your skin from UV damage. Berries are loaded with vitamins and minerals, as well as antioxidants, to slow down the aging process. Dark-skinned grapes provide more than 20 age-defying antioxidants. Citrus fruits are loaded with Vitamin C, and eating just a quarter of a cantaloupe supplies as much Vitamins A and C as most people need in an entire day."

Add "C" to Your Complexion

"Daily use of a topical Vitamin C has proven to be an effective way to slow down the appearance of skin aging. During the summer when there is an increase in sun exposure, and free radical activity is at its peak, using Vitamin C is a must.  In your late 40's and early 50's the skin can act very sensitive—rosacea can be at an all-time high. So look for formulas using "stable" and "no sting" forms of Vitamin C, such as 'magnesium ascorbyl phosphate'."

One to Try: Renee Rouleau Vitamin C & E Complex

This serum contains stable Vitamin C and antioxidants to help lighten brown spots and protect skin from free-radicals.


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First Published Wed, 2011-07-20 10:13

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