About Renee Rouleau, Celebrity Esthetician
Renee Rouleau (pronounced Roo-LOW) www.ReneeRouleau.com is a trusted skin-care expert and celebrity esthetician who has been helping women, men and teens to attain healthy, glowing, beautiful skin for more than 20 years. At the start of her career, Renée recognized the skin care industry had relied on a one-size-fits-all approach to skin care. Product lines traditionally catered to very generic categories of skin—dry, normal and oily. Therefore, Renée began formulating her own exclusive brand of products based on nine distinct skin types to ensure her clients the result they desired. Her philosophy is simple: With the proper tools, effective products and a disciplined approach, anyone can have great skin. Renée's innovative skin care treatments and results-oriented product line are a testament to that philosophy. She also has a loyal following of celebrity fans like Jessica Simpson, Ashlee Simpson, Demi Lovato, Katie Cassidy and Kara DioGuardi.
Our Interview With Renee Rouleau
[Anti Aging Source] First, I always love to hear the stories of those I have been interviewing because they are always so full of passion for what they did. How did you find your calling in skin care?
Renee Rouleau - Having been around my grandmother in her hair salon, I saw from an early age how rewarding of a profession it is when you are making someone not only look good, but feel good too. All through High School when my friends were using drug store products on their skin and not necessarily giving their skin much though, I was ordering specialty products through catalogs. I just was (and still am) very drawn to advanced skin care products and caring for my own skin. Right out of the gate from High School, I entered beauty school.
[Anti Aging Source] How do you see your grandmother's influence in all your company does now?
Renee Rouleau -Like my grandmother, I am a very hard worker. I love working and certainly have workaholic tendencies. But when you love what you do, it certainly never feels like work. My grandmother was a great boss to her employees so that certainly influenced me. Treat others how you want to be treated--it's really that simple.
[Anti Aging Source] What is it about having young looking skin that can set the stage for positively for changing one's whole life?
Renee Rouleau -For many, it's not necessarily about having young-looking skin, it's about liking what you see when you look in the mirror. Everyone's definition of "good skin" is different but generally people want clear, healthy, glowing skin and when they achieve that, this can give the self esteem a huge boost. The hard part for women is that we are very hard on ourselves and when we don't look good, we don't feel good. So it makes me happy knowing that beauty is more than skin deep and my products can have a profound effect on people's lives.
[Anti Aging Source] I love how you don't just people into a one sizes fits all, but actually have 9 different skin types listed on your site! What gave you the idea to personalize it that way and how did you arrive at nine?
Renee Rouleau -As an esthetician working with skin for 25 years, I learned long ago that every person’s skin is unique and has very different needs. When I started my career at age 18, I worked at a full-service hair salon that had a facial room in the back. The salon owner provided me one skin care line to sell to clients. While I liked the line, at the conclusion of the facial when it was time to recommend a home care routine to keep up the results of the facial, I didn't have many products to choose from to be able to offer a routine to give the results their unique skin needed. Two cleansers, three moisturizers etc...was not enough for all skin types.
So I would beg the owner to bring in another line and she did, so I was able to mix and match. I eventually got her to bring in a third line so now I really could customize a great routine for my clients. When I decided to open up my own skin care salon, I thought to myself that there had to be something easier than that, so the nine skin types was born.
Simply put, the standard dry, normal and oily skin types cannot possibly cater to every skin type. Then of course you have the companies that are even more limiting and say "suitable for all skin types." I've certainly never understood that concept. In order to get results, you need to have products that address all of your needs and my skin type prescriptions do just that. I love it when a client picks out her skin type and reads the description of that skin type and gets really excited and says, "Oh my gosh! That's exactly me! It's magic!"
Why the nine? Nine was all that was needed to address all types of skin.
[Anti Aging Source] You have helped many celebrities before, who so far has been your favorite celeb to work with and why?
Renee Rouleau -Favorite? Hard to say which one is my favorite as they all have been great. I will say that I certainly like clients who are very committed to their skin and are willing to put in the effort it takes to have great skin. Demi Lovato is fab, so is Lisa Rinna.
[Anti Aging Source] Are there any foods or supplements you recommend for people looking for anti aging skin care?
Renee Rouleau -Certainly a good, healthy, well balanced diet is recommended--and one loaded with high antioxidants. A "colorful" diet is best as it gives you a wide range of nutrients. Salads are great but getting just "greens" isn't enough. Yellow and red bell peppers, purple grapes and raisins, carrots--look for foods high in natural colors!
[Anti Aging Source] What is the best part of helping people get fantastic skin?
Renee Rouleau -Taking a skin complaint and finding a solution. The "wow" factor is seeing their skin transformed (and often times its simply from using gentler products). Their homework (continuing education) is to read my blog daily so they will continue to learn more and more about how to care for their skin. I can't possibly cram all my knowledge into an hour with clients, so my blog is where they go to get more of my skin care expertise. I blog five days a week and have for over two years now.
[Anti Aging Source] Could you share with us your personal routine not just for skin but for complete wellness? What do you do to stay so stunning? :-)
Renee Rouleau -Speaking of my blog, the skincare answer can be found in this post called How Does Renee Rouleau Care for Her Own Skin? As for overall wellness, getting my beauty sleep. A good night’s sleep is the fountain of youth, for sure.
[Anti Aging Source] Anything else coming up this year that my readers might find intriguing?
Renee Rouleau -In April, I'll be going out to LA to give facials for five days at Le Spa at the Hotel Sofitel. My clients (including celebrities) will be able to come and get a facial with me there. Here's the list of my appearances this year!
You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter!
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