Renee Rouleau Anti Cyst Treatment

So I have absolutely no idea why but I’ve been seriously breaking out for the last week.  Ok, maybe not seriously breaking out…but two large cystic pimples are now on the right side of my face and I don’t like it one bit.  It’s been so long since I’ve even had a real break out that I had to dig into my old arsenal to find my standard go-to, Renee Rouleau Anti Cyst Treatment.  This stuff is the real deal…this non-drying gel is specifically formulated for this particular kind of acne, as you really can’t treat cystic acne the same way you’d treat a blackhead or whitehead.  Lactic Acid helps to dissolve the cells that are blocking your pores as well as purifying within the pore…basically it speeds up the healing process since cystic acne can sometimes take WEEKS to heal.  Oy.  But I love this stuff.

Renée Rouleau Toning Cloths

So in the last month, I went through like two gigantic bags of cotton balls. Just not right! I’m definitely someone who fills guilty every time she doesn’t recycle or throws away paper bags, so when I came across these Renee Rouleau Toning Cloths, I just couldn’t help myself. Not only do they come 160 in a box (for $10.50) but they use a soft blend soft blend of fibers to absorb 50% less and eliminate product waste, while feeling soft and gentle on the skin.

Along with eliminating product waste, Renée Rouleau has decided to GO GREEN in packaging the Toning Cloths. The carton is made with 100% Recycled Paperboard. Recycled paperboard is made from 100% recovered paper that has been diverted from the solid waste stream and then collected, separated, cleaned and recycled for use! The Toning Cloths are a multi-use product and can be also be used for nail polish removal, cleaning jewelry, etc. Two thumbs up.

Renée Rouleau’s Top 5 Winter Skin Tips

So the brains behind one of my favorite brands, Renee Rouleau, has offered up some fab winter skin tips that are especially helpful on cold, brisk days like today!

Renée Rouleau’s Top 5 Winter Skin Tips

Instead of over-moisturizing, increase your exfoliation.

When the heat is on in the house and the air is cold outside, your skin will be depleted of its natural moisture, leaving your skin feeling tight and dry. People tend to load on the extra moisturizer to compensate for the dryness. This will not always solve the problem of dry skin. If your skin is dry, tight and flakey, it means that you have dry skin cell build-up on the surface of the skin. So rather than putting on extra cream to re-hydrate dead, dry skin cells (it doesn’t make sense!) try increasing your exfoliation with a gentle facial scrub to remove the dry skin cells so that when your cream goes on, it hydrates the new cells rather than the dry cells. TRY: Renee Rouleau AHA/BHA Cleansing Gel

Avoid greasy hand creams if you’re prone to breakouts.

You may suffer from a condition we call ‘hand cream acne’ if you sleep with your hands on your face at night! We are more likely to use hand cream during the dry winter months than during the summer which leads us to using heavy hand cream to alleviate the dryness. Most often, this cream is applied right before you go to bed. If you sleep on your side with your hands on your face, the cream may be getting into the skin and clogging the pores. If you find that this may be happening to you, sleep with cotton gloves or change over your hand lotion. TRY: RoC Retinol Correxion Hand Repair SPF 15

Change up your routine.

Your skin acts differently from summer to winter and the best strategy for healthy, beautiful, problem-free skin is to adjust your home care routine to suit your skin’s needs each season. In winter, the skin produces less oil, so for many skin types, oil must be added back into the skin to maintain its balance. Look for moisturizers containing Safflower Oil, Avocado Oil and Shea Butter. Switch from a gel cleanser to a cream-based cleanser and eye creams are a must in the winter. Spring and summer products will likely expire or reduce their effectiveness for the following year, so it’s a good time to purge your products. TRY: L’Occitane Shea Butter Extra Gentle Soap- butter

Don’t neglect your neck.

The friction caused from turtle necks and wool fibers can rub on the neck causing it to be dry and irritated. Use a hydrating cream mask on your neck once a week to replenish essential moisture. Make sure to exfoliate in upward motions with a mild facial scrub. TRY: Clean & Clear SOFT Purifying Scrub

Properly care for your skin at the gym.

After working out at the gym, make sure to wash your face, use an alcohol-free toner and a nourishing moisturizer. At the end of the work out, the salts created from perspiration can have a drying effect on the skin, combined with the cold, dry air outside and the heat in your car. So removing the salts and locking moisture back in the skin will greatly reduce dry skin. TRY: Kiehl’s Cucumber Herbal Alcohol-f
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