Virtual Facials: We try a Renee Rouleau treatment

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Before COVID-19 (an era we call BC), you could order a luxury facial with a click of the mouse. Although the country is slowly starting to reopen, things are not exactly business as usual for all things … facial blemishes are probably one of them. But even the best estheticians have turned their strategies around and offer video consultations and virtual facials and treatments that you can do from your own bathroom.

To investigate what a FaceTime or Zoom-style facial looks like, Ella Dove is on the task. In this week’s episode of What WellnessWell + Goods YouTube series that takes a closer look at all sorts of wellness treatments, Dove video chat with renowned facial care and skin care brand founder Renee Rouleau to get a spa-quality facial at home.

Like any facial, this one starts with a really good, really gentle cleanser. To find the perfect product, according to Rouleau, you will perform the “bubble test.” To do this, wet your hands, put a blob of product between them and lather up. If you see bubbles, it means you have a more aggressive cleanser on your hands (click on the video above to see Exactly what a gentle cleanser looks like), which can be more drying. Especially people with sensitive and dry skin want to use non-foaming cleanser because removing too much moisture can result in dry spots, rosacea and other skin diseases. However, even those with oily skin can benefit from using a gentle cleanser, because by over-stripping the skin of its natural oils, the skin can create more sebum to compensate, resulting in acne for oily skin types.

In terms of what skin type you has, says Rouleau, the differences go far beyond just greasy, acne-prone or “normal”. She describes nine (yep, nine!) Different skin types that you will hear all about in the video above. In addition, you get some insider tips on how to do a daily skin care regimen, how to detect “baby cells”, also called fresh skin cells, that are ready to soak up your active ingredients. Oh, and you will learn why OG skin care products always win over the busy beauty trends.

For all that * and * to hear the one ingredient Rouleau, himself, uses on the bill, watch the video above to get all the facialist-approved, radiant secrets. Your complexion will thank you.

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