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Celeb Esthetician Renee Rouleau Answers Your Biggest Skin Questions

Written on August 21, 2013 at 9:00 am , by

We all want our bodies to look lean and strong, so we hit the gym hard, but those sweat-inducing workouts can sometimes wreak havoc on our skin. Renee Rouleau, Esthetician and Skin Care Expert, gets it—as a CrossFit addict, she knows all about wanting to tone up without having to deal with embarrassing breakouts or runny sunscreen. So we asked her to answer some of your top workout-related skin-care Q’s.

In terms of skin health, how important is it to drink water before and after a workout?
“Since you lose so much water from perspiration, it’s crucial to replace it by drinking plenty of fluids before, during and after workouts. The electrolyte-replacing drinks are especially helpful for re-hydrating the body. From a skin-care standpoint, research concludes that drinking water is the least efficient way to hydrate the skin. Skin hydration levels have much more to do with what you are using topically on the skin. A product like the Renée Rouleau Skin Drink ($38, reneerouleau.com) helps hydrate the skin very well. Apply it post-workout to restore hydration.”

I like to wear a headband or a bandana to prevent sweat from dripping down my face, but will that cause breakouts?
“I wouldn’t recommend headbands, bandanas or even hats across the forehead as they can cause a build up of oil and perspiration in the pores which will result in little clogged bumps or acne. If your skin is not prone to breakouts, this may not be an issue for you. If you find that you’re getting clogged pores, try to keep your accessory further back on your hairline but not directly across the forehead.”

How bad is it to wear makeup to the gym?
“Eye makeup and lipstick are fine to wear.  Should you really feel the need to wear foundation, try mineral-based powders as they are sweat-resistant, breathable and won’t clog pores. Either way, you want to clean the skin and remove oils and sweat post-workout.”

I like to remove all my makeup before a workout, but then my skin feels a little dry.  Is applying a moisturizer before sweating OK?
“When you exercise, your skin loses water due to evaporation, leaving the skin dehydrated. Dehydrated skin increases surface lines and causes skin cells to die prematurely, leading to aging as well as dead skin cell build up and clogged pores. Using a lightweight moisturizer will help to retain the water in the skin. If you are exercising outdoors, it’s best to use a very light moisturizer with a sunscreen.”

I sometimes can’t shower immediately after the gym. Could that cause body acne?
“Showering immediately after a workout can definitely help keep your back clear. The people that are most likely to get back breakouts are the ones that produce excessive oil. Generally, those who have oily skin on their face will also have excessive oil production on the back as well. Since oil is a breeding ground for bacteria, one of the ways to reduce back breakouts is to shower often. Keeping the skin clean can make a huge difference. Exfoliate your back with a mild cleansing gel and exfoliating cloth three times a week and apply an anti-bacterial lotion to help keep your back clear.”

 I always apply sunscreen but I sweat a lot. Do I just sweat my sunscreen right off? If so, how can I stay protected besides wearing a hat?
“Apply your sunscreen prior to working out so it has time to absorb fully. No sunscreen can withhold intense sweating so it’s important to reapply often. You can also apply a mineral powder with SPF over your sunscreen for added protection. Most mineral powders tend to be water-resistant so they will hold up better to sweating and therefore keep you protected better. Since one of the major contributing factors to the aging process is the production of free radicals caused from exercise, it’s very important to take antioxidants to minimize the damage. One simple way to help suppress the free radical activity is to take Vitamin C (500 mg) thirty minutes prior to exercise. It takes about thirty minutes to dissolve in your system and activate, so while you are exercising you’re sure to have full Vitamin C protection for the cells in your body.”

Summertime Skin, Sun and Stay Fit Tips from Top Derm, Jeanine Downie, M.D.

Written on July 17, 2013 at 10:52 am , by

Photo Courtesy of Jeanine Downie, M.D.

We’re all for low-maintenance beauty during the warmer months, but that ‘lax vibe of summer doesn’t mean it’s time to skimp on SPF or staying healthy. Jeanine Downie, M.D., board certified Dermatologist and director of her own practice, image Dermatology P.C. in Montclair, N.J., shares her surefire ways to stay fit, safe in the sun and keep your skin glowing all summer long.

How do you stay fit?
“I exercise 7 days a week. Running is my favorite way to stay fit. But I also love spinning, swimming, kickboxing and lifting weights!”

What are some of your favorite outdoor activities?
“I used to swim competitively when I was younger so anytime I can swim outside is great for me. I also love to run and go kayaking.”

There are a lot of misconceptions about sweat and acne. Can you clear them up for us?
“I have a lot of patients who come in thinking that they need to shower before they work out, so they have a “clean sweat.” Also a lot of people think sweat causes acne. These are both common misnomers. Sweat is clean and doesn’t cause acne. And the right time  to shower is after you work out, because the friction and moisture of sitting in wet gym clothes can cause acne.”

What’s your one go-to piece of advice that you offer to your active patients?
“I encourage all my patients to exercise a minimum of four times a week, while wearing broad spectrum sun protection with an SPF of 30 higher ever day, rain or shine. Working out decreases stress, increasing skin’s circulation and overall glow, makes hair and nails grow faster, makes your body work better, keeps you body trimmer and your mind more clear and focused! For all my active patients, I recommend washing with a gentle cleanser with salicylic acid and exfoliating 3-4 times a week with either a gentle exfoliating face wash with salicylic acid, glycolic acid or even just a nubby wash cloth and your own gentle cleanser with salicylic acid.”

What are your favorite summer products?
“Protecting your skin from harmful rays is incredibly important. I’m a big fan of spray sunscreen, like AVEENO Hydrosport SPF 30 ($8, aveeno.com) because its adherent and works great on wet skin! In the summer you don’t want anything that feels or smells too heavy so I switch to a lighter fragrance. My favorite is Dior Escale à Pondichéry ($75, dior.com).

Do you have any favorite healthy snacks that give you energy for your workouts and also have skin-benefiting ingredients?
“My favorite snacks are apples (there is nothing better than a crispy apple) and Ideal Protein Bars.”

 

—Karee Hackel, beauty intern

Skin Cancer is Color Blind

Written on July 18, 2012 at 12:21 pm , by

If you have brown skin, skin cancer may not be top of mind—but it should be.

Research by L’Oréal Paris USA has shown that sun can cause DNA damage in all skin types light to dark. Ultraviolet induced DNA damage is the number one reason that skin cancer develops, so this science debunks the ”people of color don’t get skin cancer” myth.

The truth is, only 17 percent of surveyed minority respondents had been to a dermatologist for a mole check, and over 65 percent of surveyed African American adults had never worn sunscreen.  The incidence of skin cancer is going up particularly fast in Hispanic and some Asian populations, and because of delayed detection it is more likely to be deadly in those with darker skin. Skin cancer is curable if caught early, so everyone regardless should be wearing broad spectrum SPF 30 daily, getting skin checks by a dermatologist yearly, and doing monthly self-skin checks with particular focus on new/changing lesions of the palms/soles and genital skin.

—By Mona Gohara, M.D., assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut

3 Key Beauty Tips for Triathletes

Written on May 15, 2012 at 9:34 am , by

The number of people participating in triathlons has increased 50 percent in just the past two years—putting involvement in the U.S. at an all-time high. If you’re one of them, Brooke Jackson, M.D., a dermatologist and director of the Skin Wellness Center of Chicago, shares these key beauty tips for each leg of a triathlon.

  • SWIMMING: Coat your hair lightly with conditioner before you put on your cap to protect against drying, color-stripping chlorine.
  • BIKING: Wear sunglasses to shield your eyes (bikers have an increased risk of cataracts) and prevent squinting, which causes crow’s feet to form.
  • RUNNING: Put on a hat made of a breathable material like Dri-Fit to protect your scalp from the sun and ward off strand damage.