Celebrity facialist Renée Reouleau shares her fave product from her skin-care line and how she finds joy every day.

By Kate Sandoval Box
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"I recently suffered the loss of my husband, Florian, to cancer. And while the grief is certainly there, I work hard not to be consumed by it,” says Renée Rouleau, the Austin-based skin guru, whose clients include Lili Reinhart and Madelaine Petsch. Instead, she’s focused on doing things that thrill, raise her confidence, and make her look and feel good—“that’s what Florian would want, so that’s how I honor him,” she says.

On her list of life boosters: music, for starters. She’ll listen to anything from Demi Lovato (a client of hers) to Jorja Smith.

When she wants to give her skin a perk, she reaches for her own Triple Berry Smoothing Peel (Buy It, $89, reneerouleau.com).

“It exfoliates with five acids to create a smoother complexion,” she says. “And I hang my head upside down, over the side of the bed, for two minutes every night. It’s a ritual that creates a healthy pink flush.”

In addition to her glowing complexion, Rouleau’s incredibly soft skin is a source of pride. “I dry brush my body regularly, and if my legs or arms are rough, I apply a glycolic acid body serum. Florian always complimented me on how silky my skin felt, so maintaining it is really important.”

Rouleau also relies on an adventure-filled calendar: “I’m planning to ride my motorcycle from my home to California,” she says. “It’s a challenge, but accomplishing it on my own is going to give me so much inner power.”

Playing with bold cosmetics and making unexpected fashion choices are other quick ways she gives herself a lift. “Doing so gets me out of my comfort zone, and the results are surprising. It makes me think, Oh, I really can wear the sexy outfit,” Rouleau says.

Now more than ever, wellness is a priority. Working out is therapeutic, “and I get a 90-minute massage every week. I don’t have an off button, so booking this time to relax is a must,” she says. (See: The Mind-Body Benefits of Getting a Massage)

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