As the season of crunchy leaves and pumpkin-spiced everything inches toward that of holiday cheer, cold, plummeting weather threatens to wipe your skin of its hard-earned glow. Humidifiers, hydration masks, and the obligatory eight glasses of water per day cover the basics of a shimmering complexion, but Renée Rouleau ‘s new Mint Renewal Cleanser also demands a place in the quintessential winter skin toolkit.
The arrival of Rouleau ‘s latest moisture-locking, glow-boosting addition could not possibly have been more superbly timed, as the October chill had already started to infiltrate our pores and strip us of the lingering radiance that the summer had so kindly left behind. In the Instagram release of the cleanser, the aesthetician-turned-CEO said that she is always questioned for alternatives to dull, drained skin, and that, she said, is it.
The Mint Renewal Cleanser combines panthenol — a barrier-free moisturizing agent with anti-inflammatory properties — with exfoliating lactic acid and biodegradable jojoba beads for the treatment of dry skin and deep pore cleaning. The highlight of its name is, of course, peppermint oil, a refreshing topical multitasker that has been proven to increase circulation, promote fresh nutrients and brightness, and stimulate dull skin while at the same time awakening its senses.
“Studies show that when someone smells peppermint it increases alertness and wakes up the mind — this is especially good in the morning to get you going,”Rouleau said in a press release, adding in the Instagram post that the uplifting fragrance is natural; no synthetics (or sulfates, parabens, or phthalates, or plastics) are present. As well as being a morning mood booster, the cleaner also works well as a post-workout refresher.
Because peppermint may irritate some types of skin, the cleanser may not suitable with those with rosacea or consistent flushing and redness, says the brand. It is specifically recommended for mild, dry, and mixed skin that has an occasional breakout — Skin Types 2 and 6 on Rouleau ‘s proprietary list of nine. Shop down the hero product before the winter weather officially kicks in.