Whether on screen or caught in the paparazzi’s lenses, a celebrity’s skin must always look flawless. But like us, Hollywood stars can wake up with breakouts, flaky skin, and fine lines. When celebrities urgently need skin care, they send an SOS to the best dermatologists in the country. Here, some of these renowned skin doctors reveal their secrets on how to give your skin the celebrity treatment and discuss which remedies keep the celebs’ complexions calm.
Steer clear of toners and avoid products with benzoyl peroxide. Oil is not the enemy; bacteria are what cause breakouts. Drying agents create redness and irritation, and encourage increased sebum production, which is the opposite of what you want to achieve. Use a natural absorber like clay to prevent breakouts and mattify skin.
For an anti-aging look, use a vitamin C day cream and a retinol for night to improve skin’s tone. You may also try green tea extract’s anti-inflammatory properties, and stem cell formulas to promote the production of collagen, glycoproteins, and elastin.
Eat Your Water
We’ve all heard the mantra that we should drink eight glasses of water a day. But drowning your sorrows in water won’t save your skin, because you’re actually purging vital minerals from your body. Try getting hydration from raw fruits and vegetables.
The best water for your cells is found in foods like fruits and vegetables. “Not only will you get a boost of important antioxidants, fiber, and nutrients, but it stays in your system long enough for your body to put it to good use. That means you should stock your refrigerator with cucumbers, pomegranates, avocados, apricots, mangoes, broccoli, and spinach.
Ditch Under-Eye Baggage
There are only so many miracles you can expect from your makeup if you don’t pay attention to the eye area. To protect this delicate skin, you should apply eye cream twice a day and use sun protection. A few lifestyle tweaks can also make a dramatic improvement in how you look. Try sleeping with your head elevated on two pillows the night before a big event and avoiding salty foods for a few days. These steps will prevent fluid from collecting around the eyes and causing bags.
Wake Up Your Skin
To bring a glow to dull skin quickly, soak a facecloth in cold water and rub it all over the face for a few seconds; you can also do this with an ice cube. This stimulates blood circulation adding instant, though temporary, radiance. The exfoliating benefit of the cloth will also help clear pores, so they look smaller. If that’s too chilling a prospect, try rubbing an orange slice over the face for a similarly invigorating effect.
Give Your Skin Some Air
Intraceuticals’ oxygen-infusing facial is celebrities’ secret weapon because it immediately and dramatically plumps skin for an incredibly fresh appearance. It also revitalizes skin cells and encourages topical antioxidant absorption for smoother, softer skin, helping acne, as well as age-related changes such as fine wrinkling and brown spots.
“One of the best ways to prevent sagging skin is to wear a UVA- and UVB-blocking sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 each and every day. This habit should become part of your lifestyle.
Any other efforts you’re expending on your skin will be wasted if you don’t protect it with such a sunscreen. There are new FDA labeling guidelines for what constitutes ‘broad spectrum,’ so be careful of trendy products that don’t adhere to these new and elevated standards for UVA and UVB protection.
Treat Yourself From Head to Toe
There are areas below your chin that can show the signs of aging too. Taking care of your neck and décolleté is important, as this area often gives a more revealing indication of a woman’s age. The skin here is extremely delicate and contains fewer oil glands, so it’s more prone to damage and scarring than the face. To ward off wrinkles, slather the area daily with an anti-aging moisturizer and a sunscreen.