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Celebrity cosmetic secret
Celebrity cosmetic secret #1: Injectable fillers
To treat a deep smile lines, forehead wrinkles and crow's feet, celebrities turn to such as Restylane,Juvederm or Juvederm Ultra Plus (for deeper lines).Procedures must be done by a professional and the cost is $600-$1,000 a needle. Results can last up to six months.
Celebrity cosmetic secret #2: Botox is still hot
is certainly not a secret, but according to dermatologist Tina Alster of Washington, D.C., in Harper's Bazaar, Botox remains the gold standard for treating crow's lines and wrinkles. Botox works by paralyzing the muscles beneath wrinkles. If used too much, Botox use can be obvious, as witnessed by several actresses including Halle Berry, Nicole Kidman and Marcia Cross who've fallen victim to "unmoveable forehead" jokes. Botox costs about $300-$500 per treated area. Results last three to six months.
Celebrity cosmetic secret #3: They go under the laser
As we age, our collage production slows down significantly making our faces appear thinner, and more gaunt (on the plus side, collagen depletion shows off great bone structure). Boosting collagen production is big business in Hollywood and more and more celebs are turning to laser skin resurfacing to boost theirs.
How it works: Lasers such as Fraxel currently the most popular laser on the market are able to penetrate deep within the skin to treat damaged skin. According to Fraxel's official Website, the laser creates microscopic tears deep within the skin which trigger the body to naturally produce more collagen in the repairing process.Cost is about $1,000 a session. Like most laser therapies (including hair removal, which I underwent), you'll need three to five sessions spaced about a month apart.
Celebrity cosmetic secret #4: They get chemical peels
Yes, yes, yes, of course celebrities (the male ones as well) are constantly getting eye lifts and face lifts and the bags removed from under their eyes, but what so many of them are doing that you and I aren't is exfoliating, chemically. And therein lies our secret number four.Ever notice how your foundation looks when it's applied to scaly, dry skin? You look older and ashier. The celebrities sheer a few years off their faces in under an hour with a professional chemical peel. Chemical peels work by removing the damaged top layers of skin.A mild, glycolic acid chemical peel will set you back $150-$300, but you can get similar results in just one month with over-the-counter peels. I include peels in my list of the Best Scrubs and Peels.
Celebrity cosmetic secret #5: Professional makeup artists do their makeup for big events
"It is said that no star is a heroine to her makeup artist." -- Richard Corliss, American writer.OK so you and I can't have Mally Roncal on hand every morning before we go to work, but even celebrities don't go out in full makeup every day. But for big events? Oh yes they do.
You and I can look red carpet perfect before events by hitting the makeup counters at department stores or beauty salons.Usually it's proper etiquette to buy a few products when you get your makeup done at a beauty counter, but for a fee you can have your makeup done professionally (I advise calling ahead to schedule an appointment). If there's no charge, at least tip well. I had my makeup done professionally at the and as I walked home a group of men outside a gay bar practically ransacked me with compliments. It made my night.
Celebrity cosmetic secret #6: They are filmed in tons of makeup
I have seen the papparazi shots of Heidi Klum without makeup and can I just say Girl Ain't All That. She's pretty of course, but she had major under-eye circles and pasty skin. Then there's my all-time told to me by a security guard at NY's Bliss Spa. Even Tyra admits she's not all that. So what can you learn from this? A little bit of the right makeup can go a long way.
Celebrity cosmetic secret #7: They stay out of the sun
Nicole Kidman is famously afraid of the sun. She stays out of it at all costs. In fact, many celebrities simply avoid that sun by wearing hats and slathering on sunscreen. They know the sun is the No. 1 cause of prematurely aging skin.You and I can avoid the sun by not only wearing hats, but getting in the habit of wearing sunscreen every day, no matter the weather. (I'm also a big fan of teaching sons and daughters about sunscreen very early in life). Find out what the best sunscreen in the world is here.
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