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Hollywood Stars Reveal Secrets to Staying Younger:jenniferlopez

So you want to look younger? Me too. If you are like me, you’re constantly surprised when you find out how old some of Hollywood’s hottest and still-working celebrities are.

Who knew Susan Sarandon was past 60, or Christie Brinkley (a face of Cover Girl) was born in 1954. Of course, looking young in Hollywood means avoiding an early, forced retirement, but just what ARE these celebrity secrets? And better yet, how can you and I benefit from what they use and what they know?

Keeping skin in gorgeous condition is an incredibly time-consuming and expensive job requirement for the typical celebrity. But here are a few secrets I’ve uncovered for you, plus tips on how you too can get younger-looking skin.

Secret #1: Injectable fillers

To treat those deep smile lines, forehead wrinkles and crow’s feet, celebrities turn to hyaluronic-acid fillers 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.

Secret #2: Botox is hotter than ever

Botox 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.

Read more about Botox including my own experience with it in “5 Amazing Uses for Botox”

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.

Secret #4: They get chemical peelsmd_skincare_alpha_beta_daily_peel

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.

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 John Barrett Salon at Bergdorf Goodman and as I walked home a group of men outside a gay bar practically ransacked me with compliments. It made my night.

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 favorite story about Tyra Banks 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.

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 .

Secret #8: They are all about retinols

To keep fine lines from becoming wrinkles, actresses in their 20s turn to retinoid creams. I have read of dermatologists who swear of all the antioxidants, peels, scrubs and injections, retinoids are the best way to wipe years off your face.

Prescription retinoids like Renova, Tazorac and Retin-A are popular, but if you prefer over-the-counter, consider Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Intensive Face Lotion SPF 20.

Secret #9: Their flaws are airbrushed

This is my favorite secret. Not all celebrities have perfect skin. In fact, so much of skincare is about genetics. If you have bad skin genes, then chances are no amount of lotions and potions and peels and lasers are going to help your skin look like bone china (which, by the way, I just found out is made out of real bone, ewwww). The fact is Britney Spears has horrible skin. So does Cameron Diaz. Jennifer Lopez supposedly has pimples (so say those in the know). Just like magazine pros can sculpt Mariah Carey into a Giselle look-alike, they can airbrush Cameron’s erupting face into Nicole Kidman perfection. (Check out this amazing Dove commercial to see what happens to a plain model when she gets airbrushed). So there. Now we can all rest easy, basking in our perfectly normal imperfections.’

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Celebrity Injectable Secrets Revealed
By Louise Wilks on October 7, 2013

Facial fillers and Botox are incredibly popular in Hollywood because they are a great way to shave years off your face without going under the knife, that is if you go to a doctor who is experienced with injectables.

We’ve all seen what happens when patients go overboard with the needle, that constantly frozen, pillow-faced look. But you’d be surprised how many celebrities are using fillers and Botox and who come out looking like a more refreshed version of themselves. When fillers and Botox are done right they can give great results and not look ‘fake’ at all. If people start looking the same, the doctor is doing it wrong. Fillers should enhance one’s facial expressions, natural appearance, and individuality.

Here are 5 examples of celebrities who have probably, almost definitely gotten a little facial smoothing and plumping, but who look so natural you’d never guess in a million years.

Naomi Watts

The 44-year-old mother has said, “There are days I feel I’m 100 years old and I’m an inch away from doing something.” We suspect she already has, specifically in her cheeks. Sculptra can replace lost volume that provides fuller cheeks — a popular request that when done right can lift the face and give subtle volume to hollow areas.

Sophia Vergara

The just turned 40-year-old has been open about her plans for a breast lift when the time comes, but she’s never talked about her face. She’s obviously got a great doctor who has softened her brow with a little botox and it looks like she may have had rehydration fillers to enhance her naturally gorgeous features.

Kim Catterall

“I have a big crease between my eyebrows and I use Botox to get rid of that, but that’s kind of it. I’m 51 and I think I look my age, but I don’t want to be 20 any more or even 30 or 40,” said the Sex and the City star to the Huffington Post.

Jenny McCarthy

Jenny revealed to People magazine, “I go every two months. My tricks are, I get Botox in my forehead—I just have my doctor do a little shot there. If you overdo, it looks bad. I believe in just a little bit. It allows you to keep that mobility in your face. It’s a great little secret.”

Cindy Crawford

Cindy Crawford has confessed to regular trips to the doctor for Botox, Dermal fillers and vitamin injections, since the ripe age of 29. Cindy Crawford: “I’m not going to lie to myself, past a certain age, creams work on the texture of your skin but, in order to restore elasticity, all I can really count on is vitamin injections, Botox and Dermal Fillers“

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