Celebrity Skincare Secrets to Looking Younger

Top tips from dermatologists and skin care professionals

Nicole Kidman
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Everyone wants to look younger and regain the plump skin of their youth. And celebrities seem to have mastered the secret. Keeping skin in gorgeous condition is an incredibly time-consuming and expensive job requirement for the typical celebrity. But here are a few secrets celebrities use for 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 works by paralyzing the muscles beneath wrinkles. If used too much, Botox use can be obvious, but when used carefully, can produce great results. Botox costs about $300-$500 per treated area. Results last three to six months.

Secret #3: They Go Under the Laser

As we age, our collagen 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.

Lasers penetrate deep within the skin to treat damaged skin. The laser creates microscopic tears deep within the skin which trigger the body to naturally produce more collagen in the repairing process. The results are impressive.

Cost is about $1,000 a session. Like most laser therapies, you'll need three to five sessions spaced about a month apart.

Secret #4: They Get Chemical Peels

Besides regular treatments and laser procedures, celebrities undergo regular chemical peels. Ever notice how your foundation looks when it's applied to scaly, dry skin? You look older and ashier. Celebrities cut 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.

Secret #5: Professional Makeup Artists Do Their Makeup for Big Events

Celebrities rely on makeup artists to make them look like goddesses. You can get the same results by getting your face done at the counter at Sephora or MAC.

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. If there's no charge, at least tip well.

Secret #6: They Stay Out of the Sun

Nicole Kidman famously avoids the sun to maintain her porcelain complexion. She stays out of it at all costs. In fact, many celebrities simply avoid the sun by wearing hats and slathering on sunscreen. They know the sun is the No. 1 cause of prematurely aging skin. Get in the habit of wearing sunscreen every day, no matter the weather.

Secret #7: They Are All About Retinols

To keep fine lines from becoming wrinkles, actresses in their 20s turn to retinoid creams. Prescription retinoids like Renova, Tazorac, and Retin-A are popular, but if you prefer over-the-counter, consider Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair, which contains retinol.

Secret #9: Their Flaws Are Airbrushed

Don't obsess over images in the magazines. Models and celebrities are notoriously airbrushed. Their wrinkles, fine lines, and breakouts are eliminated by an editor. No one can match the skin of a glossy magazine model—not even the model.

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