The Stars are out this year on the Red Carpet and we’re seeing more shimmer and glow than ever! Not from the flashes of cameras but off their radiant skin! I’ve always wanted that dewy look and now you can capture the secret to star-worthy skin as Dr. Jessica Wu, LA Dermatologist and author of Feed Your Face, dishes about what you can do at home to glow like your favorite Red Carpet Stars. See which products and treatments the Doctor prescribed for you today!
*Check out my exclusive interview with Jessica Wu M.D. below:
1. What are the most popular skin treatments and products used by Celebrities this year?
This year, celebs are asking me to do enhancements that make them look better, but still natural. (They all tell me that they don’t want to look like a Real Housewife.) The most popular pre-Awards show treatments I do are: 1) JUVÉDERM® to subtly “fill in” lines in the lower part of the face without making them look overstuffed 2) BOTOX® Cosmetic to soften the vertical lines between the eyebrows and lift the brow while keeping movement in the forehead and 3) fractional laser treatments to soften fine lines and reduce sun damage.
2. How can WE get the glowing, dewy skin look seen on the red carpets?
Many patients come in for lipohydroxyacid skin peels the week before they walk the red carpet. I do the peels on their face, chest, back, and shoulders, since many of them are wearing low cut and/or off the shoulder gowns. This helps remove top layers of dead skin. I also recommend using topical products like VIVITÉ® Vibrance Therapy, which contains glycolic acid and antioxidants to help even skin tone and remove layers of dead skin. (Dead skin cells are the reason skin looks dull; removing these helps skin reflect light and look more glowy.) Shimmer powder also does wonders on the red carpet. I like Bobbi Brown Shimmer Strips.
One step that everyone can (and should) take for their skin is to pay attention to what they eat. There’s a growing body of research showing that what you eat can affect your complexion, so I discuss diet with my patients, including celebs. In general, it’s best for your skin (and your figure) to eat like a hunter-gatherer; in other words, avoid processed foods. For those who are struggling with hormonal acne breakouts, I advise them to avoid dairy and white carbohydrates like bread, pasta, and rice. For those who are interested in anti-aging, I recommend avoiding sugar, since sugar attacks collagen and elastic tissue.
Some people still struggle with acne regardless of diet regimes. We are seeing more acne in adults, particularly in women. Some people are surprised to hear that 1 in 3 women in their 30s, and 1 in 4 women in their 40s have acne. One topical acne medication ACZONE® (dapsone) Gel 5% tends to works better in women than in men. The product goes on smoothly and can be worn under makeup.
My advice to women with acne would be to see your dermatologist about a solution regardless of whether you currently have a breakout or not.
4. What are the most affordable options for great everyday skin care? What should we splurge on?
There are many affordable drugstore skin cleansers, so you can skimp when it comes to washing your face. I often recommend Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser (for normal-oily skin) or CeraVe (for dry or sensitive skin). It’s worth investing in antioxidant products that have real science and proven results behind them. Generally, products that are available at doctor’s offices (including prescription products) are more effective than most drugstore anti-aging products. A skin care regimen that includes glycolic acid, a type of alpha hydroxyl acid derived from sugar cane is believed to be more effective for skin care than other alpha hydroxyl acids. Products in the VIVITÉ® skin care line have glycolic compound concentrations of up to 20 percent, whereas most over-the-counter skin care products have a lower concentration of active ingredients. It’s also worth splurging on a good concealer.
Studies show that your body loses 25% more water through the skin in winter compared to summer. For your face, be gentle, and skip the scrubs and washcloths if you have sensitive skin. Also, avoid toner, especially if it contains alcohol. Switch to richer moisturizers, and look for ingredients like hyaluronic acid, which holds moisture in your skin. Long hot showers and bar soaps can strip your skin of its natural oils, so switch to a moisturizing body wash and limit your showers to 10 minutes. When you get out, pat dry and follow with a rich body cream or body butter to seal in moisture. One of my favorites is Body Shop Body Butter in Coconut flavor. A humidifier will also save your skin, especially if you turn on the heat indoors.
6. What would be a good 2012 Resolution for women to take this year to add to their daily skin routine?
Resolve to take good care of your lips. If your lips are dry, switch from a stick balm to an ointment, like Aquaphor. Put on a layer before going to bed, and apply in the morning before lipstick or gloss. If you live in a sunny location (even if it’s cold and clear) be sure to use SPF on your lips when you go outside. Skin cancer can appear on your lips, so if you have a sore or crusty area on your lips that isn’t healing, be sure to see a doctor to have it checked out.
7. Are there any secrets to obtaining knockout skin quickly like the day of a special event?
A common complaint my patients have is under-eye bags. So I suggest avoiding salt starting at lunch the day before a big event. Sleep on an extra pillow, and when you wake up, apply cold wet green tea bags or cotton balls dunked in cold soymilk to help decrease the puffiness.
8. What are your Anti-aging tips?
Start taking care of your skin now, regardless of your age. It’s easier to prevent frown lines, discoloration, and sun damage than it is to reverse it. For example, more of my celebrity patients are getting BOTOX® Cosmetic in their late 20s and early 30s, but I’m doing lower doses so that the result is to soften their lines and prevent them from getting deeper, while still maintaining their natural expression—this looks more youthful and keeps people guessing whether they’ve had anything done.
It is also important to give your eyes a little TLC as you age. Many women may not realize that their eyelashes also can change over time, becoming thinner, lighter and shorter. For women who do not have enough eyelashes, I prescribe LATISSE® to grow their own lashes longer, fuller and darker.
Hope you enjoyed these top secret tips all the Celebs swear by, for more pick up a copy of Dr. Wu’s famous book Feed Your Face here: http://feedyourface.com/