Today’s Question: Whenever I see Hollywood celebrities on the red carpet, their skin always seems to have a beautiful, healthy glow. How can I achieve this same look here in the Midwest? Pam, Silver Lake
A. Pam, you don’t have to move to California to get that glowing, healthy skin like you see on some of your favorite celebrities. I will share with you three “secrets” the A-listers follow, so you too can be red-carpet ready.
Once a month, deep exfoliation is vital when trying to attain a radiant glow to your skin. When we are younger, our skin cells renew themselves every 21 to 28 days keeping your skin looking youthful and glowing. After the age of 30, however, that renewal process slows way down causing your complexion to look dull. By exfoliating the old, dull skin with a monthly chemical peel, it will dissolve the dead cells sitting on your skin, promote collagen production and build elasticity. In between peels, use a gentle scrub at home once a week to maintain your results.
Another celebrity secret for glowing skin is nightly use of a topical retinol cream. Retin-A® effectively works to treat fine lines and wrinkles, acne, skin texture and skin discoloration. Available only by prescription, Retin-A penetrates to the deeper levels of your skin to promote cellular turnover and increase the production of elastin and collagen. Be careful not to confuse prescription Retin-A with over-the-counter retinols found in many department store and drugstore products. Retinols are only about 1/10 as strong as Retin-A. So while there may be a small benefit, it will save you time and money and you will see much greater results by using the prescription quality.
While celebrities can often be seen frolicking on the beach or on a fancy yacht with George Clooney, you can be certain that they are religious about their sunscreen application and have been for decades. They know nothing ages and dulls their skin faster than the sun’s damaging rays including brown spots, wrinkles and sagging skin. Whether on set or on vacation, they reapply a broad-spectrum sunscreen every two hours. No questions. No exceptions.
Pam, you don’t need a celebrity dermatologist or plastic surgeon to achieve celebrity looking skin. By following some of their skin care secrets, your skin will be glowing in no time. If you have any questions about your celebrity skin care routine or the best products for your skin type, be sure to talk with your medical skin care professional.
Jennifer Kauffman is a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner, practicing in Warsaw and Ft. Wayne. She is a sought after speaker at medical conferences such as the American Academy of Plastic Surgeons. Jennifer is a member of American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and Coalition of Advance Practice Nurses of Indiana. She received her Nursing and Nurse Practitioner degrees from Goshen College, and Indiana Wesleyan University. Jennifer is a Clinical Instructor nationally to physicians and nurses on sclerotherapy.
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