It’s true: celebrities really do age differently. But it’s got much less to do with great genes, or “magical” skincare, and much more to do with their seriously high-maintenance routines. From fancy facials to surgical transformations, we’re revealing some of the best-kept celebrity anti-aging secrets. Spoiler: some of them are easy to snag for yourself.
#1 Schedule routine facials
Beyond the basics — you know: cleanse, treat, moisturize — influencers, beauty bloggers and celebrities consider regular facials to be another skincare essential. These skin-pampering treatments (ideally performed monthly) have a host of benefits, including:
- Exfoliating dull, dead cells
- Extracting clogged pores
- Increasing blood flow
- Improving skin texture
Trendy facial technologies have become wildly popular in recent years, because they allow aestheticians to achieve more impressive results — at least temporarily. Celebrity favorites include:
- Oxygen facial
- LED blue/red therapy
- Microcurrent therapy
SLMD Resurfacing Acne Swipes act like an at-home mini peel to minimize the signs of aging.
#2 Try non-invasive “tweakments”
This is a catch-all category for anything that’s a step above a traditional facial, but shy of going under the knife. The idea is to start a tweakment regimen before signs of aging become dramatic. Common celebrity tweakments include:
- Chemical peels
- Laser and light therapy
- Injectables (Botox and filler)
- Radio frequency (RF) skin tightening
Although these minimally-invasive options seem less intimidating than plastic surgery, they’re not without risks — and they often require multiple sessions, which can get pricey. Your dermatologist can help you decide which options might be right for you.
#3 Avoid sun exposure
There’s a certain advantage to evading the paparazzi with an oversized hat and shades: it also keeps away the sun's damaging rays. According to our founder Sandra Lee MD (aka Dr. Pimple Popper), almost all of what we call visible aging is actually sun damage.
This is one celebrity secret that’s super easy to emulate: apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen every day, and don a wide-brimmed hat and shades when spending time outdoors.
#4 Opt for plastic surgery
While certainly the most extra of the anti-aging options, plastic surgery is also typically the most permanent solution. No results last forever (after all, time marches on), but going under the knife creates a result that can dramatically turn back the clock.
With surgery, there’s more downtime in the short term — which is no problem for a celebrity on hiatus, let’s say. As for the hefty price tag, less maintenance in the long run can actually mean the costs are comparable to repeated tweakments over time. All surgery incurs risks, however, so if you’re considering a procedure, do your homework and consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon.
Dr. Lee's Last Word
Aging well is not a mystery: the key is to take good care of your skin to prevent damage over time. In the long run, your skin will reward you for cleansing, treating with retinol, moisturizing, and using sunscreen every day. Of course, there are things we dermatologists can do in the office — a little Botox, injectables, or lasers, for instance — that can restore a bit of youthfulness to your face.