How to Get Red …

How to Get Red Carpet Ready Skin
 
The Oscars are one of Hollywood’s biggest nights. Celebrities spend countless hours preparing for the long walk down the red carpet of the Kodak Theater with the hope of achieving glowing skin, flawless make-up, and rave reviews for their look.
 
To the average person it may seem like a lot of work but getting that red carpet ready skin (think Gwyneth) is easier than you think. The key is to implement a few things into your normal skincare routine that will enhance your skin’s radiance and youthful appearance, and also look healthy, smooth and blemish free.

Here are a few tips:
 
To get a gorgeous glow: Start by hydrating – lots of water. If you can’t make it to the salon or spa for a facial, look for a facial mask with moisturizing properties. It will minimize the appearance of pores, and give you a glowing complexion. Masks with saffron, aloe vera, and kaolin clay are popular among top celebrities.
 
Next exfoliate. A great product to gently exfoliate and keep your skin clean is Clarisonic (Faith Hill is a fan). You can also try a two-step exfoliation starting with a scrub followed by a chemical peel.
 
To smooth fine lines: There are several good anti-aging products on the market today to smooth fine lines. Look for a product that contains glycolic acid, which works not only on the surface of the skin, but also in the layers you can’t see.  Glycolic acid is a rapid exfoliate and will leave your skin feeling smooth and soft. Over time these products can also lighten sun spots and stimulate collagen production giving you a more youthful appearance. Ask your doctor what product is best for your skin type.
 
To diminish wrinkles: A topical treatment may not be enough to remove those wrinkles. Botox and Dysport or dermal fillers such as Artefill, Juvederm or Restylane can help with little to no downtime.
 
To calm redness: Follow-up exfoliation with a toner. This will whisk away dead cells and keep shine in check without over-drying.  There are several categories of toners to choose from so make sure you pick the one that best suits your skin type. The percentage of alcohol varies and could actually do more harm than good. Follow toner  with a cold mask and it should reduce any signs of redness.
 
To take away the puffiness: Take wheat and dairy out of your diet and you can remove some of the puffiness and breakouts that may occur the week leading up to an event. Lots of water and fresh juices can also make your skin look more vibrant.
 
Simple steps every day and regular visits to your skin care professional can help you, and your skin, shine like the star that you really are. 

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~ by WellMedica on February 1, 2012.

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