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Celebrity make up artist and L'Oréal Paris brand ambassador, Sir John, has seen the good, the bad and the borderline ugly when it comes to celebrity skin care habits. Sure, it may be hard to imagine celebrities as having less-than-picture-perfect tendencies when it comes to anything pertaining to beauty – but as it turns out, even the stars can take a skin care stumble from time to time. On the other hand, however, some celebs do take extra care of their skin and those are the habits you’ll want to emulate. That naturally glowing, radiant skin of the stars is possible for you too. Here, Sir John shares the worst things he has seen celebs do to their skin and the best habits of his celebrity clients that are always ready with red carpet-worthy, beautiful skin.
Bad celebrity skin care habit: Going to bed with make up on. It doesn’t matter if you’re on a private jet or flying coach: “You have to remove your make up at all costs before going to bed,” says Sir John. Make up can clog and congest your pores if not removed – especially if left on for extended periods of time, like while you’re sleeping. When you sleep, your skin may also sweat and oils from your hair that collect on your pillow can rub off onto your face. This sweat and oil, will mix with make up, if left on, and can badly clog your pores, making it more difficult for your skin to breathe. If you are on-the-go, like many celebrities, and don’t have access to a sink before you catch a few hours of sleep, try to get in the habit of carrying facial wipes – they’re convenient and easy to use if you’re traveling. Some facial wipes even have extra anti-aging benefits, something worth considering if you don’t have time to apply various skin care treatments or serums. Try RevitaLift® Radiant Smoothing Wet Cleansing Towelettes to gently exfoliate the skin and revitalize it with the help of vitamin C.
Good celebrity skin care habit: Regular peels or microdermabrasion. “Some celebrities are starting to realize the positive effects of regular light exfoliation,” shares Sir John. Exfoliating helps the outer layer of the skin appear bright and fresh. Sloughing away dead skin cells, built up dirt and oils will not only help your skin appear more radiant, but will also help your other skin care products work more effectively because your pores are free of debris. Peels and microdermabrasion done at a spa will help to clear pores and minimize the pile up on the outer layer of your skin, but so can regular exfoliation at home. How often you exfoliate and what method you use should depend on your skin type and recommendations from your dermatologist.
Bad celebrity skin care habit: Using the same make up sponge for too long. Not cleaning or switching out used make up sponges will eventually congest your pores. Your skin’s natural oils and sweat can transfer to your make up sponge and other tools, so it’s important to keep them clean and buy new when needed. Aim to clean your brushes and tools every week and buy new sponges monthly.
Good celebrity skin care habit: Always apply SPF to your face. “Those celebs with youthful looking, beautiful skin can be obsessive when it comes to applying SPF to their faces,” relays Sir John. “They are hyper aware of sunburn and the negative aging effects of the sun.” Over exposure to UV rays from the sun can damage your natural collagen and elastin fibers that keep skin looking plump and firm, it can also weaken your skin making it more prone to fine lines and wrinkles. To maintain youthful-looking skin and to protect your skin’s health overall apply sunscreen or beauty products with SPF thirty minutes before sun exposure. Also, look for products with broad-spectrum protection, like Age Perfect® Glow Renewal SPF 30 Lotion, so you not only block rays that cause sunburn, UVB rays, but the rays that damage and age the skin as well, UVA rays.
You may envy their style, their cars and even their fans – and for some you should covet their skin too. Just be sure to follow in the celebrity skin care habits that will foster beautiful skin and not require cover up or photoshop to get that perfect complexion.