Many of us marvel at celebrities’ apparent ability to defy age, and actually improve on their looks with every year. Celebs used to keep quiet about what they were doing to halt the march of time. But in recent years we’ve witnessed an open (and we think captivating) discussion about what, and who, is giving A-listers their age-defying looks.
It takes serious commitment to look like A-list celebs.
Aniston, Lopez, Garner (and those are just the Jennifers of the celeb world). We can’t help but wonder about the apparent agelessness of so many beautiful, famous people. What we don’t often consider is how costly and time-consuming it really is to chase a forever-young aesthetic.
While you’re religiously applying sunscreen and preemptively using retinol, you look in the mirror and wonder why you still don’t have the flawless, pore-free, glowing skin Jennifer Lopez has. The reality, though, is that a lifelong commitment to good at-home skincare practices (plus a facial from time to time) isn’t what gives celebs their forever youthful look.
It takes a major commitment to the early adoption of cosmetic treatments that only celebrities and the elite had previously been privy too. That’s why actresses of all ages—including Sandra Bullock, 54, Jennifer Lopez, 49, Halle Berry, 51, Eva Mendes, 44, and Jennifer Aniston, 39—appear to not be aging at all.
What kind of procedures are common among the rich and famous?
Of course, good skincare always starts with lots of water, an anti-inflammatory diet, quality sleep, exercise, and a quality topical regimen. Beyond that, the sky’s the limit, provided you have the time and the bank account balance.
Injectables, both neurotoxins like Botox and a range of dermal fillers, remain the gold standard in anti-aging procedures because of their relatively long tenure in the cosmetic dermatology world. Used in combination, and in the right hands, injectables represent an easy fix for unwanted signs of aging: loss of volume in the cheeks, tired-looking eyes, and wrinkles on the forehead and around the lips. They even include the possibility of slowing down further aging.
Lasers and ultrasound are the rich and famous’ bffs.
Despite how prevalent injections are among A-listers, we know all too well that some still consider admitting to needles a faux pas. Lasers and ultrasound treatments, which can have even more dramatic effects, don’t carry the same negative social weight.
Whether it’s Clear + Brilliant (which Jennifer Aniston loves), Xeomin and Ultherapy (which count Christie Brinkley among their fans), or Thermage (praised by Gwyneth Paltrow), lasers and ultrasound techniques are popular among the Hollywood crowd. They tighten and firm the skin, creating a lifted, youthful look. The results are subtle enough to avoid questions, and the downtime is almost non-existent.
Facials? Definitely not your grandma’s facials.
Facials have also gone high-tech, including LED, ultrasound, microdermabrasion, and microcurrent, which are all deemed essential for maintaining the tightening, brightening, and volumizing effects of cosmetic procedures.
Whether you choose the Hydrafacial, a favorite of celebrity Amy Poehler, or the incomparable Joanna Vargas experience, the results of which are evidenced on ageless beauties Rachel Weisz and Julianne Moore, it’s going to cost you. How much? Approximately $400 a visit.
What’s the cost of all these treatments?
This is the catch to celebrity-caliber skin. It’s not about just trying one cosmetic treatment here and a high-tech facial there. Like training for the Olympics, it’s about dedication, consistency, and maintenance. So many celebrities seemingly live in their cosmetic dermatologist’s office. And they pay to live there.
Single injections begin in the $100s, while more time-consuming injections and laser treatments easily enter the $1,000s. There’s no question that these procedures are major expenditures. Since the effects fade over mere months, you’d then have to multiply that cost bi-annually. So you can quickly work your way into the $10,000s.
As for whether it’s all worth it…as long as you make informed, safe decisions to supplement your healthy skincare habits with other procedures (and you have the money to spend), what’s wrong with feeling beautiful and confident?
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