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Celebrity Skin Care

We cannot stop the aging of skin, but there are ways of retarding the process. There are a host of skin care products marketed in various ways as preventive as well as curative measures to arrest various skin conditions and also enhance its tone and suppleness. 
There is a confusing array of external cleansing, nourishing, moisturizing and protecting agents available off the shelves.

Famous  celebrities give the utmost importance to Skin Care and Dermatology.  Celebrity faces make the cover and front pages of the world's best glossies, print, and television such as NewYork Magazine,GQ, Newsweek, Elle, Vogue, Allure, InStyle, W, Harpers Bazaar, Glamour, Self, Lucky, Shape,the Los Angeles Times,Town & Country, C Magazine, More Magazine, The New York Times,L.A. Confidential, Harper's Bazaar, Elle, InStyle, O Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Mademoiselle, Lucky, Redbook, Shape, Seventeen, YM, Health, Parents, McCall's, Women's Day, More Magazine, Cosmo Girl, Fitness, Ladies Home Journal, Prevention, The New York Times Magazine, The New York Post, The New York Daily News,Newsday CNN, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, The Today Show, The View, MSNBC, CNBC, Fox News, KTLA Live, ExtraPrimetime Live, 20/20, Dateline NBC, CBS News, News 4 New York, NBC "Weekend Today in New York," Fox News, Eyewitness, Lifetime, Oxygen, The Discovery Channel, and BBC. Their bodies grace the hotspots in print publishing across the world. Their lives occupy most of the pages in any popular magazine. These magazines provide consumers expert information and a board certified dermatologist point of view  on cosmetic procedures, skin care,dermatology and sun protection.

Whenever a celebrity endorses a skin care regimen or product it is bound to capture the imagination of millions of admirers and fans. Celebrities have become brand ambassadors, spokeswomen and spokespersons to leading manufacturers of cosmetics, beauty care products, apparel, perfumes etc., all over the world. 

Hollywood Secrets to Looking Younger 

If you are like me, you're constantly surprised when you find out how old some of Hollywood's hottest and still-working celebrities are. 

Who knew Susan Sarandon was past 60, or Christie Brinkley (a face of Cover Girl) was born in 1954. Of course, looking young in Hollywood means avoiding an early, forced retirement, but just what ARE these celebrity secrets? And better yet, how can you and I benefit from what they use and what they know? 

Keeping skin in gorgeous condition is an incredibly time-consuming and expensive job requirement for the typical celebrity. But here are a few secrets we have uncovered for you, plus tips on how you too can get younger-looking skin. 

Secret #1: Injectable fillers 
To treat those deep smile lines, forehead wrinkles and crow's feet, celebrities turn to fillers such as Restylane,Cosmoplast,Evolence Juvederm or Juvederm Ultra Plus (for deeper lines).

Secret #2: Botox is still hot
Botox is certainly not a secret, but according to celebrity dermatologist Tina Alster of Washington, D.C., in the April 2007 issue of Harper's Bazaar, "Botox remains the gold standard for treating crow's lines and wrinkles."

Botox works by paralyzing the muscles beneath wrinkles. If used too much, Botox use can be obvious, as witnessed by several actresses including Halle Berry, Nicole Kidman and Marcia Cross who've fallen victim to "unmoveable forehead" jokes. Results last three to six months. 

Secret #3: They go under the laser 
As we age, our collagen production slows down significantly making our faces appear thinner, and more gaunt (on the plus side, collagen depletion shows off great bone structure). Boosting collagen production is big business in Hollywood and more and more celebs are turning to laser skin resurfacing to boost theirs.

How it works: Lasers such as Fraxel -- currently the most popular laser on the market -- are able to penetrate deep within the skin to treat damaged skin. According to Fraxel's official Website, the laser creates microscopic tears deep within the skin which trigger the body to naturally produce more collagen in the repairing process. 

Secret #4: They get chemical peels 
Yes, yes, yes, of course celebrities (the male ones as well) are constantly getting eye lifts and face lifts and the bags removed from under their eyes, but what so many of them are doing that you and I aren't is exfoliating, chemically. And therein lies our secret number four.

Ever notice how your foundation looks when it's applied to scaly, dry skin? You look older and ashier. The celebrities sheer a few years off their faces in under an hour with a professional chemical peel. Chemical peels work by removing the damaged top layers of skin 

Secret #5: They stay out of the sun 
Nicole Kidman is famously afraid of the sun. She stays out of it at all costs. In fact, many famous dermatologists recommend to simply avoid the sun by wearing hats and slathering on sunscreen. They know the sun is the No. 1 cause of prematurely aging skin.

You and I can avoid the sun by not only wearing hats, but getting in the habit of wearing sunscreen every day, no matter the weather. (I'm also a big fan of teaching sons and daughters about sunscreen very early in life). Please consult with your local dermatologist to find out what the best sunscreen in the world is for you. 

Dr. Rothfeld is a very strong advocate on sun protection and anti-aging and has made numerous requests to the media to  discuss  the implications of sun exposure and how it relates to skin cancer,wrinkling ,and aging. 

Secret #6: They are all about retinols 
To keep fine lines from becoming wrinkles, actresses in their 20s turn to retinoid creams. Many dermatologists who swear of all the antioxidants, peels, scrubs and injections, retinoids are the best way to wipe years off your face.

Secret #7 They are all about Plastic Surgery 

Abdominoplasty, Breast Augmentation, Breast Reconstruction, Breast Implants, Breast Lift, Breast Reduction, Breast Implant, Chin Implant, Ear Lobe Repair, Endoscopic Brow Lift, Eyelid Surgery, Face Lift, Liposuction, Liposculpture, Melanoma Surgery, Mole Removal, Rhinoplasty, Scar Revision 

Prescription retinoids like Renova, Tazorac and Retin-A are popular,

Top Dermatologist Tips for Relieving Dry Skin 

Following the same skin care routine that worked so well in our youth can take a toll on aging skin — especially when the humidity drops. Mature skin is thinner and drier. Without a change in skin care, dry air can make fine lines and wrinkles more noticeable. It can make skin flake, crack, and even bleed. To help alleviate these unwanted effects, many dermatologists recommend: 

Bathe daily. A daily bath or shower can add much-needed moisture to the skin. To hydrate the skin with a daily bath or shower, follow these guidelines: 

Keep it short. A 5- to 10-minute bath or shower adds moisture. Spend more time in the water and the skin begins to dry. 

Use warm, not hot, water. Hot water removes natural oils from the skin more quickly 
than warm water. The more natural oils removed, the drier the skin becomes.

Close the bathroom door. This keeps the much-needed humidity in the room. 

Use a mild cleanser. Deodorant bars, fragrance in soaps, and products containing alcohol strip natural oils from the skin, which dries the skin. Look for a mild, fragrance-free cleanser that moisturizes. 

Gently pat the skin dry. Gently blotting the skin helps retain moisture and is less irritating to dry, sensitive skin. 

Apply moisturizer within 3 minutes of getting out of the bath or shower. Contrary to popular belief, moisturizer does not add moisture to the skin. Moisturizer traps existing water in the skin, preventing the water from evaporating. To trap water from a bath or shower in the skin, moisturizer must be applied within 3 minutes of bathing. Applied regularly, this helps decrease dryness and itching. 

Moisturize, moisturize, moisture. Dry skin needs moisture. Applying moisturizer within 3 minutes of bathing seals in much-needed water. If skin is noticeably dry and uncomfortable, moisturizing more frequently throughout the day can help the skin heal. Consistent use of moisturizer will help prevent dry skin from returning. 

Select moisturizers best suited to relieve dry skin. Ointments and creams tend to be more effective than lotions. Creams and ointments also usually less irritating to dry, sensitive skin. 

Moisturizer does not need to be expensive to be effective. Look at the ingredients not the price. When selecting a moisturizer to soothe dry skin, look for products that contain lactic acid or urea. These help alleviate even severe dryness. Hyaluronic acid, which naturally occurs in the skin and diminishes with age, can help the skin hold water. Dimethicone and glycerin help draw water to the skin and keep it there. Lanolin, mineral oil, and petrolatum (also known as petroleum jelly) effectively trap water in the skin. 

Check the ingredients on anti-aging products. Some anti-aging products contain retinoids or an alpha-hydroxy acid, which can irritate dry, itchy skin. Switching to a more moisturizing formula can bring relief. 

Read the ingredients on other skin care products. Using mild, unscented skin care products can help reduce irritation and make skin feel more comfortable. Deodorant soaps, alcohol-based toners, and products that contain fragrance can irritate dry, sensitive skin. Some people with mature skin find using mild, unscented products year round helps their skin feel better. 

Plug in a humidifier. A humidifier can add much-needed moisture to the air. 

Avoid wearing wool and other rough materials next to the skin. These can irritate dry skin, making the condition worse. 

Give hands the extra attention they deserve. Hands often show the effects of a dry environment more than any other part of the body. These tips may help hands heal and prevent future problems: 

When outdoors in winter, wear gloves. This helps protect the skin from the cold, dry air, which can zap moisture from the skin. 

Apply hand cream after each hand washing. It is important not to skimp on hand washing, which can remove harmful bacteria and viruses. Applying hand cream after each hand washing helps hands retain much-needed moisture. This is especially important for people who frequently immerse their hands in water throughout the day. If more relief is needed, dab petroleum jelly on the hands before bed. 

If hands are frequently immersed in water, wearing waterproof gloves can help protect the hands. Again, it is important not to skimp on hand washing. 

Wear sunscreen every day. This is probably one of the most important and difficult tips to remember. Even in the winter, exposure to the sun’s rays speeds up the aging process in the skin. This exposure increases the risk of developing dry skin, wrinkles, age spots, and spider veins. Daily use of a sunscreen can slow these sun-induced signs of aging and reduce the risk of developing skin cancer. Dermatologists recommend wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 15 or higher on all skin that will be exposed. 

Apply lip balm often. Carrying a tube of lip balm and applying it frequently throughout the day helps heal dry, cracked lips. If lips are extremely dry, dab on petroleum jelly before bed. Continuing to use lip balm once the lips heal can keep lips soft and supple.Many a  famous dermatologist recommend using a lip balm that has an SPF of at least 15. This can help reduce signs of premature aging and prevent skin cancer on the lips. 

When to See a Dermatologist 
If these changes do not bring relief, make an appointment to see a dermatologist. Very dry skin may require a prescription ointment or cream. Dry skin also can be a sign of an underlying medical condition such as eczema. A type of eczema called eczema craquelé or asteatotic eczema develops in older adults. A dermatologist can examine the skin and explain what will help alleviate the dryness and irritation.

New York Dermatology by Board Certified  Dermatologist Dr. Gary Rothfeld  is a board certified NYC  Dermatologist with a  New York City office in Manhattan, New York  providing expert skin care, dermatology, and cosmetic dermatology services.  A Park Avenue practice with an international reputation in general, cosmetic, and surgical dermatology.

New York Dermatology serves the following neighborhoods within New York (NY), which are in close proximity to our office:
Upper East Side Dermatology, Fifth Avenue Dermatology, Park Avenue Dermatology, Madison Avenue Dermatology, Upper West Side Dermatology, Midtown Dermatology, Lower East Side Dermatology,Chelsea Dermatology, Gramercy Park Dermatology, Murray Hill Dermatology,  Greenwich Village Dermatology, East Village Dermatology, West Village Dermatology, Soho Dermatology, Tribeca Dermatology, Meatpacking District Dermatology, Sutton Place Dermatology, Wall Street Dermatology, Hells Kitchen Dermatology, and the boroughs of Brooklyn Dermatology , Bronx Dermatology, Queens Dermatology and Staten Island Dermatology.
Dr. Gary Rothfeld is recognized as one of the best Dermatologist in New York, NY, Manhattan, NYC, New York City and the nation by the entertainment industry in the United States of America. At New York Dermatology headed by board certified Dermatologist Dr. Rothfeld, sees patients  7 days a week including Saturday and Sunday.

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