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6 Celebrity Secrets for Flawless, Younger-Looking Skin

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Ever wonder how your favorite celebrities always seem to have beautiful, youthful, flawless skin, no matter their age? Most people would never guess Susan Sarandon is over 60, or that Angelina Jolie is pushing 40, and it’s not just the women, either. George Clooney will turn 54 this year, and Johnny Depp is (almost unbelievably) 51. Sure some of the credit can be given to Photoshop and professional airbrushing, but Hollywood’s big stars have plenty of non-digital secrets up their sleeves, as well, and they don’t all involve plastic surgery, either. With millions of dollars and a team of professional makeup artists at their disposal, it’s not surprising that many celebrities manage to look years younger than they are, and with good reason – their jobs depend on it!

Luckily, many celebrity skin care secrets are easily accessible to the rest of us, as well, but fair warning: some of them don’t come cheap. Below you’ll find the top non-surgical secrets celebrities use to get that flawless, younger looking skin, and how you can use them, too!

6. Chemical Peels

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Chemical peels work by chemically exfoliating the skin, a procedure that removes the dead, damaged top layers of the skin, revealing the fresh, new skin underneath. Peels can be done in about an hour at most high-end spas and skin care clinics, and they typically cost anywhere from $150 to $300 per session. After getting a chemical peel, the skin will usually blister and peel, much like a healing sunburn, and once the peeling stage is complete, skin appears fresher, healthier and younger.

Not everyone has the money to get a professional peel done on a regular basis, however. The good news is, many at-home peels are available and, while they won’t give you the same results as a professional peel, regular use can vastly improve the look and texture of your skin, while visibly reducing or eliminating fine lines and wrinkles.

5. Retinoid Creams

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A retinoid is a derivative of vitamin A that works to unclog pores, boost collagen to reduce fine lines and increase cell regeneration to help even out dark spots on the skin. The strongest retinoids are available only by prescription through your dermatologist, but over-the-counter creams containing the milder retinol can also be effective in fighting the signs of aging. If you don’t want to visit the dermatologist to get a prescription, using an over-the-counter cream will usually yield less-drastic results and take at least 12-weeks to be effective, but can still be used to diminish fine lines and minor skin discolorations.

You should note, however, that retinol and retinoid creams can cause some skin irritation, especially in the beginning. Look for creams with at least .1 percent retinol, and always opt for the creams in aluminum tubes over the ones in glass or plastic jars, since light and air can decrease potency. If your skin looks irritated after using a retinol or retinoid cream, try using the cream every other night or even every third night, until your skin grows accustomed to the cream and shows decreased sensitivity. Also, never layer your retinoid or retinol cream with products containing benzoyl peroxide or alpha-hydroxy acids, as these will deactivate the retinoids.

4. Avoiding the Sun

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Actress Nicole Kidman has notoriously beautiful skin, and she also avoids the sun like the plague, as do a lot of other celebrities. Mountains of research support the fact that the sun causes irreparable damage to the skin, at worst causing skin cancer and at best causing signs of premature aging, like lines, wrinkles and dark spots. This doesn’t necessarily mean you need to hide out in the shade for the rest of your life, however. A cute, floppy hat and some good sunscreen are all you need to enjoy a day soaking up the sunshine.

Sunscreen isn’t just for the sunny days, either. Skin care experts agree that adequate sunscreen protection should be used every single day, rain or shine, if you’re going to be outdoors. Many beauty products, including moisturizers, foundations and BB creams, now contain sunscreen, but don’t forget the rest of your body! Any area that will be exposed, such as the neck, chest, arms or legs, should get a good slather of sunscreen every day, as well. If you absolutely must have that suntanned look, opt for self-tanners instead of spending time in skin-damaging tanning beds or exposing your skin to harmful UV rays.

Tye started her writing career in journalism and now enjoys writing on a variety of topics, from health and beauty to lifestyle and fitness. Find Tye on LinkedIn!

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