Skin care secrets of the stars
Celebrities can afford high-end skin care treatments and products, but the best skin care doesn't have to cost a lot of money. Here, beauty experts share some of the at-home secrets on which their celeb clients rely for gorgeous, glowing skin.
Sonya Dakar: Beverly Hills skin care guru to the stars
Dakar is a skin personal trainer with a non-nonsense beauty bootcamp approach. Dakar provides celebrity clients such as Bar Rafaeli with the tools they need for immediate skin care relief. Dakar helps celebrities banish overnight breakouts when there's no time to go to the spa.
Fix your own pimple problems with Dakar's zit-zapping recipe:
- Pour yeast into a bowl and add water, one drop at a time, mixing well after each drop.
- When the mixture turns to a medium paste, add a drop or two of lemon juice and blend well.
- Dab the paste on your breakouts and give it time to dry before adding concealer.
Louisa Maccan-Graves: Beauty and age-proofing authority
Maccan-Graves, author of Hollywood Beauty Secrets: Remedies to the Rescue, also encourages a natural DIY approach.
Exfoliate with fresh coffee grounds. "Coffee grounds are loaded with hundreds of antioxidants that can be used to exfoliate and balance the pH of the skin," says Maccan-Graves. Apply your slightly cooled morning coffee grounds onto clean skin and scrub in a gentle circular motion. Rinse and moisturize.
Pati Dubroff: Celebrity makeup artist
Dubroff is one of the most respected makeup artists in the world. Friends and family call her "Prema," a Sanskrit word that means divine love. Her beauty advice to the stars: Make the most of natural and inexpensive ingredients you may already have at home.
Reduce eye puffiness with cotton pads soaked in milk. Apply and relax. (A chilled spoon kept in the freezer works well, too.)
Erika Katz: Beauty expert and author
Keep it clean. Katz is a beauty expert featured in both Seventeen and Parents magazines. The Bonding Over Beauty author offers effective beauty tips that are a cinch to do at home:
Wipe your phone. You subject your complexion to a surprising amount of dirt every day. To prevent chin acne, Katz recommends keeping your cell phone clean with an anti-bacterial towelette.
Wash your brushes. To avoid random breakouts and streaky makeup caused by dirty makeup brushes, Katz suggests washing them weekly with a bit of baby shampoo.
Celeste Hilling: Healthy skin care expert to the stars
Hilling, CEO of Skin Authority, works with Chord Overstreet and Heather Morris of Glee and Emily Procter of CSI Miami. She says most celebs don't know much about skin care because they rely on their experts.
Simplify skin care. Save time and money with no more than three to four steps in the morning and at night.
"In the morning, you need a mild gel cleanser, an anti-oxidant such as vitamin C and a sunscreen moisturizer," says Hilling. "Before going to bed, use resurfacing ingredients such as AHAs and retinols in addition to restorative peptides."