Rachel Bilson and Vera Farmiga flaunt a glowing complexion every time they step onto the red carpet, leading most of us to ponder their get-gorgeous routine. These ladies regularly turn to Dr. Debra Jaliman, board-certified dermatologist and author of the new book Skin Rules to keep their skin in top shape. Here, Dr. Jaliman shares her secrets to achieving celeb-worthy skin (Note: Hundreds of dollars in treatments and creams not needed!).
TIP #1: Remove makeup before going to sleep: “I cannot emphasize this enough: Never go to bed without cleansing your face. If you don’t, the results will be clogged pores and breakouts. If you’re really too exhausted to wash your face with water and cleanser, at least have cleansing pads by your bed and use them to wipe makeup off,” says Dr. Jaliman.
TIP #2: Exfoliate, Exfoliate, Exfoliate: “Even the best skin in the world will look dull if it is not well exfoliated. You can exfoliate on a daily basis with your cotton washcloth or a disposable cotton pad and a cleanser. If you have normal or oily skin, in addition to your daily exfoliation, once or twice a week use something stronger, like a scrub with fine granules or microspheres,” advises Dr. Jaliman.
TIP #3: The wrong makeup can make acne worse: “People with acne cannot use heavy foundations and oily concealers, period. I’ve had several celebrity clients whose acne did not clear up until I personally spoke to their makeup artists—all that heavy TV makeup was ruining my carefully prescribed skincare regimen. Every major makeup company now makes oil-free and non-comedogenic foundations. People with very oily skin can use mineral foundations, which keep skin matte longer,” advises Dr. Jaliman.
TIP #4: Don’t wait until wrinkles appear to start using anti-aging products: “Collagen production starts decreasing in the late twenties, so that’s when people should start using retinols, antioxidants and collagen boosters, especially around the eyes,” says Jaliman.
TIP #5: Store your makeup and skincare products in the fridge: “The warm, steamy environment of the bathroom makes products deteriorate faster. If you have very expensive creams or have bought several jars of lipsticks that you don’t use every day, keep them in the fridge for best results,” recommends Dr. Jaliman.
Debra Jaliman, M.D. has practiced dermatology in New York City for over twenty-five years, and also teaches dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center, where she is an attending physician. Her own best advertisement for her advice, Jaliman has appeared on a variety of local and national television shows, including Good Morning America and Nightline, to discuss her work. She lives in New York City.