Some Hollywood stars never seem to age and 50 year old J. Lo proved it at the Super Bowl halftime show. Her performance and flawless look prompted the age-old question: What’s her secret? When we look back at Old Hollywood and dig a little deeper, we discover all types of beauty secrets. Some were very strange, but some still apply today. For today’s Hollywood skincare tips, I went to Dr. Ronald Moy of Moy Fincher Chipps Facial Plastics and Dermatology in Beverly Hills.
We often neglect the neck and hands, where signs of aging might show up first. How do you recommend we take care of our skin on these areas?
Dr. Moy: People often forget that the neck should be included in your daily skin care regimen and needs as must care as the face. The neck skin becomes thinner and saggy with aging and the best ways to prevent the loose turkey neck is to use a product with epidermal growth factor (EGF). I recommend using a EGF serum on the neck twice a day. As for the hands, we are constantly washing them so it is important to use a good hand lotion and apply it as much as needed in addition to a EGF serum.
Many of us live busy lives. This means lack of sleep, stress, and no time for long routines – resulting in dark circles, bags under the eyes and wrinkles. Can you recommend some easy tips to preventing these problems (without going under the knife or using injectables?)
Dr. Moy: Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated. A lot of our troubling issues start from within– though genetics and age obviously are a factor. Retinols help speed up cell turnover making them great for wrinkles, sunspots and dark circles. Antioxidant eye cream can also help to reverse the damage. As a dermatologist passionate about skin care, I have created DNARenewal, a full skin care line with DNA Repair Enzymes that helps improve overall skin health with effective and clean ingredients. DNA Repair Enzymes are your skin’s natural protection against aging and sun damage. In our products, a trio of powerful enzymes are engineered from marine and botanical sources, such as plankton, are delivered via liposomes to penetrate the skin deeply, thus helping to reverse DNA damage such as brown spots, wrinkles and discoloration. Our regeneration serum thickens and tightens skin, especially the thin skin area around the eyes and neck.
What are the most effective laser treatments today and how long before a big event should we get them done?
Dr. Moy: Fractional resurfacing lasers are very effective and the most popular ones require very little downtime. Of the 30 plus lasers and devices we use at Moy-Fincher-Chipps in Beverly Hills, our Fractionated Erbium laser is one of the most popular go-to devices to offer global improvement in skin texture, tone and fine lines on the face, neck, chest and hands. By removing surface skin damage, it treats photoaging, fine lines, poor texture and acne scarring. This treatment provides excellent results with less downtime than conventional fully ablative laser resurfacing without compromising the outcome. The technology we use the most before a big event is one of our skin tightening devices. We have devices that heat the skin. It is like ironing the skin to make it smoother and tighter. There is absolutely no downtime and it feels like mild heat. There is no pain, bruising or anything that will show before a big event.
Any other recommendations for a pre-event routine?
Dr. Moy: I highly recommend the products of DNARenewal as they are designed to correct and restore any previous damage as well as future-proof the skin. Also hydration is very important and I cannot emphasize that enough. Be sure to cleanse the skin thoroughly to remove all makeup, dirt and clogging elements. Using our DNA restoring mask, DNA regeneration serum to thicken and tighten the skin, and the DNARenewal lotion will aid in preparation. DNA repair and our growth factor facials are also great to include in a pre-event routine.
What are some big mistakes people make that cause premature aging?
Dr. Moy: Some of the biggest mistake people make is simply ignoring the problem early on. A lot of the times it can easily be corrected or reversed by a lifestyle change or finding the right skin care for you. Also, people underestimate the importance of sunscreen as it is something that must be worn daily. The use of an EGF product can thicken the skin around the eyes preventing dark spots, crows feet and a saggy neck.
Please share any other secrets or new treatments celebrities use for youthful skin.
Dr. Moy: Minimally to non-invasive treatments are the new trend for celebrities as there is little to no downtime. FaceTite is an advanced contouring system to treat a patient’s face their small areas. This minimally invasive treatment is the next best alternative to facelifts without the invasive surgery. This procedure will help firm a patient’s skin and make them feel years younger without any discomfort.
Old Hollywood Beauty Secrets From Our Favorite Stars
Marilyn Monroe was a Erno Laszlo devotee. The skincare line was created by a Hungarian dermatologist, Erno Laszlo, and continues to have a cult following. The doctor created a strict prescription for Marilyn’s routine. One of his famous instructions for the actress was proper cleaning: using his cleansing bar (still available today) and washing it off with exactly 30 splashes of water. The renowned doctor was known for his belief in both inner and outer beauty.
Sophia Loren is famously known to take olive oil baths. She swears by it and has been using the beauty ritual for years, giving her soft skin and a moisturized glow. To try this one for yourself, simply mix a few spoons of olive oil in your bath and enjoy. The tub is a slippery mess afterwards, but so worth it.
Grace Kelly was known to be particular about constant application of hand cream. She rightly believed that your hands show the first signs of aging. Take this advice and run with it. Don’t neglect your hands.
Audrey Hepburn’s quirky, yet effective, beauty ritual was to separate eyelashes with a pin or needle. She often had her makeup artist do it for her, but if you tend to be clumsy, we’d steer clear of this one. Use an eyelash comb instead. For a more practical tip, Audrey protected her hair with a special hair treatment. The Elasticizer hair treatment, by Philip Kingsley, was especially created for Audrey and you can still buy it today.
As you might imagine Jean Harlow’s light colored hair would be quite damaged without a proper treatment. She massaged her scalp with castor oil once a week. Massaging your hair and scalp with oil can be quite and invigorating ritual. Rita Hayward did the same for her famous red locks. She soaked her hair in an olive oil treatment, then rinsed with warm water and a touch of lemon juice for brightness.
We love that Ingrid Bergman was a natural beauty and believed in spa treatments. She enjoyed focusing on inner wellness more than her outer beauty. Her wellness regimens included sauna and massage sessions.