hollywood's skin care secrets

Celebrities may look flawless and fabulous, but they have skin problems too. Getting red carpet ready can be a challenge if you have Amy Adams’ dry skin or Sandra Bullock’s tendency to burn in the sun. And guess which long-legged celebrity is battling cellulite? Here are some celebrity secrets for tackling their beauty concerns and a few suggestions of my own.

Amy Adams, 39, extremely dry skin

Amy Adams may have looked luminously porcelain in American Hustler, but in real life she suffers from extremely dry skin. The face of Lacoste Fragrance, Amy Adams turns to Crème de la Mer. It has some minerals, including copper, magnesium and zinc. However, as well as being (in my experience) a useless anti-ager, Crème de la Mer is only superficially hydrating, relaying on a silicone induced feel-good factor. I would send Amy Adams on her way with Bénir Beauty BV-9 Platinum ($136 in the shop). It has bee venom and copper peptides for anti-aging, and hydrates dry skin wonderfully with avocado oil and hyaluronic acid.

I was saddened to see that Amy Adams uses Benetint Lip Balm SPF15. This has the chemical sunscreen octinoxate, which produce estrogen-like effects and should not be used by pregnant women, as well as a slew of chemicals. There are plenty of healthy alternatives, such as Michael Todd True Organics Tinted Lip Protector Trio SPF 18 ($16), which hydrates with olive oil, nourishes with herbs and uses zinc oxide for the SPF.  Amy Adams could also pamper her pout with jane iredale Lip Drink SPF Lip Balm SPF15 ($12) with lotus flower, green tea and blackberry extracts.

Cate Blanchett, 44, terrible nails

Actually what Cate Blanchett told Glamour was that she has “f*cking awful nails” and had to wear false ones for Blue Jasmine. The poor woman has resorted to OPI Nail Strengthener. This winter my nail savior is Retrospect Hand & Nail Reconstructor ($36). It has a high tech version of keratin that does a wonderful job of keeping nails supple and strong (no more nail ridges!). I also dab on Red Flower Essential Omega Oil Serum ($48 in the shop). My nails grow so well – even in winter – that I have to clip them once a week.

Cate Blanchett is a woman after my own heart when it comes to face masks. She is such a face mask junkie that she uses one every day and even takes her kids to school wearing one. Now this is not some eccentric form of celebrity disguise, Cate Blanchett just loves them. She particularly likes SKII’s Treatment Mask with saccharomycopsis ferment filtrate, SKII’s signature yeast-based active. You need to have a lot of faith in yeast as it is the only active in SKII’s mask. My favorite mask takes the opposite approach and is packed to the gunnels with antioxidants and natural skin brighteners. Kat Burki Hibiscus Antioxidant Face Mask ($78) leaves my skin looking radiant and clear.

Sandra Bullock, 49, prone to sunburn

Sandra Bullock’s ethereally dewy skin needs a lot of protection and this star of Gravity needs the highest SPF factor that she can find. I hope that she picks a mineral sunscreen with plenty of antioxidants (read my article on sunscreen myths and truths). MD Solar Sciences Mineral Creme SPF50 ($30 in the shop) is specifically formulated for acne and rosacea-prone skin. This lightweight, “barely-there” lotion also contains antioxidants cranberry, green tea and pomegranate extracts.

Lauded for her girl-next-door accessibility, Sandra Bullock is the face of an absurdly expensive line of skincare called Artistry.  Its Crème LuXury costs $346 and its second most dominant ingredient, after water, is petrolatum. This makes it a very expensive jar of Vaseline. To be fair though, there are some interesting ingredients including Micrococcus Lysate, an enzyme that is supposed to fix broken DNA. There are also some peptides, including dipeptide-2, which is supposed to improve lymphatic circulation, and amino acids.

In a similar vein, I like AQ Eye Serum ($99 in the shop) with its concentrated formula of peptides (including Matrixyl 3000 and dipeptide-2) and epidermal growth factors. With no bulking of the formula with the likes of petrolatum, this is an infinitely better value that anything by Artistry at $99. Or there’s BRAD Biophotonic Ultra Elastin Sculpting Firming Cream ($195 in the shop) where just about all of the 70 plus ingredients (including peptides, glycolic acids and coQ10) bring something to the party to hydrate, brighten and firm the skin.

Julia Roberts, 46, cellulite

Mother of three and Osage County so-star has been sighted at a Malibu cellulite clinic. She’s certainly looking a little matronly, but its not as if she’s channeling Kirstie Alley. Anyway, there are alternatives to liposuction and for a woman who has said that she likes exercises that focus on her butt, I would heartily recommend The Bar Method’s derriere lifting exercises. These truly change your body shape at any age and the results are thighs that are all lean muscle and no cellulite. Try it at home with Bar Method Super Sculpting Workout 1 DVD ($20). I also swear by Osmotics Blue Copper 5 Age Repair Body Lift ($95) with copper and peptides, as well as green bean extract, for firming dimpled skin.

Ellen Degeneres, 55, crow’s feet and crepey neck

Given that Oscar host Ellen Degeneres is a comedienne, perhaps we should call her crow’s feet laughter lines. Either way, they could do with some attention. CoverGirl and Olay's Simply Ageless Foundation aren’t cutting it anymore (as revealed by a cruel Daily Mail photographer). I find that crow’s feet are best treated with a heavy duty anti-aging eye cream and patient use of an LED and/or ultrasonic anti-aging device. It is hard to beat Your Best Face Correct ($150 in the shop) – there are those of us that say it has saved our eyes with its high tech antioxidants. Or there are peptides and veggie extracts galore in Lumavera’s Anti-Aging Eye Cream ($80). For both peri-orbital and neck wrinkles, regular use of Ultra Renew Plus ($159 in the shop) with LED light and ultrasound, will make a big difference. Neck skin can become especially dry and crepey and I find that it is best to resort to the kind of night cream that could be too rich for the face. My neck just drinks up Eslor Active Night Cream ($95 in the shop) and looks all the better for it.