If you’ve ever wondered how celebrities’ skin always looks so flawless – you’ve come to the right place!
Thanks to social media, in today’s day and age, it’s easier than ever to figure out exactly what it is your favorite celebrity is doing to keep that healthy, youthful glow. And it’s not due to their expensive skincare products either ($1000 creams can only do so much).
Here’s our ultimate list of the best celebrity facial treatments and how they work.
But First – How Do Celebrity Facial Treatments Differ from Regular Ones?
Although there are some wild, very expensive celebrity facials out there, most of these celebrity skin treatments frequently employ very basic skincare techniques, which aren’t as exclusive as famous people would like us to think.
Regardless of how fancy a facial’s name is, or which renowned dermatologists and technicians perform it, the basic procedure remains pretty much the same.
The biggest difference between these treatment providers is in their tendency to combine several skincare treatments, heightening their efficiency (and price).
Now that skincare procedures have advanced so much, you don’t need to have a celebrity’s cash to achieve beautiful, younger-looking skin.
Here’s what skincare procedures the best celebrity facial treatments are based on:
Tried and true, microneedling is what many celebrities swear by. This treatment is also known as collagen induction therapy and it results in plumper, younger-looking skin.
There’s a long list of celebrities that are big fans of this procedure – including the timeless beauty Angelina Jolie (and even her ex-husband Brad Pitt)!
Microneedling has several technique variations and goes under several different branded names.
But the focus is on increasing the skin’s production of collagen and elastin – proteins that keep skin looking younger. By doing so, this treatment improves the tone, texture, and firmness of the skin.
This boost in skin cell turnover can also help treat skin conditions like acne, acne scars, or skin discoloration.
Image source: Instagram @angelina.jolie.fanpage.__
PRP Microneedling aka Vampire Facial (aka Kim Kardashian Facial)
Microneedling with PRP is a version of this treatment that also goes by the name of vampire facial. This facial gained popularity because of Kim K’s shocking photo where her face was covered in blood. But it’s not as scary once you understand the process behind that selfie.
It’s a complicated procedure that consists of drawing a small amount of the client’s blood, isolating the platelets (cells playing a major role in skin recovery) and then injecting them back to introduce a high amount of collagen and elastin and accelerate the skin cell turnover.
Once injected back, these cells start intense plumping and a smoothing effect, eliminating the signs of aging.
Image source: Instagram @kimkardashian
Microdermabrasion is a skin resurfacing treatment done with a handpiece which has a rotary tip and suction tube in the middle of it. This way while it scrapes off the dead skin with its rough tip surface, it simultaneously sucks up the excess debris.
Mechanical exfoliation of the skin’s surface results in smooth, brighter, and radiant skin. But this procedure is also used to fight various skin concerns like clogged and enlarged pores, discoloration, and shallow scars.
Apparently, celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence use this facial to boost collagen production and get luminous skin. She prefers to get monthly appointments to remove all that dead skin and keep her complexion looking bright and feeling smooth.
Image source: Instagram @jlawrence_arg
Microdermabrasion also has a less invasive version called hydrodermabrasion, which goes by many branded names such as Hydrafacial. Another common name for it is hydro microdermabrasion since this procedure entails the same principle of simultaneous exfoliation and suction.
But it also includes an additional step.
A hydrodermabrasion device also injects a solution that can penetrate deep into the pores. This solution is a mix of hydrating and nourishing ingredients so this treatment provides deep hydration while cleansing your pores.
Supposedly, this is Beyonce’s go-to skincare treatment. Her solution is a mix of salicylic and hyaluronic acid, as well as antioxidants. And if it’s good enough for Beyonce… we suggest giving this one a try!
Image source: Instagram @beyonce
Chemical peels are a great way to rejuvenate your skin and achieve that healthy glow. By removing the top skin layer, chemical peels also take off all the imperfections on the skin, including scars, fine lines, and hyperpigmentation with it.
But the words chemical and peeling, in the context of facials, discourage a lot of people. Still, celebrities like Jennifer Aniston swear by these facials.
We won’t lie, the peeling process isn’t the most attractive, but once it’s over, you realize it was well worth it! Which is exactly what Aninston herself reassures. She uses it to fight sunspots and keep her skin looking plump.
Plus this category of celebrity facials is highly customizable. According to the condition you’re looking to resolve, as well as your skin’s needs, the right chemical and the right intensity is tailored accordingly.
Image source: Instagram @jenniferaniston
LEDs, or Light Emitting Diodes, transform electrical energy into light energy, which can then be absorbed by body cell molecules to boost blood flow and collagen production.
Red low-level light wavelengths stimulate the skin cells that make collagen and elastin, so this treatment is used to treat skin problems like wrinkles and scars. The red LED light can also soothe redness, sensitivity, and irritability of the skin.
However, LED celebrity facials are often modified depending on skin concerns.
If you have acne, the technician will probably advise using more blue LED light since it offers antibacterial protection, which helps keep acne under control, as well as decreases sebum production making your pores appear smaller.
The list of LED celebrity facials is quite long, but some of the most prominent names who do them include Jennifer Lopez, Kourtney Kardashian, Chrissy Teigen, Emma Stone, and Jessica Alba!
In fact, this futuristic pic of Jessica Alba getting the treatment is what prompted the media to dub LED therapy the Jessica Alba facial!
Image source: Instagram @jessicaalba
A radiofrequency facial uses heat energy to cause a controlled injury to your skin, so it works similarly to other celebrity facial treatments. The injury triggers the production of collagen and elastin, making their skin smooth and firm.
But what makes radiofrequency different from other celebrity facials is that this one also provides sculpting effects. The sculpting is immediate, albeit temporary. Still, it’s a great way to look chiseled and snatched before a big event.
Phoebe Dynevor reportedly got these facials quite often while filming Bridgerton, and for major events like Paris Fashion Week.
If your focus is on the sculpting results, a more noticeable lifting and tightening can be achieved with more powerful radiofrequency treatments like Thermage and Morpheus, which the Kardashians seem to love.
Image source: Instagram @phoebedynevor
Dermaplaning might be one of the best celebrity facial treatments to try out. This treatment is beloved by celebrities as it’s a great way to get an instant glow boost.
It sparked quite a debate back in 2016 when Huda Beauty’s Huda Kattan became one of the first influencers to promote its benefits.
And according to common beauty lore (and Huda herself), even icons like Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor were supposedly loving these celebrity facials.
Not only does it help improve skin complexion, but it also gets rid of all hair and dead skin cells, allowing makeup to glide on and not get stuck in tiny peach fuzz. This is why it’s often referred to as the Red Carpet Facial.
If you’re tired of cakey makeup, maybe it’s time to try this procedure out.
Or, if you have acne-prone skin, dermaplaning can reduce blackheads, improve the look of enlarged pores, and get rid of excess sebum and dead skin cell buildup that lead to clogged pores and breakouts.
Image source: YouTube Screenshot Huda Beauty
Celebrities do, in fact, get acne, wrinkles, and sunspots – just like the rest of us. However, they have the means to routinely receive skin treatments that make them look their best. So there’s a bit more to it than drinking lemon water and relying on amazing genetics.
But, if after reading this article you still believe their routines are unachievable, let us put it this way: our skin is the largest and one of the most important organs in our body. So we think it’s very much worth taking care of.
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