As stars hit the red carpet at the Oscars tomorrow the world will tune in to witness a spectacle of incredible couture dresses paired with dewy, dazzling skin.
But how do celebrities get that awards season glow?
While they’ll often attribute their dewy complexion to the simple formula of “water and a good night’s sleep”, the reality is there are armies of skin doctors and facialists working behind-the-scenes of any red carpet event to help the A-list tighten, brighten and perfect those pores.
We’ve done some digging, and discovered these specialist treatments are some of the most popular:
David Colbert is founder of super-popular luxe skincare line ColbertMD and Founder and Head Physician of New York Dermatology Group (NYDG), a New York practice incorporating state-of-the-art dermatology with other key medical disciplines to offer patients super advanced skin care.
The clinic has a loyal celebrity following numbering the likes of Chloe Sevigny, Adriana Lima and Sienna Miller.
His Triad Facial involves three regenerative steps: first comes microdermabrasion to gently prime the skin surface, then laser toning to help boost collagen, improve elasticity and stimulate cellular renewal. Lastly he applies a special personalised Glycolic Peel to gently exfoliate the skin and reveal a fresher looking complexion. No wonder Sienna Miller and Naomi Watts had the treatment prior to the Emmys and the Golden Globes.
The Envy Facial has just been released in this country and award-winning cosmetic doctor Dr Tijion Esho (who’s the resident skin expert on E4’s reality TV show Body Fixers) is one of the first to have the machine at his clinics, located in London and Newcastle.
Little Mix’s Jesy Nelson and Jade Thirlwall were some of the first to try it out when prepping for the Brits.
While it may look a little scary, the device works to extract impurities while simultaneously driving serums deep into the epidermal layers for maximum penetration and absorption.
Taking to Snapchat, Thirlwall said “After a year of touring and wearing performance make up, it’s been lovely giving my skin a break and looking after it with facials thanks to the lovely @drtijionesho @theeshoclinic.”
South Kensington-based facialist Debbie Thomas has a big Hollywood fan base. So much so in fact that she flew out to LA last year to host a pop-up clinic at the The London Hotel in LA before the Vanity Fair Oscars party, where she gave actresses and models her signature pre-party facials.
Her new DNA Nanopore Blur treatment uses a new high-tech microneedling machine with much shorter needles, that gives all the collagen-boosting effects of microneedling without causing any of the usual redness – perfect for a quick refresher before an event.
Pioneered at the Four Seasons in Beverley Hills (where it’s been the top-selling treatment each year for the last 12 years), the Fire and Ice facial is the secret weapon in the beauty arsenal of some of Hollywood’s top names, from Halle Berry to Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Michelle Keegan, who opted for the treatment when preparing for the BAFTAs earlier this year.
Using products from iS Clinical, the two-step treatment uses a combination of two masks; a powerful Intensive resurfacing mask (containing Glycolic Acid, Vitamin A and Vitamin B3) followed by a rejuvenating mask (containing antioxidants, Hyaluronic Acid, and soothing aloe vera and rosemary extract), then a load of lovely serums. It takes just 30 minutes and is great for combatting acne and rosacea.