Tips From Celebrity Skincare Experts


Tips From Celebrity Skincare Experts
A skincare expert to the stars is offering some skincare tips that she does with her A-List clients:

 So number one, she said to massage your muscles like dough.


So when you think of dough, you think of your kneading dough.

Okay, yeah, yeah, yea,.

So she's a facialist, so I would love to see this in action.

I'd love to see Jennifer Aniston doing these... I mean... Well, okay, so that's interesting. All right.

I mean, I would say-

Well, let me think about that.

Okay, think about it.

So, what are they doing there? What they're really doing is, probably, something they're not aware of is that they're moving some of the toxins in the skin out through the lymphatic system.

That makes sense.

the muscles themselves aren't going to change much based on stretch and pull, and you're certainly not going to be able to tighten the skin of your face by stretching your muscles.

You don't want to pull it too much.

Well, I mean, anything that you're stretched too long-

Remember National Geographic-

... is going to stay... Sure.

... when we were kids? And they would do that the plate.

Yeah. There's a lot of examples of human body modification, in which stretching of the skin was deemed desirable. And there's a lot of examples of that through history. So you really don't want to stretch too much, but what I think the facialist is really doing is getting down into those muscles, which may have lactic acid in them, they may have metabolites in them, and trying to get them to move out and-

To move out. Okay.

... get those toxins out of the skin, which makes a lot of sense. I just don't think it's... Maybe what they're thinking is what they're doing is doing something to knead the muscles. It's really just lymphatic flow.

Well, I believe it's been told too, that whenever you're doing any massaging, you always want to go up. You don't want to go down.

The lymphatics, again, when you're massaging, there's really no lymphatics in the middle here. They start really towards the outer part of your cheek, along in front of the ear, and then they go down along your jaw line and down along your muscle called the sternocleidomastoid, and to your clavicles. And from there, they dump into the venous system and that goes into the heart, then it gets processed by the liver and kidneys.

That is so interesting, if you really think about all of that.

Well, the lymphatic system is basically your waste maintenance clearage system. I don't want to call it the sewage system, because it's not dirty, but it's full of different things that your-


... body produces. Some toxins, yes. And it's basically how your body's cells clear stuff that doesn't go directly into the bloodstream. So the entire body has a lymphatic network around it. We have something called the integument, which is connected to the lymphatic system. And that's like this little, very thin wispy sponge around the whole body that when we have metabolites that they get into the system, they end up into the lymphatics. Now, lymphatics don't have a heartbeat like your heart, the only way lymphatics flow is through movement of the muscle. So when you're walking, you're pumping the lymphatics of your legs.

If you get a lymphatic massage, usually what they're doing, if it's from your legs up, they're going to go up towards where the... There's this thing called the cisterna chyli in the middle of the stomach, and then that goes to the duct that dumps into the venous system. So these flowing parts, they basically work like dams or locks, if you've ever seen like the Panama Canal, they have a lock system. So the boat goes in, the gate closes behind it, the water level goes up, the gate in front opens, and the boat goes out. Well, lymphatics are like that, they're a gated system with no pump. The only-

That's a great example.

... pump you have is your movement of your body. So, what they're doing by massaging the muscles is moving that stuff through the lymphatics, out of the face, and dumping it into the bloodstream to be excreted through processing in the liver or the kidneys. So, there is a scientific basis-


The second tip is, when applying skincare start at the nipples and go all the way up to the hairline.  Well, I mean, I think she's got something to... I think it's very important what she's telling us, start low, go high.

Start low, go high, very good.

Exactly. I think that there's a lot of science to this as well. And so what it is is that most people, when I see them for laser resurfacing of the face, or skincare treatments, face and neck lifts, they have gotten the message out to take care of your skin and put sunblock on. But what happens, is a lot of people would go from here to here. They put sunblock on their face.

And they forget the decollete.

Yeah. From the bottom of the chin to the nipples, so to speak, that's all exposed, and in most women they're wearing a t-shirt, that's open sometimes v-neck or a blouse. There's a lot of sun exposure going on in the decollete or cleavage area in the neck area. And these areas are really hard to rejuvenate with traditional techniques. You can't do the facelift on the chest.

No. And I notice every time I'm at the beach, I will get burnt here before I will get burnt anywhere.

Well, you've got to think about the physics of the way lights hitting your body as well, because if you're a female, if you have some breasts, and if they're more ample than other people-

The sun.

... the skin is now flat, facing the sun. Whereas, when the sun's coming into your face, it's coming in at an angle. But if the sun is coming straight down, you're getting a lot more radiation per square centimeter. So if the breast is sitting up, the sun's above you, it's coming straight down, you're getting a lot of damage, it's a direct impact on the skin. The light waves are hitting perpendicular. And if they come in on an angle, they may reflect off. Because that's what our skin does. The upper layer of our skin, the stratum corneum, which is kind of a translucent part of the skin, the part that flakes off, it actually reflects some of the light.

Oh, really?

Yeah. And the oil in our skin helps to reflect light as well, but when you're getting a direct hit, that reflection isn't as effective. And so areas of the decollete end up getting a lot more damage because they're basically radiating towards the sun. They're basically sun collecting dishes.

So for sure then, if we're talking about actually starting from the nipples and going to the hairline, if we think about when we're going outside with our SPF, our SPF should be on our neck. And if there's any of our chest exposed, of course-

It's a good practice just to-

... sunscreen.

... do it. I mean, I think habits... There's a saying, the only way to get rid of a bad habit is to replace it with a good habit.

Good one. I like that.

And so, if your bad habit is you don't take care of your skin, replace it with a good habit of being consistent in applying your skincare, specifically, your sunblock from your nipples up to the top of your forehead, and don't forget your ears. And there's a lot of skin cancer that occurs on the tops of the ears or behind the ears, because we just stop right here as well. So you really want to go behind and on top of your ears to protect those as well.

That's important too.

Moisturizing as well is important, but she's onto something, and I think-

Well, I think so. I mean, when you think about it, let's say, because some people would say, "Well, that's not realistic. How am I going to wash my face when they get up in the morning? And then, I'm going to take my shirt off. I'm not going to wash maybe-

Well, I think don't you do it when you get out of the shower. I mean, like-

Well, yes. Right.

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