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How Celebrities Prepare for the Oscars, from Botox Neck Lifts to Fat Freezing

Hollywood’s best aestheticians and dermatologists reveal their red carpet beauty secrets

by Rachel Marlowe

The Sunday Times, February 25 2018, 12:01am

Next Sunday, the 90th Academy Awards will take place and, for many Oscar hopefuls, the long, gruelling road to being red-carpet ready will take as long as preparing their acceptance speeches. Perfect, glowing skin and taut, toned limbs are practically prerequisites on the biggest night of the year, but how to look as if you’ve had nothing done when, in fact, that’s all you’ve been doing for the past few weeks? Here, we reveal what Hollywood’s best aestheticians and dermatologists offer to create an award-winning appearance.

The face scrape
Industry insiders flock to veteran Hollywood facialist Heather Bradley for her Signature Scrape, a two-hour treatment during which she gently shaves off dead skin, fine “peach fuzz” hair and what she likes to call “barnacles” from the face, neck and décolleté, using a technique called dermaplaning. “It’s a painless, non-invasive, healthy trauma. It’s actually incredibly relaxing — a lot of clients fall asleep during the treatment,” Bradley says reassuringly. “It jumpstarts natural collagen production by increasing cellular turnover and leaves the skin looking youthful.” The treatment is done on clean, dry skin and results in instantly smoother skin texture and tone, while the long-term effects include the reduced appearance of fine lines and a significant reduction in acne scarring.


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