Celebrity Skincare on a Budget

While stars such as Charlize Theron and Renee Zellwegger spend the day relaxing at Ole Henrikson Face/Body in Los Angeles, most of us aren’t quite as willing to spend hundreds of dollars on a facial or skincare treatment. Hollywood beauties have access to plenty of resources for high-end skincare regiments; even though it’s not easy looking like a million for the red carpet, many pull off their looks with the help of elaborate body treatments and luxurious pampering at a stylish resort.

Back in the real world, most women look to quality cosmetics and beauty products for glamorous looks and healthy skin. A healthy skincare regimen is essential for glowing skin, regardless of products used. Yet many people, women in particular, make the mistake of thinking they need to shell out the big bucks to see results. It’s actually quite easy to learn from celebrities and enjoy a treatment without a severe impact on that (Gucci) wallet. Here are a few skincare product recommendations for those who live life just a little below the ranks of a Hollywood salary:

For a fresh glow that doesn’t require that caked-on foundation look, follow the style of Cameron Diaz who uses a mineral powder sunscreen from Colorscience. Colorscience is a leading brand for mineral makeup and supreme coverage. Clear pores are only natural when you’re not filling them with toxic material; try the i.d. bareMinerals brand for a low-cost alternative, or the line from Jane Iredale that uses micronized crystals.

Eva Longoria insists on the SunFX Glow All Over skin care line to stay far away from those harmful rays–all without compromising the Mediterranean-kissed glow. SunFX features an all over spray tan, body shimmer, body polish, and tinted moisturizer, and application sessions are available through spas at a price of $85-$100 per treatment. For a similar look, pick up a St. Tropez starter collection for just $49.95; you’ll get at least two treatments from this quality lineup.

Thread lifts, Botox, and Restalyne are always top picks for stars on the red carpet, a microdermabrasion treatment or Botox therapy come at a high price. Without upkeep and maintenance, even a single treatment can prove to be less than fruitful. If you need a deep pore treatment or exfoliation, try a basic 30-minute facial at the local spa that includes a mud-based mask. For improving the texture and tone of your skin, look for a overnight firming creams such as Estee Lauder’s Resilience Lift Extreme Overnight, or a Phyto Corrective Gel from Skinceuticals.com

In early February, the partnership between Giorgio Armani and L’Oreal led to the Crema Nera skin care line, an anti-aging skin care formula that’s scheduled to launch in Fall 2007 at Armani stores. If you’re having trouble justifying the $400 per product price tag, consider anti-aging creams and brands with similar properties. Crema Nera is a rich white cream infused with silicium, potassium, and volcanic obsidian rock. You can find quality anti-aging treatments from brands such as Clinique’s Repairwar and Derma White, or an organic approach with Eminence Organics.

From exfoliating facials to spray-on tanning products, looking like a celebrity doesn’t require spending like one! When you’re on the hunt for some fresh alternatives to your beauty lineup, take some time to research key ingredients and track down those budget-friendly alternatives.