While traditional cold creams trap moisture in the skin by creating a physical barrier of mineral oil or petrolatum, this au naturel version lets skin breathe thanks to its hero ingredient, beeswax. Sweet almond oil also soothes and softens. This cream is designed primarily as a moisturizer, not as a cleanser. Weleda Cold Cream, $18, weleda.ca
Tried, Tested, True
While you won’t find a litany of lofty claims on the label of this cold cream, you will get a tried-and- true classic that cleanses, removes makeup and moisturizes at the same time. Women (including celebrity fans like Kylie Minogue) have declared their loyalty to the inexpensive but effective formula. Pond’s Cold Cream, $11, at drugstores
Sensitive Skin Soother
Looking for lush beauty luxury? Leave it to the French. This cold cream formula relies on thermal spring water from Avène’s famous healing water springs in Avène, France, to balance skin. Say goodbye to the irritation you get from other creams. This formula is so gentle, it’s easily tolerated on even the most sensitive of skin types. Incroyable! Avène Cold Cream, $21, at drugstores
This crème has been around for 101 years and was one of the first water-in-oil formulas to hit the market. With its rich emollience, it shields skin from environmental aggressors—biting winter winds, pollution—and holds moisture in the skin. It’s fantastic on rough spots like elbows, knees and heels. Nivea Crème, $11, at drugstores
Say hello to a classic formula that will give you new results. In addition to the tried-and-true traditional cold cream ingredients like lanolin and mineral oil, this luxurious cleansing balm is packed with oils and herbs (like clove, eucalyptus and chamomile oils) to melt away makeup and offer intense hydration to skin. Eve Lom Cleanser, $55, murale.ca
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Dewy, Even Complexion
"Everyone sees your face before they get to know you or speak with you -- it's your first impression," says Jeannette Graf, M.D., assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. And these A-listers make a beautiful impression. Julianne Moore, Penélope Cruz, and Renée Zellweger have skin so dewy and fresh they've become complexion icons. The key here is that they don't have sun damage, says Francesca Fusco, M.D., assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. "Sunscreen 24/7 is a must, even when indoors, in cars, and on planes where UVA comes through the windows." Celebs fight blocked pores and acne with in-office treatments like microdermabrasion, facials, and peels, and by keeping their hands off their flawless faces. "Don't cup your chin, and keep your hair out of your face, especially since styling products are a major aggravator of acne," says Dr. Graf. "And swab your phone regularly with an alcohol pad to clean off oil and makeup, since bacteria can be transferred to the skin."
It's no surprise that Eva Longoria and Uma Thurman are often sporting low-cut or V-neck gowns at red-carpet events. Their décolleté has a radiant glow that creates the appearance of healthy, vibrant skin. Ward off sun spots from the start like Uma and Eva with a daily application of SPF of 30 or higher. This area is thinner and more prone to sun spots and wrinkles, so these ladies are probably using facial anti-aging creams. "Look for creams with ingredients like retinol, vitamin C, coffeeberry, and peptides to keep the skin on the chest area youthful," says Dr. Fusco.
Kate Winslet and Jessica Biel stand tall with perfect posture and healthy, blemish-free shoulders. "Beautiful, toned shoulders can make an outfit look spectacular," says Dr. Graf. "Skin care for this area should involve routine exfoliation of dead skin and lots of moisturizer." Opt for rich moisturizers with ceramides or glycerin, since the skin is a bit thicker on your shoulders. Try Dr. Fusco's healthy skin tip for keeping the area ultrahydrated: Apply a generous amount of warmed moisturizer to your shoulders, then put on a cotton T-shirt and wear it overnight. These experts agree these ladies aren't doing any heavy lifting that could cause shoulder marks. Avoid constricting clothing like straps and shoulder bags, which can cause dents, chafing, and redness. "If you have a heavy bag, it is better to divide the load into two separate bags, and carry one on each side," adds Dr. Graf.
Michelle Obama and Jennifer Aniston have more in common than their fashion icon status -- they both have flawless and impressively defined arms. "Arms require a lot of maintenance, and I'm sure these women put a lot of energy into their arms," says Dr. Fusco. Keratosis pilaris, a condition in which excess dead skin clogs follicles and causes red bumps on the backs of the arms, plagues 40 percent of adults (even some celebs) and can make healthy skin look flawed. The condition is not curable but can be minimized. Exfoliate the area first, then use a moisturizer with pore-cleansing ingredients like urea and AHAs (alpha hydroxyl acids), or see your doctor for more aggressive treatments. Elbows tend to look dark and flaky, but Jennifer and Michelle likely keep theirs soft with exfoliation and lotions with rich emollients like petroleum, ceramides, or glycerin, which locks moisture into the skin.
Ever notice how Maria Menounos and Heidi Klum like to turn their backs to the camera? Their smooth, clear skin makes a good case for putting one's backside forward. Since the back is a challenge to reach, these celebs and their teams must come up with clever ways to keep the area red-carpet-worthy. You can, too, by treating bacne (acne breakouts on your back) with new and advanced formulas designed for the area. Dr. Fusco recommends the new benzoyl peroxide foams (like Benz-E-Foam). Something else you can use a hand with: "Ask someone to help you apply an at-home peel system to your back to further smooth and even out tone," says Dr. Fusco. Of course, celebs may reach for spray sunscreens, self-tanners, and moisturizers like dry oil spray if they opt for a DIY process.
Jennifer Lopez and Blake Lively own the "best legs" category for their smooth, lean, and perfectly sculpted specimens. They're on their feet shooting for hours, so these celebs may use a supplement like horse chestnut extract to keep vein walls intact and prevent the appearance of varicose veins, says Dr. Fusco. You can pick up horse chestnut extract at your local health food store. To develop Blake's and Jennifer's enviable leg muscle tone, doing cardio, squats, lunges and calf raises (several sets each), is the way to go, Dr. Graf suggests. The last step to keeping your legs photo ready is moisture. Avoid long, hot showers, which can suck hydration out of your skin, and smooth on a quenching lotion twice a day, paying special attention to ultradry spots like knees, ankles, and Achilles tendon.
LOOK: Cold Cream And Its Many Uses
As A Foundation To Foundation
<strong>Evelyn:</strong> I'm 62 years old and have used Noxzema all my life. Instead of putting it on at night, I use it as a foundation under my makeup every day. My skin has stayed soft and has no blemishes. My mother and grandmother both used this. Photo: Hulton Archive
As A Morning Mask
<strong>Dawn:</strong> My grandmother who is 95 uses <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Ponds-Deep-Cleanser-Cold-Cream/dp/B000052YQN" target="_hplink">Pond's cold cream</a> every morning. She lathers it on thick and lets it sit while she takes care of morning rituals, then wipes off the excess with tissue. Photo: Hulton Archive
As Lip Balm
<strong>Denim:</strong> I find it odd that now the makers of Noxzema are saying to use it only as a cleanser and wash it off. When I was growing up, Noxzema was a skin cream to be left on. I have used Noxzema every night of my life, since I was 13. I'm now in my 40's. My skin as always been acne-prone, so Noxzema was a moisturizer I could use without the worry of contributing to break-outs. Also, it is wonderful on my lips because they absorb the moisture. Photo: Hulton Archive
As Body Lotion
<strong>Cathy:</strong> I have also been using Noxzema since I was 14. I am now 71 and have always received rave reviews about my skin. However, I do not slather it on--just use it like a cream and put it on after every time I wash my face or shower. I rub it gently into my skin, legs and arms. Very soothing. Photo: Hulton Archive
As An Exfoliator...For Men
<strong>Sandra:</strong> Grandpa was a barber and the cream was used in the barbershop. Photo: Hulton Archive
As Makeup Remover
<strong>Carrie:</strong> I am 54 years old. Everyone tells me I don't look a day over 40 and that I have the smoothest, most beautiful skin they have ever seen. I used Noxzema for decades as my makeup cleanser and after washing it off applied a thin layer of the original Oil of Olay. I have done this since I was 18 years old. Photo: Hulton Archive
As Shaving Cream
<strong>Stephanie:</strong> My father used Noxzema every day. He would apply it and then put a hot washcloth over it so it would penetrate. Then he shaved. He had the softest face on a man that I ever felt. Photo: Hulton Archive
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