As a leading skin care expert in the 90210, Beverly Hills dermatologist Rhonda Rand, MD, is relied upon by Hollywood’s A-list clientele to help get them camera and red-carpet ready. Below, the celebrity dermatologist reveals her skin care must-haves, the latest procedures and treatments that actually work and celebrity secrets for healthy, glowing skin.
NewBeauty: What are the latest procedures that your well-known celebrity clients are requesting?
Dr. Rand: The procedure they’re coming in for now is a radio-frequency procedure called Exilis, which tightens and lifts the face and neck. They like it because they get a lot of benefit out of it and there’s basically no downtime. They can go right back to work afterward. Another popular procedure that we’re doing is a very light resurfacing laser called Clear + Brilliant. It’s actually being written into their contracts that they should be getting Clear + Brilliant during filming because their skin gets such a glow. It’s nonablative so they look OK the next day, but their skin looks amazing over the next week. Celebrities also love HydraFacials because they plump up their skin and leave them red-carpet ready. (Check out our similar laser treatment: ForeverYoung BBL!)
NB: What products or procedures should a woman incorporate into her routine as she transitions from her 30s to her 40s?
Dr. Rand: People are more into prejuvenation now or preventing lines. I don’t want to treat a 35-year-old differently than I would a 45-year-old. It’s all about preventing the lines from forming early on. If you’re a little more proactive about how you take care of yourself in your 30s, you’re going to have better skin in your 40s. I recommend the same procedures to my patients at both ages, whether it’s laser resurfacing, putting them on a good regimen or using some fillers and Botox. You should start using Botox in your 30s if you can, so the lines never get creased in, like a pair of pants. Once those lines are super creased in, you cannot get rid of them.
NB: What is the one anti-aging myth you wish everyone would stop believing?
Dr. Rand: There are a few of them. One is that using moisturizer will help prevent wrinkles. Moisturizer might help you look better that day, but for prevention, you need sunscreen. If you used moisturizer on just one side of your face, both sides will age the same way. You need to use a lot more than just moisturizer; you need the right moisturizer that contains either peptides, ceramides, antioxidants or Retin-A. Another anti-aging myth is that if you drink more water, your skin will look better. This only helps you if you’re dehydrated to begin with. The biggest myth out there is that you don’t need sunscreen on a cloudy day. This is absolutely not true.
NB: What is the secret to healthy, glowing skin?
Dr. Rand: Sleep right, eat right and go to the dermatologist. Going to the dermatologist is key because they’re going to get you on a good regimen of products. I still really love Retin-A products at night, sunscreen in the morning and certain necessary procedures to maintain your skin. Maybe it’s some laser resurfacing, fruit acid peels or IPL (Intense Pulsed Light); it really depends on the individual problems or issues you have. But, you should check in with your dermatologist several times a year and have some treatments done to help maintain your skin.
Tatiana Bido via New Beauty