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  • Despite her recent health scare and decision to undergo a drastic elective double mastectomy, actress and activist Angelina Jolie is looking healthier and more glowing than ever. While her beautiful youthful skin could be the result of a happy life, rumor has it that the real secret behind her perpetual youth is laser treatments. Lots of them.

    38-year old Angelina Jolie is the mother of six children, enough to make any woman appear haggard beyond her years due to lack of sleep and stress. However, Angelina is looking bright and bushy-tailed, despite a busy schedule of keeping up with the kids and making red carpet appearances. And of course, all her philanthropic endeavors in between. Yet her skin seems to get younger and fresher with every passing year and the secret to her great skin is apparently laser treatments.

    Laser treatments are a non-invasive procedure that can help to eliminate signs of aging from sun spots to fine lines. Because laser treatments don’t require any surgical knifework, Angelina probably doesn’t consider them plastic surgery, thus justifying her statements to the press.

    Experts have told the National Enquirer that Angelina probably hasn’t gone in for anything drastic like a facelift, but she has had Fraxel laser treatments numerous times over the past several years. She has apparently also used ActiveFX, which takes care of more aggressive signs of sun damage. Even more recently, perhaps as a present to herself after her double mastectomy, she used a more intense laser treatment, known as DeepFX.

    So why use laser treatments? Compared to plastic surgery, laser treatments have very little recovery time. Peeling and redness similar to a sunburn lasts for about a week, while the laser treatment works to remove old damaged skin and stimulate the growth of new, healthy skin cells.

    Angelina reportedly had the treatments ahead of her red carpet appearance for fiancé Brad Pitt’s film, World War Z. In the past, she is also rumored to have used Botox to eliminate the 11 between her brows.

    Laser treatments are effective and have a quick recovery time. However, they are expensive for those on a budget and can quickly add up, especially as often as Angelina reportedly does them. Rather than head to the plastic surgeon’s office, you can actually treat many common concerns right in the privacy of your own home.

    A dermaroller uses microscopic needles to help reduce the appearance of sun damage and aging. Another good option is a light device, which uses LED light to get you professional results.

    When combined with good skincare products and a cleansing device like the ProSonic, your results should be very similar to the ones that the stars get, but at a fraction of the cost and without the hassle of having to make appointments.

    While Angelina Jolie may have the incredible ability to take care of herself and her children, most busy women don’t have that luxury. Using home beauty devices on your own schedule is a much more viable option, that comes with a much lower cost.