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  • Hollywood is often thought of as the land of perfectly-sculpted stars and starlets who are as famous for their beauty and physiques as they are for their acting chops.  But even the most perfect A-List actors and actresses have their physical imperfections — including unsightly scars.  While some stars discreetly hide their scars behind makeup and clothing, others wear them proudly.

    The ravishingly beautiful Padma Lakshmi, hostess of Bravo TV’s Top Chef, for instance, may be known for her top-model looks, but the Indian-born beauty has no qualms about the seven-inch scar that runs the front-length of her right arm.  “I got the scar from hunting Bengal tigers in India,” Lakshmi once joked on-air on Top Chef.  All kidding aside, Lakshmi later admitted that she got the gash from a horrific car crash she was involved in at only 14-years-old.  Lakshmi’s family’s red Ford Sedan flew 40 feet off a freeway embankment, shattering her right arm and fracturing her right hip.

    Lakshmi admits that she felt self-conscious about her scar for years, even fearing that it would affect her future modeling career.  The television hostess even underwent painful skin-lightening treatments for years, to no avail.

    Now, however, Lakshmi is proud of her scar and wears sleeve-less blouses and dresses without hesitation:  “I love my scar.  It is so much a part of me.  I’m not sure I would remove it even if a doctor could wave a magic wand and delete it from my arm.”

    Not all Hollywood stars, however, are nearly as proud or forthcoming about their scars.  Former Saturday Night Live comedienne Tina Fey, for instance, understandably remains mum about the traumatic story behind her cheekbone scar.

    “It’s impossible to talk about it without somehow seemingly exploiting it and glorifying it,” Fey explained to Vanity Fair magazine.

    As it turns out, Fey’s faint scar — which runs from under her cheekbone to her bottom lip — is the result of a random stranger slashing Fey in the face with a knife as she played in her family’s front yard.  At the time, Fey was only five years old.  While the memory was certainly haunting, Fey says she was able to forget about the incident and proceed unaware of it.

    These days, Fey covers up the blemish with makeup to make it less noticeable.  Nevertheless, while faint, the scar still attracts unwanted attention and appears to be a keloid scar.  A keloid scar is a type of scar that is an overgrowth of tissue at the site of a skin injury, particularly a surgical incision, or in Fey’s case, a wound.  Should Tina Fey decide to pursue more believable scar reduction, however, she would be wise to choose Kelo-Cote 100% silicone gel.  Kelo-Cote Scar-Healing & Reduction Gel helps to flatten, smooth out, reduce and diminish the appearance of both new and old scars — perfect for Fey, as her scar is almost 40 years old.  Kelo-Cote is a gel that works by spreading a very thin layer of the ointment over the scar or affected area.  The gel then rapidly dries to form an ultra-thin, flexible and waterproof silicone gel sheet.  The Kelo-Cote silicone gel sheet becomes a protective barrier and ensures 24-hour treatment per day.

     Joaquin Phoenix, younger brother to late teen idol River Phoenix, is another celebrity affected by unsightly scar tissue.  The actor has a hairline-sized scar between his upper lip and nose.  Contrary to rumors, the scar above his lip is not the result of a repaired cleft lip or palate.   Instead, the actor has explained in interviews that the scar is simply a birth-mark.

    More specifically, the scar is due to a microform cleft, which occurs in utero and is a less severe form of a cleft lip.  Cleft lip and palate abnormalities occur in about 1 in 700 births.

    In order to better mask his cleft scar, Joaquin Phoenix may want to consider using Kelo-Cote Spray – 50 ml.  By spraying the cleft scar twice a day, Phoenix could be providing some much-needed moisture to the affected area and he could be seeing results in as little as 90 days.

    Regardless of how Hollywood stars feel about or treat their scar tissue, these physical imperfections are only proof that even celebrities are human too.  And like all other people, common skin problems such as scars can be successfully managed by finding the right product and treatment for your skin.

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    Have you ever wondered how your favorite celebrities maintain their camera-ready glow? Maybe you’ve spent hours browsing department stores for the best products to give you that red carpet aura. Makemeheal.com has uncovered a few skincare brands that have become celebrity favorites of Hilary SwankVictoria BeckhamJennifer Love HewittChristina Applegate, and other Hollywood Celebrities.  We’re sharing these celebrity skincare secrets with you below:

    La Mer

    La Mer has long been associated with over the top luxury and more importantly, amazing results. Founded by a scientist looking to heal his scars from a lab accident, Crème de la Mer has since become one of the leaders in luxury skincare products. One of the first brands to use sea kelp, La Mer promises to keep skin soft, supple and refined. With so much going for La Mer, it’s no wonder that it has become a celebrity favorite with celebrities from the A-List to the D-List including Christina Applegate, Amanda Bynes and Kimora Lee Simmons.

    Check out the entire line of La Mer products.  Go to the La Mer Skincare Shop.

    Elizabeth Arden

    Elizabeth Arden revolutionized the way Americans perceive beauty, with her signature red door spa. When celebrities and beauty lovers can’t make it to the Red Door Spa, they rely on Elizabeth Arden skincare products to make them beautiful at home. Some products have become cult classics, like Elizabeth Arden 8-Hour Cream, which has millions fans including several top celebrities such as Victoria Beckham, Carmen Electra and Jennifer Love Hewitt.

    Check out the entire line of Elizabeth Arden products.  Go to the Elizabeth Arden Skincare Shop.


    Kinerase is a skincare line using a plant-based antioxidant that scientists believe prevents plant leaves from drying out. The same antioxidant is found in Kinerase products, which help to prevent signs of aging and dry skin. Celebrity fans like Courteney Cox especially like the Kinerase C8 Peptide Intensive Treatment, which can be applied before makeup to help prevent creasing.

    Check out the entire line of Kinerase products.  Go to the Kinerase Skincare Shop.

    Laura Mercier

    Laura Mercier skincare products have found favorites with young Hollywood, who enjoy the makeup artist’s fresh spin on skincare and cosmetics, which focuses on accentuating natural beauty. The sweetly scented body products like Laura Mercier Almond Coconut Milk Souffle Body Creme are favorites with the singer Kelly Clarkson and Gossip Girl’s Jessica Szhohr.

    Check out the entire line of Laura Mercier products.  Go to the Laura Mercier Skincare Shop.


    Celebrities don’t shy from sharing a fair amount of skin. With Ahava products, it’s easy to want to show off youthful, dewy skin. Using minerals and properties from the Dead Sea, Ahava helps to rejuvenate and refresh the skin with some of the world’s most mineral rich substances. Celebrities like Kristin Davis are fans of Ahava.

    Check out the entire line of Ahava products.  Go to the Ahava Skincare Shop.

    Amore Pacific

    Amore Pacific hails from Korea, but it is has brought the Asian vision of beauty to women around the world. The brand seeks to bring out the beauty in everyone, through technologically advanced skincare products combined with Asian botanicals. Celebrity talk show host Rachael Ray likes the brand’s potions and lotions.

    Check out the entire line of Amore Pacific products.  Go to the Amore Pacific Skincare Shop.

    Carol’s Daughter

    Carol’s Daughter tends to fly under the radar, but the brand has developed many fans from Hollywood’s leading celebrities of color, including singer Mary J. Blige. The brand uses rare ingredients to help smooth skin and bring out natural beauty. The gift sets are popular for any occasion and give the opportunity to try numerous dry skin soothers at once.

    Check out the entire line of Carol’s daughter products.  Go to the Carol’s Daughter Skincare Shop.


    Kiehl’s was first started as an apothecary shop in New York back in 1851. Since then, the brand has become a legendary source of the best skincare and beauty products around, drawing plenty of fans both in and out of Hollywood. Amongst the biggest celebrity fans is The Office’s Jenna Fischer. Kiel’s also practices social responsibility and collaborates with celebrities like Brad Pitt to raise money for charity and increase awareness about world issues.

    Check out the entire line of Kiehl’s products.  Go to the Kiehl’s Skincare Shop.

    Peter Thomas Roth

    Peter Thomas Roth was founded by skincare junkie Peter Thomas Roth, searching for products that would help with acne and eventually, anti-aging. With a family history that included owning spas in Hungary, Roth combined Hungarian skincare with new technological advancements to create the Peter Thomas Roth skincare line, which has won awards and accolades and a celebrity following that includes acting chameleon Hilary Swank.

    Check out the entire line of Peter Thomas Roth products.  Go to the Peter Thomas Roth Skincare Shop.

    Eve Lom

    Eve Lom is the go-skin guru for Hollywood and royalty alike. For clients that can’t make it to the spa, Eve Lom has developed a UK based skincare brand that helps clients stay camera-ready wherever their travels take them. The award-winning super luxurious skincare line counts celebrities like Ivanka Trump amongst its fans.

    Check out the entire line of Eve Lom products.  Go to the Eve Lom Skincare Shop.

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    Almost any magazine you pluck from the shelf will present you with a similar promise: get this celebrity’s eyebrows, that celebrity’s style, so and so’s fresh-faced look, or what’s-her-name’s lovely locks. I personally am a total sucker for what celebs are selling. I’ve bought makeup products I have absolutely no intention of using just because Rachel McAdams looks good with red lipstick. I’ve carried pictures into beauty salons to get Victoria Beckham’s edgy, lopsided haircut and, more recently, I’ve been browsing photos of Emma Watson’s new do, because (I’ll admit it) I pretty shamelessly borrow my style from celebrity trends.  But some people are taking their celeb-envy a step further with plastic surgery.

    Boob jobs, butt augmentations, lip injections, rhinoplasty – all of these procedures can aim to achieve a certain ‘famous’ result. But there’s no guarantee guys are going to look at you like they look at Megan Fox just because your nose now vaguely resembles hers. Sometimes it seems like airbrushed celebrity photos set a dangerously unrealistic standard for ‘normal’ people to live up to, especially young women or teens. But at the same time, celebrities are usually the subject of our adoration because they possess certain features that adhere to our universal perceptions of attractiveness. So when is it okay to seek surgery in the pursuit of a famous body part, and when does it border on (or illegally cross the border into) unhealthy obsession?

    Celebrity Role Models… Or Nose Models, or Butt Models

    According to Dr. Ashkan Ghavami, a highly specialized Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in Los Angeles, “Megan Fox and Jessica Alba are common requests for noses. [So is] Kim Kardashian, even though I think she’s had her nose done. Blake Lively is another one.” Since rhinoplasty is a procedure Dr. Ghavami performs quite frequently, he says he usually appreciates when women bring in photos, as it allows him to “get an idea of their sense of beauty, their aesthetic… [if they want] a sharp tip, smaller nostrils, concave, etc.” However, he says he’s also careful to caution women that he can’t guarantee them any specific reproduction of celebrity features.

    Some celebrity features are so well-known you probably wouldn’t even need a photograph. Angelina Jolie’s perfect pout, for instance, is a much sought-after look that requires only a phrase to conjure up that image of full, full lips. Kim Kardashian’s bountiful booty is pretty widely known and as Dr. Ghavami says, “a lot of times, [women say], ‘I do or I don’t want to be as big as Kardashian’ – Kim Kardashian is sort of a gauge for [buttocks augmentation].” Other celebrity behinds that are oft mentioned? Jennifer Lopez, Nicki Menaj (who’s probably had a little work done in her own trunk, if you get my drift), and Beyonce.

    Celebs with distinct features are more apt to be imitated, it seems. Madonna’s prominent cheekbones, for instance, are a commonly requested look for cheek implants. And Jessica Simpson’s double-D’s are frequently cited as the desired result of breast implants. Dr. Ghavami says he actually doesn’t get that many requests for celebrity breasts, instead he’ll get “random pictures from Maxim or Playboy – it’s more about cup size.” Who’d have thought Bunnies would have boobs women want? But it seems they do.

    No Amount of Surgery is Going to Make your Legs Longer

    Okay, maybe if there were some sort of leg-lengthening operation. But there’s not (as far as I know) and that’s that. As Dr. Ghavami suggests, “I can’t modify someone’s legs, knees, calves, or overall bone structure. If someone comes in wanting Jennifer Aniston’s legs, I make sure I really talk to them and bring them down to reality.” Being someone with tragically stumpy legs myself, I understand the desire to have those gorgeous gangly limbs that look good no matter what. But no amount of jealousy can grow your bones for you, and no ethical doctor is going to try and mold you into Marilyn Monroe or stretch you out into a leggy lady.

    Another important thing to keep in mind if you’re seeking look-alike surgery: ethnicity/ natural body type. If you’re a twiggy little white girl, it’s probably not going to look great if you’ve got a tush that juts out into the next room. And if you have a wider nose, Megan Fox’s foxy little nostrils probably aren’t going to look right on your face. Dr. Ghavami says, “Retaining ethnic features is important, so even if I could accomplish something really drastic, I wouldn’t.”

    So perhaps this is the lesson to be learned. It’s okay to try and look like someone else if that someone else represents an improved version of yourself. Imitation is the sincerest form, blah, blah, blah and all that. Celebrities wouldn’t exist if we didn’t need people to look up to, or certain aesthetics to which we can aspire. That’s just the way our society works, and there’s nothing wrong with it as long as we’re not trying to deform ourselves in the pursuit of some airbrushed ideal that is unattainable even for the person who’s actually in the airbrushed photo. And that’s all I have time to say right now… there’s this article in Cosmopolitan about getting toned legs like Jennifer Aniston that I’ve been dying to read.

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