We can always count on celebrities to serve as guinea pigs for the latest cosmetic and beauty treatments. During the Botox (TM) craze, even director Martin Scorsese commented that he could not find actresses who could frown anymore! Sometimes actors, politicians, musicians and the like all grown tired of looking like Stepford wives because the latest cosmetic craze involves Hyaluronic acid, a key component of human tissue, providing the body with essential moisture and a viable way to erase wrinkles without the loss of facial expression. Hyaluronic acid is available in facial injections reportedly favoured by celebrities like Charlie Sheen, Tommy Lee Jones and Oprah Winfrey who have chosen Restylane, a Hyaluronic acid wrinkle-filler that works to lift the lip, wrinkle or fold and create volume. Hyaluronic acid injections do not relax muscles but instead “fill in” areas most affected by wrinkles and fine lines.
There are also several new, non-invasive beauty products that contain Hyaluronic acid or work to stimulate the body’s own Hyaluronic acid production. Nearly full lips a la Angelina Jolie are a must-have because celebrities of all ages are going gaga for City Lips, a cutting-edge product developed by City Lips Cosmetics. The City Lips product stimulates lips to produce their own collagen and Hyaluronic acid, painfully increasing the size of lips. According to Karen Rauen, Good Housekeeping Institute’s chemistry director, “The City Lips lip plumper, we found, plumps people’s lips an average of three millimetres.” Celebrities like Desperate Housewives stars, Teri Hatcher and Nicolette Sheridan, Jamie Lynn Discala, Virginia Madsen, Melissa Rivers, Angela Bassett, Lacy Chabert, Lake Bell, Eliza Dushku, Bijou Phillips, Haylie Duff, Kathy Griffin, Tracy Ross, Marlee Matlin, Shannon Elizabeth, Michelle Rodriguez, Faith Evans, Giuliana Depandi, Debbie Matenopoulos and Princess Ann Claire, are reportedly huge fans of City Lip Cosmetics.
There are other hyaluronic acids boosting “lip plumpers” on the cosmetic market including Lucky Lips which allegedly increases Hyaluronic acid levels by 148% just 48 hours after use. Other celebs Hyaluronic acid beauty favours include Hydrating Gel Cream from Prada Beauty, a lightweight, sheer cream featuring Hyaluronic acid and Rest-A-Line Face Treatment by Joey New York, an anti-ageing cream rich with Hyaluronic acid which helps the skin hold 1000 times its weight in water, causing a natural plumping effect. All in all, between facial injections and non-evasive beauty creams, it looks like there is much hope on the frontier for finding that elusive fountain of youth; for celebrities and for common folk, alike!