Christie Brinkley is opening up about how she stays so young looking at age 62. The ’70s/’80s supermodel told People that she uses lasers and fillers to combat the effects of a lifetime of sun exposure and to keep her face full and youthful.
Brinkley revealed that she grew up in Malibu and that her career in modeling took her to beaches all over the world, so she spent countless hours in the sun which led to laugh lines and sun damage on her skin.
“I really am aware of all the sun exposure I’ve had in my life and I’m interested in things that they can do to [reverse the sun’s effects],” Brinkley said.
“I’m a model. I want my skin to look its best,” Christie explained. “Some women on my Instagram will say, Oh, she’s so fake. It’s not her skincare, she gets filler’… You’ve gotta take care of yourself and share what you do so others can take care of themselves as well.”
In addition to professional laser treatments, Christie admitted that she’ll “occasionally I’ll do a little bit of filler. But Brinkley she draws the line at Botox, despite its popularity among other celebrities.”
Last year, Christie Brinkley published her book, Timeless Beauty: Over 100 Tips, Secrets, And Shortcuts to Looking Great. In an excerpt posted by Wonderwall, Christie revealed why Botox didn’t work for her face. Brinkley decided to try the product after everyone was raving about it, but her one-time try turned into a bit of a mishap.
“Botox took the arch out of my eyebrows and made me look sad,” Christie wrote.
The supermodel revealed that after trying Botox, she never used it in her face again, buts she did admit to using the cosmetic product to diminish the “vertical bands” in her neck.
“It worked wonders to relax those muscles and it also tightened my double chin area and jaw line,” Brinkley wrote. “The best part is that you don’t have to worry about any expression being lost or changed.”
Brinkley also previously touted her love for fillers in her book, admitting she has used them on an indentation on her forehead, as well as those “marionette lines” around her mouth. But Christie warned that fillers must be in very small amounts because “over-filling removes contours and gives you a flat face.”
In the new interview with People, Brinkley revealed that in addition to her skin routine—which includes her Recapture 360 skin care line—she focuses on eating an “aspiring vegan” diet.
“I try to be as vegan as I can be,” Brinkley explained to People. “I try to keep it mainly to the mozzarella now. It comes from Italy and I like to imagine it’s just this little cow roaming on a hill and somebody milks it gently. Occasionally I feel like I need a little piece of salmon … I will occasionally eat oysters. I think that there’s nothing like a great oyster and a little glass of prosecco. But other than that it’s a vegetable based diet with lots of greens and quinoa and some couscous.”
Brinkley added that she feels that, as a supermodel, she has a responsibility to inspire other women as they age. Christie says she doesn’t want women to feel like they have to be like an airbrushed version of a model, so that’s why she is telling the truth about what she does to stay youthful.
Take a look at the video below to see Christie Brinkley talking about her diet and beauty secrets, as well as that Botox nightmare.
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