Image: Instagram/Olivia Munn
After some speculation that she may have had surgery, Olivia Munn took to Instagram yesterday, offering up a very detailed (and not that hard to follow) laundry list of the “natural, healthy” ways she’s changed her look over the past year.
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She says she lost weight, reshaped her brows and relied on Proactiv Mark Fading Pads to get rid of her sunspots.
“I lost 12 pounds this past year while training for X-Men. I kept it off by coming up with an hour workout I do a few times a week. The weight loss leaned out my cheeks and jawline. Working out is also great for your skin because it increases blood flow to your face which helps rejuvenate. I do my own brows and always thought they were supposed to have a high arch. Then a facialist pointed out to me that I was shaping my brows into a frown. So I let the top of my brows grow in (which is never fun because it looks spotty for a few weeks) and then I plucked the bottom. That gave my brows a more horizontal angle and instantly brightened my eyes,” the actress explains.
But the biggest—and most surprising—secret: Hyaluronic acid–packed Japanese potatoes.
“I’ve talked about this before and I still stand by it: Japanese potatoes that are high in hyaluronic acid help keep wrinkles away. Look up this video: ‘Connie Chung Yuzihara’ to learn all about it. There are hyaluronic acid pills and vitamins, but I think that the best way to get it in your system is by eating them in foods that naturally have them.”
Munn says she believes that if you eat foods that naturally have them, it helps ward off wrinkles. Otherwise known as Satsumaimo Japanese sweet potatoes, this food is high in fiber, vitamin C and has pretty good water content and a low calorie count. But does it have true beautifying properties for skin?
“No food (sweet potatoes or otherwise) will help to ward off wrinkles,” says Montclair, NJ, dermatologist Jeanine B. Downie, MD. “The bottom line is that using antioxidants and anti-inflammatory products on your face is critical. Eating them is also essential. The hyaluronic acid that one could get from eating the sweet potatoes may be important, but they are not honestly plumping up your skin.”
If one were looking for an actual topical hyaluronic acid, Dr. Downie says she recommends Allergan’s SkinMedica HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator, a new product that moisturizes the face neck and backs of hands. “Laneige is another topical hydrator that is less expensive and also helps to hydrate the skin and decrease wrinkles.”