Ellen Pompeo Relies on This Facial Instead of Botox — And You Can Do It at Home


Fans of Grey’s Anatomy have tuned in to see Ellen Pompeo light up the screen for 16 years now, but you’d never guess it’s been that long by looking at her face. It turns out, the 51-year-old actress has a unique type of facial to thank for her ageless glow — and we can get the same results at home.

Pompeo told New Beauty she uses something called a frequency facial to keep her skin free of wrinkles, fine lines, and sagging. “I don’t love fillers or Botox, so I have to get a lot of facials and drink a ton of water,” she explained. “I feel like the frequency facial makes a difference in my skin — it makes it tighter.”

But wait, what exactly is a frequency facial? Kerry Benjamin, an LA based esthetician, broke it down for Byrdie, “High frequency uses small currents to oxygenate the skin.” Those currents are usually guided by wand-like devices. “There are two kinds of high-frequency electrodes: Argon gas and Neon gas,” Benjamin added. “Argon gas is violet and is great for acne or oily skin. Neon gas is for anti-aging benefits.”

Although Pompeo said she opts for appointments at one of the Joanna Vargas Spas in NYC or LA, there are products you can buy to try it out yourself at home. One popular option is the NuDerma Portable Handheld High Frequency Skin Therapy Wand Machine (Buy on Amazon, $49.95).  You can use it on a daily basis or just a couple times a week, depending on your personal needs and skin sensitivities.

There are more than 10,000 reviews claiming it works miracles on everything from wrinkles to blemishes. One happy customer even thinks it’s helped her hairline and eyebrows sprout new strands! She wrote, “My husband thinks I am seeing things but I am telling you… this thing is making my hair grow back.”

If you’re not keen on shelling out money for devices, Pompeo shared another at-home skin treatment that only costs a couple bucks for a bottle of alkaline water (Buy at Walmart, $2.48). “I do this thing where I fill up a bowl of ice and alkaline water, and I take it to my bathroom, and I splash my face like 10 times, until my face feels frozen,” she told Into the Gloss. “I do it after [cleansing] and I just feel like it tightens everything.”

Whether you decide to follow either of Pompeo’s techniques, there’s no denying they’re working wonderfully for her!

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