What L.A. Men Can Learn From D.C. Derms
Actors aren't the only ones to discover that regular skincare gives them an edge. Tina Alster, founding director of the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery, says male politicians are lining up for treatments. "Men know about Botox, and they're asking for it," says Alster, who also administers Dysport, a wrinkle relaxer that according to some studies lasts longer than Botox. "Politicians come in when a makeup artist points something out -- it's about what they can do in the short run for TV. My business picks up in the summer because of the conventions and stays busy until Election Day." Her office on K Street, blocks from the White House, is a hotspot for politicians and pundits seeking treatment for brown spots, sagging skin, frown lines that they diminish with Restylane and Juvederm, nose- or ear-hair growth and beard shadows that are reduced with lasers. Alster, who has treated Rep. Alcee Hastings (R-Fla.)and former Sen. John Breaux (D-La.), even has an alleyway entrance to preserve clients' anonymity. As for the major-party presidential candidates? "One or two detoxifying masks should reinvigorate Barack Obama's well-groomed winning mug of '08," says Mike Gilman, founder of The Grooming Lounge, whose flagship spa is in D.C. "Aside from Mitt Romney's 'eyebrows of mass destruction,' the Republican front-runner has emerging worry lines on his forehead -- an anti-aging cream may help hide his age and grab back some of the youth vote." Those pesky lines also could benefit from fillers … when the press corps isn't looking.