Brooke Burke-Charvet, who recently appeared on the new Celebrity Apprentice, is considered one of the most beautiful women in the world. But she faced a skin problem during pregnancy that suddenly made her question herself.
“I have been struggling with melasma, also known as ‘the mask of pregnancy,’” she wrote on the Modern Mom blog at the time. “If you’re lucky, it goes away after you roll out of your hormonal changes. Mine traveled to a new location with each baby, and after my son the dark brown blotches that practically covers my entire cheek decided to stay put!”
Acne.com recently caught up with the Celeb Apprentice star at an event in NYC, and she explained her tricks for getting clearer skin. “I drink a ton of water. I think that is super-important to hydrate,” she tells Acne.com. “I never, ever, ever go to bed with my makeup on, and I try not to wear a lot of makeup when I am not working.
Everybody was “doing contouring, but it’s really heavy,” she shares. The brunette beauty prefers minimal makeup. “I am kind of happy that contouring is phasing out. If I need to spot cover, I’ll do that.”
Brooke also tries to avoid the sun. “Sun is really the demon for melasma,” she says. “I wear lots of sunscreen and even put a UV coating on my car. You put in on the front and side windows. Those are the places where a lot of women get the exposure, and you don’t even think about it.”
Brooke’s other products of choice? “I like really rich, creamy products,” she notes. “I love Vitamin C serums and eye cream. They help give that natural glow rather than that overdone look.”
The 45-year-old mom of four originally revealed her condition in 2009 on an episode of The Doctors. “I humbly revealed my melasma after wiping off my thick, full coverage TV makeup on Nat’l television,” Brooke wrote in a blog post.
“I have continued to try a variety of treatments, including fractional laser, I.P.L. laser, chemical peels, skin lighteners, brightening treatments, and prescription bleachers. It’s crazy how much I went through, and I did not see much difference, Melasma is tricky and stubborn.”