Dayna Devon – former host of Extra and mother of two young children (daughter Emmi-Reese, 4 1/2, and son Cole, 3) – recently turned 40 and is embracing this milestone with the JUVÉDERM® “Switch Up” campaign. The busy mother-of-two opened up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about her experiences with JUVÉDERM®, how she fosters healthy self-esteem in her two children, and the pressures she feels to stay looking her best in youth-obsessed Hollywood.
CBS: You are the recent spokesperson for JUVÉDERM®. Please tell us what JUVÉDERM® is and what it is used for.
DD: “JUVÉDERM® is a dermal filler made of hyaluronic acid, which is a naturally occurring substance in your skin. As we age our skin loses volume, but with JUVÉDERM® you can instantly add volume back to the wrinkles around the nose and mouth. Also, a new formulation called JUVÉDERM® XC was recently approved, which contains lidocaine for a more comfortable injection experience.”
CBS: Why did you become involved with JUVÉDERM®? Do you use it yourself? If so, how often, where, and what kind of results do you see?
DD: “Yes I use it and honestly I could not be more pleased with my results. In my early 30s I started to notice some really stubborn lines that went from the corner of my nose down to the corner of my mouth. I hated them, so my doctor recommended treatment with a dermal filler.
The first time the doctor did one side and paused so I could see the difference before he did the other side. I was blown away, because I looked like a slightly younger version of myself. It gave me a natural look that made such a difference in my face and the best part, it lasts a year (great for a busy mom of two young kids). No one could have ever known that I had done it but ironically, I was so excited I told everyone!
So when Allergan and I talked about this campaign, I saw it as a great way to share some of my tips on how I’ve switched things up as I approached my 40th birthday. We are so lucky to live in an age where products are available to us to help us look as good as we feel. That’s why I wanted to share my routine with other women to educate them about all the options available to them. However, I always like to stress that if you are considering a product like JUVÉDERM®, make an informed decision and see a licensed and trained doctor.”
CBS: What are the potential risks and side effects of JUVÉDERM®?
DD: “You know, everyone is different so it’s best to speak with a physician about potential risks and side effects, but in my personal experience, I’ve had just bit of bruising or redness at the injection site that lasts a few days.”
CBS: You hit the big 4-0 this year. Are you feeling the pressure to look young and keep up with the beauty standards of Hollywood now, more than ever?
DD: “Heck yes! I think about it a lot. Hollywood is in the business of youth. So I do think about it, but I also try and keep it in perspective. I try and do what I can within reason to look as good as I can (for my age) but I don’t go off the deep end about it. That is one of the reasons I am really grateful that we have the options of products like JUVÉDERM® to replace some of that lost facial volume. I am also a freak about using sunscreen (you should see my kids after I slather them with it). And I truly believe exercise is the closest thing we have to a fountain of youth.”
CBS: You are mom to daughter Emmi-Reese, 4 1/2, and son Cole, 3. What are they into? What do they do to make you laugh?
DD: “Ah yes they are the light of my life. They are so much fun now. My daughter has already started getting into my clothes and actually tried to talk her daddy (when mommy wasn’t around) into letting her wear my sundress to school. She also gets into my makeup and god help me if they find a Sharpie. She wants to be a mermaid when she grows up…try explaining that one.
Cole is physically, mentally and completely obsessed with race cars. He can’t say the word right yet and so he says “caws.” We thought he was saying ‘cows’ so one Christmas we got him a bunch of cows…he was very upset. He is thoroughly resisting potty training and that has created some quite embarrassing public scenarios, but I truly try and relish even the embarrassing moments (as much as you can) because I feel very lucky to have 2 happy, healthy children.”
CBS: Your husband is a plastic surgeon. What do the two of you teach your children about inner and outer beauty?
DD: “Oh this is a good question… honestly they don’t really understand what their daddy does yet so this hasn’t come up too much. But I do think about this a lot. For instance, I have realized that in public an adult will come up to my daughter and say, ‘Oh my, how pretty you are.’ Of course I really appreciate that they are paying her attention and being so sweet but sometimes I think we should tell our little girls, ‘Oh you look like such a smart girl’ instead.
I recently read an article that said you have to teach your children empathy and compassion, that it is not a trait that comes naturally. So my husband and I make sure that Emmi and Cole look people in the eyes, and say ‘please’ and ‘thank you.’ If someone hurts their little feelings I try and turn it into a lesson by acknowledging their feelings but saying, ‘See, now that’s why you don’t ever want to do this to anyone else. You wouldn’t want them to feel this way too, right?’
If we read a book I always ask them did they understand the feelings of the character, has that ever happened to them, what did they do about it, and how can they handle that situation in the future. I also enrolled them in Taekwondo so they can learn self-discipline, respect and gain self-esteem.”
CBS: Do you feel there are too many pressures on girls to be beautiful on the outside? If so, how do you approach this subject with your daughter? Do you also discuss this with your son?
DD: “Yes, I do. My husband and I have kind of decided that health and learning should be priorities instead of beauty. For instance, we are really strict about nutrition in our house. They have never once had a real fried chicken nugget…they only have veggie nuggets that are better for you. They never have real ice cream only frozen yogurt. And instead of real cheese they have low-fat versions instead. So when and if my daughter becomes aware of her weight, we want to emphasize healthy eating and exercise not counting calories or fasting, etc.
My husband has told my daughter that there are a ton of pretty girls in the world, but it’s more important what you do with yourself than just how you look.”
CBS: How do you foster healthy self esteem with your two children?
DD: “The most important thing you can do, in my opinion, is let your children know you love them unconditionally. I think the other thing you can do is spend a lot of time with them (both the mother and the father). You have to be present in their lives, they have to feel like they are your priority. They have to feel like they are heard and understood and respected. I spend a lot of time reinforcing good behavior. So far – cross my fingers – it’s working. They are turning out to be sweet, loving little people with their own minds and their own opinions. God help me when they are teenagers!”
CBS: Do you want your children to enter showbiz? Why or why not?
DD: “No way! I think we have all seen too many examples of what happens to children who enter showbiz. If they want to enter showbiz, I will be totally supportive AFTER THEY TURN 18. I think for now, I would rather them have a normal childhood, filled with good friends, fun, exercise and a really good education. If they want to do it then, I will be there to cheer them on.”
CBS: If you are working on any other projects or with any charities, please feel free to discuss.
DD: “I’m currently working on a book proposal and hoping to get back into television!
JUVÉDERM® injectable gel (including JUVÉDERM® Ultra, JUVÉDERM® Ultra Plus, JUVÉDERM® Ultra XC, and JUVÉDERM® Ultra Plus XC) is indicated for correction of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds (such as nasolabial folds). Side effects were usually mild to moderate lasting 7 days or less and included temporary injection site reactions like redness, pain, firmness, swelling and bumps. JUVÉDERM® is not for people with severe allergies. For more information, please click on the “About Safety” link at www.juvederm.com, or call the Allergan Product Support line at 1-877-345-5372. JUVÉDERM® injectable gel is available by prescription only.