New Year, New You: Be beautiful from the outside in
Be beautiful from the outside in
True beauty lies on the inside. But “even if you are beautiful on the inside, you will feel even better if you are feeling gorgeous on the outside as well,” says Heidi Whitford, Miss Jackson’s skin and beauty buyer.
The most important thing you can do for an all-over more beautiful you this year is to see a beauty adviser for an analysis of skin care and color updates, Whitford says. Whether you have been using the same products since you were 14 or you have had any changes (whether personal, hormonal or seasonal), a visit with a skin care and color expert in the cosmetics department can get you on the right regimen for your skin and beauty needs, making all the difference in the way you look and feel about yourself.
If you are looking for a basic regime, try Erno Laszlo’s “clocking” analysis for great skin, or for a more clinical approach to skin care, try MDFormulations or ReVive, Whitford says. If you want color for everyday needs, visit the Trish McEvoy counter to get set up with the correct “planner system,” depending on your lifestyle habits. For a natural, paraben-free makeup collection, try Bare Minerals “Swirl, Tap and Buff” philosophy and Get Started Kit, or for a more dramatic nighttime look, stop by the NARS studio to see the hottest colors of the season.
Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today
“When people come to me with so many wrinkles, we often have to do multiple procedures (to reverse the signs of aging),” says Rhonda Whitlock, registered nurse and owner of Whitlock Plastic Surgery and Reflexion Medical Spa.
If you begin maintaining healthy skin, a lot of aging can be avoided completely.
“Products such as Obagi Skin System, a prescription anti-aging regimen, can actually reverse the signs of aging,” Whitlock says. “And with Botox, wrinkles may never appear.”
In addition, Whitlock encourages everyone to schedule “me” time and relax with facials, massages and indulgent treatments.
If Mother Nature didn’t give you what you intended, make your own fate. Small breasts are a snap to fix and love handles don’t have to exist, Whitlock says. With advanced processes such as SmartLipo, procedures can now be done in the office. However, don’t replace diet and exercise, Whitlock says. When you need a boost, there are affordable options available.
Timing is everything, and Dr. Jeff Swetnam with Face and Body Medical Aesthetics says winter is the best time to have procedures such as breast augmentation, breast lifts and tummy tucks done because doing so gives you ample time to heal and be ready for spring and summer wear.
Facial surgery falls into this category as well. As previously mentioned, diet, exercise and supplements go a long way toward making us look and feel better. But the other key component affecting our health — smoking — is often forgotten or ignored.
“If you smoke … quit,” Swetnam says.
Ask your doctor about quitting smoking, as there are now medications to help you quit, Swetnam says. Smoking takes a toll on skin and can speed the aging process.
Next on Swetnam’s list: Use sunscreen. This is important to stop further UV damage. And, yes, you do get exposure on cloudy days, and even when riding in the car, so use sunscreen as part of a daily routine. Then, begin using a quality skin care line.
“We like to personalize a skin care routine for our patients, as it is hard to treat everyone’s problems with the same products,” Swetnam says.