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The Age Fix: A Leading Plastic Surgeon Reveals How to Really Look 10 Years Younger Hardcover – April 5, 2016
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"This is a wonderful read for anyone trying to look and feel their best. The best part of Dr. Youn's many tips is that they will not only improve your outward appearance without surgery, they can also help improve your overall health. And, as all doctors know, a healthy glow starts with a healthy life."―Dr. Travis Stork, ER physician, host of the Emmy Award-winning, syndicated series The Doctors, and bestselling author
"Dr. Youn is a frequent guest on my show, and I can say without a doubt that he's a cut above the rest."―Rachael Ray, TV host and New York Times bestselling author
"A refreshingly honest look at what really helps you turn back the clock. This definitive guide is a must-read for anyone who wants to look younger and sexier, using real food and natural techniques as your medicine, without spending a ton of money."―Haylie Pomroy, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fast Metabolism Diet and Fast Metabolism Foods Rx
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The book breaks down as follows: Youth and beauty; Myths about beauty; Skin care; and plastic surgery; Your skin, your age, your beauty; The age-fix routine; The age fix diet; Improving your portrait; Eye repair; Reshaping your curves; Other youth and beauty issues; Aging gracefully, Appendix 1 Product sources; Appendix 2 if you need a plastic surgeon; references, index.
The introduction briefly goes over skin and how it ages. This is important to understand in relation to how the products or services work on the skin that are suggested later. Included is a very informative Q&A of the most common questions asked (e.g., "Can I change the size of my pores? If collagen is the problem, should I try collagen cream?").
The next section addresses age issues that people wish to fix. Each type of issue has a full range of suggestions - from natural (fruit peels, etc.), specific drug store brands (e.g., Nivea cleanser), choices among the higher end department store brands (e.g., Clinique foaming wash), to prescription treatments from your doctor (e.g., Obagi Nu-Derm). Treatments such as Intense Pulsed Light Therapy (IPL) are also discussed along with surgery. It's a full package of solutions, with the recommendations clearly marked with an "Age Fix Favorite" icon for each section. The suggestions cover a full range of options - so income is definitely not an issue here.
After the age issues, the book provides a simple routine to keep skin supple - dealing with everything from harsh Winter dry air to UV light. Sleep, water, SPF sunscreens, pillows - all discussed and demystified. Following the routine is diet - with specific food to help with different issues. It's thorough but never drones endlessly; the book is brief and precise.
A large section is devoted to makeup and cosmetics as well as natural scrubs and creams. Often, these are even better than surgery at mitigating trouble areas. Solutions for avoiding botox needles, helping wrinkled decolletage, to fixing stretched earlobes are covered. Note that the book isn't just about the face - cleavage, stomach, breasts, droopy rear end - it's all here. Interspersed throughout are cautions to ensure that readers in their enthusiasm don't do more harm than good.
I've waited a long time for a book with actual answers that included product names which we can go out and buy immediately - with a nice list of reasons where one would be better than the other (or one is a complete waste of money). What we have here are options - all of which can be acted upon with knowledge and alacrity immediately upon reading. This is a great resource - one I highly recommend for finally telling it like it is and without meandering or generalizations. Reviewed from an advance reader copy provided by the publisher.
The icing on the cake was when a relative of mine was having problems with skin tears on one hand. We tried the following: At night I would place a small amount of Retinol/glycolic acid cream on the back of his hands. In the morning, I would apply an antioxidant serum over the backs of both of this person's freshly washed hands. The skin tear was healing faster than usual which pleased my relative. A few days later, he went to his dermatologist on another matter and his doctor asked him about his skin tear. When the doctor found out this intervention was helpful, he told my relative to "keep on doing it".