Sunday Book Review: The Surgery-Free Makeover by Brandith Irwin, M.D.
I received this book from the publisher last week and thought, "Not another makeover book!" To my surprise, The Surgery-Free Makeover is all you need to know for great skin and a younger face.
Brandith Irwin, M.D., is board certified in dermatology and medicine and is the author of Your Best Face. Named Seattle's "top doctor" by Seattle Magazine, she has also appeared on Today and Oprah.
The renowned doctor knows that women are tempted with thousands of thousands of beauty products, so she writes a prescription as to what we really need. The Surgery-Free Makeover is chock full of useful and sensible information for the woman who doesn't want to undergo invasive plastic surgery.
Here are snippets of the book, but to get the full value, you must read it from cover to cover:
Cleansers: Cleansers are on your face for about fifteen seconds twice a day, hardy long enough to have any therapeutic effect on your skin. Dr. Irwin recommends Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser, Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleaner, among others.
Sunscreens: Sunscreen is the most important product you can use on your skin every day. Dr. Irwin helps you choose the best sunscreen for your skin. Some of her recommendations include Neutrogena Healthy Defense, Lancome UV Expert 20 with Mexoryl SX, and a new one I'm going to try, Blue Lizard Australian Face Sunscreen SPF 30.
Toners: Toners are generally useless in my book.
Moisturizers: Moisturizers are worth using. Dr. Irwin likes Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream, Olay Total Restoration Lotion, among others.
Repair Creams: The only products that have been proven to work to reduce wrinkles at this time are the vitamin-A cousins (Retin-A, Renova, Tazorac), some antioxidants like vitamin C serums, some hydroxy acids, and possibly creams containing cell-growth factors or peptides.
According to Dr. Irwin, there are lots of questions remaining as to the efficacy of antioxidants and cell growth factors in skin cream, but she thinks a repair cream should be part of your skin care regimen. Some of her recommendations are TNS Recovery Complex, Replenix Cream, Olay Regenerist (which was also tested against nine other wrinkle creams by Consumer Reports and it was the most effective), SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic, and Neutrogena Healthy Anti-Wrinkle Cream with Retinol.
Beyond the creams:Dr. Irwin gives you a personal consultation and discusses the cost, longevity, risks of Botox, line fillers, laser, Thermage, peels, and microdermabrasion.
Food lifestyle and skin connection: Eat six foods with color a day, eat more fish, eat less sugar, and drink plenty of water.
Lifestyle changes to make your skin glow: Sleep seven to nine hours a night, limit alcohol and coffee consumption, exercise four to five days a week, wear sun-protective clothing, have your vitamin D level checked!, decrease stress, stop smoking.
Menopause and your skin:Use creams that build collagen (Retin-A, Cellex-C, and alpha- and beta-hydroxy acids), a gentle scrub like Bobbi Brown's Skin Refining Cream, and fractional resurfacing lasers like Fraxel.
Brains on Beauty: The Surgery-Free Makeover is brains on beauty. Dr. Irwin cuts through the myriad of confusing options to get a face-saving plan that will work for every woman and every budget. It's a must-read for any woman contemplating buying a skin cream all the way to Botox and Fraxel.