The newest neighborhood hangout isn't a cozy coffee bar or a nail salon, but a hybrid day spa offering the hottest dermatological de-aging procedures in luxurious surroundings. As a beauty editor I've never really enjoyed the usual steaming, squeezing, exfoliating benefits of facials. I'm not even into massages and the whole wellness concept feels kind of hokey to me. After a day at a "sanctuary" my skin tended to look worse, my muscles ached and I longed for a cappuccino not green tea! Med-spas made me really wary. What about the training and qualifications of the hands my face and body would be in ? Could I go trust an esthetician to do a plasma facial or Thermage ? A visit to the new Warren Tricomi SKINNEY med-spa in NYC's trendy Flatiron district gave me the answer. Here's how to let go, self-indulge and get on board too:
We all want our face to look as healthy and youthful as possible. But new research suggests there may be some things we're doing to our skin that could make things worse, not better.
Super-glam is the current new normal for women 50+...unfortunately. All across the country women are getting spray tans, hair extensions, wearing false lashes, decolletage, body hugging dresses and high heels 24/7. They feel guilty about not getting Botox, fillers, laser treatments or a facelift and spend a lot of time wondering if they should. I blame Bravo's Real Housewives (past and present ) for pushing our high maintenance buttons. Lisa Vanderpump, 52, Adrienne Maloof, 51, Kim Richards, 47, LuAnn de Lessups, 48 and Carole Radziwill, 48 would have been out of place on any small town street five years ago. Now they look and sound like a lot of smart, evolved, ambitious women our age who work from home, work totally online, are semi-retired, really retired or just hanging out and plotting their comeback...these are the new housewives. It's time we noted the difference between entertainment and real life. Dialing up the beauty and fashion to reality show levels is so not us. All we need is a little home improvement, not a total renovation. So stop faking it and start making it.
We 're the smartest most accomplished women this age ever in history. So why do reunions reduce us to nervous wrecks? Whether the event is high school, college or family related- our jitters could shake the sequins off a DVF sheath. You've already redefined what 50+ looks like with a fitness regimen, healthy diet, teeth whitening, chic tousled haircut and plenty of attitude. We take our cues from cool celeb-peers like Susan Sarandon and Diane Keaton. So stick these three extra tips on the fridge and snap out of it ! Your ex, his ex, and all your old chums will ooh and aah.
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