|Hope in a bottle, a syringe, a scalpel, a diet. . .?|
At least three, maybe four days each week, I sit in front of my computer and think: “What shall I write today? What might be interesting, amusing, useful that I can share with you?” In other words, what can I put in this space that is not a waste of your precious time.
Truly, that is always paramount on my mind which brings me to today’s subject. The idea grew out of your comments about arms, Botox, scary skinny versus healthy, re-worked faces and so on.
|The late, “you can never be too rich or too thin,” Duchess of Windsor.|
While in Paris yesterday I had an appointment with my dermatologist, Valerie Gallais. As with all such occasions, I use them as interview opportunities thinking I can amass useful information for all of us. (That’s how I got her tip last year about mixing self-tanner with our day creams.)
While sitting in her waiting room, playing word games on my Kindle, I watched a parade of women ranging in age from their teens to their 70s pass in and out of her office. Some were there no doubt for their annual total body check-ups, others for various problems and the teens for acne. Most, however, were waiting for their turns under the magic hands of Dr. Gallais for their Botox and/or filler injections. Her reputation is stellar.
Her absolutely gorgeous 43-year-old assistant, Sabine, told me Dr. Gallais tries to encourage her patients to go light on theBotox so that their brows move, but most want what she referred to as the shiny, static Nicole Kidman look.
I often wonder what women think when they look in the mirror and see their new faces, ones that are often pretty, like Jane Fonda for example, but are the visages of another woman, a stranger. The new version has all the life experiences of the original, but they’re hidden deep inside leaving no proof on the exterior.
Why can’t we simply look the best we can for our ages, always and ever fighting the good fight, but at the end of the day, when we slather on our anti-age serums and night creams, we recognize the woman reflected back at us in the unkind light of our bathroom mirror?
How about a beauty tip?
Neither Dr. Gallais nor her assistant use eye cream.