The Beauty Prescription: The Complete Formula for Looking and Feeling Beautiful

Debra Luftman, Author, Eva Ritvo, Author
Debra Luftman, Author, Eva Ritvo, Author McGraw-Hill $24.95 (300p) ISBN 978-0-07-154763-5
Reviewed on: 06/23/2008
Release date: 06/01/2008
Dermatologist Luftman and psychiatrist Ritvo, long-time best friends and ""beauty buddies,"" dispatch beauty and self-realization advice from their respective areas of expertise in this breezy, effective self-help. ""How to make yourself 20 percent more beautiful in just a few seconds?"" Stop focusing on a static mirror image, which is not ever how other people see you. They shrug off magazine-cover standards and focus instead on ""the most effective beauty regimen in the world... unstoppable, radiant self-esteem"" resulting from self-worth and health. Count-your-blessings self-help standards take up a fair amount of space, but psychological concepts behind ""inner beauty"" (""the beauty-brain loop"") are well-explained. Beauty specifics include a useful guide to skin care treatment organized by type and age, and an 80-question self-assessment quiz. Citing trends that Americans increasingly find woman over 50 as beautiful as those under 30, they assess that Oprah-level beauty maintenance costs at least $500,000 between the ages of 40 and 80; they also consider the pros and cons of cosmetic surgery. This guide from two medical doctors is light and efficient, but gains little fresh perspective from its pedigree.
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