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Last week I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Amy Wechsler, one of only 2 doctors in the country Board Certified in both Dermatology and Psychiatry, and author of the fabulous new book from the Real Age experts, The Mind-Beauty Connection, 9 Days to Reverse Stress Aging and Reveal More Youthful, Beautiful Skin.

Dr. Wechsler beautifully ties together how important it is that we take care of not only our aging skin, but also our body, our mind, and our soul, that we fill our lives with meaning and purpose, that we see the beauty in each precious moment of life, whenever possible.  

And Dr. Wechsler gives us a delicious amount of beauty secrets from a no-nonsense, medical approach to  removing the glitz we see in packaging that promises youth but delivers a hugely unnecessary dent in our wallet.  

Repeat after me, "Beauty doesn't necessarily have to cost a lot of money, but neglecting ourselves will cost us a bundle."

I ask myself these days, how much does every new wrinkle actually cost me?  As I've watched my nasal pores grow to the size of moon craters, I quiver. Time to tighten, lighten, brighten, firm, and re-hydrate and my face alarm siren is going off.

Dr. Wechsler reminds us that Retin-A, retinol, topical C, all are our friends. Lasers are cool tools available today as never before... oh, and we can significantly improve our facial skin by applying the alphabet daily: A, C, D, and E. (Having had squamos and basal cell carcinomas, I take 800mg Vitamin D daily).

My skin feels like a baby's bum now. Dr. Wechsler's suggestion that I apply Safflower Oil has softened not only my facial skin but also my attitude. Right out of the pantry. Safflower oil. Go figure. It definitely provides a more youthful glow. Not to forget,  I added more fruits, green veggies, legumes, nuts, grains, and calcium-rich foods to my diet. Remember when mom soapboxed us telling us the virtues of such basic foods? That very advice is now rich with beauty secrets.

Today I had the delight to meet Dr. Travis Stork, host of The Doctors, the newest superb television show that's sweeping the nation and providing viewers with a remarkable amount of valuable, actually priceless, medical information on various topics of interest to any person over the age of 15. In today's world, finding highly credible information is basically easy with the internet, but adding the beauty of visual – i.e., , with highly credentialed physicians, surgeons, etc. and you have this great TV show that can answer a lot of questions for a lot of us – ACTURATELY. Remember my mantra, always check the credentials of any medical expert before you consider his or her advice, ever.

My connection with The Doctors?  In October, 2008, I interviewed Dr. Andrew Ordon, the head plastic surgeon starring on The Doctors and found him spot on with his delivery of the latest in plastic surgery information.  

Incorrectly associating...I interviewed Jen from The Bachelor, and from her other television show, The Bachelorette,  but realized today that it was Sarah who was Travis' love when he starred in The Bachelor.

What information do I really have to share this time? We best serve Life by making healthy living and choosing to live a beautiful life to be our personal daily commitment. And we best act with kindness to expect kindness in return. And in living in a state of happiness, we find true beauty and true radiance that emanates from within.  

Patty Kovacs
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