The Beauty Prescription The Complete Formula for Feeling and Looking Beautiful By: Debra Luftman, M.D. & Eva Ritvo, M.D.

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Want to be more beautiful instantaneously? Look in the mirror, and Just Think: Other people see you as 20 percent better looking than you see yourself. Have you been telling yourself you're less attractive than you actually are? Eva Ritvo, a South Beach psychiatrist, and Debra Luftman, a Beverly Hills dermatologist, reveal in The Beauty Prescription that beauty isn't just skin deep. In their individual practices they found that women who feel good on the inside, mirror that feeling on the outside. A positive self-image and emphasis on individual strengths is as important as a healthy environment, a sensible diet and an effective skin regimen.

The Beauty and Brain Doctors

It's no secret that humans are obsessed by beauty. After all, research shows that beautiful people earn more money, get further ahead in their careers and are generally happier, but what is the source of lasting beauty? In The Beauty Prescription (McGraw-Hill; August, 2008; Hardcover, $24.95), Beverly Hills dermatologist, Dr. Debra Luftman, and South Beach Psychiatrist, Dr. Eva Ritvo, combine their expertise to take a unique look at the beauty of the body and mind to create an inspirational guide to feeling beautiful, inside and out.

Dr. Debra and Dr. Eva, "The Beauty and Brain Doctors", reveal that beauty isn't just skin deep - how you feel about yourself and act towards the world around you has as much to do with your beauty as your weight or the quality of your skin. They discovered in their individual practices that women who feel good on the inside, mirror that feeling on the outside. A positive self-image and emphasis on individual strengths is as important as a healthy environment, a sensible diet and an effective skin regimen. Inner and outer beauty perfectly complement each other in a "beauty-brain loop."

The Beauty Prescription proposes a new standard for self-worth that goes beyond physical allurement. Dr. Ritvo writes that psychological well-being is a vital part of beauty. Self-confidence is an intention, a state of mind. Want to be beautiful instantaneously? Look in the mirror and just think: Other people see you as 20 percent better looking than you see yourself! Have you been telling yourself that you're less attractive than you actually are? Focusing on your best qualities, allowing your best attributes and uniqueness to shine through, will only further the practical recommendations of Dr. Luftman, who prescribes top medical advice on keeping your skin, hair, and body in the best shape it can be.

When you make the most of what you've been given, you'll feel great -- and exude confidence. This is The Beauty Prescription: A new definition of beauty that transcends the airbrushed supermodels in glossy magazines.

The book includes:

  • Beauty Stories: Real life clinical examples, composites of some of the authors' patients whose problems and resolutions offer thoughtful lessons about becoming more beautiful inside and out;
  • Beauty Boosters: Practical, low-cost "quick fixes" you can use to make yourself look and feel better fast;
  • Beauty Busters: Myths about beauty, mental health and cosmetic medicine. The authors debunk them all in informative sidebars.
  • Beauty Pearls: Prominent women -- celebrities, beauty insiders, beauty editors -- share their wisdom on what makes a woman beautiful.
  • Beauty R/X: Specific steps you can take for a more beautiful you, inside and out.

The Beauty Prescription strings together the four elements of the Beauty-Brain Loop -- Inner Beauty, Health, Outer Beauty, and Environment -- that will help bring beauty into your environment, from your lifestyle and your skincare to your diet and your self-esteem.

About the Authors:

Eva C. Ritvo, M.D., is the vice chair of and associate professor in the department of psychiatry as well as in the department of dermatology and cutaneous surgery at the Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami and the chairperson of the department of psychiatry and behavioral medicine at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, FL.

Debra B Luftman, M.D., has a busy private cosmetic dermatology practice and teaches general dermatology and skin surgery at UCLA. Luftman lectures on topics including laser surgery, liposuction, skin aging, acne, cosmetic fillers, and sun damage.

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The Beauty Prescription
August, 2008
Hardcover, $24.95
Category: Health/Beauty

Questions and Answers with Eva and Debra:

Q: What was the inspiration for The Beauty Prescription

A: We began to notice in our separate practices that we were seeing similar types of patients, women who came for therapy because of anxiety or depression, and had let their appearance deteriorate. It became clear that a book that addressed both sides of the beauty coin was called for.

Q: What is "The Beauty-Brain Loop?"

A: It's the connection between inner beauty, which is your self-esteem, confidence and the attitude with which you approach the world, and outer beauty, which is everything from your fitness and weight to your skin care and makeup. The two are interconnected in a way that most people don't realize.

When you have poor self-esteem, for instance, it affects your self-care, your facial expressions, even your posture. When you know you're overweight or are unhappy with your appearance, it can increase anxiety and depression.

Q: What's the most unique aspect of The Beauty Prescription?

A: The book passages entitled "Beauty Buddies." We came up with the idea to talk to pairs of women--- friends, sisters, mothers and daughters --- who share their beauty time and support each other in their efforts to look and be their best. We interviewed pairs of famous women, actresses, politicians, and so on.

We also interviewed women who we know but aren't famous, and got their stories, too. It's a great collection of personal relationships that we think readers will love.

Q: Who are the women that you want to reach with your book?

A: We want to reach any woman who wants to live her life with complete beauty. Even younger women in their twenties, who may not worry as much about the effects of time on their looks, don't want to be thought of as just a pretty face. Yet often that's what happens.

Any woman can benefit from the main message, which is that your physical appearance helps shape your mental and emotional health, and your mental and emotional health is reflected in your physical appearance. It's impossible to separate the two. If you want to be radiant and attractive and magnetic for life, you need to become healthier and more beautiful on the inside as well as the outside.


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