JULY 2019 the Beauty BOOK
Last month, I celebrated my birthday with family and friends, many of whom are part of my team at Beautique. It was a blessing to be surrounded by such wonderful people, and I’m feeling pretty good for my age! Still, I don’t feel the same as I did when I was in my teens or 20s. It’s hard to appreciate how good you feel when you’re younger and don’t have any basis for comparison. If someone were to ask me for advice about aging, my recommendation would be this: Don’t get old! In all seriousness though, in my study of medicine and beauty, I have become very passionate about longevity. I love to help people live longer, healthier, and happier lives. It’s what I want for my own life and what I want to provide for my patients. If I have any words of wisdom to share, it’s that we should go back to the basics for good health. So much of our appearance and health is related to the food we eat. Of the lessons I’ve learned as a doctor and health advocate, the most important may be to find balance in our diet. A good balance of healthy fats, nutritious carbohydrates, and lean protein is so important. I would recommend people stop eating so much meat; there is a fallacy in our way of thinking, fueled by diet fads, that we need a lot more protein than we actually do. Most Americans get twice as much daily protein as they need, and it’s hard on the digestive system. Too much of a good thing is not healthy, either. Balance is the key. Eat vegetables, especially cruciferous ones. Some nutrients are better absorbed cooked than raw. For example, you can get more nutrients from broccoli when it’s steamed rather than raw. Not many people like beets, but they are one of the best foods, especially for the liver, and they have so many other beneficial properties. Treat your liver well — it is the laboratory of your body. It filters toxins out and is so important to good health. Balance Is Key And 3 More Connections to Health, Beauty, and Longevity
Exercise must be part of your lifestyle. It can be walking, running, or lifting weights. Just make time to do it. Studies have found that exercise activates over 400 genes in the body, and it creates the hormones we need, as well. Research suggests exercise can help protect the brain from Alzheimer’s. The point I want to make to you is that we need to approach our health the same way we do our finances, our jobs, and our educations. It’s just as important, if not more, than those things. We must be willing to invest in our health and give it the same time, money, and energy we give to other parts of our lives. We spend hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars on our phones and TVs, but we aren’t always willing to put the same toward health. Put some of that money toward natural, organic foods, even a chef to help you prepare them, and toward a gym or yoga class you love. Your body will thank you. Trust me, you will notice it in the way you look and feel.
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Limbering Up For Your Next Road Trip Even though road trips offer you a break from the monotony of your office, the stiffness in your muscles and joints that comes from sitting in one position for too long can follow you onto the road if you’re not careful. Whether in front of a laptop or behind the wheel, taking the opportunity to stretch and exercise on your summer road trip is a great way to prevent the soreness from following you back to the office. Here are a few stretches to keep in mind for the next rest stop. For the Neck Reach your left arm over the top of your head and touch your right ear. Then, gently pull your head to the left and hold it there for 15 seconds. Repeat this process with your right arm. For the Chest Stand in front of a door frame with one hand pressed on either side and your elbows at 90-degree angles, then lean forward. This will cause your chest muscles to open up. Hold this position for 15 seconds. You can do a similar stretch by bending downward while keeping your hands on your car door in front of you, stretching your entire upper body. For the Hips While you’re driving, a good way to prevent sore hips is by making sure your knees are slightly elevated above them in your seat. Once you have the opportunity to stop, try doing some hip flexors. Kneel on one knee, slowly push your pelvis forward, squeeze your shoulders back, and open your chest. Hold this position for 15 seconds, then repeat while kneeling on the other knee. For the Legs To stretch out your hamstrings, place your right heel on a small step. Extend your arms upward, and then lean your upper body forward. You’ll feel a pull in the back of your upper leg. Once you’ve done this for about 15–30 seconds, repeat the process with your left heel.
The road may be long, but that doesn’t mean you have to feel it in your muscles. If you stop every couple of hours and take some time to limber up, your body will thank you.
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You’ve looked forward to this for a long time, and it will likely be one of the happiest memories of your life: your wedding day. You did your homework when it came to the venue, the flowers, the photographer, and definitely the desserts. What about your skincare? For wedding beauty, a little planning will go a long way. With any big event, there’s a happy medium between prepping your skin for perfection and making sure you have time to recover from any treatments before the big day. Avoid any new treatments right before your wedding day. It would be awful to realize you’re allergic to an ingredient with 48 hours to go. Here’s a timeline you can use to guide you in the months and weeks leading up to your fabulous celebration. 3 Months Before • Get a facial and monitor how your skin reacts to it. Talk to your esthetician about your goals and concerns to find a treatment that best fits your wedding look. Best Treatments for the Big Day YourWedding Skincare Regimen
• Consider laser hair removal — this may be a good time to start a package. • Now is the time to get Botox or fillers, as they take a few days to settle but will last for several months or more depending on the type of treatment. Talk to your doctor to find the best options for the look you want to create, whether it be fuller lips, smoothed lines, or more. 3 Weeks Before • Get your final facial before the wedding to give your skin time to settle. If you need any extractions, 15 days before your date should be the sweet spot. • Enjoy a body scrub to refresh your skin. • Have any final hair color touch-ups done two weeks before. Avoid any big changes before the wedding, so you can feel like yourself on that day. 1 Week Before • Gather your beauty kit: lip gloss, tweezers, Q-tips, breath mints, tissues, bobby pins, and nail polish for touch-ups. • Book a massage to relax and enjoy the days leading up to marrying your love. • Get a manicure and pedicure with your closest friends.
Finally, on the day of your wedding, wake up, take a deep breath, and have fun! This is about you and your love; the rest are just details.
Watermelon Cucumber Skewers
Of the anti-aging trends surfacing in 2019, plant-based products may be coming out on top. The healthy benefits of their age-defying ingredients, including antioxidants and vitamins, provide similar results to synthetic alternatives without the aftermath of dry, peeling skin we’re so used to. This is why celebrities like Jessica Alba turn to trending ingredients like bakuchiol. An alternative to retinol, this plant- based derivative has long been used in ayurvedic and Chinese medicine and is kinder to skin while offering the smoothness, blemish reduction, and wrinkle reduction that retinol does. Check out our BeautiShop for all of the latest in anti-aging beauty!
INGREDIENTS • 1 medium-sized
Inspired by CookingLight.com
• Salt, to taste Equipment •
watermelon, cubed 2 cucumbers, cut into 1/4-inch rounds
1 packet of bamboo skewers
1 block feta cheese, cubed 1 bunch fresh mint leaves
DIRECTIONS 1. Assemble skewers by placing one watermelon cube, one cucumber round, one feta cube, and one mint leaf on skewer in that order. Repeat until skewer is full. 2. Lightly season with salt and chill in fridge until right before serving.
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INSIDE this ISSUE
1. Dr. Sanchez’s Words of Wisdom 2. 4 Stretches for Staying Limber on the Road
2. Get the Scoop!
3. Your Treatment Plan for the Big Day
3. Fresh Finds
Penélope Cruz’s Beauty Philosophy
How the Star Stays Glowing From the Inside Out
Penélope Cruz is admired for her gorgeous looks and her ability to make any line reading more sultry. So, it may come as a surprise
most of the time, which probably contributes to her glowing skin and enviable physique. Occasionally, though, she indulges in a pint because “one beer once in a while is still good for you.” 2. She practices yoga for its internal and external benefits. Cruz is a fan of yoga, including Bikram style, and she appreciates its dual
that rather than focusing on her outer appearance for beauty, Cruz focuses from the inside out by turning to healthy habits to maintain and nurture her outer beauty. When it comes to the topic of aging, she follows the same principles. “I’ve always been very aware that aging isn’t just about the way
you look; rather, it’s about what’s happening inside,” Cruz told British InStyle. “That’s what I value the most, as I think good health and not having to worry about an illness is the biggest treasure we have.”
purpose. “It’s a multitasking sport — it’s physical, and you’re practicing meditation at the same time,” she says. 3. She focuses on being healthy rather than being skinny.
How has she maintained her inner and outer beauty through the years? Three healthy habits have played a major role. 1. She never smokes and rarely drinks. Cruz avoids smoking, which can prematurely age skin and bring a host of other health issues with it. She also avoids drinking
The actress has long been an advocate for a curvier, fuller standard of beauty. She’s criticized magazines that only present one body type as being representative of beauty. “Who says that to be pretty you have to be thin?” she says. If Cruz herself is any evidence, outdated beauty ideals are getting tossed faster than sour milk.
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