Most people think that beauty revolves around such things as lipstick, sweet eyes, or skinny jeans — all those things that we can see (and obsess over) in the mirror. But the fact is that beauty isn’t some superficial pursuit, and it’s not some random act that you can thank (or curse) your ancestors for.
About the Author
MICHAEL F. ROIZEN, M.D., is a New York Times #1 bestselling author and cofounder and originator of the very popular RealAge.com website. He is chief wellness officer and chair of the Wellness Institute of the Cleveland Clinic and health expert of The Oprah Winfrey Show.
MEHMET C. OZ, M.D., is also a New York Times #1 bestselling author and host of The Dr. Oz Show. He is professor and vice chairman of surgery at New York Presbyterian-Columbia University and the director of the Heart Institute.
Those who follow mass media are apt to believe that beauty is achieved by a sort of alchemy usually reserved for celebrities and the truly affluent. According to physician/coauthors Michael Roizen and Mehmet Oz, beauty is a biological science available to any health-conscious woman or man. You Being Beautiful doesn’t delve into liposuction or the pros and cons of tight jeans, but it does tutor readers on how true hair-to-toenails beauty is integrally involved with every facet of our well-being. The authors of You: The Owner’s Manual describe in precise detail what foods, vitamins, gels, creams, and injections can really boost your looks — and mind-set. A sensible look at a subject that usually appears as remote as Shangri-La.
This follow-up to Roizen and Oz’s current bestseller YOU: Staying Young, targets three dimensions of beauty: looking beautiful, feeling beautiful and being beautiful. True to their holistic vision, they provide tools, tips and quizzes on physical appearance-caring for hair, skin, nails, teeth, etc.; forming healthy diet and exercise habits; reading labels and selecting products; and choosing cosmetic enhancements (breast implants, Botox, tattoos, piercing and LASIK, for example).They also include practical ways to manage energy levels, ease aches and pains, prevent injury, cope with mood disorders, end addictions and create positive home and work environments. Identifying work and finances as major stressors and loving relationships as key to health and happiness, they offer insights and suggestions for developing a big-picture, spiritualized view of life. A 24-hour “ultimate beautiful day” shows readers how to implement changes into their typical schedule. The blend of beauty advice with love, work, finances and spirituality could be smoother, and the impish humor throughout is a bit strained. Still, this volume is as entertaining and challenging as other titles in the series. (Oct.)
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Roizen and Oz are back with the latest volume in their best-selling “YOU” series. As they have done in previous titles, they approach their subject here with humor and solid medical research. They believe that beauty is more than skin deep-it is the end result of physical and attitudinal health. If we eat properly, exercise appropriately, and use cosmetics with discretion, beauty will be ours. As always, they employ a cheerful, even satirical tone and load us up with intriguing factoids in addition to their sound medical advice. Each chapter addresses a particular element: skin, hair, teeth, metabolism, aches and pains, relationships, etc. There’s a lot of overlap in this title with their previous books, but all the information is true and usable. People who are interested only in beauty will get a health boost as well. Recommended; the authors will launch the book on Oprah in November.
—Susan B. Hagloch