by Christina Grant, Ph.D
What if we encouraged people to age as nature intended, holding in high regard their life experience, knowledge, and wisdom they have to offer. I’d much rather sit at the knee of a wise old grandmother whose face is etched and deeply lined than be with a woman who tried to erase all of her character to keep up with our society’s obsession with youth.
I suppose it depends on what you value – the superficial or the deeper layers? On the surface we can skip around, noncommittal, carefree. But the depths are darker, remote, mysterious, maybe even dangerous. Who knows? We don’t go into them often.
Apparently, we prefer the superficial. It dominates and pervades our lives through images, media, art, television, movies and other entertainment. Sexy young women, virile men, great hair, white teeth, flat belly, cleavage, perky behind, smooth skin. Can you get along and not cause problems? Perfect! You’re hired.
After a while it becomes part of our unconscious: young = good, old = bad. Where is the balance in all of this? Certainly we haven’t found it yet. We see Hollywood “role models” taking great care to sculpt their faces and bodies so they’ll remain young and firm. Who and what does this benefit other than the deep pockets of the beauty industry and the deeper cultural shame regarding the aged?
Alas, my mind is just as oriented as the next person toward youth and beauty. I look in the mirror at fine lines and wrinkles, the dreaded brow furrow, and I secretly say to myself, “Let’s make that appointment for Botox soon.”
But how can I do it when I’m a proponent of the holistic path? Of course I want great skin and a youthful appearance, but I don’t want to use harsh chemicals or surgery to get it. What I truly value is the natural radiance that can glow from a person no matter what their age. And I want the wisdom and grace of the aging process to be honored, instead of dreaded.
Enter Scott-Vincent Borba, author of Skintervention and voice of reason among Hollywood’s elite. A celebrity esthetician, Borba teaches how to develop more youthful skin, and he does it in a way I can endorse. He believes that inner health is seen in your outer appearance, and that you can be confidently gorgeous from the inside out at any age.
In Skintervention: The Personalized Solution for Healthier, Younger, and Flawless-Looking Skin you’ll learn about Scott-Vincent Borba’s philosophy including:
- What ingredients in your skin care products are most effective, whether your concern is anti-aging, sensitivity, or breakouts
- Everyday products that sabotage your skin
- What nutritious, anti-aging items to keep in your pantry and refrigerator
- Food cures for fine lines and wrinkles
- Skin-Savvy recipes (beautifully illustrated)
- Do it yourself facials and treatments
- What to do about chocolate, alcohol, and French fries (it’s not what you might think)
- A question-answer section addressing skin concerns at every age
- A week-long VIP beauty plan to get yourself “Red-Carpet Ready”
So, if you’ve been thinking about your own skin and its youthful (or not so youthful) appearance, and who hasn’t, take advice from Scott-Vincent Borba’s book Skintervention. I know you’ll find it inspiring to find a skin-care expert in the entertainment industry who promotes holistic, healthy solutions for beautiful skin at any stage of life.
Christina Grant, Ph.D., is a specialist in Holistic Healing, Intuitive Guidance, and Energy Balancing. She has helped thousands of people transform physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. A widely published author, she also hosted the “Health Connections” radio program as well as co-hosting Monterey’s “Your Health” television series. She is frequently interviewed on radio and television about various aspects of holistic healing.
To learn more or contact her, visit www.christinagrant.com.