Beauty Treatment Makeovers - Tanning, Makeup, Blonde Addicts
Five women in need of a little image counseling hit the salon, the makeup counter, and most important—the couch.
By Jenny Bailly
O, The Oprah Magazine | From the August 2009 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine
The Pysch Counsel: Jaclyn says she knows she should cut down, but tanning helps her relax, and, really, she doesn't indulge as often as her friends do. Jaclyn's relationship to tanning bears hallmarks of addiction—and it's no surprise. When skin cells are exposed to UV light, one by-product of the chemical reaction is the release of feel-good endorphins. "Frequent tanning induces a change in brain chemistry," says Steven Feldman, MD, professor of dermatology and pathology at Wake Forest University. An alternate mood-lifter, like exercise, could help Jaclyn kick her tanning habit. Sitting in front of a light box (which emits visible light but has UV filters) for 20 minutes a day is another option, says dermatologist and psychiatrist Amy Wechsler, MD. But Jaclyn must want to quit. "She needs someone—a friend, parent, doctor—to wake her up," says Wechsler. "I tell young patients who tan that they will soon look 15 years older than their peers. By their late 20s, they'll be having their first basal cell carcinomas surgically removed."
The Beauty Counsel: Jaclyn can turn to self-tanners to get the complexion she craves; they're cheaper and easier than ever to use. She can also enhance a sun-kissed look with makeup, applying a tinted moisturizer with golden undertones (like Lancôme Bienfait Multi-Vital Teinté in Sand) and blending bronzer along her cheekbones and the outer edges of her face. Linter also used charcoal eyeliner and a soft lavender shadow to make Jaclyn's beautiful green eyes—and her skin—glow.
Jaclyn's Reaction: "I'm not ready to stop tanning completely, but Dr. Wechsler's advice did make me seriously consider cutting back. And I loved everything that Sandy showed me—I never thought I could look so healthy and glowing without a tan."
Dress, Notte by Marchesa; $1,155; Neiman Marcus. Earrings, Ippolita; $1,295; Ippolita.com