Dr Keenan, who is board certified in internal medicine and anti-aging medicine, says the most expensive products with the most promising anti-aging or health claims are supported by very little
unbiased studies and that women shouldn't jump on a health regimen just because the media suggests that all the beautiful celebs are doing it.
"Due to magazine 'advertising' and the admiration for the Hollywood Starlet look, women will follow [a celeb's] skin regiment that can begin with a $450 facial, radio frequency machines that claim to shorten muscles and have a lifting or tightening skin effect and begin pricey skincare that includes neurotransmitters and hormones that are suppose to stimulate the brain to help create younger more beautiful skin or slow the aging process," explains Dr Keenan. The regimen sounds promising but where is the evidence to support the hefty price?
She adds that regardless of the price of a product – some age-defying products boast a $600 per ounce price tag – "the aging process cannot be stopped." That means that bottle of "wonder serum" with claims it can turn over dying skin cells faster than normal skin isn't going to give you 18-year-old skin again, even though you did pay a small fortune for it. And if you just have to have the glycolic acid and antioxidants in that high-price moisturizer? Shop around, Dr Keenan says you find comparable products for a third of the price.
The financial stress of trying to halt your body's natural aging process may be adding years to your skin and health. "Stress triggers the release of the hormone cortisol that elevates blood sugar and triggers chemicals in the body that produce enzymes that break down collagen that could result in wrinkles," Dr Keenan explains. Stress also takes a toll on your mental and physical health, too. (Click for what stress does to your body.) Effective, more economical, and less stressful alternatives are out there – you just need to look for them.
Some spas offer free health, fitness and skincare assessments as well as package deals that will include a variety of wellness services and products at a much lower price than purchasing each
one separately. You can also take advantage of the "express" services available at many wellness facilities – instead of that 90 minute massage or hour with the personal trainer,
make an appointment for a half-hour at half the price.
"At The Medical Spa at Nova we carry skincare lines that have high concentrations recommended in the Haute Couture lines. What we suggest is to come in and have a free skin analysis. Then we customize a program for you that will begin with a good basic facial. Serums and moisturizers are used throughout all our skin care facials using the finest glycolic and antioxidants that you can find," says Dr Keenan. But, your care doesn't stop there.
In addition to master estheticians, health experts at Nova Medical Group include dieticians, acupuncturists, naturopathic doctors, dermatologists, yoga instructors, massage therapists and even healthy cooking instructors. Finding a facility with such a diverse staff of health and wellness professionals is not only convenient (one-stop shop, so to speak) but also economical because package deals or comprehensive programs will be available. (You may also want to consider getting your gal pals together for a spa party, another budget-friendly option that usually includes a wide range of spa services.)
Before you shell out most of your paycheck on a miracle health, diet or skincare product, consider the following money-saving tips:
In light of the economy, it pays to save money where you can. The good news is, you don't have to neglect your health or beauty to do so – you just need to do a little research.
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