My name is Deb and I am a health and beauty writer. My first book The Medically Based No-Nonsense Beauty Book was published in 1974 . This book and an update ten years late sold more than 440,000 copies. My approach to beauty grew out of my time as a research assistant at NYU Medical Center. I worked for a physician who was studying the biology of skin aging. In fact, he was one of the first to study the impact of vitamin A acid on skin growth—which was the basis for Retin A.
The Medically Based No-Nonsense Beauty Book looked at the real causes of skin and hair problems and how to choose beauty products and procedures that were safe ,effective and affordable. Ms Magazine, which ran an excerpt, said it was the first beauty book that did not insult a woman’s intelligence. I was not yet 30 years old when the book was first published. Back then, aging was a theoretical beauty problem. Today, it is the ONLY beauty issue for me.
Since I started to write about beauty, I followed good basic skin care guidelines—I didn’t smoke, exfoliated my skin for thorough cleansing and used a sunscreen. For decades it seemed to keep skin aging under control. Then almost overnight, I looked in a store window and realized that an old lady in the reflection was actually me!! I needed a plan.
I know that there were truly new innovative products and procedures to help reverse signs of aging. There are also a legion of options whose claims seem to just about promise immortality. Now that aging was no longer an abstract problem I wanted, no needed, to be able to separate fact from beauty science fiction.
Coming Up: The Master Plan