UPDATE 11/17/08: The giveaway is closed, and winners will be notified soon. Good luck!
YOU: Being Beautiful, a new beauty book by New York Times bestselling authors Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Michael Roizen, hit shelves this week.
This book is the fifth in the YOU: The Owner’s Manual health series, and in it the doctors discuss three levels of beauty in their trademark writing style which blends science with entertainment.
- Looking Beautiful: what you can do to keep your skin, hair, teeth, hands, feet and body looking great
- Feeling Beautiful: dealing with “inner” beauty health issues like aches, pains and stress
- Being Beautiful: how improving your relationships with loved ones can help you find true happiness
Oprah’s homeboys (did you see the book featured on her show on Tuesday?) also talk about how different foods, vitamins, creams, gels and injections can boost how you look on the outside and feel on the inside.
I’m pretty excited about seeing this book in stores because I got to read the drafts at the literary agency, and I can remember when the book looked just like this:
My favorite parts of the book are the sections detailing the biology of beauty. I also like the helpful YOU Tips! sprinkled throughout the chapters.
CREAM IT ON. There are hundreds of skin care ingredients, including many with fancy names and expensive price tags. But there is very little science to most of them and no science to many of them. The list of ingredients that really can make a difference in the skin is small. The big ingredients (and their closely related derivatives) to know:
- Vitamin A (retinoids)
- Vitamin B3 (niacin or nicotinamide)
- Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid, panthenol)
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
- Alpha-hydroxy acids
- Ubiquinone or coenzyme Q10 (small-molecule antioxidant)
- Ferulic acid (small-molecule antioxidant)
These eight are examples of skin-care ingredients you can cream on with solid scientific backing.
YOU: Being Beautiful Book Giveaway
Enter today’s YOU: Being Beautiful book giveaway by sharing what keeps you being beautiful in the comments.
Ten winners will each receive a copy of YOU: Being Beautiful by Drs. Michael Roizen and Mehmet Oz (419 pages, hardcover); $26.99 value.
How to Enter
To qualify, leave a comment below on what keeps you being beautiful. You can leave tips talking about what keeps you beautiful on the inside or on the outside (or even both!), and it can be as long or as short as you like, up to a maximum of 250 words. There are no right or wrong answers.
What keeps me being beautiful? On the outside, lots of sunscreen and sleep. On the inside… bringing laughter to other people’s lives. I’m not nearly as funny as my dad or my brother (the true comedians of our family), but I do have those occasional moments when I can say or point something out and get my friends to totally crack up. To see them smile and hear them laugh makes this part inside me light up with joy.
I’ll choose the winners at random from among the people who enter by 11 PM PST on Sunday. Please be sure to leave a valid email address when you comment so I can reach you if you win.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,