DuJour’s “Body Language” column offers short tidbits of info about one specific body part each week. This week, it’s all about the nose.
1. THE PROCEDURE: NOSE LIFT
Yes, you read that right. According to New York-based plastic surgeon Dr. Barry Weintraub, patients are turning to “nose lift” surgeries as a new defense against aging. “Many patients come to me not knowing why they look old—they can’t quite put their finger on it. When I point out that their noses are downturning, suddenly they see the problem. A conservative, appropriate nose lift can be a subtle, but important, change,” he explains.
Weintraub says the trend is gaining momentum because “people are becoming more aware of their looks” after seeing themselves in digital photos and videos. The procedure entails a gentle rotation of the nasal tip, which Weintraub accomplishes by maneuvering the cartilage. “The recovery for a nose lift is very quick and easy,” says Weintraub, “primarily due to the fact that I am not breaking any bones but am focusing solely on the cartilage.”
2. THE MUSE: KATE MIDDLETON
“The nose on the Duchess of Cambridge is often requested by my patients, as it is natural, youthful and not overskeletonized,” says Weintraub.
3. THE SKILL: IDENTIFYING SCENTS
How do top perfumers pick up specific notes in fragrances? “Practice, practice, practice,” says perfumer Kathryn Kucka Beaton, the Vice President of Product Development at TOCCA Beauty. “It takes years for someone to become a perfumer through arduous studying of raw and synthetic materials. It’s like a wine sommelier—you train your ‘nose’ for fragrance like you would your ‘palette’ for wine.”
Kucka Beaton says it’s important to cleanse the “nasal palette” between smelling different scents. “I have been told on a number of occasions from some of the top perfumers in the world, that the best way to cleanse the palette is smelling something neutral like your shoulder.”
4. THE EXPERT: SUSAN CIMINELLI, CELEBRITY FACIALIST
Susan Ciminelli’s impressive roster of clients includes everyone from Robert De Niro to Jennifer Lopez, so when it comes to skincare, we take her word as gospel. Ciminelli offers the following regimen to help prevent breakouts in the nose area. “Steam your pores with dried rosemary and oregano after you cleanse your skin well, then apply a clay mask to absorb excess oil. You should use a clay mask on your nose every other day,” she says. “For a clear T-Zone, I recommend my toning formula. It refines your skin texture and prevents blackheads. Follow up with a spray of Seawater, which is infused with pine bark extract, a powerful anti inflammatory. This minimizes your pores giving you a naturally perfect complexion. Regular exfoliation is also key to shrink and deep clean pores.”
Ciminelli also advises seeing a facialist at least once a month—and be sure the appointment includes extractions. “Many facials don’t include extractions but they should. For a deep clean you need to get rid of the built-up dirt and oil in your pores.”
Toning Formula, $105, Susan Ciminelli, susanciminelli.com
Seawater, $55, Susan Ciminelli, susanciminelli.com
5. THE TIP: DETOXIFYING SUPPLEMENTS
Another secret to clear skin, says Ciminelli, is a “clean colon.” “Beauty also comes from the inside. I take two pills every night. It helps detoxify the body’s system. I like Super Cleanse from Nature’s Secret because it contains powerful, ingredients.”
Super Cleanse, $18, Nature’s Secret, VitaminShoppe.com
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