Confidence Beyond the Skin-Where Did You Find Your Inspiration this Week?

Every morning when I start my day, I wonder; what interesting people will I be fortunate enough to encounter today?If I have a busy day and a professional event after hours, I can sometimes interact with over 50 people in one day.  I never thought of myself as a people person, but each day I wake up excited to have the opportunity to learn from those around me. Over the years living in LA, I have become spoiled because  most of the people I come into contact with have similar hobbies and interests to my own. Just through my daily interactions with people around me, I have been lucky enough to receive on-the-spot golf lessons, travel tips, dog training and vet advice, restaurant reviews,  religious support, networking leads for my husband’s Hollywood career, wine collecting advice, boating stories, fitness updates, contractor leads, and of course beauty product introductions.

This week I met a 98 year old woman who is a true inspiration. Despite a little arthritis, she continues to go to her workplace 2 days a week as a bookkeeper. I asked what the secret to longevity is, and she said, “be passionate about what you do and how you live your life. Don’t ever stop doing it and……eat a lot of chocolate”. I guess I am in a good position because I pretty much have her advice covered, although I am not sure I want to keep working until I am 98!

The same day, I saw my new friends Kaitlyn and Ethan. They are 8 and 4 years old respectively. Kaitlyn is currently writing a book about manners for both adults and children because she feels that good manners are missing from today’s society. As I was having an adult conversation with their mom, Ethan quietly said, “excuse me mom, could I ask Ms. Kasey a question?” I was so impressed to hear such manners from a 4 year old and at the same time thought to myself, how many times a day am I in a hurry and interrupt someone or speak out of turn? Then I turned towards Kaitlyn and I saw her sitting with perfect posture, patiently waiting for her mom and I to finish our conversation. As I looked at her, I felt myself stand a little taller, hold in my belly and roll back my shoulders. I wanted to appear as confident at 35 years old as Kaitlyn appeared at 8 years old. It is so easy to become lazy and forget good manners and posture. Here is a picture of me this week with Kaitlyn and Ethan:

You may recognize Kaitlyn from her debut on America’s Got Talent a few years ago. She is now a successful Hollywood actress. Keep your eyes open for Ethan too! He just landed his first role in a big movie as the son of a very famous actor.  Way to go guys!

 I have learned that inspiration can come from anywhere; whether it’s the young, the old, the Starbucks cashier early in the morning, my front desk staff as I enter the office, a special patient mid day, my Zumba Instructor on the way home, friends, colleagues or family far away, you never know who will say or do something that will impact you and the choices you make. I can only hope that one day I can give back and inspire others who have inspired me. For now, I will continue to enjoy my personal encounters everyday and of course, eat a lot of chocolate!

I am off to the Annual American Academy of Dermatology Conference in San Diego. It is a massive meeting with over 10,000 dermatologists in attendance. Stay tuned for the next blog article on April 1 when I will give you the highlights!

Check out the new beauty corner of the main newsletter/blog page where I will highlight a different beauty product every month! www.kaseydrapeaudamatopac.wordpress.com

I am always looking for new blog topics or interesting products. Send your  ideas to kasey.drapeaudamato@gmail.com.

I have been asked if I receive any financial incentive to mention products in my newsletter/blog and the answer is no. I only comment on products that I have used myself or that I recommend to patients because they have unique benefits.  However, I am a clinical trainer for both Medicis (Dysport/Restylane) and Allergan (Botox/Juvederm).

For my fellow tech-y followers, I have started  daily skin and lifestyle tweets on Twitter! To stay up to date on the latest, you can follow me @kaseydamatopac . For those Facebook fanatics out there, I have also created a FB fan page! Go ahead and “like” the page to stay up to date on the latest in skin care! http://www.facebook.com/KaseyDrapeauDamato

Confidence Beyond the Skin-Are You Looking for Ways to Improve Forehead Frown Lines and Look More Rested?

Wow! Did you see the glamorous celebrities on the red carpet last weekend during the Academy Awards? Despite having to travel, and sometimes having to work 16 hours a day, they all looked so relaxed and rested when they arrived last Sunday night. Those celebrities have hair and makeup experts to make sure that they look flawless for a big event, but what about the rest of us who don’t have that luxury? Don’t worry, there are some simple things you can do to look relaxed and rested without a team of highly trained individuals spending hours working on you.

One of the most noticeable areas on the face that make people look tired or mad is the area in between the eyebrows. Many people flex small muscles in that area of the forehead when they read, or squint in the sun. Over time, repeatedly flexing that muscle can pull on the skin and create frown lines.

Some other causes of fine lines on the face is from sun exposure and smoking. Besides genetics, which we have no control over, sun exposure and smoking are the behavioral activities that we can avoid to help prevent premature wrinkles.

Topical creams that include a retinol are helpful to exfoliate dead skin and encourage new skin growth. This can help minimize the appearance of fine lines. I like Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Night Cream ($20) or Vichy LiftActiv HA ($47). For more persistent lines on the face, a prescription cream like Retin-A or Renova can be helpful.

Of course the most dramatic results will come from injectable agents like Botox and Dysport. They work very well and can last 3-4 months, but can also be pricy. If you are considering Botox or Dysport, but worried about cost, sometimes the companies offer promotional discounts. Take a look at my cosmetic artistry page to see a before and after photo from Allergan (the makers of Botox).

We may not be rich and famous, but with some rest and regular exercise, we can all look as glamorous as the Hollywood celebrities. Your friends and family will notice that you look more relaxed and may ask if you have been on a recent vacation. You will have to decide who you will share your secrets with and who you leave wondering….

Check out the new beauty corner of the main newsletter/blog page where I will highlight a different beauty product every month! www.kaseydrapeaudamatopac.wordpress.com

I am always looking for new blog topics or interesting products. Send your  ideas to kasey.drapeaudamato@gmail.com.

I have been asked if I receive any financial incentive to mention products in my newsletter/blog and the answer is no. I only comment on products that I have used myself or that I recommend to patients because they have unique benefits.  However, I am a clinical trainer for both Medicis (Dysport/Restylane) and Allergan (Botox/Juvederm).

For my fellow tech-y followers, I have started  daily skin and lifestyle tweets on Twitter! To stay up to date on the latest, you can follow me @kaseydamatopac . For those Facebook fanatics out there, I have also created a FB fan page! Go ahead and “like” the page to stay up to date on the latest in skin care! http://www.facebook.com/KaseyDrapeauDamato