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Natural Beauty Gurus: The 10 Questions I Always Ask, Wendy Bazilian

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Name: Wendy Bazilian, Dr.P.H., M.A., R.D.

Occupation: Co-owner of Bazilian's Health Clinic, Author of The SuperFoodsRx Diet (Rodale Books, 2007), Nutrition Advisor to Golden Door Spa & Resort

Location: San Diego, CA

Who is your beauty inspiration? There are so many! Olivia Newton-John has beauty, talent, and purpose. She's a major advocate for a clean, healthy environment, as well as a breast cancer survivor. I also admire Jane Iredale, who is a good friend of my father. Her beauty as a role model in my youth is now magnified by the impact she is making in the beauty industry. She's committed to making products that enhance the skin while minimizing exposure to environmental toxins.

What product/treatment/beauty indulgence do you spend the most on? My haircut. A great cut makes you feel great every day. Julien Farel at Julein Farel Salon in New York City makes my hair beautiful, manageable, and healthy.

What do you spend the least on? There's always a tube of Burt's Bees Beeswax Lip Balm stashed in my purse and desk drawers. I also lightly brush my teeth with baking soda to remove tea stains and brighten my smile. A 50-cent box lasts me all year.

What does age mean to you? I love this Victor Hugo quote about aging: "Forty is the old age of youth; fifty is the youth of old age." Having turned 40 this year, I'm on the cusp of what I expect to be my greatest decade yet. Being "old" among the young is a relief. And moving towards being the "youth" of the more experienced feels invigorating; there's a world of new discovery still ahead.

What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learned about skin/hair/nails/beauty this year? You can condition your eyelashes! At Golden Door, I learned that eyelashes fall out every five to seven months. And the experts at Jane Iredale explained that, like hair, you can condition your lashes so they hold up better with repeated mascara applications. Several times a week, I use their conditioner, which is made with a nourishing algae extract.

What’s the one thing you do (not product-based) that you think affects your appearance more than anything else? Drinking enough water. Hydration impacts the skins quality, making it appear more resilient, filled-out, and elastic. Not sipping enough really shows. Plus, staying hydrated can help boost your energy  levels.

Why naturals? I know that I can't avoid all the chemicals in our environment, and I don't want to live life in fear of exposure. That said, the skin is our largest organ and the first line of defense. The products that I use on my skin has direct access to my millions of pores, cells, and potentially my blood stream.  The same way I value the quality of the foods I choose to put in my body, I value the quality of the products and ingredients I put on my body to nourish it.

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