Recently, I was at the library and happened to see a book with supermodel Christie Brinkley on the cover. As always, she looked amazing.
I picked up the book and leafed through it. The book is called “Timeless Beauty,” and it’s her latest beauty book. I don’t remember the last time I read or looked at a beauty book, but it was likely when I was in my teens or early 20s. Brinkley is in her 60s and she looks absolutely amazing. Needless to say, I checked the book out, wondering if I could glean some tips from her.
Whether you are a young woman, middle-aged or even a senior citizen, Brinkley offers some terrific advice and tips for all things beauty and anti-aging. She even covers topics such as plastic surgery and less invasive medical procedures. She interviewed some of the top doctors and medical professionals and they had lots to say.
I love her chapter on makeup. The photos are great and she walks you through several routines for different looks. She also lists all of the products she uses and includes resources for where you can get them. I didn’t know she has an entire skin care line. Brinkley offers loads of makeup tips — do’s and don’ts that apply regardless of your age.
I especially loved her chapter about fashion, since that is an area where I consider myself a bit challenged. She has a great list of fashion “must haves” and talks about how to put certain looks together.
Brinkley also talks about self-care, which is something women are often guilty of not doing. As mothers, so many of us put everybody and their needs ahead of ours. She highlights how important it is to think positively about yourself and loving the skin you are in.
Speaking of skin, Brinkley’s chapter on caring for your skin is excellent. Again, she talks about the importance of taking care of your skin and the products she uses to do so. I love that besides skincare products, Brinkley includes various foods that are particularly good for your skin. Foods such as walnuts, carrots, berries, green tea, radishes, tomatoes, spinach, sweet potatoes, wild salmon, oysters and Brazil nuts all made her list.
Brinkley does take supplements and she shares which ones she takes daily. I know supplements can be controversial — some in the medical community say they are not necessary.
On a personal note, I have taken vitamins my entire life. I don’t think there is any way I could possibly eat enough vegetables and fruits to equal what I can get by swallowing a few pills. I do believe you should do your own research and purchase quality supplements.
Brinkley is in terrific shape and emphasized the importance of staying active, no matter what your age. Her main tip for exercise is to keep it interesting and full of variety. I agree. If all you do is walk on the treadmill, you’re probably going to get bored quickly.
Perhaps not surprisingly, my favorite chapter was the one about food and eating. Brinkley is a vegetarian, so of course she spent a lot of time espousing the virtues of vegetables, which I totally agree with. She talked about how she loves gardening — and the photos of her garden put mine to shame. Brinkley included some recipes and I tried a few and they were great.
Brinkley has a casual tone and not at all “uppity.” It feels like your older sister is just giving you some sound advice that worked for her.
If you are getting older and need a little inspiration, Brinkley definitely offers that in her book. If you are a young woman, Brinkley is just as inspiring.
Besides having had an incredible career as a model, I love the fact that she is still modeling in her 60s!
South Forsyth resident Adlen Robinson is author of “Home Matters: The Guide to Organizing Your Life and Home.” E-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.