Everyone’s daytime moisturizer should have an SPF of 15 or higher. The Cosmetics Market has an array of products that block both UVA and UVB rays. This Therapy Systems lotion ($48.50) is formulated right here in Nashville. Of course, in the long run, it’s safer to fake it than bake it. This bronzer trio from Fresh is the healthier way to glow ($36). Phyto Plage sun veil spray for hair protects your tresses from the drying sun ($20). These elegant products from Kol rescue parched skin, look cool and smell delicious ($11-$28). When long, hot days and late nights have your face looking less than dewy, atone with this Dead Sea “Holy Mud” mask ($29).
Ready, pedi, go
A good pedicure can relax, revive and polish. For affordable luxury, take your toes to Venetian Nails and Spa. Each pedicure station has a massaging chair and bubbling foot bath. The new “Signature” pedicure is an extra 10 minutes of exfoliating massage, finished with hot towels wrapped around your legs. Venetian’s polish choices are slim, so you may want to bring your own. When you’re ready to really treat those feet, try the 7-Step Stone Pedicure at the newly expanded Blue River Canyon. This decadent treatment incorporates a massage with hot and cold stones to completely refresh those tired dogs.
Find it: Regular pedicure at Venetian Nails and Spa, $28; Signature pedicure, $35. 2126 Green Hills Village Dr. 292-7727. Stone Pedicure at Blue River Canyon, $80, 4908 Thoroughbred Lane, Brentwood. 377-3336.
For you and yours at Tiba
Tiba De Nuhad Khoury recently celebrated its 20th anniversary in Green Hills mall and soon will be launching a new line of cellulite body treatments by Ingrid Millet that are exclusive to Nashville. This plant- and flower-based product line also treats sagging busts and decongests swollen, heavy legs. As the wild success of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy illustrates, regular Joes can use some pampering too. Tiba has a whole menu of men’s services, including facials, massage, laser hair removal and waxing, and is open 7 days a week.
Find it: Prices vary. Tiba De Nuhad Khoury in the Green Hills mall. 269-5121 or www.tibaspa.com.
Nuhad Khoury on wrinkles
How did you get involved with aesthetics? “I knew at age 19 that I’d have a cosmetics business someday.”
Does Tiba get many male clients? Yes. We get doctors, lawyers, all kinds of professionals.
What’s the best defense against wrinkles? Don’t overuse products or treatments. Over exfoliation can lead to dryness and more wrinkles. Use sunscreen all the time.
What do you think of Botox? Botox is good to do before you consider going under the knife. You should see what you look like without those wrinkles before committing to surgery.
Is it socially unacceptable to age gracefully? Well, women need to have some wrinkles. They’re part of your personality.
Any other advice? Treat your skin with respect, and know that the products you used a few years ago may not work for your skin now. The skin is constantly changing.
Compiled, Written and Photographed by Amy Waddell