How My Mom Suckered Me Into Seeing a Fancy Beverly Hills Dermatologist
It was all she wanted for Christmas. I had to go.
But Dr. Shamban's warm smile puts me at ease immediately. I explain to her that my mom was actually the one who, in a way, made me come here. She nods and agrees that my mom was right to encourage the importance of seeing a dermatologist, especially at 27.
"Your 20s are important because this is a time when you are really scouting out quality," she says. "You want a quality guy, you want quality friends, and you want quality habits when it comes to skin care." For a minute here I almost think my mom is somehow in cahoots with Dr. Shamban and is feeding her lines through some kind of hidden device. The doctor seems to echo my mom's advice almost verbatim, and I'm equal parts annoyed and intrigued.
"Fifty is the new 20," she says, and I nod, having heard this before. "But 20 is the new 50." Cue the record scratch. Um...what? "Twenty is the new 50 in that a lot of people are taking better care of themselves earlier, and they're taking precautions as if they were 50," explains Dr. Shamban. "The steps you take now build a solid foundation, and that's exactly what you want to do to stay looking younger longer."
I nod along. I want to look younger longer! I want to build a foundation! Now I'm antsy to get this show on the road. "OK, let's take a look at your skin" Dr. Shamban says as she puts on magnifying glasses, hands me a mirror, and adjusts the light to "Unflattering." I lean back and prepare myself for the worst.
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