Home' Spa and Clinic : SPA Vol-67 October 2016 Contents KNOWLEDGE IS POWER
Danné (pictured right with DMK Australia’s Debbie Dickson)
says Hollywood royalty and Kennedy scion Maria Shriver is a
perfect example of a woman in her 50s who’s reinvented herself
after mid-life divorce (from Arnold Schwarzenegger, who it was
revealed had had a child with their former housekeeper)
e live in an “ageless” society
where, w ith superior health care,
access to a wide range of holistic
wellness modalities, advances in skincare
technology and non- surgical rejuvenation
options (think laser, dermal fillers and
neurotoxin anti-wrinkle injections), as well
as more sophisticated cosmetic surgery
techniques, it’s sometimes hard to pick if a
woman is, 35 or 50, 40 or 60.
Yet stereotypical ageist attitudes still
abound and, indeed, are held by many
women themselves, holding them back.
Paramedical skincare pioneer Danne
Montague King says he sees a familiar
“syndrome” at his clinic in Beverly Hills –
women around the age of 50 who feel like
they’ve been “kicked to the curb”.
“I see it time and again. Perhaps their
husbands have left them for a younger
woman, or their kids have left home,” Danne
told SPA+CLINIC on a recent visit to Sydney.
They’ll say things like `my youth has
gone and I’ve done nothing with my life
except have kids’. They’ve grown depressed
and feel past it.
“My first advice always is: the next best
years of your life are to come. You’ve seen it
all, you’re wise and have nothing left to prove.
You’re still sexy. So what do you want to do
with this next, possibly best part of your life?
It’s time to decide and then go and grab it!”
Danne says the next step is encouraging
his clients to “get the package together”.
“These women might have gained a bit of
weight, their skin might need a good boost
after the hormonal cascade of menopause,
they often need to change their hair and
makeup to something more flattering.
“ We all have a habit of sticking with
something that’s worked for us in the past,
but there reaches a stage where it’s actually
doing us a disser vice.
“My clients in Beverly Hills can usually
afford to have nips and tucks, too, but
facelifts aren’t necessarily the solution.
“ The process of working on improving
yourself is incredibly energising and
confidence-boosting, as well as the physical
changes you are making. This manifests
outwardly, as the old saying goes: When
you feel good you look good.”
Danne also scoffs at the suggestion that
men are only interested in younger women,
as many of his clients will complain to him.
“Look, I live in Los Angeles, the capital
of Eternal Youth, and I can tell you this
is not true. Many men I know feel foolish
dating much younger women. They prefer
the company of older, sophisticated, sexy
women who take pride in their appearance,
have many interests and good conversation.”
Danne says that, as aesthetics
professionals, you are in a unique position
to help women going through these, or
similar life impasse scenarios.
“ You’re so much more than a therapist,”
he says. “ You’re a psychologist, a priest, a BFF.
“ You will probably know more about a
client’s life than anybody – women w ill open
up to a good and trusted therapist about
matters she is too afraid or embarrassed to
tell even her partner or closest friends.
“As a result, you will know what a woman
ultimately wants but she may have no idea
how to go about getting it.
“ When you see a client for the first time,
ask what their ultimate goals are. Maybe
they’ve never even thought about it, so this
can be a very valuable process. It allows
you to plan big picture for them, and in so
doing create a loyal client.”
With this kind of relationship, he says,
you can put a client on a life-changing path.
Where your scope of expertise ends,
make a point of connecting with a broad
network of aesthetics and wellness
professionals whose work come highly
recommended – from plastic and cosmetic
surgeons, to cosmetic physicians and even
other aesthetics professionals who have
a specialty you don’t; to nutritionists,
naturopaths and fitness instructors to
hairdressers and makeup artists.
Danne concludes: “Age doesn’t matter
– looking good does. There’s ever ything
wrong with not looking as good as you can.
It’s an investment in self.”
AGE OF REASON
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