You Being Beautiful by Doctors Michael Roizen and Mehmet Oz is a messy hodge podge of a book. The authors are medical professionals that specialize in wellness and integrated medicine (Dr Oz is an advisor on the Oprah Winfrey Show), rather than beauty professionals. The thing that struck me about this book is that it comes across as slighty neurotic.

The Docs seem to have been unsure what this book was about and decided to throw in everything and nothing. The need to leave no stone unturned is obsessive; there are segments on tattoos and cleaning the kitchen, footnotes on premature ejaculation, and illustrated chapters on toenail fungus and muscle pain. There is also a neurotic tendency to throw a lame joke in every sentence (chosen at random: "The dermis is what holds you together. What, you thought it was duct tape?"). I won't even go into the illustrations, which were surely done by some crazed, out of work cartoonist.

Having said all that, there are a handful of nuggets that should be of interest to Truth In Agers. Did you know, for example, that your skin is the biggest and heaviest organ of your body, making up 15% of your weight and covering 12 to 20 sq ft. It is 70% water, 25% protein and less than 5% fats.

There are scarcely any product recommendations, so I took notice when the Docs recommended a cleanser: See The Dawn Purity. I checked it out and this is about as simple as gets with nothing in it but aloe vera, glycerin, lavender water and distilled water.

Guys after my own heart, the Docs warn us several times to read the ingredients list on products before buying or trying. Here is what is on their list to avoid: the preservatives imidazolidinyl urea and diazolidinyl urea; fragrances; sodium lauryl sulfate; mineral oil; MEA and TEA; toulene; DMEA. The last one, DMEA, is intriguing and warrants follow up research. It is much favored by Dr Perricone, for example, but these doctors claim it works by causing cell damage and swelling. "Sure the wrinkles will go away temporarily (they also will if you're slapped in the face)."

The ingredients they do like are: Vitamin A (retinoids); vitamin B3 (niacin or niacinamide) and they claim this one also offers sun protection; vitamin B5 (panthenol); vitamin C; vitamin E; alpha hydroxy acids; ubiquinone or CoQ10; ferulic acid. However, they claim that vitamins A, C and E degrade under UV light and therefore should be used in night creams.