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Deborah Michelson Getting to Know PAPERCITY PROMOTION Skincare Guru at Bella Rinova S kincare has been called the fountain of youth. Take care of your skin, and it will take care of you — however, doing so the right way requires expert education. We enlist professional help to keep our bodies in shape, so why wouldn't we do the same for our skin? In Houston, you can trust Deborah Michelson at Bella Rinova. Known as the skincare guru, she is River Oaks' best-kept secret. But caring for the skin of Houston's elite is no small task. Here, she shares a few of her secrets. How did you become the skincare guru? Deborah Michelson: Skincare has sparked my interest since I was young. My girlfriends would buy makeup; I would buy skincare! I wanted to keep my youth and improve my skin by experimenting with creams and serums. What are you looking forward to in 2024? DM: I'm excited to improve my health and wellness this year. I also look forward to experimenting and trying new lines of skincare. Maybe I'll find new techniques as well. The next big thing for skincare? DM: Advanced technology in treatments utilizing serums that pair well with penetrating masks. Also, smart devices for homecare. If you were going to invest in just one skincare product? DM: Cleanser. It's so very important. What has surprised you the most after being in the skincare business for decades? DM: It's incredible how the younger generations have learned to take care of their skin and skincare. I love to see it! The most frequent mistake you see when it comes to skincare? DM: Not exfoliating properly. Improper exfoliation can prevent other products from penetrating the skin. Common misconceptions. DM: That all you need is one cream. One cream can't do it all. Wise words for those starting out on their skincare journey. DM: Cleanse, exfoliate, moisturize, and drink lots of water. Skincare that's worth the splurge. DM: Eye cream. Let's get personal. How do you spend the first five minutes of your day? DM: I stretch before I get out of bed, start my coffee, and have a glass of water. Go-to meal in Houston. DM: Kata Robata. The house salad and hamachi kama are amazing. Ideal day in Houston. DM: A cup of coffee and a muffin from Tiny's Milk & Cookies, blow-dry and mani-pedi at Bella Rinova, stop by Longoria Collection to see what's new, have a nice dinner in River Oaks District, and end my day watching an episode of my current favorite TV series, The Gilded Age. Two people you'd love to have dinner with. DM: Estée Lauder, because I want to know how she got started in skincare and what she did to create her successful company. And, Julia Childs, because she's fabulous! When I started cooking, I learned from her cookbooks. Deborah Michaelson at Bella Rinova 713.572.0022 4444 Westheimer Road, Suite H200, Houston, TX 77027 Deborah Michelson 64

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