GOLDENS BRIDGE, N.Y. – For years, Goldens Bridge writer Dana Ramos tried to correct the problems she was having with her skin. She used just about every over-the-counter product available at retail stores, but it was all in vain.
“After years of struggling with bad skin, I finally went to see my dermatologist and learned the truth about skin care,” Ramos said. “And I discovered one fact: It is relatively inexpensive and incredibly easy to find and use effective products at home that really work for your skin. Women spend billions of dollars on expensive preparations from department stores and drugstores. It’s all false advertising, so we finally end up going to the doctor.”
Ramos began sharing the secrets to great skin it took her two decades to learn with friends and strangers via email, until the lightbulb over her head went off. She realized that she should write a book on the subject.
The result is “The Skin Regime: Boot Camp for Beautiful Skin,” (Verve Productions, 2012) a no-holds-barred handbook about what Ramos says really works to get age-defying, fabulous skin. The book is backed by renowned dermatologist Dr. David Bank, former president of the New York State Society for Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery and founder of The Center for Dermatology in Mount Kisco, who also offered Ramos technical advice for the book.
Ramos says her book challenges all the major cosmetics companies to compare their products to the products and methods outlined in the book. Simultaneously, Ramos challenges women (and men) to participate in the “boot camp” skin regime, which she says gives nearly anyone drastically better skin in a few weeks.
In the book, Ramos writes that dermatologists are the only real experts for healing, protecting and beautify the skin – not people who give facials or sell expensive makeup in department stores. The book incorporates humor as it teaches about skin care, makeup use, and how to find and use medically based products at home. Ramos says the information in the book is based on actual medically tested and proven results.
“Many of my new patients arrive with products they bought in department stores,” Bank said. “But the results are incomparable to what you will see if you use the right ingredients in the right concentrations.”
Ramos said most of those ingredients are available online, but you have to know exactly what to look for and where to find it.
“Some of that stuff can be very harmful," she said. "But the book describes exactly what to look for.”
To illustrate that the methods described in her book are effective, Ramos reached out to Patricia Krentcil, the notorious “Tanning Mom” from New Jersey. Krentcil will undergo Ramos' boot camp, and the work will be documented on YouTube to chronicle Krentcil’s progress.
Ramos said she will donate at least 5 percent of the proceeds from book sales to The Skin Cancer Foundation and other charities.