The Editor's Note

PUBLISHED : Friday, 03 July, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 03 July, 2009, 12:00am

The Greek philosopher Aristotle lived in an age of heroes. One of his pupils was Alexander the Great. And yet when it came to courage Aristotle was not impressed by martial arts. 'I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies,' he wrote in his Ethics. 'For the hardest victory is over self.' When it comes to being healthy and looking good Aristotle was right on target. Most of the damage to our well-being and appearance is self-inflicted: smoking, drinking, overeating and other indulgences leave their mark with wrinkles and corpulence. Thus in this Health & Beauty edition of Style we examine the best and latest techniques for undoing the damage we do when we enjoy ourselves too much. There's a story about workouts that stretch the limits of the body and the imagination, a review of detox diets designed to restore the mind and the spirit, as well as a report from a 'spa to the stars' in Paris that offers a one-hour non-surgical face lift beloved by fashion celebrities. Plus we have a gorgeous fashion shoot by Baldovino Barani that shows off the brightest new make-up trends, inspiring hit lists and the dazzling +STUFF feature that garlands every story with the beauty industry's latest products.