Men and women feel that looking their best gives them an edge professionally as well as socially — and are willing to spend a lot of money to do so.

“In this financially and socially competitive world where others are doing things to look younger, individuals cannot be dismissive of personal appearance and how they are being perceived,” says Dr. Sue Decotiis, a New York-based internist.  It’s not surprising people can spend upwards of thousands of dollars a year on beauty and health products only to be disappointed with the results.

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