Soothe Your Nerves With a Bergdorf Personal Shopper's Thoughts on Beauty and Aging

IntoTheGloss just published an interview with Bergdorf Goodman’s sharp-tongued personal shopper Betty Halbreich, and if you have been recently overwhelmed with the feeling that, say, the world is on the brink of collapse, it’s a nice change of pace.

The interview with Halbreich, 88, paints a picture of someone who is not very interested in adhering to norms, even when it comes to dermatology (“I go to a wonderful young dermatologist named Philip Bruder, and everything he tells me to do I don’t do. I don’t buy the products, there’s no way!”).

Today I think [celebrities] all look cloned. I like when women look a little different. And I don’t understand plastic surgery. You know, there’s something really wonderful to growing old and keeping yourself upright. There really is! It doesn’t have to be the worst thing in your life. How can you not face your mirror and see reality? I got up this morning and thought, ‘I really look awful!’ And then I turned the page.

I don’t put night creams on or anything. I can’t be bothered. I have enough moisture in my skin, I don’t need moisturizer. Nothing.

As far as exercise, I’m walking all day long, so I do that. A client of mine got me a pedometer once because she was so intrigued about my walking. And I never wore it, so I gave it to Joan Rivers.


The key to aging, according to Halbreich, is to “keep working.” And on her days off? “To relax I probably give my kitchen floor the best wash it’s ever had.”

Read the full interview here.

Image via Associated Press.

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Ellie Shechet

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