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There is a deepness to Iza Calzado’s unique beauty. Perhaps it’s let on by her rich, golden skin that she is proud of as a morena or by her timeless features punctured by deep-set eyes, always able to offer a story without the need for words. Or maybe because, even as she is time and again talked about as “one of the most beautiful faces in show business”—straight from Dr. Vicki Belo herself—Iza has always seen herself and others as more.
“I’m all about body positivity and self-love,” she says. “I really promote that we are more than just bodies, because we are. But part of loving myself is loving the vessel in which I live my life, and that means—because I also live my life as an actress, which is a very visual medium and job—a part of beauty for me has to do with the physical aspect.”
As a bride-to-be, Iza also wanted to make sure that she looks her best for her big day. Since her wedding to Filipino-British businessman Ben Wintle is in December, she began investing in self-care through a non-invasive skin tightening treatment a few months before the wedding—Belo Thermage—which is a painless, non-surgical treatment that uses radiofrequency energy to increase collagen production, resulting in tighter, younger-looking skin.
“I’m 36 and I need a little help boosting collagen production,” she explains. “So I drink bone broth, take collagen tablets, and use moisturizer. Thermage just helps me take things to the next level. It’s preventive, non-invasive, and after just one treatment, my skin felt tighter instantly—it was like I drank five gallons of bone broth and applied five gallons of moisturizer.”
Dr. Belo explains the secret behind the miracle machine: “Thermage uses bulk heating to create heat on the skin, stimulating collagen. And at Belo, we use a cold component so you don’t feel the heat and it’s not painful at all.” The treatment takes an hour, there’s zero downtime, and you only need to do it once every two years if you’re in your 30s or once a year if you’re in your 40s.
“Right after the treatment, I felt a lift right away. After two weeks, I started getting compliments about how my skin looked better and tighter,” adds Iza. “And no one ever asked me if I got a face lift, which is nice, because that means the results look natural.” Thermage also stimulates and boosts collagen production in progression, meaning even after your treatment, collagen will continue to build, giving you better and better results over six months.
“I’m excited to see its maximum effect in time for my wedding day,” says Iza. “It really is such a worthy investment, because it saves you time, which is priceless. The treatment is very quick, but the results last for a long time.” Ultimately, Thermage met Iza’s standards for self-care: “When it comes to treatments, as long as it’s preventive, not invasive, and I don’t end up nitpicking myself, I fully support it. After all, true beauty is really how you feel about yourself,” she says. And what Thermage does, as Dr. Belo perfectly explains, is “help you look like the best version of you.”