What Smart Beauty Means to Me

What Smart Beauty Means to Me
What Smart Beauty Means to Me

Hi, Smart Beauty Guide readers!

I’m really excited to be part of the team here, partially because smart beauty has become an increasingly important part of my life over the last few years.

Let’s be real: When you are in your teens and twenties, you really don’t have to work so hard to be “smart” about beauty. A lot comes easily. Our metabolism is at its best, (we can eat whatever we want, seemingly with no ill effects) and our skin is very much the same, (use it and abuse it and you probably won’t see any immediate repercussions). Ultimately, your systems do what they’re supposed to do, even if you are sometimes not so smart about taking care of them.

Then, a switch goes off, and suddenly everything is harder.

Welcome to my life right now! I’m in my mid-thirties, and everything requires more work. This includes my health, my weight, maintaining my hair (argh), but also making sure my naturally great skin stays that way – as in continuing to appear ‘naturally great’ even though it now requires a lot of assistance on my part – which is of course, part of being smart.

As a beauty editor, I know all the right things you’re supposed to do. I tell my readers to get monthly facials, always cleanse twice a day, and stay well hydrated and moisturized. But it wasn’t until recently that I was quite as vigilant about doing that myself. But it’s those recommendations, and so much more. Even matters like applying your skincare product in circular, gentle motions (vs. tugging and pulling) can have an immediate impact on your skin’s youth and vitality. And so, it’s become my new religion – I change my pillow cases weekly, I’m constantly washing makeup brushes and using gentle skincare made for sensitive dry skin – and yet, I’m still noticing changes. The diet I eat, not getting enough sleep, having too much caffeine or alcohol or too much air travel has a noticeable impact.

I write about and research beauty for a living, and still, I struggle. I see the rules changing, and we have to change accordingly in order to stay afloat. What worked a decade ago just isn’t going to cut it anymore.

And so smart beauty means making changes with the times, right? And maybe that includes kicking it up a notch –seeing what else is out there. And that’s what smart beauty means to me. I’m hopeful and excited you are all going to be along with me for the ride!

About the Author

Aly Walansky is a lifestyles writer with over a decade of experience covering beauty, health, and travel for various esteemed publications. Her blog, A Little Alytude (www.alytude.com) was launched in 2006 and continues to be a strong voice in the lifestyles arena. Based in the ever-trendy Park Slope area of Brooklyn, she divides her time between her shih tsu Lily, her soap opera addiction, and scouting out fun new martini bars.