What Smart Beauty Means to Me: Tread Wisely!

What Smart Beauty Means to Me: Tread Wisely!
What Smart Beauty Means to Me: Tread Wisely!

I'm very excited to be the newest member of the Smart Beauty Guide team. When I was first asked to join I thought long and hard about what smart beauty means to me. My personal philosophy on beauty is to take good care of myself. I eat well the majority of the time, get enough sleep, exercise regularly and surround myself with people that make me happy. Good skincare is also a given and small, non-invasive tweaks with a conservative approach are not out of the question. I'd also never say never to plastic surgery.

To me, smart beauty is arming myself with all the facts and separating the truth from the hype. It brings to mind an incident I had about a year ago. A friend approached me to write about and sell an age-defying skincare product that she herself was selling. Before even considering it, I pressed her for basic details. I wanted to know what active ingredients it contained, pertinent independent clinical trials, unbiased doctor recommendations and other relevant info. She couldn't give me answers and actually got angry and insulted, reminding me that she has been in the beauty business for over 20 years (hair stylist and colorist) and how dare I question her. According to her, it was the best anti-aging skincare product available, even though she had no evidence to back it up and couldn't explain what made it worthy of such praise. Her blind faith in this product without knowing any of the particulars, (besides how it could make her money,) was a glaring red flag and the exact opposite of what smart beauty means to me.

Smart beauty means being properly informed and choosing the right products, treatments and procedures that help you look and feel your best. These choices can help you to be comfortable in your own skin and feel like you're at the top of your game. Your makeup should enhance, not hide your appearance. Your skincare should help you achieve and maintain a healthy and radiant complexion. Treatments should help you restore and replenish, and if you're taking the surgical procedure path, you should really conduct some thorough research in advance so you can confidently and intelligently improve upon your own look without morphing into someone else or without becoming the victim of an unskilled, unlicensed practioner.

Cosmetic procedures and surgeries are not to be taken lightly. Be conservative in your approach and you can look like the best version of yourself. Stray too far from the best version of you and you might wind up looking like the cat lady. Too much Botox will give you a frozen look. Too much filler will make you look puffy and swollen. Too much plastic surgery can make you look like someone else entirely. Remember, everything in moderation! Before undergoing any procedure, it’s important to know what you’re getting into. Make sure your plastic surgeon is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and ask to see before and after photos of his or her work. Know how many procedures like this your surgeon has performed and what the risks and possible complications are. Discuss what you expect to achieve and most importantly, make sure your personal aesthetic and the doctor’s vision are one and the same.

There are countless beauty products, skincare treatments and surgical procedures that promise results and actually make good on those promises -- be informed, realistic and tread wisely. Find out which do and which don’t! To me, that's smart…to me, that is smart beauty!

About the Author

Nancy Weinberg Simon is a beauty and lifestyle writer with over 20 years of experience. She's the founder and editor of the beauty and lifestyle blog, The Beauty Wall, the features editor at Beauty in the Bag, and was the beauty editor at Family Circle magazine from 1997-2007. She's also been a valuable contributor to Ladies' Home Journal, Better Homes & Gardens, More magazine and numerous other magazines and online beauty sites. Prior to finding her niche and writing about everything beauty related, Nancy dabbled in casting, production, talent management, advertising and the modeling industry. She loves reading everything and anything she can get her hands on, entertaining family and friends, trolling home decor sites and attending estate sales, open houses and outdoor markets. Nancy lives with her husband, two children and two very large cats, just outside of NYC.