Smart Beauty Guide Blog

  • Chemical Peel Power: An Anti-Aging Skincare Fix—Part 1

    Soft, medium, hard boiled. Poached, scrambled, sunny side up. Over-easy, over-medium, over-hard. All of these are variations on a single theme (It’s eggs. BTW.)—and thank goodness they all exist. We don’t live in a one-size fits all world, which means a lot of things come in a variety of customizable sizes and options. And that makes everyone happy. This includes many of the nonsurgical skincare treatments on the market today. 

  • Under-Eye Why: 7 Reasons And Solutions For Your Dark Circles.

    Sleepless nights, environmental damage, perhaps you’re distantly related to a raccoon–whatever the reason, dark circles under the eyes are a look best left to super villains and… you know… raccoons. Why the hate, you ask? We’ll tell you.  

  • Breast Lift Recovery: 5 Little Words You Need To Know

    When it comes to suspense, I think we can all agree that there’s a time and a place. Nail-biting crime drama? Yes. Suspense is totally appropriate. Recovering from breast lift surgery—not so much. We can’t stress enough the importance of expectation management when you’re healing from a breast lift or any other surgical procedure. And while every patient's healing process will differ slightly from another, there are things that you can absolutely expect to encounter during recovery. 

  • Are Your Lips Showing Their Age? Here's What You Can Do About It.

    Lips—pretty amazing, right? They eat, they talk, they whistle, they kiss, they pout, they smile. Lips are 100 times more sensitive than fingertips. Scientists say that lips even allow for biological information to be exchanged between the kisser to the kiss-ee. And did you know that no two lip prints on a glass are ever the same? Well, you do now. If you’re comparing facial features, your lips are working overtime every. single. day. And eventually… they'll start to look like it.  

  • Facial Fat Grafting: Is Your Own Fat A Better Bet Than Dermal Filler?

    It’s important to embrace the whole self-acceptance thing—but it’s not always easy. Especially as we obsess daily over every wrinkle, every jowl and every undereye bag. All creeping ever-deeper across our faces with the passing of each. new. day. Okay. That went dark, but it is a conundrum.  

  • You Are What You Eat: How Sugar Is Aging Your Skin.

    It’s not always easy to navigate your way through the day without a little help from a salty, crispy bag of chips, 7 dark chocolate brownies, a glass (or 3) of red wine, or all. the. cheese. We feel you. Yet despite our empathy, we feel obliged to the truth. And the truth is: Your favorite comfort food/beverage is likely wreaking havoc on your skin.  

    You: (Inserting another chocolate covered almond into your mouth) Really? Do tell. 

  • Technology's Latest Wrinkle: How Texting Is Aging Your Neck

    When Sheryl Sandberg advised us to “lean in,” she may not have considered all the ramifications. ‘Cause frankly, all that leanin’—over the computer, over the tablet, over the cell phone—has given everyone another reason to go full-Ephron and admit that we too are unhappy about our necks. Why? Text neck. 

    What is text neck?  

  • How Noninvasive ‘Tweakments’ Are Changing The Plastic Surgery Game.

    Call it exhaustion or vocabulary burnout, someone somewhere decided that they’d had enough with using all the words, giving birth to the ever-popular portmanteau. A portmanteau is the super trendy way in which two old, tired words are tossed together to create one new word. Breakfast + lunch = ‘brunch’, web + seminar = webinar, brother + botox = ‘brotox’—you get it. Which brings us to the latest portmanteau being bandied about by the “cool kids” (i.e. Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and Allure). The word is ‘tweakment’. And if you haven’t heard it yet—you will. 

  • Injectables: Understanding The Realities of Botox

    We can’t think of anything more exciting than a blog post marrying science with self-improvement, can you? Which is exactly why today, we’re going to geek out on Botox . And we’re going to start by straight up telling you that, no, you do not know everything about the beloved neurotoxin and its brethren (Xeomin, Dysport). In fact, we bet you don’t know the half of it.  

  • Safety: The Scary Reality Of Silicone Injections

    They say, forewarned is forearmed. And while we have no idea who “they” are, we do know a thing or two about “forewarning" and “forearming”—and we’re in a sharing mood. So today we’re going to deep dive into the dangers of liquid silicone injections—Why you must avoid them, what the FDA and board-certified plastic surgeons say, and how you can avoid them. Here we go. 

    How did we get here?  

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