Smart Beauty Guide Blog

  • Concealers unveiled: Last minute skin fixes

    There’s a fine line [pun intended] between all of the concealers on the market. How does an everyday person navigate all of the options and get the right fit for their skin issues? The answer can be easy if you know a few tips to decipher the differences between the concealers you find in the drug store or big box beauty product shops. It comes down to consistency or viscosity of the product you’re using. No two concealers are created the same, but the consistency of a concealer can be the trick to covering your skin imperfections. 

  • Be smart about beauty: Get back to the basics

    I sum up “Smart Beauty” in four short phrases because beauty is elemental. It’s basic. It’s less about putting on, and more about exposing the raw materials, artfully.  

    Self Care
    My first beauty basic - do what I can do on my own.  

  • Smart Beauty: Where do you draw the line?

    As with everything else in life, being smart is about knowing what we can change and when we have to allow nature to take its course. Obviously, where you draw the line is something we have to decide for ourselves. And this poses a very interesting dilemma when it comes to cosmetic procedures. Where do you draw the line?  

  • Plastic surgeon vs. cosmetic surgeon: What’s the difference?

    Last week’s quiz on the Smart Beauty Guide Facebook page not only raised this question, but also shed light on the need for more patient education regarding the importance of credentials. 

    There are many questions and misconceptions about the two and many patients mistakenly believe that plastic surgeons and cosmetic surgeons are equal when they are not.  

  • The best tricks to cover a blemish

    I love when I confess to something somewhat embarrassing (adult acne breakouts) and it hits home. It makes it worth it. A couple weeks ago, I wrote about my harrowing ordeal getting a cortisone shot for my adult-sized pimple. The results were also very adult – no picking at it like teenager and much quicker recovery.  

  • Top 3 cosmetic problems caused by exercise

    By: Ron Robinson 

    We all look to exercise as a way of bettering ourselves by keeping our bodies in shape, relieving stress and warding off ailments such as diabetes, cancer and osteoporosis. Overall, exercise is also great for your skin (the body’s largest organ), as it helps with blood circulation to nourish skin cells and keep them vital and tone muscle  

  • Is it time to get a tummy tuck?

    As a 42-year-old post-childbearing woman, age and gravity and 3 pregnancies are taking their toll on my midsection. I’m starting to notice flab in places I never had flab, most notably in the area around my belly and now even above the waist. I’ve always had a bit of a belly, but lately I’ve been horrified to notice rolls above the waistline as well.  

    I’ve joked many times over the years about getting a tummy tuck (also known as abdominoplasty), but lately I’ve started doing some research to see if it might be worth seriously considering. 

  • A fast track to summer skin care

    You have hydrated and exfoliated your way through winter and are currently smoothing and serum-ing your way through spring, so let’s stick with this seasonal approach to skincare by tackling the calendar’s next-at-bat: summer. 

  • Sticking it to adult acne break-outs

    In my last column, I confessed to getting pimples more now than when I was waiting to be asked to the prom. The response was amazing. People were sending me notes and messages telling me they too suffer from more blemishes as an adult then they ever did as teens. They also learned that they’d been treating said breakouts the wrong way. 

  • Anti-Aging Tips for your Mind, Body and Soul

    With every year comes another birthday, and along with getting older is the realization that my body isn’t what it used to be five, ten, fifteen years ago. I’m pretty much a healthy eater and good with exercise, but I want to do more to take care of myself and to help ease into the aging process.  

    After a bit of Internet research, I’ve discovered that not only could I be taking a little better care of my body, but my mind as well. If you’re like me and love to learn new things and implement healthy changes into your life, I have a few easy tips to help you along the way. 

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