Smart Beauty Guide Blog

  • Why connect Botox with mental health?

    Psychologists are jumping on the Botox bandwagon. They’re not injecting it; they’re doing what shrinks do best - talking about it. If you think they should limit themselves to anxiety and depression, where there is good money, instead of analyzing your wrinkle-free forehead, I am sympathetic. 

  • Getting past those granny hands

    By: Ron Robinson 

    No one wants to get old, least of all, people in the beauty industry. It’s on our minds 24/7. But we do our best to fight against the signs of aging. Sticking to a good skincare regimen is one. There’s also making sure to wear sunscreen every day and using some overnight creams with retinol. But most of the time it seems like we’re missing one very important body part that shows signs of aging the most: our hands! 

  • Skincare ingredients take a turn to the strange

    From South Korea’s besotted and booming beauty industry to highborn nods from the UK’s royal family, skincare is taking a turn towards nature’s less than conventional phenomena in an effort to advance anti-aging products beyond the here and now. Snail mucus, fish eggs, and bee venom are all making the leap from witchy shopping list to cosmetics must-haves, so let’s look past the gross and try to see the good in these less than glamorous ingredients poised to shake up your skincare regimen. 

    And let’s start with the grossest. Mucus. Specifically snail slime. 

  • Five anti-aging tools no one should live without

    OK, fine, I could live without them and I certainly don't want you thinking that if some kind of apocalypse happened or I was sent to do Peace Corps work that I would just throw my hands in the air and say, "You don't have the right outlets to charge my Clarisonic, I'm out. Where's the tallest bridge? Crap, I was sent on this mission to build a bridge? Well, as soon as I build it, I'm jumping off of it." What, I'm a philanthropic person, who doesn't like dull slack skin! 

  • When it comes to plastic surgery, can you try before you buy?

    If you’re anything like me, you need a Xanax before you settle into the hairdresser’s chair. You prepare for a heart-to-heart conversation about how long, how layered, how blunt, and how edgy. You want to establish rapport, a single aesthetic vision. You want her to like you, so she doesn’t butcher your hair. 

  • No more shots for prevention of postsurgical blood clots

    Patients undergoing tummy tucks (or abdominoplasty), especially those also having a breast augmentation or breast lift procedure (Mommy Makeover) can be at an increased risk for clots in the legs called Deep Venous Thrombosis (DVT). These DVTs can result in a fatal condition called a Pulmonary Embolus (PE). Many believe this may have been what caused the death of the Rap Star Kanye West’s mother, Donda West, who had a tummy tuck and breast reduction in 2007. 

  • Spring-cleaning for your beauty routine

    Spring fever is likely starting to tighten its grip on your poor S.A.D.-ravaged heart. And while winter is still raging for most of us, let’s take to heart that old adage “in like a lion, out like a lamb” and start plotting out some pre-game seasonal beauty changes that’ll help prepare you for your springtime debut. 

    You’ve spent the last few months fighting winter weary skin, so you’ve had plenty of practice with hydration and exfoliation. But shouldn’t spring’s beautiful blooming buds act as inspiration for taking your skincare routine a step further?  

  • Neck lifts on the rise – literally

    I happened across an article on FOX News the other day that mentioned an upward trend towards neck lifts.  

    Evidently breast augmentation and liposuction are far more popular, but now they are seeing more and more people coming in for neck and butt lifts (I’ll cover “the butt” in my next blog!). 

    I totally get the neck lift. My momma always told me a lady shows her age first in her neck and then her hands. Yet for some reason women often neglect their neck in their daily skincare regimen, allowing it to show signs of age well before the face.  

  • Why Retin-A should be in your medicine cabinet

    I’m a vain woman. I tell myself it’s nothing to be ashamed of. But, quite honestly, with all the hours I’ve spent in front of a mirror, I could have saved the whales, reversed climate changes and revived American manufacturing.  

    I can pursue a new eye shadow color with the zeal of someone panning for gold. Armed with tissues and cleanser, I establish a military stronghold in front of a mirror and begin maneuvers: try on, wipe off, and test out in different lighting.  

  • Men and plastic surgery: Moving past the metrosexual

    By Ron Robinson 

    When it comes to skincare, beauty products and grooming, it may not be so unusual to see more men take extreme interest. At first, the term ‘metrosexual’ (a man who takes care of his appearance; has an interest in art, style and fashion) was not used by a lot of men willingly. But now, it’s 2014 and it seems that it has become socially acceptable for men to become more interested in looking younger and more attractive, without being labeled.  

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