Smart Beauty Guide Blog

  • 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.  

  • The Fountain of Youth is filled with smoothies

    So many people want to jump on the blended band wagon, but they think it's a ton of work. As a self-proclaimed loafer, I guarantee there's little to no work involved (hello, I'm the same person that's too lazy to go back in the shower and shave the leg I forgot about). 

  • Acid: Yesterday’s skin staple today

    Acid reflux, acid rain, acid rock — those four little letters, A-C-I-D, are associated with a wide array of unpleasantness. Yet in the world of skincare, acid is nearly akin to a miracle in its ability to fight the cruel signs of aging. Why? Because it works.  

    Even the most respected anti-aging treatments come with their own special brand of misunderstandings, and acid peels — both over-the-counter and under — are no different. So let’s peel back the light of day and clear up some commonly held misconceptions about the use of acids in skincare. 

  • Eyelid surgery and LASIK: What’s the right timing?

    By Dr. Elliot W. Jacobs 

    Perhaps you’ve reached the point in life where you’re not sure which bothers you more: changes in your vision that impact your ability to see well, or changes in your eyelids that impact how others see you. 

    If this sounds familiar, you may be considering LASIK to restore clear eyesight and blepharoplasty to open up your eyelids and bring back a vibrant, youthful appearance. But how should you time the procedures?  

  • Invisible undereye girdle works like Spanx

    According to Living Proof, a high tech beauty company, “Every day should be a good hair day.” Now, they are trying to make every day a good undereye day. 

  • Men vs. women: Celebrity plastic surgery attitudes

    By Constantino G. Mendieta MD FACS 

    Celebrities influence how people not only think about plastic surgery, but what they would like to have done or whom they would like to look like. 

    There is a dramatic difference between the way men and women see and think of themselves when it comes to plastic surgery – even more so, when it comes to looking like someone else. 

  • Is plastic surgery part of everyday life now?

    Plastic surgery has come a long way in recent years. The procedures have been perfected and are not as expensive as they once were, and extensive advertising and media exposure makes the idea seem more mainstream.  

    Which begs the question, is plastic surgery part of everyday life now? 

    Fifty years ago, if a woman didn’t like the way her face looked, she may invest in expensive creams or heavier makeup. If she thought her breasts were too small, she might shop for a padded bra. These days, many women are going right for plastic surgery. 

  • Have you given up on Retin-A?

    When I turned 40, a new eye shadow or blush just didn’t cut it. My skin was looking tired. I went for a consult at a top New York teaching hospital. The doctor there had one suggestion for me: Retin-A. Even more significant was the off-the-cuff advice I got from her assistant, a radiant outdoorsy blonde with glowing skin who said, “If I could, I would bathe in Retin-A.” 

    Real Simple magazine interviewed a doctor who said, “People use Retin-A too much, use it too often, experience negative side effects and then give up on it too soon.” 

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