Smart Beauty Guide Blog

  • What are injectables?

    What are injectables? 

    It’s a term I hear floating around, but I wasn’t entirely sure what it was referring to. All I knew was that it meant some type of cosmetic procedure, and I could assume that it required inserting something into the skin, probably with a needle. Beyond that, I was clueless. So I hopped on the Smart Beauty Guide website and started poking around. Here is what I discovered. 

    What are injectables? 

  • Want to look younger? Plump up your cheeks.

    Have you ever looked in the mirror and wondered, “What is the one thing I could change about my face that would send me back to the glory days of my early 20s? Or 30s? Or even 40s?”
    A facelift used to be the answer. But, now, according to The New York Times, plastic surgeons “are turning their attention away from smoothing out wrinkles to increasing volume.”
    The old way was to fill facial lines. The new way is to “plump” the midface. The theory is that round, plump cheeks are a sign of youth and saggy, sunken cheeks are markers of age. 

  • Defying gravity: the best surgical and topical treatments to stop skin-aging

    By Ron Robinson 

    I’ve been obsessed with space lately. With all the talk about Sandra Bullock’s film, Gravity, I’ve been thinking about how we try to fight against the inevitable: skin-aging! 

    Certainly, gravity takes its toll on all of us. It’s an inevitable scientific phenomena where a downward force influences deflated skin tissue, among other body parts. Our skin begins to sag over time, we lose elasticity and lines and wrinkles start to appear whether we like it or not. 

  • FACE-WASHING 101: The right way to wash your face

    Get up. Brush your teeth. Wash your face. What could go wrong? 

    The Today Show kicked off a recent segment with a bang by breaking the devastating news that the entire lot of us may have already spent our entire lives washing our faces wrong. WRONG! 

    Well, we here at Smart Beauty aren’t about to go down like that. So let’s delve into what the heck the morning show was jabbering about, and how the heck we can fix our wicked face-washing ways. 

  • SMART BEAUTY?

    By Zipporah Sandler 

    OK, maybe I haven’t always been SMART about taking care of my skin, my hair, or my body. 

  • Plastic surgery is not a commodity

    By Eric Swanson, MD, of Leawood, KS 

  • I may be far from 25, but I will deny it

    What Smart Beauty Means to Me or I May Be Far From 25, But I Will Deny That Fact Until Someone Provides Proof Otherwise 

    I'm Jenny Isenman AKA Jenny From the Blog. I'm a humorist, a lifestyle expert, an on air personality, and a Gen Xer. Yep, I'm a bonafide caffeine addicted, pop culture obsessed, movie quoting, Scott Baio loving, puffy sticker collecting member of Generation X. You know the innovators, the MTV generation, the latchkey kids, the generation you’re most likely a part of?  

    Yeah, that one.  

  • Demystifying even more skincare myths

    It seems the Halloween season’s main mantra is alive and well in the world of skincare. Is it a trick? Is it a treat? Or is it simply one more beautifying myth begging to be busted? With the overabundance of skin-care misconceptions being passed from pillar to post, we here at the Smart Beauty Guide like to chime in, from time to time, with a little something called “facts.” You know you’ve heard of ‘em. 

  • Ethnic plastic surgery: a whole other ballgame

    Eighteen years ago, Julie Chen was 25 and working as a local news reporter in Dayton, Ohio. She asked her boss if she could fill in for vacationing “anchors” over the holidays. 

    His answer: “You will never be on this anchor desk because you’re Chinese. Let’s face it Julie, how relatable are you to our community? Because of your heritage, because of your Asian eyes, I’ve noticed that when you’re on camera, interviewing someone, you look disinterested and bored because your eyes are so heavy, they are so small.” 

  • What does smart beauty mean to you?

    I’m so excited to be joining the team of bloggers here at Smart Beauty Guide! I’m Jo-Lynne Shane -- a wife and mom to three young kids, trying to stay fabulous after 40 and sharing my escapades on my blog.  

    We live in the suburbs of Philly, and I spend most of my time hiding behind my computer screen, tapping out my thoughts and sharing recipes and fashion advice with other moms like me who are trying to get through the day in one piece!  

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