Smart Beauty Guide Blog

  • Botox, Restylane and other injectables: a little goes a long way

    We can all point out people who have skidded over the edge with injectable procedures – examples of too much of a good thing. Too much botulinum toxin, such as Botox, can make your expression static; too much plumping with a volumizing filler can make your cheeks balloon. Vogue magazine interviewed plastic surgeons and other specialists to learn how to avoid looking “overdone.”  

    The road to ruin 

  • How stress can make you unattractive

    The body is a wondrous thing, is it not? From the intricate workings of your innards to the magnificent mechanics of your outers, the human body is rife with bells, whistles, and countless charms. But that’s not to say it’s all unicorns and rainbows. How can it be, when stress and its corresponding hormone cortisol are lying in wait for the least little stressor to occur, at which point it infiltrates, wreaking havoc on your skin, hair, and nails. It’s all downright stressful. And thus the whole process starts again.  

  • What is Smart Beauty?

    With the launch of the new Smart Beauty Guide website you have a terrific resource to help you learn about cosmetic procedures and choose the best doctor to help you achieve great results. But it begs the question, what is “Smart Beauty”? It means making smart choices. That is, choosing the right procedures and the right doctor. There are lots of resources out there to help you make good choices, but you have to do your homework. It’s easy to just go wherever your friend went for her breast augmentation, or find the cheapest price for your Botox or tummy tuck. But that’s not so smart. 

  • Bursting the bubble on skincare misconceptions

    Who gives a flying fig about such trivial things as facts? You guessed it — we here at Smart Beauty do! From generations old wives tales to the marketing of “modern technology,” there is no shortage of skin-care misconceptions being touted as the truth. And while fairy-tales and false assumptions are entertaining, they’re not all that helpful when it comes to making decisions about taking care of your skin. So get those safety pins out — and prepare to burst some skin-care belief bubbles! 

  • Smart beauty starts with you

    When the good folks at ASAPS asked me to consider what our new masthead, “Smart Beauty” meant to me, it got me thinking.  

    By definition, the word ‘beauty’ means: a combination of qualities, such as shape, color, or form that pleases the aesthetic senses, especially sight. But whose sight exactly? And who chooses what qualities contribute to someone being deemed beautiful?  

  • Plastic surgery: Where beauty and medicine coexist

    If you’re lucky, you have a hairdresser you can trust. Now it’s time to find a plastic surgeon. About five years ago, I worked as an editor for a plastic surgery journal published by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. One of my tasks was to find cover art for each issue, so we asked member plastic surgeons to submit artwork. I was flooded with submissions. 

  • Over 35? Beauty takes brains

    There’s a song from the musical, “Chorus Line,” that says it all. “Dance 10, looks 3, and I’m still on unemployment……” In other words, looks count! There is very little choice but to keep striving to remain beautiful no matter how expensive, labor intensive or how superficial you deem this pursuit. Youth takes care of the young, so let’s forget the young for now. Our problem is: How do you remain beautiful when you’re over 35? My premise is that it takes brains. 

    What is Smart Beauty and can you use a GPS to get there? 

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