Smart Beauty Guide Blog

  • 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!  

  • Smart beauty and a high school reunion

    By Ron Robinson 

    I won't tell you my exact age, but my 30th high school reunion is coming up (you do the math). I’m nervous. Although I’m excited to see my old friends and catch up, I feel stressed, too. As I walk in will my classmates immediately see how old I got? Will my high school chums even recognize me?  

    I know this sounds a bit obsessive (and narcissistic even), but your overall appearance isn’t just based on “looking good” -- being both active and proactive can do wonders for the health of your body, which evidently transfers to how you look on the outside.  

  • Younger? Better? Or Not? What plastic surgeries really make a difference?

    A recent study published in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery made headlines with “surprising” results showing that one surgeon’s cosmetic surgeries made almost no impact on patients’ attractiveness, and made minimal impact on how youthful they looked.  

  • 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. 

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