Smart Beauty Guide Blog

  • 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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