All Blog News for Skincare

  • Target those stubborn dry skin areas!

    Hey ladies, last week we looked at your overall winter skincare routine. This week, let’s focus on those cold weather problem areas — namely your eyes, lips, elbows, knees, and feet — where winter likes to set up a veritable flaky, dry skin factory. 

  • 2014 skincare resolutions

    By Zipporah Sandler 

    New Year’s Day has passed, and while I made my resolutions, I didn’t really share them with too many people for fear of failure. The resolution to turn back the clock is front and center for me, since I turn sixty in February. 

  • New Year, new you: Undoing December’s damage

    Oh, the weather outside is frightful (“Polar Vortex,” people), and the view from inside isn’t that great either. You’re probably taking stock of the damage that December’s holiday hammer has put on your person — namely a dehydrated and dull complexion, chapped flaky lips, and itchy dry skin. We here at Smart Beauty Guide aren’t going to be taking this New Year’s nonsense lying down… and we’re not going to let you either. 

  • Seeing spots: Fuzzy vision or aging skin?

    By Zipporah Sandler 

    If you’re like me, and you’ve taken your glasses off to clean them and STILL see spots on your face and hands, there’s no denying it…you’ve got:
    · Age Spots
    · Sun Spots
    · Liver Spots
    · SPOTS and SPOTS 

  • Taking the mystery out of retinoids

    To wash or not to wash? To apply or not to apply? And then… how to apply? Proper skincare is not always the easiest thing to decipher. All of it is made even more confusing with the latest miracle products and procedures including everyone’s favorite staple --retinoids. Along with their beloved powers to diminish fine lines, give skin a rosy glow, and fade dark spots, retinoids also come with a million questions and concerns. 

  • How far have skin-lightening treatments come?

    By Ron Robinson 

    Do you ever wonder how women from around the world take care of their skin? I find it fascinating how skincare concerns differ according to what women in certain regions deem important. Here in the West, we’re all about anti-aging, anti-wrinkle anything. While in the East, lightening and brightening skincare items -- from eye creams to serums -- reign supreme. 

  • Emergency beauty tips to undo holiday damage

    We’re in the home stretch of holiday cheer—which means that, by now, you may be looking more haggard mall Santa than ethereal Christmas angel. This will not do. So in the spirit of the season, we’ve muddled together a cocktail of DIY emergency beauty tips to help repair the damage from the inevitable overindulgence in eggnog, parties, and late nights. Consider it our Smart Beauty Guide gift to you. You’re welcome. Let’s begin. 

  • A history lesson in Retin-A

    Gather round kiddies — it’s story time! We’re going to weave a web of alchemy, Pope-dom, Jack Daniels, prison, and the search for the fountain of youth — combining history and science in the story of how Retin-A came to be… and how it almost didn’t happen.  

    An article in Allure magazine recently turned us on to the adventures (and misadventures) of one particular University of Pennsylvania medical school professor named Albert Kligman, who made that one giant leap and discovered what is now considered the gold standard in anti-aging — Retin-A. 

  • How to properly exfoliate

    Wintertime is here and the dry skin is baaaaack! 

    I don’t know about you, but every year I struggle with dry and itchy skin. Suddenly my face, which was smooth and glowing for the past few months, becomes a playground for the cold, dry weather that loves to take its toll on my delicate epidermis. Instead of being moist and supple, my skin feels tight and looks flaky and pulled taught.  

    I usually switch to a richer moisturizer when cold weather strikes, but the key to getting through the winter without being a flaky monster is exfoliation. 

  • Hey you: You’re washing your face wrong

    It’s not exactly brain surgery, but that doesn't mean the mindless slapping on and rinsing off of your face cleanser is the correct way to wash your face. ‘Cause it’s not. It seems an inordinate amount of us are washing our faces wrong, with a recent article in Allure Magazine citing a whopping 70% of women still using soap and water. SOAP and WATER?! Are you kidding me? No. 

    It’s these shameful statistics that lead us to harping on about the how-to’s of face washing — yes, again. We’re going to do this until we’re all doing it right. 

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