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What is Coolsculpting?

Coolsculpting   As most of you know, I write for Smart Beauty Guide, researching the newest tech and trends in aesthetic procedures. While doing so, I’ve heard of Coolsculpting, a trademarked device that uses cryolipolysis technology for removing fat cells, non-invasively. And the more I research, it all sounds pretty amazing. So because I can’t help but share when I learn something cool, I’m sharing this with you. Ok, first- what is cryolipoysis? Freezing the subcutaneous fat (the layer right below the skin) in a manner that destroys the fat cells. They are broken up and flushed from the body naturally. Like, they just go away. For good. (For more: …

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Why I’m Obsessed With Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion I tried microdermabrasion back in the early 2000s and wasn’t particularly impressed with it, although at that time, my skin didn’t really need any help in terms of looking youthful. I WAS youthful, being in my early 20s and all. But now, in my mid 30’s, I look in the mirror daily and see the little imperfections starting to stake out a permanent home on my face: laugh lines becoming more prominent, smiley eyes creating pronounced crow’s feet, pores a little larger than I prefer, etc., etc. So I’ve started thinking about treatments that might keep my face as fresh and as youthful as my spirit.   In my …

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Avoid wrinkles and the creams that work

Can wrinkle creams do what they promise? How to avoid facial wrinkles, and creams that work   The crew over at Good Morning America recently discussed claims by beauty product producers, and to no one’s surprise, some of the claims in wrinkle creams might have be a bit exaggerated. Curious to know what to believe and what to ignore, I checked in with two trusted resources to figure out what marketing claims are legitimate in this crazy cosmetics industry, and where best to invest our dollars if we’re seeking a wrinkle cream. Dr. Mark Solomon, a board-certified plastic surgeon with offices in Philly and Manhattan has been helping beautify clients for …

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Is Botox Safe for Autoimmune Diseases?

If you’ve been diagnosed, ask: is Botox safe for autoimmune disease?   For years I’ve been anti-injectable because the idea of putting Botulinum Toxin or other materials in my body seemed freaky. But now that I’m in my mid-thirties, and have seen the positive results on so many of my friends’ foreheads, I find myself looking in the mirror and wondering if a little wrinkle reversing and prevention is in order. For those who are unfamiliar with the way Botox works- it freezes the muscle so that our body doesn’t repeatedly wrinkle the skin. This helps to smooth and relax our fine lines. The prevention happens as a result of …

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Thigh Reduction Options

  Thigh Lift Options: Skin Tightening vs Surgery Last weekend Leigh and I went to one of our favorite workout spots in Houston. We exchanged grimaces and a couple smiles as our minor muscles burned with the nuanced moves in the Define Body barre class. I’m slightly masochistic. So obviously I thought it was amazing. A day later we felt. the.burn. I could barely sit down without my quads screaming. Since the tops of my thighs felt like they went through a boot camp, I was pretty proud of the day’s workout and happy with the shape of my thighs. But what happens after losing a lot of weight? Like a …

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Best Hair Removal Options

Hair Removal: Getting to the Root of the Issue Hair removal is a redundant chore that takes up time, energy and money, but it’s a beauty routine that’s been with us for centuries–they were sugaring in Persia in 1900 BC–and continues to grow (pun!) in popularity. With the thought of bikini-clad vacations dancing in our heads, we’ve examined options that make this task easier, cheaper, or all of the above. Here are the main ones we consider or have tried. We’d love to know which one you prefer? Have any stories you want to share? Let us know in the comments below.   Waxing What it is – You’re familiar …

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Mommy Makeovers and Then Some

The Mommy Makeover and Other Post-Pregnancy Options In our recent Girl Around Town Beauty Poll, we heard loud and clear that pregnancy–and the post pregnancy body–might be the significant life-change that inspires our readers to go under the knife. Let’s consider just some of what’s happening to the female body surrounding childbirth: hormones pumping to loosen the skin and joints, a budding body growing within and pushing skin to the extreme, and of course breasts expanding(!) and deflating In thinking about what the female body goes through during and after pregnancy, it doesn’t seem far-fetched to consider getting some outside help at the hands of board-certified plastic surgeons. Popular options …

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You Look Marvelous: The Girl Around Town Beauty Poll

Lounging poolside in Palm Springs this fall for a bachelorette weekend, our conversation turned to who had had Botox. (Surprisingly, more than I expected!) Some of the answers came from friends who I didn’t think would have given the treatment much thought, nor did they look like they’d had anything done. Which is the ideal, am I right? This led me to wonder- who is doing what, and who is planning for more in the future. We polled readers and friends from coast to coast and the answers are in! It seems that moisturizer is a girl’s best friend and that everyone is jonesing for regular facials (hello, gift idea!), but …

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Adara Medical Spa- Pamper yourself, Houston

What to do in Houston: Adara Medical Spa On any given day we find ourselves checking out the reflection in the mirror for new wrinkles, examining that extra jiggle in the midsection or cursing spider veins. Or maybe that’s just me. Instead of being overwhelmed by the list of upgrades we’d like to make on ourselves, why not mosey on down to the Museum District to indulge in some pampering at the hands of Adara Medical Spa? On my visit to the med spa, I was treated to the Adara Signature Facial,  and the options for self-beautification only started there.  From products to procedures, the medical spa caters to beauty-seekers. Caddy corner …

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Gallery Beat December 2014

By Karina Schroeder NYC Gallery Beat It’s been a hectic few weeks with Thanksgiving behind us and Christmas ahead of us. Take a break from all the shopping and social obligations to treat yourself to the amazing art in NYC right now: Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs The Cut Outs is the largest and most expansive exhibit ever from Henri Matisse’s paper cut-out collection. The artist began this body of work in the 1940s, during some of the last years of his career. What began as small, simple paper-and-scissor pieces, later morphed into entire murals of cut-out works. The exhibit features about 100 of Matisse’s cut-outs, plus related drawings, prints, illustrated …

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