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Living with Rosacea

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Commonly known as “the blushing disease,” approximately 16 million Americans have been diagnosed with rosacea. This disease can be a source of discomfort, physical pain and psychological stress. Experts believe that rosacea is hereditary and may be caused by a mite called demodex that lives on skin; a bug called H Pylori that infects the intestines; the way the body processes protein; or the way that the immune system reacts to certain bacteria.

There are four known subtypes of rosacea: Erythematotelangiectatic rosacea is characterized by flushing and visibly swelling blood vessels; papulopustular rosacea causes breakouts resembling acne; phymatous rosacea gives the skin a thick and bumpy texture in addition to redness; ocular rosacea causes eye inflammation that can include a bloodshot appearance of the eyes, swollen eyelids, and what can look to be a sty.

While there is no cure for rosacea, there are various treatment methods, including pharmaceuticals carefully tailored to each individual case, diets that omit possible triggers, and preventive skincare. Staying out of the sun is crucial in this capacity.

Beauty writer Stacey Gawronski candidly describes her experiences as a young woman living with rosacea on youbeauty.com. Misdiagnosed for years as having “sensitive skin” or run-of-the-mill acne, it was when she finally learned what was causing her skin issues that Gawronski was empowered to treat them. Perhaps more importantly, she reached a point of acceptance and positivity, musing: “My skin isn’t perfect, but is it really so bad?”

Ordinary makeup typically will not hide rosacea but specialty camouflage cosmetics like Smart Cover’s Concealing Crème can create the appearance of beautiful, smooth and clear skin in just a few seconds’ time. It dries to a matte finish with no setting powder required, and stays on until you take it off. If you are exhibiting symptoms of rosacea, consult your dermatologist for a diagnosis. When you’re ready to conceal your flaws without irritating your skin, Smart Cover will be waiting for you.

The Many Faces of Smart Cover

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With over 35 years in the cosmetics industry, Smart Cover has led the way when it comes to camouflaging various skin imperfections. Our concealers have been used by customers all over the world to hide flaws ranging from vascular birthmarks to acne scars, vitiligo, dark eye circles and other skin issues.

For transgender women (women who are transitioning from male to female), Smart Cover’s Concealing Crème can cover stubble on the face, leaving the appearance of a smooth, matte finish. Even with hormone therapy, it is often a long road before the growth of facial hair stops completely, and camouflage cosmetics such as Smart Cover help transitioning women to feel confident and beautiful, with coverage and staying power above and beyond that of ordinary makeup.

According to Rachel Lubitz for Mic.com, cosmetics are more than just esteem boosters for many in the transgender community. She reports that makeup can be an important aspect of accepting and embracing a new gender identity. One transgender woman interviewed by Lubitz credited makeup with helping her to finally see her true self in the mirror. There can also be safety considerations. “For some women,” writes Lubitz, “‘Passing,’ or being easily recognized as their chosen gender, means life or death, and makeup just makes that process a little bit easier.”

Smart Cover has a range of products to help our customers feel like their best selves, whether they’re hiding skin flaws with our Perfect Touch Camouflage Crème, or accentuating their best features with our Believable Bronzer or Two-in-One Glow Stick. When you look in the mirror, you deserve to love what you see, and Smart Cover is dedicated to helping you experience that every day. Check out our tutorial videos to learn more about how to make the most of your Smart Cover cosmetics.

Port Wine Stains & Other Vascular Birthmarks

May 15 Day Of Awareness - Vascular Birthmarks FoundationThe Vascular Birthmarks Foundation, now celebrating over 20 years of service, is dedicated to educating people about vascular birthmarks and providing support to those afflicted. Smart Cover Cosmetics has worked with the foundation for several years as their makeup expert helping women, men and children with their concealing needs.

Vascular birthmarks are broadly defined as congenital discolorations of the skin that are caused by clustered or malformed blood vessels. They include hemangiomas, venous malformations, lymphatic malformations, port wine stains, and other vascular anomalies.

The most commonly known type of vascular birthmark is the Port Wine Stain (PWS), also known as nevus flammeus. There is no known cause of PWS and no prevention method available. It is not hereditary and affects all racial groups pretty equally, occurring in approximately 1 in every 3,000 live births. It is thought to develop within the first few weeks of gestation.

There are many highly trained physicians who specialize in treating birthmarks with various laser procedures. Many of our customers with Port Wine Stain birthmarks can attest that because it so often presents on the face, living with PWS can be an ongoing source of stress and frustration. It is not merely a “cosmetic” issue. Unfortunately, the potential complications are not limited to the social and psychological realms, as the blood vessels can gradually become more dilated, creating the potential for more serious issues in the affected area.

Before & After Smart CoverOrdinary makeup has proven ineffective at camouflaging PWS, which is why Smart Cover has been so warmly received by members of the Vascular Birthmark community. Our Concealing Crème camouflages Port Wine Stains without feeling heavy or cakey on the face. The coverage stays put and looks beautiful and natural, with or without setting powder.

May 15th is National Vascular Birthmark Awareness Day. We at Smart Cover are committed to our role in helping to provide information and support, as well as our one-of-a-kind camouflage cosmetics. If you are living with a Vascular Birthmark and would like to know what resources are available to you, please visit the National Vascular Birthmarks website at www.birthmark.org.

 

Managing Acne

Teenage girl checking her face for pimple in the mirrorWhen you got your first pimple at twelve or thirteen, you were undoubtedly horrified but you also understood it as a rite of passage. With puberty comes acne, unless you’re really lucky. And surely by the time you get out of high school, you’ll be done with breakouts for good, right?

Ha!

Again, some people may actually be so lucky but for most of us, blemishes are a lifelong nuisance. Once upon a time, dermatologists dismissed diet as an acne trigger, but fortunately research has now confirmed what most of us have always suspected: what you put in your body shows up on your body! It seems pretty obvious when you look at it that way.

Experts recommend adding the following foods to your diet if you want to reduce acne:

“Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme” is more than just a song lyric. Introducing herbs into your diet will help your complexion, according to totalbeauty.com.

Vegetables packed with vitamin A, such as carrots and sweet potatoes will do your skin good!

Cucumbers, with their high content of water, help flush the toxins out of your body.

Zinc! If you’re a fan of oysters, you’ll get double the daily requirement of zinc in one serving (the jury’s still out on whether oysters can improve your love life, however).

Though milk products are usually not recommended if you’re trying to control acne, yogurt is the one exception.

If the candy aisle is calling you, head straight for the dark chocolates. Most sweets will worsen your acne but the high concentration of antioxidants in dark chocolate will help your complexion.

Water. Obviously.

Though eating right and getting enough sleep will definitely help to keep acne at bay, sometimes a big, ugly pimple will decide to rear its unwelcome head anyway.

If you don’t have time to hide under your bed until it disappears on its own, try Smart Cover’s Acne Rescue Kit. It goes on creamy and instantly hides facial flaws like fine lines, dark eye circles and yes, blemishes. Leave those teenage insecurities in the past where they belong and show your beautiful, clear face to the world!

 

Mini Makeover on the Go

 

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now, everyone is familiar with the cliché of the harried working mom with no time for herself and no “beauty budget” to speak of. The truth is it’s become standard for adults, parents and non-parents alike, to be overworked and perpetually be running late.

The overscheduled Professional is almost a status symbol in America. This theme is explored in Brigid Schulte’s book, Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play When No One Has The time and in this Slate.com article introducing the book.

We all want to be our best, achieve as much as possible and especially provide a good life for our children. We spend our lives checking off mental to-do lists, rushing to and from work, and barely giving ourselves the chance to enjoy the families we love so much.

Smart Cover may not be able to help you achieve work/life balance, but we can make looking good simpler and a lot less time-consuming. We have products that are great for the low-maintenance girl just trying to get out the door in the morning.

Smart Cover’s Flawless Face to Go is designed to conceal your flaws while bringing out your natural beauty in four simple steps: start with the Perfect Touch Camouflage Crème to conceal facial imperfections; then apply a little setting powder; give your lips color and shine with the Two-in-One Glow Stick, which doubles as a creamy blush!

You may spend all day in a cubicle, but a light dusting of Smart Cover’s Believable Bronzer on your face and body will make it look like you just came back from a beautiful, sun-drenched island and you don’t have a worry in the world.

We’re all doing the best we can. Making time for yourself to breathe and be happy is as essential to your health as the multivitamin you gulp down with your morning coffee. Even something as simple as promising yourself a ten-minute walk in the sunshine every day can make a huge difference. Now that spring is finally here, why not give yourself that small gift?

Great Tattoo Debate

Tattoos Before & After Smart Cover Self-expression is a beautiful thing and tattoos can be too. But sometimes there are circumstances that make you wish you could hide that dolphin on your lower back or the encouraging words written in Sanskrit on the inside of your wrist. What looked fantastic on “College You” may not be quite what you’re going for when it comes to “Wedding Day You” or even “Corporate Professional You.”

Luckily, Smart Cover Cosmetics has a solution that, unlike some alternatives, is completely pain-free and very cost-effective!

Our Concealing Crème has been used for tattoo coverage by NFL cheerleaders who love their “tats” but have to adhere to league regulations of attire and appearance. For these ladies, the waterproof, sweat-proof and smudge-resistant Concealing Crème is the perfect way to hide their tattoos without worrying about the effects of humidity and perspiration, not to mention keeping their uniforms pristine.

For smaller surface areas, some of our customers like to go over the tattoo with our Smart Cover Stick first, because the concentrated pigment and easy application (it rolls on just like lipstick) does a great job of neutralizing the colors in a tattoo. For larger areas on the body, we recommend our Color Corrector first to neutralize the color of the tattoo, then apply the concealing Creme to ensure complete opaque coverage.

If you’re planning a day of fun in the sun and don’t want the world to see your tattoo peeking out from your bikini, don’t worry! Smart Cover’s Concealing Crème is formulated to last even if you decide to go for a dip in the pool. (For best results, apply the concealer and let it dry for five minutes.)

Permanent removal of your tattoos with laser surgery can still leave traces of the design on your skin, even after multiple (painful, expensive) sessions. This article from BusinessInsider.com explains more about that process. Furthermore, just because you don’t want your tattoo to be the centerpiece of your wedding photos doesn’t mean you’re ready to say goodbye to it forever.

Smart Cover’s Concealing Crème lets you have it both ways!

For other perspectives on the Great Tattoo Debate click below:

http://www.salary.com/tattoos-hurt-chances-getting-job/

http://www.bustle.com/articles/146923-should-you-hide-tattoos-for-an-interview-there-are-a-few-factors-to-consider

 

Skin Care Series from your 40’s through your 80’s and Beyond

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SKIN CARE IN YOUR 70’S, 80’s AND BEYOND

Now is the time to enjoy your looks, feel good about your appearance; and above all, stay active. Subtle changes are what it’s all about!

Here’s more advice from our experts:

Use a rich moisturizer and sunscreen every day whether you are wearing makeup or not.

You don’t want to wear a heavy makeup that accentuates the wrinkles, so we suggest mixing Smart Cover’s  Perfect Touch Camouflage Crème with your own foundation so that you get the coverage that age spots may require, but still look very natural. Perfect Touch is a favorite of Actress Gena Rowlands.

Use a cream or powder blush that easily blends into your cheeks in soft mauve or rose.

Try a matte lipstick in the rose family and stay away from dark brown shades.

Keep your eye makeup simple; define your eyebrows as needed. Apply a heather colored pencil and smudge out the edges.

Above all, less is better than more when you get to be at a certain age.

 

 

Skin Care Series from your 40’s through your 80’s and Beyond

TAKING CARE OF YOUR SKIN IN YOUR 60’S

healthy senior woman with exercise towel and waterThe 60’s can be your decade of looking and feeling good about yourself. You’ve seen some of the changes in your skin and hair in your 50’s; and they do continue. Some you can help soften and some just become part of you. And it’s OK. After all, good living and experience does count!

Here are a few tips from the experts:

Continue with your moisturizing regimen and your creamy foundation.

Now, even a cream blush will last longer and not seep into the wrinkles. Smart Cover’s Two-in-One Glow Stick doubles as a cream blush and gives a hint of color on your cheeks and lips.

Use concealers every day to hide the dark eye circles that make you look tired all the time.

A concealer such as Smart Cover’s Perfect Touch Camouflage Crème helps hide the age spots, dark eye circles and all the fine lines that can show more with your thinning skin.

Lip liner is a lifesaver for lips, and helps soften the aging lip lines. At this point, you may notice that your lips seem to recede and need plumping with Smart Cover’s Lip Plumper Stick.

Hair color should be lighter not darker or full of highlights. We always say why go gray when you don’t have to or want to.

For some women who feel it’s time for some extra help with their wrinkles and aging skin, consult with a dermatologist or another board certified doctor who has experience with cosmetic procedures. There are many non-surgical choices such as injectables and laser treatments. Many injectables on the market offer different benefits. Botox, Dysport and Xeomin relax the muscles around the forehead and eyes. Fillers such as Restylane, Juvederm and Sculptra can sculpt the cheeks, furrows and other facials areas. There are also different types of laser treatments that re-stimulate the collagen in your skin and can also help with the age spots, rosacea and fine lines. And, Smart Cover will help cover the redness or bruising that you can get while healing from these procedures.

Stay tuned for skin care in your 70’s, 80’s and Beyond because it does matter!

Skin Care Series – From your 40’s to your 80’s and Beyond

women in her 50's photoTAKING CARE OF YOUR SKIN IN YOUR 50’S

As long as women take advantage of all the new body and skin care products that are available to them today, they can look better than ever and redefine middle age. It’s never too late to have a better diet and more exercise. No doubt, women in their 50’s begin to notice crows feet around their eyes, grey hairs in their eyebrows, dryer skin and yes, age spots begin to appear.

Here’s some advice from the experts:

Use a highly emollient moisturizer which will help keep your skin looking fresher and reduce the appearance of the fine lines.

Choose a creamy foundation so that your make-up doesn’t collect in the creases. If you want to hide your imperfections as well, Smart
Cover’s Perfect Touch Camouflage Creme will do the trick. You can use it as an all-over foundation.

Lip Pencil is now a must since lips lose their shape and seem to shrink. By outlining your lips, you can soften the lip lines then apply your lipstick. Smart Cover also has an Anti-Feathering Stick that you rub on the lip area before you apply your lipstick to avoid that “bleeding” look.

Blush – use either a creme or powder blush to give your face a bit of color to make you younger. Try to stay with the rose or peach tones; they are more natural.

Eyeliner is also very important to give your eyes more definition and make them look larger.

Brows can become sparse and begin to fade. So use a “brush-on” brow color (it’s much more natural than a thin pencil line) and select a shade close to the color of your hair.

Speaking of hair, its appearance is key to a youthful look. Invest in a great haircut and find a colorist who understands your needs and will cover the gray or give you highlights if that’s what you want.

Stay tuned for our next blog on skin care in your 60’s. At this point you may want to learn more about fillers and non-surgical options. We will give you lots of choices that are recommended by Dermatologists.

What is Lupus?

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“Since wearing Smart Cover, my confidence has since then been restored and I can go out without the worries of being judged because of my unattractive red blotches.”

According to The National Institutes of Health, Lupus is when something goes wrong with your immune system and it attacks healthy cells and tissues. This can damage many parts of the body such as joints, skin, kidneys, heart, lungs, blood vessels and the brain. There are many kinds of lupus, the most common type being systemic lupus erythematosus, which affects many parts of the body that are mentioned above.

This chronic disease can have common symptoms including joint and muscle pain, fatigue, fever with no known cause, skin rashes, swollen glands, chest pain, unusual hair loss, and sensitivity to sunlight.

Anyone can get lupus, but it most often affects women. Lupus is also more common in women of African American, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American descent. The onset of lupus occurs most often in people 20-40 years old but can happen at any age. Women outnumber male patients ten to one. Research suggests that genes play an important role, but genes alone do not determine who gets lupus. Many who suffer from lupus are keen to know when any warning signs of flare-ups occur. There are many specialists who can treat the flares-ups when they to reduce organ damage and damage to joints.

It is also important to find ways to cope with the stress of having lupus. Exercising and finding ways to relax may making coping easier. Many people with lupus have found support groups to be very useful. Besides providing support, taking part in a support group can make you feel better about yourself and help you to keep a good outlook. Smart Cover Cosmetics has worked with the Lupus Alliance of LIQ (Long Island, Queens, New York.)  They have been helping those afflicted with Lupus and their families since 1955. If you want to find a support group near you, Lupus. org will help you find one.

Smart Cover’s concealing cremes help women cover lupus related skin rashes (butterfly rash), discoloration or scarring that can occur from the flare-ups. It also has the ingredient titanium dioxide to give you extra protection while you are out in the sun. (We always recommend you use sunscreen first.)