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Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

Do you take your phone to bed with you? Leave the TV on all night? Work on your laptop in bed? All these things may prevent you from getting enough sleep.

It seems like, these days, virtually every aspect of our lives can be automated, outsourced to the latest electronic device. But when it comes to self-care, there are certain things that we just have to do for ourselves. One of those things is sleep. No matter how technologically savvy you may be, there’s no shortcut for proper rest.

Getting Enough Sleep?

According to the National Sleep Foundation, 75% of a complete night’s sleep consists of Non-Rapid Eye Movement, or NREM. This is the most restorative portion of the night. Blood supply to the muscles is increased, hormones that contribute to growth and development are released, and tissue repair takes place.

As Stephanie Jacob writes for WebMD, the increased blood flow to your skin that occurs during this stage of sleep is the key to a glowing complexion. The growth hormones that are released boost the creation of collagen, which reduces the appearance of wrinkles.

If you’re able to get your doctor-recommended seven to nine hours of sleep, you’ll notice the difference in your appearance within a few short weeks. Your skin will be brighter and clearer, your cheeks and lips will be rosier, and the circles under your eyes will be diminished. The Smart Cover Stick hides dark eye circles in seconds, and the Two-in-One Glow Stick will give your lips and cheeks a shimmery rosy glow… but your most important beauty tool will always be a good night’s sleep.

Shades of You

Depositphotos_70564945_l-2015As beauty blogger Diana Crisan warns for Makeup.com, using the wrong shade of makeup for your skin “throws your whole look off!”

If you don’t know your Medium Beige from your Golden Tan, we have many ways to help you! First, determine whether you’re looking for a Concealing Crème (which dries to a matte finish and can be used on the face and body), or a Perfect Touch Camouflage Crème (formulated just for the face, dries to a creamy finish).

If you choose Concealing Crème, we highly recommend the Deluxe 10-Piece Starter Kit for first-time customers. Not only will you get three shades to choose from, but you also get our Color Corrector, which can be mixed with any shade to lighten it.
Makeup experts recommend swiping all three shades on your jawline and looking at them in natural sunlight to see which one comes closest to your own skin tone. This video, featuring makeup artist Andrea Guttadauro, can also guide you to the shade that will work best for you.
Some people find that mixing two shades, such as the Medium Beige and the Dark Beige, gets them the custom match they need. Smart Cover is dermatologist tested and works great with most skin types. It also offers a level of coverage you just can’t get from ordinary cosmetics. It feels wonderful to find just the right makeup to give you the look of beautiful, perfect skin. Smart Cover hides your flaws and lets you shine!

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.

Miracle Foods to Look Ten Years Younger!

A multi generation portrait of a happy grandmother with her daughter and granddaughterThe right diet really can turn back the hands of time, according to Board-Certified plastic surgeon and anti-aging expert Anthony Youn, MD. In his new book, The Age Fix: A Leading Plastic Surgeon Reveals How to Really Look 10 Years Younger, Dr. Youn shares the best foods for keeping your skin smooth, firm and wrinkle-free. Here are just a few…

Eggs – A great (and inexpensive!) source of lean protein as well as vitamin A, eggs help your skin retain its elasticity.

Shrimp and Oysters – We hope you love seafood! Oysters are full of zinc and shrimp is packed with vitamin E, which can reduce scarring and help reverse skin damage.

Sweet potatoes – We all know sweet potatoes are rich in beta carotene, a precursor of vitamin A that helps your skin retain moisture and promotes the health of your eyes and the strength of your immune system. Sweet potatoes also contain selenium, which can reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

Tomato paste – If fresh tomatoes aren’t in season, you can always get a good dose of lycopene from about five tablespoons of tomato paste. Lycopene helps fight signs of aging with its anti-inflammatory properties.

Papaya – This colorful fruit is an anti-aging triple threat! Packed with vitamins E, C and beta carotene, it helps keep your skin looking young and dewy. (Smart Cover’s Vitamin Beauty Stick is enriched with antioxidants and vitamins A, C and E to nourish the delicate eye area.)

Green tea – Try getting your daily caffeine fix from green tea instead of coffee and you’ll get a big dose of antioxidants too, which combat signs of aging.

While you’re cleaning out your refrigerator to make room for all these new additions to your diet, try Smart Cover’s Anti-Aging Pick Up Sticks Collection, which includes the Anti-Feathering Stick, designed to prevent bleeding lipstick; the Lip Plumper; the Lip Pumice Stick to exfoliate the lips; the Tea Tree Oil Softening Stick to moisturize; and the Two-in-One Glow Stick, which is a lip gloss and cream blush in one, giving your lips and cheeks a hint of color.

Fight aging from the inside out with the right foods, as recommended by Dr. Youn. And fight aging from the outside in with Smart Cover!

 

 

Eye Wrinkle Relief

Beautiful polished 40 year old woman.Primewomen.com is a fabulous website geared toward “redefining women over 50” with articles about relationships, health, fashion, beauty and more. One piece in particular, authored by Board-Certified Dermatologist Rebecca Euwer, addressed one of our favorite topics: eye wrinkles!

There are plenty of products on the market that promise to eliminate wrinkles around the eyes, but according to Dr. Euwer, “nothing beats the neuromodulators.”

What is a neuromodulator? You may know it as botulinum toxin, or by one of its brand names, Botox. Eye wrinkles are caused in part by the repeated use of facial muscles, which form a groove beneath the surface of the skin. The neuromodulator transmits signals to those muscles to relax, which smooths out the already-formed wrinkle and helps stop new wrinkles from forming.

The procedure is not completely painless. The neuromodulator must be injected by needle directly into the delicate area around the eyes, but it is over in minutes and the effects last up to four or five months in most cases. Botox is the most recognizable one, but there are several neuromodulators on the market that work just as well.

Dr. Euwer wisely advises to choose the least expensive brand offered by your doctor’s office, but when it comes to having botulinum toxin injected into your face, a Board-Certified dermatologist who specializes in the use of neuromodulators to treat wrinkles is your best bet.

You can resume normal activities immediately after your injections, though there may be some redness around the affected area. In rarer cases, there may be some mild bruising. It is safe to apply makeup right after the procedure, and Smart Cover’s Perfect Touch Camouflage Crème will hide any discoloration as your face is healing.

Though some people worry about looking “frozen,” or not being able to emote like a normal person (think reality stars who cry their eyes out while still seeming to smile eerily), it all comes down to who performs the procedure. A qualified doctor will be able to place the injections so that your wrinkles disappear without making you look unnatural.

You still want to look like you, after all. Now there are more ways than ever to look your best for years to come!

Men Want to Look Good Too!

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Women are known for investing a great deal of energy and time in their appearances and with good reason: by and large, women are judged by society based on how young, thin and pretty they are, even in ostensibly professional arenas where such things shouldn’t matter. Because of this, many people assume that since men are not subjected to the same type of scrutiny, they must not ever give their looks a second thought.

This is simply not true! Dr. Susan Weinkle, a Board Certified dermatologist who has been featured in Smart Cover’s “Doctor’s Corner,” has stated that 10% of her male patients come to her for Botox treatments.  Dr. Weinkle also performs Kybella injectables on her male patients to remove the troublesome double chin. It take about 3-5 sessions and you see results within 4-6 weeks.

Described by its manufacturer as “a naturally occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown of dietary fat,” Kybella is a non-invasive way of eliminating chin fat, and restoring a youthful, manly appearance to the jawline. This is ideal for men who want to look as young and virile on the outside as they feel on the inside, without actually having to go for more invasive procedures.

Nonetheless, there are plenty of men willing to explore the many surgical options that are now available to improve or preserve their looks. According to the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, men are seeking out cosmetic surgery in record numbers. In 2015 alone, men underwent 1.2 million cosmetic procedures, both surgical and nonsurgical.

For guys who are not quite ready to head to the dermatologist or surgery center but still want to look young, energetic and handsome, Smart Cover’s Perfect Touch Camouflage Crème hides fine lines, wrinkles, dark eye circles, age spots, scars and other facial imperfections.

Men and women alike want to feel great about themselves. If the reflection in the mirror isn’t quite living up to the “Real You” in your mind’s eye, Smart Cover is here for you!

 

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!

 

The Mask of Pregnancy

If you’rPregnant Silhouettee an expectant mother, the changes to your body can be overwhelming. In addition to weight gain, fatigue and mood swings, the surge in hormones can trigger a skin condition called melasma.

Often called “the mask of pregnancy,” melasma usually appears on the forehead, nose, cheeks and upper lip. It sometimes shows up on the forearms and neck, especially if those areas have been exposed to the sun. This seemingly minor cosmetic condition can be highly stressful.

Characterized by brown or grayish-brown marks on the face, melasma is not dangerous.  It is also worth noting that while pregnant women are far and away the most likely to be afflicted with melasma, both men and women are susceptible.

Though it usually fades away on its own over time, some people are afflicted with melasma for years and need to seek the help of a dermatologist to treat it. Topical medications such as Hydroquinone, azelaic acid or kojic acid are sometimes prescribed. Others opt for procedures including chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and dermabrasion.

Smart Cover has set the industry standard when it comes to camouflage cosmetics and we truly care about helping you feel like your very best self.

If you’re suffering from melasma, our waterproof Smart Cover Concealing Crème (which is allergy-tested and fragrance free) can help you through this sensitive period, providing excellent long-lasting coverage on the face and body. If you just have a few spots on your face, our Smart Cover Stick works very well and takes seconds to apply.

Smart Cover’s Two-in-One Glow Stick will give your lips and cheeks an angelic hint of color, perfect for the new mommy you’re about to become.

Congratulations on the little miracle you’re creating and remember: when it comes to concealing skin imperfections or just looking fresh and fabulous every day, we’ve got you covered!

Tired of Looking Tired? Combating Dark Eye Circles

“Look at the circles under my eyes! I haven’t slept in weeks!” – Cowardly Lion

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For some people, dark circles under the eyes are just an unfortunate hereditary trait. For others, dark eye circles are caused by lack of sleep, poor diet and the inevitable aging process.

To reduce the appearance of dark eye circles from the inside, here are some suggestions:

Increase your intake of antioxidants and vitamins such as Vitamin K and Vitamin B12. Leafy green vegetables and fruits like blueberries are a great way to get these nutrients.

Treat your allergies. Hay fever can have you constantly rubbing your eyes, which wears away at the delicate skin, making dark circles even worse. Also, allergies can cause breathing issues while you sleep, leading to inadequate rest… and yes, dark eye circles.

Get some sleep. Most people need seven to nine consecutive hours of sleep to be fully rested and start to see a difference in the appearance of under-eye circles.

Avoid sugar… or at least try consuming less of it. Most of us can’t resist a little treat every now and then, but be careful not to let dessert become a major food group in your diet.

Don’t smoke! We don’t really need to say anything more, do we?

Reduce alcohol consumption. One glass of red wine with dinner can be good for you; one bottle is another matter entirely. As in all things, moderation is the key.

Watch your breath. Some people, especially those prone to anxiety, suffer from Hyperventilation Syndrome. This simply means that you’re taking in more air than your body can handle. Be mindful of breathing slowly and deeply. Yoga can help you to become more conscious and deliberate in your breathing.

To learn more about the causes of dark eye circles, and ways to treat them, visit thescienceofeating.com.

While you’re trying these remedies, remember that Smart Cover’s Perfect Touch Camouflage Crème has the ability to conceal even the most stubborn dark eye circles, not to mention unsightly bags, wrinkles and fine lines. It goes on creamy and blends easily. Our Smart Cover Stick also hides dark eye circles and other facial flaws with a no-muss no-fuss application (it rolls on just like lipstick).

If only the Cowardly Lion had tried Smart Cover!