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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.

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.

 

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.

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

Face CleaningTAKING CARE OF YOUR SKIN IN YOUR 40’S

We’ve had many emails from our customers of all ages asking us about how to take care of their skin relative to their age. Every decade brings changes to your skin and how you should care for it.

Let’s begin with how to care for your skin in your forties.

We know that the forties can be the hectic decade; balancing work, family and your home. Time is precious to you and there’s always stress associated with trying to do it all! Well, just be sure you make time for yourself and a simplified beauty regime.

Here’s some advice from the experts:

Choose a moisturizer for your skin type and wear it morning and night.
Sunscreen every day – you don’t want to have any additional sun damage which can cause premature aging.

Eye Cream every night. You can also try it during the day under your concealer so it will go on smoothly.

Use concealers to hide the dark eye circles and the tired eyes look.

Use a foundation with more coverage like Smart Cover to even out your skin tone and hide blotches that begin forming in your 40’s.

Brush on your blush or bronzer with an upward motion, since skin tends to sag as you approach your 50’s.

Mascara and Eye Liner become necessary in your 40’s to give your eyes more definition.

Find the right hair color to lighten up your face, cover your gray or add a few highlights for added sophistication. Invest in a good hair cut that’s appropriate for your 40’s lifestyle.

Stay tuned for our next blog on skin care in your 50’s. And that is a crucial time to really care about your maturing skin.