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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!

Mature man looking at camera with a bright smile and a pair of glasses. Space for text

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

Cowardly Lion

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!

 

Mini Makeover on the Go

 

Pretty businesswoman with baby over white background

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

Full isolated portrait of a beautiful and happy senior woman

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!