October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. According to the American Cancer Society, Breast Cancer is a malignant tumor that starts in the cells of the breast. A malignant tumor is a group of cancer cells that can grow into (invade) surrounding tissues or spread (metastasize) to distant areas of the body. The disease occurs almost entirely in women, but men can get it, too. They recommend yearly mammograms starting at age 40 and continuing for as long as a woman is in good health, clinical breast exam (CBE) about every 3 years for women in their 20s and 30s and every year for women 40 and over. Physicians feel that women should know how their breasts normally look and feel and report any breast changes to a health care provider right away. Less than 15% of women with breast cancer have a family member with this disease. This means that most (over 85%) women who get breast cancer do not have a family history of this disease.

Smart Cover’s Camouflage Cosmetics work for many customers who are going through Chemo and Radiation drug therapies for their cancer treatments. Some customers experience hyperpigmentation which causes darkening of the skin. These blotchy areas can be found on the face or around the veins where the IV is administered. Our Smart Cover Concealing Crème’s highly pigmented formula helps hide the discoloration and gives the skin an all over natural look. The waterproof Concealing Crème can also be used as a scar concealer to help cover the scarring, redness and bruising that can often occur after post-surgical procedures. Smart Cover is dermatologist tested, allergy-tested, long lasting and fragrance free.

The American Cancer Society also offers a program called the The National Cancer Information Center that provides information and support to those facing cancer 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Trained cancer information specialists are available via phone, email or live chat, providing accurate, up to date cancer information to patients, family members, and caregivers and connecting them with valuable services, help remove any obstacles in getting treatments and finding resources in their communities. The toll free number is 1.800.227.2345.


Chemical Peel Appeal

Chemical Peels offer a non-surgical approach to help with aging skin. Commonly used peels are Glycolic Acid based which is a natural product derived from sugar cane and is great for exfoliation and moisturizing the skin, while stimulating new cells.

These new cells reveal smoother, brighter, younger looking skin. Peels can help reduce fine lines under the eyes, around the mouth, and help with wrinkles caused by sun damage. Peels also help improve mild scars, reduce age spots, freckles, and dark patches (melasma) due to pregnancy or taking birth control pills.

Age SpotsOur customer Deana recently called from Florida telling us how she has been getting Chemical Peels periodically to keep her 50+ skin looking younger. However, her aesthetician suggested they increase the peel to 70% and it was too strong for her skin type and she had a negative reaction. She raved about how Smart Cover’s Camouflage Make up helped cover the severe red spots and sent us this before and after photo. She was so grateful for her best concealer so that she could return to work without worrying that people were staring at her forehead.

We asked Aesthetician Andrea Neubart, who has been a professional in the skin care field for over 20 years for some helpful tips.

Andrea says, ” I always begin with a consultation with my clients to learn more about their goals, lifestyle and skin condition.  Does she have time to follow up with more peels and follow close attention to home care? Is the skin thin or thick? What about sensitivity and will they stay out of the sun and wear higher sunblock? All depending on these answers it’s best to start with a low Glycolic %.”

How many treatments does one need?

According to Andrea, “Sometimes one peel is all you need depending on the goals and what type of peel treatment are they looking for.  We now have peels with a mix of ingredients to help with several issues such as lightening, firming, and wrinkle reduction. For more information, you can research some of the most popular peels now out on the professional markets: Obagi, VIP peels, Mediderma Peels by Sesderma Laboratories that are sold to medical offices.”

Don’t Forget to Keep Wearing Sunscreen Every Day!

Now that fall is here, you’re probably thinking that you don’t need to wear sunscreen.  Did you know that you can still get harmful rays from the sun even on cloudy days? 

With more than a million cases of skin cancer diagnosed in the United States each year, everyone under the sun — from beach beauties to snow bunnies — must practice safe sun strategies and wear sunscreen year-round.

When it comes to staying safe from the sun’s rays, knowledge is power. Know the facts about how to protect your skin and you’ll be less likely to face wrinkles, brown spots, and skin cancer. For starters, good sun protection isn’t just about avoiding direct sunlight or hot summer sun. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), up to 80 percent of ultraviolet rays can pass through clouds or is reflected off snow. Another surprising bit of info: Just because you’re indoors doesn’t mean the sun can’t find you — window glass blocks the UVB light that causes sunburns, but cell-damaging UVA rays still penetrate. The bottom line: Sunscreen is a must, indoors or out, year-round, every day.

One quick tip when using sunscreen is to check the expiration date. The FDA requires that sunscreens remain effective for at least three years, so that’s how long you can expect yours to work at full strength. When in doubt, toss it out.

It’s also important to get annual skin checks with your dermatologist. And, if  you notice any changes in your moles or any new growths or lesions you must alert them as soon as possible. Caught early, most skin cancers are highly treatable.

Wearing sunscreen every day under any professional make-up is a must. Even though Smart Cover’s camouflage makeup has titanium dioxide in it’s formula, we still recommend to our customers to always apply sunscreen first.

We came across this informative article on wearing sunscreen from Artisan-57 Skin and Laser Center. They use the acronym S.M.A.R.T. (we couldn’t resist) as a way to remember using sunscreen as part of your daily skincare routine.

Click here to read more and learn how to stay SMART every day, every season!