Pregnancy and Your Skin

For many women, finding out that they are expecting is one of the most joyful moments imaginable. Having a baby changes your life, but some women are surprised to learn how much expecting a baby can change their skin. For starters, there is that famous “glow” pregnant women are told they have.

It turns out that there are valid scientific reasons your skin seems to be aglow, according to The American Pregnancy Association. Firstly, when you’re pregnant, your body produces 50% more blood, giving your face a bright, rosy look.

Secondly, your hormones are hard at work, which causes your glands to produce more oil, resulting in a shiny appearance. If you’re worried about looking a little too shiny, try Smart Cover’s Compact Finishing Powder. It takes away the “greasy” look without diminishing your gorgeous natural glow.

Characterized by brown or grayish marks that usually appear on the face or arms, melasma—also known as “the mask of pregnancy” —  is a skin condition that most frequently affects pregnant women. Though it is not dangerous, it can nonetheless be stressful, especially because ordinary makeup typically cannot cover the discoloration melasma causes.

Fortunately, the Smart Cover Stick and waterproof Concealing Crème hide the marks caused by melasma. Since you can use the Concealing Crème on the face and the body, it’s also a great way to cover varicose veins on the legs, which can sometimes occur with pregnancy.

For the acne breakouts that often come with pregnancy, cover blemishes with the Smart Cover Stick, and be sure to wash the excess oils from your skin before bed with a gentle cleanser like the Smart Cover Makeup Remover & Cleanser.

The inconveniences and cosmetic hurdles that can come with pregnancy may be temporary, but the joys of parenthood are forever. To get you through the good, the bad, and the beautiful, you always have Smart Cover!

 

The Emotional Impact of Acne

Often dismissed as an adolescent rite of passage, acne is a virtually lifelong affliction for many adults. Some acne treatments are inexpensive and easily purchased from your local drugstores, like many popular topical solutions. However, those treatments only offer limited results, and even those results are short-term.

Some women find relief from prescribed birth control medication, which can regulate the hormones that cause acne. Isotretinoin, better known by the brand name Accutane, is sometimes prescribed to patients with severe acne, though it is contraindicated for women who may become pregnant, as it causes birth defects. Lesser side effects can include dryness of the skin, eyes and mucous membranes.

For those fortunate enough not to know the daily anguish of living with acne, it is easy to wonder why people would pay so much money and endure uncomfortable side effects just to get rid of “a few pimples.” However, the desire to be rid of acne, understandable in and of itself, is not a matter of simple vanity. Research has found that there is a direct correlation between acne and depression.

“Over the 15-year study period, the probability of developing major depression was 18.5 percent among patients with acne and 12 percent in those without,” according to Nicholas Bakalar of The New York Times. The risk for acne-related depression is at its highest within the first five years of diagnosis.

Many people are reluctant to give themselves permission to spend money on skincare and cosmetics, seeing it as a superficial indulgence. However, scientific research has concluded that there is a definitive link between one’s mental health and the health one’s skin. Noncomedogenic concealers, like Smart Cover Concealing Creme, and high-quality makeup removers that also cleanse and condition the skin, are not just a way to take care of your skin; they’re a way to take care of you.

Are Facials Good For You?

Face Massage. Close-up of a Young Woman Getting Spa Treatment.

While some people swear by their monthly facials, others are more cautious. Unlike massages and other innocuous spa indulgences, facials can present risks for folks with extra-sensitive skin, who can be susceptible to irritation or even infection as a result of certain kinds of skin treatments.  As skincare expert Paula Begoun writes for The Cosmetics Cop, “Using essential oils [may] smell divine, but fragrance isn’t skin care. All fragrance, synthetic or natural, causes irritation, and irritation harms your skin.” Smart Cover’s concealers are fragrance-free, non-comedogenic and dermatologist-tested, for precisely this reason.

Managing expectations is important when you’re considering having a facial. Facials can reap enormous benefits: with the right esthetician, you should walk out of your facial with fewer blackheads via gentle extraction, improved skin tone, and softer skin. What facials won’t do is magically make acne disappear (sorry!) or lift up sagging skin.

It’s also important to remember that skin treatments such as facials are just one piece of a bigger puzzle when it comes to taking care of your largest organ. What you eat, how much you sleep and whether you get any exercise all have a huge impact on your skin’s appearance.  As Sarah Siddons points out on howstuffworks.com, “Even the world’s greatest facial won’t do much good if you chow down each day on greasy foods and consider channel surfing the ultimate in daily exercise.”

In terms of sheer pleasure, facials are a homerun.  In addition to treating your skin, estheticians will typically massage your neck and shoulders. Soft music plays, the room smells wonderful, and those 60 to 90 minutes are all for you.

We don’t have to tell you that the benefits to putting yourself first every now and again are too numerous to name! Facials may not work absolute miracles, but you always have Smart Cover to hide any remaining imperfections. If you decide getting a facial is right for you, by all means, enjoy!