Don’t Pop That Pimple!

You’re staring at your reflection and you can only see one thing: a huge pimple right in the middle of your face. What you’re looking at, as described by health writer Angela Palmer, is the result of a “pore [that] becomes engorged with excess sebum, dead skin cells, bacteria and, often, pus.” As tempting as it may be, don’t pop that pimple!

A new TV show on the TLC network stars a dermatologist nicknamed Dr. Pimple Popper. Like virtually all dermatologists, Dr. Pimple Popper (real name Dr. Sandra Lee), does not recommend you take a DIY approach to a pimple gone wild. She became internet famous by posting YouTube videos of herself attacking pimples, cysts and more serious skin conditions.

But she’s a medical professional, and can prescribe antibiotics to head off infections, or inject cortisone to the affected area. She also knows the difference between a skin issue that can benefit from her unique hands-on approach, and one that should just be left alone.

Don’t Pop That Pimple!

No matter how much you may want to, squeezing a pimple can “push the contents into surrounding skin, making the problem worse. It can also lead to infection and temporary darkening of the skin in that area,” according to IFLScience.com. If that’s not bad enough, the inflammation this causes can end up scarring your skin even after the pimple fades away.

If you do find yourself with an enormous zit but you don’t feel it merits a visit to the doc’s office, just wash your face with a gentle cleanser like Smart Cover’s Makeup Remover & Cleanser. You may want to cover up the blemish with our Camouflage Crème, or you may just want to let it breathe. After all, skin positivity means only covering what you want to cover, when you feel like covering it. That pimple will be gone before you know it, but your brand of unique beauty isn’t going anywhere!

Filler Up!

You choose how you want to look, and Smart Cover is here to support your vision. Want to cover up a skin concern? We’ve got your waterproof Concealing Crème. Think you might be ready to try filler injections for a more youthful appearance? Filler up!

As we age, our faces lose the plumpness, elasticity and firmness that we associate with being young.  Round cheeks, pouty lips and smooth, line-free skin are pretty much what you think of when you hear the term “baby face.” So how do filler injections help turn back the clock?

Filler Up

Hyaluronic acid gel, better known by the brand name Juvederm, “works by holding in water at the injection site and acting as a cushioning agent. It adds temporary volume and a smoother appearance to skin.” This is used to restore plumpness to the lips, nasolabial folds, outer corners of the eyes, and other facial areas that can become hollowed by age.

The results typically last from six months to a year, in some cases lasting even longer than that. If you decide you want to do undo the results before then, an enzyme called hyaluronidase will dissolve the substance.

Even twentysomethings are getting in on the act, according to Cosmopolitan.com. Young folks who want to stop wrinkles before they start, or maybe just want more luscious lips, are seeking filler injections now. Kylie Jenner is arguably the poster child for this trend; she’s built a billion-dollar company on her enhanced look.

If you’re considering fillers, just remember that some bruising is normal after the injection. Gently apply Smart Cover Concealing Crème to the affected area so you can enjoy your results immediately. Not ready to head to the derm’s office yet? Try our Camouflage Crème to conceal fine lines, and the Two-in-One Glow Stick for a fresh, natural look. You’re only as young as you feel, especially with a little help from Smart Cover!

The Smart Money’s on You

If you’re a Smart Cover lover, then the smart money’s on you. Bargains are not just for those of us with modest incomes. In fact, research has indicated that many wealthy people get that way (and stay that way!) by seeking out the best deals. As David Anderson and Jessica Orwig report for Business Insider, rich people spend modestly, and when they do make a purchase, it’s a preplanned and carefully considered decision.

The Smart Money’s on You

You may not be a millionaire, but that doesn’t mean you can’t adopt some of their smart habits! If you’re like most women, you use concealers on a daily basis to cover minor skin flaws or to even out your skin tone. You know what works for you in terms of shade and consistency. So why not pay half as much for twice the convenience? With the Smart Plan, you get your favorite Smart Cover products shipped to you automatically, for half the regular cost!

There are other ways we “normal folk” can emulate the rich, and it’s easier than you think.  Self-help icon and financial guru Tony Robbins asserts that even someone who is living paycheck to paycheck can afford to pay themselves. If the government imposes a tax on you, argues Robbins, you find a way to pay it. He suggests taxing yourself and finding creative ways to spend less in the present, in order to save for the future.

Robbins states that you don’t have to start off with a lot of money in order to accumulate wealth: “In reality, a small amount of money consistently set aside will provide a greater ability to achieve financial freedom.”

With the Smart Plan, you save 50% on products you consistently purchase anyway, and if you want to make any changes to your plan, a live Smart Cover representative is just a phone call away. There’s no better time than right now to make a change for the better, and start planning for a beautiful future!

Fine Lines Ain’t So Fine

Even if you love what you see when you look in the mirror, we can all agree that fine lines ain’t so fine!

There is a moment in virtually every person’s life, when his or her skin is the most flawless and magnificent that it will ever be. It is dewy and clear, with no visible pores, no acne, and no lines. Unfortunately, this usually occurs when you’re five years old… and then never again.

Puberty often brings an explosion of blemishes, blackheads, and other hormone-activated skin issues. You can’t appreciate the fact that your skin is wrinkle-free because you’re so preoccupied with the sudden onslaught of pimples and uncontrollably oily skin. Just when that whole situation starts to abate, other skin imperfections often begin to show themselves!

Fine Lines Ain’t So Fine

Typically, the first fine lines appear when you’re in your twenties or, if you’re lucky, early thirties. Beauty expert Shannon Boyce asserts that when you hit your twenties, “the skin responds to antioxidants less, making it more susceptible to damage caused by oxidative stressors. If that wasn’t enough, your skin also becomes drier. This is due to a leveling out of hormones…though you may still experience pimples and breakouts. Dry skin opens you up to fine lines around the eyes and mouth.”

Since dry skin makes you vulnerable to fine lines, be sure to use an oil-free moisturizer with SPF 30 during the day, and a moisturizer with antioxidants before bed. Of course, wash your face, but don’t over-wash, as that can be too drying for your skin.

Try washing your face with Smart Cover Makeup Remover and Cleanser before bed. Then apply the Vitamin Beauty Stick anywhere that fine lines can appear: around your eyes, mouth, and even on and around your lips. For the fine lines that can’t be erased or prevented altogether, use Smart Cover’s Camouflage Crème. We can’t make you five years old again, but we can help you recapture that flawless, youthful finish!

 

Are Facials Good For You?

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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!

The Debate of the Year!

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No, we don’t mean THAT debate. We’re talking about cosmetic policy, not foreign policy! So what’s yours?

Some people swear by sponges and brushes when it comes to applying their concealing makeup, while others prefer their own good old-fashioned fingertips. There are no wrong answers; there are pros and cons for all of the choices.

If you use your fingertips to apply Smart Cover’s Concealing Crème, you benefit from your natural body warmth, which helps the makeup go on even more smoothly. Your own fingers are also just about the most low-maintenance and cost-effective beauty tools you could ever want. Just be sure to wash your hands thoroughly before and after any makeup application. Fingers can carry bacteria and dirt that you don’t want anywhere near your face.

Brushes may not be what you think of first when it comes to applying a concealer, but they definitely have their place. Smart Cover’s Camouflage Brush, for example, is designed to fit into hard-to-reach places like the inside corners of your eyes. These small but shadowy areas can make you look older and more drawn if you don’t correctly apply your concealer to those dark corners. The Camouflage Brush is also great for getting precise, even coverage of dark eye circles.

Sponges offer more control than your bare fingertips, allowing you to create a more sheer and lightweight effect. Some makeup artists even recommend dampening the sponge first, to give a more natural-looking glow, especially if you’re using the Concealing Crème as an all-over foundation on your face. Just be sure to moisturize and prime your face before using the sponge, or it may “catch and lift dry skin,” warns beauty writer Louise Griew.

All Smart Cover kits come with a camouflage brush and two sponges, so feel free to experiment with all three methods to find what works best for you. (Sorry, you’ll have to furnish the fingertips yourself.)