Smart Cover’s Tips for Hiding Allergy Symptoms

 

If every sniff of a fragrant spring flower leads to a flurry of sneezes, it must be allergy season. For many of us, allergies are the price we pay for trading in winter weather for spring. Feeling allergic is bad enough but you don’t need to look the part! With that in mind, Smart Cover has some suggestions for hiding allergy symptoms with makeup.

If you’re noticing some puffiness caused by allergies, beauty writer Marissa Gold suggests that before you apply any makeup, you dip your face in a bowl of ice-cold water. This will reduce inflammation the old-fashioned way. If that feels a little too extreme—or chilly—for you, Gold also advises that you experiment with contouring. “Sweep bronzer under your cheekbones, down each side of your nose, and on the outer edges of your forehead to give the illusion of less puffiness.” Smart Cover’s Believable Bronzer is perfect for this.

Hiding Allergy Symptoms Is Easier Than You Think!

Use waterproof mascara to ensure that a teary allergy attack doesn’t lead to smudged eyes. Allure‘s Marci Robin  writes, “There are countless waterproof eyeliners in both pencil and liquid formats, and with so many mascaras available in both regular and waterproof formulas, consider keeping a back-up waterproof version of your favorite.”

One of the most important elements of hiding allergy symptoms is reducing the appearance of redness, especially around the nose. Smart Cover Camouflage Crème makes this easy. Allergies can also cause burst capillaries around the nose and dark circles under the eyes. If this is an issue for you, try the Smart Cover Stick. It takes seconds to apply, and since it’s the size of a lipstick, you can bring it everywhere if you need a touch-up.

Smart Cover is here for you when you need help hiding allergy symptoms, or you just want to look your most beautiful now that spring has sprung!

 

 

April Is Stress Awareness Month

There is no more important beauty tool than self-care. If you’ve been rushing from one obligation to another without taking a moment for yourself, Smart Cover invites you to STOP! April is Stress Awareness Month and it’s time for you to take care of you.

You know that eating right and getting eight quality hours of sleep is vital to your health. But it’s just as critical for you to take a little time each day to decompress, even if it’s just for five or ten minutes. Experts tout the benefits of meditation for stress reduction.

According to ewellnessmag.com, “This practice of inward-focused thought and deep breathing has been shown to reduce heart disease risk factors such as high blood pressure. Meditation’s close relatives, yoga and prayer, can also relax the mind and body.”

Stress Awareness Month

If that’s not your style, there are plenty of other ways to de-stress. Daily exercise, even if it’s just a twenty-minute walk, causes the release of endorphins, also known as the “happy chemicals!” Most of us are guilty of spending too much time staring at our phones, but unplugging is a great way to relax.

Take a break from your newsfeed and let yourself just breathe. “Although the link between stress and heart disease isn’t clear, chronic stress may cause some people to drink too much alcohol which can increase your blood pressure and may damage the artery walls,” warn the experts at Heart.org. Other stress-induced behaviors that can increase your risk for heart disease include smoking and poor eating habits.

Not sleeping enough? Hide dark eye circles with the Smart Cover Stick. Want to cover fine lines and wrinkles caused by too much worrying? We’ve got Smart Cover Camouflage Crème. We can help you look great… and reducing stress will help you feel great inside and out.

Laughter Turns Back the Clock!

 

Skincare is important, but laughter turns back the clock like no wrinkle cream ever could! Here at Smart Cover Cosmetics, we believe in beauty at any age. Experience and grace only add to a woman’s appeal, and a woman who doesn’t take herself too seriously is all the more attractive.

According to Mayoclinic.org, “Research shows laughter provides a good physical workout, generates mental relaxation, lowers blood pressure and pain, and even improves immunity.” You know that when you look good, you feel good, but the reverse is also true! It feels good to laugh, and when you feel good, you look good.

Science writer Jennifer Welsh asserts that, according to recent studies, “the long series of exhalations that accompany true laughter cause physical exhaustion of the abdominal muscles and, in turn, trigger endorphin release.” This release of endorphins has the effect of mitigating pain.

Laughter Turns Back the Clock

We all encounter setbacks in life. If you’re a mature woman, you’ve undoubtedly seen your share of ups and downs. It turns out that how we respond to life’s challenges can impact our happiness levels, and even how fast we age! The ability to laugh at ourselves, even in an embarrassing moment liking tripping and falling down in front of a crowd, is an indicator of resilience. NBC News contributor Vivian Manning-Schaffel adds that “the stress experienced by less resilient people produces chemicals in the body that cause inflammation. Chronic inflammation can lead to a variety of illnesses, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, cancer, dementia and depression.”

You’ve got your Smart Cover Concealing Crème to cover age spots and varicose veins, and your Smart Cover Camouflage Crème to hide fine lines and other facial flaws. Maybe you should meet your funniest friend over coffee or cocktails and let laughter work its magic!

Mature Women Look Younger Than Ever!

Being sixty-something is no longer synonymous with “old.” If you don’t believe us, just go ask Kim Basinger, who is still breathtaking at 66 years of age. So why do mature women look younger than ever?

In 1960, the average American life expectancy was 69 years. Today, the number is closer to 79 years. People are living longer, healthier lives. It makes sense that we would look better too! 30 may be the new 20, but according to Katie Delach, 60 is the new 40.

“Healthier living through more active lifestyles, better nutrition and a more in-depth understanding of how our bodies work and age has extended the average lifespan,” writes Delach. She also notes that a more open dialogue about menopause and other health issues that arise in one’s later years is empowering women to feel attractive and engaged with life well beyond middle age.

Smart Cover Reveals Why Mature Women Look Younger Than Ever

Previous generations didn’t have the skincare regimens that most of us take for granted now. Your grandmother probably washed her skin with bar soap and maybe removed her makeup with cold cream. Today, we have a lot more information about how to take care of our skin well into our 60’s and 70’s.

The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD)advises you to stop using that bar soap. Try Smart Cover’s Makeup Remover and Cleanser to thoroughly wash your skin without stripping away its moisture. AAD also suggest shorter showers and gently patting the skin dry instead of rubbing it with a towel.

Your makeup routine needs to mature with you, too. After your moisturizer, use Smart Cover Moisture Primer Lotion and then Smart Cover Camouflage Crème. Jennifer Warner of Web MD has one last helpful hint: Smiling is “Mother Nature’s way of giving you a youthful appearance.” Think happy thoughts and let the world see how beautiful you are!

The Number One Health Risk for Women over 60

If you’re aged 60 or older, it probably still catches you by surprise when you’re reminded of your age. Even if you feel fantastic, you should be aware of the top health risk for women over 60, so you can stay strong and healthy for many years to come.

Smart Cover is a longtime champion of mature women, with cosmetics that help you look and feel your best at any age. Our Camouflage Crème goes on smooth and creamy even on older skin, and our signature Concealing Crème hides all kinds of skin imperfections, including age spots. But it doesn’t matter how beautiful you look if you aren’t knowledgeable about potential health dangers.

Heart disease is the number one health risk for women over 60. Women are far more vulnerable to heart disease than they realize, especially into middle age and beyond. Rosie O’Donnell learned this lesson firsthand back in 2012, when she was only 50 years old. In her comedy special, “A Heartfelt Standup,” she offered a mnemonic for recognizing the sometimes-sneaky symptoms of a heart attack: HEPPP.

The Number One Health Risk for Women Over 60

According to O’Donnell, the acronym stands for: Heat, Exhaustion, Pale, Pain and Puke. It may seem a little crude, but women often don’t have the same symptoms of cardiac arrest that men do, and if this helps you to remember and recognize the signs, then it’s done its job!

Healthywomen.org notes, “High blood pressure and high cholesterol can lead to heart attacks and strokes, so having your blood pressure and cholesterol checked regularly is essential.”

Women are often more susceptible to developing health problems, points out Aginginplace.org,  “simply for the fact that they, generally, live longer than men do.” Make the most of your time and take care of yourself, so that your life is not just long, but healthy.

Tips for Women over 60 Dating Online

When you think of online dating and finding romance on social media, you probably picture millennials in their 20’s and 30’s. After all, they are the internet generation in their dating prime. But there are more and more women over 60 dating online. Smart Cover has some hints to help you make the most of this brave new world.

Writer Margaret Manning, a sixty-something woman herself, suggests the website Meetup.com . “You can join groups for everything you can possibly imagine including hiking, art, photography, travel or dining out. They also have events for men and women our age and can be a great opportunity to meet new people.”

Shani Jay, writing for the dating website Zoosk.com, reminds women over 60 dating online that nowadays “everyone is on some kind of online dating platform or app, whether they’re 18 or in their seventies… it’s one of the best ways to meet someone who’s looking for a serious relationship.”

Smart Cover’s Tips for Women over 60 Dating Online

The first step to creating an online dating presence is posting a beautiful picture of yourself, but no posting old photos that no longer look like you! We suggest you have a friend take a new photo of you. When you’re applying your makeup, think about putting the very best version of yourself out there.

Use the Smart Cover Stick to hide dark circles under your eyes so you look fresh and vibrant. Smart Cover Camouflage Crème is perfect for mature skin. It will conceal fine lines and other facial flaws while leaving your skin looking smooth and creamy.

Keep your eye makeup subtle, carefully adding eyeliner close to your lash line and smudging it slightly for effect. Curl your lashes, add mascara and your favorite lipstick. The most important accessory for women over 60 dating online? A genuine smile! Have a good time with it!

Smart Cover Remembers Penny Marshall

We lost a Hollywood legend and a pioneer in the film industry when Penny Marshall died this past week. Most of the world remembers Penny Marshall as one half of the iconic sitcom duo Laverne & Shirley, with Marshall playing Laverne DeFazio, of course. Alongside costar Cindy Williams playing Shirley Feeney, Marshall won America over with her sassy attitude and signature monogrammed sweaters.

Smart Cover Remembers Penny Marshall

Garry Marshall, Penny’s older brother, co-created The Odd Couple, a television series adapted from the play. He cast her as Myrna Turner and she quickly became a fan favorite. However, the real magic happened on the Garry Marshall series Happy Days, where Penny Marshall was paired with Cindy Williams. They played Fonzie and Richie’s blind dates, Laverne and Shirley, in an episode so hilarious that they eventually got their own eponymous spinoff.

The younger generation, born well after Laverne & Shirley went off the air, likely remembers Penny Marshall as an accomplished film director. In an industry dominated by men even to this day, Marshall was an anomaly. She directed hugely successful films, including Big, The Preacher’s Wife and A League of Their Own. The latter was a beautiful paean to a unique moment in history when women had an opportunity to show what kind of magic they were capable of making, even in the hardest circumstances. The message of the film is itself a wonderful metaphor for Penny Marshall’s career.

Marshall’s Laverne DeFazio was the ultimate best friend and girl next door, like many of our most loyal Smart Cover customers. The next time you put on Smart Cover Camouflage Crème or apply the Two-in-One Glowstick to your lips and cheeks before heading out for a misadventure with your bestie, give a little shout-out to Laverne… and maybe throw on a monogrammed sweater!

Is There A Secret to Shrinking Pores?

Supermodels always seem to have perfectly smooth, creamy skin, thanks to a combination of genetics, makeup artistry and the magic of photo editing. Meanwhile, the rest of us sit at home with our magnifying mirrors and all we see are enormous pores! But is there really a secret to shrinking pores?

The experts say, yes and no. The size of your pores is mainly determined by your genetics, according to Helen Sanders of healthambition.com. “Darker skin tones generally have larger pores than lighter ones and those with dry skin tend to have the smallest pores of all as they don’t produce much oil.” But there’s plenty you can do to improve the appearance of your pores.

The Secret to Shrinking Pores

Pores can become enlarged when they get clogged with dirt, grease and leftover makeup, so wash your face with a gentle cleanser every night before bed. Smart Cover’s Makeup Remover and Cleanser will take off all your makeup and leave your face clean and fresh without over-drying your skin.

Sam Escobar of goodhousekeeping.com warns never to skip your sunscreen. UV radiation breaks down the elastin and collagen in your skin, which will make your pores expand. It’s also important to moisturize daily and keep hydrated.

For more advanced measures, talk to your dermatologist. She may recommend that you try retinol, which increases cell turnover in your skin. Laser treatments are also very effective, but at around $300 a session, this is not a cheap option.

The right makeup can create the illusion of invisible pores without a doctor’s appointment. Use Smart Cover Moisture Primer Lotion before your foundation. It’ll create a smooth surface for your makeup and help it to stay put longer. Smart Cover Camouflage Crème will hide skin concerns, including large pores, and give you the flawless, creamy complexion you’ve always wanted!

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!