You’re So Vein

Portrait of a smiling woman relaxing by poolThe warm weather may have most of us are rejoicing, but those of us with unsightly veins on our legs are a little more ambivalent. According to Web MD, there as many as 30-60% American adults with varicose or spider veins. It’s an extremely common problem, but that offers minimal comfort when you’re turning down trips to the pool or spending your vacation hiding behind an oversized beach towel.

Fortunately, there are a number of treatment options available, the most well-known of which is sclerotherapy. Womenshealth.gov describes sclerotherapy as an outpatient procedure in which the doctor injects a liquid chemical into the vein, causing the vein walls to swell, stick together and swell shut. “This stops the flow of blood, and the vein turns into scar tissue. In a few weeks, the vein should fade.”

Other treatment options include compression stockings, which press down on the veins to reduce discomfort while increasing blood flow; surface laser treatments; and for very large varicose veins, surgical ligation, during which the veins are tied shut and removed altogether.

While compression stockings are relatively inexpensive, their efficacy is limited. Laser treatment and sclerotherapy can ultimately cost thousands of dollars, depending on how many sessions are needed. And surgery is often an expensive last resort.

For people who are embarrassed by the appearance of spider or varicose veins but don’t necessarily need to take such drastic measures, the right concealer is the perfect solution! Smart Cover Concealing Crème hides veins and other skin imperfections on the legs (and everywhere else on the body), and it’s completely waterproof.

There is no need to worry about “sweating off” your concealer, and with a little Smart Cover, you can even enjoy a swim. Your Concealing Crème will stay on until you’re ready to take it off. So get out there and enjoy the warm weather. You’ve got 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!

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!