Easy on the Eyes

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The skin around your eyes is extremely delicate. When it comes to cleansing the area, the key word is “gentle.” According to Jennifer Houston for Womanitely.com, “Products that contain haloxyl, peptides, nicotinic acid, caffeine, ceramides, retinol and moisturizers…help us fight wrinkles, discoloration, fine lines and puffiness.” Houston advises staying away from products that contain oil, which can clog the glands around the eyes.

Smart Cover’s Vitamin Beauty Stick contains Vitamins A, C and E, as well as other antioxidants. Apply around the eyes once you’ve cleansed the area to nourish and moisturize your skin. To maximize the results and help fight free radicals, apply to clean skin right before you go to bed. The Vitamin Beauty Stick works great on the lips and even on the skin around your mouth, too!

If you want to hide dark circles under the eyes, fine lines and other imperfections, the Smart Cover Stick gives you the coverage you’re looking for with the light, creamy touch you need for the skin around your eyes.

Makeup trends tend to be more laidback and fun in the summer months, like the so-called “last night’s liner” look. Chelsea Peng and Lori Keong write for Elle.com: “The trick is looking fresh-faced while also bearing traces of last night’s shadow, so don’t bother touching up your eye makeup when it starts to head south in the heat.”

Rock that melty eyeliner if you’re so inspired (or skip it, if you’re not!). Just remember to wipe your makeup off before bed and treat your eyes and the surrounding areas with a gentle touch. It may seem like a lot of work to take proper care of your eyes and the skin around them, but as a wise person once said: “It’s okay to be high-maintenance as long as you’re also high-performance!”

Age Spots? See Spots Go.

At around the age of 40, you may begin to notice flat brown, black or grey spots on your skin. These are called age spots. They usually appear on parts of your body that receive the most sun exposure, such as your face, chest, hands and forearms. Experts believe that age spots are caused by ultraviolet rays from the sun, or from tanning beds. They are also thought to be yet another effect of aging.

Age spots, also commonly called “liver spots” or “sun spots,” are not harmful to your health and do not require medical treatment. However, many people consider them unsightly, especially because they are associated with the aging process, and of course we all want flawless, beautiful and above all, YOUNG skin! There are several methods for removing or improving the appearance of age spots.

Some people opt for dermabrasion, which essentially scrapes off the outer layers of your skin so that new skin can grow in its place. Chemical peels work in a similar fashion, except the process involves burning rather than sanding off the skin. Bleaching the skin can fade age spots gradually, but as noted on Healthline.com, “Bleaching and tretinoin creams make your skin more sensitive to UV damage.” It can also take several months before you begin to see any results.

Cryosurgery, which freezes the age spots with liquid nitrogen, can be costly, as can laser treatments, which work by destroying the cells that produce melanin. Because age spots are a cosmetic rather than medical issue, many people prefer a less aggressive solution. Smart Cover’s Concealing Crème covers age spots and other skin imperfections on the face and body, and because it’s waterproof, it’s perfect for long summer days at the beach. For a lighter touch, the Smart Cover Stick and Perfect Touch Camouflage Crème hide spots on the face in seconds.

Age is just a state of mind, especially when you have Smart Cover!

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!

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!

Special Guest Blogger from Samelia’s World

Karen-Abercrombie_Samelia_makeupSmart Cover Cosmetics is proud to feature Samelia Miller, celebrity makeup artist and author of the wildly popular and charming beauty blog, Samelia’s World:

Hey Worldlers,

As a celebrity makeup artist, yours truly has met and done makeup magic on a number of well, let’s just say “interesting” people in the entertainment industry. Karen Abercrombie, star of director Alex Kendricks movie “War Room,” is so sweet and down-to-Earth. The actress is not afraid to take a chance on someone new coming in to do makeup on her condition.

Now you may ask, “SAMELIA what condition?”

Well, Karen has “Melasma”.

Some of you are probably wondering what Melasma is this?

For those of you unfamiliar with this skin condition, it is hyperpigmentation or skin discoloration due to overproduction of pigment.

It is patchy and may look tan, brown or blue gray on the skin.So yours truly had to do a corrective makeup application on Karen. The term “corrective makeup” is not heard often, but this makeup technique is used all of time!

What is corrective makeup you may ask?

The definition of corrective makeup may vary from makeup artist to artists, in my opinion. Corrective makeup is truly the art of being able use highlight and shadows with makeup product colors to create the illusion of a balance skin tone.

This type of makeup can be effective if applied properly. However, one should proceed with caution because if is not applied correctly, blended well, even using the wrong colors can make the face look horrific or completely unnatural.

Makeup artists must also sure be well verse in makeup foundations, as the common one do not work well. Tending to slip if used in combination with other cosmetic products.

Yours truly had to choose a makeup product line with superior coverage and that is long lasting.

“Smart Cover”!

That’s right, yours truly used Smart Cover Cosmetics on actress Karen Abercrombie. There are several makeup lines yours truly could have used on her, but I felt Smart Cover for this particular actress was best for her skin, as she has tan and brown patches disbursed all over her face. This beauty product line has a variety of foundation colors; normally artist use two (light and dark). Yours truly used their full coverage Concealing Crème in dark beige and deep beige.

I like this Concealing Crème because it is really thick, rich, and creamy. A little goes a long way. Yours truly likes that it has a matte finish, leaving one the option to apply powder. But it is not necessary.

Admitting I have not use the line in a long time but, when I told of Karen Abercrombie’s skin condition yours truly knew who to call. Thank you Nancy Roberts for getting the Smart Cover products I needed to me so quickly!

Do You Have Scars?

heatherA scar can leave an emotional mark as well a visible, physical one. Some people have scars caused by serious injuries, major surgery or even chronic diseases such as lupus. Scars can serve as a daily reminder of a traumatic event. In some cases, the presence of the scar itself is distressing.

Writes psychologist Patricia Price: “Society places a great deal of importance on how we look. While scars are considered desirable in some societies and may even be inflicted deliberately, in the majority of cultures this is not the case.”

Some people prefer to bare their scars proudly, as symbolic badges of courage representing challenges they’ve overcome. That kind of self-acceptance is truly admirable; it’s a beautiful thing to see people feeling comfortable in their own skin. As Kitty Dimbleby explains for the Daily Mail, “My battle wounds show the world what I have survived…”

For those who want to retain the option to conceal their scars, Smart Cover has the tools for complete coverage, so everyone can feel confident. Smart Cover’s Concealing Crème provides opaque, long-lasting coverage with a natural-looking matte finish. It’s waterproof, so even if you go for a swim in the ocean, the Concealing Crème will stay on until you’re ready for it to come off.

Living with scars looks different for everybody, whether it’s how you got your scar to how you feel about letting the world see it. What we all have in common is the universal desire to feel like our true selves, and not to be defined by one superficial trait. We all deserve to feel beautiful and we are all entitled to find our own path to get there.

If concealing a scar (or any other skin imperfection) makes you feel like your best you, Smart Cover has exactly what you’re looking for!

Pamper Yourself

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For most of us, work and family are competing at all times for our mental and physical resources. As we build our careers and strive to create a rewarding home life, certain aspects of life fall by the wayside. For example, if you ask the average working parent how often they pamper themselves, you may get a snort of laughter in response.

That’s because, in today’s work-oriented society, pampering ourselves is considered a decadent indulgence, a selfish waste of time and money. However, research indicates that pampering oneself is a crucial element of self-care, right up there with eating right and getting enough sleep. According to Jeremy McCarthy, the author of The Psychology of Spas and Well-Being: A Guide to the Science of Holistic Healing, “Pampering is not only about indulgence.  Sometimes, it’s just what the doctor ordered.”

Stress has been proven to have detrimental effects on our mental and physical health, causing headaches, eating disorders, weight gain and a compromised immune system, to name just a few. “The Pain Doctor,” a website devoted to health and wellness, states: “Not only does relaxing remove or reduce the ill effects of stress, but it generates positive effects of its own.”

If getting a professional massage isn’t in your budget this month, experts recommend simple, low-cost paths to pampering to reap the same benefits: even something as simple as playing with a beloved pet for fifteen minutes or having a dance party for one in your living room can go a long way toward recharging your batteries.

Giving yourself a few extra minutes to get ready has also been proven to provide a significant mood boost, because when you know you look great, it’s hard not to feel great. Smart Cover can help you on that front! Our Hollywood Makeup Artist Kit comes with 17 different products, so you can hide your skin imperfections and play up your best beauty assets.

There was a time when we didn’t know how beneficial regular exercise was and now that’s common knowledge. Here’s hoping that the self-care associated with pampering will also get its due in the near future.

Living with Rosacea

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Commonly known as “the blushing disease,” approximately 16 million Americans have been diagnosed with rosacea. This disease can be a source of discomfort, physical pain and psychological stress. Experts believe that rosacea is hereditary and may be caused by a mite called demodex that lives on skin; a bug called H Pylori that infects the intestines; the way the body processes protein; or the way that the immune system reacts to certain bacteria.

There are four known subtypes of rosacea: Erythematotelangiectatic rosacea is characterized by flushing and visibly swelling blood vessels; papulopustular rosacea causes breakouts resembling acne; phymatous rosacea gives the skin a thick and bumpy texture in addition to redness; ocular rosacea causes eye inflammation that can include a bloodshot appearance of the eyes, swollen eyelids, and what can look to be a sty.

While there is no cure for rosacea, there are various treatment methods, including pharmaceuticals carefully tailored to each individual case, diets that omit possible triggers, and preventive skincare. Staying out of the sun is crucial in this capacity.

Beauty writer Stacey Gawronski candidly describes her experiences as a young woman living with rosacea on youbeauty.com. Misdiagnosed for years as having “sensitive skin” or run-of-the-mill acne, it was when she finally learned what was causing her skin issues that Gawronski was empowered to treat them. Perhaps more importantly, she reached a point of acceptance and positivity, musing: “My skin isn’t perfect, but is it really so bad?”

Ordinary makeup typically will not hide rosacea but specialty camouflage cosmetics like Smart Cover’s Concealing Crème can create the appearance of beautiful, smooth and clear skin in just a few seconds’ time. It dries to a matte finish with no setting powder required, and stays on until you take it off. If you are exhibiting symptoms of rosacea, consult your dermatologist for a diagnosis. When you’re ready to conceal your flaws without irritating your skin, Smart Cover will be waiting for you.

All About the Legs

Smaller Photo Legs“The legs are the last to go!”

Women over a certain age may choose to dress more modestly than they did in their twenties, but gravity does tend to be kinder to the legs than other areas.  Long after you’ve set aside crop tops and the like, you can still look as fabulous as ever in a cocktail dress and high heels. A great pair of legs never goes out of style.

As long as your doctor gives you the go-ahead, you can combine moderate cardiovascular exercise with some simple strength training moves to keep your legs looking fit and feeling great.

Prevention’s Fitness Editor, Jenna Bergen Southerland, provides easy to follow instructions for exercises that you can do right at home, including everyone’s favorite: SQUATS!

“Stand with your feet shoulder-width distance apart and your toes turned out slightly.

“Extend your arms forward and keep them parallel to the floor throughout the movement.

“Bend your knees and reach your hips back as if to fully sit down on the chair.

“Lower your hips until you feel the chair underneath you, but don’t fully sit.

“Touch the chair with your butt, then immediately press into your heels and stand back up to the starting position.

“That’s one repetition. Aim to complete 10 to 15 reps.”

For more exercises designed for women over 50, log onto Prevention.com.

Now that your muscles are toned and you’re ready to rock those shorts and dresses, all you need is a little Smart Cover Concealing Crème to hide any veins and bruises your legs may have. It’s waterproof, so don’t be afraid to take a dip in the pool if you’re so inclined!

You are beautiful now and always, so put your best foot…er, leg forward!

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!