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Smart Cover Celebrates America the Beautiful

Smart Cover Cosmetics are made in the U.S.A. and we’re proud of it! As the 4th of July approaches, we’re celebrating America the Beautiful. More than “amber waves of grain” or even the “sea to shining sea,” what truly makes “America the beautiful” is the people.

The Statue of Liberty lifts her torch welcomingly to people from all over the world, so they can start a better life and live their own American dream. The United States of America has often been called a melting pot. Some think of it more as a salad bowl, where each ingredient remains distinct while making the whole even better.

Daniel Bruce Levin prefers to look at America as a beautiful mosaic: “We are calling out to all colors, shapes and sizes, those who are big and those who are small, those who shine and those who have lost their lustre, those made of wood, and those of ceramic.  It is time for us to take that which seems broken, the pieces of diversity and make something even more exquisite than what was.”

Diversity Makes America the Beautiful

Beauty comes in many shades, and so does Smart Cover! In fact, our waterproof Concealing Crème comes in six different shades. They are: Rose Beige, Light Beige, Medium Beige, Golden Tan, Dark Beige, and Deep Beige. Smart Cover Concealing Crème covers skin concerns on the face and body and stays on until you want to take it off with warm water and soap.

For a cleansing option that refreshes your skin without drying it out, try Smart Cover Makeup Remover and Cleanser. The fruit acids and papaya enzymes gently exfoliate your skin and dissolve long lasting Smart Cover Cosmetics.

As you celebrate Independence Day this coming July 4th, celebrate yourself too! You are part of what makes America the beautiful, after all.

Smart Cover Reminds You: Your Lips Need Sun Protection!

Here at Smart Cover, we take sun protection very seriously. After all, it’s a critical part of skincare. But even people who never leave the house without SPF 30 on their faces may be forgetting something very important. Your lips need sun protection, too!

The skin of your lips is much thinner than the skin on the rest of your body. According to Lisa Fayed, that makes them “more prone to damage not just from the sun, but from extreme cold, extreme heat, and wind.”

In the summertime, when you’re more likely to be outdoors in the sunshine for long periods of time, your lips need sun protection.

Our concealers can hide age spots and fine lines caused by too much sun exposure, but it’s better to protect your skin in the first place. The lips are from being an exception to this rule. Healthline.com warns: “Your lips are vulnerable to sunburns that can cause pain and increase your chances of developing lip cancer. The lower lip is 12 times more likely to be affected by skin cancer than the top lip.”

Your Lips Need Sun Protection

Luckily, there are a number of lip balms and even lip glosses on the market that include SPF 30 or higher. Krissy Brady of Prevention.com offers some tips for finding the right product for you. She advises that you look for emollients to keep your lips moisturized; go for balms instead of glosses if you’re going to be out in the sun for long periods; and stay away from products that contain menthol, camphor, and phenol, which can dry your lips out.

Wear your Smart Cover Camouflage Crème to cover any skin concerns that you want to cover on your face and body but be sure to apply your sunscreen first. Enjoy your outdoor activities to the fullest, as long as you take the right precautions. That means remembering that your lips need sun protection, too!

Look Fabulous for June Weddings with Smart Cover!

Even if you’re not a June bride yourself, there are probably a few weddings on your social calendar this season. You’ll want to look your most beautiful, whether you’re dancing up a storm at a wild reception or sitting through a long ceremony in a venue with no air-conditioning. Get ready to be gorgeous at all those June weddings with Smart Cover.

If you are a bride, Smart Cover’s signature concealers are the perfect way to cover what you want to cover and feel like the most amazing version of yourself. According to Stephanie Weers at Weddingwire.com, this year’s bridal makeup trends mirror much of what was on the runways for the spring and summer. For instance, brides are playing up “focus features,” highlighting their eyes or lips and keeping the rest of the face more muted in comparison.

June Weddings with Smart Cover

Another trend that has made its way from the catwalk to the wedding aisle is the bare-faced look. Cosmopolitan’s Victoria Jowett writes: “The key to pulling off no makeup makeup is nailing perfect-looking skin. Opt for a dewy-finish foundation then pin-point conceal any blemishes or discolouration.”

Smart Cover’s Perfect Touch Camouflage Crème hides fine lines, blemishes and other skin concerns on your face. Its creamy consistency will make your skin look naturally flawless, which is nice for brides, bridesmaids, and wedding guests alike!

If you have skin issues on your body—anything from veins to birthmarks or even tattoos that you don’t feel like showing—try Smart Cover Concealing Crème. It’s waterproof, so even if you perspire, you’ll still be covered. Apply SPF 15 or higher before your concealer, especially if you’re attending an outdoor event. Have fun and look amazing at all those June weddings with Smart Cover!

Yes, You Can Go Swimming with Smart Cover!

It’s a hot, sunny day and everyone is eager to jump in the pool. You would love to join them, but you have Smart Cover Concealing Crème on your legs, hiding your varicose veins and other skin concerns. The great news is, you can go swimming with Smart Cover Concealing Crème! It’s a waterproof concealer for the face and body. It hides tattoos, birthmarks, veins, and more… and it won’t come off until you’re ready to take it off!

With Smart Cover Concealing Crème, you get the coverage you need without having to miss out on the summer fun of splashing around with your friends and family. It’s one-step concealer that goes on creamy and dries to a matte finish without setting powder. Once it’s dry, you can jump into the water without worrying about your concealer washing off.

Go Swimming with Smart Cover

According to Healthmarkets.com, swimming is an especially great form of exercise for mature women. This is because it’s not a weight-bearing exercise, and its cooling effect decreases the chances of suffering heatstroke. It’s also shown to lower blood pressure, and it’s just plain fun!

Smart Cover Concealing Crème stays on if you’re wading into the ocean, with waves crashing around your legs. When you’re ready to take it off, try Smart Cover Makeup Remover and Cleanser. It thoroughly cleans your skin without over-drying it. The formula contains fruit enzymes and papaya acids to gently exfoliate and condition your skin.

This is the time of year for summer dresses, capri pants, shorts and yes, bathing suits! With Smart Cover, you don’t have to feel self-conscious about showing a little skin if you want to. Cover what you want to cover, when you want to cover it. Go swimming with Smart Cover and enjoy your summer to the fullest!

Get A New Foundation Shade for Summer!

Do you need a new foundation shade for summer? In terms of skin tone, some people look exactly the same year-round. This can be true if you’re extra-careful about avoiding the sun, for example. However, even using sunblock every time you go outside doesn’t guarantee that there won’t be a minor change in your skin tone from winter to summer.

“[D]espite your best efforts to slather on the SPF and stay out of the sun, there’s a good chance your face will be slightly darker in July than it was in January. You’ll want to choose a shade that enhances your sun-kissed skin rather than make it look pasty,” advises Health.com beauty writer Lisa De Santis.

That’s why Smart Cover’s makeup kits are so ideal. The Deluxe 10-Piece Starter Kit comes with three shades of the Concealing Crème. With the Light kit you get Light, Medium and Dark Beige. With the Dark Kit you get Golden Tan, Dark Beige and Deep Beige.

Remember, you can blend shades to find your perfect match. Just squeeze a little of each (about a dime-sized drop) into the palm of your hand and mix them together with your finger. Then apply. This video can help you find your shade.

Byrdie.com‘s Kaitlyn Mclintock has some suggestions for summer lip shades. If you have a deep complexion, your options are virtually boundless. Everything from hot pink to reds with hints of orange or even purple will be gorgeous on you. For medium to olive tones, think orange and sheer corals.

If you have a light complexion, this year is all about coral pinks or even just shiny glosses with a hint of pink, like Smart Cover’s Two-in-One Glowstick. Once you have the right foundation shade for summer, and a fun new lipstick, the summer is yours to enjoy!

Smart Cover and How to Deal with Age Spots

If you have a fair to medium complexion and you’re over 40, you’ve probably had to deal with age spots, according to Healthline.com. Also known as sun spots, senile lentigo, solar lentigines—or worst of all, liver spots—age spots are often the result of too much exposure to ultraviolet rays. This can occur if you spend a lot of time outside without protecting yourself from the sun, or if you’re a tanning bed enthusiast.

The best way to deal with age spots is to prevent them, of course. Whether your complexion is fair, medium or deep, ultra-violet rays can be harmful. Never go out in the sun without applying SPF 30. Also, remember that wide-brimmed hats are your friends! Generally, age spots are not dangerous or painful, but always show your doctor anything new that appears on your skin during your annual checkup.

How to Deal with Age Spots

Mayoclinic.org offers several potential solutions if you are determined to get rid of your age spots, though results often vary. There are lightening creams available by prescription. These may make your skin even more vulnerable to harmful UV rays.

“Laser and intense pulsed light therapies destroy melanin-producing cells (melanocytes) without damaging the skin’s surface,” but this requires at least two or three sessions and it’s not cheap. Other treatments include chemical peels, dermabrasion, and even cryotherapy.

If you aren’t ready for the hassle and expense of more drastic options, Smart Cover can help you deal with age spots in seconds! Use the Smart Cover Stick for a quick, convenient way to hide facial flaws. And Smart Cover Concealing Crème will cover all kinds of skin issues, including age spots, on your face and body. With Smart Cover, you can stop thinking about your imperfections and start appreciating how perfect you really 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.

Smart Cover Explains Why Crying Is Good for You

If you’re the kind of person who gets teary-eyed while watching a romantic movie, or even an especially moving dog food commercial, we have good news. Crying is good for you! According to Dr. Neel Burton, “Crying activates both the arousing sympathetic nervous system and the sedating parasympathetic nervous system.”  That second one is the reason you probably associate crying with a calming sense of release.

Why Crying is Good for You, Body and Soul

It’s no coincidence that we instinctively cry when we’re hurting. Crying releases soothing chemicals like oxytocin, which help to dull pain and lift your mood. As Healthline.com explains, the act of sobbing “can help regulate and even lower the temperature of your brain.” This is because you’re sucking in bursts of cool air when you sob and our bodies like a cool brain better than a warm brain.

Emotional crying is different than shedding “reflex tears” like you would if you got something in your eye. When you cry emotional tears, it actually removes toxins from your body, like the stress hormone cortisol. You may have heard of cortisol, because it’s known for causing weight gain. Crying also helps to keep your blood pressure low, which reduces your risk of heart disease.  If you’re prone to stress-induced acne breakouts, having a good cry every now and then can even help improve your complexion.

If you’re concerned about the blotchy skin and swollen eyes that can follow a nice sob-fest, Smart Cover can help! Use the Smart Cover Stick around the eyes to hide redness and puffiness. Then apply some Camouflage Crème and add a little Compact Finishing Powder for a flawless finish. No one has to know you’ve been crying if you don’t want them to. But as health writer Marlo Sollitto points out, crying is “highly evolved behavior,” so be proud and cry out loud!

Smart Cover Presents 2019’s Hottest Spring Color Trends!

It may seem a little soon to be thinking about spring color trends, but the flowers can’t bloom fast enough as far as we’re concerned! Punxsutawney Phil, the world-famous groundhog, did not see his shadow this year, and we all know that means an early spring.  So what are the hottest spring color trends for 2019?

Fashion blogger Maya Adivi has proclaimed that the color of the season is… yellow! “Yellow is a cheery, unisex color,” observes Adivi, “So it was a pleasure to have it warm up the sometimes cold spring/ summer runways.”

There are different shades of yellow that work for different skin tones. According to ET Online’s Amy Lee, finding the right yellow for your complexion is the key to making this cheery hue bring out your beauty. If you’re very fair, avoid pastels and stick to jewel tones and mustard yellows.

If you’re more olive, with yellowish or greenish undertones in your skin, try a warm honey shade. Writes Lee, “Ladies with deep skin tones like Lupita Nyong’o can pretty much rock any shade in the yellow spectrum.”

Which of the Spring Color Trends Is Your Favorite?

If yellow is not your style, plenty of other options lit up the runways for spring. Pink Peacock, Princess Blue and Living Coral were just a few of the standouts. After a drab winter under gray skies, you’ll look like a walking drop of sunshine in these gorgeous spring colors.

Let Smart Cover help you make the most of the spring color trends. Our Concealing Crème hides whatever skin concerns you feel like covering on the face and body, from tattoos to varicose veins and port-wine birthmarks, so you can wear a new spring dress with utter confidence. The first day of spring is on Wednesday, March 20th. Get ready for the happy!

The 1, 2, 3’s of Skin Cancer

Smart Cover is a proud ally to people with skin concerns of all kinds. When it comes to skin cancer, early detection, not to mention prevention, can save your life. Arm yourself with the 1, 2, 3’s of skin cancer.

ONE – Prevention

The best way to ensure that skin cancer doesn’t have a lasting impact on your life is never to get it in the first place. If possible, stay out of the sun between 10AM and 4PM. “Avoiding the sun at its strongest helps you avoid the sunburns and suntans that cause skin damage and increase your risk of developing skin cancer,” according to mayoclinic.org.

When you are exposed to the sun, cover up as much as you can, and never leave the house without sunscreen. Even for casual exposure, SPF 15 should be the minimum.

TWO – Vigilance

Be aware of any changes to your skin, especially if you have moles that appear out of nowhere, or that change in color, size or shape. Many skin changes are normal and not signs of cancer, but let your doctor determine the cause and appropriate treatment.

THREE – Early Detection

Cultivate a relationship with your dermatologist. She’s there to help you, and she just may save your life. Don’t wait for your annual checkup if you notice something unusual but DO maintain an annual appointment with your dermatologist.

The 1, 2, 3’s of Skin Cancer

In a perfect world, your life will never be touched by skin cancer. But if it is, having some basic knowledge will empower you to get treated and get better. Many skin cancer survivors use Smart Cover Concealing Crème when they feel like covering their scars. Life is precious, and we want you to enjoy as much of it as you can. For more information, check out the The Skin Cancer Foundation.