Pregnancy and Your Skin

For many women, finding out that they are expecting is one of the most joyful moments imaginable. Having a baby changes your life, but some women are surprised to learn how much expecting a baby can change their skin. For starters, there is that famous “glow” pregnant women are told they have.

It turns out that there are valid scientific reasons your skin seems to be aglow, according to The American Pregnancy Association. Firstly, when you’re pregnant, your body produces 50% more blood, giving your face a bright, rosy look.

Secondly, your hormones are hard at work, which causes your glands to produce more oil, resulting in a shiny appearance. If you’re worried about looking a little too shiny, try Smart Cover’s Compact Finishing Powder. It takes away the “greasy” look without diminishing your gorgeous natural glow.

Characterized by brown or grayish marks that usually appear on the face or arms, melasma—also known as “the mask of pregnancy” —  is a skin condition that most frequently affects pregnant women. Though it is not dangerous, it can nonetheless be stressful, especially because ordinary makeup typically cannot cover the discoloration melasma causes.

Fortunately, the Smart Cover Stick and waterproof Concealing Crème hide the marks caused by melasma. Since you can use the Concealing Crème on the face and the body, it’s also a great way to cover varicose veins on the legs, which can sometimes occur with pregnancy.

For the acne breakouts that often come with pregnancy, cover blemishes with the Smart Cover Stick, and be sure to wash the excess oils from your skin before bed with a gentle cleanser like the Smart Cover Makeup Remover & Cleanser.

The inconveniences and cosmetic hurdles that can come with pregnancy may be temporary, but the joys of parenthood are forever. To get you through the good, the bad, and the beautiful, you always have Smart Cover!

 

Beautiful Summer Feet

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Your feet have been hibernating in the darkness of boots, sneakers and closed-toe shoes all winter, but summer is now upon us! It’s time to get your feet sandal-ready! This year, kitten heels and straps that wrap around the ankle are hot on the runway. Are your tootsies ready for primetime?

As Jan Sheehan writes for Everydayhealth.com, “Healthy feet start with good hygiene. Thoroughly clean and scrub your feet with soap and water when you bathe. Afterward, dry them well. Fungal organisms love moisture, so depriving them of any wetness will make it more difficult for them to thrive.”

After a day of running errands in flip-flops, wash your feet with Smart Cover’s Makeup Remover & Cleanser. Be sure to thoroughly scrub the bottoms of your feet, which can hold onto dirt even after a normal shower routine.

Use a pumice stone in the shower on callused heels for all-over smoothness on your feet.

Moisturize your feet with a non-greasy lotion to keep them soft and supple-looking.

Treat yourself to a professional pedicure at a reputable salon.  There’s nothing like slipping on sexy strappy sandals when your toes are freshly done!

Healthy feet are beautiful feet so take care of yourself and consult a podiatrist if you notice any pain, discomfort, or changes in the appearance of your feet and ankles, especially if you’re diabetic.

If you have any veins, bruises, spots or discolorations on your feet, a dab of Smart Cover’s waterproof Concealing Crème will hide those imperfections instantly.

Are your feet are looking a little pale, pasty or otherwise blah from a long winter out of the sun? Brush on a little of Smart Cover’s Believable Bronzer for a natural-looking “tan.” Have a beautiful and healthy summer! Don’t forget your sunblock… and don’t forget your Smart Cover!