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Fine Lines Ain’t So Fine

Even if you love what you see when you look in the mirror, we can all agree that fine lines ain’t so fine!

There is a moment in virtually every person’s life, when his or her skin is the most flawless and magnificent that it will ever be. It is dewy and clear, with no visible pores, no acne, and no lines. Unfortunately, this usually occurs when you’re five years old… and then never again.

Puberty often brings an explosion of blemishes, blackheads, and other hormone-activated skin issues. You can’t appreciate the fact that your skin is wrinkle-free because you’re so preoccupied with the sudden onslaught of pimples and uncontrollably oily skin. Just when that whole situation starts to abate, other skin imperfections often begin to show themselves!

Fine Lines Ain’t So Fine

Typically, the first fine lines appear when you’re in your twenties or, if you’re lucky, early thirties. Beauty expert Shannon Boyce asserts that when you hit your twenties, “the skin responds to antioxidants less, making it more susceptible to damage caused by oxidative stressors. If that wasn’t enough, your skin also becomes drier. This is due to a leveling out of hormones…though you may still experience pimples and breakouts. Dry skin opens you up to fine lines around the eyes and mouth.”

Since dry skin makes you vulnerable to fine lines, be sure to use an oil-free moisturizer with SPF 30 during the day, and a moisturizer with antioxidants before bed. Of course, wash your face, but don’t over-wash, as that can be too drying for your skin.

Try washing your face with Smart Cover Makeup Remover and Cleanser before bed. Then apply the Vitamin Beauty Stick anywhere that fine lines can appear: around your eyes, mouth, and even on and around your lips. For the fine lines that can’t be erased or prevented altogether, use Smart Cover’s Camouflage Crème. We can’t make you five years old again, but we can help you recapture that flawless, youthful finish!

 

Tired of Looking Tired? Combating Dark Eye Circles

“Look at the circles under my eyes! I haven’t slept in weeks!” – Cowardly Lion

Cowardly Lion

For some people, dark circles under the eyes are just an unfortunate hereditary trait. For others, dark eye circles are caused by lack of sleep, poor diet and the inevitable aging process.

To reduce the appearance of dark eye circles from the inside, here are some suggestions:

Increase your intake of antioxidants and vitamins such as Vitamin K and Vitamin B12. Leafy green vegetables and fruits like blueberries are a great way to get these nutrients.

Treat your allergies. Hay fever can have you constantly rubbing your eyes, which wears away at the delicate skin, making dark circles even worse. Also, allergies can cause breathing issues while you sleep, leading to inadequate rest… and yes, dark eye circles.

Get some sleep. Most people need seven to nine consecutive hours of sleep to be fully rested and start to see a difference in the appearance of under-eye circles.

Avoid sugar… or at least try consuming less of it. Most of us can’t resist a little treat every now and then, but be careful not to let dessert become a major food group in your diet.

Don’t smoke! We don’t really need to say anything more, do we?

Reduce alcohol consumption. One glass of red wine with dinner can be good for you; one bottle is another matter entirely. As in all things, moderation is the key.

Watch your breath. Some people, especially those prone to anxiety, suffer from Hyperventilation Syndrome. This simply means that you’re taking in more air than your body can handle. Be mindful of breathing slowly and deeply. Yoga can help you to become more conscious and deliberate in your breathing.

To learn more about the causes of dark eye circles, and ways to treat them, visit thescienceofeating.com.

While you’re trying these remedies, remember that Smart Cover’s Perfect Touch Camouflage Crème has the ability to conceal even the most stubborn dark eye circles, not to mention unsightly bags, wrinkles and fine lines. It goes on creamy and blends easily. Our Smart Cover Stick also hides dark eye circles and other facial flaws with a no-muss no-fuss application (it rolls on just like lipstick).

If only the Cowardly Lion had tried Smart Cover!