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Pregnancy and Your Skin

Pregnancy and your skin can be an unpredictable combination. 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 it can change their skin. For starters, there is that famous “glow” pregnant women are told they have.

Pregnancy and Your Skin

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, melasma is a skin condition that most frequently affects pregnant women. Though it is not dangerous, it can 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. 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!

 

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!

The Mask of Pregnancy

If you’rPregnant Silhouettee an expectant mother, the changes to your body can be overwhelming. In addition to weight gain, fatigue and mood swings, the surge in hormones can trigger a skin condition called melasma.

Often called “the mask of pregnancy,” melasma usually appears on the forehead, nose, cheeks and upper lip. It sometimes shows up on the forearms and neck, especially if those areas have been exposed to the sun. This seemingly minor cosmetic condition can be highly stressful.

Characterized by brown or grayish-brown marks on the face, melasma is not dangerous.  It is also worth noting that while pregnant women are far and away the most likely to be afflicted with melasma, both men and women are susceptible.

Though it usually fades away on its own over time, some people are afflicted with melasma for years and need to seek the help of a dermatologist to treat it. Topical medications such as Hydroquinone, azelaic acid or kojic acid are sometimes prescribed. Others opt for procedures including chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and dermabrasion.

Smart Cover has set the industry standard when it comes to camouflage cosmetics and we truly care about helping you feel like your very best self.

If you’re suffering from melasma, our waterproof Smart Cover Concealing Crème (which is allergy-tested and fragrance free) can help you through this sensitive period, providing excellent long-lasting coverage on the face and body. If you just have a few spots on your face, our Smart Cover Stick works very well and takes seconds to apply.

Smart Cover’s Two-in-One Glow Stick will give your lips and cheeks an angelic hint of color, perfect for the new mommy you’re about to become.

Congratulations on the little miracle you’re creating and remember: when it comes to concealing skin imperfections or just looking fresh and fabulous every day, we’ve got you covered!

Chemical Peel Appeal

Chemical Peels offer a non-surgical approach to help with aging skin. Commonly used peels are Glycolic Acid based which is a natural product derived from sugar cane and is great for exfoliation and moisturizing the skin, while stimulating new cells.

These new cells reveal smoother, brighter, younger looking skin. Peels can help reduce fine lines under the eyes, around the mouth, and help with wrinkles caused by sun damage. Peels also help improve mild scars, reduce age spots, freckles, and dark patches (melasma) due to pregnancy or taking birth control pills.

Age SpotsOur customer Deana recently called from Florida telling us how she has been getting Chemical Peels periodically to keep her 50+ skin looking younger. However, her aesthetician suggested they increase the peel to 70% and it was too strong for her skin type and she had a negative reaction. She raved about how Smart Cover’s Camouflage Make up helped cover the severe red spots and sent us this before and after photo. She was so grateful for her best concealer so that she could return to work without worrying that people were staring at her forehead.

We asked Aesthetician Andrea Neubart, who has been a professional in the skin care field for over 20 years for some helpful tips.

Andrea says, ” I always begin with a consultation with my clients to learn more about their goals, lifestyle and skin condition.  Does she have time to follow up with more peels and follow close attention to home care? Is the skin thin or thick? What about sensitivity and will they stay out of the sun and wear higher sunblock? All depending on these answers it’s best to start with a low Glycolic %.”

How many treatments does one need?

According to Andrea, “Sometimes one peel is all you need depending on the goals and what type of peel treatment are they looking for.  We now have peels with a mix of ingredients to help with several issues such as lightening, firming, and wrinkle reduction. For more information, you can research some of the most popular peels now out on the professional markets: Obagi, VIP peels, Mediderma Peels by Sesderma Laboratories that are sold to medical offices.”