Wax, Shave, Thread or Sugar?

Mother Nature clearly did not anticipate this generation’s proclivity for smooth, hairless skin. Of course, there are plenty of folks who proudly let their body hair grow and we say, “More power to them!” How about you? Do you wax, shave, thread or sugar?

Wax, shave, thread, or sugar

Waxing, as defined by beinghealthfull.com, is “a method of hair removal where warm wax is applied to your skin and hair and removed quickly to remove hair.” Most of us are familiar with this process, whether you get your eyebrows waxed at the nail salon or go for a full Brazilian (wherein all bikini-adjacent hair is removed) at a spa.

It can hurt, but if you’re being serviced by a reputable esthetician the pain should be short-lived and the results can last for weeks. If your skin is a little sensitive, there may be redness afterward. This usually only lasts a couple of hours, and you can cover it with Smart Cover Concealing Crème on your face or body.

Self writer Emily Rekstis swears by sugaring: “Although the technique is very similar to waxing, sugaring uses a [gentler] mix of sugar, lemon, and water to remove hair.” This method tends to hurt less than waxing but is a slightly more expensive.

Threading is yet another inexpensive and nonpermanent hair removal option that lasts weeks longer than shaving. Elle.com’s George Driver explains: “A piece of thread that is specially coated with anti-bacterial wax is… twisted in the hands of the professional, to create a mini-lasso [that] removes the hairs quickly and directly from the follicles.”

One con to threading is that the skin must be held taut (usually by the client herself) as the threading is done, which is a little uncomfortable. But beauty experts will tell you that threading gets you the fiercest eyebrows. Cover any redness with Smart Cover Camouflage Crème and enjoy looking amazing!

The Emotional Impact of Acne

Often dismissed as an adolescent rite of passage, acne is a virtually lifelong affliction for many adults. While it may not cause much physical pain, the emotional impact of acne can be enormous.

Some acne treatments are inexpensive and easily purchased from your local drugstores, like many popular topical solutions. However, those treatments only offer limited results, and even those results are short-term.

The Emotional Impact of Acne

For those fortunate enough not to know the daily anguish of living with acne, it is easy to wonder why people would pay so much money and endure uncomfortable side effects just to get rid of “a few pimples.” However, the desire to be rid of acne, understandable in and of itself, is not a matter of simple vanity. Research has found that there is a direct correlation between acne and depression.

“Over the 15-year study period, the probability of developing major depression was 18.5 percent among patients with acne and 12 percent in those without,” according to Nicholas Bakalar of The New York Times. The risk for acne-related depression is at its highest within the first five years of diagnosis.

Many people are reluctant to give themselves permission to spend money on skincare and cosmetics, seeing it as a superficial indulgence. However, scientific research has concluded that there is a definitive link between one’s mental health and the health one’s skin. Noncomedogenic concealers, like Smart Cover Concealing Creme, and high-quality makeup removers that also cleanse and condition the skin, are not just a way to take care of your skin; they’re a way to take care of you.

Don’t Forget to Wash Your Face!

Profile portrait of a beautiful smiling woman washing her clean face with waterIf you’re like most people, you can remember your parents telling you to wash your face before bed when you were a little kid. Now that you’re an adult with no one telling you what to do, how good are you at following this rule? Is your skincare regimen like clockwork or a little more devil-may-care?

For those of you who are a little more lackadaisical about nightly skincare, we want to remind you how important (and easy!) it is to take care of that beautiful face.

Even if you’re not wearing makeup, you’re touching your face throughout the day and leaving all kinds of bacteria behind. If you don’t wash it off at the end of the day, you increase the risk of breakouts.

Nighttime is the best time for your skin to rebuild itself. Washing your face before bed makes the most of the effects of your skin’s self-repair process. To further maximize these effects, try Smart Cover’s Vitamin Beauty Stick around the eyes, mouth and other delicate areas of your face where fine lines can form.

Speaking of fine lines, according to Sleep.org, makeup tends to hold onto the free radicals that attack your skin all day. If you don’t wash your makeup off completely before bed, those radicals continue to break down the collagen in your skin, leading to wrinkles.

Worse than that, if you fall asleep with eye makeup, you run the risk of some of that makeup getting into your eyes during the night, which could cause an infection.

To ensure that your skin will always look and feel its best, remove your makeup thoroughly and wash your face with a gentle cleanser. For everything you need in one bottle, try Smart Cover’s Makeup Remover & Cleanser and then get a good night’s sleep. Your skin will thank you!