Don’t Pop That Pimple!

You’re staring at your reflection and you can only see one thing: a huge pimple right in the middle of your face. What you’re looking at, as described by health writer Angela Palmer, is the result of a “pore [that] becomes engorged with excess sebum, dead skin cells, bacteria and, often, pus.” As tempting as it may be, don’t pop that pimple!

A new TV show on the TLC network stars a dermatologist nicknamed Dr. Pimple Popper. Like virtually all dermatologists, Dr. Pimple Popper (real name Dr. Sandra Lee), does not recommend you take a DIY approach to a pimple gone wild. She became internet famous by posting YouTube videos of herself attacking pimples, cysts and more serious skin conditions.

But she’s a medical professional, and can prescribe antibiotics to head off infections, or inject cortisone to the affected area. She also knows the difference between a skin issue that can benefit from her unique hands-on approach, and one that should just be left alone.

Don’t Pop That Pimple!

No matter how much you may want to, squeezing a pimple can “push the contents into surrounding skin, making the problem worse. It can also lead to infection and temporary darkening of the skin in that area,” according to IFLScience.com. If that’s not bad enough, the inflammation this causes can end up scarring your skin even after the pimple fades away.

If you do find yourself with an enormous zit but you don’t feel it merits a visit to the doc’s office, just wash your face with a gentle cleanser like Smart Cover’s Makeup Remover & Cleanser. You may want to cover up the blemish with our Camouflage Crème, or you may just want to let it breathe. After all, skin positivity means only covering what you want to cover, when you feel like covering it. That pimple will be gone before you know it, but your brand of unique beauty isn’t going anywhere!

Food Matters to Your Skin!

You may think you’re doing everything right, but food matters to your skin!

We know, we know: you wash your face in the morning, apply a moisturizer and SPF under your Smart Cover concealer, and limit your time in the sun. At the end of the day, you wash off the day’s dirt and makeup with Smart Cover Cleanser & Makeup Remover, and you even use a night cream to help rebuild skin cells and fight free radicals while you sleep for seven to eight hours. But guess what? Food matters to your skin!

If your diet’s not right, your skin won’t be right.

Even if you have the kind of metabolism that allows you to eat a double cheeseburger and wash it down with a chocolate shake without gaining an ounce, you may very well gain a blemish or two from all that sugar and starch. Allure.com writer Elizabeth Siegel notes that the jury is still out in terms of whether dairy really does cause breakouts, but it has been established that “too much sugar can break down collagen and elastin, making your skin look dull and causing wrinkles over time.”

So what foods should you eat for better skin?

Foods with lots of vitamin C, like strawberries, broccoli and citrus fruits, according to Self.com, help with the production of collagen. Collagen, of course, is what keeps your skin looking youthful and fresh.

Almonds and sunflower seeds contain Vitamin E, which help protect your skin from the sun—but you still need to wear sunblock!

Of course, leafy green vegetables like kale and spinach are great for you on a number of levels. When it comes to your skin, these foods are rich in Vitamin A, which helps with cell production and turnover, and can also help fight free radicals, which advance the aging process.

Smart Cover concealers can hide your blemishes and imperfections, but the right diet will help keep those blemishes from ever appearing in the first place!

Summer Skin Care Tips from Smart Cover

Of all the summer skin care tips, the most important is to protect your skin from the sun’s potentially harmful ultraviolet rays. You need SPF 30 or higher, applied before your makeup, and preferably a half hour before you head outside.

Summer Skin Care Tips

If you’re having a true outdoors day, perhaps at the beach or a water park, you’ll want to reapply your sunblock every two hours. Remember that your lips need protection too, so find a lip balm that contains SPF 30 as well. Too often, people overlook their lips in terms of sun protection and end up with cracked, sunburned lips or worse.

In the summer, your skin tends to produce more oil. This doesn’t mean that you don’t need to moisturize now, it just means that you can use your moisturizer a little more sparingly. And of course, stick to oil-free moisturizers.

Washing your face before bed is especially important in the summer. Your skin’s increased oils mix with sweat, whatever’s left of the day’s makeup, and of course the dirt and pollution that accumulates on your skin just from daily exposure to the environment.

Smart Cover’s Makeup Remover and Cleanser thoroughly washes and conditions your skin with its fruit acid and papaya enzyme formula, and you can use it not just on your face, but on your whole body. It easily removes even Smart Cover’s long-lasting concealers, and leaves your skin feeling fresh and smooth.

Taking care of your skin from the inside out is important, too. Drinking plenty of water is not only necessary for your well-being, but it will keep your skin looking beautiful and healthy. Also, eat lots of leafy green veggies and antioxidant-rich fruits. At this time of year, they’re in great abundance from local farmers.

Be mindful about what you put into your body, and your skin will thank you!

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!