April Is Stress Awareness Month

There is no more important beauty tool than self-care. If you’ve been rushing from one obligation to another without taking a moment for yourself, Smart Cover invites you to STOP! April is Stress Awareness Month and it’s time for you to take care of you.

You know that eating right and getting eight quality hours of sleep is vital to your health. But it’s just as critical for you to take a little time each day to decompress, even if it’s just for five or ten minutes. Experts tout the benefits of meditation for stress reduction.

According to ewellnessmag.com, “This practice of inward-focused thought and deep breathing has been shown to reduce heart disease risk factors such as high blood pressure. Meditation’s close relatives, yoga and prayer, can also relax the mind and body.”

Stress Awareness Month

If that’s not your style, there are plenty of other ways to de-stress. Daily exercise, even if it’s just a twenty-minute walk, causes the release of endorphins, also known as the “happy chemicals!” Most of us are guilty of spending too much time staring at our phones, but unplugging is a great way to relax.

Take a break from your newsfeed and let yourself just breathe. “Although the link between stress and heart disease isn’t clear, chronic stress may cause some people to drink too much alcohol which can increase your blood pressure and may damage the artery walls,” warn the experts at Heart.org. Other stress-induced behaviors that can increase your risk for heart disease include smoking and poor eating habits.

Not sleeping enough? Hide dark eye circles with the Smart Cover Stick. Want to cover fine lines and wrinkles caused by too much worrying? We’ve got Smart Cover Camouflage Crème. We can help you look great… and reducing stress will help you feel great inside and out.

Tips for Women over 60 Dating Online

When you think of online dating and finding romance on social media, you probably picture millennials in their 20’s and 30’s. After all, they are the internet generation in their dating prime. But there are more and more women over 60 dating online. Smart Cover has some hints to help you make the most of this brave new world.

Writer Margaret Manning, a sixty-something woman herself, suggests the website Meetup.com . “You can join groups for everything you can possibly imagine including hiking, art, photography, travel or dining out. They also have events for men and women our age and can be a great opportunity to meet new people.”

Shani Jay, writing for the dating website Zoosk.com, reminds women over 60 dating online that nowadays “everyone is on some kind of online dating platform or app, whether they’re 18 or in their seventies… it’s one of the best ways to meet someone who’s looking for a serious relationship.”

Smart Cover’s Tips for Women over 60 Dating Online

The first step to creating an online dating presence is posting a beautiful picture of yourself, but no posting old photos that no longer look like you! We suggest you have a friend take a new photo of you. When you’re applying your makeup, think about putting the very best version of yourself out there.

Use the Smart Cover Stick to hide dark circles under your eyes so you look fresh and vibrant. Smart Cover Camouflage Crème is perfect for mature skin. It will conceal fine lines and other facial flaws while leaving your skin looking smooth and creamy.

Keep your eye makeup subtle, carefully adding eyeliner close to your lash line and smudging it slightly for effect. Curl your lashes, add mascara and your favorite lipstick. The most important accessory for women over 60 dating online? A genuine smile! Have a good time with it!

Smart Cover Explains Why Crying Is Good for You

If you’re the kind of person who gets teary-eyed while watching a romantic movie, or even an especially moving dog food commercial, we have good news. Crying is good for you! According to Dr. Neel Burton, “Crying activates both the arousing sympathetic nervous system and the sedating parasympathetic nervous system.”  That second one is the reason you probably associate crying with a calming sense of release.

Why Crying is Good for You, Body and Soul

It’s no coincidence that we instinctively cry when we’re hurting. Crying releases soothing chemicals like oxytocin, which help to dull pain and lift your mood. As Healthline.com explains, the act of sobbing “can help regulate and even lower the temperature of your brain.” This is because you’re sucking in bursts of cool air when you sob and our bodies like a cool brain better than a warm brain.

Emotional crying is different than shedding “reflex tears” like you would if you got something in your eye. When you cry emotional tears, it actually removes toxins from your body, like the stress hormone cortisol. You may have heard of cortisol, because it’s known for causing weight gain. Crying also helps to keep your blood pressure low, which reduces your risk of heart disease.  If you’re prone to stress-induced acne breakouts, having a good cry every now and then can even help improve your complexion.

If you’re concerned about the blotchy skin and swollen eyes that can follow a nice sob-fest, Smart Cover can help! Use the Smart Cover Stick around the eyes to hide redness and puffiness. Then apply some Camouflage Crème and add a little Compact Finishing Powder for a flawless finish. No one has to know you’ve been crying if you don’t want them to. But as health writer Marlo Sollitto points out, crying is “highly evolved behavior,” so be proud and cry out loud!

How to Wear Makeup with Glasses, Smart Cover Style!

If you happen to be among the 65% of the population who wears corrective lenses, then we’ve got some tips for looking fabulous when you wear makeup with glasses. Contact lenses are great, but they’re not for everyone. And even if you do have contacts, some days you might just feel like wearing your glasses for a change. Here are five surefire ways to look gorgeous when you wear makeup with glasses.

Apply mascara to your top lashes but skip the bottom lashes. According to beauty writer Augusta Falletta, “The dark lashes on the bottom plus your frames can cast a shadow on an already dark part of your face, making you look tired.”

You may think you can skimp on the under-eye concealer when you have your glasses on, but actually the opposite is true! As Cosmo‘s Brooke Shunatona advises, “The lenses can actually magnify the circles and make them more obvious.” Try the Smart Cover Stick to hide veins and dark shadows under your eyes. It takes seconds to apply, rolling on just like lipstick.

Look Amazing When You Wear Makeup with Glasses!

Eye shadow can be a little too overwhelming when you wear glasses, so instead accentuate your eyes with eyeliner.

Go for a bold lip, like matte red or a deep, rich burgundy. You want your eye makeup to be a little bit more understated when you’re wearing glasses, but don’t be afraid to make your lips stand out!

Keeping your blemishes and other skin imperfections completely covered is key when you wear makeup with glasses. You want your stylish look—not your skin flaws—to capture everyone’s attention. Smart Cover Camouflage Crème will hide skin concerns, including the red dents on your nose that your glasses can sometimes cause. Keep your face shine-free with the Compact Finishing Powder and rock those specs!

“Sugar face” is not so sweet!

It may sound like a term of endearment, but “sugar face” is not so sweet! If you’ve stocked up in anticipation of candy-hungry trick-or-treaters, you may be tempted to dip into your own supply. If you’ve got trick-or-treaters of your own in the household, it might be hard to resist raiding their stash when they come home loaded down with sugary treats. But repeat after us, nice and loud: “Sugar face” is not so sweet!

Beauty writer Kathleen Hau advises that giving up sugar can make your skin look noticeably better in a just a matter of weeks. That’s because “sugar face” refers to the dark undereye circles, acne and other unfortunate effects of a sugary diet. “[Sugar] triggers insulin production, which triggers protein-utilization malfunctions. Sugar acts as a kind of signal scrambler, affecting the production of the proteins and amino acids that build up collagen and elasticity.”

“Sugar Face” Is Not So Sweet!

Too much sugar causes wrinkles, sagging skin, breakouts and can even cause facial hair growth due to insulin resistance, according to totaldermatology.com. It causes your insulin levels to spike, which can create inflammation throughout your body. It can also cause other skin issues like rosacea, and pores that become enlarged and excessively oily due to overproduction of testosterone.

Dermatologists advise that you drink plenty of water and eat lots of leafy green veggies to make it up to your skin. While fruits in moderation are fine, go for blueberries and kiwi rather than grapes and cantaloupe.

Though your dermatologist would probably love it if you never ate another jellybean, your face will probably survive the occasional indulgence. And if one too many jellybeans should result in a blemish, you can always hide it in seconds with the Smart Cover Stick and Smart Cover Camouflage Crème! How sweet it is!

Back to School Time!

For some students, shopping for school supplies means more than just the usual notebooks, folders, and textbooks. Back to school time is also the perfect opportunity to refresh your supply of cosmetics, and Smart Cover has just what you need to get ready for the new school year!

Back to School Time

Though January is the official start of the new year for most of us in Western Civilization, other cultures and religions recognize the autumn as the beginning of the year. One example is the Jewish holiday Rosh Hashanah. “It is both a time of rejoicing and of serious introspection, a time to celebrate the completion of another year while also taking stock of one’s life.”

Education journalist Emily Richmond also notes that there are physical and emotional responses to the fall that can make us feel like it’s the time for a new beginning. “Even with the advent of technology that keeps the most fortunate of us cool in the summer and warm in the winter, certain environmental cues—such as leaves turning color or the crispness of the morning air—remind us that the surrounding environment is changing.”

This can trigger nostalgia, as the distinct sights, sounds, and smells of autumn hearken you back to childhood, and getting ready for the first day of school. Though we may not have been delighted to end our summer vacations, most of us can remember the fun of reconnecting with school friends and having a completely clean academic slate with endless possibility.

If you’re school supply-shopping right now, don’t forget your Two-in-One Glow Stick, to add a subtle rosy hue to your lips and cheeks. You’ll also want a Smart Cover Stick, to hide dark eye circles and blemishes in an instant. It’s the size of a lipstick, so you can tuck it into your pocket, or throw it in your schoolbag. Stocking up on Smart Cover may be the smartest thing you do today!

Freckles Are Having A Moment!

It would appear that freckles are having a moment. This is quite a paradigm shift!

In popular Western culture, freckles were often associated with endearingly mischievous children, like the famous comic strip character Dennis the Menace. Freckles were almost used as a shorthand to convey youthful impishness. They were not typically considered a beauty trait.

This was illustrated in the beloved literary classic Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery. Anne’s red hair and freckles were a source of frustration to her, and as she grew up and became more beautiful, her freckles faded.

Love Your Freckles

A more positive attitude about freckles came from Pippi Longstocking, the character created by Swedish children’s author Astrid Lindgren. Pippi happened upon a sign outside a store window. It read: “Do you suffer from freckles?”

The very freckled Pippi marched into the store and told the lady behind the counter that she did not suffer from freckles.

“[The lady] took one look at Pippi and burst out, ‘But, my dear child, your whole face is covered with freckles!’

‘I know that,’ said Pippi, ‘but I don’t suffer from them. I love them. Good morning.’”

Freckles Are Having A Moment

At long last, it seems like the world is catching up to Pippi. Instead of hiding freckles with concealer, beauty trends are moving in the opposite direction. There are now makeup pencils made expressly for drawing faux freckles. Indeed, freckles have become such a sought-after beauty trait, that people are getting permanent freckle tattoos!

If you still feel like covering up your freckles, of course that’s your prerogative. Smart Cover’s waterproof Concealing Crème can cover freckles, as well as most other skin concerns. If you want to show your freckles, try the Smart Cover Stick to conceal dark eye circles and blemishes, and touch up with the Compact Finishing Powder. Complete the look with the Two-in-One Glowstick on your lips and cheeks.

Your lovely freckles will shine through and so will your natural beauty!

Smart Cover and Sunscreen

Smart Cover and sunscreen make a beautiful team! It’s late spring, and we are all so ready to enjoy the sunshine! But you know better than to soak up any of those sweet rays without first applying a layer or two of sunblock… right?

If you’re a Smart Cover lover, then one or more of our products is a probably a part of your daily routine. Whether you never leave the house without using the Smart Cover Stick to hide your under-eye circles, or you’re a devotee of our amazing Concealing Crème, your beauty regimen wouldn’t be complete without Smart Cover.

Smart Cover and Sunscreen

But protecting your skin from the sun needs to be just as much a part of your routine. Our customers often ask us if Smart Cover products contain SPF. While the density of the pigments used does have some protective properties, SPF evaluations have not been done on our products. Therefore, we recommend you apply a sunscreen first, and then apply your favorite Smart Cover makeup.

Fortunately, there are a number of sunscreen products on the market now that will provide you with the sun protection you need, without compromising your makeup or clogging up your pores. It’s best to try a few brands on your own, to see what works best for your unique skin type.

For example, for a sunscreen that hydrates without being overly greasy, perhaps try something infused with argan oil. Its high Vitamin E and fatty content makes it a natural skin softener. If you have sensitive skin, look for a sunscreen that does not contain paraben, sulphates, or artificial fragrances.

Most importantly, be sure that any sunscreen you choose has “broad spectrum UV coverage” on the label and aim for SPF 30 and higher. Make daily  sunscreen application an essential step in your ongoing quest to be your best, healthiest self!

Men and Smart Cover

When you hear the word “cosmetic,” you tend to think of makeup, of course, and women wanting to look their very best. Indeed, women in the United States and across the globe love Smart Cover Cosmetics. If you’re a “girly girl,” you can have a great time experimenting with our diverse product line. But what about men and Smart Cover?

As pioneers of the camouflage cosmetics industry, Flori and I have sought to help people with serious skin issues face the world with a renewed sense of confidence and well being. For chronic acne sufferers, people with melasma, vitiligo, psoriasis, port wine birthmarks, and other skin afflictions, ordinary makeup was virtually useless.

Men and Smart Cover

And the reality is, it’s not just women who deal with the self-consciousness that can accompany having a prominent scar or skin discoloration. For a man with vitiligo, for example, the syndrome is compounded by the societal expectation that a man shouldn’t care how he looks, and certainly shouldn’t be buying any kind of cosmetic product. This, of course, is nonsense, and Smart Cover is proud to have a client base of men whose outlooks have been transformed by finally having a product that provides complete coverage of their skin issues (when they want to  cover it), with a simple application process and a product that won’t come off at inopportune times.

If you’re a man hiding a scar or a large birthmark, you can apply the Perfect Touch Camouflage Creme or Smart Cover Concealing Crème, and rest assured that going for a swim won’t wash off the product. Smart Cover stays on until you’re ready to take it off. It’s another instrument in your toolbox to help you face the world head-on!

Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

Do you take your phone to bed with you? Leave the TV on all night? Work on your laptop in bed? All these things may prevent you from getting enough sleep.

It seems like, these days, virtually every aspect of our lives can be automated, outsourced to the latest electronic device. But when it comes to self-care, there are certain things that we just have to do for ourselves. One of those things is sleep. No matter how technologically savvy you may be, there’s no shortcut for proper rest.

Getting Enough Sleep?

According to the National Sleep Foundation, 75% of a complete night’s sleep consists of Non-Rapid Eye Movement, or NREM. This is the most restorative portion of the night. Blood supply to the muscles is increased, hormones that contribute to growth and development are released, and tissue repair takes place.

As Stephanie Jacob writes for WebMD, the increased blood flow to your skin that occurs during this stage of sleep is the key to a glowing complexion. The growth hormones that are released boost the creation of collagen, which reduces the appearance of wrinkles.

If you’re able to get your doctor-recommended seven to nine hours of sleep, you’ll notice the difference in your appearance within a few short weeks. Your skin will be brighter and clearer, your cheeks and lips will be rosier, and the circles under your eyes will be diminished. The Smart Cover Stick hides dark eye circles in seconds, and the Two-in-One Glow Stick will give your lips and cheeks a shimmery rosy glow… but your most important beauty tool will always be a good night’s sleep.