Products

Why Are My Lips So Chapped?

We bet you’ve asked yourself, “Why are my lips so chapped?”

Frigid temperatures and dry winter air can indeed wreak havoc on your lips, but what if it’s not all winter’s fault? If the leaves are back on the trees, you’re back in a light jacket, and your lips are still chapped, there might be something more serious going on.

Why Are My Lips So Chapped?

Though it should be second nature to drink lots of water, too many of us fail at this basic act of self-care. If you’re not hydrating your body sufficiently, you will see the effects, which can include dry, cracked lips. So make sure you’re getting all the water your body craves, at least six glasses a day, according to most experts.

Sun damage can also cause chapped lips, because the delicate skin on your lips is especially vulnerable, yet often neglected, when it comes to sun protection. Be sure to use a lip balm that contains SPF before you head outside, even when it’s overcast. Remember: your lips are skin too!

It may sound counterintuitive, but licking your lips too much can also cause chapping. Even if this is your signature flirty move, you’re compromising your kisser! Remember, saliva contains chemicals meant to help break down food, so imagine what it’s doing to your lips over time.

Bustle.com writer Jessica Willingham warns that chapped lips can sometimes be a sign of an allergic reaction, or worse. Read the ingredients carefully when trying a new product to ensure that you don’t subject yourself to something your body can’t tolerate.

Smart Cover’s Tea Tree Oil Softening Stick gently softens and moisturizes your lips, and the ingredients are prominently listed right on our website.  When you’re taking care of yourself, drinking lots of water, eating nutritious foods, and protecting your lips from the elements, your lips will look healthy and luscious… and so will you!

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!

 

Spring into Action with These Fun Makeup Trends!

There are some universal truths when it comes to beauty: eyes should be alluring, lips should be kissable, skin should be clear and appear pore-free. However, there are certain trends that become popular from one year to the next, and even from one season to the next. Why not spring into action with these fun makeup trends?

For spring of 2018, there are a few standout trends that will work on just about anybody! The cat-eye is a perennial favorite, but for this spring, there’s a new take on this classic look that makes it even more daring. As Ruby Buddemeyer writes for Marie Claire, “Rather than the sloping wings of a usual cat-eye, this spring’s revival is all about sharp angles in matte-black shades.”

Spring Into Action with These Fun Makeup Trends

Cheeks will have the rosy flush of new love, very appropriate for springtime, which is all about new beginnings. Instead of contouring your cheekbones within an inch of your life, or highlighting with a glittery blush, try a more natural look. Apply a soft pink to your cheeks, lips and the tip of your nose. Smart Cover’s Two-in-One Glow Stick is perfect in this capacity, and it goes on smoothly so you’ll get this sweet look in just a few seconds. Yes, the Glow Stick works just as well on cheeks and nose as it does on the lips!

For those of you who are sick of applying false eyelashes, Cosmopolitan beauty writer Victoria Jowett has good news for you! Subtle eyelashes— as in, just apply a quick coat or two of mascara and you’re done—are in this season! Shiny, juicy, super-glossy lips are another trend that’s easy to try. Try Smart Cover’s lip products to make your lips irresistibly kissable and ready to take on the spring!

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!

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.

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.

Age Spots? See Spots Go.

At around the age of 40, you may begin to notice flat brown, black or grey spots on your skin. These are called age spots. They usually appear on parts of your body that receive the most sun exposure, such as your face, chest, hands and forearms. Experts believe that age spots are caused by ultraviolet rays from the sun, or from tanning beds. They are also thought to be yet another effect of aging.

Age spots, also commonly called “liver spots” or “sun spots,” are not harmful to your health and do not require medical treatment. However, many people consider them unsightly, especially because they are associated with the aging process, and of course we all want flawless, beautiful and above all, YOUNG skin! There are several methods for removing or improving the appearance of age spots.

Some people opt for dermabrasion, which essentially scrapes off the outer layers of your skin so that new skin can grow in its place. Chemical peels work in a similar fashion, except the process involves burning rather than sanding off the skin. Bleaching the skin can fade age spots gradually, but as noted on Healthline.com, “Bleaching and tretinoin creams make your skin more sensitive to UV damage.” It can also take several months before you begin to see any results.

Cryosurgery, which freezes the age spots with liquid nitrogen, can be costly, as can laser treatments, which work by destroying the cells that produce melanin. Because age spots are a cosmetic rather than medical issue, many people prefer a less aggressive solution. Smart Cover’s Concealing Crème covers age spots and other skin imperfections on the face and body, and because it’s waterproof, it’s perfect for long summer days at the beach. For a lighter touch, the Smart Cover Stick and Perfect Touch Camouflage Crème hide spots on the face in seconds.

Age is just a state of mind, especially when you have Smart Cover!

Beautiful Summer Feet

Summer Feet - Smaller File

Your feet have been hibernating in the darkness of boots, sneakers and closed-toe shoes all winter, but summer is now upon us! It’s time to get your feet sandal-ready! This year, kitten heels and straps that wrap around the ankle are hot on the runway. Are your tootsies ready for primetime?

As Jan Sheehan writes for Everydayhealth.com, “Healthy feet start with good hygiene. Thoroughly clean and scrub your feet with soap and water when you bathe. Afterward, dry them well. Fungal organisms love moisture, so depriving them of any wetness will make it more difficult for them to thrive.”

After a day of running errands in flip-flops, wash your feet with Smart Cover’s Makeup Remover & Cleanser. Be sure to thoroughly scrub the bottoms of your feet, which can hold onto dirt even after a normal shower routine.

Use a pumice stone in the shower on callused heels for all-over smoothness on your feet.

Moisturize your feet with a non-greasy lotion to keep them soft and supple-looking.

Treat yourself to a professional pedicure at a reputable salon.  There’s nothing like slipping on sexy strappy sandals when your toes are freshly done!

Healthy feet are beautiful feet so take care of yourself and consult a podiatrist if you notice any pain, discomfort, or changes in the appearance of your feet and ankles, especially if you’re diabetic.

If you have any veins, bruises, spots or discolorations on your feet, a dab of Smart Cover’s waterproof Concealing Crème will hide those imperfections instantly.

Are your feet are looking a little pale, pasty or otherwise blah from a long winter out of the sun? Brush on a little of Smart Cover’s Believable Bronzer for a natural-looking “tan.” Have a beautiful and healthy summer! Don’t forget your sunblock… and don’t forget your Smart Cover!

Are Facials Good For You?

Face Massage. Close-up of a Young Woman Getting Spa Treatment.

While some people swear by their monthly facials, others are more cautious. Unlike massages and other innocuous spa indulgences, facials can present risks for folks with extra-sensitive skin, who can be susceptible to irritation or even infection as a result of certain kinds of skin treatments.  As skincare expert Paula Begoun writes for The Cosmetics Cop, “Using essential oils [may] smell divine, but fragrance isn’t skin care. All fragrance, synthetic or natural, causes irritation, and irritation harms your skin.” Smart Cover’s concealers are fragrance-free, non-comedogenic and dermatologist-tested, for precisely this reason.

Managing expectations is important when you’re considering having a facial. Facials can reap enormous benefits: with the right esthetician, you should walk out of your facial with fewer blackheads via gentle extraction, improved skin tone, and softer skin. What facials won’t do is magically make acne disappear (sorry!) or lift up sagging skin.

It’s also important to remember that skin treatments such as facials are just one piece of a bigger puzzle when it comes to taking care of your largest organ. What you eat, how much you sleep and whether you get any exercise all have a huge impact on your skin’s appearance.  As Sarah Siddons points out on howstuffworks.com, “Even the world’s greatest facial won’t do much good if you chow down each day on greasy foods and consider channel surfing the ultimate in daily exercise.”

In terms of sheer pleasure, facials are a homerun.  In addition to treating your skin, estheticians will typically massage your neck and shoulders. Soft music plays, the room smells wonderful, and those 60 to 90 minutes are all for you.

We don’t have to tell you that the benefits to putting yourself first every now and again are too numerous to name! Facials may not work absolute miracles, but you always have Smart Cover to hide any remaining imperfections. If you decide getting a facial is right for you, by all means, enjoy!

Do You Have Scars?

heatherA scar can leave an emotional mark as well a visible, physical one. Some people have scars caused by serious injuries, major surgery or even chronic diseases such as lupus. Scars can serve as a daily reminder of a traumatic event. In some cases, the presence of the scar itself is distressing.

Writes psychologist Patricia Price: “Society places a great deal of importance on how we look. While scars are considered desirable in some societies and may even be inflicted deliberately, in the majority of cultures this is not the case.”

Some people prefer to bare their scars proudly, as symbolic badges of courage representing challenges they’ve overcome. That kind of self-acceptance is truly admirable; it’s a beautiful thing to see people feeling comfortable in their own skin. As Kitty Dimbleby explains for the Daily Mail, “My battle wounds show the world what I have survived…”

For those who want to retain the option to conceal their scars, Smart Cover has the tools for complete coverage, so everyone can feel confident. Smart Cover’s Concealing Crème provides opaque, long-lasting coverage with a natural-looking matte finish. It’s waterproof, so even if you go for a swim in the ocean, the Concealing Crème will stay on until you’re ready for it to come off.

Living with scars looks different for everybody, whether it’s how you got your scar to how you feel about letting the world see it. What we all have in common is the universal desire to feel like our true selves, and not to be defined by one superficial trait. We all deserve to feel beautiful and we are all entitled to find our own path to get there.

If concealing a scar (or any other skin imperfection) makes you feel like your best you, Smart Cover has exactly what you’re looking for!