Morning Skin Care: Cleanse, Tone, & Moisturize

morning skin care regimenTaking care of our skin daily is the best way to keep looking fresh, fine lines from appearing and have smooth, soft skin. Having a daily skin care regimen doesn’t take long to do at all and is easy to incorporate with your daily everyday routine when getting ready in the morning. Not cleansing or taking care of your skin in the morning? Yes, I know…snooze about 3x, then off to work you go! Think of about it this way, during the night your pores accumulate natural oils and no telling what other debris. It could come from a soiled pillow case, your cell phone, or whatever else you put close to your face in the evening. 
Cleansing: Each morning, if your face is not cleansed before applying skin care products or makeup, the oils and debris from the previous night will be covered. This could be the beginning of some very yucky skin problems. Every morning your face should be cleansed to prepare it for your moisturizer, sunblock, & make-up. Save time by keeping your cleanser in your shower. 
 
Toning: After cleansing your face the pores are open. If left open, moisture can leave the skin, which leads to dehydrated skin.  Applying toner will also remove any other residues & help 
close the pores to prep your skin for a moisturizer. Closed pores has another benefit, it stops dust & other air born particles from settling in the pores which can cause breakouts or blackheads. Have your toner set on your sink next to your brush, it’ll take about 15 seconds to apply it.
Moisturizing: Moisturizer leaves the skin feeling soft, smooth,  and helps minimize fine lines & dryness. Apply moisturizer after the toner, while your skin is still damp. Gently massage the moisturizer into your skin with smooth upward strokes. (great for your elasticity) Have extra-dry areas? Then use a little extra moisturizer in those spots. Think of your moisturizer as your primer before your makeup.
 
A morning skin care regimen is not time consuming at all, especially when you think of the great things it does for your skin. Simply keep your products by the things you use on a daily basis. Before you know it, it will all be part of your everyday regime! Remember…Cleanse…Tone…Moisturize!
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Control that Oily Skin

Oily/combination skinned clients always ask me what they can do to control their oil production. I always recommend the Pure Cleansing Gel; the first step to controlling your skin concerns is what you use to cleanse your skin. This cleanser is good for teens, men and can be used daily and nightly. It also removes makeup. To really control that oily sheen you get by noon, use the ph Balance Mattefying Toner too.  (More info will be on another blog) For more information on this product or others contact me!

The main ingredient (papain) in this light foaming cleanser loosens oil, dead skin cell buildup, and leaves the skin with a nice matte finish.

Papain—this proteolytic enzyme dissolves pore-blocking debris to help clean and energize the skin.

This cleanser also contains extracts of lemon, geranium, and fennel; these three ingredients help clarify the skin and balance oil.

Lemon on the skin: Lemons’ antibacterial and antifungal properties make them a naturally control oil, which helps keep pores clear and clean, and blackheads from returning.

Geranium on the skin: The astringent properties of geranium are also very advantageous for our skin. Our muscle contractions get significantly boosted with these. Consequently, we get a firm and toned look. Geranium can provide proper nourishment to our skin cells and keep those young and healthy for long.

Fennel on the skin: Fennel seeds offer amazing effects for the skin, antiseptic by nature, and loaded with antioxidants. As a result, they help prevent breakouts, cell damage, while keeping the skin toned.

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Winter Skin Care Tips

It’s a bit chilly this morning here in San Antonio, Texas! Know doubt when temperatures drop, there is less humidity, more wind, we are cranking up the heater, and it’s like the moisture in our skin just vanishes. It’s no fun putting your makeup on dry, flaky skin. It feels rough, looks dull, and doesn’t glow. To help keep that skin nice and soft in this cooler weather, here are some tips for ya. These are the things you’ll need (think of it as your “winter skin” kit):

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Skin brush-You can get these anywhere! Give yourself a nice brushing from the neck down before you shower, this will loosen up the dead skin cells and any flakiness you may have. Give a few more strokes to your knees, elbows, & shoulders. It also increases circulation!
Body scrub-Use this in the shower 2-3x weekly, it’ll keep the dryness from reoccurring.
Moisturizing soap-Body wash, bar soap, what ever you prefer, be sure to switch over to a moisturizing one.
Cream cleanser-For your face, use more of a creamy based cleanser. Foamy cleansers usually have something in it for clarifying the skin that would dry you out even more and make your skin feel very tight.
Lip balm-Don’t forget your lips, they need attention too! Who wants to kiss peeling, flaking lips? I know I don’t! You can even exfoliating them with your toothbrush when you brush your teeth also helps.
Water-Increase your water intake, this will help your skin feel hydrated and of course it’s good for you!
Moisturizer-Lather up your body when it’s still a little dewy after your shower, pores are still open and will drink that moisturizer right up. Don’t forget about knees and elbows either, those can get pretty dry if neglected too.  As for your face, be sure to tone, and then moisturize.
Keep that skin looking fresh and smooth all day! Stay warm! 
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Beauty Writer & Lifestyle Blogger April M. Monterrosa is a Proud Latina from San Antonio, Texas, a Military wife, the mama of a dachshund, a licensed Cosmetologist of 18 years, Owner of The Lil Spa Room, & a Nuskin Skin Care Distributor. With beauty & blogging being such passions, Shine Beautifully was born. Shine Beautifully will feature beauty tips, home remedies, quotes, poetry, recipes, personal stories, travel adventures, & an array of other topics. Don’t forget to subscribe!

Tips for Puffy Eyes & Dark Circles

TIPS FOR PUFFY EYES & DARK CIRCLES

CUCUMBERS for dark eye circles: Applied to the skin around the eyes can help reduce the appearance of dark circles & puffiness. Cucumber slices help to lighten the skin and also have a soothing, refreshingly cool sensation when applied. (Great after staring at a computer all day)

VITAMIN E: Take a capsule, carefully pierce it with a clean needle, dab a bit of the oil on your fingertip, & pat it into the skin under your eyes.

COLD WASHCLOTH: Soaked in cold water & place over eye area. Cold water helps to constrict the blood vessels under the eyes and can also reduce puffiness.

TEA BAGS: Take a used tea bag (black, green or white), after it has cooled, and apply it to the skin under your eyes. Lay down while you do this – otherwise, it’s hard to get the tea bag to stick. Leave in place for about 10 minutes. Make sure wring out the tea bag just a bit so tea cant get into your eyes.

TRUE FACE IDEAL EYE CREAM: Instantly brightens the under-eye area, softening the appearance of dark circles and fatigue. Immediately reduces the appearance of eye puffiness for a smooth, refreshed look. Helps to reduce the look of dark circles.

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