Cellphone Breakouts

As necessary and as fun as they are, cell phones are a breeding ground for bacteria. Cell phones are the worst because they come in contact with our hands, faces, purses, desks and many other dirty areas. I have become a lot more conscious to periodically wipe down my cell phone with antibacterial wipes and wash my hands much more frequently. Since then, I have seen less breakouts on my cheek or jawline (the exact spot where I hold my phone). Are you having breakouts in these areas? Maybe your cell phone, and the lack of keeping it clean, is causing them.

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More Break-out Zones

1 & 2: Digestive System — Eat less processed or junk food, reduce the amount of fat in your diet, step up water intake and opt for cooling things like cucumbers.

3: Liver — Cut out the alcohol, greasy food and dairy. This is the zone where food allergies also show up first, so take a look at your ingredients. Besides all this, do 30 minutes of light exercise every day and get adequate sleep so your liver can rest.

4 & 5: Kidneys — Anything around the eyes (including dark circles) point to dehydration. Drink up!

6: Heart — Check your blood pressure (mine was slightly high) and Vitamin B levels. Decrease the intake of spicy or pungent food, cut down on meat and get more fresh air. Besides this, look into ways to lower cholesterol, like replacing “bad fats” with “good fats” such as Omegas 3 and 6 found in nuts, avocados, fish and flax seed. Also, since this area is chock-full of dilated pores, check that your makeup is not past its expiry date or is skin-clogging.

7 & 8: Kidneys — Again, drink up! And cut down on aerated drinks, coffee and alcohol as these will cause further dehydration.

Zone 9 & 10: Respiratory system — Do you smoke? Have allergies? This is your problem area for both. If neither of these is the issue, don’t let your body overheat, eat more cooling foods, cut down on sugar and get more fresh air. Also keep the body more alkaline by avoiding foods that make the body acidic (meat, dairy, alcohol, caffeine, sugar) and adding more alkalizing foods like green veggies and wheatgrass juice. Another thing that most of forget – dirty cell phones and pillow cases are two of the top acne culprits and this area is what they affect the most!

Zone 11 & 12: Hormones — This is the signature zone for stress and hormonal changes. And while both are sometimes unavoidable, you can decrease their effect by getting adequate sleep, drinking enough water, eating leafy veggies and keeping skin scrupulously clean. Another interesting point: breakouts in this area indicate when you are ovulating (and on which side).

Zone 13: Stomach — Step up the fibre intake, reduce the toxin overload and drink herbal teas to help with digestion.

14: Illness — Zits here can be a sign that your body is fighting bacteria to avoid illness. Give it a break, take a yoga class, take a nap, take time to breathe deeply, drink plenty of water and know that everything always works out!

So the next time you break out or notice dark under-eye circles, look to your face map: your skin is probably trying to communicate on behalf of the internal organs. However, do remember, this is just another general guide to head you off in the right investigative direction – just because you break out between the brows doesn’t always mean you have a bad liver! Lol!

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SKIN INFO: Causes of Acne

In girls and women, the timeline during the menstrual cycle shows an increase in acne on the skin.

Hormonal changes at the onset of puberty or during pregnancy can also cause the pores on the skin to get clogged up.

A sudden start or stop in the use of birth control medication can also result in acne showing up on the skin.

Heredity and the use of greasy cosmetics also results in the appearance of acne.

Teenagers show an increased manifestation of acne as the hormonal changes during puberty add to the sebum build-up, leading to more inflamed pores.

Lifestyle changes, especially being subject to a lot of stress, can also result in acne developing on the skin.

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April M. Monterrosa is the Owner of  The Lil Spa Room , PCA Skin Certified, a Nuskin Skin Care Distributor, Founder of  Wonderfully Wise Women, & a Writer for SAXtreme Magazine. Just a simple &  Proud Latina from San Antonio, Texas, a Marine Corps wife, Mama of a Dachshund, & a licensed Cosmetologist of 17+ years, blogging about things I love most…Beauty, Love, Life, Spa, Wine, and everything else in between! Check out my Beauty Blog at: lilsparoom.com

Organic Chocolate-Honey Facial

I’ll admit to having a bit of a sweet tooth. Two of my favorite sweet flavors are chocolate and honey. What’s not to love? They are both a glimpse of heaven when you taste them. With Valentine’s Day coming up, chocolate is kind of a big deal. So I thought it be fun to come up with a unique facial treatment with some of my favorite ingredients. My goal for your skin after I give you this delicious facial to provide powerful protein filled anti-oxidants, soften, reduce wrinkles, nourish & hydrate your skin, along with gently removing dead skin cells for a more rejuvenated tone. The two main recipes of this facial is the exfoliant and the masque, I will gladly share those recipes with you after my facial special. For now, I will go over a few of the ingredients in my mixtures, why I chose them, and what they do for your skin.

Chocolate:chocolate

Cocoa is very nourishing to the skin. It contains calcium, potassium, sodium, magnesium, iron, zinc, copper, vitamins A1, B1, B2, C, D, E, phosphorous & chromium. In addition to this, it also contains a polyphenol called epicatechin which is a natural antiseptic, anti-inflammatory & anti-oxidant that helps to guard cells from free radical damage which causes skin to age.
Basically – the higher the cocoa content the more polyphenol, the healthier it is for you on the inside and out. (This is why I am using an organic cocoa) Some people believe that chocolate causes acne but according to dermatologists acne is caused to those people who consume chocolate which has milk in it and not the chocolate itself.

Honey:honey

Honey has antibacterial and antiseptic properties, which helps in fighting acne and pimples. It reduces infection and is very effective home remedy to treat acne. When honey is diluted with water, it produces hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide is an antimicrobial agent and is used as a mild antiseptic; therefore it’s useful in treating cuts, wounds, and abrasions. Used in facials, it hydrates as it cleanses, because it soak ups impurities from the pores of the skin, leaving your skin clear, clean, and radiantly moisturized. Since honey is enriched with antioxidants, it’s a natural remedy to prevent wrinkles and fight skin aging and damage.

Baking Soda: bakingsoda

Baking soda is great for breakouts; it can loosen tough skin around blackheads and soothe inflammation around pimples. Baking soda also “calms” the skin. In the very topmost layers of cells in the epidermis, the tough outer layer of the skin, small amounts of bicarbonate from the baking soda can enter the skin. The bicarbonate encourages the transportation of sodium into these cells. Their metabolisms slow down so they go into their normal life cycle, dying about 21 days after they are formed in the basal layers of the skin. As the top layers of skin flake away, newer and healthier skin cells can come to the surface. They add more natural color to the skin, and they loosen the skin around tight pores.

Oatmeal:oatmeal

Oatmeal is one of the best natural treatments for dry skin. It can be used to make a gentle and very effective natural skin cleanser, facial scrub, and soothing facial mask. Oatmeal helps to relieve dryness, restoring natural moisture balance to aid in healing minor irritations due to the many causes and sources of skin sensitivities. Oatmeal actually absorbs and removes surface dirt and impurities while providing very gentle exfoliation, leaving skin smooth, soft, and clean, without irritating and drying out skin. The best thing about oatmeal in my opinion is it effectively removes dead skin cells, to reveal smoother looking skin and provides the bonus of a natural, healthy glow. So now that you know what all the ingredients used in my organic chocolate honey facial do, let’s get you into my warm spa bed and have you enjoy all these yummy goodies! Spa la la

Organic Chocolate-Honey Facial-$30 (45 min-For a Limited Time)
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<3April M. Monterrosa is the Owner of  The Lil Spa Room , PCA Skin Certified, a Nuskin Skin Care Distributor, Founder of  Wonderfully Wise Women, & a Writer for SAXtreme Magazine. Just a simple &  Proud Latina from San Antonio, Texas, a Marine Corps wife, Mama of a Dachshund, & a licensed Cosmetologist of 17+ years, blogging about things I love most…Beauty, Love, Life, Spa, Wine, and everything else in between! Check out my other Blog at: wonderfullywisewomen.me

Go Brazilian & Never Go Back!

Does it hurt?

A little painful, yes, but the results are well worth it. You’ll eventually get used to the discomfort. Routine waxing helps to reduce the pain, and will minimize irritation.

What should I do to prepare for my visit?

You should arrive “freshened up”!

How long should my hair be?

Hair growth should be at least 1/4″-1/2″ (about 2 week’s growth) for the most effective waxing. Hair should be carefully trimmed if necessary. It should be free from oils and lotion to make hair removal easier.

How long should I wait to get waxed after I’ve shaved?

You need some growth for the wax to adhere to the hair. Hair should be at least 1/4″ (about 2 week’s growth) for the most effective waxing.

How long will it last?

The results will last anywhere from three to six weeks. I recommend booking appointments every 4 to 6 weeks. The hair eventually gets softer and thinner every time it grows back.

What can I expect afterwards?

After you get your Brazilian wax, it is likely that your skin may be slightly pink in color and feel like mild sunburn. You can apply Neosporin to calm down the area if it bothers you a lot.

What can I do About Ingrown Hair?

I recommend using a loofah sponge 24 hours after waxing. This is a great routine to do every day to get rid of the dead skin cells and help “lift” the hairs growing out. It will also help to speed up the hair removal process.

What are the possible side effects of waxing and how can they be minimized?

  • Although I can not predict or guarantee who may react, most clients do not experience reactions beyond redness and minor irritation, which lasts for a few hours. Hair may break at the root during waxing, causing some hairs to grow out faster. Please follow these guidelines to minimize irritation and possible break outs.
  • Avoid the sun immediately after waxing and please wear sun screen; recently waxed areas are prone to hyperpigmentation (permanent darkening of the skin) if exposed to the sun.
  • Avoid heavy exercise for at least 24 hours after waxing.
  • Avoid saunas, steam rooms, whirlpools and other heated sources for at least 48 hours.
  • Do not use exfoliating products (AHAs, scrubs, etc) and loofas for at least 24 hours after waxing as they might further irritate your skin.
  • Avoid tight clothing after waxing, especially in the waxed areas. Tight clothing may result in irritation and ingrown hairs.
  • Regular exfoliation may be helpful to remove dead skin so your hairs can get out above the surface of the pores and not become ingrown.
  • Routine waxing helps the skin get accustomed to the procedure and may minimize irritation.

*An annoying consequence of shaving: hair curls into the skin and grows in the wrong direction, resulting in a red, irritated bumps that can become infected. To help avoid ingrown hairs, I recommend waxing over shaving. It helps pop out the stubborn hair out of your skin to keep the skin healthy.

The benefits to Brazilian waxing

You’ll feel all clean and shiny, and you’ll be slick during intercourse. The results will last anywhere from three –six weeks (some even longer), with no maintenance, and there’s no shave that can get you this smooth. In fact, that’s the biggest benefit — no more shaving! For me, a Brazilian wax is the way to go. A little painful (feels like a rubber band snapping at you), yes, but the results are well worth it. You eventually get used to the discomfort, and once you do you’ll never need to prop that leg up in the shower again. You’ll be happy. Your partner will be happy. It’ll be a smooth experience.

For more info or an appointment, call or text me: 210-896-4445

Live, Love, Spa,

April M. Monterrosa

The Lil Spa Room
Phone: 210.896.4445
Address: 123 Southbridge 
(Inside Visions for Hair Salon)
San Antonio, TX 78216

Acne Info

Acne prone skin can be a nightmare. Have you ever felt so frustrated that no matter how well you eat, what you use and what you take, it seems to have a mind of its own? This is because the skin is a unique organ, which requires simplicity and consistency of action to get it to finally clear. Many articles and books have been written and many lotions and potions have been created to address this issue. Maybe this bit of info will help you clear your skin.

Acne is caused by an over stimulated oil gland that has become infected. What over stimulates the oil glands? And why do they become infected? Excessive oil production can be caused by hormones, adrenal function, liver and digestive function and diet. The skin will only use the oils you eat in your diet. It is important that you only eat lighter, plant-based oils so they flow freely though the oil glands and decongest what is blocking them.

Congesting foods:
Animal fats (especially red meats and pork)
Dairy products (cheese, yoghurt, butter)
Commercial sweets (anything baked, bought, with refined sugars, white flours and hidden fats)

When the adrenal glands are stimulated it creates a stress response in the body. This causes the oil glands to flow excessively and also warm up the body temperature, irritating sensitive skin. Any redness, spots or blemishes suggest a sensitive skin type and a “hot” condition according to traditional Chinese medicine.

Stimulating foods and substances for the skin:
Chili, curry, spicy dishes
Alcohol
Caffeine
Nicotine
Oranges and strawberries

You need to stay away from these foods and substances for at least 95% of the time for as long as it takes for your skin cells to turn.
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Microdermabrasion: The Magic Wand of Skin Care

Microdermabrasion is one of the most frequently sought after non-surgical, non invasive skin care treatments available. Microdermabrasion is safe, quick, convenient and effective for all skin colors and types. It has been performed successfully for years in Europe and is now one of the most popular cosmetic procedures. 

It is great for:

Reducing fine lines and minor scars

Treating acne blemishes

Removing sun and age spots

Cleaning enlarged and clogged pores, blackheads and whiteheads

Restoring a healthy, smooth feel to skin

Helping fight signs of aging

Hyperpigmentation

Microdermabrasion is safe, quick, convenient and proven effective for all skin colors and types, from light to dark, dry to oily. This age-defying process can give a brighter, smoother appearance to any skin area in need of exfoliation such as face, neck, hands and chest.       Whether you have a problem area or just want a quick pick-me-up; brighter, smoother skin is waiting for you in just a few treatments. The benefits are crystal clear.

A precise stream of aluminum oxide crystals is directed through a hand piece onto the skin. This, in turn, loosens and exfoliates the top layer of dead cells. The skin is simultaneously vacuumed to reveal a fresher, healthier looking you.

Microdermabrasion promotes the production of new cells in the basal (deepest) layers of the dermis and stimulates the growth of collagen to further smooth and improve skin tone and appearance. Best results are achieved through a series of treatments and a regular maintenance program. Recommended for all skin types. Microdermabrasion is a great way to reduce occasional blemish flare-ups, a deep cleansing facial and as preventative skin care to fight the first signs of aging before they actually appear.

 For optimum results, Microdermabrasion involves a series of treatments. True, modest results may be achieved with a single visit. However, it is unrealistic and unfounded to expect significant change from just one treatment. In the final analysis, the number of treatments depends on the type of skin you have. You may experience a tightness and redness of the skin, comparing it to the feeling of mild sunburn.

Schedule your treatment today!  Text or Call for more info: 210.896.4445

Here are my prices:

Face: $50

$90 with a facial

$130 with a facial & peel

$150 with a PCA peel

Face & Neck: $60

$100 with a facial

$140 with a facial & peel

$160 with a PCA peel

Face, Neck, & Décolleté (Upper Chest): $80

$120 with a facial

$150 with a facial & peel

$170 with a PCA peel