What are Blackheads?

What the heck are those tiny black dots on my nose, chin, & forehead?!?  I bet there has been a time or two when you have looked at your skin up close in the mirror & noticed them. Well my friends those little black T-zone polka dots are Blackheads!  Almost everyone gets blackheads at some point in their lives. They most commonly show up on the nose, chin, forehead, and often occur in clusters. Blackheads form in partially blocked pores & get their name because as the oil, dirt and dead skin trapped inside the pore slowly drains to the surface, the pigments in the skin will turn black due to oxidization.
Some of the most common causes are not drinking enough water, an excess of dead skin cells or facial oil, scrubbing the skin too often or too hard, not properly washing the face, and harmful makeup. So please wash your face before bedtime and in the morning, especially if you wear makeup!
The best way to get rid of Blackheads is through extraction.(Get extractions from a licensed esthetician & go get a facial soon!) Extractions are probably not the most pleasant part of a facial, but they sure do get rid of all that yuckiness. What are extractions? Extractions are manual removal of blackheads and congested pores. After cleansing the skin and softening it using steam, your esthetician will wrap his/her fingers in tissue and gently try to squeeze out the clogged blackhead. It’s actually the most important part of a facial for those that are heavily congested with blackheads. Thinner, more sensitive skins can feel the pinch and especially those with a lower pain tolerance.  Beauty is pain, right!? It’s so worth it…your skin is deeply cleansed, your pore size shrinks, plus if you maintain your skin between your facials, you can really minimize the return of the little black dots.
For home care, look for a facial exfoliant, a pore reducing mask, & a cleanser with a bit of salicylic acid.Ok…enough skin talk tonight…time for bed…but first…gotta wash my face! J 
 
Here’s a before extraction & after extraction pic for ya!
 

 

 
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Normal to Oily Skin Routine

Have normal to oily skin? Can’t seem to find a skin care regimen that fits your combination skin type? Look no further…I am about to introduce you to these great products that deep cleanse, balance oil production, keep your skin looking hydrated, are less expensive than big cosmetic chains, and have great ingredients.

Every skin care regimen starts off with cleansing. I usually like to cleanse twice. Cleansing twice removes dirt and oils, and if you are a makeup wearer, it removes all traces of that as well. Pure Cleansing Gel Deep cleanses and clarifies pores. An enzyme from papaya called papain frees pores of oil, dead cells, makeup, and pollution, clearing the way for refined, healthier-looking skin. Pure Cleansing Gel is soap-free, foaming formula balances oil without over drying, leaving skin fresh, clean, and energized. And the best part…its only $13.40 for a 5 fl. oz.bottle.

Toners are very important in your skin care routine. It not only balances the pH in your skin, it also balances the oil production in your skin and keeps your pores cleaner. PH Balance Mattefying Toner features strawberry extract which is rich in polyphenols, potent antioxidants known for calming the skin, helps to produce a smoother, more refined complexion. Pores seem tighter and diminished in appearance. This bi-phase toner suspends oil-absorbing mineral powder to give an instant matte finish and control shine. It’s also 5 fl. oz. and $12.10

Sunscreen is so important! Even if you are just back and forth to your car from the office, daily exposure to sun rays cause premature aging. Moisture Restore Day Protective Mattefying Lotion SPF 15 is high-performance lotion that hydrates, protects, and promotes vibrant, healthy-looking skin all day, every day. Added UVA/UVB protection helps fight against premature aging caused by the sun. Perfect for combo to oily skin types, this 3 in one product that’s a moisturizer, mattefying hydrator, and SPF protectant is only $29.10.

Don’t want to feel all goopy at night; NaPCA Moisture Mist has become my favorite night time (sometimes daytime) moisturizer. It’s oil-free, moisturizing, and in an easy to use spray. Each spray is a cool breeze of intense conditioning. You can conveniently carry it with you wherever you go! It can be used on all skin types, even sensitive skin since its 100% Fragrance Free. Forget expensive hylauronic serums, this mist is not only non-clogging and hydrating to your skin, but it also makes an impressive static-fighter for your hair. Can’t go wrong with 8.4 oz. at $9.80!

Smooth your skin’s surface by releasing dead cell buildup and pore-blocking impurities by using the Exfoliant Scrub 1-2x weekly. This is perfect for those that have issues with blackheads or dry patches on their skin. Keep that tone and texture flawless! This product will last you more than a month. You will definitely not find a scrub that will not scratch up your skin’s surface for $12.80!

Enhance your skin care routine with a Clay Pack Deep Cleansing Masque once a week. This mask draws out excess oil and pore-clogging impurities, leaving skin smooth and soft. It also deep cleanses the skin and creates a clearer complexion leaving your skin refreshed and thoroughly cleansed. This mask is only $12.80. To give your skin a mini spa treatment and enhance the Clay Pack’s ability to draw oils and impurities from the pores, try steaming your face before applying this product. The warm steam helps open pores, maximizing the deep cleansing benefits of Clay Pack.

For more info on these products and preferred customer prices, I will be more than happy to help you! ~April

The Lil Spa Room

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