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!



DIY Cornmeal Facial Scrub

Ingredients: Cornmeal & Water

Instructions: In a bowl, mix cornmeal with equal parts of water to make a paste. Apply to facial skin in a gentle circular motion to exfoliate dead, dry skin cells. Allow to dry and rinse off with cool water. Great for combo skin. Can be used on the body as well.


About the Author:

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 on selecting a Facial Scrub

A good skin facial scrub is essential for maintaining a fresh and natural look. To remove dead skin and make your face glow, you should use facial scrub at least once or twice a week. A good scrub is the secret to healthy and glowing skin; however, you need to know how to choose the right one for your skin.

First and foremost, you should know your skin type. You should know whether your skin is dry, oily or combination. Decide on a price point before you make your purchase. Costly scrubs will not necessarily be more effective than more budget-friendly options.

Before going out to buy, do a little bit of research online. Read about scrubs and their ingredients. Determine what ingredients are best for your skin type (dry, oily or combination). If you have acne problems and breakouts then go for scrub made of salicylic acid.

Know your need before selecting one. There are several types of scrubs available—mediated, anti-aging, moisturizing, cleansing, etc. Decide which one of them will serve your purpose,will be effective for your skin type, and revel in your newly glowing skin!


AprilApril 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

Shower Scrub for Radiant Skin

Your skin is more likely to look dull and ashy if there’s a buildup of dry, dead cells on the surface. To speed cell turnover and get great-looking skin, you’ll need to exfoliate regularly. Pamper your skin with this all-natural body scrub. The salt and the buttermilk’s lactic acid exfoliate, and the cucumber cools. It’s especially good before applying a self-tanner to get even color.

You need:
1 medium cucumber, peeled and grated (use a cheese grater)
1 cup buttermilk
1⁄2 cup sea salt or kosher salt


In a small bowl, mix the cucumber and buttermilk.

Add the salt and blend into a thick paste.

Relax in a warm shower for 5 minutes, allowing the heat to open your pores.

Apply the scrub, paying special attention to dry areas like elbows and knees, then rinse. (Use this scrub before shaving, because the salt can irritate freshly shaved skin.)


Tequila: Body Scrub & Health Benefits

You’ll need:
lime juice from one whole lime
white tequila
olive oil

The ingredients of a margarita make an amazing cocktail, but who knew they’re also great for a body scrub? If you’re having a party and have leftover margarita stuff, then just mix together the salt lime, tequila, and add a little bit of olive oil. Once it’s mixed well, apply to desired areas. Use like any other exfoliating body scrub.The lime and the tequila are a natural antiseptic. Combine them with the salt, which is a great exfoliant, and the olive oil for a good moisturizer. Extra virgin olive oil also has strong antioxidants like Vitamin A and E that repair skin damaged by the sun.
**Don’t use after shaving, the antiseptic qualities of the tequila and salt will sting the skin.


Health benefits of Tequila:

Relaxant – A small glass before heading to bed can help relax you after a busy stressful day, helping you to sleep better.

Lowers Cholesterol – It has been proven the tequila can dissolve fats; reducing cholesterol. Optimizes cardiac functions

Aids Digestion – Drink a glass before, during or after your meal in order to aid digestion.