Beauty Remedies with Oatmeal

October 29 is National Oatmeal Day! Oatmeal has long been a favorite breakfast dish and is meal that is not only a quick hunger fix, but is also full of wonderful health benefits. Oats provide a good source of fiber and are a great way to lower one’s blood cholesterol. Oatmeal is also recognized by the Food and Drug Administration as a food that may reduce the risk of heart disease in combination with a normal low-fat eating regimen. If you think that oatmeal is a popular dish in the United States, you will be surprised to learn that it has a number of long traditions in other countries. In Scotland, oatmeal has been a popular grain option for many years because oats are easier to grow than wheat particularly in light of the area’s short wet growing seasons. Traditionally, the Scots grind the oats into a coarse powder, separating it into different batches depending on the coarseness. The ground oats are then used in dishes such as porridge, brose, gruel, skirlie and haggis, as well as a number of other popular applications. In Switzerland, oatmeal is used in a popular cold breakfast dish called Muesli, where the oats are combined with milk, honey and other spices, refrigerated overnight and eaten the next day with nuts and fruits added to the dish. In the United States, Vermont has the biggest connection to oats and oatmeal due to the large number of Scottish settlers that came to the state. Today, Vermont is the leading state in per capita consumption of oatmeal. Whether you like your oats in a cookie, a smoothie or in a plain old batch of oatmeal with apples and cinnamon, give thanks to oatmeal on its national day.

Oatmeal and Beauty

Most of us think of oatmeal as something we eat for breakfast, but it can also be used for facials or skin treatments. It is very beneficial for your skin. It cleanses your skin without irritating or drying it out. In addition it helps relieve any dryness you might be feeling and helps maintain the moisture content in your skin.

Benefits Of Oatmeal:

Oatmeal is very beneficial for your skin. it is one of the best natural treatments for dry skin. It can also act as natural skin cleanser, facial scrub and soothing facial mask.

1.  It is anti-inflammatory. So, if you have redness along with dry and itchy skin, this could be your new best friend as it reduces redness and makes the complexion more toned and even.
2.  It is truly all in one cleanser.  It cleans, moisturizes, soothes and protects the skin. It helps heal the skin after exposure to the sun. When used as a skin cleanser, it actually absorbs and removes surface dirt and impurities while providing very gentle exfoliation, leaving skin smooth, soft, and clean, without soap.
3.  For those with skin irritations that have been caused as a result of using other cosmetic products or have been exposed to chemicals present in some cleaning products, then you should consider using oatmeal. This natural treatment method is also useful for people who have excessively scrubbed their skin. It cleanses deep pores without drying out or irritating the skin.
4. Oatmeal baths are highly recommended to people with acne. This is because of the soothing properties of oatmeal that provide relief to your skin.

 Homemade Oatmeal Beauty Recipes:

Face Masks Of Oatmeal:

Here are few simple ways in which you can prepare face masks using oatmeal and apply them regularly on your face:

Deep Cleansing Face Mask:

Mix 1 tablespoon of finely grounded oatmeal with 1 tablespoon of live organic yogurt and 1 small spoon of honey. Just beat the mixture until it becomes consistent enough to spread all over. If you warm the honey it will give more consistency to the mixture. Apply the mixture on a clean face and leave it on for  10- 15 minutes. Then wash it off with warm water and see the results.

Honey And Oatmeal Face Mask:

Mix 1 teaspoon olive oil, 1 egg yolk, 1 teaspoon honey and 1 teaspoon instant oatmeal. Blend all these ingredients to make them consistent. Apply the mixture to  your face and leave it on for a few minutes. Rinse it off with luke warm water.

Oatmeal And Egg White Mask:

Mix oatmeal with one  egg white. Blend well and then apply to your face. Leave it on until it dries, which should take about 15  15 minutes. Then wash it off with warm water.

Scrubs
Oat flour can be used in face and body scrubs to buff your face for a clean, soft finish. Here’s a few real easy ones:

Mild face scrub
Mix 1 part oatmeal flour with 1 part carrier oil (such as olive), wash off with warm water. Finish with some oat milk toner.

Oatmeal body scrub
Mix equal parts of olive oil and sugar with a bit of a carrier oil. Use as a body scrub instead of soap, wash with warm water. You’ll probably not need to moisturize after using this scrub.

Dry shampoo
If you have blonde hair, ground oats is a fantastic dry shampoo. Just rub some over your scalp, and brush excess oats out with a boar bristle brush.

Oat bran bath
Put about 1 dl (0.5 cup) of oat groans or rolled oats in some cloth and tie it up to make a small bag. Put this in your bath tub or in your foot bath. Press the bag a bit until the oatmeal “milk” comes out. You can also use this bag instead of soap on your body or face. It will give a light scrubbing and cleanse your skin and pores.

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Enhance Your Eyecolor with Eyeshadow

Check out this cheat sheet for the best shades that will bring out your peepers:

Golden Blonde Hair

Skin: Ivory, Porcelain Hair: Golden Blonde, Reddish Blonde Eyes: Bright Blue, Bright Green

Suggested Eye Color Makeup Eye Liner: Blue, Grey Highlighter: Peach, Ivory, Pale Gold, Aqua Mascara: Brown, Dark Blue Eye Shadow: Grey, Blue, Purple, Green, Warm Brown

Ash Blonde Hair

Skin: Rosy Beige Hair: Ash Blonde Medium to Light Eyes: Soft Blue, Blue-Grey, Blue-Green

Suggested Eye Color Makeup Eye Liner: Blue, Grey, Soft Green Highlighter: Pink, Aqua, Soft Grey, Soft Yellow, Ivory Mascara: Brown, Dark Blue Eye Shadow: Grey, Mauve, Blue, Blue-Green, Purple, Teal

Dark-Eyed Blonde Hair

Skin: Ivory, Porcelain, Warm Beige Hair: Ash, Golden Blonde, Reddish Blonde Eyes: Hazel, Green, Dark Teal

Suggested Eye Color Makeup Eye Liner: Blue, Grey, Black Highlighter: Beige, Ivory, Peach, Light Gold Mascara: Brown, Black-Brown Eye Shadow: Brown, Warm Green, Gold, Bronze, Teal

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Light-Medium Brunette Hair

Skin: Porcelain, Light Olive Hair: Medium to Dark Brown Eyes: Bright Blue, Blue-Grey, Blue-Green

Suggested Eye Color Makeup Eye Liner: Blue, Black, Grey, Purple Highlighter: Pale Blue, Pink, Grey, Ivory Mascara: Black, Navy, Black-Brown Eye Shadow: Grey, Blue, Purple, Turquoise

Dark Brunette Hair

Skin: Olive, Porcelain, Warm or Cool Beige, Black Hair: Black, Dark Brown, Dark Auburn Eyes: Dark Brown, Hazel

Suggested Eye Color Makeup Eye Liner: Black, Grey, Brown, Purple, Dark Green Highlighter: Ivory, Pale Gold, Yellow, Apricot, Pink Mascara: Black, Black-Brown Eye Shadow: Grey, Brown, Purple, Teal, Dark Blue

Red Head Hair

Skin: Ivory, Porcelain, Golden Beige, Freckled Hair: Auburn, Red, Warm Brown Eyes: Dark Brown, Hazel, Green, Golden

Suggested Eye Color Makeup Eye Liner: Brown, Green Highlighter: Gold, Ivory, Bronze, Peach Mascara: Black, Brown Eye Shadow: Brown, Green, Gold, Rust, Purple

Shine Beautifully with The Lil Spa Room & April M Monerrosa, Festival People, CovergirlPictured is my favorite eyeshadow quad “Sugar Coat” by CoverGirl. You can pull off a daytime and evening look with these 4 different colors.

Shine Beautifully with The Lil Spa Room & April Monterrosa

Aloe Vera & Your Skin

After being at the beach all weekend I got a little more sun that I usually do. My shoulders and back went from a nice bronzy tan to a bright lobster red color. The first thing I did after taking a cold shower and rinsing away the sand was lather on aloe vera gel. Immediately, the heat from my shoulders and back were calmed down, soothed, and there was not as much discomfort. So why is aloe vera so good for sunburned skin? And what else is it good for? 

 The reason aloe vera is so healing on sunburn is because it has a cooling effect and provides a protective barrier over the skin to protect the burn.  Aloe is incredibly moisturizing (99% water) and has the ability to penetrate four times quicker than water alone. Aloe Vera is a cactus-like plant growing in the warmer climates of the world and are described as succulents. Aloe vera is a very popular herbal remedy. The Aloe vera plant (also called Aloe barbadensis) is unique among plants for its importance in natural skin care. Aloe vera contains burn healing effects, anti-inflammatory properties, scar reducing properties and wounds.  Aloe vera pulp is the clear, thick substance inside of the Aloe vera leaf. (It is often called Aloe vera gel, but it is usually treated before it is used in cosmetics).  Aloe is used in many skin care products because of its ability to stimulate healthy cell growth and repair damaged tissues.  Listed are some other benefits of Aloe Vera to the Skin:

  • Aloe vera is beneficial for cracked and dry skin.
  • Aloe vera oil can be used on the dry skin to make the skin normal and shiny.
  • Aloe Vera acts as a natural barrier and shields our skin from dangerous toxins.
  • Aloe vera is helpful for frostbite, burns, insect bites, blisters and allergic reactions.
  • All the Aloe vera products are used as a part of skin treatment regimen and keep the skin healthy.
  • Aloe vera products contain the highest concentrations of healing agent which is beneficial for the skin.
  • It makes the skin smooth and glowing.
  • It relieves heat on the skin caused by sunburn.
  • Aloe vera is used for treating various skin conditions such as eczema, burns, psoriasis, inflammations, wounds etc.
  • It destroys bacteria that try to invade cuts or open wounds.
  • It forms a protective barrier around achy and sore joints and muscles. 
  • It is an excellent skin moisturizer that keeps the skin flexible by giving oxygen to the cells which in turn increases the strength and synthesis of skin tissue.
  • The products of Aloe vera are very popular among the customers due to the moisturizing properties which are best for the skin or skin disorders.
  • Aloe vera improves the ability of the skin so that it can hydrate itself.
  • It is helpful in removing dead skin cells and has the ability for effective penetration and transports healthy substances through the skin.
  • It is beneficial for the cosmetic products such as make up, anti-wrinkle creams, facial masks, skin conditioners and lipsticks.
  • Aloe vera is useful for preventing the aging of the skin. It nourishes the skin and tissues with body-loving nutrients such as vitamin E and C. 
  • Aloe vera gel is helpful in improving the lesions.
  • It lightens dark spots on the face and reduces the intensity of pigmentation.
  • Aloe vera plant is a lively ingredient in a number of different skin care products that facilitates to treat a wide variety of different problems of skin.
  • Aloe vera plant has anti-inflammatory properties that assist in treating acne and pimples. Acne is a skin state in which the sebaceous glands and hair follicles become more active and inflamed and hence produce pimples. If you have an aloe vera plant, be sure to take good care of it and advantage of what it can do for your skin!

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Confetti Proof Your Hair This Easter

Easter is usually around the same time as my birthday. Not only do I get birthday gifts and an Easter basket (still till this day), I also get a double serving of cascarones (confetti eggs) slapped on my head! I guess they are supposed to take the place of birthday spankings. Ha! Growing up with two brothers and my birthday always being around Easter time, I learned through the years how to “confetti proof” my hair. It’s a pain in the ass to have confetti in your hair, especially when your wearing your Easter best, took extra time to fix your hair, and looking all cute. When you have long, thick hair it’s no fun getting it be confetti free. It doesn’t matter if it’s the big chunky pieces or the teeny tiny flakes & don’t forget the little pieces of eggshell that stick to your scalp…ugh!  As it is, your hands are probably stained from dying eggs for the Easter egg hunt.

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Nothing saves your hair better than a pony tail. Most of it is slicked back and all you have to brush out is the ends of your hair. I usually flat iron my hair, so it’s pretty easy to remove confetti out of straight hair. Shake off as much as you can and then use a natural bristle brush starting at the ends working up to your roots. When you get to the root area, get the brush as close to your scalp as you can so when you run it through your lovely locks the bristles will grab a good amount of confetti. If your brush is heavily compacted with confetti, you may want to clean out your brush before brushing again and just continue till you get it all out.

For those of you that wear a curly hair style, an updo, or put lots of product in your hair, you may want to mention to your loved ones just how difficult it is to get the confetti and eggshells out of your hair; they may feel bad for you and not try to egg your head with cascarones. The more you try to shake off or pick these festive goodies, the frizzier your hair will get. Hair products such as hairspray, gels, & mousses have a tendency of building up white flakes when you unset the hair walking around with a white dust cloud on your head would not be a good thing, even more so for those that make multiple stops for the holiday.

happyeaster_tbg1And lastly, let’s not forget about your hands, even when you wear gloves to dye your Easter eggs, sometimes certain dyes will bleed through the gloves and stain your skin. Try wetting your hands and using a nail brush with a few drops of dishwasher detergent on it. The grainy texture along with the stain removers in dishwashing detergent will remove the stain.

I hope these few tips will help you when you’re in that cascarone war on Easter Sunday. Be sure to stash a few cascarones of your own to get back at those that mess up your hair. Happy Easter Everyone!

Teenager Acne Issues & Skin Care Tips

Are you a parent with an acne prone teenager? If your answer is yes, you may want to show them this blog. Teens usually do not listen to their parents when it comes to their skin. Maybe after reading this, they’ll get a little better about skin care. Teenagers from ages 12 to 17 are affected, at least occasionally, by acne.  It is by far the most common skin complaint in this age group.

Acne at any level should be taken very seriously, especially by teenagers. Moderate to severe scarring can become a problem in teenagers with untreated acne. (Scarring comes from picking and spreading the bacteria of the pimples causing more breakouts and damaging the skin.) In turn, the scars left behind can cause emotional pain and discomfort in social situations. My clients that are parents of acne prone teenagers often tell me how embarrassed their teen is of their skin; most of the time it’s because they didn’t get the acne treated in time.

Your skin is the largest organ of your body.  It protects and covers the body, is waterproof, bacteria proof, and it self-repairs when it is injured. Your skin, hair and nails are a reflection of your state of health.  Skin is repairable, but is not replaceable, so take care of the skin you’re in.teensmiles

Diet also plays a major role in how skin behaves.  You must eat a balanced diet in order for your body to function properly.  The old saying “you are what you eat” is true in my opinion. So avoid fast food, junk food, fried, & fatty foods. You breakout areas will definitely show of you are eating these kinds of foods. (The cheek area is usually where digestive breakouts occur)

Our bodies must process everything we eat.  All waste is not eliminated in the same manner and many things are eliminated through our skin. Take garlic for example.  If you eat a meal that is full of garlic, the next day the scent of garlic can often be smelled on your skin.  Brewers Yeast is another example.  Brewers Yeast is a rich source of the B-complex vitamins, which tend to have a very strong scent. Many doctors and pharmacists recommend taking this product in high quantities during summer to avoid mosquito bites.  B-vitamins are water soluble, so anything your body does not use will be eliminated through your skin or in your urine. Even though you will not be able to detect the scent on your skin, mosquitoes have a keen sense of smell and they will stay off you because it. These two items are perfect examples of our body eliminating through our skin. In the same manner, many other foods can affect our bodies in the same way.

Drinking plenty of fluids is extremely important for healthy skin.  Water is most important because it aids in the digestion and absorption of food.  Water is also responsible for carrying nutrients to the skin and waste away from the cells, as well as regulating body temperature.

Eating a low-fat diet is recommended for healthy skin.  A diet high in fruits and vegetables is best since they are loaded with antioxidants which help to keep the skin supple and nourished. Include regular exercise along with diet to increase blood flow to the skin.  Increased blood flow to the surface of the skin not only gives you the appearance of a healthy glow, it also helps clean and repair the skin tissues.

Another major culprit responsible for acne flare-ups is airborne grease.  Working in a fast food restaurant can be harder on your skin than eating at one.  If you work at a fast food establishment there are steps you can take to help keep your skin clean and clear: If possible, wash your face a couple of times a day with a mild cleanser and warm water (not hot) to remove surface oils and dead skin cells. Never scrub your skin hard, especially with an abrasive cleanser.  One cause of acne is oily buildup, not dirt, so scrubbing hard won’t help and can actually irritate the skin and further inflame your acne. If you do not have access to a sink, but still want to clean the oil from your face, there are several different face-cleansing cloths available on the market that you can use.teenskin

Shampoo your hair regularly. Keep in mind to avoid oily shampoos, hair gels, and conditioners, as these products can transfer from your hair to your face during the day or at night while you sleep and cause problems with your skin.

Stop touching your face!  Many people touch their face continually during the day for many reasons.  If you are studying, do not rest your hands on your face while you look down at your books. Every time you touch your face you transfer all sorts of germs and bacteria from all the doorknobs, money, etc. that you have touched during the day.

Here is something a lot of people do not think of very often.  If you use a phone a lot, keep the receiver off your face. The dirt and germs that build up on the phone, along with the constant friction against your face, can cause breakouts in key areas such as the chin.  If being on the phone all day “is” your job, see if your boss will spring for an inexpensive headset to help the problem.

For the girls:  Never use oil-based makeup or other products.  Check the labels of everything you use and if oil is an ingredient, throw it away!  Look for products with non-comedogenic, water-based, and oil -free on the label. If you have oily skin and you use a pressed powder, be sure to look for one with oil control… and be sure to wash your powder pad often.

teenboyFor the boys:  If you have started to shave your face, always use a sharp razor. Old razors with dull blades will drag across your skin and cause rashes and irritation.

Do not think that just because you have oily skin you do not need to use a moisturizer.  Your skin can be oil rich, but moisture dry, so find a light moisturizer that works for you.  You need to balance out the moisture levels in your skin.  If it has enough moisture, the oil glands will not produce as much.

If you spend a lot of time in the sun, be sure to wear an oil-free sunscreen, such as a gel or light lotion.  Gel and light lotion sunscreens will not aggravate your acne and will help you avoid skin cancer in your adult years.  If you are currently seeing a dermatologist, some skin treatments can increase your skin’s sun sensitivity, so be sure to wear your sunscreen if you are outside.  Talk to your doctor if you have questions about the treatment you are receiving and how it relates to sun exposure.  Something else to keep in mind regarding the sun and how it affects your skin:  sunburn is your skins way of saying it has been injured, but so is a tan.  When your skin browns or reddens, is using its defense mechanism by producing melanin. Melanin acts as a protective biological shield against ultraviolet radiation.  By doing this, your skin is trying to prevent sunburn damage that could lead to melanoma later in life.  So be careful if you are a sun worshiper, you will regret it later in life when the wrinkles caused by sun damage start to appear.

And most importantly: If you do have a pimple, do not squeeze it or pick at it.  Picking or squeezing pimples only irritates the tissue more and increases your chance of getting scars.  Only qualified skin professionals (dermatologists or estheticians) can safely remove pimples without causing more harm.

If you would like to help you teen’s acne issue, feel free to contact me for more information, or better yet schedule a facial for them.

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Stop Picking Your Face!

There are many bad habits out there, smoking, nail biting, pulling your own hair, & so many more. But there is one that many people have and fail to realize it’s even considered a bad habit. I’m talking about face picking, popping zits, poking pimples, squeezing blemishes, whatever you want to call it. As soon as you see a blemish on your skin, you try to squeeze everything out of it thinking it will magically disappear after you’re done. Well, I hate to break the news to you, but you are not doing your skin any justice whatsoever, in fact you are making a whole lot worse.

There are many disadvantages when it comes to picking your pimples, the biggest one is spreading bacteria around the skin which can lead to more acne. For some, it’s like a reflex, you see a pimple, & just start picking. What you’re not realizing is, your hands haven’t been washed, & no telling what bacteria you could have underneath your fingernails. Not only will the spread of bacteria lead to more breakouts, it can also cause an infection, which could possibly lead to you having to pay a visit to the dermatologist.

When a pimple isn’t ready to be extracted, it’s usually red in color, a bit inflamed, with no white or black head, & sometimes a little tender to the touch. If you’re picking at your pimples before they are ready, all you are going to get out that blemish is blood, a scab, & a scar. If you are prone to hyper pigmentation (getting dark spots), picking at your pimples will create another problem for your skin, not only will you bleed, get a scab, & a scare, you will also have a dark spot.

If you have picked at a pimple before it had that whitehead of pus & its bleeding, the best thing to do is immediately wash your face. Once the blood stops, it’s good to put some Neosporin on it to prevent infection. Keep in mind Neosporin is an antibiotic ointment, so this is just to protect your skin from infection, not from future breakouts. After that, leave it alone your skin alone!!!! I can not stress that enough! Ha-ha!

If you have acne, break out scars or dark spots from picking, they can be diminished with facial treatments such as, high frequency facials, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, laser resurfacing, & many others. The best way to avoid all these risks, recurring breakouts, & mostly a lifetime of scars is to have your pimple extractions done professionally. A licensed professional has the proper extraction technique, equipment, knowledge to help clear your skin, minimize future breakouts, & steer you in the right direction to proper skin care.  Next time you have a blemish, remember, if you pick at it, your only hurting your skin. 🙂 breakout

About the Owner:

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 she also created Shine Beautifully. Shine Beautifully will feature beauty tips, home remedies, quotes, poetry, recipes, personal stories, travel adventures, & an array of other topics. Don’t forget to check it out and subscribe!

Happy National Mud Pack Day!

Happy National Mud Pack Day Beauties! I kinda feel like I have my own special holiday! A day I can wear my mud facial mask proudly and actually be celebrating something. How cool is that?  I’m ready to pack on a nutrient enriched mud mask and slap one on my husband’s face as well. Ladies, don’t think this is just a day for you, guys can get a facial mud pack mask too! Mud was once the rage for facials and is still very popular.

National Mud Pack Day is a day to get a mud pack facial. Actually, you can put mud anywhere on your body but the face is the most common. Mud is full of nutrients and minerals which your body quickly absorbs and are said to reduce facial oil and acne as well as reduce facial lines and wrinkles. Mud also helps trap bacteria and acts as a mild exfoliant, getting rid of dead skin cells leaving your face smooth with a glow.

FYI: A mud pack is a quick treatment for bee stings. Use, if necessary, when you’re hiking or until you can get a place to be treated for stings of bees and wasps.

Why not enjoy a spa day in the comfort of your own home? Who doesn’t want to relieve stress after a long week? Why not relieve it with a mug or glass of mulled cider (today is also National Mulled Cider Day), and a mud pack treatment while soothing tunes from mp3 player get you in the perfect mood.

My favorite Mud Mask is the Epoch® Glacial Marine Mud. It’s a skin-purifying estuary treasure! Draw out impurities, remove dead skin cells, and nurture skin with more than 50 skin beneficial minerals, including zinc and sea botanicals. Legend has it that indigenous peoples may have tried to use this special mud to make pottery. They were unsuccessful because of its fine particle size, but noticed their hands were softer and smoother. Today, Glacial Marine Mud is homogenized to produce a highly absorbent mud with impeccable consistency. Experience the renewing benefits of this mud mask by pampering your face! It’s easy to use and inexpensive. To purchase mask, click on this pic.
Epoch® Glacial Marine MudEasy to use:
Apply a generous layer of mud to skin, avoiding mouth and eye areas. Let mud dry 15 to 20 minutes or until it turns a light aquamarine color. Rinse thoroughly with warm water. Use two to three times a week for best results!

About the mask:
Effectively removes impurities and dead skin cells without affecting normal cells.
Less flaking when dried due to presence of sea botanicals.
Minimal water separation.
Rich in minerals.
Great for all-over body use.
Low-density, flexible tube lets you get all the product out so none goes to waste.
Make this a special day by buying a gift certificate or scheduling a facial for your loved one. Make sure to tell them its not that they need it. Rather, its because it is comforting, and will make them feel good and their skin beautiful!

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April M. Monterrosa

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