Shaving Cream Alternatives

Baby Oil                                                                                                                           Try using baby oil instead of shaving cream. It works great on dry skin since it moisturizes at the same time.

Hair Conditioner 

It softens the hair, so it cuts easily. It also softens the skin, so there is no raw, tender feeling after shaving

Shaving with Hand Lotion

Use a hand lotion for extra hydration and one that is your favorite scent on those hot date nights.

Moisturizing Bar Soap or Body Wash

If you prefer a soapy lather, you can simply work up a lather  in your hands using your bar soap or body wash with warm water. Moisturizing soaps and body washes contain moisturizers in them; this gives a nice glide for shaving.

Baby Shampoo for Shaving Cream

It’s gentle for your skin and great for those that like shaving creams that foam up.
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Skin Care Tips for the Fall Season

The days are getting shorter, the nights colder, and the breezes just a little bit crisper. It’s officially fall, and along with the festivities and fun that come with the season, the changing weather means taking a look at your skin care needs. Here are some tips to help your skin stay healthy and beautiful as you transition from the long, hot summer into the cooler and crisper days of fall.
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Moisturizing
You know your skin needs moisture and hydration to looks its best, and hopefully you’ve been keeping dull, lifeless skin and premature aging away by making moisturizer a part of your year-round daily beauty regimen, even through the summer. You may know that your skin’s moisturizing needs change with the seasons – summer’s warm weather often requires a lighter moisturizing formula to deal with sweat and higher oil production, while a cold, dry winter means heavier, more intense moisturizing. But what about the somewhere-in-between days of fall? That can change depending on the weather, your climate – and your skin type. During this time, it’s important to pay attention to what your skin is telling you, and transition from your summer moisturizer to your winter version slowly as your skin reacts to the cooler, dryer air.
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Sunscreen
Fall may mean a chance to break out your jeans and light sweaters, but just because the weather is cooler – and your skin is more covered up – doesn’t mean you can pack away the sunscreen for the season. Any skin that’s still exposed to the sun, including your face and hands, are at risk for sun damage from unprotected over-exposure. In fact, the cooler air can sometimes be more dangerous, as the lack of heat can leader to longer exposure and more damage without immediately feeling it. This is especially true in warmer climates, where fall brings a cooler air that still welcomes shorts and t-shirts. Liberally apply a high SPF sunscreen to any exposed skin while enjoying any outdoor fall activities, and give yourself everyday protection with a facial moisturizer containing sunscreen.

Exfoliate
Even if you protected your skin, a long summer of time spent in the sun can leave your skin looking dull and lifeless. Slough off the layer of dead skin and start fall with a fresh, clean face and unclogged pores by exfoliating your skin. A mild exfoliating scrub, a washcloth, and motorized facial brushes can all be helpful in removing dead, dry layers, but be sure to be gentle and use extreme care to not harm your skin by exfoliating too aggressively at home.
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*For more effective results, schedule a professional microdermabrasion or chemical peel with me so I can safely remove the dull skin and leave your face looking fresh and rejuvenated.
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Dry Weather
The upcoming winter months can severely dry out and damage your skin, particularly on your hands, face and lips. It may still be fall, but right now is a great time to stock up on the supplies you’ll need to protect your skin when winter gets here. Start getting in the habit now of applying extra lip protection and applying extra moisturizing to your hands, cuticles, and areas like your elbows and knees that dry out quickly. By preparing yourself now, you’ll thank yourself when winter comes around.

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, Women Empowerment, Random thoughts, and everything else in between! Check out my Other Blog at: wonderfullywisewomen.me

Body Oils: For Thirsty Skin

No matter what time of the year it is, keeping your skin properly moisturized can be difficult . When thinking about the best way to keep your skin’s thirst quenched, you might first turn to body lotions; however, these creams tend to rub off quickly and leave your skin dry again. An alternative to body lotions, body oils offer the perfect way to keep your skin moisturized while relaxing your mind and improving your body’s overall health.

While some people figure that oil and skin don’t mix, thinking that this might leave their bodies feeling greasy, body oils actually enhance the quality of your skin because they soak quickly and deeply into skin. The most obvious benefit of body oils is their remarkable ability to moisturize your skin. Body oils are smooth, thick and highly concentrated liquids that are usually clear in color and enhance the appearance of the skin. The best body oils are organic, free of chemicals and extracted from roots, fruits, flowers and leaves. Body oils will lock moisture into your skin for hours, while body lotions rub off more quickly. When your skin has a healthy balance of moisture, it feels soft and supple, making you both look good and feel good.

If your take the time to massage body oils into your skin, your body easily will absorb them, so you won’t be left feeling greasy. To maximize the amount of moisture that your skin absorbs, wash off any perfumes or lotions and exfoliate your skin before applying body oil. Allow the oil to soak in for at least five minutes before getting dressed so that your skin, rather than your clothing, is the thing that remains moisturized.

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How to apply the body oil?
Applying body oil is similar to applying hand sanitizer or body lotion. First, put a few drops in your palms. Rub them together, then massage the body oil on your hands and feet in blotting movements so that they absorb into your skin deeply. When massaging, start with light pressured circular motions, then increase the pressure to work the oil into your skin. Massaging it in same area a few times opens the pores in the skin, making the oil absorb deeper into the skin, Moisturizing properties are enhanced with this simple technique.

This oil can also be used as massage oil. You can use this on any part of your body where skin is cracked or scaly to make it soft and silky. Love aromatherapy? You can add essential oils to add aroma to the body oil. Make sure you don’t use strong essential oils such as Eucalyptus or cinnamon as they can cause irritation to your skin.

Apply body oil when wearing a strapless or sleeveless gown to make your arms shimmer and shine. Unlike body glitter, it won’t rub off on your dress, as your skin will absorb the moisture.

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*Nourishing Body Oil Recipe*

In a small glass bottle, gently blend together:

1 1/2 ounces Sweet Almond Oil or Jojoba Oil
1/2 ounce Vitamin E Oil
12 drops Lavender Essential Oil
2-3 drops Frankincense Essential Oil
2-3 drops Lemongrass Essential Oil
Gently shake or stir to blend. Apply liberally as often as needed.

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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