Morning Skin Care: Cleanse, Tone, & Moisturize

morning skin care regimenTaking care of our skin daily is the best way to keep looking fresh, fine lines from appearing and have smooth, soft skin. Having a daily skin care regimen doesn’t take long to do at all and is easy to incorporate with your daily everyday routine when getting ready in the morning. Not cleansing or taking care of your skin in the morning? Yes, I know…snooze about 3x, then off to work you go! Think of about it this way, during the night your pores accumulate natural oils and no telling what other debris. It could come from a soiled pillow case, your cell phone, or whatever else you put close to your face in the evening. 
Cleansing: Each morning, if your face is not cleansed before applying skin care products or makeup, the oils and debris from the previous night will be covered. This could be the beginning of some very yucky skin problems. Every morning your face should be cleansed to prepare it for your moisturizer, sunblock, & make-up. Save time by keeping your cleanser in your shower. 
 
Toning: After cleansing your face the pores are open. If left open, moisture can leave the skin, which leads to dehydrated skin.  Applying toner will also remove any other residues & help 
close the pores to prep your skin for a moisturizer. Closed pores has another benefit, it stops dust & other air born particles from settling in the pores which can cause breakouts or blackheads. Have your toner set on your sink next to your brush, it’ll take about 15 seconds to apply it.
Moisturizing: Moisturizer leaves the skin feeling soft, smooth,  and helps minimize fine lines & dryness. Apply moisturizer after the toner, while your skin is still damp. Gently massage the moisturizer into your skin with smooth upward strokes. (great for your elasticity) Have extra-dry areas? Then use a little extra moisturizer in those spots. Think of your moisturizer as your primer before your makeup.
 
A morning skin care regimen is not time consuming at all, especially when you think of the great things it does for your skin. Simply keep your products by the things you use on a daily basis. Before you know it, it will all be part of your everyday regime! Remember…Cleanse…Tone…Moisturize!
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Affordable Skin Care for Normal to Dry Skin

Loving the Nuskin Skin Care Nutricentials  line with the summer season ending soon. My skin is still soft and dewy and without spending a fortune too. This entire dry skin regimen is just $1oo. You will not pay that at your cosmetic counter. If you want a simple 3 step skin care routine, these products can be purchased separately. Here is some info about a regimen for dry and sensitive skin types.

The skin nurturing benefits of soy lipids help Creamy Cleansing Lotion keep even the driest, most sensitive skin soft and hydrated while gentle, soap-free cleansers remove debris and pollution.

pH Balance Toner Normal To Dry Skin is rich in polyphenols powerful antioxidants that help soothe skin strawberry extract helps diminish the appearance of pores so skin appears refined and refreshed. This alcohol-free formula helps return your complexion to its ideal.

Celltrex® Ultra Recovery Fluid Nu Skin reveals the Mediterranean secret of beautiful skin with Celltrex Ultra Recovery Fluid. Celltrex Ultra contains concentrated levels of the polyphenol Hydroxytyrosol, the most powerful component of olive oil that scavenges free radicals and protects at the cellular level. Daily exposure to the environment unleashes a cascade of free radicals in the body. Just a few drops of Celltrex Ultra every morning and night keeps your skin looking supple and healthy.

Moisture Restore” Day Protective Lotion is a 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.

Night Supply Nourishing Cream boosts the skin’s nighttime renewal process by restoring flexibility and resilience to the skin. A source of nourishment to the people of Asia and Polynesia, this unique soy ingredient helps replenish the skin’s natural protective barrier. With Night Supply Nourishing Cream you wake up to noticeably soft, youthful looking skin.

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Winter Skin Care Tips

It’s a bit chilly this morning here in San Antonio, Texas! Know doubt when temperatures drop, there is less humidity, more wind, we are cranking up the heater, and it’s like the moisture in our skin just vanishes. It’s no fun putting your makeup on dry, flaky skin. It feels rough, looks dull, and doesn’t glow. To help keep that skin nice and soft in this cooler weather, here are some tips for ya. These are the things you’ll need (think of it as your “winter skin” kit):

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Skin brush-You can get these anywhere! Give yourself a nice brushing from the neck down before you shower, this will loosen up the dead skin cells and any flakiness you may have. Give a few more strokes to your knees, elbows, & shoulders. It also increases circulation!
Body scrub-Use this in the shower 2-3x weekly, it’ll keep the dryness from reoccurring.
Moisturizing soap-Body wash, bar soap, what ever you prefer, be sure to switch over to a moisturizing one.
Cream cleanser-For your face, use more of a creamy based cleanser. Foamy cleansers usually have something in it for clarifying the skin that would dry you out even more and make your skin feel very tight.
Lip balm-Don’t forget your lips, they need attention too! Who wants to kiss peeling, flaking lips? I know I don’t! You can even exfoliating them with your toothbrush when you brush your teeth also helps.
Water-Increase your water intake, this will help your skin feel hydrated and of course it’s good for you!
Moisturizer-Lather up your body when it’s still a little dewy after your shower, pores are still open and will drink that moisturizer right up. Don’t forget about knees and elbows either, those can get pretty dry if neglected too.  As for your face, be sure to tone, and then moisturize.
Keep that skin looking fresh and smooth all day! Stay warm! 
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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 for Puffy Eyes & Dark Circles

TIPS FOR PUFFY EYES & DARK CIRCLES

CUCUMBERS for dark eye circles: Applied to the skin around the eyes can help reduce the appearance of dark circles & puffiness. Cucumber slices help to lighten the skin and also have a soothing, refreshingly cool sensation when applied. (Great after staring at a computer all day)

VITAMIN E: Take a capsule, carefully pierce it with a clean needle, dab a bit of the oil on your fingertip, & pat it into the skin under your eyes.

COLD WASHCLOTH: Soaked in cold water & place over eye area. Cold water helps to constrict the blood vessels under the eyes and can also reduce puffiness.

TEA BAGS: Take a used tea bag (black, green or white), after it has cooled, and apply it to the skin under your eyes. Lay down while you do this – otherwise, it’s hard to get the tea bag to stick. Leave in place for about 10 minutes. Make sure wring out the tea bag just a bit so tea cant get into your eyes.

TRUE FACE IDEAL EYE CREAM: Instantly brightens the under-eye area, softening the appearance of dark circles and fatigue. Immediately reduces the appearance of eye puffiness for a smooth, refreshed look. Helps to reduce the look of dark circles.

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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!
 

 

 

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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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
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Happy Feet…Happy You

Let’s face it, our feet take a huge beating daily.  Starting with your morning jog, the long hectic day at work, and followed by taking the kids to run all their afterschool errands. By the end of the day your feet are throbbing, sore, dry, and probably have a bit of callus build up. Here are some tips to keep those feet feeling good and looking great. Callused, cracked, dry heels snagging those pantyhose? Keep a pumice stone or foot file in your shower to give your feet a good scrubbing after they’ve been softened while you’re taking your shower. Man-my-feet-are-exhausted-61941

Give your feet their own footbath. Make your soak more luxurious by adding a few drops of essential oil or some milk. (Try Peppermint, the tingling sensation helps with tired feet. Milk has enzymes that are great for softening the skin.)

Pamper yourself by treating your feet to a pedicure! Have a professional take care of those toesies for ya! Plus there’s nothing like having freshly polished toes. Even men are now starting to get their toenails polished.

Who doesn’t like a foot massage? I know I do! It’s relaxing and you’ll feel like you’re walking on air afterwards. Ask your loved one to massage you while you’re relaxing at home watching the news…then trade off. This may even be kinda fun! ;)

Feet and ankles a bit swollen? That’s probably a sign of water retention or too many salty foods at lunch time. Try placing some pillows under your feet and have them raised up for a bit, this should reduce some of the swelling.

Take a good look at your shoe collection. I know some of you have to make that fashion statement at work, but it’s very possible your uncomfortable shoes are part of the reason your feet are building up calluses and/or throbbing at the end of the day.  Wear sensible shoes when you are coming and/or going from work and keep those pretty heels in a bag. Not only will your feet feel better at the end of the day but there will be less wear & tear on your heels.

For extremely dry feet, give yourself an intense moisturizing treatment. Lather on foot creme, slip your feet into plastic bags, and pull on a pair of oversized socks. Leave on overnight while sleeping and when you awaken the next morning your feet will feel smooth and soft. My favorite foot lotion is Epoch® Sole Solution™ Foot Treatment. 01101220 Since I started using it, i actually get fewer pedicures.

Benefits include: Works on the underlying cause of rough, dry, and cracked feet, returning them to a soft, smooth, healthy looking condition. Delivers noticeable relief in the first few weeks of use. Softens and exfoliates dead cell buildup and calluses for soft, smooth skin. No added fragrance; naturally fragranced with allspice berry. And Safety-allergy-dermatologist tested.

Happy Trails with those Happy Feet! :)