Beauty Tips & a Frozen Bag of Peas

We all have that one bag of frozen peas in our freezer that just hasn’t been used as a side dish for dinner…but no rush on eating your peas, there are lots of good uses for that frozen bag of peas you can’t make your kids eat. Anything that is frozen, ice packs, ice compresses, etc, will help reduce swelling and inflammation. A frozen bag of peas seem to work the best since the tiny veggies can settle and mold around areas on the body easier, especially the face. Just be sure to use caution on sensitive skin and always use a thick paper town under the frozen bag when applying it to the skin.

You can use a frozen bag of peas as a home made icy compress on puffy eyes, whether the puffiness is allergy related or due to lack of sleep the cold compress will constrict the blood vessels, which in turn decreases blood circulation to the affected area.

Any bruises after kicking some butt? Not only will the icy compress reduce the swelling and inflammation, but it will also numb the throbbing of the bruise, and keep you from being in pain.

On your feet all day and have some ankle swelling? The coldness of the frozen bag of peas will slow down the circulation causing the swelling to decrease. Remember to keep your ankle elevated when applying your icy compress.

If you have a mild sunburn that is causing you a bit of discomfort, an icy compress can cool the area providing you with some soothing relief. You may want to keep that area hydrated with an after sun care gel or Aloe Vera gel.

After you have received a facial or body wax and you are prone to redness, itchiness, stinging, or and/or hiving, an icy compress will reduce all that along with calm down any inflammation.
So you see…that lonesome bag of greens in your freezer is more than just a bag of frozen peas.

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Skin Soothing Tips for those with Allergies

Allergy season seems like its year round in San Antonio. With our unpredictable weather here, one day you’re fine, then the next day you wake up with a sore throat, sneezing, itchy, watery eyes and sniffles. I bet some of you have your medicine cabinets filled with lots of antihistamines, nasal sprays, decongestants, eye drops, and lots of boxes of Kleenex. Feeling that awful sinus pressure and having headaches throughout your day is the pits. What’s worse is your skin is deeply affected by what we put it through when dealing with allergies. It is not fun to be walking around with puffy eyes, a bright pink nose, and sore, tender skin. I’m not a doctor, I can’t cure your allergies, but I can give you some tips to help comfort your skin while your allergies are bugging you.

The Peepers: Puffiness, tenderness, and dark circles around the eyes? Try cooling eye gels and cooling masks for the eyes, for an even cooler effect try putting in the fridge to chill for a bit. The gels/masks can cool down your eyes and help take some of the itch and sting away, while reducing puffiness. Cortisone creams can help reduce the puffiness, use sparingly and don’t get in your eyes.

The Puckers: Keep them covered in lip balm, preferably something with a SPF. Try to stay away from balms with mint or eucalyptus in them, if your lips are feeling a bit tender, the tingly sensation may not feel too good. Balms with vitamin e are usually very soothing.

The T Zone: Your nose & cheeks are probably what bother you the most. That area is usually itchy, raw, flaky, & burns from the constant blowing of your nose.  Try using a richer moisturizer, preferable something with aloe vera to soothe the area & vitamin e to help your skin heal faster. A really good product to soothe your skin is Nuskin’s Enhancer Skin Conditioning Gel, its calming and soothing, and also hydrates the skin nicely. Try to not to use the cheapest brand of tissues, use the Kleenex tissues containing lotion, they are very gentle & can be soothing to your skin. Also be sure to stay away from paper towels or napkins, using these will only irritate the skin even more.

Makeup Tips: If you have any red blotchiness on your skin, you can conceal it by using a yellow base concealer. The yellow will help offset the red color of your skin, and then you can apply your makeup as you normally would. Also avoid using blush when you are suffering from allergies, because your face will tend to be reddish as it is, you definitely do not want to enhance that. Stick to natural, earthy tones & avoid pinks & reds. You don’t want those watery eyes to create that raccoon look for you…so stick to waterproof eyeliner & mascara.

If you suffer from allergies, not only getting a checkup from your doctor & finding a good allergy medication is what’s going to make you feel better, easy beauty regimens & makeup tips will help as well.

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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!

Rainy Day Beauty Tips

Watch Your Base
Quite frequently the main cause of makeup smudging is excessive foundation. Put on a thin coat of something that’s water resistant, and remember to make use of powder during the day.

Say No to Lip Gloss
Using lip gloss in rainy weather is just begging for smudges and smears. Grab a tube of high quality lipstick instead, and you’ll have a wonderfully long-lasting effect without having to worry about weather-related messiness.

Make Use of Color 
What better way to stand out in dreary, gray weather than to slap on some bright tones? Whether it’s a part of your wardrobe or makeup, you’ll be making a gorgeous contrast to your surroundings and stand out in the crowd.

Embrace Waviness 
When it’s rainy it’s humid, and humidity is going to curl your hair. Rainy weather is a great time to embrace the look! Make use of some curl enhancer and give up the fight for straight hair in the rain. You’ll be glad you did.

Use Skin Care Masks 
Wet and cold weather has an extreme effect on skin. A couple of times a week during the rainy season, put on a moisturizing mask on at night. You’ll see quick results, and any makeup you put on will look noticeably better!

 

 

About The Author: 

April M. Monterrosa is a Proud Latina from San Antonio, Texas, a Military wife, the mama of a dachshund, a beauty writer, lifestyle blogger, 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. Don’t forget to subscribe!