Jacko’lantern Beauty Recipes

pumpkin beauty recipes-The Lil Spa RoomGood news for fridges already full to the brim: Leftover pumpkins from Halloween can be put to a second use on your face! While pumpkins smell and taste delicious during the fall season, they’re even more effective as a natural skin care ingredient. While many think the pumpkin is a vegetable, the gourd is actually a fruit because it grows on a vine and has seeds. This autumnal icon comes in various shades of green, yellow, and red, but we most recognize its bold and bright orange hue. And while many spas and skin care companies offer fancy pumpkin enzyme peels, you can re-create your very own tangerine-tinted treatments with ingredients from your fall pantry.

Pumpkin provides the skin with a natural barrier to help reduce the affects of over-exposure to Jackolantern beauty usesharmful environmental elements such as sun and wind. It contains high levels of vitamin A that helps soothe the skin and provides relief to sun-damaged skin. Pumpkin is rich in zinc, a very powerful antioxidant that acts as a shield to help protect the body against free radicals. Whereas the vitamin C present serves as a repair agent, treating any damage produced by harmful rays including fine lines and wrinkles. According to researchers, they contain over 100 ingredients to help make your skin look and feel younger. Instead of throwing away your Jack O Lanterns, get one more use out of that old pumpkin, and make yourself beautiful!

Skin Repair

Pumpkin is an excellent ingredient to help maintain great looking skin; it is suitable for all skin types and will help to restore moisture, elasticity, and natural glow to the skin. Because of the natural exfoliates and enzymes present it is especially effective for treating dry skin, these exfoliating enzymes help to remove dead skin cells and excess build-up of dirt and impurities. The natural properties of pumpkin also help stimulate circulation and healthy cell growth, which helps to promote healing of the skin and improving its overall condition.

Acne Treatment

Pumpkin contains vitamins E and T that are extremely effective to help treat and control acne. If you have acne prone skin and suffer from regular breakouts, then try pumpkin based skin care products to help promote healthy skin Pumpkin contains beneficial properties that fight inflammation, reduce pore size, and prevent breakouts by controlling excess oil in the skin.

Pumpkin soothes, nourishes, and moisturizes the skin; it acts as a carrier agent and assists other beneficial ingredients to absorb deeply into the skin, further intensifying results. Try out these simple homemade recipes to experience the benefits for yourself.

To do so, chop your pumpkin into several blocks; boil the blocks in hot water for up to 10 minutes. Make sure the pumpkin is soft enough to mash up, and then follow these easy steps:

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HOMEMADE PUMPKIN BEAUTY TREATMENTS:

Pumpkin Pie Face Mask
2 Tbsp cooked pumpkin
1 Tbsp raw honey
1/8 tsp cinnamon

OPTIONAL: 1/4 tsp heavy whipping cream For dry skin
OPTIONAL: 1/4 tsp cranberry juice or apple cider vinegar For oily skin

I  know this looks like a Thanksgiving pie recipe at first glance, but we promise this yummy beauty recipe feeds your face, not your mouth. The pumpkin and cinnamon invigorate and exfoliate, while the honey acts as a humectant. First, combine all of your primary ingredients in a small bowl. Then, if you wish, add heavy whipping cream, cranberry juice, or apple cider vinegar depending on your complexion. Blend the mixture gently, and then apply a thin layer of it onto your face, avoiding the eye area. Relax for 15 minutes as you enjoy the amazing aroma wafting from your skin. Wash off with lukewarm water and pat dry.

Pureed Pumpkin Scrub

1/4 cup cooked pumpkin puree
1/4 cup brown sugar

The enzymes in this simple and delicious sugar scrub will slough dead winter skin off your body. Combine your ingredients in a small bowl, and then apply the mixture to your body in the shower. Scrub your skin gently in circular motions, and rinse off with warm water.

Pumpkin Pedicure

1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1 raw egg
1/2 tsp raw honey
Plastic wrap

Soften dry, cracked feet with this natural enzymatic concoction. Mix the ingredients together in a small bowl and apply to clean feet. Wrap your feet with clear plastic wrap and let your tootsies marinate for 15 minutes (don’t forget to wrap in between your toes!). After time is up, rinse with lukewarm water and slather feet with your favorite foot cream.

Pumpkin Body Scrub:

1/2 Cup- Cooked Pumpkin
1/2 Cup- Brown Sugar
1/2 Teaspoon- Cinnamon

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl and stir. It’s a good idea to lay out some newspapers on your bathroom floor because this could get messy. Take your mixture and massage into your skin for 10 minutes. Rinse off with warm water and your skin will be exfoliated, healthy and glowing!

Pumpkin Face Masque:

3 Tablespoons of cooked or canned Pumpkin
1 Teaspoon of Honey
1/4 Teaspoon of Milk

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and massage into your face. Let sit for 15 minutes and rinse off with warm water. Wash your face with your normal cleanser, if needed.

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October=Pumpkin Everything!

Yay, October is finally here! My favorite month of the year! Halloween is like my Christmas, we celebrate 3 birthdays during the month, lots of family gatherings, and the weather finally gets a bit cooler. With pumpkins being in season this time of year, I take full advantage and offer a facial with autumn ingredients. Be sure if you are in the San Antonio area to book a Pumpkin Cheesecake Facial or one of my other pumpkin spa treatments.
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Pumpkin is full of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants! You can tell by its bright color that it’s going to be going to be good for you. Not only is pumpkin loaded with vitamin A and antioxidant carotenoids, particularly alpha and beta-carotenes, it’s a good source of vitamins C, K, and E, and lots of minerals, including magnesium, potassium, & iron. Pumpkin nourishes tired or dry skin instantly, giving you a healthy glow anytime your skin needs a boost! Pumpkin is also anti-aging, can help with breakouts & acne problems, & lighten the skin tone.
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DIY Sore Muscle Bath Recipes

I’ve noticed a bunch of social media posts from friends saying they were sore from running in marathons, 5ks, and hitting the gym a lot lately. Here are some easy remedies to help ease the soreness. Athletes and people with injuries use bath soaks for treating sore and strained muscles. For swollen or pulled muscles, prepare a cool or cold bath. For strained, tight muscles prepare a warm or hot bath. You can prepare a bath soak in your regular bathtub, but make sure the tub is clean to prevent infection, especially if you have any open cuts or wounds associated with your injury.

DIY Sore Muscle Soak:

Ingredients:

  • Epsom Salt
  • Measuring Cup
  • Water
  1.  Measure 2 cups of Epsom salt into a standard bathtub. Instructions on the package will provide dosage for smaller baths, bowls and foot-soaks.
  2.  Fill the tub with hot water, checking the temperature to make sure it is safe and comfortable for soaking in. Swish the water around to dissolve the Epsom salts.
  3. Soak the sore muscles or body in the Epsom salt bath for 15 minutes or so. The recommended minimum time is 12 minutes, three times each week; your Epsom salt package may provide additional timing for specific uses.

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Herbal Baths

There are a thousand different ways you can take an herbal bath, and each of them are healing and relaxing. You don’t need to run out to the store for dried herbs to take a relaxing herbal bath, by the way. You already have perfect options in your kitchen cabinet right now:

  • Sage: Uplifting, calming and astringent – GREAT for people with oily skin or back acne
  • Rosemary: Relaxing and great for alertness, also astringent and clarifying
  • Peppermint: Energizing (or relaxing) and clarifying
  • Chamomile: Extremely, relaxing, and calming – perfect for dry or irritated skin
  • Green Tea: Energizing and mood stabilizing – also antioxidant, anti-aging, and very healing for any skin type
  • Lavender: Relaxing, calming, astringent, and clarifying

Of course, you could use things like rose petals, calendula, orange peels.

How to take an herbal bath:

While you could make little herbal bath bags, my new favorite way is to brew a very strong tea ahead of time using the herbs (and essential oils, if I want an extra kick). Brew 1-2 cups of very strong herbal tea. Strain and add it to your running bathwater. Then, take the remaining brewed herbs and place them in the middle of a washcloth. Gather the washcloth together at the top and tie tightly with a string or a hair tie. Leave it in the bath as you soak, and then scrub well with it before getting out of the tub.

Other ways Relieve Muscle Aches

  •  Use over-the-counter topical analgesic creams. Topical analgesic creams relieve minor aches and pains as well as arthritis pain. They have a variety of active ingredients, such as salicylate, capsaicin or menthol, which are applied directly to the skin. These creams are inexpensive and can be found in your local pharmacy. Try to thoroughly follow the directions for application.
  • Treat yourself to a full session with an experienced massage therapist. Try a sports, deep tissue or Swedish massage. Massages alleviate pain, increase muscle flexibility and improve circulation of the blood flow in our bodies. Choose a massage therapist that has a proven track record, as well as an extensive education. Need a referral  Contact me! Being in the spa industry 17+ years, I know many great therapists.
  •  Use a Jacuzzi to relieve muscle aches and pains. Jacuzzis, also known as hot tubs are designed to relax the muscles and relieve stress in the body. Jacuzzis are known as a type of hydrotherapy.
  • Stretch your muscles before and after exercising to minimize injury. If you are experiencing aches and pains after a challenging workout, try to stretch the muscles as often as possible. Stretching also improves your range of motion and stability.

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SPA RECIPE: Banana, Green Tea, & Blueberry Smoothie

3 tbsp water
1 green tea bag
2 tsp honey
1 1/2 C frozen blueberries
1/2 med banana
3/4 C calcium fortified light vanilla soy milk
DIRECTIONS
In small glass measuring cup or bowl, microwave water on high until steaming hot. Add tea bag and allow to brew 3 minutes. Remove tea bag. Stir honey into tea until it dissolves.
In blender with ice crushing ability, combine berries, banana, and milk.
Add tea to blender. Blend ingredients on ice crush or highest setting until smooth. (Some blenders may require additional water to process the mixture.) Pour smoothie into tall glass and serve.

Beer,Oysters, & Beauty

August 5, 2013 is International Beer Day & National Oyster Day!oyster-house-oysters-beer

International Beer Day:

Beer drinkers rejoice—it’s International Beer Day! Founded in 2007, this international holiday was created to celebrate the production, consumption, and enjoyment of beer. Did you know that beer may have been invented before bread? That’s right—legend has it that our prehistoric ancestors brewed the first beer from grain before they baked the first loaf of bread! Whether or not this story is true, sources up to 6,000 years old have documented the creation of beer in Mesopotamia. Talk about an ancient art! Today, many varieties of beer exist across the globe. In fact, beer is the third most popular beverage in the world, behind water and tea. That’s why in some countries, you’ll find beer vending machines! On this day, expect to find beer specials and events at bars, restaurants, and breweries across the world! Raise your glass for International Beer Day!beerday

Beer Beauty:

Since the time of the Egyptians, many women use beer in order to rehydrate the skin and to also reduce the risk of skin conditions. Studies have shown that the yeast that is responsible for creating that yummy froth can help improve the skin condition of those who are suffering from acne. It does its job by slowing down sebum production. It also has properties that fight off the acne-causing bacteria. The yeast that is found in beer contains pantothenic acid and B vitamins that help in keeping the skin smooth and supple. It also helps in maintaining the skin’s pH level. Hops is another component in beer making; helps slow down aging by affecting neopterin and tryptophan production, which are substances that show the telltale signs of inflammation. Who knew that beer can give you more than just hangovers? The beauty benefits of beer can definitely give you all the nourishment that your skin needs. Try using these masks now and see for yourself.262990_2333903987502_2096436_n

Beer Facial Recipes

Beer &Strawberry Mask:
Who says strawberries are only good for champagne? This mask not only nourishes your skin, it also minimizes the appearance of blackheads and whiteheads due to the anti-oxidant properties found in strawberries. In a mixer, blend two or three strawberries along with a few drops of beer. Blend them together until they form a smooth paste. Apply this mixture on your face and neck area and leave it on for about 20-25 minutes or until it partially dries. Rinse with water and pat dry.

Beer, Lemon, Honey, & Olive Oil Mask:
This mixture is great for those who have oily skin and also for those who have blemishes on the skin. It has lightening properties that will help make your skin clean and clear. In a bowl, mix together olive oil, honey, lemon juice and a few drops of beer. Apply this mixture on your face and leave it on for 10-15 minutes. This mask is great to use before heading the shower. You will definitely see great results afterwards.

Beer, Almond Extract & Egg White Mask:
This mask instantly revives tired skin and it will also give you such a beautiful glow that people would be dying to know your secret. In a bowl, slightly beat an egg white and mix in a few drops of beer and a little bit of almond extract. Apply this mixture on your face for 10-15 minutes until it dries. Rinse with water and pat dry.

oyster1Oyster Day:

There are over 100 species of true oysters and traditionally they are named after the body of water or bay in which they are grown and are known by a myriad of names such as Wellfleet’s, Kumamoto and La Saint Simon. The mollusks take on the characteristics of the water in which they live. This impacts their flavor and texture so that tastes can range from sweet to salty to buttery and metallic, with texture running firm to soft and gooey to chewy. Some oysters have hints of seaweed, mineral flavor and hints of melon and mushrooms. The main difference between East Coat and West Coast oysters is East Coast ones are smaller, milder in flavor and saltier, while West Coast varieties are creamy and sweet. The largest oyster-producing body of water is located in Chesapeake Bay on the east coast of the U.S. Large beds of edible oysters are also found in Japan and Australia.

Beauty & Oysters:

The active components such as antioxidants and zinc found in seafood are very helpful in keeping a clear, smooth oysterand glowing skin. Oysters and salmon are the richest sources of these two components. Omega-3 helps to reduce skin aging factors such as inflammation and dryness. Zinc can give you a clear skin free from acne by regulating the production of sebum. It helps to slouch off dead skin, gives your skin a natural glow, & faster hair growth.

aphrodite_3Oysters = Aphrodisiac?

When Aphrodite, the goddess of love, rose from the sea on an oyster shell that pretty much clinched the notion that oysters would be forever associated with love and libido. Recently, a team of American and Italian researchers found some truth in the ancient Greek myth. After analyzing oysters, the researchers concluded they were rich in rare amino acids that trigger increased levels of sex hormones.

 

 

522248_4942744606887_381539128_nApril 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

 

Organic Chocolate-Honey Facial

I’ll admit to having a bit of a sweet tooth. Two of my favorite sweet flavors are chocolate and honey. What’s not to love? They are both a glimpse of heaven when you taste them. With Valentine’s Day coming up, chocolate is kind of a big deal. So I thought it be fun to come up with a unique facial treatment with some of my favorite ingredients. My goal for your skin after I give you this delicious facial to provide powerful protein filled anti-oxidants, soften, reduce wrinkles, nourish & hydrate your skin, along with gently removing dead skin cells for a more rejuvenated tone. The two main recipes of this facial is the exfoliant and the masque, I will gladly share those recipes with you after my facial special. For now, I will go over a few of the ingredients in my mixtures, why I chose them, and what they do for your skin.

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Cocoa is very nourishing to the skin. It contains calcium, potassium, sodium, magnesium, iron, zinc, copper, vitamins A1, B1, B2, C, D, E, phosphorous & chromium. In addition to this, it also contains a polyphenol called epicatechin which is a natural antiseptic, anti-inflammatory & anti-oxidant that helps to guard cells from free radical damage which causes skin to age.
Basically – the higher the cocoa content the more polyphenol, the healthier it is for you on the inside and out. (This is why I am using an organic cocoa) Some people believe that chocolate causes acne but according to dermatologists acne is caused to those people who consume chocolate which has milk in it and not the chocolate itself.

Honey:honey

Honey has antibacterial and antiseptic properties, which helps in fighting acne and pimples. It reduces infection and is very effective home remedy to treat acne. When honey is diluted with water, it produces hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide is an antimicrobial agent and is used as a mild antiseptic; therefore it’s useful in treating cuts, wounds, and abrasions. Used in facials, it hydrates as it cleanses, because it soak ups impurities from the pores of the skin, leaving your skin clear, clean, and radiantly moisturized. Since honey is enriched with antioxidants, it’s a natural remedy to prevent wrinkles and fight skin aging and damage.

Baking Soda: bakingsoda

Baking soda is great for breakouts; it can loosen tough skin around blackheads and soothe inflammation around pimples. Baking soda also “calms” the skin. In the very topmost layers of cells in the epidermis, the tough outer layer of the skin, small amounts of bicarbonate from the baking soda can enter the skin. The bicarbonate encourages the transportation of sodium into these cells. Their metabolisms slow down so they go into their normal life cycle, dying about 21 days after they are formed in the basal layers of the skin. As the top layers of skin flake away, newer and healthier skin cells can come to the surface. They add more natural color to the skin, and they loosen the skin around tight pores.

Oatmeal:oatmeal

Oatmeal is one of the best natural treatments for dry skin. It can be used to make a gentle and very effective natural skin cleanser, facial scrub, and soothing facial mask. Oatmeal helps to relieve dryness, restoring natural moisture balance to aid in healing minor irritations due to the many causes and sources of skin sensitivities. Oatmeal actually absorbs and removes surface dirt and impurities while providing very gentle exfoliation, leaving skin smooth, soft, and clean, without irritating and drying out skin. The best thing about oatmeal in my opinion is it effectively removes dead skin cells, to reveal smoother looking skin and provides the bonus of a natural, healthy glow. So now that you know what all the ingredients used in my organic chocolate honey facial do, let’s get you into my warm spa bed and have you enjoy all these yummy goodies! Spa la la

Organic Chocolate-Honey Facial-$30 (45 min-For a Limited Time)
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<3April 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

Simple Beauty Tips

* Dilute one tablespoon of honey with one teaspoon of water then heat it in the microwave for 10 seconds. When it’s cooled, apply on your lips and leave for 10 minutes.

* To dry out pimples, pour out a teaspoon of honey into a bowl. Dip a cotton bud into the honey and apply on the spots.

* Soak a cotton pad with cool fresh milk and press it gently all over your face. Besides protein to feed your face, it gets rid of dirt thoroughly.

* Chill a cup of milk in the fridge before pouring the contents into a clothes spray. Use it like a spritzer over inflamed skin.

* Warm a bowl of milk in the microwave for half a minute and pour contents into a clothes basin. Soak your feet for half an hour and then give it a good hard brush to remove dead skin.

* Steep a pair of Earl Grey teabags in boiling water, run them under a tap and place over eyes for 10 minutes before night out.

* Use four bags of chamomile tea. Leave them to steep for 5 minutes then hold your face over the bowl.

* Freeze cooled chamomile tea in an ice-cube tray. When set, remove cubes and run over your face.

* Soak some gauze in cooled green tea and apply on skin the way you would a toner.

* Chop up a cucumber and drizzle a few drops of lemon juice in the mixture. Apply on your face.

* Soothe tired eyes by cutting two rounds and place them on the eyelids.

* Rub down hot skin with a mixture of chopped cucumber, olive oil and plain yogurt.

About April M. Monterrosa 

 April M. Monterrosa is Proud Latina from San Antonio, Texas, a Marine Corps wife, a licensed Cosmetologist & Owner of The Lil Spa Room, Founder of the Wonderfully Wise Women Group, Blog, & Online Magazine, a Writer for SAXtreme Magazine, PCA Skin Chemical Peel certified, & a Nuskin Skin Care Distributor.