Cucumber Spa Water Recipe

cucumber spa water- The Lil Spa RoomIngredients:
1 cucumber, sliced and unpeeled
6-7 cucumber slices for decoration
1 1/2 to 2 liters of water
3 mint sprigs
2 mint sprigs for decoration
Half a lemon, sliced and unpeeled
Ice cubes

In a pitcher, mix the water, cucumber, 3 mint sprigs and lemon. Let it rest on the fridge for 24 hours. If you prepare the water at the last minute, cut the first cucumber in three or four pieces. Then, squeeze the cucumber pieces to release all the juice.
Before serving remove the cucumber slices used to flavor the water. Then stir with a wooden spoon, add some ice cubes,  6 or 7 fresh cucumber slices and the remaining 2 mint sprigs. Now enjoy!

 

 

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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Guacamole Day Recipe

September 16, 2014 is National Guacamole Day! We all know and love guacamole as a party snack, but there’s more to guacamole than meets the eye. Guacamole is made from avocados, which are packed with more than twenty vitamins, contain “good fats” that reduce cholesterol, can help fight cancer, and can be used as a substitute for butter or shortening in baking.

You can purchase pre-made guacamole at your local supermarket or buy some ripe avocados to make your own. Cinco de Mayo, Fourth of July, Super Bowl Sunday, and Easter each account for approximately five percent of annual avocado sales. Have no fear, avocado trees produce up to 400 fruits a year so there should be plenty to go around. Happy National Guacamole Day!

Guacamole Recipe

Orange Peel Face Mask Recipe

Ingredients:

1 dried and ground orange peel
1tbsp oatmeal
1 tbsp honey

Dry an orange peel out in the sun and grind it to a powder, then mix it with 1 tbsp of both honey and oatmeal adding water where needed to reach a good consistency. Apply it to your face but be careful to avoid the eyebrows and hairline. The honey acts as a bleach and lightens any tiny facial hairs whilst reducing the appearance of blemishes. Wash off after 10 minutes and your skin will look and feel vibrant and refreshed!

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SPA RECIPE: Cooling Peppermint Body Mist

A great use for peppermint oil… especially in hot weather!

Ingredients:
4 ounces water
1 teaspoon vinegar or herb-infused vinegar (lavender, rose, peppermint, etc.)
12 drops lavender essential oil
12 drops peppermint essential oil
1 mister bottle

Directions: Combine all the ingredients in the spray mister bottle. Shake vigorously and mist the skin.Always shake well before use. Avoid eyes and sensitive areas. Store the bottle in the fridge or ice chest to heighten the cooling sensation.

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

Foaming Honey Vanilla Bath Recipe

Foaming Honey Vanilla Bath

1 cup oil
1/2 cup honey (a natural moisturizer)
1/2 cup liquid soap
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract (antioxidants)

Mix together all the ingredients and pour into a clean bottle with a tight fitting stopper or lid. To use, shake before using. Pour 1/4 cup into the bath under running water. Yields 16 ounces – enough for 8 baths.

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2040_10200133690965479_1403608009_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, and everything else in between! Check out my other Blog at: wonderfullywisewomen.me

 

Wine Facial Mask Recipe

Today is Drink Wine Day! Pop the cork and enjoy a refreshing glass of Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot, Shiraz, or Zinfandel in honor of the occasion! People have been producing wine since at least 6000 B.C. There are dozens of ancient legends about humans who accidentally consumed fermented grapes and became intoxicated, which is probably how wine was first conceived. Eventually, people began experimenting with the fermentation process. The methods for making wine spread from the region of Mesopotamia to Egypt, Greece, Rome, France, Spain, and eventually the New World. Today, over 20 million acres of the earth’s surface are dedicated to growing grapes for wine. Studies have shown that drinking a glass of wine a day improves heart health, reduces forgetfulness, boosts immunity, and increases bone density.

* Red vs. white: Red wine is fermented with the grape skin, seeds, and stems. This gives it its color, as well as its “heavier” taste compared with white wine. The seeds and skin contain tannins, which coat your tongue and make it feel dry (similar to a very strong cup of tea). Lighter red wines — such as Merlot, Chianti, and Shiraz — have fewer tannins, while more full-bodied red wines, like California Cabernet and French Bordeaux, have more tannins, as well as more alcohol. White wine is fermented without the skins, or is made from green grapes, so it’s “lighter” than red wine. Chardonnay, the most popular white wine, can be rich, fruity, and even buttery in flavor. Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc are lighter and crisper, while Riesling tends to be sweet.

To celebrate Drink Wine Day, check out a local winery, host an impromptu wine tasting, or make a red wine facial mask! Cheers!

Fun Facts

  • Red wine contains an antioxidant polyphenol called resveratrol that has unique anti-aging properties.
  • Red wine can be applied directly on the skin to help reduce the visible signs of aging.
  • Resveratrol improves skin tone by promoting the production of collagen.
  • Resveratrol lifts the skin and smooth the appearance of expression lines.
  • Dermatologists have found that resveratrol helps protect the skin from sun damage, even out skin tone, reduces wrinkles and fine lines.
  • Research shows that resveratrol is 17 times greater antioxidant activity than idebenone, which is a well-known powerful anti-aging agent in skin care products.
  • Resveratrol can also improve skin’s hydration.

FacialFacial Mask Recipe:
All skin types (but not for super sensitive)

Yogurt, 1 tsp
Red wine, 1 tsp
Mix together

 

 

2040_10200133690965479_1403608009_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, and everything else in between! Check out my other Blog at: wonderfullywisewomen.me