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
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Address: 123 Southbridge
(Inside Visions for Hair Salon)
San Antonio, TX 78216
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Moor Mud Facial Mask Benefits

I’m sure you remember playing making mud pies as a kid, what you probably don’t remember is how soft, smooth, and vibrant your skin looked after you rinsed it off. I use a Moor Mud Mask in some of my facials. Since toxins build up in the system it can have damaging effects on the skin, like wrinkling and inflammation. Moor Mud’s healing properties work on detoxifying and rejuvenating the skin, reducing wrinkles and redness.This purifying, organic black mud is rich in minerals and trace elements to deep cleanse as it moisturizes, softens, refines and beautifies dull skin. It’s also suitable for all skin types, removes impurities from deep in the skin without drying or irritating, refines, nourishes and softens the skin. Protein-building amino acids and plant hormones are also present in Moor Mud making it one of the most beneficial and potent natural healing substances available.

Moor Mud can be used for all skin types. For normal to oily skin its a powerful astringent, people with normal to oily skin find that Moor Mud helps clear acne, reduces redness, and improves skin tone over time with proper use. People with sensitive or more mature skin can also benefit from the healing properties of Moor Mud. The mud deep cleans as it sends vital minerals into the cells, which rejuvenate and tone the face. A regular facial with the use of a Moor Mud Facial Mask makes skin look younger, hydrated, fresher and healthier, no matter what your age. Book your facial today and ask for a Moor Mud Mask! http://www.lilsparoom.com

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Moor Mud is great for:
acne
blackheads
dermatitis
dry skin
ezcema/excema/eczema
psoriasis
mature skin
oily face
open pores
sensitive skin
sun damage
wrinkles

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Cupping Therapy: Good Bye Aches, Toxins, & Cellulite!

As always when I have some aches and pains going on, I usually complain about it to my friends that are massage therapists…I guess you can say its one of the nice perks about being in the spa industry. Between working a full time job, running a business, and writing for a magazine, my life is pretty much on the go full time. My feet had been killing me, my neck and back were achy, and I felt yucky and needed some rejuvenation. I had mentioned to my one of my closest friends, Veronica, the issues I was having.  Being a licensed massage therapist for about 10 years, working with chiropractors, and having an endless list of certifications, she had suggested something different than just my regular therapeutic massage she usually gives me. Being that we have been friends for many years, and I’m always a sport about trying new spa treatments, I decided, why not! She then brings out her bag of goodies with these interesting cup like contraptions…I was thinking, “what the heck is she going to do to me?” ha-ha Of course being the wonderful friend she is, she told me to hush up and let her get to work. The treatment was calling Cupping Massage, this was the first time I had ever heard of it…But I’ll try anything once.

She started off the treatment with some lymphatic drainage strokes. Think of lymphatic strokes as a very light soothing form of massage. Cups were then placed on my different areas of my body; she focused on the areas that were giving me the most pain. With the suction of a vacuum pump, she drew up my skin into the cup. The areas became a little red since the constant suction forces more blood into the affected area to stimulate the healing process. She did this repeatedly; I have to say, the experience was quite interesting. Cupping does tend to pull your skin a bit since its being vacuumed into the cup; however, it’s not nearly as painful as a sore muscle. The con of this treatment is the red welts you may get from it. There is no permanent damage and they go away in about a week. I wouldn’t suggest not wearing clothes that would show the cupped areas off since they may look a little odd to people.

So let me tell you a little about what I learned while receiving my treatment. Cupping therapy, or massage cupping, is an ancient Chinese holistic treatment. High blood pressure, fibromyalgia, arthritis, menopause and cellulite are just a handful of conditions on which cupping therapy is used.

Cupping has also been found to affect the body up to four inches into the tissues, causing tissues to release toxins, activate the lymphatic system, clear colon blockages, help activate and clear the veins, arteries and capillaries, activate the skin, clear stretch marks and improve varicose veins. Cupping is the best deep tissue massage available.

Another profound application of Massage Cupping therapy is for the treatment of cellulite. The spa industry has many fine pieces of equipment to choose from, and Massage Cupping performs many of the same functions manually. A very light suction provides drainage, while heavier application can be used to stimulate circulation and loosen adhesions or “dimpling”. Successful and enjoyable body sculpting and contouring is possible, with lasting results and many health benefits-rehab techniques that are enhanced by cupping. Cupping is also great for athletes and sports injuries since it will maintain strength, flexibility, and gives the body the necessary care after training. It brings back nutrients to the muscles and tissues that need to be repaired. Removal of lactic acid and the muscles get the oxygen needed to maintain their healthy. Since tissues get tight and are often difficult to stretch out, cupping will help out the muscles to release tension that has built up in that area and restore flexibility that will help guard you against future injury.

I would totally do this spa treatment again, I felt so light on my feet as if the toxins were literally sucked out of me…it was a very neat experience. If you would like to have this cupping massage treatment done, I highly recommend Veronica. I have attached her card with all of her contact info. Be sure to tell her I sent you! 🙂

About April M. Monterrosa 

 April M. Monterrosa is Proud Latina from San Antonio, Texas, a Marine Corps wife, Mama of a Dachshund, licensed Cosmetologist of 17 years,  The Lil Spa Room Owner 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.

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