Beach Beauty Tips

1. Use water proof mascara just on upper lashes: This will enhance your eyes slightly and won’t look like over kill.

2. Use concealer only if you have to:Ok, so nobody has perfect skin and as luck would have it you’re probably PMS’ing on your vacation anyhow and will break out in whopper of a pimple. With that being said, go ahead and cover up any red nasty bumps. Additionally, if you have dark circles under your eyes from staying up too partaking in the booze fest at the tiki bar, then please feel free to dab a bit of concealer under those peepers!

3. Stay away from lip gloss: Unless you like the taste of sand in your mouth steer clear of anything glossy. Opt, instead, for a lip balm, preferably one with an SPF of 15 or higher. Some lip balms have a hint of color in them and should suffice your urge to pile on actual lipstick.

4. Groom your brows: Make sure you have well groomed brows (tweezed or waxed). Use a mascara spooly to brush them into place nicely.

5. Use cream blush: If you must indulge in any cheek color opt for a cream or mousse style blush. I always recommend apricot and honey colors for summer. Cream or mousse style cheek color lasts longer than powder, especially when you’re sweating your butt off in the sun.

6. Use a cream/liquid highlighter on brow bones: Swipe just a bit of liquid highlighter on your brow bones for a bit of shimmer, if you’re feeling really diva-ish blend some onto the tops of your cheekbones as well.

7. If earrings are a must opt for small stud type earrings in gold or silver. Keep it small and simple.

8. If wearing a necklace is something you can’t do without, then go with a simple chain (no charm) anything with a big charm will give you an unusual tan line and will inevitably get caught up in your wet hair. Short chains are best and concha beads are very relevant to the beach scene as well.

9. If hair is short, slick it back with product (very sleek) you can also use a heat/sun protectant product on it as well.

10. If hair is long wearing it pulled back is best. Think simple updo or a side swept low pony tail or braid.

A beach babe NEVER forgets her sunscreen! Throw an SPF of at least 30 and some bottled water with some sliced cantaloupe and cucumbers in the cooler to stay extra hydrated and you’re ready to enjoy a day at the beach looking naturally beautiful!

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Tips to Keep Cool this Summer

1. Take a Head Bath (Shampoo): Most of us, especially women, do not go for a head bath everyday. It’s summer time and the sun is all ready to destroy your scalp, thus making it itchy and dry. So, it is important that you take a head bath everyday to keep your scalp fresh and clean.

2. Wash Your Feet: You cannot possibly take more than 2 baths in a day. So, what do you do when you feel uncomfortably hot? Wash your feet at every opportunity that you get. It helps release body heat. It is an ancient cultural practice to put water on your feet first. This practice has been seconded by scientific researches.

3. Cooling Spots: The spot behind your neck (joining the head to the shoulder), is the cooling spot of your body. If you drip some cold water on this spot after a hot day’s work, it cools your body immediately. You will feel a hot rush leave your ears releasing the pent up heat in the body.

4. Mud Packs: The three tricks mentioned above are short cuts to get immediate relief from summer heat. Mud packs are a great way to combat the rising mercury levels. The bonus here is that you get long term relief from acne and painful heat boils as well. Fuller’s earth or multani mitti (Fuller’s earth) has the most noticeable cooling effect on the skin. You can go for face packs or whole body mud wraps, depending on your convenience.

5. Sun Protection: Sunscreen lotions have the worst effect on body heat. It is usually oily and clogs your skin pores. As you cannot sweat it out, your body temperature rises. Try using natural sunscreens to avoid this problem.

6. Remove Sun Tan With Chillers: Rose water and sandalwood paste are two natural ingredients that remove sun tan. They also have a chilling effect on your body. Mix sandalwood powder with rose water and apply this summer face pack to get a glowing skin.

7. Eat Cool Stuff: During summers, you must try and keep yourself cool from within. Eat fruits and vegetables that have a cooling effect on your body, like cucumber and yogurt. You can also eat foods that have a very high water content, like watermelon.Do not forget to drink water. Dehydration is a common summer health problem.These beauty tips will help you let out some heat and keep your body cool in the summers.

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Aloe Vera & Your Skin

After being at the beach all weekend I got a little more sun that I usually do. My shoulders and back went from a nice bronzy tan to a bright lobster red color. The first thing I did after taking a cold shower and rinsing away the sand was lather on aloe vera gel. Immediately, the heat from my shoulders and back were calmed down, soothed, and there was not as much discomfort. So why is aloe vera so good for sunburned skin? And what else is it good for? 

 The reason aloe vera is so healing on sunburn is because it has a cooling effect and provides a protective barrier over the skin to protect the burn.  Aloe is incredibly moisturizing (99% water) and has the ability to penetrate four times quicker than water alone. Aloe Vera is a cactus-like plant growing in the warmer climates of the world and are described as succulents. Aloe vera is a very popular herbal remedy. The Aloe vera plant (also called Aloe barbadensis) is unique among plants for its importance in natural skin care. Aloe vera contains burn healing effects, anti-inflammatory properties, scar reducing properties and wounds.  Aloe vera pulp is the clear, thick substance inside of the Aloe vera leaf. (It is often called Aloe vera gel, but it is usually treated before it is used in cosmetics).  Aloe is used in many skin care products because of its ability to stimulate healthy cell growth and repair damaged tissues.  Listed are some other benefits of Aloe Vera to the Skin:

  • Aloe vera is beneficial for cracked and dry skin.
  • Aloe vera oil can be used on the dry skin to make the skin normal and shiny.
  • Aloe Vera acts as a natural barrier and shields our skin from dangerous toxins.
  • Aloe vera is helpful for frostbite, burns, insect bites, blisters and allergic reactions.
  • All the Aloe vera products are used as a part of skin treatment regimen and keep the skin healthy.
  • Aloe vera products contain the highest concentrations of healing agent which is beneficial for the skin.
  • It makes the skin smooth and glowing.
  • It relieves heat on the skin caused by sunburn.
  • Aloe vera is used for treating various skin conditions such as eczema, burns, psoriasis, inflammations, wounds etc.
  • It destroys bacteria that try to invade cuts or open wounds.
  • It forms a protective barrier around achy and sore joints and muscles. 
  • It is an excellent skin moisturizer that keeps the skin flexible by giving oxygen to the cells which in turn increases the strength and synthesis of skin tissue.
  • The products of Aloe vera are very popular among the customers due to the moisturizing properties which are best for the skin or skin disorders.
  • Aloe vera improves the ability of the skin so that it can hydrate itself.
  • It is helpful in removing dead skin cells and has the ability for effective penetration and transports healthy substances through the skin.
  • It is beneficial for the cosmetic products such as make up, anti-wrinkle creams, facial masks, skin conditioners and lipsticks.
  • Aloe vera is useful for preventing the aging of the skin. It nourishes the skin and tissues with body-loving nutrients such as vitamin E and C. 
  • Aloe vera gel is helpful in improving the lesions.
  • It lightens dark spots on the face and reduces the intensity of pigmentation.
  • Aloe vera plant is a lively ingredient in a number of different skin care products that facilitates to treat a wide variety of different problems of skin.
  • Aloe vera plant has anti-inflammatory properties that assist in treating acne and pimples. Acne is a skin state in which the sebaceous glands and hair follicles become more active and inflamed and hence produce pimples. If you have an aloe vera plant, be sure to take good care of it and advantage of what it can do for your skin!

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Teenager Acne Issues & Skin Care Tips

Are you a parent with an acne prone teenager? If your answer is yes, you may want to show them this blog. Teens usually do not listen to their parents when it comes to their skin. Maybe after reading this, they’ll get a little better about skin care. Teenagers from ages 12 to 17 are affected, at least occasionally, by acne.  It is by far the most common skin complaint in this age group.

Acne at any level should be taken very seriously, especially by teenagers. Moderate to severe scarring can become a problem in teenagers with untreated acne. (Scarring comes from picking and spreading the bacteria of the pimples causing more breakouts and damaging the skin.) In turn, the scars left behind can cause emotional pain and discomfort in social situations. My clients that are parents of acne prone teenagers often tell me how embarrassed their teen is of their skin; most of the time it’s because they didn’t get the acne treated in time.

Your skin is the largest organ of your body.  It protects and covers the body, is waterproof, bacteria proof, and it self-repairs when it is injured. Your skin, hair and nails are a reflection of your state of health.  Skin is repairable, but is not replaceable, so take care of the skin you’re in.teensmiles

Diet also plays a major role in how skin behaves.  You must eat a balanced diet in order for your body to function properly.  The old saying “you are what you eat” is true in my opinion. So avoid fast food, junk food, fried, & fatty foods. You breakout areas will definitely show of you are eating these kinds of foods. (The cheek area is usually where digestive breakouts occur)

Our bodies must process everything we eat.  All waste is not eliminated in the same manner and many things are eliminated through our skin. Take garlic for example.  If you eat a meal that is full of garlic, the next day the scent of garlic can often be smelled on your skin.  Brewers Yeast is another example.  Brewers Yeast is a rich source of the B-complex vitamins, which tend to have a very strong scent. Many doctors and pharmacists recommend taking this product in high quantities during summer to avoid mosquito bites.  B-vitamins are water soluble, so anything your body does not use will be eliminated through your skin or in your urine. Even though you will not be able to detect the scent on your skin, mosquitoes have a keen sense of smell and they will stay off you because it. These two items are perfect examples of our body eliminating through our skin. In the same manner, many other foods can affect our bodies in the same way.

Drinking plenty of fluids is extremely important for healthy skin.  Water is most important because it aids in the digestion and absorption of food.  Water is also responsible for carrying nutrients to the skin and waste away from the cells, as well as regulating body temperature.

Eating a low-fat diet is recommended for healthy skin.  A diet high in fruits and vegetables is best since they are loaded with antioxidants which help to keep the skin supple and nourished. Include regular exercise along with diet to increase blood flow to the skin.  Increased blood flow to the surface of the skin not only gives you the appearance of a healthy glow, it also helps clean and repair the skin tissues.

Another major culprit responsible for acne flare-ups is airborne grease.  Working in a fast food restaurant can be harder on your skin than eating at one.  If you work at a fast food establishment there are steps you can take to help keep your skin clean and clear: If possible, wash your face a couple of times a day with a mild cleanser and warm water (not hot) to remove surface oils and dead skin cells. Never scrub your skin hard, especially with an abrasive cleanser.  One cause of acne is oily buildup, not dirt, so scrubbing hard won’t help and can actually irritate the skin and further inflame your acne. If you do not have access to a sink, but still want to clean the oil from your face, there are several different face-cleansing cloths available on the market that you can use.teenskin

Shampoo your hair regularly. Keep in mind to avoid oily shampoos, hair gels, and conditioners, as these products can transfer from your hair to your face during the day or at night while you sleep and cause problems with your skin.

Stop touching your face!  Many people touch their face continually during the day for many reasons.  If you are studying, do not rest your hands on your face while you look down at your books. Every time you touch your face you transfer all sorts of germs and bacteria from all the doorknobs, money, etc. that you have touched during the day.

Here is something a lot of people do not think of very often.  If you use a phone a lot, keep the receiver off your face. The dirt and germs that build up on the phone, along with the constant friction against your face, can cause breakouts in key areas such as the chin.  If being on the phone all day “is” your job, see if your boss will spring for an inexpensive headset to help the problem.

For the girls:  Never use oil-based makeup or other products.  Check the labels of everything you use and if oil is an ingredient, throw it away!  Look for products with non-comedogenic, water-based, and oil -free on the label. If you have oily skin and you use a pressed powder, be sure to look for one with oil control… and be sure to wash your powder pad often.

teenboyFor the boys:  If you have started to shave your face, always use a sharp razor. Old razors with dull blades will drag across your skin and cause rashes and irritation.

Do not think that just because you have oily skin you do not need to use a moisturizer.  Your skin can be oil rich, but moisture dry, so find a light moisturizer that works for you.  You need to balance out the moisture levels in your skin.  If it has enough moisture, the oil glands will not produce as much.

If you spend a lot of time in the sun, be sure to wear an oil-free sunscreen, such as a gel or light lotion.  Gel and light lotion sunscreens will not aggravate your acne and will help you avoid skin cancer in your adult years.  If you are currently seeing a dermatologist, some skin treatments can increase your skin’s sun sensitivity, so be sure to wear your sunscreen if you are outside.  Talk to your doctor if you have questions about the treatment you are receiving and how it relates to sun exposure.  Something else to keep in mind regarding the sun and how it affects your skin:  sunburn is your skins way of saying it has been injured, but so is a tan.  When your skin browns or reddens, is using its defense mechanism by producing melanin. Melanin acts as a protective biological shield against ultraviolet radiation.  By doing this, your skin is trying to prevent sunburn damage that could lead to melanoma later in life.  So be careful if you are a sun worshiper, you will regret it later in life when the wrinkles caused by sun damage start to appear.

And most importantly: If you do have a pimple, do not squeeze it or pick at it.  Picking or squeezing pimples only irritates the tissue more and increases your chance of getting scars.  Only qualified skin professionals (dermatologists or estheticians) can safely remove pimples without causing more harm.

If you would like to help you teen’s acne issue, feel free to contact me for more information, or better yet schedule a facial for them.

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Sun Protection

The skin has a defense mechanism against sun-damage, in the form of melanin. The production of melanin is accelerated on sun-exposure. However, we have seen that this defence is not enough. That is why protection of the skin, with ingredients that block the sun’s radiation damage, is so essential. These sun-block agents are incorporated into sunscreen.

Avoidance of the sun, specially at midday and in the afternoon, when ultraviolet radiation is at its height, can help to reduce the harmful effects. It is also essential to know that ultraviolet radiation is greater near water bodies, like the seaside and where there is snow. Snow, water and even sand reflect the ultraviolet reays and thus increase their rffect.

Exposure to the sun also causes moisture depletion and dries out the skin. Therefore, it is essential to step-up moisturisation, when you have been out of doors for a long time. The use of rehydrant cleansers, which contains aloe vera, can also help to control moisture loss. Aloe vera, like sandalwood, also helps to soothe and heal the skin.

When you are swimming in the sea, or in an open-air pool, remember to apply sunscreen before and after your swim.

Protect yourself with a parasol whenever you are out in the sun.

Remember, you are exposed to ultraviolet radiation even on a cloudy day.

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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