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

 

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

Attention all Virgins! Facial Virgins that is!

Are you a Spa Facial Virgin? Are you scared to get a facial? Have you been told the myth of “you’ll breakout after a facial” crap?  First off, that’s so not true if done correctly! Secondly, 17+ years in the industry, I know a bit about what I’m talking about. You MUST come in for an appointment with me. Unlike most intimidating expensive spas, I am located in a serene, feel at home place. To make it affordable for first timers, I have a really good deal for December. Take advantage! And also facialtreat your loved ones …I do have gift cards!

I’ve heard a facial can cause you to break out – is this true?

Properly performed, facials generally do not cause breakouts – rather, they speed up the healing process and prevent future breakouts. Improperly performed, the reverse can be true. This is one reason you should carefully select where you choose to receive your facials. The most common cause of post-facial breakouts is incomplete extractions.  If an esthetician chooses to extract a pore which is not ready, or if she begins to extract a pore and does not finish the extraction process, this can bring the sebum to the surface and cause a pimple to form. Unlike estheticians that do this, I am very thorough with my extracting, that’s one of the most important parts of a facial and why I have clients return regularly! My acne prone clients usually start to clear up the following day. Low-quality products, unnecessary ingredients, or not being familiar with skin types can also cause negative skin reactions. So always get the background of your esthetician. I also include the use of “high-frequency” equipment at the end of the extraction process which also decreases the likelihood of post-facial breakouts.  High-frequency kills bacteria and closes up the pores that were extracted.

ExtractionWhat is an extraction?

Extractions are considered the heart of a facial – they are the manual removal of sebum (oil and dirt; blackheads and whiteheads) from your pores. It is the sebum, trapped within the pores beneath the skin’s top layers, which can cause breakouts. Once I exfoliate and soften up your skin, I proceed to apply pressure to congested areas on your face, using either my fingers or cotton swabs in order to remove the sebum from your pores.  I don’t use a metal extractor, to me, it’s not only awfully painful, it leaves the skin red also. I want my clients glowing after a facial, not all marked up like they got into a fight. Sebum-free pores not only don’t develop pimples, they appear much smaller, making your skin look clearer and brighter.

What is involved in a facial at The Lil Spa Room?

First, you will be asked to complete a brief intake form, so your preferences, needs and current skin condition and concerns can be properly considered. I then step out of the room so that you can undress and change into a spa wrap to make you comfortable and be cozy under the linens on the heated facial table. Some or all of the following steps will be performed, depending on the analysis and the facial selected: cleansing, skin analysis, exfoliation (removal of dead skin cells), decrustation (dissolving of surface oils), steaming, hot aromatherapy towel application, extractions (see below), application of skin-balancing mask and/or other treatment products, massage, hydration and skin protection. Suggestions for home care will be provided.

Which facial should I get?

If you select a facial, and I feel that it is not the right choice for you (following skin analysis), I’ll let you know and recommend something else. My service menu has full descriptions and pricing information on all my treatments.  First-timers, sensitive, normal, normal-to-dry, normal-to-oily, combination skin, facials for men, special occasions, corrective treatments, dry or mature skin, oily/acne-prone, anti-aging, and teen skin…there’s something for EVERYONE!The Lil Spa Room Treatments

Why should I have a facial?

Regardless of your age or gender, if you want your skin to look its best you have to take care of it. A facial does for your skin what a month of exercise and good nutrition does for your body – noticeably improve its look and feel.  Through exfoliation, deep-cleaning of the pores, stimulating improved circulation, and use of professional-strength products, I can make a lot of progress towards improving your skin in a single session. Kinda like a personal trainer, that has experience, techniques, products and equipment that cannot be replicated at home. I can also steer you in the right direction to having a better skin care routine at home to maintain the results that you want.

spaWhy should you choose ME as your esthetican?

Not only have I been in the Spa/Salon industry for over 17 years, but I have had elite training in some of the best luxury spas and resorts. Not to mention all the courses and classed I have taken on my own. Want to know more about me, check out my bio: http://lilsparoom.com/aboutmecontactinfo (And look for me on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lilsparoom)

How can I be a good client?

That’s an easy question to answer. Arrive a few minutes ahead of your appointment. This will give you time to fill out your intake form. If possible, come without makeup on. Removing lots of makeup takes time out of your facial for the good stuff. Keep in my mind this  is my job, so all you have to do is  relax and enjoy every minute of it. My facials are designed to be a mix of clinical treatments and relaxing spa experiences. You are under no obligation to make conversation with me- this won’t hurt my feelings one bit! However, please do communicate any discomfort, preferences or questions you may have at any time.

Hope those of you that have been contemplating whether or not to get a facial have changed your minds! I look forward to seeing you and making your skin glow and look years younger. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, fell free to call/text me @ 210-896-4445 or Email me @ thelilsparoom@gmail.com For specials click here: http://lilsparoom.com/packagesspecials

Spa la la!spa

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

Essential Oils for Your Hair

Lavender

Lavender is the most versatile and useful of all the essential oils for hair care, skin care, and much more. It works with all hair types, encourages hair growth, and is very helpful for treating dandruff and/or psoriasis of the scalp.

Lavender essential oil works well in combination with other essential oils, and it’s one of a very few essentials considered safe enough to apply full-strength. In addition, lavender oil is very helpful in reducing stress. High stress levels can lead to many common hair and scalp issues, especially hair loss and alopecia arreata.

Use lavender at a concentration of 4 to 24 drops per 1 oz. of carrier oil.

Rosemary

Perhaps the best essential oil for hair care, rosemary essential oil encourages hair growth and has been successfully used in the treatment of alopecia arreata when blended with lavender, cedarwood, and thyme in a 50/50 base of jojoba and grapeseed oils. It’s excellent oil for dry hair and is helpful for treating both dandruff and psoriasis.

Use rosemary at a concentration of 4 to 16 drops per 1 oz. of carrier oil.

Cedarwood

Cedarwood essential oil supports hair growth and can help reduce hair loss due to infections or immune system issues. It is also helpful in treating psoriasis and dandruff and helps to relieve anxiety.

Use cedarwood at a concentration of 4 to 8 drops per 1 oz. of carrier oil.

Tea Tree

Tea Tree is perhaps the best essential oil for treating dandruff and psoriasis. It cleanses and purifies the scalp, and has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.

Use tea tree essential oil at a concentration of 4 to 24 drops per 1 oz. of carrier oil.

Sage

Sage essential oil encourages hair growth, cleanses and purifies the scalp, balances scalp oils, and helps to normalize hormone levels. You don’t want to use sage oil on children, or if you’re pregnant. In either case, substitute clary sage in its place.

Use sage oil at a concentration of 4 to 8 drops per 1 oz. of carrier oil.

Carrier Oils

Sweet almond
Avocado
Coconut
Olive
Hempseed
Grapeseed
Castor
Cocoa butter
Argan
Jojoba
Sesame
Sunflower
Shea butter

 

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.

Headache Be Gone!

Tension – Are you stressed out?

Try Shoulder Rolls – Shoulders are another area where we hold on to stress. Roll your shoulders forwards 10-15 times, then backwards 10-15 times, pausing wherever you feel tightness. You can repeat this 3-5 times to help work out a tension headache

Eye strain – Do you spend your day in front of a screen or reading fine print?

Let’s Walk it Out – Get up and go for a short walk. You don’t have to go far or be gone long. Take 5-10 minutes every couple of hours to rest your eyes. You can walk around the block, head to the break room for some tea,

Allergies or other environmental factors – Is there something in your home or office environment that’s triggering your headaches?

Eliminate! – We come into contact with so many chemicals on a daily basis, and some of these chemicals can trigger headaches, especially fragrances. If you’re using artificial room deodorizers, try eliminating those to see if your headaches subside. You can also switch to “free and clear” soaps and detergents, so you’re not carrying fragrance around with you.

Dehydration – Are you sure you’re getting enough water?

Drink water – Dehydration is a common cause for headaches. Drinking water also helps your body flush things out, like allergens and toxins that can cause you headaches.

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.

Baking Soda Beauty Tips

Baking soda is useful far beyond the kitchen. You probably know that you can clean your house with baking soda, but did you know it can also come in handy as part of your beauty regimen? Baking soda is sodium bicarbonate, which helps to regulate pH, and that makes it great for beauty recipes.

How does it work? Baking Soda helps items maintain the perfect acidity level and can also buffer substances from further pH changes. These dual capabilities allow it to neutralize odors, such as in your refrigerator, and maintain a pH level, such as in laundry water..

Facial Scrub: You can give yourself an inexpensive and invigorating body scrub and facial. Start by creating a paste with baking soda and water. Exfoliate your skin by rubbing it in a circular motion. It is gentle enough to use every day.

Toothpaste: Paste made with a three percent hydrogen peroxide solution and baking soda is a great replacement for commercially-sold non-fluoride paste. Simply dipping your brush with toothpaste already on it in baking soda is another way to get a sodium bicarbonate boost.

Mouthwash: Take four ounces of water and add a teaspoon of baking soda. You instantly have an odor-neutralizing rinse.

Conditioner: We all know the benefits of vinegar to your hair, but baking soda has a place as well. Sprinkle a little baking soda into your hand along with your favorite organic shampoo and wash and rinse as you normally would. Baking soda helps to remove any residue that would normally be left behind by your styling products.

Deodorant: Avoid harsh deodorants. You can neutralize body odors by dusting baking soda directly on your underarms.

Hand Cleanser: Avoid harsh soaps by using a paste made of one part water to three parts baking soda. You could also substitute the water for gentle hand soap.

Clean Combs and Brushes: Want luxurious and shiny hair? Keep your combs and brushes clean. You can remove the residue from hair products and natural oils that have built up by using a solution of warm water and a teaspoon of baking soda.

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.

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.