5 Different Skin Types

Type 1: Oily Skin tends to be shiny and it prevents the skin from drying. It may be prone to blackheads and acne.
Type 2: Combination Skin has a smooth texture, healthy colour and is prone to medium pores. This type of skin tends to be dry on the cheeks and oily in the T zone; that is the forehead, nose and chin.
Type 3: Dry Skin tends to feel tight especially after washing. There may be wrinkles and the skin appears dull.
Type 4: Sensitive Skin is delicate with fine pores. Flushes easily, often allergic and can have rashes.
Type 5: Ageing or Sun Damaged Skin also feels tight and has wrinkles. Dull skin especially around the cheeks and jaw line.

image

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

Astringent or Toner?

Astringent
An astringent is usually stronger than toner & is alcohol & chemical based. This gives it anti-bacterial properties. Usually recommended for acne prone skin or extremely oily skin. Astringents destroy bacteria, help control oil, acne breakouts, pimples, & blackheads. Astringent use on a lesion due to acne or a pimple may cause a stinging sensation, which is pretty normal.

Toner
Toners are usually mild & used for hydrating sensitive, extremely dry skin & aging skin as well. It also helps your keep your pores clear. It cleans the skin & you will not find your skin feeling dry after the use of a toner. Its great for combination skin, as it helps in clearing the clogged pores due to the oils, and hydrates the dry areas of the skin.

Oily & acne prone skin should use an astringent.
Dry & sensitive skin should use toner.
Remember to always use your toner or astringent after cleansing & before applying your moisturizer.

Beauty Vitamins

Folic Acid

Folic acid is one of the key vitamins that helps to keep your hair shiny and thick.

• It prevents greys from appearing so that you look younger and so that you can refrain from dying your gorgeous locks for a little longer (unless you feel like it that is).

• Finally, folic acid lends a lot of moisture to your hair so that it’s less likely to break. After all, who wants dry and damaged looking hair?

Vitamin B Complex

There are many different types of vitamin B, including B6, B1, B12 and Biotin. Taking vitamin B complex is like taking every one of them as well as folic acid all at once.

• It helps to prevent wrinkles and more importantly skin cancer by fighting free radicals.

• It also promotes cell reproduction so that your skin looks and feels healthier.

• Should you ever suffer from the effects of getting a nail fungus, vitamin B complex helps to speed up the healing process.

• Not only does it make your locks appear to be shinier but it slows down the greying so that you look younger while saving money.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is infamous for being good for your skin. But did you know that it’s also good for your hair and nails?

• Helps to repair severely dry skin so that you always feel smooth.

• Helps to soothe sun damaged skin and prevents skin cancer.

• Contains antioxidants that help it fight free radicals so that you see fewer fine lines and wrinkles.

• Promotes the growth of soft hair while reducing frizz, breakage, split ends and hair loss.

• It helps you grow stronger, longer nails.

Vitamin C

Often times vitamin C brings on thoughts of drinking orange juice in order to fight a cold. However, this super vitamin can do a whole lot more than that.

• Great for repairing sun damaged skin.

• Improves the tone and texture of your skin by making it firmer so that you have fewer wrinkles.

• Packed with collagen building antioxidants which improves your skin, hair and nails.

• Fights free radicals that cause premature aging and hair loss.

Vitamin K

Vitamin K is often times forgotten, but is just as important as the other vitamins on this list.

• It helps to reduce dark under eye circles which is great if you’re up with the baby all night or if you’re a party animal.

• It helps to reduce the appearance of bruises on the skin so that you can keep going to those kickboxing classes that you love.

• Fight free radicals for more youthful looking skin.

image

image

Dry Skin Regimen

Loving the Nuskin Skin Care line with the winter season here. My skin is still soft and dewy and without spending a fortune too. This entire dry skin regimen is just $1oo. You will not pay that at your cosmetic counter. If you want a simple 3 step skin care routine, these products can be purchased separately. Here is some info about a regimen for dry and sensitive skin types.

The skin nurturing benefits of soy lipids help Creamy Cleansing Lotion keep even the driest, most sensitive skin soft and hydrated while gentle, soap-free cleansers remove debris and pollution.

pH Balance Toner Normal To Dry Skin is rich in polyphenols powerful antioxidants that help soothe skin strawberry extract helps diminish the appearance of pores so skin appears refined and refreshed. This alcohol-free formula helps return your complexion to its ideal.

Celltrex® Ultra Recovery Fluid Nu Skin reveals the Mediterranean secret of beautiful skin with Celltrex Ultra Recovery Fluid. Celltrex Ultra contains concentrated levels of the polyphenol Hydroxytyrosol, the most powerful component of olive oil that scavenges free radicals and protects at the cellular level. Daily exposure to the environment unleashes a cascade of free radicals in the body. Just a few drops of Celltrex Ultra every morning and night keeps your skin looking supple and healthy.

Moisture Restore” Day Protective Lotion is a high-performance lotion that hydrates, protects, and promotes vibrant, healthy-looking skin all day, every day. Added UVA/UVB protection helps fight against premature aging caused by the sun.

Night Supply Nourishing Cream boosts the skin’s nighttime renewal process by restoring flexibility and resilience to the skin. A source of nourishment to the people of Asia and Polynesia, this unique soy ingredient helps replenish the skin’s natural protective barrier. With Night Supply Nourishing Cream you wake up to noticeably soft, youthful looking skin.

Nuskin

To purchase products online, just click on the highlighted link.  For more information on the product recommendations, please feel free to contact me. 

About the Owner:

Beauty Writer & Lifestyle Blogger April M. Monterrosa is a Proud Latina from San Antonio, Texas, a Military wife, the mama of a dachshund, a licensed Cosmetologist of 18 years, Owner of The Lil Spa Room, & a Nuskin Skin Care Distributor. With beauty & blogging being such passions she also created Shine Beautifully. Shine Beautifully will feature beauty tips, home remedies, quotes, poetry, recipes, personal stories, travel adventures, & an array of other topics. Don’t forget to check it out and subscribe!

 

Skin Care & Pomegranates

pomegranateIn the past few years the pomegranate has been touted as a super food, but it was known for medicinal and beauty benefits and much more in ancient times. It is a symbol of prosperity and abundance in many cultures. Modern scientific studies have shown that this red fruit with its juicy arils also has an abundance of health benefits.

A Brief History

The name pomegranate is derived from Middle French—pomme garnete or “seeded apple.” Pomegranates are believed to have originated in Iran, known at that time as Persia. It is a fruit that is mentioned in Greek legends and ancient texts, including the Bible. Some even believe that it was a pomegranate, not an apple that was the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden. The pomegranate was brought to Egypt in 1600 BC where it became revered not only as an important food source (it was a required fruit in the pharaoh’s palace), but it was also used for medicinal purposes. The pomegranate was highly valued and is depicted in paintings in Egyptian tombs as it symbolized life after death. It is a symbol of fertility in some cultures and prosperity in others, inspired by the abundance of jewel-toned seeds within the bright red and sturdy round rind. It has also been used in wedding rituals in several cultures.

Skin Care Benefits

With its incredible antioxidant, anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties and ability to encourage radiant skin, the pomegranate has been incorporated into skin care. It can help with a number of skin care issues including dry skin, oily skin, age spots, hyperpigmentation, and acne breakouts.

Cell Regeneration. Pomegranates help protect the epidermis (the outer layer of the skin) and helps with skin cell regeneration in the epidermis and dermis (inner layer), increasing circulation and healing the skin, aiding in tissue repair and wound healing.

Sun Protection. Pomegranates have sun protective compounds that protect the skin against free radical damage, help facialprevent skin cancer, relieve sunburn and reduce the signs of sun damage. Pomegranate seed oil works to protect against skin cancer because of ellagic acid, a polyphenol antioxidant found in large quantities in pomegranates, which researchers have found inhibits the growth of skin tumors.

Anti-Aging. Pomegranates protect against premature aging by helping reduce the signs of skin aging caused by sun damage and exposure, such as wrinkles and fine lines. Pomegranates also help prevent hyperpigmentation and age spots.

Youthful Skin. Pomegranates promote smooth, firm skin by promoting collagen and elastin production and soften skin.

Dry Skin. It is a great ingredient for skin care because its small molecular structure allows it to penetrates deeply into the skin. It works for most skin types, (which depends on the skin care ingredients pomegranate is combined with). Since pomegranate oil penetrates deeply into the skin, it is effective for treating dry skin. It soothes dry, cracked and irritated skin. It contains punicic acid, an omega 5 fatty acid that hydrates and prevents moisture loss.

6. Oily Skin/Combination Skin. Pomegranate oil even works for oily skin and the use of pomegranate have been beneficial in skin care products for acne prone skin, to combat breakouts, reduce scarring and sooth minor irritations.

Feed your skin antioxidants by scheduling a pomegranate facial; this facial is for all skin types. It includes skin analysis, cleansing, exfoliation, an impurity treatment for blackheads & whiteheads, masque, warm towel application, and a neck, shoulder, scalp, & face massage.

About the Owner:

Beauty Writer & Lifestyle Blogger April M. Monterrosa is a Proud Latina from San Antonio, Texas, a Military wife, the mama of a dachshund, a licensed Cosmetologist of 18 years, Owner of The Lil Spa Room, & a Nuskin Skin Care Distributor. With beauty & blogging being such passions she also created Shine Beautifully. Shine Beautifully will feature beauty tips, home remedies, quotes, poetry, recipes, personal stories, travel adventures, & an array of other topics. Don’t forget to check it out and subscribe!

 

Stop Picking Your Face!

There are many bad habits out there, smoking, nail biting, pulling your own hair, & so many more. But there is one that many people have and fail to realize it’s even considered a bad habit. I’m talking about face picking, popping zits, poking pimples, squeezing blemishes, whatever you want to call it. As soon as you see a blemish on your skin, you try to squeeze everything out of it thinking it will magically disappear after you’re done. Well, I hate to break the news to you, but you are not doing your skin any justice whatsoever, in fact you are making a whole lot worse.

There are many disadvantages when it comes to picking your pimples, the biggest one is spreading bacteria around the skin which can lead to more acne. For some, it’s like a reflex, you see a pimple, & just start picking. What you’re not realizing is, your hands haven’t been washed, & no telling what bacteria you could have underneath your fingernails. Not only will the spread of bacteria lead to more breakouts, it can also cause an infection, which could possibly lead to you having to pay a visit to the dermatologist.

When a pimple isn’t ready to be extracted, it’s usually red in color, a bit inflamed, with no white or black head, & sometimes a little tender to the touch. If you’re picking at your pimples before they are ready, all you are going to get out that blemish is blood, a scab, & a scar. If you are prone to hyper pigmentation (getting dark spots), picking at your pimples will create another problem for your skin, not only will you bleed, get a scab, & a scare, you will also have a dark spot.

If you have picked at a pimple before it had that whitehead of pus & its bleeding, the best thing to do is immediately wash your face. Once the blood stops, it’s good to put some Neosporin on it to prevent infection. Keep in mind Neosporin is an antibiotic ointment, so this is just to protect your skin from infection, not from future breakouts. After that, leave it alone your skin alone!!!! I can not stress that enough! Ha-ha!

If you have acne, break out scars or dark spots from picking, they can be diminished with facial treatments such as, high frequency facials, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, laser resurfacing, & many others. The best way to avoid all these risks, recurring breakouts, & mostly a lifetime of scars is to have your pimple extractions done professionally. A licensed professional has the proper extraction technique, equipment, knowledge to help clear your skin, minimize future breakouts, & steer you in the right direction to proper skin care.  Next time you have a blemish, remember, if you pick at it, your only hurting your skin. :) breakout

About the Owner:

Beauty Writer & Lifestyle Blogger April M. Monterrosa is a Proud Latina from San Antonio, Texas, a Military wife, the mama of a dachshund, a licensed Cosmetologist of 18 years, Owner of The Lil Spa Room, & a Nuskin Skin Care Distributor. With beauty & blogging being such passions she also created Shine Beautifully. Shine Beautifully will feature beauty tips, home remedies, quotes, poetry, recipes, personal stories, travel adventures, & an array of other topics. Don’t forget to check it out and subscribe!

What are Blackheads?

What the heck are those tiny black dots on my nose, chin, & forehead?!?  I bet there has been a time or two when you have looked at your skin up close in the mirror & noticed them. Well my friends those little black T-zone polka dots are Blackheads!  Almost everyone gets blackheads at some point in their lives. They most commonly show up on the nose, chin, forehead, and often occur in clusters. Blackheads form in partially blocked pores & get their name because as the oil, dirt and dead skin trapped inside the pore slowly drains to the surface, the pigments in the skin will turn black due to oxidization.
Some of the most common causes are not drinking enough water, an excess of dead skin cells or facial oil, scrubbing the skin too often or too hard, not properly washing the face, and harmful makeup. So please wash your face before bedtime and in the morning, especially if you wear makeup!
The best way to get rid of Blackheads is through extraction.(Get extractions from a licensed esthetician & go get a facial soon!) Extractions are probably not the most pleasant part of a facial, but they sure do get rid of all that yuckiness. What are extractions? Extractions are manual removal of blackheads and congested pores. After cleansing the skin and softening it using steam, your esthetician will wrap his/her fingers in tissue and gently try to squeeze out the clogged blackhead. It’s actually the most important part of a facial for those that are heavily congested with blackheads. Thinner, more sensitive skins can feel the pinch and especially those with a lower pain tolerance.  Beauty is pain, right!? It’s so worth it…your skin is deeply cleansed, your pore size shrinks, plus if you maintain your skin between your facials, you can really minimize the return of the little black dots.
For home care, look for a facial exfoliant, a pore reducing mask, & a cleanser with a bit of salicylic acid.Ok…enough skin talk tonight…time for bed…but first…gotta wash my face! J 
 
Here’s a before extraction & after extraction pic for ya!
 

About the Owner:

Beauty Writer & Lifestyle Blogger April M. Monterrosa is a Proud Latina from San Antonio, Texas, a Military wife, the mama of a dachshund, a licensed Cosmetologist of 18 years, Owner of The Lil Spa Room, & a Nuskin Skin Care Distributor. With beauty & blogging being such passions she also created Shine Beautifully. Shine Beautifully will feature beauty tips, home remedies, quotes, poetry, recipes, personal stories, travel adventures, & an array of other topics. Don’t forget to check it out and subscribe!