Fabulous Facials: Where San Antonio Goes to Shine Beautifully
When aesthetician April Mae Monterrosa informed me that my facial was over, I was bummed. Couldn’t it last longer? Couldn’t I stay all day? As any connoisseur of facials will tell you – when you don’t want to leave, you know you had amazing service.
Perhaps that’s why April’s Shine Beautifully beauty studio, located inside Visions for Hair salon on San Antonio’s Northside, has become a favorite of some local bloggers. Rising social media stars, well-known city bloggers, Latina bloggers and more – who make it their business to know where to go in SA – flock to Shine Beautifully to help them shine a little more beautifully, too. A blogger herself, April also writes about ways to feel more beautiful inside and out.
Recently, I was treated to a Pumpkin Facial, one of April’s fall specials. My experience started with a thorough cleanse and an exfoliation. Throughout the treatments, which also included a mask, steam, scalp massage, and arm and hand massage, as well as intense moisturizing, I was enveloped in the most delicious pumpkin scent. You will also get the pore extraction of your life – a full week later, my pores still seem less noticeable.
As I lay there with on the heated spa bed, the lovely music playing softly and an eye pillow resting on my face, I was whisked away from the stresses of the outside world for 50 minutes. What’s more, the space isn’t intimidating or snooty – you feel comfortable and at home. It was a lovely treat that made me feel that I was investing in myself. For as much time as us modern Tejanas invest in the care of others, an hour to care for our skin and wellbeing isn’t an indulgence – it’s an essential.
While I loved my Pumpkin facial, it’s only available for a limited time. As part of her standard facial menu, April offers everything from facials from intense 80-minute rejuvenation facials to the quicker, 45-minute European facial for first-timers or those who need a facial. She also offers eyelash services, waxing, PC skin corrective treatments and microdermabrasion.
I’m already planning my next visit. Hope to see you there!