Women of color have skin that is diverse and beautiful. Latinas, like African-Americans, have various skin types, shades of skin, and hair textures. Using these five beauty tricks can help maintain radiance and allow you to look your best.
Latinas range from pale skin colors to very dark African colors. Therefore, Latinas will have oily, normal, dry, sensitive, and the type I have, combination skin, the most common type.
Trick #1: Less is better when it comes to oily skin. Skip the moisturizer and use a mild cleanser. Here’s a great facial cleaner for this skin type. You will need: one kiwi fruit, two tablespoons of plain yogurt, one tablespoon of orange water, one tablespoon of apricot or almond oil, one tablespoon of honey, one teaspoon of finely chopped almonds, and two drops of orange essential oil.
Puree the kiwi in a food processor or blender until liquid. Continue processing, add all the ingredients except the orange drops.Process until thick and creamy. Add essential oil. Apply and massage gently over the face and neck. Rinse well with warm water first, then cool water to close the pores. Pat, (don’t rub) the face dry. This recipe makes one application. Now, feel your skin. Soft and smooth!
Trick #2: Moisture is extremely important for Latinas and African-American women with this skin type. To help keep skin moisturized, you can apply this mask two to three times a week. You will need a nice, ripe avocado. Cut in half and use one half, save the other for your next mask. Mash the avocado and apply to a clean face and neck. Leave on for 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water, finish with cool water. Pat dry. Watch this video to prepare avocado mask here.
Avocados contain fatty acids that soften and moisturize your skin. You can even add olive oil to the avocado recipe. Don’t like avocados? Substitute with bananas. Rich with antioxidant Vitamin A and potassium, mashed bananas applied on the face will leave it soft. Try adding oatmeal to the bananas and leave on for 15 minutes. Rinse with water and apply your moisturizer. Use this mask once a week.
Trick #3: If you have combination skin you will notice your face is oily in the “T” zone, (area around the nose, forehead and chin), normal to dry on the other areas of your face. Use this honey-yogurt mask on the skin to moisturize, hydrate and soothe. Just combine one tablespoon of honey and one tablespoon of yogurt. Mix well. Apply to your clean, moist face. Wait 15 minutes, then time to rinse. Pat dry. Voila, smooth, supple skin.
Latinas with curly, wavy, thick, and kinky hair have to take special care when washing, drying, and styling. These kind of tresses tend to be dry and frizzy, so try to avoid heat. Air drying is preferable. Use a hydrating, moisturizing shampoo. Infrequent shampooing works best. Here’s a quick tip: add olive oil to your favorite conditioner. Leave conditioner in your hair, do not rinse. Styles for curly hair here.
Trick #4: To add oil and sheen to your hair, take one ounce of Rosemary oil, one-eighth ounce of Lavender oil. Mix them together and store in a dark or small amber, or light-proof bottle. Put a few drops on your palm. Dip a brush with natural boar bristles into the oil, making sure the bristles get covered completely. Set the brush aside and rub hands together to distribute oils.
Bend forward pointing the head down, bringing hair forward. Begin massaging the scalp with your fingertips to increase circulation. Start brushing the hair from the nape of the neck, forward with long, even strokes. Use your other hand to follow the path of the brush and smooth hair down. Brush 100 strokes. That’s it! Don’t over-brush. Style hair. Check out a great video to demonstrate how to style curly hair here.
Trick #5: This little trick helps diminish the look of cellulite and is great for any woman. Save your old coffee grinds, (or ask a neighbor for theirs), and allow them to cool off. In the shower, take the coffee grinds and rub them into your legs and buttocks, wherever you have cellulite. Leave coffee grinds on for 15 minutes before rinsing.
Beauty for the Latina woman can be skin deep and outwardly radiant with healthy, beautiful hair and skin.
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