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Time-Honed Latinx Beauty and Wellness Traditions

Despite being controversial, the clean beauty trend has started to impact the highly competitive cosmetics market. One Reuters valued at USD 532.43 billion in 2017 and estimated it will reach USD 805.61 billion by 2023. But what does clean beauty mean anyway?

For those of us (read: most of us) who cannot goop-it, it’s all about the DIY. A trend that is gaining credibility, since instead of buying an antioxidant mask, we are taught how to make one, using all-natural products with our own hands. And we’re saving centavitos.

This movement has made us all a bit more conscientious about the active ingredients found in the products we trust to fix us in a stitch. And encouraged us to return to centuries-old beauty rituals and explore all-natural methods that exist in our cultures of origin from around the world. If you’ve ever double cleansed or own several renditions of a jade roller, you’re already on this boat.

While we’re on the subject of age-old beauty rituals and recipes, Latinx women have a few lesser-known gems. From nail strengthening recipes to affordable skin brightening treatments, these recipes have been passed down from generation to generation. We’ve combed through them, and brought you the best of the best.

Garlic For Strong Nails

Dominican women swear by this method and the recipe is simple, if you’re willing to temporarily sacrifice garlic-scented nails for less nail chipping. Crush a clove of garlic and add it to clear nail polish. Eventually the scent fades away. Apply a few times a week and you, too, can have nails that make you feign humility when people ask if they are gel or acrylic.

Avocado Hair Mask

Number one rule of keeping curly hair healthy (besides detangling): deep condition. Healthy hair likes protein-rich treatments to keep it shiny, and avocados have a lot of good fats and protein. If you don’t know what to do with the other half of the avocado that’s been sitting in your fridge, mash it up. Then add two tablespoons of olive oil and a melted quarter cup of shea butter. Apply it to your hair, put a shower cap on, then rinse off in 20 minutes.

Papaya As A Color Corrector

With pricey skin brightening serums being all the rage these days, it’s good to know there’s an affordable, all-natural alternative that has been trusted for generations. Women in Cuba use papaya to help target sun spots and even out their skin tone. The recipe is simple: blend half a papaya, a squirt of lemon juice, a tablespoon of honey and 2 tablespoons of oats. Spread the mask evenly on your face, leave for 10 minutes and rinse off.

Achiote (also known as annatto) For Soft Lips

There is a good reason why Achiote is known in Ecuador as the lipstick tree. The seeds of the fruit are a rich reddish color. Blogger Stephanie Flor, traveled to regions in Peru where the seeds are still used for beauty and symbolic purposes. Here is her lip balm recipe.

Healing Baths

In Mexico, there are Temazcals and Inca baths are popular in Peru. The thing they both have in common is the tradition of the bath as a restorative and healing spiritual practice. The Temazcal is a steam bath that is used to renew the spirit and help the body sweat out toxins. During a Sacred Inca bath, offerings like herbs, beans, and flowers are added to the water to symbolize elements like health, success, and fertility. We don’t want to simplify the essence of these sacred baths. Perhaps this spiritual practice will inspire you to treat yourself to a floral infused therapeutic bath that grounds you and helps you reset this spring.


1 Comment

  1. Teresa Masterton July 25, 2019

    My favorite “face lift mask”, is organic honey, powdered chamomile. Mix it in a shot glass, so it’s easy to smear…apply, leave on 20 minutes, relax. gently massage, …Take a warm wet cloth to remove and rinse well. Honey works as an astringent, antibacterial & moisturizer…chamomile soothes and reduces inflammation, gently exfoliating. Honey also helps tighten the skin.


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