While there are plenty of beauty products on the market, ranging from the affordable to the extremely expensive, some of the best beauty tips and tricks are homegrown and cost next to nothing. There are certain beauty secrets that Mexican women have handed down through the ages that keep Mexican ladies looking beautiful. There are also ways to enhance and take care of the darker skin that Mexicans tend to have.
To smooth skin, Mexican women use coarse sea salt. The salt is rubbed onto the skin while in the shower, mixing with water and creating an exfoliating rub. A cactus massage and body treatment is offered in spas in Mexico. The treatment uses the leaves of the nopal cactus from which the needles have been removed. The leaves are heated in warm water, split and rubbed onto the skin. This is especially helpful for skin that’s had too much sun exposure and is dry. Nopal cactus leaves can heal sunburns and hydrate the skin.
Choose a foundation shade that matches your skin tone. Mexican women tan quickly, so you’ll need a darker shade for the summer months. For blusher, use bright and bold colors; they look great on darker skin. Brown eyes are defined with brown eyeliner and mascara. Wear eye shadows in plum, brown or olive shades. Lipsticks in plum, mauve and brown will look great on a Mexican complexion.
Dark skin tans easier and quicker than lighter skin. It’s important for Mexican women to take precautions when exposed to sunlight in order to keep their skin from being damaged. Wear fabrics that are tightly woven to prevent the sun from penetrating clothing and your skin. Wear long sleeves and hats when outside. Make sure to use sunblock on the areas of your skin that are exposed to the sun. The sun is strongest between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.; this is the best time to avoid the sun, either by staying indoors or in the shade.
Thick, curly Mexican hair can frizz up when it’s hot and humid outside. Prevent the frizz by using a serum. Using a dime-sized amount, rub it into your hands well before applying it to your hair. Separate your hair into sections. Run your hands over a section, twist it and then release it. The serum from your hands will be deposited into the strands. After you are done, take all of your hair into your hands, twist it into one large section and release it.