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10 Latin American Beauty Brands You'll Want to Add to Your Vanity

Growing up Latina, there’s a good chance that the women in your family taught you the ways of beauty early on, passing on their lists of tried and true products they can’t live without and their impressive DIY secrets , and maybe even telling you to replace your favorite drugstore and Sephora buys with brands that they knew and loved back home.

While you may be too attached to your Urban Decay Naked Palette (we don’t blame you) to abandon all your usuals cold turkey, we rounded up some favorite Latin American brands that are hands-down worth a try and could easily become your new beauty go-tos. Grandma will be so proud!

Additional reporting by Alessandra Foresto

11 DIY Beauty Remedies Your Grandma Always Talked About That Actually Work

Every abuela has one: that wild concoction she whips up from ingredients in her kitchen and swears by every time you have a pimple, dry skin, unruly hair – you name it. As kids, most of us rolled our eyes and went along with it, but we’ve done a little digging, and it turns out maybe Grandma wasn’t so crazy after all. Many of those beauty recipes actually work! Warning: do try these 11 practices at home for smooth skin and silky hair – or get these beauty buys that are also grandma-approved .

1. Using mayonnaise as a deep conditioner for healthy hair.

According to hairstylist Nathaniel Hawkins, this old-school method works because of the fat to protein ratio. “The oil softens the hair, making it shinier – and the protein in the eggs will make strands stronger.” He recommends applying the treatment to dry hair, and leaving it on as a mask for 15-20 minutes. Shampoo twice, and condition afterwards. But, Hawkins notes, this treatment works best for hair that isn’t fine or limp.

2. Dabbing nails in olive oil for a healthier look.

Nail expert Stephanie Stone debunked the myth (common in Dominican culture) that rubbing garlic on nails will make them strong (according to studies, it has no benefit). But, she says, applying olive oil (a popular DIY beauty ingredient in Puerto Rico) on nails and cuticles throughout the day is a great way to improve their health. “Keeping your hands and nails moisturized is key, especially if you’re trying to repair damaged nail beds. I’d also recommend applying it lightly throughout the day instead of a full on soak. But consistency is key!”

3. Coconut oil as a body moisturizer.

“This one 100% works,” says dermatologist (and Sofia Vergara’s derm!) Dendy Engelman, M.D., of coconut oil for soft skin, a popular technique in many Latin American countries. “Coconut oil is mostly made up of saturated fats and medium-chain fatty acids, which help repair the skin barrier, trap water to hydrate skin, and also reduce inflammation. And recent studies show it’s also a great treatment for eczema.”

4. Adding honey to hair conditioner for softer tresses.

A custom common in Caribbean Latin America, honey is a natural moisturizer, which Hawkins says does work to help rehydrate your locks. And using unprocessed honey will give you an extra bonus: it’s full of enzymes that will help create a healthy scalp and prevent dandruff.

5. Agua maravilla to fight blemishes.

Also known as witch hazel, this is common in many Latino families, especially from Puerto Rican and Dominican backgrounds. Engelman says it works because the mixture contains anti-inflammatory, astringent, and antibacterial properties. Engelman also recommends Dickinson’s Original Witch Hazel Refreshingly Clean Towelettes ($6) to control blemishes and calm bug bites.

6. Washing hair with Coca-Cola for shine.

This is a long-time favorite technique among not just Latino families, but celebrities like Suki Waterhouse . Hairstylist Nunzio Saviano gives this traditional trick the thumbs up: “The acidity closes the hair cuticle, which makes it look healthy and shiny. But be careful: the sugar can leave your hair sticky, so you might need to rinse it out quickly. Apple cider vinegar is an alternative that might not be as messy!”

7. Beach sand as a skin exfoliant.

“Sand is essentially finely granulated rocks, so it’s perfect to remove excess dry skin cells,” Engelman says. “But because it’s so abrasive, I’d only recommend you use it to exfoliate feet. It might be too harsh for other parts of your body.”

8. Manzanilla grisi shampoo to lighten hair.

Saviano says that this traditionally Mexican and South American product – which contains Flor de Manzanilla and claims to both wash and lighten hair – does work, but he would use it sparingly. “This will maintain your tone and even lighten it at times, but if you use it too much, your color might become dull or even fade.”

9. Grape skin paste for glowing skin.

Grapes are a gold mine, says Engelman. “They’ll have a brightening effect over time because they contain vitamins B6, C, and A, and minerals like potassium, magnesium, selenium, and flavonoids, which act as antioxidants and remove toxins from the skin.”

10. Sugar and lemon juice as an antiaging exfoliant.

According to Engelman, the sugar crystals act as an exfoliator, sloughing away dead skin, while the lemon juice helps peel away dead skin cells because of their content of alpha hydroxy acid (which is found in many antiaging treatments). Exfoliating is important, Engelman says, “because as we age, our skin doesn’t shed as effectively. Plus, getting rid of dead cells helps your moisturizers penetrate better.”

11. Avocado for healthy cuticles.

“Actually, rubbing avocado oil on cuticles is more effective than actual avocado,” says Stone. But good news for avocado lovers: “Avocados in a healthy, balanced diet will help you see overall improvement in your hair, skin, and nails, too.” Bring on the guacamole!


The Most Beautiful Spas in the World – and Which Treatments to Try!

We’re going to be honest with you: one of the best perks of being a beauty editor is getting to test out luxe spa and salon treatments. At times, we fly all over the globe just to get the freshest ingredient (such as homegrown lavender from Provence, France) or the most peaceful massage (nothing beats the fresh air in Manchester, VT) and the poshest scene (ahem, Miami). Whether you’re planning a spa getaway or just looking for some R & R in your hometown, we’ve curated the best of the best to bring you our list of must-try worldwide spas and salons. Get ready to book some “me” time!

Parisiennes Share Their Tried-and-True Hair, Makeup, and Skin Care Secrets

I’m not going to lie; I moved to Paris for all the cliché reasons – the sophistication, the culture, and the grandiosity that can make anyone feel just a little bit royal. Of course, there’s also Paris’s beauty – in its cityscape and in its people. So when I decided to explore global beauty standards for my docu-series, Pretty , Paris was the first place I started. In a nutshell, Pretty is a look at beauty everywhere. I’ve been traveling to cities across the globe, namely Paris, Milan, London, Tel Aviv, and Casablanca, speaking with women about their country’s and city’s beauty ideals and their own relationship with beauty.

Beauty in Paris

Effortless. If you ask almost anyone in Paris what it means to be beautiful, the word effortless will surely come up, which was exactly the case when I spoke with natives Sonia, Carole, and Sarah. They each explained that French beauty is very natural and inconspicuous. Even if you spend a lot of time on your appearance, you have to look as though you didn’t. In terms of physical characteristics, Sonia explained that the ideal French woman is tall and thin with somewhat regular features.

Many Parisians sum up this archetype with a commonly used expression: “la petite Parisienne” – a woman who acts as though her appearance doesn’t matter but pays attention to every detail of it. She wears Adidas Stan Smith sneakers with oversize coats and drinks red wine. However, despite looking beautifully understated, locals know that she’s got a number of beauty secrets in her arsenal. Thankfully for us in the States, Sonia, Sarah, and Carole shared some of theirs.

This Is Jennifer Lopez's No. 1 Beauty Secret

Jennifer Lopez just revealed the beauty secret she swears by, and it’s totally not what you think. The multitalented singer and actress, who recently blew our minds with all her sexiness at the American Music Awards and really doesn’t seem to be aging at all, told Entertainment Tonight that her top beauty and mommy essential is – drum roll, please – sleep.

“Sleep is very important,” she said, “I get my seven to eight hours sleep no matter what.” J Lo has been busy filming Shades of Blue in New York, but snoozing is still high up on her list of priorities – not just for herself, but for her kids, Max and Emmy, too. “There is a limit. You will fall down at a certain point, and mommies can’t do that. Mommies have to be good for the babies at all times. They need to know that you’re solid and strong and good.” And there you have it! Whether you’re a mom or not, it’s called beauty rest for a reason, right?

4 Tips to Prevent Exercise Acne

The following post was originally featured on Fit Bottomed Girls and written by Susan , who is part of POPSUGAR Select Fitness .

If there’s one thing I definitely don’t miss about my adolescence, it’s acne.

(Also up there? Not having a CLUE how to grow my bangs out, general social awkwardness and feeling totally weird in my body. But that’s for another post.)

And while I’m happy that the majority of my adolescent acne woes are behind me, I still get the occasional annoying breakout – some of it is hormonal, I know, but others fall squarely in the exercise acne camp.

And it’s no fun! You go to the gym to feel better inside and out – not break out! Which is why we wanted to share these tips how to prevent exercise acne from New York Dermatologist, Dr. Jeremy Fenton of the Schweiger Dermatology Group , for Be-YOU-tiful Week .

How to Prevent Exercise Acne

Nothing feels better than a good sweat session. Working out isn’t always as good for your skin as it is for your health. A build-up of sweat can clog pores and lead to breakouts. Not to mention, touching your face transfers oil and bacteria (which thrive in moist, humid environments like the gym) to the skin, leading to possible acne flare-ups. Here are four easy ways to prevent exercise acne each time you hit the gym.

  1. Don’t postpone showering. Showering soon after a workout will prevent sweat from sticking around and mixing with dead skin cells to clog pores. If you don’t have time or access to a shower right after your workout, you can use a medicated pad with salicylic or glycolic acid (such as Clear Clinic ClearMe Pads) for a quick wipe-down to prevent exercise acne.
  2. Use the right body wash. Trading out your regular soap for an antibacterial or anti-acne wash containing ingredients such as benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid can also be helpful at preventing exercise acne. One tip for using a benzoyl peroxide wash is to leave it on for a few minutes after you lather (shave or brush your teeth in the shower) before rinsing it off. This can help the medication sink in. There are also micronized forms of benzoyl peroxide on the market now that have smaller sized particles of the medication, allowing for deeper penetration into the pores and follicles.
  3. Exfoliate regularly. Regular exfoliation is the key to preventing the buildup of skin cells: exfoliating scrubs, body brushes or just a washcloth can make a big difference.
  4. Breathable clothing. Try to wear loose-fitting, breathable cotton clothing. The tighter, synthetic materials just compress the sweat and dirt into the pores.

Do you know notice exercise acne flare-ups when you don’t do these things? I’ve found it’s a little bit better for me in the winter than the summer just because I sweat less and there’s less humidity in the cooler months, but number 3 is so key for me!

These Are Adriana Lima's Best Beauty Secrets – Straight From the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show

The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show taped on Nov. 10, and as we expected, our favorite Brazilian VS Angels killed it on the catwalk – especially Adriana Lima. It was the supermodel’s 16th – yes, 16th! – fashion show with the brand, and (as expected) she looked hotter than ever. Of course, we wanted to know everything about what went on to get Adriana ready for the sexy night , but the secrets we were dying to know the most related to that gorgeous skin and supershiny hair. POPSUGAR Beauty editor Lauren Levinson went behind the scenes at the show to get us the scoop. Keep reading for Adriana’s best beauty tips , then check out her sexiest VS moments of all time.

Additional reporting by Lauren Levinson