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Abuelitas Know Better: Try these Beauty Secrets Now

Why is everyone acting like DIY beauty and skin care is such a new thing? HELLO, it’s the same stuff our abuelas have been telling us to do for years. Need proof that abuelitas are the OG beauty DIYers, here you go:

Rose Water Toner

You can go to a fancy store and buy yourself some expensive rose water to tone your skin or you can do like abuela and make it yourself from dried rose petals and hot water and use the money you save to buy something nice.

Coffee and Coconut Oil Scrub

Grandmothers have always known that you can use coconut oil to moisturize your skin or hair and, if you mix it with some coffee grounds from the morning’s cafecito, it makes for a killer scrub. They don’t shell out cash for the fancy scrubs.

Apple Cider Vinegar

People are only now starting to use stomach apple cider vinegar, but abuela has been using this witches brew since the beginning of time for her hair, digestion, and to get rid of warts.

 

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Sugar and Lime Scrub

Need a little brightening and exfoliating for that lovely piel of yours? Grandma has been doing that with a simple lime and azúcar mixture.

Baking Soda

You don't need to splurge to get the best in beauty treatments. One of my favorite exfoliators is something you can find in your home – baking soda! Baking soda is coarse, but not too coarse. It's the best amount of coarse for removing the top layer of dead skin cells, and if applied correctly, it won't cause your skin to become red and irritated. Twice a week at night I like to mix a teaspoon of baking soda with a few drops of lukewarm water and exfoliate my face and I leave it on for 30 – 60 seconds. Gently rinse your face with lukewarm water and notice how silky smooth your skin will be! Please note if you have sensitive skin this may not work for you. Always test any treatment on a patch of your skin.

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Don’t tell me your abuela didn’t tell you to use baking soda to soothe your upset tummy or to brush your teeth with because I won’t believe you.

Cucumbers

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Seriously, if you haven’t noticed by now, most of abuelita’s beauty routine comes from her kitchen. Wanna get rid of the puffiness around your eyes, head to the kitchen like she does and slice up some cucumbers to throw on those lids.

 

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Avocado Face Mask

You don’t even have to get fancy with this one. My nana taught me to rub the little bit of leftover avocado straight onto my face (after you scoop the best parts out to eat, of course). Avocado oil is a great moisturizer.

Lemon

Every guera on on the planet knows that lemon will make them even blonder, but abuelas know that you can use lemon as a natural deodorant.

Aloe

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Self-respecting abuelitas everywhere love to grow their own aloe vera because the gooey goodness inside is so useful. It soothes sunburns, removes makeup and can even be a shaving gel for your legs.

 

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Tea Bags

#teabags #treatment haha??✔️??

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If you’ve every tried to throw a grandmother’s used tea bag away, you’ve probably seen her pitch a fit. That’s because she knows she can use tea bags multiple times and then save the cooled ones to put on her eyes to relieve puffiness.

Or

Hoard all the old teabags and use them to make a detoxifying warm bath.

What’s your favorite abuelita skin care secret? mitú wants to know. Tell us in the comments below!

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