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11 DIY Latina Beauty Products for Your Skin and Hair

Every woman has someone in their life who has a quick do it yourself remedy for just about any skin or hair woe. Maybe you’re skeptical that these DIY recipes aren’t as effective as the stuff you can buy on store shelves. But give them a try and you might just be surprised. Latina women have long been using a variety of homemade remedies to fight everything from acne to wild and crazy hair. If you’ve avoided giving them a try for all these years, let the do it yourselfer in your life show you how it’s done. Or, just go ahead and try any of these DIY products and see the results for yourself.

1. Coconut Oil

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You’ve probably heard a lot about coconut oil lately. It’s really having a moment as a spectacular beauty product, especially for skin. Even Sofia Vergara’s dermatologist raves about using coconut oil as a moisturizer. It’s as easy as applying just a dab all over your body.

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Here’s why it works. Coconut oil is loaded with several kinds of fatty acids, which create a barrier on your skin, trapping moisture in and blocking inflammation and other things that can make your skin dry and unhealthy. You can find coconut oil at just about any supermarket and it’s a super affordable way to treat all kinds of skin woes, including tightness, itching and eczema.

2. Sugar and Oil

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This remedy works well with virtually any kind of oil, including canola, olive or coconut oil. When you combine the oil with sugar, you have an easy DIY scrub that you can use to exfoliate your entire body. Simply combine equal parts oil and white granulated sugar and you’re ready to go.

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To use, gently massage the mixture into your skin while you’re in the shower. The oil moisturizes while the sugar sloughs off dead skin cells and reveals the younger fresher skin underneath. Just be careful – the oil can get slippery and you don’t want to fall down.

3. Cola

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Latinas have long used cola, specifically Coca-Cola to bring shine to their dark hair. This is something that many celebs and professional hairdressers swear by and it can work for your hair too. The acidity in the cola helps close up your hair cuticle, which boosts shine and makes your hair look healthier.

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One caution with this trick – cola can be very sticky so be sure to rinse well when you’re done. Cola is inexpensive and easy to find, which makes this one of the best beauty tricks for your dark hair.

4. Avocado

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You know avocado is good for the inside of your body, but it’s also good for the outside. When you apply mashed avocado to your cuticles, it infuses them with healthy oils that keep then soft and supple so you don’t have to deal with dry, cracked skin that hurts and bleeds.

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Of course, eating avocado is also great for your skin and hair. It contains vitamin E, which helps keep your body nourished and moisturized. Avocado oil is also a great choice for direct application to your skin or as part of a healthy diet.

5. Honey

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Maybe you’ve never considered putting honey in your hair before, but you really should. Why? It’s a natural moisturizer that restores dry, limp hair and restores bounce and shine to your tresses.

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Using unprocessed honey also provides your hair with important enzymes that prevent dandruff and hydrate your scalp, something that helps keep your hair looking and feeling healthy and refreshed. As a side note, honey is also effective for treating acne and keeping your skin looking its best too.

6. Mayonnaise

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If you’re battling with dry, dull hair, mayonnaise is the way to go. The fats in the mayo will moisturize your hair and the eggs will add much needed protein to your hair so it’s healthy and strong. You won’t want to leave the mayo on your hair, but it should sit for awhile for the best results.

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To use, massage mayo through your hair and let it soak in for 15 to 20 minutes. If your hair is already really thin or limp, mayo might make it worse so be sure you try it out before committing to the routine.

7. Sand

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It might sound strange, but many Latina women who live near the ocean swear by using sand as an exfoliant. It helps remove dead skin cells and is said to help control and erase cellulite, ensuring that you’re ready for a day at the beach anytime.

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Obviously, if you don’t live near the sea, it’s hard to get a hold of sand. If that’s the case, try the above mentioned sugar and oil mixture, which offers similar benefits and is easier to come by if you’re landlocked.

8. Red Grapes

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Turns out red grapes are great for more than just making wine. They’re packed with antioxidants and vitamins that restore skin and keep it looking fresh and radiant. And it’s as easy as mashing up some grapes.

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Simply make a paste with smashed red grapes, being sure to reserve as much of the skins as possible. Apply to your face like a mask and leave it for 10 minutes. Then rinse with warm water and you’re good to go.

9. Olive Oil

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Much like coconut oil, olive oil has mega moisturizing properties. Use it on rough patches on your skin and to rehydrate parched skin all over your body. Since olive oil is so easy to find, this is a tip that will serve you well anytime of the year.

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Another great way to use olive oil is to smooth flyaway hairs and add moisture to dry tresses. Just a dab rubbed between your hands should be enough to do the trick.

10. Baby Oil

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Many Latina women swear that baby oil is a miracle, especially when it heats up in the summertime. You can add a few drops to your body lotion for an extra dash of moisture and to add a healthy and radiant sheen to your body under the summer sun.

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This is by far one of the best beauty tips out there because baby oil is so inexpensive and so easy to find and use. You’ll never find something as wonderful as baby oil when you put together your beauty routine.

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Radical Feminists Have Seized Control of a Federal Building in Mexico in Protest of the Government’s Apathy Towards Rampant Femicide

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Radical Feminists Have Seized Control of a Federal Building in Mexico in Protest of the Government’s Apathy Towards Rampant Femicide

Last week, Mexican feminist activists took over the National Human Rights Commissions federal building in a move to bring greater awareness to the scourge of gender-based violence and femicide that has racked Mexico for decades.

According to the federal Interior Secretariat, the statistics in Mexico have recently taken a turn for the worse.

Domestic violence against women has became an even more acute problem since the pandemic has forced women to stay insider with their abusers. Emergency distress calls reporting domestic violence have risen by 50%.

The occupation of the Human Rights building is just another chapter in the saga of the “Ni Una Menos” (Not One More Woman) movement, an anti-femicide collective born in Argentina that has steadily been gaining steam in Mexico since 2019.

In recent years, anti-femicide demonstrations have been sparked by various heinous crimes against women or girls that have been largely overlooked by law enforcement officials. 

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Unfortunately, the government of Mexico has appeared to be apathetic to the wave of femicide that is overwhelming the women of their country.

Recently, when President Andrés Manuel López Obrador was asked to address Mexico’s gender violence epidemic, he demurred, stating that he didn’t “want femicide to detract” from the raffle his administration was holding for the sale of the presidential airplane.

As for the feminist activists at the heart of Ni Una Menos and the federal building occupation, the government’s failure to respond to anti-woman violence is the primary fuel for their anger. 

“We’re here so that the whole world will know that in Mexico they kill women and nobody does anything about it,” said Yesenia Zamudio to the LA Times. According to Zamudio, she is still seeking justice for the murder of her 19-year-old daughter four years ago.

The women of Mexico appear to be fed up, grasping at any and all tactics that have the potential to incite change on a grander scale.

Their tactics may seem dramatic to some, but it’s undeniable that they are no longer being ignored. As of now, the radical activists are pulling attention-grabbing stunts like decorating a portrait of Mexican Revolution leader Francisco Madero with lipstick and purple hair.

They’re also making headlines for vandalizing the federal building’s walls and splashing paint on the doors of the presidential palace.

One thing is for sure: something has to change. Otherwise, thousands of innocent women and girls will continue to be raped, abused, and murdered while their perpetrators escape with immunity. 

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Joe Biden Speaks Alongside ‘Fearless Fighter’ Kamala Harris In First Appearance And Recalls Her Family’s Immigrant Story

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Joe Biden Speaks Alongside ‘Fearless Fighter’ Kamala Harris In First Appearance And Recalls Her Family’s Immigrant Story

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After weeks of speculation and anticipation, presidential candidate Joe Biden announced on Tuesday that he has officially picked his running mate.

In a history-making announcement, Biden revealed that he had tapped California Sen. Kamala Harris to be his VP Pick.

“I have the great honor to announce that I’ve picked @KamalaHarris — a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants — as my running mate,” Biden announced in a tweet.

On Wednesday, Biden held his first campaign event alongside running mate Kamala Harris in Delaware.

During their speeches, the two candidates wore masks and kept their distance in keeping with COVID-19 standards.

Speaking about his VP pick, Biden described Harris as coming from an “America’s story.” Biden described Harris as “a child of immigrants” who “knows personally how immigrant families enrich our country as well as the challenges of what it means to grow up Black and Indian-American in the United States of America,” he explained. “And this morning, all across the nation, little girls woke up, especially little Black and brown girls that feel overlooked and undervalued in their communities, but today — today just maybe they’re seeing themselves for the first time in a new way as president and vice presidents.”

In a speech of her own, Harris emphasized the importance of family and urged citizens to vote.  “We need a mandate that proves that the past few years do not represent who we are or who we aspire to be,” she said. “Joe likes to say that character is on the ballot. And it’s true,” she explained. “I’ve had a lot of titles over my career and certainly vice president will be great. But ‘Momala’ will always be the one that means the most.”

Harris’s nomination makes her the first Black and first Indian-American woman on either major party’s presidential ticket.

Harris is a former prosecutor from California who challenged Biden in her own presidential bid last year. Her nomination makes her the fourth woman to appear on a major presidential ballot. Before her, Geraldine Ferraro ran as a Democratic vice presidential nominee in 1984. In 2008, Republican Sarah Palin ran as a vice presidential nominee, later in 2016, Hillary Clinton became the Democratic presidential nominee.

Biden’s choice was one that has long been in the works. In March of this year, he revealed that he would make a point to have a woman as his running mate and in July he announced that he had narrowed his picks down to four Black women.

Kamala Harris was elected to Congress in 2016.

This has been Harris’ first term as a senator. Before, she served as the California attorney general. During her time as AG, Harris formed a lasting friendship with Biden’s late son Beau who was attorney general at the time in Delaware. Writing about Beau’s death, in her memoir The Truths We Hold, Harris recalled that “there were periods when I was taking the heat when Beau and I talked every day, sometimes multiple times a day,” she wrote in her memoir. “We had each other’s backs.”

Biden’s son Beau died in 2015 from brain cancer. Harris attended his funeral.

During his announcement, Biden mentioned Harris’ friendship with his son.

“I watched as they took on the big banks, lifted up working people, and protected women and kids from abuse,” Biden tweeted. “I was proud then, and I’m proud now to have her as my partner in this campaign.”

So far, it seems there are quite a bit of Harris x Biden supporters.

Fans were quick to give their support and applaud her candidacy.

In a tweet acknowledging her nomination, Harris wrote “@JoeBiden can unify the American people because he’s spent his life fighting for us. And as president, he’ll build an America that lives up to our ideals. I’m honored to join him as our party’s nominee for Vice President, and do what it takes to make him our Commander-in-Chief.”

Here’s to 2020 y’all. Get ready to make history.

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