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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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Exclusive: Luis Fonsi Talks Working with Rauw Alejandro, Christina Aguilera, and Demi Lovato

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Exclusive: Luis Fonsi Talks Working with Rauw Alejandro, Christina Aguilera, and Demi Lovato

Luis Fonsi is kicking off 2021 with a new single. The Puerto Rican superstar premiered the music video for “Vacío” on Feb. 18 featuring rising Boricua singer Rauw Alejandro. The guys put a new spin on the classic “A Puro Dolor” by Son By Four.

Luis Fonsi throws it back to his románticas.

“I called Omar Alfanno, the writer of ‘A Puro Dolo,’ who is a dear friend,” Fonsi tells Latido Music. “I told him what my idea was [with ‘Vacío’] and he loved it. He gave me his blessing, so I wrote a new song around a few of those lines from ‘A Puro Dolor’ to bring back that nostalgia of those old romantic tunes that have been a part of my career as well. It’s a fresh production. It sounds like today, but it has that DNA of a true, old-school ballad.”

The world got to know Fonsi through his global smash hit “Despacito” with Daddy Yankee in 2017. The remix with Canadian pop star Justin Bieber took the song to new heights. That was a big moment in Fonsi’s music career that spans over 20 years.

There’s more to Fonsi than “Despacito.”

Fonsi released his first album, the fittingly-titled Comenzaré, in 1998. While he was on the come-up, he got the opportunity of a lifetime to feature on Christina Aguilera’s debut Latin album Mi Reflejo in 2000. The two collaborated on “Si No Te Hubiera Conocido.” Fonsi scored multiple Billboard Hot Latin Songs No. 1s in the years that followed and one of the biggest hits was “No Me Doy Por Vencido” in 2008. That was his career-defining romantic ballad.

“Despacito” remains the second most-viewed music video on YouTube with over 7.2 billion views. The hits did not stop there. Later in 2017, he teamed up with Demi Lovato for “Échame La Culpa,” which sits impressively with over 2 billion views.

He’s also appearing on The Voice next month.

Not only is Fonsi working on his new album, but also he’s giving advice to music hopefuls for the new season of The Voice that’s premiering on March 1. Kelly Clarkson tapped him as her Battle Advisor. In an exclusive interview, Fonsi talked with us about “Vacío,” The Voice, and a few of his greatest hits.

What was the experience like to work with Rauw Alejandro for “Vacío”?

Rauw is cool. He’s got that fresh sound. Great artist. Very talented. Amazing onstage. He’s got that great tone and delivery. I thought he had the perfect voice to fit with my voice in this song. We had talked about working together for awhile and I thought that this was the perfect song. He really is such a star. What he’s done in the last couple of years has been amazing. I love what he brought to the table on this song.

Now I want to go through some of your greatest hits. Do you remember working with Christina Aguilera for her Spanish album?

How could you not remember working with her? She’s amazing. That was awhile back. That was like 1999 or something like that. We were both starting out and she was putting out her first Spanish album. I got to sing a beautiful ballad called “Si No Te Hubiera Conocido.” I got to work with her in the studio and see her sing in front of the mic, which was awesome. She’s great. One of the best voices out there still to this day.

What’s one of your favorite memories of “No Me Doy Por Vencido”?

“No Me Doy Por Vencido” is one of the biggest songs in my career. I think it’s tough to narrow it down just to one memory. I think in general the message of the song is what sticks with me. The song started out as a love song, but it turned into an anthem of hope. We’ve used the song for different important events and campaigns. To me, that song has such a powerful message. It’s bigger than just a love song. It’s bringing hope to people. It’s about not giving up. To be able to kind of give [people] hope through a song is a lot more powerful than I would’ve ever imagined. It’s a very special song.

I feel the message is very relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic we’re living through.

Oh yeah! I wrote that song a long time ago with Claudia Brant, and during the first or second month of the lockdown when we were all stuck at home, we did a virtual writing session and we rewrote “No Me Doy Por Vencido.” Changing the lyrics, kind of adjusting them to this situation that we’re living now. I haven’t recorded it. I’ll do something with it eventually. It’s really cool. It still talks about love. It talks about reuniting. Like the light at the end of the tunnel. It has the hope and love backbone, but it has to do a lot with what we’re going through now.

What do you think of the impact “Despacito” made on the industry?

It’s a blessing to be a part of something so big. Again, it’s just another song. We write these songs and the moment you write them, you don’t really know what’s going to happen with them. Or sometimes you run into these surprises like “Despacito” where it becomes a global phenomenon. It goes No. 1 in places where Spanish songs had never been played. I’m proud. I’m blessed. I’m grateful to have worked with amazing people like Daddy Yankee. Like Justin Bieber for the remix and everyone else involved in the song. My co-writer Erika Ender. The producers Mauricio Rengifo and Andrés Torres. It was really a team effort and it’s a song that obviously changed my career forever.

What was the experience like to work with Demi Lovato on “Echáme La Culpa”?

She’s awesome! One of the coolest recording sessions I’ve ever been a part of. She really wanted to sing in Spanish and she was so excited. We did the song in Spanish and English, but it was like she was more excited about the Spanish version. And she nailed it! She nailed it from the beginning. There was really not much for me to say to her. I probably corrected her once or twice in the pronunciation, but she came prepared and she brought it. She’s an amazing, amazing, amazing vocalist.

You’re going to be a battle advisor on The Voice. What was the experience like to work with Kelly Clarkson?

She’s awesome. What you see is what you get. She’s honest. She’s funny. She’s talented. She’s humble and she’s been very supportive of my career. She invited me to her show and it speaks a lot that she wanted me to be a part of her team as a Battle Advisor for the new season. She supports Latin music and I’m grateful for that. She’s everything you hope she would be. She’s the real deal, a true star, and just one of the coolest people on this planet.

What can we expect from you in 2021?

A lot of new music. Obviously, everything starts today with “Vacío.” This is literally the beginning of what this new album will be. I’ve done nothing but write and record during the last 10 months, so I have a bunch of songs. Great collaborations coming up. I really think the album will be out probably [in the] third or fourth quarter this year. The songs are there and I’m really eager for everybody to hear them.

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Lifestyles Of The Rich And Dangerous: Cartels Are Using TikTok To Lure Young People

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Lifestyles Of The Rich And Dangerous: Cartels Are Using TikTok To Lure Young People

If you’ve ever wondered what someone with a bulletproof vest and an AR-15 would look like flossing — the dance, not the method of dental hygiene — apparently the answer to that question can be found on TikTok.

Unfortunately, it’s not as a part of some absurdist sketch comedy or surreal video art installation. Instead, it’s part of a growing trend of drug cartels in Mexico using TikTok as a marketing tool. Nevermind the fact that Mexico broke grim records last year for the number of homicides and cartel violence, the cartels have found an audience on TikTok and that’s a serious cause for concern.

Mexican cartels are using TikTok to gain power and new recruits.

Just a couple of months ago, a TikTok video showing a legit high-speed chase between police and drug traffickers went viral. Although it looked like a scene from Netflix’s Narcos series, this was a very real chase in the drug cartel wars and it was viewed by more than a million people.

Typing #CartelTikTok in the social media search bar brings up thousands of videos, most of them from people promoting a “cartel culture” – videos with narcocorridos, and presumed members bragging about money, fancy cars and a luxury lifestyle.

Viewers no longer see bodies hanging from bridges, disembodied heads on display, or highly produced videos with messages to their enemies. At least not on TikTok. The platform is being used mainly to promote a lifestyle and to generate a picture of luxury and glamour, to show the ‘benefits’ of joining the criminal activities.

According to security officials, the promotion of these videos is to entice young men who might be interested in joining the cartel with images of endless cash, parties, military-grade weapons and exotic pets like tiger cubs.

Cartels have long used social media to shock and intimidate their enemies.

And using social media to promote themselves has long been an effective strategy. But with Mexico yet again shattering murder records, experts on organized crime say Cartel TikTok is just the latest propaganda campaign designed to mask the blood bath and use the promise of infinite wealth to attract expendable young recruits.

“It’s narco-marketing,” said Alejandra León Olvera, an anthropologist at Spain’s University of Murcia, in a statement to the New York Times. The cartels “use these kinds of platforms for publicity, but of course it’s hedonistic publicity.”

Mexico used to be ground zero for this kind of activity, where researchers created a new discipline out of studying these narco posts. Now, gangs in Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, and the United States are also involved.

A search of the #CartelTikTok community and its related accounts shows people are responding. Public comments from users such as “Y’all hiring?” “Yall let gringos join?” “I need an application,” or “can I be a mule? My kids need Christmas presents,” are on some of the videos.

One of the accounts related to this cartel community publicly answered: “Of course, hay trabajo para todos,” “I’ll send the application ASAP.” “How much is the pound in your city?” “Follow me on Instagram to talk.” The post, showing two men with $100 bills and alcohol, had more than a hundred comments.

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