Monday, 8 August 2011

Beauty tips from El Salvador

Having lunch on top of a volcano is not something I do every day. But in El Salvador, Central America where there are 23 volcanoes it is part of the experience. Happily, the San Salvador volcano where I was is no longer active, so I could relax and enjoy my meal surrounded by flowers, butterflies and birds.

El Salvador will wow you with its natural beauty. Volcanoes, mountains, forests, lakes and beaches are all within easy reach of San Salvador, the capital. This country may not be highly developed in tourism but its fresh locally grown food is delicious and there are some amazing restaurants, many which have views that are far more beautiful than any photograph can depict. And there are also beauty tips to be learnt from the women.

La Gran Via, a smart shopping mall San Salvador has many international brands including Zara. 
According to Carolina from the Árbol de Fuego, a small pretty “green” hotel in the city where I stayed, the brand changed the way women in the country dress. “They are now far more international in style,” she added.

Centro Comercial Galerias
I couldn’t believe how many hairdressers there were. “Latinas really care about their appearance,” Carolina said. “They often go to the hairdressers at least a couple of times a week before work to get their hair done so it doesn’t frizz.”

When dry, porous hair soaks up moisture from the air the hair shaft swells resulting in the frizzes. To help combat the effects coat your hair with plenty of conditioner.

Although PhytoSpecific is a range aimed at those with naturally curly, frizzy or relaxed hair, when it is humid, I use its Ultra-Repair Night Treatment (£24.50).

Denman’s jumbo heat-retaining, anti-static rollers (£3.02 for 3) are another necessity for clammy weather as they can be used to create a tousled effect and calm down frizz. Alternatively, try the TRESemmé Salon Professional Styling Wand (£29.99) and take a couple of sections and curl them to give you that done but undone look.

The Latinas keep make-up simple. Blusher is a favourite as it lifts the complexion but can also be used to correct skin tone without having to use foundation. A colour that is close to your natural flush should hardly need blending and won’t look funny if it wears off. The new Clinique Gradient Powder Blusher in Black Honey (£24) is on the brown side and looks natural on as does Bobbi Brown Blush in Desert Rose (£17) which is pinkier.

Mascara (waterproof) is an essential. Heavier make-up tends to be kept for the evenings. The Latinas play up one feature usually the eyes. Lips are frequently kept neutral. Try Estée Lauder Pure Color Sensuous Rouge LipColor in Nude Affair (£20). It doesn’t dry your lips. Fans of red lippy should leave the rest of the face nude.

By Daralyn Danns

Pictures of El Salvador: courtesy of the Central America Tourism Agency

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