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Beauty Secrets Series

Beauty Secrets of the Motherland- Guyana, Part Two

Guyanese women are one of the most beautiful and luckiest women in the world when it comes to their skin. Whether they’re young, old or any race from the Guyanese mixing bowl, they have the same gorgeous, glowing skin. So what is these women’s secret to healthy, glowing, flawless skin? Well for the majority, the truth will shock you and for the minority that suffer with blemishes and acne, the truth will surprise you. In this post I will talk about the majority.

Truth is, the majority of women in Guyana achieve beautiful, glowing skin by doing absolutely nothing. Or so it may appear. The Guyanese people lead a hard life, one of which include healthy habits, some of which can be presumed as a healthy lifestyle.

One of the advantages Guyanese women have is that they live in a country below the equator that endures two consistent climates, Sun and Rain. If it’s not rainy season it’s sunny, if the sun is not shining, it’s raining. At an early age, girls learn to shield their skin from the harsh sun rays by using an umbrella during the parts of the day that the sun can be the hottest. Shielding the skin from the harsh rays help to protect against skin cancer, age spots, sun spots, wrinkles and dark marks. This is something I’ve noticed American women do not do, instead they worship the sun in the Summertime. I have to admit, because I am a tropical woman, I miss the sun very dearly during the harsh months of winter and may have been guilty of doing that a few times.

Because the climate can be extremely hot, especially in the months of July and August, Guyanese women/people are more able to drink the recommended eight glasses of water, whether it is present in it’s pure form, as coconut water or in tea. Drinking a lot of water has a lot of health benefits, one of which is blemish free, glowing skin. Coconut Water is not only very hydrating but it has anti-aging properties, helps to reduce stress; all of which leads to healthier skin and a glowing complexion.

It is a ritual and common practice for Guyanese to have “tea” in the morning during breakfast and in the evening with a slice of bread or crackers, as they eat their heaviest meal during lunch. The teas drank locally are made from local herbs and bushes (“bush tea) and international imports such as green tea and black tea. Green tea has a lot of inflammation fighting antioxidants, prevents wrinkles, helps reduce the risk of skin cancer. Black tea is also filled with a lot of antioxidants which help fight against skin cancer and other skin diseases. The polyphenols and tannins found in black tea protects skin from the environment, improve blood circulation, accelerate skin regeneration and fight bacteria in your body. Thus, leading to healthy, glowing, blemish free skin. Not to mention teas help reduce stress, which is great for the skin.

Guyana is also blessed in that it has very fertile earth; making rice, sugar, and timber one of it’s main exports. Because of this, the Guyanese people have easy access to fresh produce, fruits, greens, vegetables, and provisions, both fresh and organic. There are so many produce indigenous to Guyana and the Caribbean that provide many nutrients good for one’s health, hair, and skin, it’s no wonder Guyanese women have beautiful, healthy, glowing skin. Guyana, which is an Amerindian, means “Land of many waters”; because of this and being partially surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, Guyanese have easy access to many arrays of fish. Which are loaded with Omega 3 fats, yummy ingredients for glowing skin.

When I went home to Guyana for Christmas vacation,  my skin had started to clear up after two weeks of being there and I even lost weight because the food was just so much better because it was fresh and organic and more importantly had the right ingredients my skin needed. As you can see, Guyanese women are indeed the luckiest when it comes to their skincare. Just simply, wash with water and add a bit of coconut oil and your skin is good as golden.

Skin during the second week of my vacation in Guyana

Skin during the second week of my vacation in Guyana



One thought on “Beauty Secrets of the Motherland- Guyana, Part Two

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    Posted by O'neeka | March 30, 2014, 12:33 pm

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