The first to-do in L.A.? Hit up the stores with hundreds and hundreds of homeopathic herbs and remedies. The entire genre is huge within Hispanic culture, with people using holistic medicine to treat everything from aches and pains to redness and blackheads. Perkins took us to a quaint shop hidden in the El Mercado in Boyle Heights as well as Herbs of Mexico in East L.A., where Refinery29 learned how to treat every skin issue imaginable with a "magic herb" mask (which features, as we know it, bentonite clay).
For years, a huge trend in Latin America has been micropigmenting — where you tattoo semi-permanent makeup onto the face. To see it in action on lips, we went to Elite Permanent Makeup & Training Center.
Makeup is arguably one of the biggest — and most colorful — forms of self-expression for many Hispanics, so celebrity makeup artist Andre Sarmiento walked us through all his favorite Latinx-owned products. On the lineup: the MAC x Selena collaboration, Perkins' own makeup palette with Dose of Colors, and Nuance by Salma Hayek. Que hermosa, si?
About Skin Deep
Skin Deep is a docu-style beauty series, where influencers immerse themselves in different cultural epicenters in order to uncover beauty traditions from around the world. Beauty is deeply personal and, at times, passed on through generations and cultures.