Beauty From Overseas: Brazil
Every country has their own little beauty secret. For Brazil, the secret lies within the Amazon Rainforest a.k.a home to some of the most nutrient-rich vegetation on this planet. For centuries, locals have been creating and using beauty products derived from the natural ingredients themselves. Let's just say there's a reason the Brazilians are known for their healthy hair!
Luckily, you don't have to travel far to get your hands on some of these ingredients. Here are some products straight from Brazil that you can try at home:
Acai isn't just delicious in a breakfast bowl. Your skin loves it, too! Also called the "youth berry" or "beauty berry", this ingredient is a powerhouse at protecting against free-radicals and skin-cell regeneration. Many people enjoy acai in bowl or juice form but topically, it's just as effective in revitalizing tired or aging skin.
In Brazil, it's all about the bum bum. The tighter the tush, the better! If you peek at the labels on most Brazilian body creams, you'll find guarana extract in the list of ingredients. This herb contains one of the most powerful forms of caffeine on the planet. As you may know, caffeine dehydrates your fat cells, which causes them to smooth out. It doesn't get rid of cellulite but it definitely masks it. It also tightens and provides antioxidants to the skin when applied topically.
Otherwise known as one of nature's strongest moisturizers. Capuaca's moisture sealing properties make it the perfect ingredient to nourish both skin and hair. If you have dry and damaged ends, cupuaca butter is also effective at preventing and healing split ends.
As far as rainforest super fruits go, Brazil nut is probably the most well-known. If you want something just as moisturizing but less heavy than Capuaca butter, this ingredient is the way to go.
Did you know that out of all the fruits and vegetables, Buriti fruit has the highest concentration of Vitamin A? This vitamin is responsible for speedy cell turnover for smoother texture in both skin and hair. For hair specifically, Buriti fruit is great for summer scalp problems. It's anti-inflammatory properties get rid of any dryness or flakiness.
I love this fragrance! The wood of Palo Santo , which translates to "Holy Tree", has been used in Brazil for centuries for it's cleansing and purifying properties. These days, this ancient ingredient is finding it's way into many beauty and home products--especially those produced in South America.
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