Brazilian Beauty Ingredients
by Tuere Randall and Shana Guins
Known for their exotic allure, Brazilian women such as model Emanuela de Paula are widely regarded as some of the most gorgeous women on the planet. Good genes do their part, owed in part to a rather pulchritudinous blend of African, Indigenous and European ancestry throughout much of the population, but Brazil is also blessed with a cornucopia of plants and fruits chock full of beauty-inducing properties, as well as other natural resources, that promote glowing skin, lustrous hair and fight the hands of time.
Açai. This Central and South American native berry, which closely resembles a grape/blueberry hybrid, packs an antioxidant punch that protects healthy cells from free radical damage that can speed aging.
Dr. Nicholas Perricone, who declared açai one of his top 10 superfoods on Oprah, harnesses its ability to fight oxidative stress in one of his beauty line’s cleansers.
Moisturize, rejuvenate and firm while plumping skin to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
This intensely hydrating hair oil tames frizzies and fly-aways leaving behind shiny locks without that greasy feeling.
Like coconut oil, unrefined Babassu Oil is solid at room temperature, melts on contact with skin and soothes a variety of skin conditions, including eczema.
Sand. With over 4,600 miles of coastline, this is one commodity Brazil has in abundance. Highly effective as an exfoliant, the custom of rubbing sand mixed with tanning oil over the skin at the beach is widely touted as the “Brazilian cellulite treatment.”
Bring the beach to you, or at least the sand, with this sandstone soap bar and (gently) scrub your way to silkier, healthier skin!