You don’t need to be bayside in Rio to enjoy the beauty of the country—and its people—when you can experience it right at home with the host of different skin care and health benefits the country has to offer. Here, nine of the best supercharged ingredients to look for during your next skin care spree.
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The country’s natural shot of espresso, this fruit sports five times the caffeine a cup of coffee can deliver. The result? Revved up circulation and smoothed away cellulite that’s (lucky for us) gaining more and more popularity stateside.Try it: Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream ($45)
These rainforest-sourced berries are brimming with vitamin C, iron, niacin and amino acids to ward off free radicals in the skin while keeping a radiant, fresh complexion, a la Gisele.Try it: LUSH Golden Handshake ($5)
Better known as the Brazil nut, this vitamin-rich nut boasts a just-as-beneficial oil that is widely used for aging or damaged skin because of its high vitamin and antioxidant levels, but can also be used on your locks (it’s considered to be one of the best conditioners) for damaged or dehydrated hair.Try it: Topganic Leave-On Silk Serum ($13)
Found on its eponymous palm tree in the Amazon, this tasty snack also delivers an ultra-nourishing oil that’s chock-full of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits.Try it: RMS Buriti Bronzer ($28)
When not eaten by locals, this delicious snack (similar to a passion fruit) boasts a natural oil high in vitamin C and essential fatty acids that’s known to work miracles on the skin.Try it: Tarte Brazilliance Maracuja Self-Tanner ($39)
Stemming from its namesake tree, this light yellow oil has similar properties to coconut oil—containing around 70 percent good-for-you-lipids—that deeply nourishes skin without leaving behind an oily sheen or a strong scent.Try it: Kate Somerville KateCeuticals Multi-Action Revive Triple Peptide Cream ($175)
Native to northern Brazil, the pulp of this super sweet fruit is where we find cupuaçu butter, a plant-based alternative to lanolin, an intense hydrator we’re starting to see pop up into more and more products. Used in the hair or skin, this fruit delivers a serious dose of moisture you won’t find anywhere else.Try it: Tata Harper Redefining Body Balm ($115)
Highly emollient and moisturizing muru muru butter (made from the seeds of the palm) sports oleic acid and vitamin A, as well as high antioxidant levels to reverse the effects of sun damage and aging skin.
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This lipstick-meets-balm hybrid intensely nourishes even the most chapped lips while leaving behind a beatiful flush of color.
This purple fruit is so much more than the star of your favorite Instagram breakfast, often referred to as an antioxidant, anti-aging powerhouse. Not only does it protect your complexion from environmental aggressors and delay the signs of aging, but its fatty acids can also firm skin simultaneously.Try it: Fresh Sugar Acai Age-Delay Body Cream ($67)
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