South American Skin Care Ingredients To Help Your Skin
The lush and diverse flora and fauna of South America produces crops that exported worldwide. In addition, the Western world is starting to discover the treasure trove of South American skin care ingredients that protect and heal your skin. Adding these ingredients to your skin care regime will give your skin that extra boost that it needs to glow.
Keep in mind that new and exciting plants and ingredients are always being discovered in this part of the world.
Cocoa butter is made from the fat of the cocoa bean. Yes, the same cocoa bean that produces the chocolate so many of us love. When it comes to our skin the fat from these beans, which are native to Central and South America, can provide quite a few great benefits. First, cocoa butter is a great moisturizer, is easily absorbed by the skin, and can heal dry, cracked skin. Secondly, cocoa is full of a type of antioxidant called polyphenols which diminish the signs of aging.
This Amazonian superfruit is chock-full of Vitamin C (30 times the amount found in oranges) which can protect and brighten the skin as well as lessen the signs of skin aging. It is also high in antioxidants which further help our skin stay young, firm, and healthy. If all of that isn’t enough, camu camu fruit also contains vitamins and minerals like niacin, iron, phosphorus, and potassium which all benefit our skin.
Buriti Fruit Oil
The buriti palm tree is also known as moriche palm or ité palm and grows tropical areas of South American like central Brazil and in parts of the Amazon. The oil from this fruit has a high concentration of antioxidants, essential fatty acids, and vitamins such as E, A, and C. This means that buriti oil can soothe, protect, and heal your skin. It is also great at hydrating the skin. Try it in RMS Beauty Oil or Botanical Beauty Brazilian Buriti Fruit Oil.
You may have already heard of acai berries since they have become a big hit in the health food world with many claims being made about their health benefits. You can find lots of recipes on how to use this berry especially in smoothie recipes. Acai berries not only can help you internally they can also help your skin externally. This berry is full of antioxidants which can calm skin inflammation and protect skin from free radical damage (good for acne and anti-aging), essential fatty acids which hydrate and heal skin, and Vitamins A, B, C, and E which can revive, protect, moisturize, and heal the skin.
You could use a product with acai berry in it like Eminence Firm Skin Acai Booster-Serum or even make your own mask using acai berry powder. You can follow this DIY face mask recipe or simply add a teaspoon of acai powder to your favorite homemade facial mask recipe to help your skin.
The cupuacu tree is a relative of the cocoa tree and can be found in Brazil, Colombia, Peru and Bolivia. Like many of the other ingredients listed here this fruit is both eaten and used topically. It is anti-inflammatory and very moisturizing. It can help restore hydration to dry skin and hair. You can find it in Burt’s Bees Richly Replenishing Body Lotion Cocoa & Cupuacu Butters or cold pressed on its own so you can add it to your favorite DIY skin care recipes.
Me & The Girls Bar Beleza Multi-Use Beauty Bar also contains cupuacu seed butter, and this one product can cleanse, moisturize, and even prime skin before make-up.