10 Beauty Tricks All Brazilian Women Know
Brazilian women: bronzed skin, beachy hair, and a countrywide gene pool that must be filled with unicorn tears. Truly, I've never once met or seen a woman from Brazil who didn't instantly strike me with her beauty. So what's the secret? Aside from amazing genetics, Brazilian women follow beauty practices that are inspired by their tropical surroundings—simple, rooted in nature, and highly effective. In an effort to get as close as we can to the otherworldliness of Brazilian women, we've rounded up some of their best beauty secrets. Keep scrolling to learn more!
Another genius hack for nixing dark circles? Potato slices—really. Brazilian model Victoria Brito says, "To get rid of dark circles, take a potato, cut it into slices like a pepperoni, and put one slice over each eye for about 15 to 20 minutes once a week. I swear, after doing it about five times, you'll start to see a drastic reduction of dark circles. The potato literally starts to get dark and shrivel up while you use it—it's crazy!"
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Blogger Victoria Ceridono of Dia de Beauté says massages are big in Brazil. But not just any massage—one that includes lymphatic drainage. Ceridono tells The Cut, "It's a way to avoid water retention. You can have the light version, which is a sculpting massage. Many Brazilians have this type of massage weekly as part of their beauty routine. Normally, masseuses go to their house or they go to a clinic, but it's not a relaxing spa thing; it's a beauty treatment. The sculpting massage hurts more. It kind of makes your arms a bit thinner. Your thighs can get a bit thinner. It can make your waist more defined." A massage that also tones your body? Yes, please.
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Everyone's nuts for coconut oil, but what about its liquid counterpart: coconut water? Adriana Lima swears by the sweet drink, but instead of ingesting it, she soaks cotton pads in ice-cold coconut water and presses it into her skin. She gets the good stuff back home in Brazil, but if she's a far cry from home, she'll venture over to the Chinatown markets.
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Aside from her enviable gams and perfect complexion, Gisele Bündchen's expertly coiffed hair is easily one of her most notable features. Her trick for getting it to look so perfect every single time? Not brushing it. "After I apply conditioner, I pass my fingers through my hair and let it dry naturally," she says. "Every once in a while, I comb my hair in the shower, but I don't comb or brush after that," she explains.
Camila Pierotti from Sol de Janeiro says Brazilian women always prioritise their bodycare: "Caring for the body is as important as caring for the face. [Brazilian women] moisturise with only the best ingredients and show off their touch-me skin." She suggests Brazilian Bum Bum cream (pronounced "boom-boom"), a rich lotion fortified with guaraná, an Amazonian plant "whose fruit contains one of the most potent forms of caffeine on the planet." It smooths and tightens the skin to take care of problem areas, namely on and underneath the "bum bum."
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