Coming off the back of the incredible Rio Carnival, the biggest festival in the world, we’re digging into the routines and rituals that go on behind the scenes. The homeland of Gisele, Adriana Lima and Alessandra Ambrosio, Brazil is where shiny beach waves rule, glowing skin is de rigueur and keeping up a strict beauty regime is all par for the course.
Some of our favourite Brazilian brands are trending right now too like NaturaBrasil, which will soon be landing on British shelves and Sol de Janeiro, the creators of the famous Bum Bum Cream.
Here’s your chance to get ahead of the curve with our 5 Brazilian beauty secrets.
1 Sol de Janeiro
We adore the Sol de Janeiro collection. Their cult Bum Bum Cream, £18, is loved by celebs and is a beach body must have! It’s infused with caffeine-rich Guarana (which contains almost five times more caffeine than coffee), stimulating circulation and giving your bottom the ultimate boost.
Fragrance plays a massive role in Brazilian beauty regimes too, and we’re not just talking about perfume. From your body wash to your shower lotion, look for heady scents that capture the beauty of natural fragrances, such as vanilla, sandalwood, coconut and orchid flower.
You can even buy the scent of Sol de Janeiro’s instant classic Bum Bum Cream for £18. It can be used on the body, hair and even clothes to transport you to the sultry beaches of Rio. Described as ‘if sexy were a scent THIS would be it’, we can’t afford to give it a miss!
2 Moisturise, Moisturise, Moisturise
Brazilian women are known to shower up to three or four times a day, thanks to the sweltering Brazilian temperatures. All that showering can dry out the skin, so hydration is key. Look to nourishing natural oils like coconut oil or almond oil, and deliciously scented body butters.
Talking of coconut oil, it’s both a skin and hair essential for many Brazilian women thanks to its nourishing and protective properties. Not only does a coconut oil hair mask boost incredible shine, it also repairs damage caused by the sun, sea and heat styling, while helping to protect against breakage. Mix it with a little brown sugar and you’ve got the best coconut body scrub you can use from head to toe.
Try the Jason Smoothing Organic Coconut Oil, £8.99, a multi-tasking, nourishing formula enriched with antioxidant Vitamin E.
3 Don’t Forget Eye Cream
The skin around the eyes is the most delicate on your face, but we often forget to take extra care of it. Brazilians, however, love specialist eye creams and pamper masks to help smooth skin and to prevent fine lines. Victoria’s Secret model Lais Ribeiro tells Pop Sugar that she loves to sleep in a cucumber eye mask, while Adriana Lima revealed she looks to argan or vitamin E oil.
Try the 2 Step Eye Kit from Yes to Cucumbers, £4.99.
4 Always Use SPF
Even if you’re not strutting the sands of Copacabana Beach, SPF is still a skincare essential—even on a greyish UK day! Brazilian women may be the Queens of a golden glow, but they’re not afraid to slather on the SPF everyday. Don’t forget to stay protected by layering a skincare inspired SPF under your makeup. Try the Vichy Ideal Soleil BB Cream, £16.50, that protects whilst illuminating your complexion.
5 Fake It
Brazilian women aren’t afraid to fake it if they need to. Don’t ruin your skin to make it look like you’ve been sizzling on Copacabana Beach, fake a gorgeous golden glow instead. Look for a natural gradual tanning lotion like St. Tropez Gradual Tan Classic Lotion, £14.50. .