All eyes will be on Brazil for the next few weeks, as it hosts the 2014 FIFA World Cup. And while we can’t wait to see teams like Spain and Argentina battle it out on the futbol field, we’re reminded of one of the South American nation’s most famous exports—jaw-droppingly gorgeous models like Gisele, Adriana Lima, Camila Alves, and Emanuela de Paula. Here, between sips of an imagined caipirinha, we highlight some of these ladies’ locally-sourced beauty secrets.
The Brazilian Model: Gisele Bundchen
Her Native Beauty Secret: Papaya
Regardless of what she’s said about motherhood, you gotta respect the woman’s good looks. Gisele has said she relies on the beauty-boosting properties of Brazil’s native fruits for herself and her little ones: “My kids eat what I eat. The first [solid] food my son had was papaya and then avocado.”
Get the Look: High in fiber and rich in vitamins A and C, papaya is an excellent way to add sweetness to a healthy salad. It’s also a key ingredient in Michael Todd Organics’ Tropical Fruit Enzyme Scrub, which removes dead skin with its gentle, all-natural formula.
The Brazilian Model: Adriana Lima
Her Native Beauty Secret: Brazilian blow dry treatment
It’d be hard not to talk about Brazilian models without mentioning Adriana’s covetable, glossy locks. “I do it every two months and it makes my hair super shiny, plus it adds great movement and body to your hair. I love it," Adriana has said.
Get the Look: Recreate Lima’s shine and volume by treating your hair to a similar keratin-infused formula like Bain de Terre’s Keratin Phyto-Protein Sulfate Free Strengthening Shampoo and Conditioner. A natural hair protein, the ingredient restores damaged strands to a soft, bouncy state. Before drying, spirtz hair with It’s a 10’s Miracle Leave-In Product Plus Keratin, which relies on the protein to protect your hair from heat damage.
The Brazilian Model: Emanuela de Paula
Her Native Beauty Secret: Coconut and sugar-based scrubs
The source of Emanuela’s flawless skin comes in the form of a family secret passed down through generations: “My grandmother and aunt taught me how to make an exfoliant for your face with coconuts, soap, and sugar,” she has said. “Just put it on for 10 minutes and when you take it off your skin will be soft like a baby.”
Get the Look: From its powerful moisturizing ability to its natural antibacterial properties, it’s safe to say that coconut is the new “it” ingredient. To smooth your complexion, apply Shea Terra Organics Baobab Coconut Water Smoothing Vita Enzyme Facial Masque, which combines vitamin-rich coconut water with the powerful enzymes found in baobab fruit. For your body, Whish’s Sugar Scrub in Acai Grapefruit unites the exfoliating powers of sugar with the antioxidant-rich properties of Brazil’s acai berry.
The Brazilian Model: Camila Alves
Her Native Beauty Secret: Avocado-infused hair masks.
The model’s recipe for her super-silky strands? “Smash an avocado and rub it in your hair. Put on a shower cap and just sit in the sunshine and get your tan while you're in the backyard.”
Get the Look: While we’re all for for an at-home DIY, you can recreate Alves’ treatment with Hayadi’s Hair Relief Mask. Avocado oil meets hydrating aloe vera in this super-moisturizing mask, which is safe enough for sensitive scalps and gentle enough to use once a week.