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6 Beauty Ingredients We Can Thank Central America For

2017-02-15 17:50:27

6 Beauty Ingredients We Can Thank Central America For

A plethora of ingredients in nature that aid our inner and outer health are found in Central America.

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The natural hair and beauty movements have come with a force--and it’s looking like it is here to stay.

 

There is a plethora of ingredients in nature that aid our inner and outer health; with the profusion of information in the internet, so we decided to encapsulate the hair and skincare ingredients that were born in Central America.

1. Acai is a grape-like fruit from the acai palm, originally found in Brazil.

It can also be found in Central America. The beauty of this plant is its high antioxidant quantity, thereby making it a popular ingredient for anti-aging cosmetic products. Although, you can receive the same results by just adding the fruit to your diet, and not just as a topical product. Acai berry oil is 100% pure, natural, and cold-pressed, so you can receive the sum total of benefits from the fruit in this form.

2. Jackfruit is a multi-purpose beauty secret.

It contains endless nutritious benefits for your health due to it being rich in vitamins, minerals, electrolytes, fibers, fat, protein, and carbs. This Central American native is a triple-threat because not only does it aid in healthy living, but the seeds benefit the hair and skin, too. Its antioxidant properties fight wrinkles, prevents acne, lowers oil production, soothes sunburned skin, depletes blemishes and hyper-pigmentation to give a bright and glowing complexion. Hair growth and frizz prevention is also boosted with the consumption of jackfruit seeds.

3. Cashew fruit is another Brazil native also found in Costa Rica.

The fruit is known to be high in fiber and lowers high cholesterol; it also has skin benefits because it contains antioxidants, vitamin C and minerals which aid in preventing premature aging and skin cancer.

4. Red Mangrove Extract is said to be even stronger than vitamin C.

Dr. Hevia, founder of Hevia Cosmetic Dermatology states, “The skin can be safeguarded and cellular health can be promoted the same way the mangrove plant protects itself from harsh elements.” Red mangrove is an antioxidant that soothes and heals the skin while protecting it from aging, as well.

5. Cocoa butter is derived from cocoa beans, which is native to Latin America, specifically Central and South America.

It is mainly known for skin moisturizing and avoiding stretch marks. It contains two top antioxidant ingredients that your skin can never get enough of—polyphenol and flavonoid. Flavonoids are in charge of gathering cell-damaging free radicals, and polyphenol is in charge of fighting against ultraviolet radiation, so with these two compounds, you will definitely have a great defense team. P.S. Cocoa butter can also be used on hair and scalp as a pre-poo treatment or simply to tame fly-aways.

6. Chikoo can mainly be found in Mexico or Belize.

Just like all of the above ingredients, it contains antioxidants, vitamins and minerals with some nifty hacks. One, for example, uses the chikoo plant to produce a milky sap that can be used to remove fungal growths on the skin, such as warts. It also has advantages for the hair, such as promoting growth, ridding dandruff, and moisturizing curly hair.

Do you use any Central American ingredients?

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Irma Leticia Garcia

Irma Leticia Garcia

Irma is a full-time Afro-Latina womanist and reproductive justice warrior with a passion for poppin’ curly hair. She steps on the pro-choice battlefield as a patient advocate at Austin Women’s Health Center and supports people of color during their birthing experiences with positive, healthy outcomes as a trained doula with Mama Sana Vibrant Woman.

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