Saturday 6 June 2015

Ingredients 101: Cupuacu Seed Butter

Natural or Synthetic: Natural

Origin: Cupuacu seed butter is extracted from the fruit seed of the Cupuacu tree (pronounced 'coo-poo-wa-soo')

Location: The Cupuacu tree is cultivated in the jungles of Colombia, Bolivia and Peru and in the north of Brazil.

Beauty Benefits: Cupuacu seed butter is high in essential fatty acids and phytosterols and this - added to the fact that it has a naturally high water absorption capacity - makes capuacu ideal for dry and damaged skin. The ingredient is similar to, and is often compared with, Cocoa Butter, however it has a much creamier consistency. CupuaƧu seed butter is also rich in antioxidants, including vitamins C, A, and B, amino acids and minerals, such as calcium and selenium. It also provides a natural protection from UVA and UVB rays.

What makes cupuacu seed butter such a popular skincare ingredient is that it absorbs quickly and soothes skin. It is non-irritating, anti-inflammatory and prevents premature ageing. It is also used to treat a variety of skin conditions, such as eczema and dermatitis.

Warnings: Cupuacu seed butter is considered safe to use topically

Found in: The Belif Moisturizing & Firming Eye Cream (£29.75 / $48.00 Sephora). Korean brand, Belif, uses Cupuacu seed butter as one of the main ingredients in its hero eye cream.

The Moisturizing & Firming Eye Cream is one of my favourite eye products as it is soothing and ultra-hydrating, without being too heavy on the eye area. It is also lightweight and absorbs very quickly and is free of parabens, sulfates and phthalates (a huge bonus!). Although the results aren't drastic, I do find that the Belif Moisturizing & Firming Eye Cream firms my eye area and decreases the appearance of fine lines.

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