Logically, I know social media is curated to hell and back. What we see online often isn't reflective of what's actually going down in someone's life — yet because Instagram has given celebrities direct control over what they share, there's also the chance their posts are more honest than interviews of years past. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley's Instagram presence is highly aesthetically pleasing, and while that normally turns on my skeptic receptor, I was all ears when she posted her "daily essentials" last week.
Situated amongst a marble bust (as one casually has lying around) and a pale pink Ouai candle were two products from the supermodel's new beauty line, Rose Inc., plus Costa Brazil's Kaya Jungle Firming Oil. As the name suggests, Costa Brazil uses a blend of cold-pressed, omega-rich oils to promote firmness; many of the vitamin A- and E-heavy ingredients originate from the jungles of Brazil and Colombia. And as difficult as it is to find a firming oil that actually works, vitamin A is proven to add elasticity to skin and vitamin E is shown to smooth wrinkles.
If your future doesn't hold plane tickets to Brazil anytime soon, the supermodel-loved oil's ingredient list is the next best thing. Jojoba oil heads up the formula, joined by cacay seed oil, cream nut oil, Brazil nut oil, pataua seed oil, pequi seed oil, murumuru seed butter, and capuaçu seed butter; they're topped off by tea tree oil, tucuma seed oil, rosewood oil, buriti oil, and spirulina extract. Per the brand, its incredible smell comes from "notes of sacred white and black breu resin [that] are blended with the essences of wild jungle floral, crushed cypress root, and Brazilian vetiver."
Judging by how phenomenal Huntington-Whiteley's skin always looks on Instagram and in photoshoots, daily application of the Firming Oil is working for her. Jojoba oil alone brings in sterling skincare benefits: As New York City dermatologist Dr. Rachel Nazarian previously told InStyle, the ingredient doesn't have a single downside. "In my opinion, it's a great addition to skin care and hair care regimens because risk of side effects and irritation are incredibly low, while improvement in hydration and moisture can be easily achieved."
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The wealth of supplementing oils in the Firming Oil's formula aren't as well-studied, but researchers note that cacay oil boasts a high concentration of bioactive compounds like linoleic acid (an omega-6 oil), as does cream nut oil. Buriti oil, Brazil nut oil, capuaçu seed butter, and pataua seed oil are high in oleic acid triglycerides, which is a major factor behind what makes argan oil so delicious for skin and hair, and spirulina brings in additional vitamins A, E, and K.
All of which is to say, the anti-aging body oil is well worth its price tag — especially because the brand is Latinx-ownded and founded, Leaping Bunny-certified, and uses ingredients that are sustainably harvested to protect biodiversity. Ninety-nine percent of Huntington-Whiteley's life is unattainable, but her Kaya Jungle Firming Oil and supremely silky skin can be yours for $54. Get it at Nordstrom.
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