Considering Brazil's track record for rearing some of the most in-demand faces (and bodies) in the biz, when someone wants to clue us into one of the country's native beauty secrets, needless to say that we pay attention. Case in point: Adriana Lima, who just revealed her beauty and skin routine to New York Magazine—and proceeded to blow our minds with the fascinating way she uses a certain tropical superfood.
Keep reading to see what Lima's Brazilian skincare secret is!
We're all too aware of coconut water's internal benefits, but have you considered applying it on top of your skin? That's Lima's go-to method when her complexion needs some work. "If you have a tough day and want to treat yourself, you can soak your skin with cotton pads and ice-cold coconut water," she says. "I prefer natural coconut water. Every time I go to Brazil, I get a chance to try it. Here, I go to Chinatown."
With just one look at the Victoria's Secret model's natural glow, we certainly don't need to be told twice. And she has a point: You can reap many of the same anti-aging benefits of coconut water (thanks to its antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, as well as its array of antioxidants) by absorbing it through your skin just as you would by knocking some back. To the grocery store!
Pictured: Vita Coco 100% Pure Coconut Water ($22 for pack of 12)
Do you ever use coconut water on top of your skin? Tell us in the comments below!