Beauty review: Sol de Janeiro Beija Flor Elasti-Cream

Skin from the neck down feeling seriously parched after a couple of months of sun, sea and salt air? You’re not alone – and don’t worry, I’ve got you! My prescription for a boost of moisture (and much, much more) exactly when you need it is Sol de Janeiro’s iconic Beija Flor Elasti-Cream.
Created to treat every inch of your body “with the same attention you give to your face”, this moisture-rich body cream from cult faves Sol de Janeiro leaves skin visibly plump, deeply replenished and velvety-soft, and comes with a delicate fragrance that brings a hint of summer no matter what the season.
The tub of elasticity-boosting rich cream is clinically proven to boost collagen —the key building block for visibly plump and deeply replenished skin – and it definitely delivers from the very first application. Key to the formula’s restorative powers is Cacay oil, a cold-pressed oil drawn from the seeds of the Cacay tree that mimics the benefits of retinol – but without the skin-irritating side effects or sun sensitivity (major bonus in summer!). Highly effective in accelerating the skin’s cellular renewal process which in turn supports collagen production, Cacay Oil is also profoundly nourishing and supports skin’s natural moisture levels.

Plant-based collagen is also in there in the form of a thoughtfully selected, vegan-certified amino acid blend that is composed of the same amino acids that make up the collagen found in your skin, plus plant squalene. Similar to skin’s own naturally occurring oils, squalene quite literally drenches skin with vital moisture to instantly plump up, deeply hydrate and prevent moisture loss, and what has amazed me is this cream’s ability to even treat areas that are prone to moisture loss and crepiness like the neck and chest. Usually only responding to serious (and pricey) skincare investments, I’ve been amazed at a body product delivering the same results and more. And in all honesty, if I hadn’t read about Beija Flor Elasti-Cream’s results when it comes to the neck and decolletage online before I tried it I probably wouldn’t have applied it to those areas – but I’m hugely grateful that I did.
For best results, massage this little wonder into skin twice daily using circular motions all over the body, leaving a little time after for it to really sink in (and leave a slinky little sheen that I love). For faster absorption or if you’re in a hurry, simply warm the cream between your hands for a few seconds before application and watch it disappear before your eyes.
Another thing I will say is that a lot of people find Sol de Janeiro’s fragrances a little heady, but I personally love the fresh floral that comes along with this cream. Sure if you layer it with other products from the same line you’ll definitely be enveloped in the scent, but I find that a single layer is just perfect for me and it lingers ever-so-lightly throughout the day.
So, if your summer bod is feeling a little thirsty, this beauty is in now at MECCA and comes highly recommended.


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