Tucumã extract is a botanical ingredient from South America that’s taken off in the hair-care world for its softening and smoothing properties—though it offers plenty of benefits for skin, as well. Read more about why it’s such a popular ingredient, below, and how it works for skin of color in particular.  

First up, what is tucumã extract?

Tucumã extract is an emollient—or skin-softening ingredient—derived from the tucumã fruit which grows on a palm tree native to South America. It’s rich in nourishing elements like polyphenols and fatty acids that provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties. You can also find it whipped into a creamy tucumã butter in both hair-care and skin-care products. 

What are its benefits? And what skin concerns does it address?

Tucumã extract boosts hydration, suppleness, and elasticity, while its high levels of brightening antioxidants (like vitamin C) help fade acne scars. It’s especially helpful for aging skin and acne-prone skin that could use more gentle brightening and re-texturizing. 

Why is it beneficial for skin of color? 

The high fatty acid content in tucumã fruits helps boost moisture and nourish skin, which can be a big plus for skin of color that’s been shown to experience high levels of dehydration and water loss. 

How does it help hyperpigmentation or PIH? 

Meanwhile, its high antioxidant presence can greatly help with exfoliating and brightening scars from hyperpigmentation, which is another common trait of melanated skin. 

How should tucumã extract be used?

Tucumã extract is gentle enough to pair with other brighteners and similar nourishing hydrators like squalane due to its high fatty acid content. Since it’s so rich in antioxidants, it’s also something you’ll want to start your day off with to protect against sun and environmental damage.

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