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What Is It: Tepezcohuite

Reviewed by SarahK March 7, 2011 8 Comments

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The beautiful Salma Hayek is reportedly coming out with her own skin care line, a venture she has been thinking about for several years now. The line, called “Nuance,” will launch sometime next year and will be sold at CVS drugstores. Of course, this means it will be affordable; on top of that, it will focus on natural ingredients, specifically ones that are indigenous to Hayek’s native country, Mexico.

Hayek claims that her grandmother died at age 96 with “no wrinkles” and that her mother’s skin is equally flawless, all thanks to certain Mexican beauty secrets that involve special ingredients.

One of these ingredients is tepezcohuite, formally known as mimosa tenuiflora. It is a tree native to northern Brazil and southern Mexico. The Maya people have used the bark of tepezcohuite trees since the 10th century to treat skin abrasions. It is also used to treat burns; in fact, in 1984, the city of San Juanico suffered a terrible gas explosion that killed 500 people and left over 5,000 people with burns, which were treated successfully with tepezcohuite.

In addition to its wound healing abilities, the bark has an antiseptic effect and contains tannins (astringents) and flavonoids, which fight free radicals and inhibit the degradation of collagen and elastin. The bark also has a mysterious regenerative effect on skin and tissue. It has the ability to promote the growth rate of human cells in culture and has been shown to stimulate dermal fibroblast activity. Tepezcohuite inhibits hyaluronidase, an act that protects hyaluronic acid in the skin. Studies show that at a 10% concentration, tepezcohuite can treat eczema and skin inflammation.

Information about mimosa tenuiflora is limited, though. It has not made its presence known in cosmetics (at least, not noticeably) and most of the people talking about it are bloggers or people who are looking for remedies for certain skin ailments. There is no information about the seemingly magical plant on the FDA’s website or on any other sites that list safety information.

One tepezcohuite product that seems to be talked about online quite a bit is Tepezcohuite Pomade Arbol de Vida, which used to be sold on Amazon but is not anymore. According to the only other website I could find that sells it, its ingredients are wonderfully simple: petroleum jelly, tepezcohuite oil, wheat germ oil and rosehip oil.

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  • May 9, 2015

    by Rose Marie

    I'd like to know what Salma uses on her hair. It is so glossy, silky & healthy looking! :)

  • May 7, 2015

    by Linda

    lmao Joe, can't believe you said she is full of shit.

  • June 6, 2012

    by ann

    uh-oh...
    Salma must have burned Joe at some point. I would like to hear more about the mimosa tree!

  • June 4, 2012

    by Oteka

    ASDMBeverlyHills carries tepezcohuite cream, serum and body lotion. I suffer from low thyroid function and the body lotion has really helped with my very dry skin problem.

  • March 27, 2011

    by George Kraft

    I have used tepezcouite for sunburns for the last 20 years and it is the best substanse that I know of for healing them.

  • March 13, 2011

    by Joe

    Salma is full of shit. Everyone gets wrinkles unless you died at age 20. I remember when Salma was a 2bit actress on Mexican soaps. She hasnt really had any memorable roles other than showing her tits and ass. She is just a golddigger that married some rich like she had stated she wanted to do in the Mexican press. Now she thinks she's to good to even step foot on Mexican soil.

  • March 7, 2011

    by Julie Kay

    I have a mimosa tree growing in my backyard- which we planted 20 years ago in Phase One of my landscaping plan. I knew she was more than just a gorgeous tree! Thanks, SarahK. ~jk

  • March 7, 2011

    by Melissa

    i used a soap that had this when i lived in oaxaca. i got it at a local store similar to a walmart called soriana. i was less than impressed with the product, but i remember reading up on this plant and being impressed. maybe it has potential, but i think it needs to used in a better formulated product than what i used.
    regarding hayek's claim about wrinkles in her family, it sounds too good to be true. i saw plenty of people with wrinkle when i lived in mexico--of many different ages of differing ethnicity. they get so much sun there, and i felt like most people didn't where sunscreen or enough or reapply it enough.
    i'll be interested in seeing what other ingredients her line uses.

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