Natural skincare products really work, even with the numerous skincare brands all around us for a better longer lasting results that are beneficial for the skin. For years, African women have used natural skin care products made from natural ingredients which we use till date either as a base for most of our skin care products or in its raw form. Let’s delve into this post you could find something that would be beneficial to you.
AFRICAN BLACK SOAP:
African black soap is extremely quite popular and for good reason too. Black soap is packed with essential nutrients to moisturize the skin, make it glow, it reduces acne, reduces scars, helps even out your skin tone, helps with hyperpigmentation and it also helps reduce stretch marks.
African Black soap is high in vitamin A and E, which helps stimulate collagen production. It’s also a great deep level cleanser and exfoliator and its antibacterial properties will help prevent black spots.
African black soap is sometimes in form of a bar but actually, the best black soap is liquid or mushy in texture. Authentic black soap is handmade from the ash of plant-based materials such as palm tree leaves, palm oil, plantain skin, shea tree bark, cocoa pods, shea butter, camwood. Depending on the region that produces the soap, the ingredients could vary. African black soap can also be used as a shampoo for natural hair and it has amazing benefits for the hair too.
Shea Butter is God’s gift to mankind, it has so many great qualities and it is amazing that it comes at such a low price. Shea butter is off-white or yellow in color depending on where it is sourced from, gotten from the nuts of karite nut trees that grow in the West African region. It can be used for cosmetic, nutritional and medicinal purposes. Shea butter comes in solid form which can melt on your skin and it has a characteristic smell which can put some people off, you can counter this by whipping the shea butter so it becomes fluffy; this can be done using a cake mixer or manually, you can also add essential oils to the shea butter to make the smell more pleasant.
Shea butter has powerful moisturizing, anti-aging, protecting and healing benefits to the skin. There are many uses of shea butter and it has been clinically shown to provide relief for various skin conditions.
The many benefits of shea butter are;
It moisturizes the skin
Treats acne and blemishes
Offers protection against the sun
Helps smooth out wrinkled skin
Helps reduce/ prevent stretch marks during pregnancy
Help prevent diaper rash on babies
Excellent moisturizer for the hair
Helps relieve cold and sinusitis
Help treat minor burns
PALM KERNEL OIL:
Palm kernel oil is gotten from the nut of the palm fruit, this is not to be confused with palm oil popularly called “red oil” in West Africa. Palm oil is gotten from the outer fruit and is red in color, while palm kernel oil is gotten from the hard nut inside the fruit and is typically black with a unique distinct smell. West African mothers use palm kernel oil as a moisturizer for babies’ skin. It has been used for years in West Africa to treat infections, prevent diseases and for beautiful skin and hair.
Palm Kernel oil has anti-aging properties – it is loaded with antioxidants which prevent the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It also provides protection against harmful UV rays, other toxins, and harsh weather conditions.
It is a great skin moisturizer, making the skin soft, smooth and supple.
Cures dry and itchy skin.
Restores skin elasticity.
For the hair, Palm kernel oil soothes the hair and scalp when used as a hot oil treatment, gives volume to hair, strengthens hair, treats dandruff and increases the softness of the hair.
This is a spice that is linked to ginger but is extremely beneficial to the skin. Turmeric contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory components, which provides glow and luster to the skin. Turmeric may also revive your skin by bringing out its natural glow. One of the downsides of turmeric is that it can temporarily stain your skin or clothes. Turmeric aids in the treatment of psoriasis, acne, it prevents wrinkles, helps treat skin pigmentation, it also aids in exfoliation.
Here are a few simple turmeric masks recipes you can apply to your skin
- All-Purpose Mask – 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder + 1 teaspoonof honey + 1 teaspoon of milk or plain yogurt
- For Acne-Prone Skin – 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder + 1 tablespoon of chickpea powder + 1 tablespoon of lemon juice + a touch of water
- For Oily Skin Types – ½ teaspoon of turmeric powder + 1 tablespoon of gram flour + a touch of water
- Moisturizing Cream – ½ teaspoon of turmeric powder + 1 tablespoon of rose water + 1 tablespoon of fresh cream
- Toner – ⅓ teaspoon of turmeric powder + 1 egg white + 1 tablespoon of oats
Recipe culled from http://www.naturallivingideas.com/turmeric-for-skin/
Camwood also is known as African sandalwood powder, comes from the core of the camwood tree. It helps in clearing skin problems and is essential to having glowing and flawless skin. Camwood Powder contains powerful antioxidants it is also an anti-inflammatory agent that helps
to improve blood circulation to your face, remove toxins and fight the formation of wrinkle-causing free radicals. It also helps with the treatment of acne, eczema, and sunburn. It helps your skin become soft, supple and glowing.
You can mix camwood powder with your body scrub, facial mask or shower gel and you would begin to see and feel immediate effects.
I would love to read your feedback. Have you tried any of the products, and what was the effect on your skin?