It’s always interesting for me to learn what women long ago used for soaps, moisturizers, hair wash etc. because all of these things certainly did not contain any kind of chemicals.
Reading about what women like Queen Sheba, Cleopatra etc. (many of African descent) used to keep their skin flawless without any artificial ingredients is very inspiring for anyone who wants to be beautiful naturally
If like me, you are interested in natural beauty, I’m sure you must have heard of a natural skin and hair cleansing ingredient known as African Black Soap. Also known as Ose Dudu in Nigeria and Alata Samina in Ghana
Ancient women from Nigeria, Ghana and other neighboring West African countries handcrafted this soap using natural ingredients to promote clean and beautiful skin and hair.
The major ingredients that make up this soap are: Cocoa pod, plantain leaves, Shea bark, palm kernel oil. Other optional ingredients, such as honey, shea butter, cocoa butter, coconut oil etc, may be added to make the soap more healing, cleansing and moisturizing.
Now let’s look at the wonder working benefits of Black Soap for Skin
1. Cleanses Skin
Just like any other soap, African black soap does an effective job of cleansing your skin, ridding it of dirt, grime, dead cells, excess sebum and germs. However, unlike other soaps, African black soap does not completely strip your skin of its natural oils, thereby keeping it smooth and moisturized in addition to cleansing it.
2. Good for Sensitive Skin Types
African black soap is a popular choice for those with sensitive skin types that are prone to redness, rashes and other skin infections. If your skin reacts negatively to commercial soaps or even gentle soaps such as liquid castile soap, then you must try using African black soap. It contains absolutely no hidden ingredients that can irritate the skin.
3. Soothes & Heals Eczema
The ingredients in African black soap have powerful anti-inflammatory properties which soothe and calm eczema. Instead of using harsh commercial soaps and body washes for eczema, lather up with African black soap instead and notice how soothed your skin feels afterwards!
4. Reduces Blemishes & Dark Spots
One of the miraculous properties of African black soap is its ability to reduce blemishes and even out skin discolorations. The nutrient-rich ingredients have something to do with this skin lightening effect. The pure oils and butters in African black soap are rich in vitamin A, E and essential fatty acids that help lighten discolorations and reduce scarring.
5. Fights Facial & Body Acne
Need a gentle but effective cleanser for acne-prone skin? Then try out African black soap! It’s gentle, contains no chemicals and is a valuable acne-fighter! It’s also especially good for people with back acne. Use it twice a day to cleanse your face and body – in the morning and at night before bed for best results.
7. Reduces Oily Skin
The natural cleansing and exfoliating action of African black soap removes excess sebum from deep within the pores and on the skin’s surface.
8. Minimizes Fine Lines & Wrinkles
Did you know that African black soap is rich in antioxidants? Ingredients, such as cocoa, are powerful antioxidants that ward off notorious free radicals that steal oxygen from healthy skin cells which causes them to become lifeless. Using African black soap helps keep away premature wrinkles and fine lines.
9. Unclogs Blocked Pores
If you suffer from congested pores, use African black soap to deep cleanse and purify your skin from deep within without stripping natural oils.
10. Helps Fade Acne Scars
Ingredients such as palm kernel oil as well as shea butter help moisturize skin and naturally lighten and fade out acne scars. Did you know that acne scars look more pronounced when the skin is dehydrated and flaky? Moisturizing helps reduce the appearance of acne scars and fades them faster. The exfoliating properties also help slough off dead skin that normally collects above the acne scar.
11. Soothes Razor Bumps
Use African black soap during shaving to moisturize the skin thereby minimizing razor bumps. You can also use it after shaving to soothe & calm the red skin.
13. Eliminates Fungal Skin Infections
African black soap has anti-fungal and antibacterial properties that fight off bacteria, fungus and other microbes that cause skin infections.
Now that you know the wonder working benefits of African Black Soap, wouldn’t you rather get it right away!
Article written by Ifeoma-The Skin food Evangelist
Ifeoma is a serial social entrepreneur and a bonafide skin food evangelist. Ever since she discovered the amazing benefits of using African inspired natural recipes for her skin and hair care, she became completely sold and passionately began spreading the word about skin food to a new crowd and audience.
Since swapping chemicals for organic skincare regime 2 years ago, Ifeoma wakes up with a much more beautiful, healthy and nourished skin every day. When she’s not whipping up and evangelizing skin food recipes, she spends her days overseeing the operations of her social impact organisation that works in collaboration with the private sector to facilitate learning, employability and livelihood support opportunities for resource poor women and young people in West Africa.
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