Many are of the opinion that good things require great money and expenses. Especially the issue of skin care. Despite that school of thought, there is an over looked skin product that is as cheap as N300. The beauty industry has been shaken by the rather late arrival of the infamous natural African black soap. Beauty gurus have only just realized the truly restorative powers of this product and many have incorporated it into their daily skin care routines.
Quite a few of us remember the black soaps like Dudu Osun and did not really understand the positive effect it had on our skin. In the years past, the women from the Western part of Africa made and used a vegetable-based soap to cleanse their skin and hair. Such soaps were made with secret recipes passed down from generation to generation. And several formulations of the African black soap gracing the market today have been revised with added contents like; oats, honey, aloe end the like. But there are core, irremovable ingredients which include; plantain skins, cocoa pods, Shea tree bark and palm tree leaves. Once the plant matter is collected, it is first sun dried and then roasted at a consistent temperature until it turns into ash. The ash is then added to water and various fats like palm oil, coconut oil, Shea butter, cocoa butter, and palm kernel oil. This mixture is then heated and hand-stirred for a least 24 hours until it begins to solidify before it’s scooped out and left to cure for two weeks. Note, because black soap contains high levels of glycerin, if you have a glycerin allergy, it is advisable to not use it. Once used and you notice that black soap is irritating your skin, discontinue use immediately. Now, here are all the amazing ways that black soap can help your skin;
a) Improves skin tone
Black soap firms, tones and improves skin texture, for more supple and glowing skin.
b) Helps with skin discoloration
Black soap helps even out hyper-pigmentation and dark spots
c) Reduces inflammation
Black soap helps reduce inflammation and skin irritations. It is soothing on dry and irritated skin, relieving dry patches, rashes and red areas.
d) Helps to heal problem skin
It eases the symptoms of skin conditions like acne. Some users have said that black soap helps lessen, treat and clear acne and helps get rid of problematic blackheads.
e) It is Deep cleanser
Black soap has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties and is great for deep pore cleansing. It also is effective at removing makeup because of the oils and butters.
f) It alleviates razor bumps
It is often used by men during shaving because of the high Shea butter content which helps to protect the skin.
g) Great for exfoliation
The ashes in black soap provide exfoliating properties to remove dead skin cells and thereby improve fine lines, soften and rejuvenate rough skin.