African Black Soap And Its Beauty Benefits
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African women are known for their glowing and flawless skin. Africa is the hottest continent on Earth, and the sun can be pretty harsh on the skin. Despite that, the African women maintain smooth skin that looks healthy inside out. Ever wondered how? It’s because of their nature-inspired beauty routine.
Beauty traditions in Africa are closely held secrets that are passed down through generations. One such ancient African beauty secret is the African black soap that has taken the beauty world by storm. Scroll down to know everything about this centuries-old beauty secret that turned into a cult favorite.
What Is African Black Soap? Why Is It So Special?
Also known as Ose Dudu orAlata Samina, and Anago soap, African black soap originated in West Africa (especially Ghana). The tribes of West Africa make this soap with plant parts that are locally harvested.
The traditional recipe of African black soap is a closely guarded secret that is only known to the families that prepare it. The recipes may differ from region to region. However, they have a few common ingredients. The local tribes of West Africa usually use ingredients like palm oil, coconut oil, raw African shea butter or shea tree bark, cocoa pods, plantain skin, and honey for making this extraordinarily rich soap.
Usually, the plant parts are collected and then sun-dried. They are then roasted until they turn into ash. Then, different types of plant fats, such as coconut oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, and other fats are added to it, and this mixture is stirred on heat for at least 24 hours until it solidifies. Once it is solid, the soap is cured for at least two weeks before using it.
The ingredients found in this soap make it special and extremely beneficial for the skin. They are:
- Plantain skin: Contains antioxidants, such as riboflavin, vitamin C, thiamine, and folic acid.
- Coconut Oil: Has anti-inflammatory properties and contains antioxidants that protect your skin from UV damage and prevent skin aging.
- Palm Kernel Oil: Is an excellent moisturizer and emollient that keeps your skin hydrated and nourished.
- Palm Oil: Is derived from the palm fruit (and not its kernel) and contains beta-carotene, vitamin E, essential fatty acids, and antioxidants.
- Shea Butter: Has anti-inflammatory property and keeps your skin moisturized and prevents fine lines and signs of aging.
However, keep in mind that the ingredients of the African black soap may differ depending on the region where it is made. For instance, plantains are only found in West and Central Africa, so the African black soap made in the Eastern region doesn’t contain plantain peels.
All these natural ingredients make African black soap the holy grail of skin care. It is a step ahead of the commercially available synthetic soaps. If you are not yet convinced about its benefits, read on to know more about the magic it can create on your skin.
Benefits Of African Black Soap
1. It Helps In Soothing Irritated Skin
2. It Has Antibacterial Properties
3. It’s Safe To Use For All Skin Types
4. It Is A Great Natural Moisturizer For The Skin
5. It Cleanses And Exfoliates The Skin Thoroughly
6. It Fights Acne
7. It Prevents Razor Bumps
8. It Helps In Reducing Hyperpigmentation
9. It Has Antifungal Properties
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