African Black Soap: Origin, Ingredient and Importance
African black soap originated in West Africa (especially Ghana), also known as Ose Dudu or Alata Samina, and Anago soap. West African tribes make this soap with local harvested plant parts
Despite of an abundance of antioxidants, It is valued for its skin-friendly benefits. The soap consists of plantain skin ashes, cocoa pods and palm leaves, and seed or kernel palm oil.
Some additional ingredients may be honey to soften the skin and shea butter or cocoa butter for extra moisturizing properties, depending on the soap makers (some black soap is more effective than others and can dry).
IMPORTANCE OF AFRICAN BLACK SOAP
- PROTECTS AGAINST PHOTO AGING: In black soap, antioxidants protect the skin against free radical damage caused by premature skin aging, wrinkles and facial lines.
- HAS DEEP CLEANSING ACTION: It has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties and is ideal for cleaning deep pore. Thanks to the oils and butters, it is also effective at removing makeup.
- IMPROVES SKIN TONES: Black soap firms and tones the skin and it also enhances skin texture for more smoother and glowing skin.
- HEALS SKIN PROBLEMS: This alleviates the effects of acne-like skin conditions. It has been said by consumers to help lessen, treat and remove acne, get rid of blackheads, psoriasis, and eczema.
- FADES DISCOLORATION OF THE SKIN: Black soap makes brown spots and discolorations even out and disappear
- THIS RELAXES RAZOR BUMPS: Due to the high content of shea butter, which protects the skin, it is often used by men during shaving.
- REDUCES IRRITATION OF THE SKIN AND INFLAMMATION: Black soap helps to reduce the irritation of inflammation and skin. It soothes dry and irritated skin, soothes dry patches, rashes and red areas.
- IT IS A GOOD EXFOLIANT: Ashes in black soap provide exfoliating properties to remove dead skin cells, enhancing fine lines, softening and rejuvenating rough skin.
- PLANTAIN SKIN: Features vitamins including riboflavin, vitamin C, thiamine, and folic acid. Plantain leaves have high iron and vitamin A and E concentrations. Allantoin which is found in plantain leaves stimulates the growth of new skin cells.
- COCONUT OIL: It has anti-inflammatory properties and contains antioxidants that protect your skin from UV damage and prevent aging of the skin. Coconut oil is also useful in repairing skin damage, drying skin and eczema, and reducing wrinkle appearance. It has properties that are cleaning and antibacterial, making it useful.
- PALM KERNEL OIL: It’s taken from the seed of the kernel. It is an excellent moisturizer and emollient that hydrates and nourishes your skin. It has a high lauric acid content that gives it anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.
- PALM OIL: Is derived from palm fruit and not from its kernel, containing beta-carotene, vitamin E, essential fatty acids and antioxidants.
- SHEA BUTTER: Made from karite tree nuts, vitamins A and E are also available to improve skin damage and repair. Healing burns, sores, and scars, and treating psoriasis, eczema, and dermatitis has been used. It helps foster cell renewal and decrease wrinkle appearance. As it is non-comedogenic and has anti-microbial properties, it is also good for the treatment of acne scars. Has anti-inflammation
Finally, 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.
You can try out any of our African black soap, you won’t regret it.