As Africans, one major thing we can boast of is our skin colour and as such we take pride in maintaining it beauty. Ghana is a country enriched with different natural products and as such one cannot afford not using the following skin care products in order to maintain the glow and shine of our natural skin colour.
SHEA BUTTER: Shea butter is a skin super food that comes from the seeds of the fruit of the Shea(Karite) tree and that is naturally rich in vitamins A, E and F. It is usually yellow in color when raw, with unrefined, refined and ultra-refined Shea butter being off white color, is very thick and solid at room temperature but has a battery rich consistency that makes it ideal for the use as a natural eye cream, lip balm, or body butter. Shea butter is widely used in the production of cosmetic and natural skin products as a moisturizer, salves or lotion.it is used as sun blocking lotion, excellent emollient for dry skin, natural collagen, Skin smoothing, many people report that its aids in skin softening and strengthening, wrinkle reduction, reduction of inflammation and prevention of premature aging, among others. Using Shea butter on your scalp and hair can help to increase growth, prevent hair loss. This simple fix can lead to less dandruff.
In some countries such as Benin and Ghana, Shea butter is used for cooking oil, as water proofing wax, for hair dressing, for candle making and as well as ingredient in medicinal ointments.
BLACK SOAP: Black soap is locally known as Alata simena, sabulun salo, ose dudu, and anago soap. It has been in existence for hundreds of years. Black soap cleanses gently, so it’s ideal for people with rashes, dryness and other skin conditions. Some African black soap contains a plantain extract, which has antibacterial properties that may help treat acne breakouts. Some people use the soap as a shampoo or mild makeup remover.
Some of the uses for black soap are: shampoo (be sure to follow it with your regular makeup remover, acne, fade skin discoloration, dark spots and acne scars, reduce discomfort for eczema, and helps relieve skin rashes.
HOW TO USE BLACK SOAP.
To combat irritation (burning, stinging, redness) associated with use, take off a small amount of soap (liquid or solid), knead it into a ball and work it into lather by rubbing it between your fingers. Be gentle if applying directly to the skin, because there may still be particles that can scratch and damage the skin.
In West Africa, and especially Ghana, black soap is often made by women and fair-traded. The women use secret family or community recipes that have been handed down for generations. First they sun-dry the plant matter, such as plantain skins, palm tree leaves, cocoa pods, and Shea tree bark, and burn it to ash. Next they add water and various oils and fats, such as coconut oil, palm oil, and shea butter, cook the mixture until it solidifies, and hand-stir it for at least 24 hours. They then scoop out the soap.
COCONUT OIL: it is the oil extracted from coconut.
USES OF COCONUT OIL.
Coconut Oil for Hair– This nourishing oil has been used for centuries in hair and its unique fat composition makes it especially beneficial for certain hair types. Use it as a hair mask, hot oil treatment, or in homemade hair products.
To Moisturize and Nourish Skin– The same properties make coconut oil great for skin as well. Many people like to use it as a natural moisturizer. Its natural antioxidant properties make it great for stopping wrinkles and skin irritation.
Cooking: Coconut oil is stable oil that doesn’t break down easily at high temperatures like other oils do. It doesn’t go rancid easily and has amazing nutritional properties. It is great for cooking eggs, stir fries, grain free baked goods, and practically any other cooking use.