When it comes to beauty, Ancient Africans knew exactly what they were doing. They used many beauty products that we are just rediscovering today. African black soap is just one of those wonderful concoctions used by Africans centuries ago. There are several benefits to using the soap, not only for the skin but for the hair as well.
Black soap is usually made with dried plantain peels are dried in the sun. These skins which sometimes includes palm and cocoa pods are roasted and then turned into ash. When the roasting is finished water is added to the ashes and filtered. At this point Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, palm oil and/or cocoa butter are warmed and added to the mix. The women of the village then stir the mixture for 24 hours. Eventually, the soap solidifies and moves up to the top of the batch, it is then scooped out and the mixture is set out to cure for two weeks.
After this the soap is ready for oils and other ingredients to be added. Or it can be sold on its own in its natural state. When looking to buy African Black soap remember the less the ingredients the better the soap. When handling the soap, it should be soft and a little crumbly, it should never feel hard like regular store bought soap. It shouldn't have any artificial fragrances or coloring. The soap will have an earthy scent with a hint of chocolate, this comes from the cocoa butter added. One last thing it shouldn't have is artificial lye. Black soap has naturally occurring lye, so none needs to be added.
Improves Skin Tone
Many people suffer from a skin tone that is uneven, this comes from sun exposure, genetics and pollutants that are in the air and our bodies. African Black soap contains shea butter as well as cocoa butter, these are very moisturizing and contain antioxidants, that neutralizes free radicals in the skin. This helps in keeping the skin tone even and healthy looking.
Free radicals not only help with evening the skin tone, the antioxidants protect the skin from free radical damage that causes premature skin aging, wrinkles and facial lines.
Black soap firms and tones skin and improves skin texture, for more glowing and healthy looking skin.
Alleviates Skin Problems
One of the most talked about benefits of using black soap is the relief of acne. It helps lessen treat and totally clear up acne as well as eliminates black heads, psoriasis and eczema.
African Black Soap is naturally antibacterial and antifungal, this is great for deep pore clearing as well removing makeup and oils from the skin.
Stops Razor Bumps
African Black Soap is very protective to the skin, this protection prevents razor bumps when used for shaving.
Your hair will love this soap! It will not strip it of its natural oils, and will moisturize the hair leaving it soft and manageable. The shea butter and cocoa butter in the soap gives the soap all the benefits.