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These are my top 5 traditional African beauty products.



1. The Pumice Stone

This stone can be found in most African households. It is an exfoliating "stone" that is often used on the body to exfoliate and on the feet to remove hard calloused skin. The best thing about growing up in Africa is that this stone is free, you can potentially find your perfect exfoliating pumice stone in your back yard.


2. African black soap

African black soap is often made from plant extracts. It is a gentle cleansing soap that is used on the whole body including the face and the hair. African black soap has so many benefits which include treating acne, eczema, reducing dark spots and evening out the skin.

3. Shea butter

Shea butter is made from the nut of the African shea-karite tree. It comes in different grades from raw unrefined shea butter to processed shea butter. It is often used a body and face a moisturiser. It can be used to soothe and treat dry skin as well as even out uneven skin tone. Most natural girls use it on their afro hair as a leave in conditioner. 

4.Malura oil

Malura oil comes from the African Amarula tree. It has a high content of oleic acid and palmitic acid fatty acids that are essential in promoting healthy skin by maintaining the skin's barrier and reducing water loss from the skin. Malura oil has a high vitamin C content, 4 times more vitamin c than oranges so it also works as a powerful antioxidant.

5.Boabab oil

This one is special to me because my grandma used to have a huge Boabab tree in her back yard, back in Zimbabwe. Boabab oil is high in antioxidants such as Vitamin C, Vitamin E  so it protects the skin and reduces signs of ageing. It also contains fatty acids which reinforce the barrier of the skin so it can be used as a powerful moisturiser.


Whats your favourite traditional beauty remedy ?comment below.


Top 5 traditional African beauty products

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Human body odour is a product of the bacterial metabolism of odourless compounds found in sweat and other compounds excreted from the glands eg sebaceous glands, eccrine glands (found on soles of feet, palms and forehead) and apocrine glands (mostly found near hair follicles in the armpits and the pubic region).
Deodorants and Antiperspirants are used to combat sweat and the odour produced by metabolised sweat. The terms are often used interchangeably but they are different.

Deodorants reduce the population of bacteria which causes odour. It does so by creating conditions (acidic or salty conditions) were by these odour causing bacteria can not grow or thrive. Sweat does not smell, the smell associated is produced when bacteria break down sweat to produce odour causing metabolites which produce the odour. So without these metabolising odour causing bacteria, your sweat will not smell.

Antiperspirants work differently to deodorants. They stop you from perspiring (sweating). They contain ingredients such as aluminium which absorb into the skin and block the glands which prevent you from sweating.  If you do not produce sweat the metabolising bacteria will have nothing to metabolise, essentially they will not have food and odour is therefore not produced.




References 

  • Hara, T., Matsui, H., & Shimizu, H. (2014). Suppression of Microbial Metabolic Pathways Inhibits the Generation of the Human Body Odor Component Diacetyl by Staphylococcus spp. PLoS ONE, 9(11), e111833. http://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0111833
  • Urban, J., Fergus, D. J., Savage, A. M., Ehlers, M., Menninger, H. L., Dunn, R. R., & Horvath, J. E. (2016). The effect of habitual and experimental antiperspirant and deodorant product use on the armpit microbiome. PeerJ, 4, e1605. http://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.1605
  • https://trustproducts.co.uk/blogs/healthbasics/74962245-the-difference-between-deodorants-and-antiperspirants

Deodorants and anti-perspirants

Introducing the ONLY skin care product I need in my skin care routine. 




Three years ago I came across this product, sourced it and I have been using it religiously every day for the last three years. It is my secret skin weapon.

The Korean Italy towel is an exfoliating towel .It originates from Korea and has been used in Korean bath houses and spas for decades. It is made of viscose and it comes in different colours which all have different exfoliating gradients.

Green = most abrasive - (do not use on face!)
yellow= average
pink = least abrasive

Growing up in Zimbabwe I have always used a pumice stone in the bath and shower. This is a lighter and better alternative to a pumice stone.  The korean italy towel removes dead skin cells and it leaves the skin feeling smooth plus it is great for reducing cellulite.

Personally I use the green one on most of my body including my feet and the pink one my face with my cetaphil gentle skin cleanser  every other day. On days i feel like I've overdone it I use the yellow one on my body.

I highly recommend this product if you want smooth skin. Try it, let me know what you think. I also recommend you google reviews on this product, i have not read a negative review yet!!!

How to use the korean italy towel.

For everyday use
Soak body in the bath for about 20-30 minutes then exfoliate using the towel.
Shower - wet body and stay in the shower for about 15 minutes then exfoliate as usual.

For cellulite
I wet my korean italy towel and add soap and dry exfoliate my target areas then rinse off in the shower,


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The Italy towel - The worlds best exfoliator