African Black Soap and its numerous health benefits may not be something you are all that familiar with, but increasingly I’m hearing more and more people talk about it, and reading more and more articles discussing how this nourishing vegetable soap is healing, replenishing, and revitalising the skin of so many.
And let me tell you, it is wonderful stuff! With shea butter, coconut oil, cocoa pods, and plantain peels amongst its ingredients, African black soap offers a soothing and nourishing all-natural alternative to the often harsh, chemical-laden skin care available on the market.
So if you haven’t come across this traditional, ancient, luscious African soap before, read on to find out how getting a good old skin-full of the stuff could be the thing you’ve been searching for…
All skin types – halt the search for different products for different skin types! African black soap works a treat whether you have dry, oily, or combination skin, as the soothing, natural ingredients work to balance all three. Coconut oil can help combat dryness by hydrating the skin, and can help to balance and correct oily skin by adding moisture.
Antimicrobial skin cleanser
An effective topical natural skin cleanser, the lauric acid found in coconut oil and palm kernel oil act as antimicrobial and antifungal agents, whilst the moisturising effects of the shea butter will clean and clear the skin without stripping important oils.
Fine lines and wrinkles….where?
Both the cocoa pods and the plantain peels are a rich source of antioxidants that can help to fight the physical signs of aging. Tannins, catechins, and quercetin all work hand in hand to scavenge those pesky free radicals that contribute to oxidative stress and damage.
Acne fighter and healer
As well as lauric acid, African black soap also contains caprylic acid, capric acid, and vitamin E, which all work in combination to produce an effective acne buster. As well as soothing inflamed and irritated skin, they also help to balance skin PH levels, whilst anti-inflammatory fatty acids work to keep moisture locked in.
Eczema and psoriasis soother
If you suffer from eczema or psoriasis, African black soap could provide you with some quick natural relief. Containing all of those lovely, enriching ingredients I mentioned above, it can work to provide anti-inflammatory relief to dry, itchy, and sensitive skin patches, whilst providing much needed moisture and deep hydration.
Do away with harsh, oil-stripping exfoliators, and use the fine particles contained in the raw vegetative matter of African black soap, to gently and naturally exfoliate the skin.
If you are new to using African black soap, I recommend using 2-3 times per week to start off with, once or twice a day. Break a small amount off and use water to create a foam, then either use hands to wash and clean the skin, or use a soft muslin cloth to make extra gentle.