Aloe vera is thought to have originated in North Africa and Cape Verde. Today, you can find it grown all over. Aloe Vera is especially favorite in the Caribbean and you'll often find Grandma or Aunty reaching for a stem of aloe vera for any and every skin ailment! Aloe vera is an antibacterial agent and can help to fight spots if applied to the skin but can also be used for burns and cuts.
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Aloe vera also has mild skin lightening properties. So it won't lighten your skin by some shades but it will fade dark marks and help to even your skin tone. The best thing to do is to cut a stem of an aloe vera plant and scoop the inside out to use it directly on the skin. Not many population have aloe vera plants readily available so fortunately 100% aloe vera gel is available to buy.
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Shea butter hails from West Africa and comes from the seeds of the shea tree. Pure, unrefined shea butter is great for the skin. It is a great moisturizer and can also sacrifice stretch marks. It is quite rich so if you have sensitive skin you might not want to use it on your face but it is great on the rest of the body. Shea butter helps to fade skin discolorations and offers some natural protection from the sun. As if that wasn't adequate presuppose to use it, it is also great for filling in and preventing wrinkles!
The largest producers of cocoa are Ivory Coast and Ghana in West Africa. With its lovely choclately scent, cocoa butter is a great skin moisturizer but it also works well well at evening the skin tone, fading dark marks and fading stretch marks. I'm talking about pure, unrefined cocoa butter, not that runny stuff you find in a bottle! Both cocoa butter and shea butter are well excellent for smoothing out the rough skin on the knees and elbows.
Black soap also comes from West Africa. It is made from plantain leaves, palm tree leaves, cocoa pods or other leaves. The leaves are burned and then water and oil is added. The oils can be coconut oil, shea butter, palm oil or cocoa butter. The process can take up to 2 weeks and recipes are passed down straight through generations. This means that separate regions and tribes have their own ways of development black soap. Black soap is known as Ose Dudu in Nigeria - literally, 'soap black'.
Black soap helps with acne, rashes and hyperpigmentation. It is not as drying as most soaps and can be used all over the body.
Nature has given us some great gifts to give us a beautiful complexion. These attractiveness tips have been passed down from generation to generation and are often the basis for favorite skin products today.Aloe Vera, Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter & Black Soap - Natural African Gifts to Give You Great Skin Danny MacAskill - "Way Back Home" Tube. Duration : 7.72 Mins.
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