Uses of African Black Soap



There are so many chemicals that are used in nearly all ‘cleansing bars’ sold in stores today. An ancient belief holds it that anything you put on your face you should be able to eat.If you wouldn’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin!Whatever soap you use gets absorbed into your bloodstream through your skin. This is why African black soap and other natural soaps are suddenly getting more recognition today.

The same women who make black soap choose to use only black soap on their babies, as its purity makes it gentle and non-drying for babies’ sensitive skin.

African black soap is revered for having skin nourishing benefits due to an abundance of antioxidants. The soap is made from the ashes of plantain skin, cocoa pod and palm leaves, and palm oil from leaves or kernels. Some additional ingredients, depending on the makers of the soap, could behoneyto soften skin andshea butter or cocoa butterfor extramoisturizing properties (some black soap are more potent than others and can be drying).

Some Common Ingredients in Black Soap:

Plantain skins and leaves have a high concentration of iron and vitamins A and E. Vitamin E helps with tissue structure, is healing and helps moisturize the skin improving texture and tone. Vitamin A benefits collagen production. Allantoin in the leaves of plantain stimulates the growth of new skin cells.

Cocoa powder softens and firms the skin and has antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties to fight against free radicals,repair damaged skin and renew skin cells.

Cocoa butteris a natural fat extracted from the cacao bean. It’s been used for years as a moisturizer. It has vitamins A and E to fight against environmentaldamage and therefore the signs of aging. It helps the skin retain moisture and improves elasticity. Cocoa butter is also said to improve the appearance ofstretch marks. It has also beenused to ease skin conditions like rashes, eczema andpsoriasis.

Shea butter(karite butter) made from the nuts of the karite tree, also has vitamins A and E to strengthen skin and repairs damage. It has been used toheal burns,sores andscars, and to treat psoriasis, eczema, and dermatitis. It helps promote cell renewal and diminish appearance of wrinkles. It is also good for treatment of acne scars because it is non-comedogenic and has anti-microbial properties.

Palm oilis rich in antioxidants and two forms of vitamin E tocopherol and tocotrienol, which are useful in the treatment of acne and eczema and reduce cell damaged caused by environmental toxins and free radicals.

Palm kernel oil is extracted from the fruit seeds of the African palm tree. It is high in lauric acid giving it anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.

Coconut oil The fatty acids in coconut oil work to reinforce the skin’s lipid barrier and lockin moisture. Coconut oil is also helpful for repairing skin damage, dry skin and eczema, and toreduce the appearance of wrinkles. Ithas cleansing and antibacterial properties,which makes it useful for removing grime and makeup,and when combined with other ingredients works as a natural deodorant.

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Steps On How To Use Black Soap:

To combat irritation (burning, stinging, redness), take off a small amount of soap (liquid or solid), knead it into a ball and work it into a 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.

To prevent dryness, wash and rinse skin with cool water to help skin retain more moisture and use a lightweight, non-comedogenic (not tending to clog pores) moisturizer after use.

Because raw black soap contains high concentrations of fats, waxes and fat-soluble vitamins, but no lye, beware of high concentrations of chocolate and/or caffeine. Also be cautious of high concentrations of latex from the plantains, palm oil and/or coconut oil.

African black soap is great for oily and acne prone skin. It’s efficient for deep pore cleansing because of its natural exfoliating qualities. For some oily skin types it seems to keep the skin hydrated without increasing oil.


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