We've all been told that soap has no place near your face, but is that entirely true? When we think of soap, we traditionally think its dries and strips the skin of its natural hydration and moisture. But if you've tried black soap, you know this isn't true of all cleansing bars. Dubbed the super soap by many, black soap has some great skincare benefits that your face will love!
Originating in West African countries like Ghana and Togo, African black soap has been used for centuries. Black soap gets its distinct color from the use of plantains, a fruit found in many warm climates. Ranging in color from black to brown, beige, and gray, black soap is made from plantains that are roasted and combined with palm ashes, the ashes of cocoa pods and occasionally shea tree bark. These main ingredients are roasted in traditional clay ovens and are later combined with water, shea butter, coconut oil, or palm kernel.
Black soap is a multi-purpose cleanser. This ancient beauty secret has been used to treat a variety of different skin blemishes. Black soap can help to reduce acne breakouts, rashes, razor burn, fine lines, wrinkles, and even treat eczema and psoriasis. Black soap isn't limited to skin either. It is also helps to eliminate and prevent dandruff and scalp irritation when used as a shampoo. Plus, its been toted as a great makeup remover. Is there anything this super soap can't do?
What makes black soap different from others? For starters, its chemical makeup is totally different. Black soap is free of lye, found in most mainstream soaps. As a result, when black soap gets wet, it will eventually become a liquid-like puddy like substance. Despite its changing looks, black soap will definitely help you maintain and rejuvenate yours. Filled with Vitamin A and E, using black soap delivers the rich benefits of antioxidants that help eliminate free radicals from skin to prevent the signs of aging. Use just a few times a week and notice a difference.
Have you tried this age old, tried and true super soap yet? Will you make the temporary switch to see if it works for you? Let us know in the comments section below.