Everyone loves to feel and look beautiful. People go through the extremes to look their very best, have a clean and nice face and skin and generally look younger. The general misconception is that black folks do not need to worry their heads over taking care of themselves and their face or skin because mother genes is on their side. Even though this statement is not totally wrong in the sense that people of color are blessed with beautiful skin and late ageing, anything not taken care of well will look old and rusty earlier than usual. Black they say never cracks but to achieve the non-cracking badge of your blackness you need to do your part.
Ghana is not only rich in culture, minerals and wonderful people. It is also rich in natural plants and herbs that are great for achieving flawless and radiant skin. It is therefore doesn’t come as a surprise that these beauty products have been adopted by the world who are seeing the benefits of how effective these beauty products are.
Here are 5 raw beauty products available in Ghana and exported in many parts of the world that you should try.
Ghana is the home of abundant shea butter specifically grown in the northern parts of Ghana. The butter is derived from the nuts of the Shea or Karité tree. Shea butter is rich in fatty acids and vitamins A, E and F which are great for the skin. The process of making the butter involves washing and drying the nuts, then roasting and crushing the nuts, kneading it and finally boiling to extract the oil which later solidifies into butter.
Shea butter is one of the best moisturizers there is in Ghana which has been passed on from generation to generation. It absorbs beautiful into the skin and also creates a barrier that reduces and prevents dryness of the skin. It has anti-ageing properties that boosts collagen production, increases the skin’s elasticity and reduces wrinkles.
Shea butter is also great for the hair when used as a sealant after moisturizing your hair. Because It is thick protects your hair from losing moisture and hydration easily. It also adds shine and lustre to your hair.
Ghana is known for its huge cocoa production. It is therefore logical to find richest and quality butters derived from the high-quality cocoa beans of Ghana. Cocoa butter is great for dry skin as it naturally contains Vitamin E and antioxidants that protects, moisturize and help dry skin retain moisturizing factors longer. It therefore makes for a good moisturizer. It can also be used without additives, but since is hard at room temperature, you should warm it up before use.
The benefits of coconut oil are many. It is used to cook and are found in a lot of cosmetic products for the hair, skin, nails and teeth. Coconut oil is derived from fresh coconuts through a cold pressing process. It is very cheap and almost every household in Ghana possesses this oil because it a multi-purpose oil. This oil is rich in fatty acids which helps to protect the skin or hair. Because coconut oil is light it is able to easily penetrate and absorb into the skin, moisturizing it and improving the overall health of the skin likewise the hair. It is also a great for whitening the teeth.
AFRICAN BLACK SOAP
Widely known as “Alata Samina” in Ghana black soap is a staple in every Ghanaian home. Ghanaian women have stayed loyal to this soap for centuries due to its amazing cleansing and healing properties. It is made from the ashes of plants, barks and leaves from plantain, cocoa pods, Shea tree and palm tree leaves. Once these ingredients are collected, they are dried in the sun and then roasted. Water or oil is later added to the mixture and allowed to set for a few days. African black soap is amazing for cleansing so you may want to replace your cleansers, shampoos and bathing soaps with this one. It helps to clear the skin of acne, dark spots and get rid of skin diseases such as eczema, ring worm etc. Even though black soap is amazing for cleansing and clearing your skin or hair, it may be a little bit drying. Make sure to put some moisture and oils back into your skin and hair after using this soap.
BAOBAB OIL AND POWDER
The Baobab tree is also known as Africa’s ‘Tree of Life’. Baobab trees grow in 32 African countries. They can live for up to 5,000 years, reach up to 30 metres high and up to an enormous 50 metres in circumference. You can just imagine the amount of nutrients this tree has to offer. Every part of the baobab tree is valuable – the bark can be turned into rope and clothing, the seeds can be used to make cosmetic oils, the leaves are edible, the trunks can store water and the fruit is extraordinarily rich in nutrients and antioxidants.
Baobab powder is made from the tree’s nutritious fruit which is considered a super food – it is one of the health and beauty world’s best kept secrets. It is an extremely rich source of vitamin C, almost 50% fibre and has the highest antioxidant content of any whole fruit.
The baobab oil which is obtained from the seeds of the tree is one of the best moisturizers that exists. It is rich in fatty acids and has Omega 3, 6 and 9 that works amazing for the skin and even help heal chapped lips. Unlike many oils, baobab oil works well with water. It can be used on a daily basis as it absorbs quickly into the skin, trapping in excess moisture without leaving the skin greasy.