The Beauty Benefits of Oatmeal and African Black Soap

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In this day and age when we are all striving to find natural, chemical free beauty products, we sometimes overlook the obvious.  Who does not have oatmeal in there home? Oatmeal was once (and probably still is) the staple food for those cold winter months.  So it goes without saying that oatmeal and winter go hand in hand.  But did you know this breakfast superfood also boasts beauty benefits?  In an article written by the Huffington Post, the use of oats in skincare has been documented as far back as 2000 BC, and oatmeal is one of the few natural ingredients to receive recognition from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), according to clinical dermatologist Dr. Joseph F. Fowler Jr.’s clinical update in Skin & Allergy News.

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What are benefits to using oatmeal in skincare products?

  • Oatmeal has anti-inflammatory properties and is perfect for most skin types, even the most sensitive skin.
  • Oatmeal contains saponins, a mild cleansing agent.
  • Oatmeal helps remove dead skin cells.
  • Oatmeal can help treat acne, eczema, rosacea and rashes.
  • Oatmeal can helps relieve symptoms of aging skin.
  • Oatmeal is known to have good exfoliating properties and this will help to get out the daily toxins off the skin.
  • It is also known to have skin lightening effects and thus it also helps to improve the skin tone and texture, and smooth out blotchy areas.
  • Oatmeal repairs damage from other chemicals, such as alpha hydroxy acids, surfactants, and bleaches.
  • It can help calm the skin.
  • Oatmeal helps reduce pore size.

What about African Black Soap? What is it exactly?

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Origins of “The Black Soap”

African black soap or ose dudu originated with the Yoruba people in Nigeria and the Yoruba communities in Benin and Togo.   The Yoruba words ose (“soap”) and dudu(“black”) literally translates to “the black soap.”   It is also called anago samina in Ghana.  (Anago is the name of a Yoruba sub-group in what is now Republic of Benin).  Samina means, “soap” in the Twi dialect of the Akan language.

Traditional black soap was typically a mixture of water and the ashes of plantain skins, cocoa pod powder and palm oil.  Other recipe blends can include the ashes of palm leaves, or Shea tree bark, and a combination of palm oil, coconut oil, Shea butter or tropical honey.

Village women in western Africa are still handcrafting black soap. There are more than 100 varieties of African black soaps.   Recipes have been passed down in families from mother to daughter.  Ingredients can differ by region and each batch can be unique.   Age-old formulations and production methods make a big difference in the final outcome of the soap.

What are the benefits of African Black Soap? 

Nigerians and Ghanaians have used black soap for centuries for bathing and for reducing body odor, and as a shampoo for hair, not only to cleanse, but also to alleviate scalp itchiness and irritation.

 It was used to relieve oily skin and certain skin conditions, such as acne and eczema. Women used black soap for skin care during and after pregnancy to keep from getting dry skin, stretch marks and other skin conditions caused by hormonal changes.   The soap was also used on babies because of its purity and it was gentle on sensitive skin.

 

What other benefits are there to using oatmeal in skincare products?

  • Oatmeal has anti-inflammatory properties and is perfect for most skin types, even the most sensitive skin.
  • Oatmeal contains saponins, a mild cleansing agent.
  • Oatmeal helps remove dead skin cells.
  • Oatmeal can help treat acne, eczema, rosacea and rashes.
  • Oatmeal can helps relieve symptoms of aging skin.
  • Oatmeal is known to have good exfoliating properties and this will help to get out the daily toxins off the skin.
  • It is also known to have skin lightening effects and thus it also helps to improve the skin tone and texture, and smooth out blotchy areas.
  • Oatmeal repairs damage from other chemicals, such as alpha hydroxy acids, surfactants, and bleaches.
  • It can help calm the skin.
  • Oatmeal helps reduce pore size.
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Kiss Me Nature African Black Soap Exfoliator treatment: If over-the-counter scrubs tend to leave your skin raw and irritated, try exfoliating with our African Black Soap. You’ll get the same cleansing and buffering properties without all the unnecessary harshness. Plus, the coconut oil will give your skin a healthy-looking glow.

 

With all these benefits, it should be no wonder that I include oatmeal in our Exfoliating  African Black Soap with Steel Cut Oatmeal. This organic soap is incredibly soothing and extra-nourishing!

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