The gorgeousness of Nigerian women often leaves me in awe. The more I thought about the beauty of these women the more I become interested in knowing what their beauty secrets were. Questions like how do they maintain their skin? Why do they not have any wrinkles? What’s behind their radiant complexion? I quickly made up my mind that it is the beauty habit, rituals and the local beauty ingredients that is responsible for their beauty. I wanted to know what exact oils, nuts and other natural elements from African plants and trees these locals were making use of.
The skin is one of the largest organ your body has. It works extremely well to safeguard the body from harmful elements. It’s been discovered that Nigerian women use natural skin care products as well as brand beauty products which are created to nourish the skin.
In this article, you will be getting some little secrets on why Nigerian women have great skin.
1) Mongongo Nuts
The oil of the mongongo nuts which grows on trees in the Zambezi river valley is very special and useful in so many ways. It contains lots of Vitamin E and C which does the work of softening, moisturizing and repairing the skin from damages. Other functions may include improving the immune system in the body. Also, the oil has also been used as a hair oil and a body cream especially during dry winter months.
2) Argan Oil
You might be a little surprised that Nigerian women are used to this type oil but since they are all in Africa, it is very easy to find in Nigerian stores. Argan oil is a true wonder for skincare. It was created by Berber women in Morocco and its oil functions miraculously as a sun protection as well as a moisturiser helps to fight allergies. In addition, the oil can calm the skin and fight acne and is also very rich in vitamin E and fatty acids.
3) Shea Butter
Shea butter is gotten from the nut of the African Shea tree, which grows in both West and Central Africa. Many local communities have been using the ivory coloured butter in cooking oils and natural beauty products. But recently, it serves as a treatment for wrinkles blemishes and minor burns.
Shea butter works extremely well as a moisturiser because the butter has numerous compounds that decrease inflammation and acids that avoid wrinkles. In most situations, the combination of Shea butter and different oils also serves as substitute for cocoa butter in chocolate although the taste may be different.
4) Kalahari Melon Seeds Oil
The Kalahari Desert in Africa is home of the Kalahari watermelon; this melon is the biological ancestor of the common watermelon you can see in the world at large. It tastes bitter and the flesh is pale yellow or green rather than the bright red we relate with watermelons.
Fortunately, one thing about the melon is the oil you can produce out of the seeds. The oil contains oleic, palmitic essential fatty acids and linoleic that aid the skin retain moisture. The oil serves as a beauty product for Nigerian and African women at large.
5) Marula Oil
One fact you should know is that Nigeria women have really invested in marula oil. As a result of the low rainfall and bright sunshine in the area it grows (South Africa), the trees have perfect conditions to grow their annual fruit. The fruit contains more than 4 times the normal vitamin C in our oranges. It is has been used as a beauty rituals for centuries to safeguard the skin and hair from the dry weather conditions. Nigerian women use this because the oil contains powerful antioxidants and essential fatty acids that safeguard against environmental aggressors, boost cellular activity and help reverse photo damage.
Arami is a Nigerian based skincare brand that was designed to give essentials for a easy fuss free routine. Nigerian women are so much in love with this brand because of their concentration on natural, raw, locally sourced ingredients which are very good to the skin.
The Nigerian beauty industry is really going far in designing natural and sustainable products. Ajali is an all natural handmade cosmetics brand that promotes local industry and creates awareness for the better life you are living. Ajali whole range is 100 percent natural, preservative free and effectively hand made in Nigeria.
8) Skin apothecary
This product, discovered by beauty expert Naomi Umunna, is a Nigerian skincare brand designed for helping heal problem skin, clear complexion and enhance all skin conditions.
Rooibos is also regarded as red bush in Afrikaans. Many must have known that Rooibos is a sort of tea because it has been consumed as something medicinal. But with what it possesses like alpha hydroxyl acid and zinc, it is good for solving issues like acne, sunburn, eczema and many other kinds of skin damage. Some Nigerian women make use of these properties to boost their beauty.
Zaron started in the United Kingdom in the year 2010, before it became popular with Nigerian women. Their products are made in accordance to international standards in an environmentally sustainable manner to deliver quality, consistency and value to the customers.These products are formulated to suit diverse women of colour. Nigerian women use this product to improve their skin colour and cover up blemishes.