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5 of Africa's Best Beauty Secrets are Out

Saturday, April 09, 2016
Africa, the second largest continent in the world, filled with jungles, desert and even a glacier is flourishing with unique plants, herbs and oils. Many of the most effective ingredients in skin care come from Africa. It’s no wonder the news of Africa’s  beautifying secrets has been spreading across the globe. 

Here are LOB’s five favorite beauty secrets out of Africa.  You’d be crazy not putting a few of these into your beauty routine. 

Rooibos Tea. 

This South African tea has more skin-protecting vitamins, minerals and antioxidants— including calcium, zinc and iron than both green and white tea. Rooibos is loaded with the super antioxidants aspalathian and dismutase, both antioxidants protect cells from age-related damage that cause fine lines and wrinkles and together they’re the fountain of youth, protecting and keeping cells young.  Drink 1 to 2 cups daily to really reap the benefits. 

Shea Butter 

Shea butter is one of the most common ingredients in skin care and for good reason. Shea butter, which is derived from the nuts of a West African tree, is loaded with anti-inflammatory compounds and moisturizing vegetable fats. Shea butter naturally protects against damaging UV rays. It’s best to apply the lotion on damp skin after a shower. In four weeks you should have really noticeable smoother skin. Ooh La La!

Black Soap 

Love. Love. Love—this soap from Ghana. Black soap is made by combining the ashes of plantain skins, palm leaves, and cocoa pods and natural moisturizers like shea butter.  The potent combination of these wonderful ingredients will  even out skin tone, reduce age spots and give you a smoother, dewy, and beautiful radiant complexion.   

Black Seed Oil 

Regular use of this beautiful oil can stop hair from graying and thinning. The oil is derived from black cumin seeds and is filled with essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals. The mixture of these super anti agers, creates strong, shiny healthy hair.  **Fun fact: It ancient times, the oil was so valuable, a bottle of the oil was placed in King Tut’s tomb for use in the afterlife. Apply after shampooing and leave on 5-10 minutes, then wash out.   

Kigelia oil 

This oil is pressed from the Kigelia tree and  is known as the ultimate healer.  It’s a natural anti- inflammatory, and is loaded with amino acids and anti- bacterial compounds known as indoids.  Several British studies confirm this oil reduces redness and swelling from rosacea, helps clear rashes, acne and psoriasis.  

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