What is Black Soap?
Black soap is one of the purest options for hygiene available. Most companies utilize artificial colors or ingredients to their products, that will strip your skin of moisture and nutrients. So what makes black soap different? Black soap is usually comprised of ingredients locally harvested from Africa such as plantain peel, cocoa pods, palm tree leaves, and Shea tree bark. These ingredients are then sun-dried and roasted, and mixed with coconut, Shea, and palm oil, and left to curate–fortifying the nutrients and anti-bacterial properties. Disclaimer: it is unscented and will stain your bathtub or shower, so be sure to keep it in, and maintain, your bar soap holder.
What are the benefits?
1. Natural Skin Cleanser
2. Gentle Exfoliation
3. Good for All Skin Types
4. Fight Acne
5. Reduce Fine Lines and Wrinkles
6. Evens Skin Tone
7. Treat Eczema
8. Minimizes Scars and Blemishes
9. Clarifying Scalp Treatment (Black soap comes in liquid form, and, yes, you can use it in your hair too!)
10. Naturally Anti-Fungal
What is Dry Brushing?
So you probably brush your teeth and your hair, but how about your skin? Chances are this is something you’ve never even considered! Dry Brushing is trending, even being offered as a service at high end and holistic spas, alike. Dry Brushing has many benefits from smoothing skin, reducing the appearance of cellulite, and draining your lymph nodes.
Dry brushing is exactly as it sounds–you brush your body using a dry brush, typically before a shower. You start at your feet and always move towards your décolletage, aka your collarbone. This is where toxins from your blood and lymph nodes are naturally and safely drained from your body. I’ve been incorporating this practice into my daily routine and have noticed a significant difference in my skin’s smoothness and elasticity. I like to use a firm brush, with natural bristles. You can find them most anywhere that sells shower accessories. I will warn you that it does hurt a bit on your first attempt, but I promise it’ll eventually become bearable.
Post dry brushing I hop in the shower, where I actually use the same brush with my black soap. These are two practices I don’t see myself ever deviating from. Do yourself a favor and love the skin you’re in, and be sure to take care of it!