When I was in beauty school I felt like what I was taught was written in stone, it couldn't be changed, expensive was good and the products we used were the Holy Grail. I spent thousands of dollars for instructors to tell me what to use and how to use it. I really wasn't going to argue with what I was taught because lets face it I had used certain products all through out my 1600 hours of training and they're what I felt comfortable using.
It’s thinking like this that made me a product snob for many years. It took a long time before I realized that not everyone could afford certain products. Even myself at times was trying to scrape together money just to buy my favorite bottle of Dermalogica face wash.
I'm older now and of course I know you should A. use what’s best for you and B. Get what’s in your price range.
Which brings me to the reason for this post. I get set in my ways and had been using the same face wash for years. It wasn’t a life-changing product but it was my old faithful. Until I started hearing about Black soap (or African Black soap). I heard about it so often I had to research it and I'm really glad I did.
At first sight it can be a bit off putting but when you learn about all of the benefits including the cost you get past the looks real quick....
There are claims that Black Soap is “good for thinning fine lines, evening out dark spots, eczema, razor bumps and eliminating blemishes. It is also used to lightly exfoliate and give you healthier looking skin. The soap can also be used on your body or hair or for oily skin, dry skin, skin rashes, scalp irritations, body odors and is good for sensitive skin.”
Black Soap is all natural and made from the ash of locally harvested plants and barks such a plantain, cocoa pods, palm tree leaves, and shea tree bark.
I have never really had problem skin but I do have an oily t-zone. I started using this soap in March. It comes in a bar like regular soap but I like to break it and put it in a bottle of water, let it melt over night and use it as a liquid. Within a few weeks I saw a big difference in not just oil reduction but in the over all look and feel of my skin. After a month of using it my husband (and we all know men don’t pay attention to much) complimented me on my skin and said it looked “velvety soft”. That alone will have me using Black soap for years to come. I purchase my soap from my local beauty supply store and it runs me less than $3.00. However, I know that you can also get it online from Coastal Scents and some other places.
Don’t just take my word for it. Research it for yourself and let me know if you see a difference after using it.