For centuries, women across Africa have used simple, natural ingredients to protect their skin from the harsh African sun, while keeping it nourished and hydrated. Here are some of their secrets for flawless, radiant skin.
South Africa’s best-kept secret – rooibos or Red Bush tea has many health-abundant properties. It is said to cure headaches, insomnia, asthma, eczema, bone weakness, hypertension, allergies, and even help prevent premature aging! It is also caffeine-free and low in tannins.
This wonderful tea helps boost the immune system, helps with lowering blood pressure, preventing kidney stones, controlling diabetes, and treating colic.
Super Hydrating Kalahari Melon Seeds from Southern Africa
The rich yellow oil of Kalahari melon seeds has been used traditionally in Southern Africa as a moisturiser to protect the skin from the sun, promote hair growth, and clear skin blemishes. We chose this hero ingredient for many of our products due to its outstanding hydrating and antioxidant properties. It's also a super shield protection for city pollution!
The juicy melons, despite their bitterness, have long been a crucial source of water for desert peoples. It is said that people can survive for six weeks in the desert on Kalahari melons alone.
The African ‘Tree of Life' – Nutrient Dense Baobab oil!
The mighty Baobab tree is known as The Tree of Life in Africa. It is an icon of the African continent and lies at the heart of many traditional African remedies and folklore. Baobab is a prehistoric species which predates both humankind and the splitting of continents over 200 million years ago.
The fruit is one of the most nutrient-dense foods in the world. Baobab oil is made from the seeds of the fruit. It is extremely nutrient-rich, with plenty of antioxidants and vitamin A, D & E. Baobab oil helps soothe dry and damaged skin and has incredible softening, healing and regenerating properties. It produces collagen which leads to a glowing complexion, helps fight the signs of ageing, and it also maintains the integrity of the skin cell membrane.
Amaranth, Tamarind and other superfoods
There’s a number of African super foods that pack a serious nutritional punch! Ones that are easily available in New Zealand include amaranth, a gluten-free grain that contains 30% more protein than cereals like rice and rye. It’s rich in the essential amino acid lysine, is high in calcium and is packed full of other antioxidants and minerals.
Hibiscus tea is popular in North Africa and is very rich in antioxidants, minerals and vitamin C.
Tamarind, which has a long history of medicinal uses, is great for easing stomach discomfort and has been used to treat fevers, sore throat, rheumatism, inflammation, and sunstroke.
Antioxidant-rich Mongongo Oil
Mongongo oil has been used for centuries in skin care. It is derived from the fruit of the Manketti tree, which can thrive in extreme weather conditions in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Mongongo oil is a super emollient and offers great protection for both skin and hair. It contains high amounts of Vitamin E, Linoleic and Eleostearic acids which help hydrate the skin and also assist with the regeneration of the epidermis (the top layer of the skin). Mongongo is an incredibly potent antioxidant, which helps protect the skin against free radical damage caused by pollution and other external aggressors.