Even with the Internet, people do not take time to research the ingredients in their skincare products. Instead, they follow the herd and simply purchase a product from a well-known brand, and accept what they say at face value.
Unfortunately, people swim with the flow and look at the latest fads as the basis for their purchase.
Let’s see if you remember some of these buzzwords in skincare solutions:
- Low pH
- Beauty peel-off masks
- Hyaluronic acid
- Alpha hydroxy acid
- Beta hydroxy acid (BHA)
- Charcoal masks
- Natural oils
- Micellar water
Natural oils are not always good for your skin. For instance, if you slather them directly to your face, they might clog the pores.
Also, some of these skincare products with natural oils use fragrances, which can irritate your face.
Now, it does not mean that they have no positive effects. It is merely a reminder not to jump on the bandwagon right away without doing any research first.
Ingredients from nature
Throughout the history of human civilization, people have been trying to find a magic cure for different skin ailments.
For example, in ancient Egypt, they used a combination of sesame oil, castor oil, and moringa to reduce wrinkles and produce more supple skin. It only means that they are too far ahead of their time.
Even when you look at shelves nowadays, you will still find the same ingredients in today’s skincare solutions.
It is not surprising that manufacturers are scrambling to find the next best thing. The skincare industry is a massive business. According to data, the market was worth $136 billion in 2016, but it is expected to grow to $195 billion by 2024, with a compound annual growth rate of 4.5 percent.
Africa’s Contribution to the Skincare Industry
Not many people know about it, but some skincare solutions are rooted in African culture, owing to the ingredients they use exclusively.
Here are some of the ingredients you might not be familiar with:
- Kalahari Melon Seed Oil -- This is extracted from the African watermelon, and it is rich in omega-6 and omega-9. It helps reduce sebum buildup and clean pores.
- Mongongo Oil -- It helps smoothes your skin due to its high emollience. It is also rich in Vitamin E and fatty acids. Traditional African tribes still use this today to protect their skin from harsh conditions.
- Baobab Oil -- Rich in essential fatty acids (vitamins A and F). The oil can be absorbed by your skin quickly without leaving any trace of sebum. For a long time, the oil has been used to moisturize the skin and also salve wounds.
- Mafura Butter -- Rich in Oleic acid, which is a natural moisturizer for aging and dry skin. It replenishes the lost moisture in your skin and restores your skin’s natural oils. African tribes also used it to treat wounds for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Marula Oil -- It is extracted from the Marula Tree, which can be found in western and southern Africa. It is used to hydrate the skin, which is necessary when the African tribes are exposed to the sun all day long. It also has healing properties, particularly against irritation and redness.
As you can see, Africa has a considerable contribution to the skincare industry because of its rich indigenous raw materials used as ingredients for different products.