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June 10, 2020 3 min read

Africa is home to many superfood plant botanicals, here are our top 5:

 

Name of plant: Baobab

Country we source from: Ghana

Why it’s great for skin:

Baobab is a majestic African plant known as the tree of life. It is an African superfood due to its nutrient rich properties and over 300 uses. Baobab boasts the highest antioxidant content of all superfoods, making it the perfect ingredient for aging skin. Packed with vitamins B, C, and Omega 3’s it is highly moisturizing to heal dry and dull skin, lighten dark spots and promote a healthy skin barrier. Baobab is excellent for youthful, radiant glow as it increases collagen production and doubles as a gentle cleanser. Baobab is a key ingredient found in our African Beauty Butters, Aja Nourishing Face Oil and Minona Body Oil to nourish, soften and rejuvenate skin.

Products that contain Baobab: African Beauty Butters, Aja Nourishing Face Oil, Minona Glow Body Oil

 

Name of plant: Moringa

Country we source from: Ghana, Nigeria

Why it’s great for skin:

Moringa, also known as the Miracle Herb superfoods, is filled with phytonutrients, amino acids, and high-value minerals in every part of the plant. Moringa has amazing skin benefits to reduce large pores, fine lines and wrinkles.

The oil contains a high level of monounsaturated fatty acids, oleic being the predominant fatty acid which makes it great for supporting the skin barrier to seal in hydration and protects skin from environmental factors. It's an excellent moisturizer in our Minona, Makeda and Aja for it is very beneficial on dry, sensitive and acne-prone skin.

Products that contain Moringa: Makeda Body Melt, Aja Nourishing Face Oil, Minona Glow Body Oil

 

Name of plant: Kigelia Africana

Country we source from: South Africa

Why it’s great for skin:

Kigelia Africana extract is sourced from the sausage-shaped fruit of the Kigelia africana tree, which is common to West, Central and South Africa. Due to the antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties of Kigelia, local healers have traditionally used the fruit to remedy skin-related conditions, such as fungal infections, acne, eczema and psoriasis. It also firms and tightens skin, making it ideal to combat premature aging, like fine lines, wrinkles and sagging. Kigelia is extremely calming for skin and soothes and strengthens skin so it appears at its healthiest.

Products that contain Kigelia Africana: Nejma Balancing Night Oil

 

Name of plant: Black Seed Oil

Country we source from: Egypt

Why it’s great for skin:

Black seed oil is extracted from Nigella sativa seeds, a small flowering plant sourced from Egypt. This superfood has been used in traditional medicine for over 2,000 years due to its many therapeutic, skin and hair care benefits. Black seed oil with its moisture-retaining qualities and antioxidant properties it fights damaging free radicals that cause wrinkles and fine lines while fading dark spots and discolouration. The oil’s antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties makes it an excellent superfood in our Aja and Makeda to reduce clogged pores, control oil, tame redness and soothe irritation.

Products that contain Black Seed Oil: Aja Nourishing Face Oil, Makeda Body Melt

 

Name of plant: Gotu Kola

Country we source from: South Africa

Why it’s great for skin:

Gotu kola is a beautiful herb found in damp areas of South Africa, it’s most well-known superpower pertains to its production of collagen necessary for maintaining the skin’s elasticity and youthful glow. It’s ability to improve blood circulation which speeds up the skin’s healing process makes it an excellent skin treatment for eczema, psoriasis, acne scarring and preventing future blemishes.

In addition to these amazing benefits we love Gotu Kola in our Kahina Lava Cleansing mask as it supports the skin’s underlying structure therefore, fending off the telltale signs of aging – wrinkles and loss of firmness.

Products that contain Gotu Kola: Kahina Lava Cleansing Mask


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