by Purity Boyani
Natural Skin Care and hair Concerns
A majority of people will encounter a skin related problem at some point in their life. A combination of genetics, diet, stress, hormonal imbalances and chemical allergens are mostly to blame. However, what we apply on our skin could be the root cause. Good skin begins with proper care that consists of cleansing, exfoliating, and moisturizing. This coupled with a well-balanced diet, daily exercise, and proper sleep goes a long way in achieving the goal of having amazing skin.
The Benefits of Natural Skin Care
The most effective natural ingredients are sourced from nature. Inorganic minerals and related chemicals, found in most skincare products, have the potential to cause short term and long-term health problems to our bodies. The skin is the largest organ in our human bodies; and being a porous organ, it absorbs all that we put on it both good and bad.
There are some ingredients in natural products that are healing, detoxes our skin, reduce scars and skin marks, get rid of acne and calms irritable and sensitive skins. The bottom line is that you should choose products that work for your skin and that give you beneficial results. They should also have the feel and fragrance that you enjoy.
What to Look For in Natural Skin Care Products
It is important to keep these things in mind when shopping for your natural skin care products:
- Ensure “Natural” Is Really Natural
- Avoid over powering fragrances
- Research about the effectiveness of the product
- Make sure the products have real benefits
Ingredients in Zene Naturals Products:
Zene Naturals prides itself with the use of African cultivated plants, seeds, tree backs and herbs to create value for healthy skin. Some of the natural ingredients we use are:
Avocado Oil makes a nutritive addition to skin care formulas. It is rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, B5, Vitamin D, E, minerals, protein, lecithin and fatty acids. Avocado Oil can be a little heavy, so use it sparingly in light formulations such as facial recipes or massage oils.
For facial skin care, rose hip oil offers beautiful benefits. It protects the skin from UV rays as well as helps reconstruct your skin collagen as it contains vitamin E, vitamin C, vitamin D and B-carotene, a form of vitamin A, and are all antioxidants that help fight free radicals.
Baobab Oil is great for moisturizing both skin. It contains a high level of essential fatty acids, as well as a nutritive boost of vitamins A, D, and E. It can help to improve elasticity, regenerate cells; all the while leaving pores clean and clear.
An excellent ingredient for eczema or psoriasis, Baobab Oil continues to be a boon to the natural skin care industry, as it has for centuries in Africa. Get it as an oil and ingredient in natural Zene bathing soap.
Mongongo Oil comes from nuts that produce highly emollient oil. It protects the skin from harsh winds and dry climates. It is used in a traditional hair oil treatment, and makes an excellent ingredient for moisturizing formulations such as body butters, salves, balms, soaps and ointments. Get it as an ingredient in natural Zene bathing soap.
Marula Oil is rich in fatty acids and antioxidants, making it one of the most nutritive African oils. Marula is a great choice for dry skin formulations. In addition to being highly moisturizing, it can also help to reduce redness and heal damaged tissue. Use Marula in healing ointments, balms for chapped skin, moisturizing lotions and soaps.
Passion Fruit Oil
Maracuja (Passion Fruit) Oil is an exceptional ingredient for personal care. Maracuja is highly moisturizing and rich in fatty acids, calcium, and phosphorous. Its light texture makes it extremely versatile. This has been used in cream most suitable for mature skin and a very good for those who seek to retain their hairlines and curb split ends.
Kalahari Melon Oil
Kalahari (Watermelon Seed) Oil is also known as Ootonga Oil in Africa. It has a delightfully light texture and it is highly moisturize, making it a versatile ingredient in both hair and skin care. Kalahari Seed Oil can help to restore skins elasticity, and is often used in belly oils and balms for expecting mothers. The oil is also popular for use as an alternative to mineral baby oils. Kalahari Oil is also an excellent conditioner. It is great for use in scrubs, soaps, and light lotions and hair oils. Get it in Zene Soap, cream or as cold pressed oil.
Frankincense essential oil can be used to treat hair loss and stimulate hair growth by cleansing the scalp, increasing blood circulation to the scalp, strengthening the hair follicles and balancing hormones. The anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties of frankincense essential oil will ward off scalp infection, acne and inflammatory skin conditions that may be a factor that causes hair loss
Lavender oil is high in antioxidants and vitamins A and E. Vitamin A, also known as retinol, prevents signs of aging by protecting skin from damaging free radicals. It also helps with cell regeneration, resulting in baby-soft skin over time.
Grapeseed oil is a great choice for hair care because it contains a lot of vitamin E, which is necessary for hair growth, and health. The extensive proteins, minerals, and the linoleic acid it contains also offer lots of benefits for hair. Hot grapeseed treatment will help hair look shiny, but not feel greasy
Myrrh is a resin extracted from the low-growing branches of the commiphora, found in Asia, mainly India, Africa and middle east. It’s a great essential oil for the skin.
Zene is the Greek word for “Friendship; and that is what we are about. Our aim is to encourage and forge friendship with the bountiful beauty from the earth. We have wide range of skin care products that include, coffee body scrub, coffee body butter, a wide range of natural oils, handmade soaps, Organic Shea Nilotica based value added skin and hair blends.
For more information on our ethos and products visit: www.zenenaturals.com