Dear light skinned Ghanaian woman,
I am very sorry for leaving you out of the organic skin care conversation.
Truth is, natural skin care products are like natural fruits and veggies, they’re not only good for health freaks.
I know the bleaching cream brands have always promised you that their products will get rid of all your 'dark spots, dark knees, and dark elbows' and everything else in-between and while some of you do not use these creams, my message is for the majority of you who have turned to them over the years and are looking to transition to natural skin care products.
"You’re going to need the confidence when you meet your friends who will surely point out to you that you are getting darker."
Being a newbie in the natural skin care universe, you probably have concerns but are ashamed the natural vultures will swallow you. As someone who was once in your shoes, I can identify with your struggle and will attempt to address a few of your concerns.
Will Black Soap and Shea Butter Make My Skin Darker?
Black Soap and Shea Butter are NOT meant to change the tone of your skin but to cultivate its God-given texture. If you have been using creams to lighten your skin, it will get a bit darker. This is NOT because of the Black Soap and Shea Butter but mainly due to your skin getting back to its natural texture.
YES! There are plenty of natural skin care products, I discover a new brand every week. I’d recommend you experiment with the different brands to see which ones complement your skin. I can only speak on the brands I have tried (TAMA, Peini, and Hello Kaeme). I’ll share my personal favorites you and you let me know what your experience with them is, once you're done using them.
"I've saved about 80% of what I used to spend before I made the transition. I also understand my skin more so I’m not always in a rush to buy some cream to 'fix' anything that may look out of the ordinary."
I use the hand lotion all the time because I have really dry palms. I honestly can’t count how long that lasts me because I have a bunch laying around the house but if I’m being moderate, I’ll say about a week and a half.
I’ve been using Peini since I stepped foot in Ghana almost three years ago. I’m no stranger to the brand and I’m super proud to grow with it.
My favorite Peini products are the unfragranced Body Butter, the Hand Cream, and the Unrefined Shea Butter.
Peini’s Body Butter is very thick and just right for me because my skin is very dry. Sometimes, to get the extra moisture, I dip the unrefined Shea Butter into hot water and mix it with the body lotion to make my skin extra oily.
The lotion lasts me about a month (I use it twice a day). My all-time favorite Peini product is the hand cream, which softens my rough palms and has a very pleasant girly fragrance.The lotion lasts me about a month (I use it twice a day). My all-time favorite Peini product is the hand cream, which softens my rough palms and has a very pleasant girly fragrance.
"The short answer is to get comfortable with the natural you and to get those around you comfortable with her too."
I came across Hello Kaeme over a year ago. I slept over at my cousin Rita’s house and used some of her Hello Kaeme liquid Black Soap. I immediately fell in love with the way it felt on my skin and how the fragrance filled up the entire bathroom.
I later learned of all the amazing fragrance options. You can literally choose the scent you want for both the Black Soap and Shea Butter Lotion. My favorite scent is Gogi, it’s the fragrance my cousin had that day and I’ve stuck with it ever since. The bottle of soap is very big and last over a month (if you bathe twice a day) which is a pretty good bargain.
Is it Expensive to Manage your Natual Skin?
No, I've saved about 80% of what I used to spend before I made the transition. I also understand my skin more so I’m not always in a rush to buy some cream to 'fix' anything that may look out of the ordinary. Before I went natural, I applied a lot of harmful creams things on my skin in hopes of curing my acne, nothing worked.
It wasn't until I started using natural skin care products that I realized I break out a few days before my period. I no longer freak out when I see pimples popping out of nowhere (maybe I freak out to buy tampons) but I don’t rush to buy creams to treat the acne because I know they’ll vanish within a week.
On the expense part, TAMA, Peini, and Hello Kaeme are some of the most affordable skin care products I’ve ever used. TAMA's products start at just 6.50 GHS, same as Peini, and Hello Kaeme’s body wash lasts over a month.
So you can still use products that are good for your skin without spending much, you’ll actually be saving more money.
"You may not like the slightly darker girl in the mirror at first but always remember that she comes with no side effects and will not suffer from any skin diseases in future."
How Do I Deal with the Shame of Transitioning?
The short answer is to get comfortable with the natural you and to get those around you comfortable with her too.
Deciding to let go of all the skin toning creams is a daunting task. There’s a lot of shame involved with baring it all and saying ‘I’m going to let go of all these harmful products I’ve grown dependent on over the years to embrace all that I am.’
You may not like the slightly darker girl in the mirror at first but always remember that she comes with no side effects and will not suffer from any skin diseases in future. Tell her she’s beautiful every single day, smile at her, be proud of her.
You’re going to need the confidence and self-assurance when you meet your friends who will point out that you are getting darker and you should probably go back to your old creams. You’ll need to convince them to love the new organic you just as much as they loved the chemical you and you’ll need to convince yourself to love you before you can convince them.
Now I hope I've addressed many of your concerns regarding the bold step of choosing natural skin care products for your skin. If there are any other myths I did not address, feel free to share them below or email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll try to address them in my next blog post.
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