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Thursday, 9 March 2017

The Soap That Saved My Skin

Ok, that title sounds dramatic, but seriously it's true. Throughout the years of about 12-17 I had quite bad acne. I wouldn't say the worst because I know people and have seen worse, but it was bad enough for me to hate it more than anything, and trying to cover it up with make up was such a chore. For the record, I don't have amazingly clear skin now, not many people do unless you're blessed with it, have a lot of money or are a model - no, my skin has patches of scars and gets the occasional spot. But overall it's SO much better than it was a few years ago and I am SO happy about that haha.

I you're like me, or were, you've probably tried every brand, every type of face wash, scrub, cream, oil, strips etc etc, and if you're really like me you tried everything they offered under prescription - creams, topicals, antibiotic pills, contraceptive pills, until it got to that dreaded 'Accutane'. It's at this option when I refused (the side effects are horrendous) - it's like the last port of call for acne sufferers. So, I started googling (as always) and after lots of searching came across something called African Black Soap. I found the cheapest one (they're all the same) and thought I would try it - and here I am now. I am here to rant about this soap because the majority of people should have it and I'm going to tell you why!

This particular brand is called 'Dudu Osun' and can be bought in many places, but personally I buy mine off Amazon. As I said earlier this is the cheapest brand I've found but other ones are available. You can buy 4 bars for £4.75, that's just over a £1 each. This is one of the top reasons I love this soap so much, because it works and I don't spend £100 on skincare every month for the top ranges - and as a poor student this is great!

Let me tell you what's actually IN the soap (because it's all natural, no weird chemicals with x's and z's in) and what it's good for. So, this soap contains: pure honey, shea butter, osun (camwood - which is a tree), palmkernal oil, cocoa pod ash (an antioxidant), palm bunch ash, glycerine, aloe vera, lime and lemon juice. With all these natural ingredients it can help with: acne, eczema, freckles, dark spots and even premature face lines and wrinkles. Sounds good right? For me, it helped clear my skin and prevent spots occurring, with the honey and lemon juice being natural lighteners it reduces the look of those red scars I've got.

I mentioned that the majority of people can use this soap, if you have very dry skin on your face, this soap is possibly not right for you unless you moisturise often - because of the nature of the soap it has drying ingredients and so you should be careful about this. But, that saying you can usually fix this with a good moisturising routine and using a black soap like this one that contains shea butter. But overall, this soap can be used for most skin conditions I mentioned and even insect bites, dandruff and stretch marks. Worth giving a go right?

As a side note about my other skincare products, I've got my facial cleansing brush - this is the 'Formula Daily Advanced' brush. I'd recommend grabbing yourself one of these - more are available in varying prices. It works so well, it gets deeper into your pores than your fingers could ever do and makes your face just feel so clean and lovely. In conjunction with African black soap they make a great pair, helping to keep my skin out of terrible acne once again. A couple of warning about using cleansing brushes - be careful not to use in one area for more than 30 seconds so you don't over exfoliate, and make sure you clean the brush well and replace the head after a couple of months otherwise you'll be cleaning your face with bacteria mmm.
Here's a few others that also have great reviews: 
Clarisonic brush range - these have lots of choice, but with a heavy price tag from £125 to £200.
No7 Skin Cleansing Brush - similar to the Formula one at £24.95
Superdrug Facial Massage Brush - this isn't electronic, but if you're short on cash and would like to try a cleansing brush, this is a good start at £2.99 you can't go wrong.
Pixnor 7-in-1 Facial Brush - at a middle price of £13.99, this one come with 7 different heads to exfoliate, cleanse, and massage.

I hope this was helpful for you! I just like to tell anyone and everyone about how much I love these two skincare products and how inexpensive they can be. Let me know if any of you check these out and how it goes. 

Thanks for reading,
P.S this post isn't sponsered by anything - it's just me ranting about my fav things lol
Em x
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