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May 28, 2021 7 min read 1 Comment
Are new brown spots appearing on your face?
I receive so many messages from women who sometimes are desperate with a feeling of shame (in front of their spouse's gaze, for example) and it breaks my heart because I know the weight of complexes.
Every morning, you have the impression that they are more in number and darker. You are looking for the miracle product and sometimes, out of desperation, you eye lightening treatments based on hydroquinone.
You touch, manipulate your skin, and pray that your new treatments will remove them for good. You have to admit the disappointment because, each time in front of the mirror, you see a face that lacks uniformity.
What's happening ?
In this article, we will offer natural alternatives to reduce them (these tips do not replace a consultation with a dermatologist).
Pregnancy, menopause or taking certain medications including contraceptives (IUD, pill, etc.) upsets the woman's body with its hormonal cocktail.
For pregnancy, it is true that it is a blessed period where the complexion and the hair are radiant for some. But here, I am addressing those who have not had this grace period, that is to say the 90%. Rest assured, you are not alone!
Loss of hair, teeth for some and appearance of dark areas, of irregular shape which can be extended. These spots are called melasmas.
They can be difficult to treat, so it's best to get them under control as soon as possible with proper care.
(As for the pregnancy mask, it normally fades within 6 months after the arrival of BB otherwise do not hesitate to consult a dermatologist).
For those who want homemade ingredients
For small tasks, parsley is an excellent anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory. It helps fight against free radicals. Its vitamin C content, its minerals and its restorative action make it an interesting natural treatment to cleanse the skin.
How to use parsley in skincare?
An infusion of organic parsley. Soak a cotton pad with the lotion and apply morning and evening. Leave on for 10 minutes then rinse.
Complete with your usual care.
For those who want a deeper and more effective care
Exfoliate your skin to eliminate dead cells and deeply regenerate your skin. Meet Mahona, a 2-in-1 scrub and mask.
Mahona means “Gift of God” and it is my son's first name. I wanted you to receive this treatment as a gift because that is what it represents for your skin. When I asked my formulator to create this marvel for me, I had my son in mind, so the treatment had to do him justice.
This DIY natural treatment is spa-worthy thanks to its combination of superfoods like spirulina (brings intense nutrition to the skin; they are not SUPER foods for nothing), organic cocoa (because we crave beautiful and smooth skin for as long as possible), cleansing clays (superb for absorbing skin impurities) and the precious activating oil from Africa: Touloucouna. A rich and powerful oil from Senegal that deeply regenerates cells.
What you get with this treatment is new, regenerated and smoother skin; a much brighter and more even complexion from the first use.
It is also safe for pregnant women.
I would like to remind you that during your pregnancy, it is extremely important to pay attention to your diet but also to the quality of your cosmetics.
Toxic ingredients enter your and BB's bloodstream through the umbilical cord. Be kind to BB and yourself, and if you don't understand the product's ingredient list, DROP IT !
Who refuses the heat of the sun which delicately caresses the skin, especially after long winter months?
Certainly not me! But before you rush, I bring you some tips.
When exposed to the sun, UV rays burn the skin and in the most serious cases, lead to skin cancer; so I want to tan well but not with these risks. These spots are called lentigines and are found on exposed parts of the body. So we think about protecting your skin, especially for black women.
We tend to think that because we have this beautiful melanin, we are immune. But no, it is imperative to protect yourself at the risk of having brown spots due to the sun; and of course, the lighter the skin, the more visible it is. Black women, we do not hesitate to put on sunscreen!
A homemade solution for the whole body:
Mix coffee grounds or powdered sugar or pumice powder with a thick oil like olive or argan. Add a spoonful of honey for a more “hydrating” effect (optional);
Massage the whole body and face. Insist well on the uncovered areas such as the hands, the arms, the neckline.
The massage is performed from bottom to top; so you start from the feet and go up along the thighs. Then from the hands to the chest. Do circular movements and be gentle. Don't tear your skin off!
It is imperative to always nourish the skin after an exfoliation. For this, nothing beats vegetable oils rich in vitamins (Baobab, Calendula, Carrot, Argan, Rosehip) or butters such as shea or mango. You can use them pure and organic preferably.
For those who want a creamier formula that melts like butter on the skin, you have our Grand Cru Shea Butter and Calendula Body Butters . They repair, heal and soothe the skin after sun exposure.
Another homemade solution
Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that promotes the repair of damaged cells and strengthens healthy cells. You can get it in capsule form at natural health stores.
The use of precious oils from Africa in our beauty routines is also an alternative because they are naturally rich in vitamin E.
The Nour routine, for example, is formulated to even out the complexion of oily skin, to fight against excess sebum and imperfections. Its cleansing oil contains celery which effectively fights against brown spots but all skin types can use it (except pregnant women because of the celery essential oil).
Because prevention is always better:
Without a routine, you might be tempted to fall asleep without cleaning your face. However, this has disastrous consequences on your face. Indeed, all the impurities, pollution and sweat that have accumulated throughout the day have not been removed.
What can it do to your skin?
If your pores are not properly cleaned, they may become clogged and form dark spots. This is even more true for oily skin whose pores are visible and dilated. It is through them that excess sebum (fat) comes out.
Cleansing is not a luxury, it's really essential and it remains the basis of beautiful and healthy skin.
Use gentle but graceful cleansers, stop with coconut oil which dries out the skin and gives pimples in the long run!
For those who want a quick and easy routine, we have our beauty routines that take 1 minute in the morning and 3 minutes in the evening.
Sorry to break it to you, but if you wear perfume directly on your skin and you expose yourself to the sun, there is a good chance that you will have spots called phototoxic. The alcohol from the perfumes burns the skin with the strong sunlight.
Even if I'm not a fan of all these chemical and often toxic perfumes, I recommend you to perfume your clothes only. We forget the mist we stand in because it's not good for the hair, either.
As a reminder, these pigment spots are often benign but it is important to monitor their development and their change in appearance with a dermatologist. Indeed, he will check with the help of a biopsy, if it is not a melanoma, that is to say a cancer of the skin.
In conclusion, pigment spots have an influence on our self-esteem. Because yes, our appearance matters but that should not be a reason to opt for radical solutions such as hydroquinone lightening treatments that can cause irreversible damage! The skin is weakened and certain diseases can appear, even skin cancers. Do not panic buy anything because they are like mini attacks on your skin.
Instead, it's time to thank your body for warning you of a malfunction. It sends you signals. It's up to you to detect them and if necessary, contact a dermatologist.
These natural remedies are not miracles but by combining them with a quality natural beauty routine and time, you should get results. Be kind to yourself and always demand the best for your body care. The appearance of the skin is part of our overall well-being.
"Rome wasn't built in a day"
What advice(s) will you follow? Give us your opinion in the comments.
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July 13, 2021
Merci pour les astuces, Dado :)