Love your skin: Cacao butter

Love your skin: Cacao Butter

Originating in the tropical forests of Central and South America, cocoa trees grow mostly in West Africa. As a matter of fact, the top world leader in production and exportation of cocoa beans is Cote d’Ivoire. I am always filled with joy and pride every time I read that the country in which I was born and raised, supplies 30 percent of the world’s total cocoa, leading the rest of the world. 😊

Abidjan, economic capital of Cote d'Ivoire               

Cacao butter, like shea butter, is a powerful antioxidant.  I am sure you realized that I didn’t say cocoa butter as there is a difference in the process. Cacao is made by cold-pressing unroasted cocoa beans, thus preserving its molecular structure.

Rich in vitamins A, B, C, E, in minerals (iron, calcium, copper, magnesium), cacao butter has nourishing, softening, repairing and anti-cellulite properties. It prevents premature aging of the skin and promotes cell development.

In Africa, women use cacao butter during and after pregnancy for massage to prevent the appearance of stretch marks. Indeed, a massage with cocoa butter on the belly and thighs will help to keep the elasticity of the skin and to moisturize it deeply, and thus to avoid the appearance of stretch marks.

Surprisingly, cacao butter is known for its anti-cellulite effects. The caffeine contained in the hull of the cocoa bean has the virtues to burn the fats, and the butter itself contains a molecule that helps to dissolve the fats of cellulite.  It’s unbelievable how such a small fruit can contain so many qualities.

 

For those who have very dry hair, brittle, damaged, the cacao butter can be placed as a mask on the hair. It should be allowed to act for at least 15 minutes before rinsing and shampooing.

Use it also to treat chapped lips and restore your smile.

With its countless virtues, cacao butter’s best use is as a butter. Massage for a moment of relaxation while taking care of your skin.  Love yourself, love your skin.

#africancacaobutter #glowingskin #treasure

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Shea butter: A Raw Treasure

Why dimageso such joyful moments like pregnancy must be ruined by this?

Many women or most I should say dread to see their bodies post pregnancy. It’s hard enough going through all the physical, emotional and hormonal changes: weight gain, fatigue, pimples or acne, mood change, and so much more… then you get all excited when you can feel baby kick and turn and you can’t help but staring at those 4D, color ultrasound pics and the one thing you did not see coming: those small, depressed streaks on your belly, chest, thighs…yep, stretchmarks! they keep getting bigger and bigger and they itch.

First thing, never scratch your belly even if it’s super itchy, you will make things worse plus you don’t want to scratch baby’s head too hard, do you? 🙂

Growing up in Africa, I’ve always used it as a skin moisturizer: SHEA BUTTER. It’s a natural product from a tree growing in the savanna trees of West Africa and whose name means “life” in the Mandingo language. It sure gives life to your body, hair…

Rich in vitamins A, D, E, F, Shea butter has many restorative properties. It soothes, protects, nourishes and softens the skin, which helps keep it young and healthy. It combats wrinkles, dryness. It is used to prevent the appearance of stretch marks and strengthen the elasticity of the skin and is considered as one of the most natural treatments to relieve those pregnancy’ stretch marks. Indeed, many scientific studies have shown that Shea butter can do wonders for the elasticity of the skin.

For my first pregnancy, I would massage my tummy every morning and every night with a fair amount of Shea butter. As a matter of fact, I used to apply Shea butter on my stomach years before I even got pregnant. No lies, I was terrified of seeing the marks on my tummy. Let me warn you, the smell is very strong and not so pleasant but it’s manageable. You can always spray body mist all over if you wish but it’s So worth it.

Did I tell you that Shea butter does wonders? Yes, and I will say it over and over again because it does. After 3 babies, not a single mark on my tummy. You don’t have to stop there.  Even after your pregnancy, you can continue using Shea butter to help moisturize your skin and help these melted stretch marks disappear.
Simply take a hazelnut and massage the area to be treated by circular movements. Do it once in the morning and once in the evening. Nothing will make them disappear completely, but the cream of Shea butter will considerably attenuate them, reduce them in size. This will make them virtually invisible and give you greater confidence.

Shea butter is not just for adults, you can also use it for baby’s delicate skin to prevent and heal irritations. Coating the baby’s body with Shea butter also helps to soothe the pain that it might feel in case of eczema or insect bites. It constitutes a barrier between the layer and the skin of baby. It relieves and protects against redness and helps to avoid diaper rashes or to soothe them when they are already present.

Make sure to use the “unrefined” Shea butter as the “refined Shea butter” is treated with chemicals that may leave residues. Unrefined Shea butter has a deeper yellowish color.

 

Among all the treasures one may find in Africa, Shea butter is certainly one with its countless virtues.

Shea Tree

Not a country!

Precious Baby,

I say Africa, you hear ‘Safari, jungle, poverty, famine’. I wear African Fabrics such as Wax, Kente or Dashiki, you see ‘fashion, beauty, colors, rich and unique’.

I have been outraged when people call Africa a country in spite of the 50+ countries and the thousands languages that exist in this large continent.images.png

Then I realized that it’s not by ignorance, it’s not by disdain that they call Africa “one big country”. It’s in fact due to the brotherly love, that feeling you feel when you meet anybody from Africa. Whether they’re from the West, East, South, or Central Africa. The sense of compassion, the friendliness, the selflessness that are symbolic to us is indescribable. It’s hard to understand how people not of the same countries, not speaking the same language, having great culinary, artistic and cultural differences, can not only call each other brothers and sisters but also feel it in their hearts.

Yes, that’s Africa, the continent, yet with a country feeling that captivates you and makes you feel like you belong. The continent that speaks music to your soul, the soul that draws people, the people that have laughter in their hearts, their hearts full of stories: the stories of Africa.

Yes, these stories are told through various means but the one I cherished the most is the prints that we all have come to love and to showcase everywhere in the world. The same “wax, dashiki, kente” fabrics that Fairyma is bringing to you, Precious Baby. With its unique colors and texture, your world will be transformed just like a fairy tale. Now you imagine glitter, you see colors, you feel love, you feel unique. That’s Fairyma, that’s Africa. Welcome!