They say that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” – meaning, different people see our beauty differently, including ourselves. Having just entered my 30’s, I can definitely attest to having spotted a sliver of glittery hair and my laugh lines become more prominent. My hair is not in the best position at the moment, but that is due to the fact that Abu Dhabi’s temperatures are scorching right now! Nevertheless, my skin seems to be in better state than ever, and that is thanks to my homemade elixir.
My best friends know by now how obsessed I am with coconut oil, and I have recently discovered the immense benefits of Shea butter, so its no shame to admit that one of my favourite ways to de-stress is to drench myself, head to toe with the two (and by drench, I mean literally, soaking). 🙂
My mom is my biggest influence when it comes to health, she is always discovering new herbs and plants to try, all natural since she lives in Africa, so of course she introduced me to pure coconut oil many years ago. I was far too obsessed with Bath & Body Works at that point to really notice so it wasn’t until my friend Aliette from The Seychelles gave me a bottle of coconut oil as a gift, that I realised how incredible this natural oil is. From the day I put it on, until today, I never travel without a bottle, but please get me wrong, I am still the biggest fan of Bath & Body Works and live for the moment when they release new products (current favourite: Pink Cashmere). I also had the absolute delight of witnessing how pure coconut oil was produced when I visited The Seychelles in March, an experience which opened my eyes into the grueling process of producing such a pure product – check it out here.
As for Shea butter – I had always known about its benefits, but never used it intensively until my mom brought me 1 kg during Christmas! So what is it exactly? Well, it is a skin super food produced from the fruit of the Shea (Karite) tree, and is rich in vitamins A, E & F. It is now popular all over the world with cosmetics companies, such as Bath & Body Works which gives their creams that silky touch, however Shea butter has been a staple for centuries in Africa. Just like coconut oil, it has immense benefits for the skin as it moisturizes, nourishes and promotes regeneration. The first day I tried it, my skin was silky, smooth and smelled slightly nutty – but it wasn’t until the next day when I discovered its powers, as my skin was as smooth and silky as the previous day! I also recently became obsessed with Beau & Eve’s Luxury Coffee Scrub which features 3 scents: Pure Coconut Essence, Fleur De Marrakech and Salalah Oud. Eve advised me to use my Shea butter after the scrub, and it most definitely does wonders for my skin! Check them out here 🙂
I can talk for ages about the benefits of both and there are countless websites now detailing all those, so instead, here is my top list:
- Increases weight loss
- Lowers risk of heart disease
- Protects against hair damage
- Moisturizes skin
- Anti-aging benefits
My mom has also recently influenced me to add her homemade Moringa powder into everything I consume (ie: smoothies), because it is a super food which tops the health chain. Again, this powerful plant grows all over Africa and has been a source of nutrition for many countries for centuries – and it is slowly picking up popularity around the world. Mom – you might get some requests for shipping after this post, be ready 🙂
While we can’t stop the signs of ageing naturally, we can certainly welcome change, gracefully 🙂
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