Last week when I wrote about looking beautiful, feeling great I mentioned Dark and Lovely’s Crème 6 Lotion. I’m sure you have seen that advert of the stunning girl who says “I am dark and lovely.” That is a catchy phrase right there. Do you ever wonder how the guys who come up with Ads do it? Where do they get their inspiration? Are they usually having breakfast and then right there they get a light bulb moment? Coz some Ads are awesome while others are an epic fail. But I digress.
I was talking about Dark and Lovely’s new lotion Crème 6. As is the tradition with new products and trending topics, people on social media are always engaging about it. So last week, there was this discussion about Crème 6 on Twitter using the hash tag #Creme6. The discuss moved from how we black people take our skin for granted then we talked about great beauty regimens to keep your skin looking great. Then things got deep; we started scrutinizing the ingredients of Crème 6.
Before I go any further I have to confess, I am those people who have been taking black skin for granted. I’m used to having hardy skin that I have always disregarded sunscreen. I am also guilty of not being too keen on checking the ingredients on beauty products which is nothing to be proud about. It is not until recently I have realized that that kind of ignorance is dangerous. I would of course not buy any suspicious product and I have always preferred stable brands like Vaseline and Nivea. But now I’m taking responsibility to look after my skin better and so I have been reading the ingredients.
For instance, on my last visit to the Supermarket, I checked out this Crème 6 people have talking about and I’m seriously considering buying some and trying it out. I saw that it contains 6 natural oils which are good for your skin. These are: coconut, jojoba, Apricot, Sweet Almond, Avocado, and Shea Butter. This whole time I though Apricot were just for eating only to realize they’re good on your skin!
I went online to see what all these ingredients do and here is what I found. I have linked each ingredient to the source of information so you can read more should you want to.
Jojoba oil – It has many organic and mineral ingredients, which gives a wonderful and nicely groomed skin. It helps to fight facial lines, skin scarring and fatty tissue. It is also efficient on challenging skin circumstances like acne and skin psoriasis. It also offers efficient protection towards sun and fights the symptoms of aging like lines and wrinkles and fine lines. For People with Oily Skin, jojoba oil can help regulate the amount of sebum (what you see as oil) your skin makes, creating less oil.
Sweet Almond oil – Sweet almond oil is one of the most popular essential oils used in aromatherapy.It improves complexion and retains glow, moisturizes deep and soothes skin irritation and inflammation.
Coconut oil – a great skin softener and helps you do away with dry and hard skin conditions. It is also good for hardened and cracked feet, which may happen due to excessive cold or strenuous work while standing on your feet.
Apricot oil – Unlike some oils that remain on the surface of the skin, apricot kernel oil is readily absorbed without leaving a greasy residue. If you tend to experience dry, itchy skin after bathing or showering, this is the perfect oil to lightly apply to damp skin before towelling off.
Shea butter – Shea butter has been used to help heal burns, sores, scars, dermatitis, psoriasis, dandruff, and stretch marks. It may also help diminish wrinkles by moisturizing the skin, promoting cell renewal, and increasing circulation. Shea butter also contains cinnamic acid, a substance that helps protect the skin from harmful UV rays. Shea butter is a particularly effective moisturizer because contains so many fatty acids, which are needed to retain skin moisture and elasticity.
Avocado oil – When applied, avocado oil increases the production of collagen, which helps keep the skin plump and decreases the effects of aging. It also helps relieve dry and itchy skin. Once applied, avocado oil is deeply absorbed by the skin, thus making it an ideal moisturizer and skin care agent.
Now you can imagine a lotion that has all these 6 oils. Dark and Lovely say Crème 6 is a result of 10 years of research on African skin. Wow! I’m sold. I’m going to get myself this Crème 6 and see how it goes.
Author: Wanjiru Kihusa
I am Wanjiru Kihusa and I’m a writer and founder of Still A Mum – an organization that seeks to reduce maternal and newborn deaths in Africa. I am especially passionate about women and children.
I blog to share my thoughts and experiences hoping that in the process someone will learn from my life.