After my fiasco with the Ambi Even & Clear which did not work so well, I was still on a mission to get my face in order. While browsing the aisles of Ricky’s NYC for a new cleanser, I came across Nubian Heritage African Black Soap. I’ve heard lots of good things about ABS (African Black Soap) but you know, out of site out of mind. I glanced at the ingredients and it seemed all good so I purchased it. One of my best purchases ever!
Nubian Heritage African Black Soap with Oats, Aloe & Vitamin E claims to be anti-blemish, detoxifying and healing. Made from all natural ingredients, it contains an African Black Soap Base with plenty of all natural moisturizing ingredients so that it won’t be so harsh on the skin. Now I know this is not 100% pure ABS which many recommend but it does contain an ABS base and I heard that pure ABS can be harsh on the skin, so this is a nice stepping stone for me. I plan to try pure ABS in the near future, still doing my research.
The bar is a nice size and you can clearly see the oat pieces. It is black in color due to the palm ash & tar. Natural ABS is more brown in color and marbled like the inside of a plantain skin. The soap suds up really well to a light grey lather that does not stain your tub or towels. I lather it up in my hands and rub it on my face and then use my Clarisonic Mia to cleanse. It removes all traces of dirt and even makeup, although I usually remove my makeup first with my MAC Cleanse Off Oil. I wouldn’t suggest using the bar directly on the face as the oatmeal can be a little rough. After using it for a few days there was a noticeable difference in my skin. It was smooth, glowing and my spots were visibly lighter so I decided to create a routine around the Nubian Heritage African Black Soap.
I had all of the other items in the house already. In the morning I wash my face with the ABS using my Clarisonic MIA, tone with the Witch Hazel, treat spots with the Tea Tree Oil and moisturize with the Olay Complete. I do the same routine at night except I moisturize with the Shea Butter instead of the Olay. I’ve been doing this for about three weeks now and my skin is looking great. It’s more radiant and glowing, and best of all the dark spots are fading rapidly. It’s not 100% where I want it but it’s getting there. This regimen uses mostly all natural products besides my Olay Complete which I’ve been using on and off since my teens and it never fails me. I couldn’t be happier with my new routine. Check me out sans makeup…