The Caribbean is lush and full of flora and fauna. Much of its bounty is known to the world as simply food or plant and the use of fruit, bark, and herbs in beauty preparations are something shared between families and passed down through the ages. My family was no different and my Bajan grandparents passed down beauty and medical preparations to my sister and me.
Here are 3 Caribbean derived ingredients that are known for being of great benefit for the skin.
Soursop is the fruit of a tropical tree, also known as guanabana, custard apple or graviola.
It is bright green with thick spines and a cool white juicy interior yielding a sweet and tart pulp and juice with smooth and shiny large black seeds. Soursop seeds vitamin c rich and when pressed give a fruity scented oil that is full of antioxidants and omega 3,6 and 9 fatty acids.
Soursop is known for being excellent for skin and it is believed to moisturize but not cause breakouts, to assist in clearing acne, lighten age spots and reduce wrinkles. It has been used to ease the appearance of Psoriasis and Eczema.
Hibiscus is sometimes called natural botox. The Hibiscus flower oil is believed to have skin, smoothing and tightening properties that earned it its nickname. Hibiscus is a skincare powerhouse because it is high in alpha-hydroxy acids that speed up the shedding of old and regeneration of fresh new skin. Hibiscus may also help the skin take in and maintain moisture due to the high content of sticky hydrating mucilage contained in the plants.
Irish moss’ is high in Vitamin K which may help reduce dark circles and uneven tone. High in minerals and antioxidants, Irish Moss helps nourish the skin. Vitamins A, B, C, and D help to clarify skin, add elasticity and neutralize free radicals that damage and age skin.