Not every person has been blessed with even, blemish-free, perfect skin. That is why some people need to take more care of their skin than others do. If you are one of those people, and you are looking for a way to lighten your skin, consider using camwood for skin lightening. Do not worry, we are here to help you figure out how to do it!
What is camwood?
First of all, let’s figure out what camwood is. Also known as African sandalwood or Osun in Yoruba, it is a hard-wooded, leguminous, shrubby tree that grows in the central-west region of Africa. The wood itself has a gorgeous red colour and is often used to make expensive knife handles and other wooden things.
However, we are not exactly interested in the wood, but in the core, as that is where camwood powder comes from. This powder is a very popular ingredient in skincare products for both the face and body. It can help to get rid of eczema, pimples, skin discoloration, premature aging and rashes.
The effect of camwood powder is almost immediate. Even after first use, you can notice that your skin has become much smoother, finer, more glowing and even. If you want to find out how to incorporate camwood in your skincare routine, continue reading!
How to use camwood for skin lightening
There are plenty of skincare recipes out there, but we have decided to share the top five recipes that feature camwood as a skin-lightening agent. Check out the best ways you can use camwood’s properties to your advantage.
A refreshing camwood mask
For this recipe, you will need:
- 1 tablespoon of unflavoured organic yogurt
- 1 tablespoon of lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
- 1 tablespoon of camwood powder
Mix the ingredients together until you get an even substance. Apply the substance to your face and wait for it to dry. When it has completely dried, wash it off with slow massaging circular movements. You might notice the difference right away!
When you mix lemon juice and camwood, their combined effect helps to make your skin lighter and healthier. The yogurt helps to keep the skin moisturised and supple.
A camwood remedy for glowing skin
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This recipe requires:
- 4 tablespoons of camwood powder
- 2 tablespoons of honey
- 2 tablespoons of raw milk
- several drops of almond oil
Mix the ingredients into an even paste. Massage it into your skin with gentle circular motions for up to 10 minutes. Leave the substance on your face for an additional 3-5 minutes. Wash it all off with slightly warm water.
This recipe will work best for those who have dry or normal skin. It will help to make their skin softer and lighter. When combined with the aforementioned ingredients, camwood’s lightening and healing effects can deliver a noticeable result after just a few uses.
Camwood moisturising cleanser
This recipe’s ingredients include:
- 4 pinches of turmeric
- 2 tablespoons of camwood powder
- rose water
Mix the dry ingredients together and slowly add rose water to them. When you get to the consistency you need (it should not be too runny or chunky), massage the mixture onto your face for about five minutes. Leave the paste on for another five minutes and then wash it off with cold water.
This recipe has multiple purposes. Not only is it good for moisturising and lightening the skin, but it can also work as an insect repellent. Just add a few drops of lavender oil and apply it to your skin. In addition, it can help heal existing bites and swelling.
Anti-pigmentation camwood recipe
The ingredients for this recipe are:
- 4 tablespoons of lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons of camwood powder
- 2 tablespoons of rose water
Mix the ingredients together until you get a paste. Apply it to your face or other body parts that have pigmentation. Leave the mixture on for about half an hour. Wash it off with cold water.
This recipe works similarly to the first one, only it is more vegan-friendly. If you do not feel like using yogurt, just use rose water instead!
Black soap with camwood for skin lightening
We saved the best for last. Here is what you will need to make camwood black soap:
- 3 teapoons of Nigerian black soap
- 1 teaspoon of camwood powder
- 1 teaspoon of Neem
- 2 teaspoons of herb-infused oil
- 2 teaspoons of aloe vera gel
- 5 drops of essential rosemary oil
Mix the ingredients together and set them aside to settle. You can leave the mixture for as long as you want. The longer it infuses, the better the effect will be. After that, you can use it to wash your face or even remove makeup. It will help keep your skin soft, even and moisturised.
That is it for our article on camwood for skin lightening. Now you know how to use it, including how to make lightening black soap. We hope this has been helpful, and that your skin is now more beautiful than ever!