Are you addicted to Nivs and the dark blue tin? If you are an Arab woman, you know all too well about being stuck with the one kind of lotion you know you can find in the United States. You stick with it because that is what your mother or grandmother used back in the Middle East. Trial and error with lotions is often a skin nightmare.
The main brand you are stuck with is a very popular company around the world and they have a great product. However, wouldn’t you rather use something else other than the blue tinned Niv?
Fine Lines Verses Skin Damage
Women from some genetic backgrounds tend to get fewer fine lines around their mouth and eyes. They may also have darker skin tones. However, these same women will often have other signs of aging that is apparent with the skin on their faces. You can also see women from this genetic background typically have aging that appears on their hands and chest.
All women of any genetic background or skin tone can experience sun damage and get skin cancer. On the other hand, how it affects your skin can be largely based on genetics, but you can still get it. This means that all people, not just women, need to take care of their skin in a basic way for hygiene and long term health preservation.
Skin Whitening Damages Your Skin
Some women have a ridiculous idea that having whiter skin makes you more beautiful. This idea of using skin lighteners or whiteners is also common with other communities in the United States. It has persisted as a problem throughout the Middle East for several decades.
Women that apply skin lighteners have skin damage that is not reversible long term. No lotion will restore your skin completely after using skin whiteners. With many of these skin lightening chemicals, we do not know the long term effects they have on children, pets, the brain, or lungs.
While having age spots is not very much fun, it can be addressed by your doctor. Skin whitening and lightning, on the other hand, carry with them absurd notions (on top of being bad for your health overall).
Use an Old Fashioned Method
When it comes to using lotions, many are geared toward fair skinned women that get fine lines very easily. As we have said, they don’t work for some Arab women. However, when you seek out the alternatives with lotions that are geared toward skin damage with Latinas, they make you break out. With products geared toward women with darker skin, you find the lotions are too heavy and clog pores and hair follicles.
In the end, the best products are based upon indigenous Middle Eastern food sources. Ideally, you can find a lotion that is made from two basic ingredients and nothing else. The first is beeswax, and the second is olive oil. Of course, you’ll need to use some sort of sunscreen on your own.
Dry Skin Solutions
For areas where dry skin collects around the eyebrows and hairline, at first try using Vitamin E capsules to rub into those areas. This can be an extreme problem with some Arabs and it leads to the skin cracking open and getting scabs or infected. Don’t try to over-exfoliate or assume your skin needs an astringent. Most likely, this dry skin is a reaction to cold weather combined with drying effects from heating sources. Try sleeping with a humidifier in your room.
My Two Cents
I bought a handmade organic lotion at the Alemany Farmers Market in San Francisco, California that changed my life. I bought the myrrh scented one and will never go back to the blue tin crème that we all know too well. It was a face and body cream made with Bariani Olive Oil Company ingredients. You can find it online.