routine for a smooth clear back

legette68legette68 Registered Users Posts: 216
Hello ladies, my back has some discolorations. Right after my last pregnancy (which was 2 years ago) I noticed some blotchiness and discoloration along parts of my shoulders and back. I know of the pregnancy mask and all. Does anyone have any suggestions to clear up my back? I recently bought a boar bristle back brush for the shower. I thought now is a good time for spring and summer beckons.
Thick, coarse 3C hair:coffee:
BC Feb 2009/ relaxer free since 06/08
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  • multicultcurlymulticultcurly Registered Users Posts: 5,136 Curl Connoisseur
    Usually it takes time for discolorations to fade, but there are some things that help. I'm not sure with melasma; you may need a prescription. Black soap helps; it can be ordered from www.nasaab.com. However it can be drying so don't leave it on for a long time. Cocoa butter is also good for evening out skin tone. There are probably essential oils that are good for this. I use the things above plus eat really well and drink lots of water. This has helped me with my face and my upper arms. Also using the oil cleansing method (1/2 olive oil and 1/2 castor oil) has helped clear up my face and body. HTH a little.
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  • Kayjay76Kayjay76 Registered Users Posts: 3
    You could try using a slice of lemon or lemon juice applied to the area for 20 minutes then rinse. Over time it will lighten the patches. Pineapple works great too.
  • Flower princessFlower princess Registered Users Posts: 608
    I've been using cocoa butter..since then i have gotten some good reviews and i think it helped somehow although my color has not even out yet but i hope that from time to time it will.

    -multicultcurly;How do you do the oil cleansing method?
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  • legette68legette68 Registered Users Posts: 216
    Thanks everyone. I may try the cocoa butter. The lemon juice method makes sense too.
    Thick, coarse 3C hair:coffee:
    BC Feb 2009/ relaxer free since 06/08
    Second time around!

    http://public.fotki.com/legette68
  • Flower princessFlower princess Registered Users Posts: 608
    You're welcome :)Here are the benefits of using it
    :
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Benefits:
    Cocoa Butter contains natural antioxidants that give it a long shelf life of over 3 years. It is naturally rich in Vitamin E as well as a number of other vitamins and minerals. Vitamin E helps to soothe, hydrate, and balance the skin and also provides the skin collagen which assists with wrinkles and other signs of ageing. Cocoa Butter also contains cocoa mass polyphenol (CMP), a substance that inhibits the production of the immuno globulin IgE. IgE is known to aggravate symptoms of both dermatitis and asthma. For centuries pregnant women have used to Cocoa Butter formulations to prevent and treat stretch marks, but this pleasant-smelling substance is added to countless other topical preparations. Lotions and oils containing Cocoa Butter are often used in aromatherapy massage to promote relaxation and the feeling well-being. Research indicates that massaging the skin with Cocoa Butter may help relieve stress, boost the immune system, and even prevent cancer. This is because Cocoa Butter, like chocolate, contains a lot of CMP and there is some evidence that the CMP in Cocoa Butter may also help prevent heart disease and ease arthritic symptoms. Cocoa Butter is mainly used is a thickening agent and is a common ingredient in lipsticks, soaps and emollient creams. It is also a folk remedy for burns, cough, dry lips, fever, malaria, rheumatism, snakebite and wounds. It is reported to be antiseptic and diuretic.

      [*] Cocoa Butter is has a melting point at human body temperature, is edible and nutritious which presents many industrial uses.
      [*] Cocoa Butter is a superb moisturizer which slows down moisture loss.
      [*] Cocoa Butter is known for its hydrating effects,
      [*] Cocoa Butter is also gentle on the skin and has a pleasing aroma.
      [*] Cocoa Butter is excellent when used on dry skin or on wrinkles.
      [*] Cocoa Butter is hard at room temperature.
      [*] Cocoa Butter is mainly used is a thickening agent and is a common ingredient in lipsticks, soaps and emollient creams.
      [*] Cocoa Butter is easily absorbs into the skin and imparts sheen.[/FONT]
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    • legette68legette68 Registered Users Posts: 216
      Can I get cocoa butter in its pure form? Where will I get it? Or can I use moisturizers that contain cocoa butter?
      Thick, coarse 3C hair:coffee:
      BC Feb 2009/ relaxer free since 06/08
      Second time around!

      http://public.fotki.com/legette68
    • Flower princessFlower princess Registered Users Posts: 608
      http://www.mothernature.com/shop/detail.cfm/sku/85000
      http://www.fromnaturewithlove.com/soap/product.asp?product_id=butcocoad
      http://fromnaturewithlove.com/product.asp?product_id=butcocoa&searchflag=1

      i use a cocoa butter cream i found in an African shop.It's called ''even sheen cocoa butter cream'' i can't find it on the net to show you how it looks like but it's in a round brownish container.I love it !It's keeps my dry skin super moisturized and soft.
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    • multicultcurlymulticultcurly Registered Users Posts: 5,136 Curl Connoisseur
      -multicultcurly;How do you do the oil cleansing method?

      You literally massage oil into your dry face and neck. Do this for about 2 or 3 minutes. Then rinse off with a warm or hot, wet washcloth. The standard method is half olive oil and half castor oil, but you may use any natural oil. Here is a link that gives more detail.
      http://eightofspades.vox.com/library/post/ocm-oil-cleansing-method.html
      3b/c, medium-coarse, low porosity, high density
      HG: Jessicurl Too Shea and Kinky Curly Curling Custard
      Shampoo: nonsulfate shampoo and Suave Naturals sulfate shampoo when needed
    • Flower princessFlower princess Registered Users Posts: 608
      -multicultcurly;How do you do the oil cleansing method?

      You literally massage oil into your dry face and neck. Do this for about 2 or 3 minutes. Then rinse off with a warm or hot, wet washcloth. The standard method is half olive oil and half castor oil, but you may use any natural oil. Here is a link that gives more detail.
      http://eightofspades.vox.com/library/post/ocm-oil-cleansing-method.html
      Thanks for replying I'll try it when i find time :)
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