A 30-Day Beauty Secret from the Nigerian Tradition: Time to Unleash Your Hidden Beauty

by Chioma Akorah
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Hey, ladies! It’s time to radiate your beauty and shine! This article has garnered a 30-day beauty secret for you. Just hold on, we’ll get to that in a minute. 

The beauty industry, especially skincare, has a chokehold on most girls out there. Everyone is looking for products to clear those pesky acne and make their skin glow. Hence, the rise of various cleansers and 7-day magic glow creams, some of which are expensive and even fake.

Well, count yourself lucky today. Very soon, you’ll find out about natural beauty secrets with origins traceable to Nigerian traditions. Don’t waste your money on artificial products anymore. 

The beauty remedies on our list have been tried and tested for generations. Our mothers and grandmothers can attest to their potency. Using these natural beauty remedies, you’ll notice positive changes within thirty days. 

So, if you’re ready to make your skin glow forever, you’re certainly in the right place.

Why is it Called a “30-Day Beauty Secret?”

This is a very good question. Why exactly is our collection a 30-day beauty secret? Can’t it be more or less? To discover the answer to this question, you need to understand how the skin works. Your skin is a living organ and all living things grow in one way or the other. 

In the case of the skin, it regenerates either for better or for worse and the approximate time for skin regeneration is every 27 days. This is why you should be wary of products that claim to show positive changes in a short amount of time. 

Moreover, when trying out any beauty remedies, it is best to give it about a month. That way, you can know for sure if the product is best for you or not.  Since you’ve understood the reasoning behind our 30-day beauty secret, let’s talk about some natural beauty staples to add to your skincare routine.

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6 Natural Beauty Products to Include in Your Skincare Routine: The 30-Day Beauty Secret

Before the existence of your favourite cleansers and body lotions, our mothers in Nigeria used natural beauty products to enhance their skin. These forgotten beauty secrets are still accessible and can be found in any local market or supermarket near you. 

One major advantage of our 30-day beauty secret catalogue is that all of them are completely natural, making them inexpensive and harmless. You can include them in your beauty regimen depending on your skin concerns. In few days, your skin will be thanking you. 

Below is a detailed list of 6 natural beauty products to include in your skin routine:

  1. Camwood polish or powder

The first product in our 30-day beauty secret list is the reddish brown camwood powder. It is called ‘Osun’ by the Yorubas, ‘Uhie’ by the Igbos, ‘Majidi’  by the Hausas and ‘Ekui’ in Cross Rivers. This powder is derived from the African Sandalwood tree. 

It is also a major ingredient in most skin care products. When used alone, the powder is made into a paste with water and used as a face mask. It acts as a natural exfoliant with antiseptic and skin-brightening properties. 

So, if you have acne (pimples), warts or even cysts, regular therapy with camwood paste can reduce those skin concerns.  If you aim to clear pimples and have a beautiful glow, then this beauty secret should be your go-to.

  1. Shea butter

This is the most popular product in our 30-day beauty secret stash. Almost everyone knows ‘Ori’ as the Yorubas call it or ‘Okume’ as the Igbos call it. This secret doesn’t only belong to Nigeria but the whole of Africa. It is the most popular moisturizer in the whole continent. 

Shea butter comes from the Shea tree and works wonders for dry, ashy skin. It also has anti-ageing properties and helps fight breakouts. But depending on your skin type, Sheabutter is likely to be comedogenic (a product that’s likely to block your skin pores therefore causing breakouts or pimples) due to its thick consistency. So it’s best used for the body rather than the face.  

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  1. Black soap (dudu osun)

Another popular staple in our 30-day beauty secret catalogue is the black soap. If you’re on a tight budget, having only this can work wonders for you. This magical soap is made with natural beauty products like Shea butter, honey, Aloe vera, and Camwood powder, amongst other nutrient-packed ingredients.  

Depending on the content of the soap, it can act as a cleanser, exfoliator and moisturizer, all in one. Simply put, this soap is an ‘all-rounder.’ It does it all!

  1. Charcoal

Having strong white teeth is also important when it comes to beauty. That’s the only way you can be assured of a beautiful smile. After all, no one wants brown-looking teeth. Using charcoal can help with that.

All you need is charcoal powder and water. With your fingertips, dab the charcoal paste onto your teeth and wait for 15-20 min. This has to be done once a day for a while to see actual lasting results. 

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  1. Native chalk or Calabar chalk

Next on our 30-day beauty secret list is popularly known as ‘Nzu’ to the Igbos of Nigeria and in the Western world, it is called Kaolin clay. This clay is found in most face cleansers and face masks, it can also be used on its own. 

All you have to do is form a paste with water or rosewater and you’re good to go. It clears pimples, and eczema, takes care of dandruff and leaves you with soft, smooth skin. This clay can be regarded as a super product as it can also be used for health ailments such as morning sickness, vomiting and diarrhoea.

  1. Turmeric

The last ingredient on our 30-day beauty secret list is the ginger look alike—Turmeric. It naturally brightens the skin and won’t cause any skin burns like most skin-brightening products do. Simply mix turmeric powder with lemon water and place it on the patch of skin you wish to brighten.  

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Dear ladies, any of the above beauty remedies can solve your skin concerns. However, it is advisable to do a patch test before you apply any product to your face. Take a bit of the mixture and rub it on your hand or the inside of your wrist. 

This is to ensure you don’t have any serious allergic reactions to the products. Once your skin passes the test, you can proceed to incorporate your chosen ‘30 days beauty secret’ product into your regimen.


Beauty products don’t need to be foreign or expensive to be effective. This 30-day beauty secret catalogue was carefully curated and sourced from the Nigerian tradition. They are all affordable, natural, and void of harmful chemicals. With consistent usage of these products, your dream of having glowing skin will become a reality.

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Edited by Priscilla Ajayi.

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Chioma Akorah
Chioma Akorah
Akorah Chioma Diana is a recent graduate from the University of Lagos. A creative and content writer, her love for writing began in her Junior Secondary School when she became interested in reading.

​A 2021/2022 KANAC Creative writing winner, excerpts of her work can be found in the KANAC Anthology, Pride Magazine Nigeria, and Tush Media Magazine.

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