My name is Sabine. I am 57 years old this year.
As a teenager I developed quite bad acne, and at 18 I decided to take the Dianette pill because I was so desperate, I did not want to show my face full of pimples to the public. I also had quite bad acne on my body, particularly on my back. As I was a keen swimmer every visit to the pool was a bit of a nightmare. I used to change into the most hideous swimming costumes and then take a run for the pool, jump in quickly and not appear for about 40 minutes, making sure I stayed "under water" for most of the time, never even stopping to take a proper breath - which is probably why I became so fit and developed quite a bit of muscle and the lung capacity of a deep sea diver....
After 10 years on the pill I decided that was enough. My skin by then was pimple free and quite smooth. However, stopping oral contraception made everything worse plus I developed other physical ailments that at 38 required surgery. After coming home from hospital I started looking into new beauty regimes and face creams.
For the next 9 years I tried everything under the sun. Retinol, vitamin pills, creams pumped full of one chemical or another that promised to heal acne and make my skin look great. If only! Some creams made it look worse, and don't even mention facial washes and exfoliators. A nightmare.
Finally I came across organic, vegan skin care. I wanted to try out something that was free of chemicals and very pure and I started to use African Black Soap as a facial cleanser. I undertook a lot of research and testing of organic shea butter and because of the astounding effects it had on the condition of my skin decided to launch my own skin care range. The Cebra - Ethical Skin Care range is either organic or registered by the Vegan Society. It is cruelty free, there are no parabens in our creams, lotions, washes and oils and nothing has been tested on animals. All the jars and bottles are fully recyclable, but as with all packaging, you should reuse these as often as possible.
I admit that I am also taking some supplements - vegetarian glucosamine and a vitamin B complex plus camelina seed oil which is high in omegas and the occasional herb such as black cohosh and red clover. Whether they have anything to do with the condition of my skin as it is now, I cannot say. All I know is they changed my life dramatically. I have no idea why I did not start taking them at 38, but then again - no doctor will ever admit that they really work.
I am convinced that our Organic Shea Butter & Aloe Face Cream and the Whipped Shea Butter Cream as well as the Black Soap work wonders for my skin. I apply the cream and the moisturizer using facial massage by the way and I take at least 2 minutes if not more to smooth the products into my face and neck. A lot of people have commented on my skin. Friends say it has changed the condition of my skin dramatically and people who don't know me say, they don't believe I am 57. I don't have deep wrinkles, just laughter lines around the eyes (plus bags under my eyes in the morning, but that is an inherited condition and I shall fight those with our new Unscented Seaweed Aloe Vera Gel). I have couperose on my cheeks and I am combating this condition with my Marula Oil which is packed with antioxidants. My couperose (or rosacea) has almost vanished...
I also use the Shea Nilotica butter after each shower and it is the best pure unrefined shea butter I have tried in a long time. It makes my skin really smooth and very dry areas are softened. My upper arms are particularly soft as I used to have little spots in these areas and they have completely vanished. The shea nilotica is harvested from the Ugandan rainforest shea trees and comes totally unrefined thereby keeping the healing properties of the shea butter intact. This type of shea butter is certified organic (Soil Association and USDA) and 100% fair trade and supports the bio dynamics in the rainforest.
All of the above have convinced me that vegan, organic skin products are the way forward. As with all natural products I would say that you have to give them at least 3 months to see them develop their full benefits for your skin.