Skin infections or disorders constitute a significant proportion of consultations in clinics in the country.
Patchy skin, dark spots, boils, dis-colouration and easy tanning of the skin may not only lead to acne and pimples.
Instead, lurking behind these conditions, one may come across scarier illnesses. Most often than not, skin problems can be a biological tap on your shoulder for other grave health conditions.
According to the Nigerian Journal of Clinical Practice, skin diseases are one of the three common causes of morbidity in the developing countries of sub-Saharan Africa, along with malaria and diarrhoea.
To this effect, Ardent World Inc. (AWI), a renowned global cosmetics company has explained the rationale behind the launch of its women friendly range of natural based cosmetics products saying, it contains ingredients like glutathione and Vitamin C that can counter free radicals that damage the skin.
In an interview with journalists in Lagos weekend, Mrs. Angeline Frechter, President, AWI from the Philippines said, we believe in having holistic approach to skin care. We don’t want to just give fairer, whiter skin; we want to help you achieve good, soft, moisturised and healthy skin.
Frechter said: “So we work on the collagen, make it tighter, that is why we have chosen the ingredients glutathione and Vitamin C.
“Glutathione is naturally produced in the body, it is also found in plants that can counter free radicals that damage the skin, which makes it very safe and Vitamin C everybody knows is good for the body. If you apply the product on the skin, it goes directly on the skin but some people ingest vitamin C. If you do so it goes to all parts of the body; it goes to your skin, your eyes and so on.
“If you really want to focus on the skin the best thing is to use tropical application of products with main ingredients as glutathione and Vitamin C, developed such that they can be applied directly on the skin to enable you feel the effects.”
She also said that the products must contain moisturising properties to cleanse the skin and help remove wrinkles on the face. “The body needs more moisturising to be protected.”
Speaking, Mrs. Charity Ojiaka is Chairperson, Sinai Collateral Limited, exclusive dealer and distributor of AWI’s Gluta C and Moringa line of body and hair products, said that effective skin care can be achieved by using products with the antioxidant agents.
This Ojiaka said, includes Glutathione and Vitamin C plus collagen which work at multiple levels to achieve maximum skin toning and address the issues of hyper pigmentation. “Anti-oxidants help remove blemishes, reduces skin fine lines, dullness, wrinkles and age spots.”
“It is all about correcting the anomalies and guarantees a nourished, healthy and beautiful look.”
According to her, Gluta C and Moringa line of cosmetic products contains Moringa-O² and Glutathione, a combination of Glutathione and Vitamin-C which are natural powerful toning actives and antioxidants that safely and intensely tone the skin and fight radicals that cause pre-mature aging.
Ojiaka said, “We are aware of the concerns of women and we have heard their challenges against the damage caused by harmful products on their skins and that is why we are proud to introduce our range of products which are natural based cosmetics products.
She also said that cosmetic products with SPF 25 prevent skin damage caused by the sun and environmental stress. Ojiaka said the company’s Moringa-based “ is an anti-aging product which is very suitable for dry and rough skin. It helps reduce pores while controlling pimples, blackheads, whiteheads and acne. It also reduce stretch marks, wrinkles and minor scars.”
On if skin damaged using other products, she explained, “If your skin is damaged through bleaching, it is very difficult to repair it and there is no known product that can reverse it. However, the person can stop using this harmful product to stop progressive damage. This allows the skin to recover and can be followed up with moisturisers to keep the skin healthy.
She also said that AWI’s products are duly registered with NAFDAC, and do not have side effects.