Many skin products contain water as their primary ingredient, advertising it as a way to ‘hydrate’ the skin. The thing is our skin is hydrophobic, meaning it repels water, otherwise, if we were to take a bath, shower or go swimming we would bloat up like a sponge. Alcohol is often added to the formula so that the components within the product can sink into the skin, the downside is that alcohol drys. Maiga, on the other hand, utilizes the highest quality shea butter turning it into handmade natural skincare that nourishes, repairs and heals the skin.
Maiga, a Canadian company out of Cambridge, Ontario, uses 100% pure, raw and organic shea butter from Africa. They are ecologically efficient, partaking in fair trade practices with all their farmers, to ensure that the small communities they work with are well supported. Maiga also donates 10% of its profits to providing food, health care, and education to children and women in need in the communities they work closely with. Maiga provides community empowerment programs and support to their home village in Burkina Faso. They are currently working on sending bicycles there so as to make it easier for children to get to school. Many of them must walk between five to ten kilometers to and from school, bicycles will make the trip much faster, safer and give more children the option to attend school. A bicycle may be a simple thing, but it can truly transform their lives, empower them and help them realize their potential and dreams by allowing them easier access to schooling and education. Maiga is also working on supplying the local hospital in their home village with hospital equipment and supplies such as; beds, delivery tables, wheelchairs, and other basic hospital supplies.
When looking for skin and body care you want to make sure that the product is natural and clean, that it will feed your cells, providing nourishment without any added unnecessary toxins. Maiga’s Shea butter is just that. Effective for all types of skin, they have particular formulations for different skin conditions that use shea butter and essential oils to heal and treat the skin. Bye, Bye Acne, which also contains she butter along with neem oil, tea tree oil, rosemary and jasmine essential oils is a phenomenal combination for acne-prone skin or for an occasional pimple. A lot of acne products dry out the skin which can lead to even more issues with skin flaking and bacteria, were as this shea buttercream has an antibacterial and healing effect on the skin, reducing inflammation eliminating the breakout. Bye Bye Eczema, a combination of she butter and oil, frankincense, myrrh, camphor, and chamomile essential oils calms the skin, reduces inflammation, suppresses the need to itch, moisturizes and heals the skin.
If you are already a fan of Maiga be on the lookout for some amazing new products including an Organic African Black Soap Body wash with Cucumber Melon and an Unscented Organic African Black Soap Body Wash. Black soup is gentle and cleansing ideal for individuals with rosacea, eczema, psoriasis or simply dry and damaged skin. It is antibacterial, making it beneficial for individuals with acne-prone skin as well. if you would like to learn some more about Maiga and their work check out their website.
Amanda Filipowicz is a certified nutritional practitioner (CNP) with a bachelor in environmental studies (BES) from York University. She also has certification in clinical detoxification, prenatal and postnatal care as well as nutrition for mental health. She has been working as a nutritionist since 2013 and is a lifelong proponent of eating healthy.