Most women all over the world care about looking beautiful, but more importantly we care about taking care of our skin. We are always on the lookout for new, more natural and better skin products. Some skin products promise you no wrinkles, some are tinted, some contains sunscreen, some gives a glow, some gives moisture and some products just lie... But real skin care was not invented by the western world. The first skincare products were created in the bush, by the people who lived in the harshest of conditions.
For years, an ancient tribe of semi-nomadic herders known as the Himba has drawn photographers to Namibia's barren northwest. The reason for this is otjize, a paste of butter, fat and red ochre, that Himba women apply each morning to their skin and hair, giving them a distinctive red goddess look. The sight of traditional Himba women has become an iconic image of Africa.
The red ochre formula
The red ochre cream that the Himba are famous for is made by pounding the ochre stone (Hematite) into grainy sand texture. The fragments are mixed with butter, slightly heated by means of smoke, and applied on the skin. The elders of the tribe say that the main reason for the red ochre is to establish a difference between men and women. And when you ask the women they tell you that the red layer is known to keep the skin clean and moist, block hair growth on the body, insect repellent. and is also used to protect the skin against the scorching sun.