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Melanin! The Power of the sun

Out here in the western part of Africa, proximity to the equator means that the temperatures are mostly hot all through the year. Great!

Being situated close to the equator would only mean that sunrays hit the earth point a little more intensely than the northern hemisphere, Luckily our skin is biologically engineered to adapt to the blaring sun’s heat! This distinctive pigmentation is a special mechanism which protects the skin and in turn, the human wearing it from harsh ultra-violet effects like sunburn, dry or cracked skin, or any defect that causes skin cancers. 

This special pigment called Melanin is responsible for the dark coloration in all humans and even some animals, it could be produced naturally in different regions as with most Africans and some Indians and Mexicans and folks of greek descent and it affects both skin and eye color. 

The power of Melanin is not only in its stealth from ultra violet rays, it is also present in some plants and animals  as invigorating mechanism that keeps us healthy all year despite the burning heat. It is this mechanism that prompted many cosmetologists commercialization of electronic tan beds or even sun tanning for those skin types with low production of Melanin. Small wonder the techniques evolved furthermore to the invention of melanin pills and injections which could permanently turn a white skin person dark, if used for too long. A technology that has garnered quite a bit of following over the past few years.

As our faces are different, sensitivity of the skin and eyes vary according to individual skin types and unless that balance is altered(By Bleaching or Toning), the skin works in itself to protect its own self; just like the human body emits sweat when exposed to hot atmosphere not because it is disgusted with itself but only because the sweat automatically cools the body temperature once any soft breeze passes by/touches it. This is a survival mechanism of the human specie, there is really nothing we can do but alter the growth and pigmentation of our own healing? not fair *Pun  intended*

Skin alteration techniques are not new, way back during the Elizabethan days excessively caked white powder was  used to lighten the complexions of ladies in waiting, giving them a  ‘more appealing’ look to suitors. These days extreme clinical/surgical procedures of the twentieth century exist. Mast of these beauty techniques like skin whitening surgery totally destroys the melanin producing enzymes in the body to achieve a lighter coloration.This alteration can cause many skin problems such as scabies, acute acne and irrational bouts of eczema and skin cancer.. 

It is not a new generation problem however serious cases have happened in a few African countries like South Sudan, Rwanda and Ghana which prompted their government to ban skin lightening products from their markets.

Unbeknownst to many, some of nature’s superheros like Lime and Lemon oils are natural toxin free and can improve skin lightning without the side effects. Also Shea Butter, Aloe Vera and Coconut oil contain the right vitamins and minerals that your skin needs and enough healing power to restore melanin deficient skin types.

Its never too late to begin a restoration from bleached skin. Momaqakes stocks a new brand of shea butter creams and soaps for all skin types, restoration, hair growth, massage balm, African black soap, body wash and more. Feel free to send an email to for more information.

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Growing Pains. The Story of the Human plight.

Let us begin with one Fictional Story of The EAGLE:

“The Eagle has the longest life-span of its species. It can live up to 70 years. But to reach this age, the eagle must make a very difficult decision!In its 40th year, the eagle’s long and flexible Talons can no longer grab a prey which serves as food. Its long and sharp beak becomes bent.Its old-aged and heavy wings, due to their thick feathers, stick to its chest and make it difficult to fly.Then, the eagle is left with only two options: DIE or go through a painful process of ADJUSTMENT!This process lasts for 150 days (5 months).The process requires the eagle to fly to a mountain top and sit on its nest. There the eagle knocks its beak against a rock until it plucks it out.Then the eagle will wait for the new beak to grow back after which it will pluck out its talons. When its talons grow back, the eagle starts plucking its old aged feathers.And after this the eagle takes its famous flight of rebirth and LIVES for 30 more years!!”

In an online publication that hit the internet in May 2007, The posts motivational undertone does not go unnoticed, the writer furthermore  expressed below;
“Why is adjustment needed???

In order to survive and live.

We too have to start the change process.

We sometimes need to get rid of the unpleasant old memories, negative habits and our fixed mind set.

Only when freed from the past burdens can we take advantage of the present.

If an eagle can make a life saving and life changing decision at the age of 40, why can’t we?

In order to take on a new journey ahead, let go of your negative old limiting beliefs.

Open up your mind and let yourself fly high like an eagle!

When it rains, all birds occupy shelter. But the EAGLE avoids the rain by flying above the clouds!

The problem is common to all but the attitude to solve it makes the difference.

Don’t be afraid of lifestyle adjustment. Accept it gracefully.

My questions to you is this!

Do you want to fly with the eagles or scratch with the turkeys or just talk like the parrots?

Over to you!”

Totally understandable.

However the Eagle does not live up to 70 years in the wild, and where there are other physical changes the processes are more in tune with a natural adaptation mechanism which the eagle needs AS an Eagle!

As a human however, we ARE all born with growing pains, we spend 70% of our existence trying to numb these pains with either Spiritual,Psychological or Scientific solutions. 

Many humans go through life with psychological or hormonal unbalance which we strive daily to overcome.

Comparing this to the life and times of an eagle or parrot or turkey is highly irrelevant because as Humans we have extra special abilities that has enabled so many individuals with the most bizarre deformities accomplish the most outstanding feats. It has become more about overcoming your psychological prowess than just mere existence.

It is an internal determination project, to strive to become the best version of oneself, i must remind you, it is a human trait & Abraham Maslow couldn’t have said it better! As important as shedding feathers and breaking talons for survival, self actualization is necessary for the growth and evolution of the human species.

Simple sustainable methods of pain eliminations which wont break your bank like Yoga & Water dieting are vital adaptation skills which can help everyone in their self actualization quests, equally. Other more complex resolutions like a change of lifestyle or character adjustments and brainwashing via family tradition might also help, but most important is the need for an upgrade an innate yearning to evolve. 

Hope this article was helpful, feel free to comment on your ideas on sustainable human traditions that have helped us over time!