Shea Butter Is My Favourite One!
What is Shea Butter? An ivory colored fat, extracted from the seeds of Vitellaria paradoxa tree native to West Africa.
People of this region have been using it for cosmetic, medicinal and nutritional purposes for ages. Since it protects the skin and hair from the drying effects of Sub-Saharan and Mediterranean climate, this skin superfood was in use in Cleopatra’s Egypt as well.
Shea Is the Tree of Life
Shea tree is also called “karite tree” which means the “tree of life”. Why? Because besides its beautifying, protecting and moisturizing effect, Shea Butter has significant healing properties. Shea is packed with several fatty acids and plant sterols such as oleic, palmitic, stearic and linolenic acids. It can treat many skin conditions, including wrinkles, blemishes, itching, sunburns, small skin wounds, insect bites, dermatitis, eczema, skin allergies and frost bite.
Unrefined, Organic and Fair Trade
The cream is still extracted manually and prepared without the use of chemicals. Locals collect, clean, segregate, dry and pound of the dried nuts into a paste. The butter is prepared by cold press methods.
Always use the highest quality Shea butter.
While the butter remains solid at room temperature, it melts on the skin at body temperature. Shea Butter doesn’t absorb rapidly into the skin, but forms a non-greasy coating. This coating effectively protects the complexion and has good water-binding properties.
Unfortunately some alter their Shea Butter for economic reasons or in an attempt to give it a better fragrance and texture. While altered Shea Butter may smell nicely, refined products will not offer all of the health benefits Shea Butter is known for.
Shea Butter has significant healing properties.
Shea Butter, the Skin Superfood!
It has so many benefits for skin and great in homemade beauty products. Rich in vitamin A, E and F, and offers natural UV protection (about 6 SPF). Shea Butter has shown to be a superb moisturizer, with exceptional healing properties for the skin.
Today, it is widely used in the cosmetics industry for skin and hair related products. Including lip gloss, skin moisturizers and hair conditioners.
How To Use Shea Butter For Gorgeous Skin
Shea Butter Is an Excellent Moisturizer
Shea butter protects the skin from drying out. Applying it all over the body after shower or a bath will help keep the skin hydrated and soft.
Slightly smoky smell and silky feel on the skin.
Shea Butter Has Great Anti-Aging Properties
Shea Butter neutralizes free radicals, improves skin elasticity while increasing and protecting the skin’s production of collagen. It helps smooth out wrinkled skin.
Use Shea Butter for Oily Skin
This is the perfect solution for my oily skin: moisturizing without breaking out. It makes your skin look soft, smooth and hydrated. It’s healing effect is especially noticeable if you use it as a night cream.
Shea Butter Can Reduce Skin Inflammation
Thanks to its anti-inflammatory and healing components, Shea Butter gives pain relief.
UV Protection / Sunscreen
This is your natural sunscreen. Shea Butter offers (about 6 SPF) protection against sun exposure. It is also a great skin care for winter as it provides the extra moisture, nutrients and protection needed for your skin during the cold season.
Shea Butter Works as a Lip Balm
You can use it on a daily basis by itself as a lip balm. Shea Butter is one of the best natural moisturizers that makes your lips soft and supple. Apply it before going to bed and left on overnight, and use it for outdoor activities.
Shea Butter Helps Reduce or Prevent Stretch Marks Formation During Pregnancy
During pregnancy the skin becomes stretched over the expanding parts and you may get fine lines on the body – called stretch marks. Shea increases skin elasticity. Hence it is the ideal protection against stretch marks and sagging.
For Baby Care
Baby skin care is as important as keeping your baby warm and nourished. Shea Butter makes the baby’s bottom soft and smooth and helps to get rid of Diaper Dermatitis.
How To Use Shea Butter For Beautiful, Healthy Hair
Shea Butter can be used as a hair softener. It works as massage oil for the scalp and protects your hair from UV rays and environmental pollutants”
More Wonderful Health Benefits of Shea Butter
Shea is also known for its healing properties which help to cure skin problems like minor cutes, skin cracks, frost bites, insect bites, burns, psioriasis, dermatitis, eczema, blemishes and scars. Briefly, Shea Butter rejuvenates your irritated skin.
If you ask me, everyone should have a jar of Shea either in the medicine cabinet for minor skin injuries, or among the beauty supplies for soft, better looking skin.
Shea Butter is for external use only. Ask a doctor or dermatologist before using it.
Beware! Unaltered Shea does not have a cologne or perfume fragrance. Always use unrefined, organic, fair trade products. Take care of your health and our environment. Always take allergy test – if you have reaction avoid these ingredients.
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