Skin Got Issues? Put Some Shea Butter On It!
When it comes to improving a wide range of skin conditions, Shea Butter has got it going on. I’ve been using it for close to 3 years now and I just can’t seem to get enough. I keep a nice stash of at least 2 or 3 tubs to make sure that I don’t run out… No Shea Butter shortages over here! It is by far one of my top oil preferences and serves as a base to many of my homemade hair & body butters.
Shea Butter is classified as a seed oil and is extracted from the nuts of the Shea-Karite tree found only in Africa, which is why it is widely referred to as African Shea Butter. This rejuvenating butter is known for its moisturizing and healing properties. Not only does it work wonders for our skin, but for hair also. Some would even say that it’s food for the hair and skin. In fact, our hair and skin adores Shea Butter because it is very similar to the natural oils produced by our bodies.
Now, here’s how to know which Shea Butter is the good stuff. When choosing a good Shea Butter it’s important to know that not all Shea Butters are the same. They are differentiated by the method of extraction and grade. The 3 grades are:
- Raw or Unrefined
- Highly Refined or Processed
Raw or Unrefined is the best choice in grade because it is the all natural form of Shea Butter. The butter is only extracted by water leaving it in it’s original form. You may notice that the color will vary among raw or unrefined Shea Butter, which is perfectly normal. The color is determined by the type of nut used during the extraction process. The natural aroma should be nutty and fresh, but you can also feel free to liven up the scent by adding an essential oil if you’re fancy. Remember to keep your Shea Butter sealed and stored in a cool place to reduce exposure to contaminants. The butter has a shelf life of 2-3 years, but healing properties will diminish overtime.
Healthy skin is promoted by Vitamins A, E, and F contained within the butter. These vitamins are what aid in skin repair and protection . Shea Butter serves as a remedy for the effects of common skin issues like:
- stretch marks
- dry skin
- dry scalp
- insect bites
- minor burns
- muscle aches and fatigue
- frost bite
- skin irritation
One of the most effective ways to apply Shea Butter is right after you get out of the shower when your skin is damp. You might have an oily feeling post application, but just give it a few minutes for the oil to absorb into your skin. Once the oil absorbs you’ll be left feeling oh so silky smooth. Do this daily and you will definitely notice a difference in the way your skin looks and feels. So, if you’re reading this and you need to give your skin a boost, now you know what to do… PUT SOME SHEA BUTTER ON IT!
Has Shea Butter got you feeling oh so silky smooth? Drop me a comment below!
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