You all know I’m a fan of using coconut oil on skin and hair, but shea butter, another natural moisturizer for these uses, is the talk of the town lately .
Shea butter is very thick and solid at room temperature but has a buttery rich consistency. It is ideal for use as a natural eye cream, lip balm, or body butter. It also delivers key anti-inflammatory and anti-aging components right into the skin.
What Is Shea Butter?
Shea butter is a skin superfood that comes from the seeds of the fruit of the Shea tree and that is naturally rich in vitamins A, E and F. It offers UV protection and provides the skin with essential fatty acids and the nutrients necessary for collagen production. Shea was found in Africa years ago and it is an important element for locals. But since the foreign cosmetic companies have a huge demand, locals are now exploring opportunities to expand.
Shea Butter Benefits
The concentration of natural vitamins and fatty acids in shea butter makes it incredibly nourishing and moisturizing for skin. It is often used to restore dry skin and to help protect the skin’s natural oils. It also Reduces Inflammation, due to its cinnamic acid and other natural ingredients, shea butter reduces skin inflammation. Shea butter also Smooth the Skin and help producing skin’s natural collagen and protect and nourish the skin to prevent drying and wrinkle appearance.
Ways to Use Shea Butter
Shea butter is one of the most versatile natural beauty ingredients. You can use it in everything from homemade lotion bars and body butter to homemade lip balms
You can use it by itself for face and body as a natural moisturizer or for easy use after sun or beach exposure to rejuvenate the skin . Shea Butter can also ward off stretch marks and under-eyes bag-reducer or as a massage butter. It can also on the long term use improve skin elasticity and cellulite, Shea butter can be also mixed with other natural oils like argan oil or coconut oil and used on the hair or scalp.
Do you use natural oils, if you make your own cream or bars please share your recipe would love to try new ones this summer