Are you looking for an awesome item to add to your beauty and skincare tools? Then shea butter might be just what you need.
This amazing product of nature has been around for years and continues to grow in popularity because of its numerous uses. Whether for skin treatment, cooking, or even hair treatment, shea butter has a lot to offer than you might expect.
So What Exactly Is Shea Butter?
The seeds/nuts of the shea fruits are what give birth to this rich butter known as shea butter. The rich soils of Africa are what usually give birth to these fruits.
Containing fatty acids such as oleic acid, stearic acid, and linoleic acid, shea butter is an oil. This rich oil is solid at room temperature.
This rich butter is the end product of the nuts gotten from the shea tree, which has been cracked, boiled, and processed, to produce the beautiful, rich shea butter that is available for use.
Seen mostly in the northern part of Nigeria, the unrefined and natural form of this oil is usually light-colored. It is very good for moisturizing the skin. And has great anti-inflammatory properties. It is suitable for cooking, and can thus serve as vegetable oil.
Here Are Some of the Things That Make Shea Butter Highly Beneficial
Because of its highly effective anti-inflammatory features, it diminishes burning skin sicknesses. Shea butter contains nutrients, for example, Vitamin A and Vitamin E which supplies nourishment to the skin, and at the same time protects the skin from the ultraviolet rays of the sun.
Types of Shea Butter
These are basically two types of shea butter;
- refined and
- unrefined shea butter.
The unrefined is the raw form of the butter. And it is gotten just after its extraction from the nut. This raw form is usually bright yellow or bright green. In most cases, the unrefined shea butter has not been subjected to any other procedures apart from its normal filtration process. This keeps the nutritional value very much intact.
The refined form has been subjected to other procedures to enhance its effectiveness. Some such procedures are deodorizing or bleaching. These processes can be used to change its color. And in some cases may have been added some additives like scent to enhance its performance and smell.
Skin Uses of Shea Butter
#1. As A Cream
A lot of persons use shea butter as their cream, or at least have it as part of the constituents of their cream. It contains ingredients that keep the skin hydrated in dry weather conditions, just as in cold climates.
Adopting shea butter as your cream or as part of the components of your cream, is a step in the right direction, as this butter makes sure your skin remains smooth, supple, and fresh.
#2. Treatment of Acne and Blemishes
Shea butter is known to possess great healing properties. Known to be widely used in the treatment of burns, acne, blemishes, skin rashes, insect bites, stretch marks, athletes foot, among many other skin injuries.
#3. As An After Shave
Common skin injuries such as itchiness of the skin from razor or skin bumps amongst others can be reduced by the use of shea butter. It is also known to improve the look and feel of the skin.
Let me also inform you that you can reduce the chances of irritations, itching, and razor bumps by applying shea butter on the skin a day before you intend shaving.
#4. Reduce (or get rid of) Stretch Marks
Sudden weight gain or weight loss that results to skin elasticity ( such as during pregnancy) can make stretch marks begin to appear.
Anything that causes the skin to stretch beyond its elastic limits can cause the skin to tear, thereby leaving scars popularly known as stretch marks. Using shea butter on those areas can help restore the elasticity of the skin in that area, and can also heal the scars. It has the capability to do this because of its healing property, thus making it a suitable solution for stretch marks.
#5. Relief to Itchy and Peeling Skin
Part of the consequences of dehydrated skin is itchy skin or peeling skin. And shea butter can be used to remedy this. Due to its fat content, it is able to rehydrate the skin and remoisturize the skin. Thereby preventing itching and peeling of the skin.
#6. Anti-aging Formula
Shea butter is equally known to be used as an anti-aging formula. Because of its richness in vitamin E and Catechin, it can stimulate the production of collagen. Collagen is one of the body’s natural protein that can help to effectively improve the elasticity of the skin.
Because of its rich content, shea butter reduces wrinkles, prevents immature wrinkles. It also increases blood circulation to the skin which in turn causes the renewal of the cells of the skin, thus keeping the skin fresh, healthy, and young.
#7. Excellent lip care
Applying shea butter on the lips can also serve as an excellent lip care alternative. Because of its moisturizing ability, it is able to lock moistures on the lips, thereby keeping the nutrients that keep the lips soft and tender.
Due to its rehydration power, it can prevent cracks on the skin of the lips.
The mild sun protection ability it possesses doesn’t just help keep the skin healthy but also protects the lips from the harsh ultra-violet rays of the sun. Thus preventing the darkening of the lips, in turn keeping the lips fresh and healthy.
#8. An Alternative To Coconut Oil, Vegetable, Butter, or Olive Oil In Cooking
Apart from its benefits on the skin, shea butter can serve as a great alternative to vegetable oil, coconut oil or olive oil.
It may require that you use it more than once to get used to its taste. Yet its healthy fat content makes it a great alternative for cooking oils.
#9. Dermatitis, Psoriasis, And Eczema
Skin irritations such as eczema, dermatitis, and psoriasis can be remedied using shea butter. As stated earlier, it has a great moisturizing and anti-inflammatory property. Thereby making it able to overcome elements that cause dryness, scaliness, or itchiness of the skin.
#10 Wound Healing
Wounds, cuts, and scraped areas are mended to a great extent by the use of this butter. It gets easily assimilated into the layers of the skin, where it can supply affected areas with all the essential nutrients and fats needed to facilitate healing.
#11. Prevents Hair Loss
The unsaturated fatty acids found in it make it better for conditioning the scalp and hair. Hair loss can be remedied and prevented by the use of shea butter. It also plays a great role in repairing damaged hair.
This rich butter is relatively very straight forwards to use. Once you have it available, either in the refined or unrefined form (preferably the unrefined form). Simply dissolve it under heat (microwave) for few seconds then mix some other ingredients you will like to add alongside it. And simply begin to use.
It can be mixed with other natural oils such as coconut oil, olive oil or almond oil, etc to get even better results.
Note that you can mix whatever you intend to mix without necessarily dissolving it. Also, the mixing part is very much optional. The whole benefits of shea butter are still very much available to you even without you adding anything else to it.
So who should use shea butter?
Absolutely everyone! Every household should have a significant quantity of shea butter around. Either in their beauty tool kit for smooth and better-looking skin. Or in the medicine’s cabinet for minor injuries around the house. Shea butter is a must-have!
Shea Butter can be your skin’s best friend! All you need do is to know how to make use of it effectively.
It’s a wrap, guys. Thank you so much for reading!
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