Shea Butter has been used as a beautifying agent since ancient times; there is even evidence that Cleopatra and Nefertiti used it as part of their regime.
Manually extracted from the seeds of the Shea Tree native to West Africa, Shea Butter is basically a superfood for your skin and hair. It contains naturally occuring essential fatty acids, phytosterols, vitamin E, vitamin D, provitamin A and allantoin.
When choosing Shea Butter, look for minimally processed solutions so it still has as many vitamins and minerals as possible. The best kind of Shea Butter is pure, raw, unrefined, organic African Shea Butter.
If you are a DIYer, it’s easy to make lip balms, lotions, skin butters and natural baby care products. All you have to do is heat it up slightly (to preserve the healing properties) and then mix it with other ingredients or essential oils to make your product. I normally just put it directly on my skin in place of lotion, and in my hair as a moisturizer.
Here are 5 great uses for Shea Butter:
1. Moisturize Your Skin & Hair
Shea Butter contains vitamins A and E, which keep skin and hair nourished and radiant. You can use it as a body butter, in your hair or as a lip balm.
2. Prevent Wrinkle & Stretch Mark
Because of the fatty acid content, Shea gets absorbed deeper into the skin promoting collagen production. This helps reduce and prevent stretch marks, wrinkles and dry skin.
3. Protect Your Skin From The Sun
Shea butter protects the skin and hair from ultraviolet radiations with an estimated 6 SPF. You can use it as a light sunscreen for face and body, as well as to protect your hair from sun damage. It also shields your face, body and hair from free radicals.
4. Heal Damaged Skin
Due to its naturally occurring vitamins and minerals, Shea Butter rejuvenates the skin and hair. It can restore skin elasticity, help to heal scars (including acne scars) and bring chapped lips back to life.
5. For Baby
Because it is free of chemicals and dyes, Shea Butter is very safe to use on babies. You can use it as a soft skin moisturizer, as well as to treat eczema and diaper rash.