Shea Butter and it's Many Benefits
Shea butter is a great product to use for naturally curly
hair. It comes in many different forms and provides many different uses for
natural hair. I comes from a beautiful tree in African.
There is the unrefined Shea butter, the refined Shea butter and the ultra-refined Shea butter. Shea butter in its raw unrefined state can have many good properties for the skin as well depending on the quality of it.
Benefits of Using Shea Butter
Shea butter’s many benefits include:
- Daily skin moisturizer
- Dry Skin Relief
- Dry Scalp
- Skin Rash and Diaper Rash Relief
- Skin Peeling after Tanning
- Reduce Blemishes and Wrinkles
- Relieves Itchy Skin Due to Dryness
- Shaving Cream to Reduce Razor Irritation
- Stretch Mark Prevention
- Reducing Acne
- Heals Skin Cracks
- Heals Small Skin Wounds
- Soften Tough Skin on Feet
- Minor Burns
- Sun and Wind Protection
- Evens Skin tone
- Reduces Blemishes and Scarring
- Eliminates Scalp irritation from Chemical processing or Dryness
- Prevents Bumps after Shaving
- Helps Restore Elasticity to Skin
- Restores Luster to hair
- Absorbs Quickly without Leaving Greasy Residue
- Restores Luster to hair
Shea Butter can do all of this for your skin and it is relatively cheap. Another great thing is the fact that it is all natural.
For my hair I love to mix it with oils to soften the texture and make it creamier. My favorite oil to mix with Shea butter is coconut oil.
I also use olive oil and natural vitamin e oil. I haven’t experimented with many other oils but I am sure that most oils will work great. I would love to try grape seed oil which is a light oil and almond oil.
Shea butter is a butter that melts easily in warm temperatures. It has a thick smooth texture and when it is melted it is like a thick oil.
reason it is easily mixed with other oils and other butters. When I mix my Shea
butter with oils I like to have a creamy liquid mixture and a thick creamy
mixture. I got this idea from naptural85 on youtube.
While styling my hair the thicker mixture allows me to stretch out my hair with braids in preparation for other styles and I also use it as an alternative to gel when I need to lay down my edges.
The thicker mixture also helps bind my hair together so that I and fight single strand knots.
The creamy silky mixture, which has a more liquid texture in comparison to the thick creamy mixture, is used for everyday light moisture.
I always mist my hair with water first and then apply my Shea butter mixtures. I do this because Shea butter is great for locking in moisture and I think water is the best form of moisture; so I use water and not just Shea butter.
I also use Shea butter on my skin as well as on my hair. After I started using Shea butter about 2 years ago I have noticed my skin improve in softness.
I have never felt my skin so soft before and I love it!
When I first used Shea butter I thought it would leave my skin grease but it completely absorbs into the skin. It leaves my skin moisturized all day after. I apply it right after I get out of the shower.
I recommend Shea butter for people who have various skin problems because of its healing properties.
Shea butter is an excellent moisturizer because of the natural moisturizers in it.
Some of the natural moisturizers in it are closely related to the oil produced in our sebaceous glands in the skin. Shea butter also helps accelerate the healing process of small wounds.
Good Quality Shea Butter
One important thing that you need to remember about Shea butter is that as it ages, it loses some of its healing properties. Shea butter contains a substance called Cinnamic acid.
Cinnamic acid creates bonds with other substances in Shea butter. When these bonds begin to break and the Cinnamic acid stands alone the Shea butter begins to lose its healing benefits.
It is important to get fresh raw Shea butter it you are going to use it for its healing properties.
No matter how old Shea butter gets, it will always have its moisturizing properties. If you are only using it for its moisture then don’t worry.
For those who want to use Shea butter as a healing agent it is important to know where your Shea butter it coming from and how old it is.
Some places in the United States sale Shea butter that is as old as 2 years. To make sure you are getting the best quality Shea butter it may be wise to buy it online or look for the Seal of The American Shea Butter Institute on the container.
I purchase my Shea butter from my local beauty supply store and I have doubts about its quality.
I know that it is Shea butter but I can never be sure of how old it is. I only use Shea butter for its moisturizing properties so I am not worried about its quality.
For those of you who may be worried about its properties you need to know a few things. There are many forms of Shea butter but premium Shea butter, with the healing benefits, has specific characteristics that you should look for.
- It is soft and beige in color with no patches of other colors.
- It easily melts when rubbed together and it is easily absorbed by the skin.
- When left in warm temperatures, premium Shea butter readily melts down.
- It spreads easily just like margarine or butter.
Premium good quality Shea butter is not yellow, white, and brown or any other color other than beige and it has a distinct smell that you will never forget.
Shea butter that does not spread like butter and is not beige and does not have a distinct smell is most likely not good quality and will not have the healing properties.
The Shea butter that I use has a yellow color and is very thick. I haven’t gotten the chance to use premium grade Shea butter but I am looking forward to getting the opportunity. I don’t really worry about the quality of my Shea butter because I use it for its moisturizing properties.
If you would like to learn more about premium Shea butter visit American Shea Butter Institute.
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