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The Awesomeness of Shea Butter
I have extremely dry skin (runs in the family – ugh) so I’ve done trial and error on so many products. Many of them claim to combat dry skin or heal my skin and restore its moisture. It wasn’t until I started using products that contained pure shea butter that I started seeing a real difference. Since I have dry skin, I also have dry scalp which often leads to breakage on my hair. The only time I started seeing improvement is when I started applying a shea butter mixture to my scalp. Since I relax my hair, I often have to worry about maintaining new growth, my virgin hair that grows in between relaxer applications. Shea butter serves as a “buffer” between the new growth and relaxed hair, smoothing out the coarseness and helping to prevent breakage.
Have you used Shea Butter?
Anyone Can Use it
Good news is it’s not restricted to any particular ethnic group or race. Anyone can use shea butter and benefit from it. Hailing from West Africa, it derives from the Karite tree and goes through a unique process to produce the nutty scented butter we see in stores. It’s distributed world-wide and is great to use year round for many skin conditions. One reason why it may be used by anyone is because a natural element of shea butter is that it contains the same natural moisturizing properties that are produced by the skin. Our skin has sebaceous glands that naturally produce moisturizers to prevent dryness. That’s why shea butter is a great match for anyone.
What I use on my hair - helps prevent breakage!
A great raw shea butter product
Other Great Benefits
Other great benefits
Besides great moisturizing affects, shea butter is known to have healing properties for certain skin conditions such as dermatitis and eczema. Here are other conditions that shea butter is good for:
- Doesn't clog pores
- Small Wounds
- Small burns
- Shaving cream for a smooth shave
How Shea Butter is Made
Beware of imposters
There are numerous products being marketed as shea butter or shea butter based, but be aware of the quality content of these products. Many of them have a lot of preservatives and other chemicals that destroy the integrity of the shea butter. Some have little to no amount of shea butter making the product ineffective. Always look for raw, 100% natural shea butter. If it has a really nice fragrance then don’t expect great results. Shea butter has a very mild smell when in its natural state. According to the Shea Institute, it’s best to use the product within 18 months of purchase. That way you’ll enjoy it at its best time and experience its true quality.
Out of the many other products out there claiming to be natural and great for common uses, shea butter definitely owns up to being gentle on the skin and has many great uses. You can even mix it into your other products if you don't want to use it in raw form (maybe I'll do another post on that in the future). However you decide to use it, expect great benefits!