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The Awesomeness of Shea Butter

Updated on October 29, 2014
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Dry Skin

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.

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Here's a shea butter based product I use on my hair. It also contains castor oil, coconut oil, beeswax, rosemary and Vitamin E.
Here's a shea butter based product I use on my hair. It also contains castor oil, coconut oil, beeswax, rosemary and Vitamin E. | Source

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.

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:

  • Blemishes
  • Doesn't clog pores
  • Wrinkles
  • Small Wounds
  • Small burns
  • Shaving cream for a smooth shave
  • Sunburn

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!

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      I like shea butter but did not know about the stronger scented impostors. Thanks for the heads up.

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      Musu Bangura 3 years ago from Nation's Capital

      Ms Ginger, I'd love to hear your feedback when you try out the shea butter! Is the coconut oil you use in solid form, or is it liquid?

      teaches12345, thanks for the feedback. I'm also glad to hear that you've used this great product as well!

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      I have used shea butter and appreciate the benefits my skin gets from usage. Great topic and well covered.

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      Mirmana 3 years ago from AMSTERDAM

      I currently use coconut oil for my dry skin, but have heard of this. Good hub, and will try it out soon!

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      Musu Bangura 3 years ago from Nation's Capital

      Your welcome, Mekenzie. Let me know how it turns out for you! :)

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      Susan Ream 3 years ago from Michigan

      I've never used it but I'm glad to know what type to buy and why.

      Thanks for an informative article; Well written!

      Mekenzie