Skin Superfood: Shea Butter
Remember how your grandmother told you about the benefits of oil massage and ‘forced’ you to use ghee, malai/milk cream, etc.on your skin? You never paid attention, did you? I was pretty ignorant and then I regretted it. And the regret made me try different concoctions. Sharing my experience with one such natural ingredient- Shea Butter and how it has been doing wonders for me.
I’ve had a one-sided long-term affair with acne and that made me try literally everything under the sun, only to settle for natural creams and lotions, mostly homemade. I’ve been whipping different butters and oils for a while now and hence decided to share my love for one of my favorite natural butters- Shea Butter. Also, when you whip ingredients at home, you at least know how you are treating your body. J
Shea butter comes from the seeds of the fruit of Shea tree and is rich in Vitamins A, E & F. It is super rich in fatty acids and nutrients that help in collagen production. Also, it has a comedogenic rating of 0 which makes it perfect for oily-sensitive and acne prone skin.
Benefits of Shea Butter:
High concentration of fatty acids makes Shea butter incredibly hydrating and nourishing for the skin. Oleic, stearic, palmitic and linolenic acids in Shea butter protect and nourish the skin to prevent drying. It also helps treat Eczema, dry scalp, chapped lips, razor burn, etc.
The anti-inflammatory property of Shea butter makes it one of the greatest skin foods ever:
- A comedogenic rating of 0 and high levels of Lupeol cinnamate makes shea butter work well in reducing skin inflammation and treating acne.
- It also helps treat muscle aches and helps in muscle recovery. Toss a tub in your gym bag, already!
- Anti-aging: Increases collagen production-> Fewer fine lines and wrinkles. Shea butter, head to toe!
- Sun Protection
With an SPF between 3 to 6, Shea Butter is used as a sunscreen. It not only protects from the UV rays but also works wonders in healing sunburned skin.
Below are a few ways to use Shea Butter:
- Natural moisturizer for skin
- Lip balm- By itself or mixed with essential oils
- Under eye wrinkle cream and bag reducer
- Whipped Body Butter
I like my Shea Butter whipped, with some oils. I can’t help but slather this goodness on my face, body, and hair. I’ve been using it for over a year now, and I just can’t do with it.
Also, summers are here, did someone say sunburn?
I buy my Shea Butter from Amazon. While buying, make sure it has ‘Raw and unrefined’ mentioned on the pack. It is in solid form at room temperature and melts when you rub it between your palms.
You might want to use a very small amount because it is super thick and a little goes a long way. Once you start using it, you can try different amounts to see how much your skin needs.
For those with curly or wavy hair, you can use whipped shea butter as a hair cream as well. Asha from right ringlets has an amazing recipe for this.
Go nourish your skin!
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