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


Whipped Shea Butter

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: 

  1. Moisturizing

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.

  1. Anti-inflammatory

The anti-inflammatory property of Shea butter makes it one of the greatest skin foods ever:

  • A condemogenic 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!
  1. Sun Protection

With an SPF between 3 to 6, Shea Butter is used as a sun screen. 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:

  1. Natural moisturizer for skin
  2. Lip balm- By itself or mixed with essential oils
  3. Under eye wrinkle cream and bag reducer
  4. Deodorant
  5. 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.

Go nourish you skin!

Photography: Coloraddicted

If you want to know more about Shea butter, you can leave your queries in the comments below.




Ready to be allured?

What’s life without a few indulgences every now and then?

When I talk about indulgence, I mean some real guilt-free indulgences that satisfy you, while at the same time leave you craving for more indulgence and taking you to a lovelier world of exclusivity. Though I am not a fan of Indian sweets, I am a sucker for desserts like cakes, pastries, tarts and much more. What if I tell you could indulge into all of this without gaining any weight?

Below are the top 5 patisseries in Delhi I can vouch for and promise that these indulgences will drive you crazy, just like the limited edition Maruti Suzuki DzireAllure.

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No Bake Chocolate Oats Bar

No bake oats bar

I’m always on the lookout for healthy munchies that I can keep in my bag and carry to work. All thanks to hyperthyroidism which made me gain some 15 kgs in 3 months. Oh yeah! I suddenly started looking like a potato.

Instead of waking up to the smell of fresh coffee, I was forced to take a pill, which would leave me bloated for the rest of the day. But I’ve never been a fan of orders. I stopped taking all medicines after a month and joined the college gym. Soon I realized that wasn’t enough. Taking 4 eggs after my gyming season wasn’t really doing the job. I felt energy less, almost always. And since I was staying in a paying guest accommodation, I couldn’t use the kitchen for anything except for making tea. Oh, life! I started looking for healthy snacks which did nothing apart from leaving me broke.

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Chili Chocolate Bars

High Protein Chocolate Bars

“The only balanced diet you can ever have is when you have desserts in both hands.”

For the love of desserts and healthy food, let’s put a healthy and tasty twist to a classic dessert.

High Protein Chocolate Bars

Watching Vikas Khanna’s Persimmon Chili Cobbler recipe, I decided to make a healthy dessert. And no desert is ever complete without chocolate. I REPEAT, NO DESERT IS EVER COMPLETE WITHOUT CHOCOLATE.

For my #Foodventure I decided to throw in some dark chocolate, oats, my favourite- peanut butter and some chilies (YES I SAID CHILIES); and make chili chocolate bars.  Chilies and chocolate bring out each other’s richness.

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5 things you must remember for an amazing workout session!

Workout must haves

It’s hard to come across people who don’t work out! Among the younger generation, I can positively sense a growing concern towards staying healthy and fit. A workout session at the start of the day or at the end has become mandatory. The rigors of long hours at the office, a sedentary lifestyle, wrong diet plans and unhealthy choices are wreaking havoc with your health.

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#Foodventures- Sweet and Spicy Aam Panna

Foodventures sweet & spicy

We all love mangoes, don’t we?

And now that the season of mangoes is almost here, I can’t stop dreaming about the delicious aam panna, mango chutney and mango shake. Mango as a fruit in itself is very wholesome. It lowers blood pressure, cleanses skin (IT DOES NOT CAUSE ACNE), alkalizes the whole body and has a lot of other health benefits. Need more reasons to love them?

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High Protein Smoothie


Do you know what skipping breakfast does to your body? It makes you hangry! Hell yeah!

Hangry is hungry + angry. 🙂

Also, skipping breakfast makes you gain weight! THAT’S TRUE.

People who skip breakfast consume more calories than anyone else. And since they consume these calories in the later part of the day, when the metabolism slows down, the fat starts depositing. Hence, weight gain. And thousand other health problems of course!

For all those who skip breakfast, they key to change this habit is to start with simple recipes that don’t need a lot of work.

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7 Ways to Look Great in Designer Fitness Clothes

“Fitness and fashion do not go hand in hand” says only an ignorant. If you thought fitness fashion is an alien concept, you probably are living in an alien world right now. For the realm of fitness has become fashionable over the years and how! Gone are the days of ill-fitted, dull, plain-Jane, no-nonsense track pants and t-shirts. Fitness clothing is just as expressive and idea-elucidating as party-wear clothes probably. And, with the whole concept of working out becoming more holistic, great emphasis is being laid to not only what you do, but also what you eat, what kind of lifestyle you lead, and what you wear while you are on the job. For good-looking clothes not only serve as extra motivation to sweat it out like you mean it, but they also make the whole experience more fun.

And with all the myriad options we have right now to be fit and kicking, there should be no dull moment in your fit life.

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Handpicked by Select CityWalk

Handpicked by Select CityWalk

Keep your friends close and your farmers closer.

Fresh farm grown vegetables

Fresh Vegetables!

I’m sure you know that by the time food reaches us, it loses most of its nutrients. Oh and the chemicals it is loaded with. Whatever happened to you are what you eat.

Gone are the days when people used to own farms, and grow fruits and vegetables. They were surely aware of what they were putting in their bodies but now we are more interested in learning about the latest “healthy foods” in the market, forgetting our roots.

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Love Your Curls

How to keep your curly hair moisturized

Have you ever wondered how your curls are different than those of people who wear their natural curls with utter confidence? How their curls are so well formed and on the other hand you have never had the courage in your life to leave your hair open without a hair tie or bun. Are their curls different than yours and they are born with that well formed curls shape and wear t-shirt with tag lines like “I woke up like this” :).

Best Shampoo for curly hair in India

The answer is a big “No”. The only difference is the way they use products to style their curls and do not treat them like straight hair. Curly hair is completely different from straight hair and hence the curly hair care routine should be different too.

How to keep curly hair moisturized

Have you noticed that your curls look better right after shower when it is wet and after it get dry and you comb it then it converts into a big mess. This is the thing where you need to stop. By combing your hair you separate your curls and make it frizzy, unmanageable and poofy. Then you have to tie them up.  So, first of all stop combing your hair when it is dry and read on to know the complete routine that will make you fall in love with your hair.


Wash your hair by massaging your scalp and let the shampoo rinse through rest of your hair. Most shampoos in market contains sulfates which are very harsh on your hair and leave it dry. So, its a good idea to switch to sulfate free mild shampoo to wash your hair.


Apply conditioner and keep it on for 2-3 minutes. As I told you earlier that you should not comb curly hair when it is dry. So, this is the part where you detangle your hair and take out any knots or loose strands from your hair. While your conditioner is on, detangle your hair using your fingers or a wide tooth comb.  Once you are done then do not run fingers or comb through your hair after this. Rinse your conditioner off by massaging your scalp and keeping your head upside down. It will help you to make your hair lift from roots and give volume on top.

Leave-in Conditioner

Once you are done washing your hair, do not use a towel to wrap your hair, this is what you normally would be doing. Squeeze out excess water from hair using your palms and start your styling routine in wet hair. If your hair is very dry, apply a leave-in conditioner in smoothing motion without running fingers through your hair as it will separate your curls.

How to keep your curly hair moisturized

Styling Product

Curly hair takes its natural shape when it is wet so to keep its natural shape we should use a styling product like gel, mousse etc that provides hold and keeps its shape through out the day once hair is dry.  Section your hair into 4-5 sections and apply the styling product in smoothing motion on each section as shown in the clip above.  Always apply products by keeping your head upside down to get the voluminous curls. If you are not comfortable with that then apply products by moving your hair away from roots so that it does not stick to the roots and lifts up. Now scrunch your hair 2-3 times.  You can also use an old cotton t-shirt to scrunch your hair to remove excess water. Do not towel dry your hair as it can make your hair frizzy and disturbs the curls pattern.

Now you are done!! Leave your hair to air dry and do not touch it at all.

Once your hair is completely dry, then you will feel the crunchiness of the styling product. Do not worry about it just flip your head down and give it a final scrunch. It will remove all the crunchiness from hair and give you bouncy curls.

This is how hair looks when you follow this routine of apply products in hair.

Hair Care Tips for natural curls

How to choose products for curly hair

Other than following the above routine, you should take care of what products you use on hair. Stay away from products that contains sulfates and silicones. Sulfates are cleansing agents present in shampoos that are a bit harsh and drying for curly hair. Most marketed products contain sulfate as the main cleansing agent but now the trend is changing and more sulfate free products are coming in market. You must have already heard about sulfate free shampoos but staying away from silicones might be be new to you. Silicones are film forming agents that can be present in shampoo, conditioner or styling products like serums (Serum are made of only silicones, so are worst for curly hair). Silicones coat your hair and form a film which can not be removed using water only and sometimes can not be washed off using a mild sulfate free shampoo. Because of this they build up on hair and do not let the moisture penetrate into your hair and eventually makes hair dry over time. Depending on the type of silicone, it can take around 2-3 washes to get rid of them. Also because of the build up, your hair does not curl up very well and looks weighed down and lifeless. To remove silicone build up from hair, you have to use a shampoo that contains sulfate which you already know are drying for curly hair. So, the best way to start your curl journey is to switch to products that are sulfate free and silicone free.

To identify these kind of ingredients in your products, it becomes very important that you read your product ingredients and label before buying. Silicone names generally ends with  -one, -conol, or -xane like Dimethicone, Amodimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane etc. In shampoos, you can easily identify sulfates by their names like sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate etc.

So, it all comes down to how you use products on hair and what kind of products you use. It will definitely  help you to get the beautiful looking curls and waves.

I hope this routine will help you to maintain your curly and wavy hair better. For more information on curly and wavy hair care you can visit my website Right Ringlets.

Keep curling!!!!