I am fascinated with Shea Butter. When I first started making my own skin care products, I looked up a variety of ingredients and their benefits to determine what was best to use in my concoctions. When I discovered shea the benefits seemed to go on and on. I never really knew much about shea before. I mean, I knew it could help with scars and stretch marks, like most people do, but a few years ago if you would have asked me what was better, shea butter or cocoa butter, I would have said cocoa butter. Boy was I wrong! Shea is great for scars and stretch marks but that is only the beginning! Unrefined shea butter does so much more....
Shea Butter contains natural UV sun protection that is estimated to be around an SPF 6. Daily use of Shea Butter on the face and body reduces sun exposure, which in turn slows down the rate of aging. Shea Butter also acts as a natural mantle against elements of cigarette smoke, smog and chemical pollutants in the atmosphere.
Shea Butter can also help your hair. It provides moisture to dry or damaged hair from the roots to the very tips, repairing and protecting against weather damage, dryness and brittleness. It also absorbs quickly and completely into the scalp to rehydrate without clogging pores. It is particularly beneficial for processed and heat-treated hair, and is an excellent treatment for dry scalp.
The benefits and uses of unrefined Shea Butter go on and on... here is a summary.
Use for increased healing:
Sun damaged skin and burns
Scars and blemishes
Small wounds and scrapes
Helps to prevent and relieve diaper rash
Relieves itching insect bites & stings
Relieves muscle fatigue, aches & tension
Use for skin care:
Absorbs quickly into skin leaving it smooth and soft
Moisturizes dry and chapped skin and lips
Helps to reduce wrinkles by boosting collagen production
Helps to reduce and prevent stretch marks and fade scars
Minimizes razor bumps and can be used as a shave cream
Use for hair care:
Heat slightly for a hot oil treatment
Protects hair from environmental elements
Prevents hair breakage
Now, you know you want some shea now!