Shea Butter is Nature’s wonder and the reason behind Egyptian Queen Nefertiti’s legendary beauty. With its powerful abilities to moisturise, renew, repair and protect the skin against aging, Shea Butter is the perfect recipe for face, body and hair. Make sure to use it as a part of your daily beauty regimen.
Origin of Shea Butter: Shea Butter comes from the Shea Tree (or Karite’ Tree) that is mostly found in West African countries such as Ghana, Mali, Burkina Faso, Togo and Nigeria. The nuts called Shea Nuts when picked and roasted are boiled for many hours in order to extract pure and unrefined Shea Butter.
Health Benefits of Shea Butter
Healing Merits: Since it is a rich source of fatty acids and plant sterols such as Palmitic Acid, Oleic Acic etc., Shea Butter is quite effective in healing a variety of skin problems such as scars, stretch marks, skin peeling that happen due to suntan, burns, frost bites and insect bites. Such is its healing ability that it is good for treating athlete’s foot, arthritis and muscle fatigue.
Antioxidant Qualities : Shea Butter is known to keep skin hydrated and supple thanks to the Vitamin A, E and Catechins in it. That is why it prevents fine lines and wrinkles. In fact, the Cinnamic Acid esters in it shield the skin from UV rays.
Anti-Inflammatory Properties: Wonder drug it is, Shea Butter has excellent anti-Inflammatory properties owing to the Cinnamic Acid in it that plays an effective role in treating tumours.
Tips for Using Shea Butter
On Face: Massage your face with Shea Butter with special focus on forehead, nose and corner of your lips. It helps in reducing premature lines, marks, chapped lips, scars and blemishes and restores the moisture levels.
On Hair: Massage your scalp with Shea Butter and wrap your hair with a warm towel for half an hour. Shampoo it the next day to get smooth and dandruff-free tresses. Ideally repeat this technique twice a week on your hair and once a week on scalp.
On Feet and Hands: Tired of cracked heels and toes? Soak your feet in warm water for 15 minutes and scrub heels with a pumice stone. Change the water and add 1 teaspoon of Shea Butter to it. Soak your feet in it again, towel dry and apply skin moisturiser. Repeat this twice a week to get beautiful feet.
You can apply Shea Butter on hands too in order to make them soft and reduce their dryness. If shaving and waxing is troubling you, use Shea Butter to get rid of skin irritations.
Shea Butter has a natural scent that does not stink. As it ages, the natural scent decreases. However, it’s healing properties remain powerful within a year and a half. There is no special way to keep it or handle it. Treat it like any ordinary moisturiser and let your skin enjoy its texture.