Shea Butter Benefits:
It’s been used for centuries in traditional Asian medicine to treat skin ailments such as eczema, psoriasis, acne, rosacea and many others. It is believed that it helps heal wounds by exfoliating dead cells from the skin. Its moisturizing properties help keep your hair healthy and shiny.
You may have heard of its anti-aging effects too!
How Can Shea Butter Be Used On My Skin And Hair?
You can apply it on your face and body using a soft cloth or sponge. Apply it liberally to dry areas such as elbows, knees, feet, neck and shoulders. Use a small amount to massage into the skin and then gently pat off excess with a clean towel. You can also rub some onto your scalp if you want extra moisture there. It will leave behind an aftertaste similar to vanilla extract but not quite as strong so don’t worry about that!
Why Should I Use Shea Butter?
There are several reasons why you might want to use shea butter on your skin and hair. Here are just a few:
1) Moisturize Your Skin – Shea butter is rich in fatty acids which help nourish your skin.
If you suffer from dryness, flaking, peeling and cracking of the skin due to environmental factors like heat or sun exposure then this could be alleviated by using shea butter.
2) Help Heal Wounds – The antioxidants found in shea butter can help the healing process of minor skin abrasions and wounds.
This can come in handy if you are accident prone and suffer small cuts and scrapes often.
3) Skin Softening Properties – If you like how coconut oil leaves your skin feeling soft and supple after use then you will appreciate that shea butter has similar properties.
Sources & references used in this article:
Shea butter: the nourishing properties of Africa’s best-kept natural beauty secret by WG Goreja – 2004 – books.google.com
Shea butter republic: State power, global markets, and the making of an indigenous commodity by B Chalfin – 2004 – books.google.com
Quality characteristics of West African shea butter (Vitellaria paradoxa) and approaches to extend shelf-life by HS Nahm – 2011 – rucore.libraries.rutgers.edu
Economic analysis of shea butter plant in Ukum local government, Benue State, Nigeria by DP Ani, G Aondona, A Soom – American-Eurasian Journal of …, 2012 – hortintl.cals.ncsu.edu
Anti-inflammatory and skin barrier repair effects of topical application of some plant oils by PN Lovett – Inform, 2005
Hair growth conditioner by TK Lin, L Zhong, JL Santiago – International journal of molecular sciences, 2018 – mdpi.com