Shea butter for everything
Shea butter is obtained by drying and grinding the fruit shea tree that grows in the western part of Africa. The resulting powder is then boiled in water during the cooking process that releases an oily substance that is collected and used as buter- something like that happens, when we cook milk.
Shea butter is already been used for centuries in Africa for skin care and sun protection, but also in the preparation of food, as it is edible. In the rest of the world it has gained popularity only in the last few years, because of its recognized beneficial effects. Mostly, it’s used for body care, and it has been proven and that has medicinal properties. Because of its diverse use, shea butter is, among coconut and olive oil, one of the most appreciated product of nature and a key ingredient in many cosmetic products – soaps, body butters, hair masks, face creams etc.
Vitamins C, D, A, E and F contained in shea butter will help to protect the health of the skin and are particularly important in case of damage caused by excessive sun exposure. Shea butter soothes dry and rough skin, slows down the appearance of wrinkles, protects against harmful solar radiation (this does not mean that you should not use a second sunscreen!) and regenerates skin cells. It helps with the healing of wounds, eczema and irritation, because it moisturizes and soothes and restores the natural elasticity of the skin, thus reducing the appearance of stretch marks. It easily penetrates the skin, does not clog pores, and because of its light texture it’s excellent for removing makeup. Since it has anti-inflammatory effect, it is suitable for sensitive skin prone to various ailments. If you include shea butter in your daily care, you will notice all of its advantages. In winter, we need the protection of the skin that is not water-based, and is shea butter an excellent solution for going out at temperatures below zero, because it creates a fine layer of grease on surface- put it over your day cream and wind and cold will not be able to harm you.
Shea butter is also the best “cure” for the recovery of dry, cracked and lifeless hair, especially during the hot summer months, when the sea water and the sun dry out. It doesn’t grease scalp and does not cause dandruff, prevents itching characteristic of dry scalp, protects and nourishes the hair parched by excessive coloring and therefore, very often it can be found in masks and conditioners for hair. Make yourself an effective package for your hair using four tablespoons of shea butter, two tablespoons of coconut and one spoon of olive oil. Mix them well, and if you do not like the smell, you can add a few drops of essential oil for example lavender. Put the mixture into a glass jar and use once a week before washing (leave it on the hair for 30 minutes) or after washing as conditioner. Specific recommendations for the use of the masks to those who have extremely damaged hair, and for all with curly, tangled and “awkward” hair.
From shea butter you can make the pack for the feet and hands by applying a generous layer of butter on the hands or feet, then put on cotton gloves and socks. Leave on overnight and in the morning your skin will be beautiful, soft and nourished. It’s also great as a first aid for burns and sores, chapped lips and cuticles, softens rough skin of elbows and knees. Simply, shea butter is so good and has no harmful effects that you can smear it on all parts of the body and face, and his woody and strange odor reminds us of nature that gives us such wondrous things, sparing no effort at all.