Shea butter or Butyrospermum Parkii if we are being scientific is an off white fatty substance obtained from the nuts of the shea tree mainly from West Africa. Did you know that Cleopatra used shea butter in her beauty routine? If its fit for a queen it’s fit for me. Most of us know of this gift from the earth because it is typically used in natural skin care products. Raw and unrefined shea butter is rich in oleic acids, vitamin E and vitamin A. It also has high amounts of fatty acids. Studies show not only does it help reduces inflammation but it also has some of the same anti-tumor promoting benefits that cinnamon has. Who doesn’t want baby soft skin at the end of the day?
But why shea butter you ask?
Raw shea butter is a great ingredient because it hydrates and helps the skin glow. it helps provide hydration to the skin, keeping it soft. Shea butter also helps reduce wrinkles and boost collagen and cell regeneration. Do you have a dry scalp or hair? you guessed it more shea butter! It works much like coconut oil, seals in moisture conditioning the scalp alleviating dandruff, leave on for 20-30 minutes rinse then shampoo and condition like normal. Perfect to help eliminate that itchy winter skin, or to prevents wind burn. Shea butter naturally has a SPF of 6. It is a much healthier choice than sunscreen. Brace yourselves this is my favorite one because I am proof of this, of course nothing is over night, reduces the appearance of stretch marks and scarring. It took a few months of applying every night but stretch marks gone. Prevents diaper rash for babies because of its anti-inflamitory and antifungal properties. It’s pretty damn awesome.
If list are more your style heres 5 more reasons why you should be using shea butter every day:
- Can enhance the elasticity of your skin, some even say it helps with cellulite.
- Can help with those pesky bags under your eyes.
- Useful as skin lotion, can be mixed with essential oils, has SPF of 6.
- Can be used daily to reduce inflammation, eczema and psoriasis.
- Using it as a primer or foundation for your make up will not only hydrate dry skin but will help make up pop but will help it last longer. (be careful if you have acne prone or oily skin it may clog pores)
If that’s not enough for ya I don’t know what is baby.
You can find shea butter at your local health food store. Always look for unrefined and organic.