Shea butter is in a lot of natural cosmetics products, but what is it and why is it so popular? It just so happens that quality Shea butter is one of the best things—if not the best thing—you can put on your skin.
What Makes It So Special
Often coined the ‘skin superfood,’ Shea butter is the natural oil that is extracted from the nuts of the African Shea tree. Whether it’s true or not, the ancient Egyptian Queen Nefertiti’s secret to her magnificent beauty was owed to Shea butter. It’s been used for ages by Africans to treat a wide array of skin problems.
Shea butter is the fat of the tree’s nuts. That fat is processed in a way, ideally with a cold-pressed process, that maintains its amazing health benefits. The butter that is made is now ready to be applied to the skin. The butter is solid, but melts at body temperature or higher.
This fat is what makes Shea butter so fantastic. It’s chockfull of Vitamin A, which is known to improve a number of skin maladies from wrinkles to eczema. The natural moisturizing qualities of Vitamin A also provides natural healing properties.
What It Can Do
As mentioned above, people have been singing the praises of Shea butter for centuries, even millennia! But if you’re still wondering what the butter can be used for, here’s an extensive list:
- Healing Scars
- Preventing Stretch Marks
- After-Tan Lotion
- Dry Skin
- Cracked Skin
- Poison Ivy/Poison Oak
- Cold Weather
- Muscle Aches/Pains
And this isn’t even an exhaustive list of all the many benefits Shea butter has to offer! Anything to do with dry or damaged skin, Shea butter will most likely be able to help and/or heal it.
What to Look for When Buying
The quality of Shea butters on the market today can run the gamut of high priced, organic/fair trade to cheap and low quality. There are a few things to keep an eye out for when shopping for Shea butter:
- Organic – this component also ensures the butter’s quality
- Unrefined – this means that it hasn’t been treated with chemicals
- Yellow Colored – this ensures the Vitamin A is still in tact and the butter still contains its many nutrients and healing properties.
Shea butter is an excellent lotion to use everyday to keep your youthful glow. This lotion, when mixed with Vale Oils essential oils will make a powerhouse of a lotion. Experimenting with Shea butter as a carrier oil by adding essential oils will only help boost the already natural and powerful components of Shea butter.
Start using Shea butter and soon you’ll notice naturally glowing skin that is healed and moisturized.