Shea Butter – The Skincare Wonder
An off-white colored fat extracted from the nuts of shea tree, shea butter is widely known for its extraordinary benefits to skin and hair. Having its origins in Africa, it has been used for centuries as a natural skin care ingredient but it is only recently when it got the immense popularity as a skincare wonder. Many skincare products like natural moisturizers, lotions, sun protections and anti-ageing creams have shea butter as one of the main ingredients. Lets understand more about this natural skincare wonder and see how can its moisturizing and healing properties can help boost your skin health.
Uses and Benefits of Shea Butter for Skin
1. Deep Nourishment
Shea butter is one of the best natural moisturizers and it has the ability to penetrate deeply into the skin layer. It provides deep nourishment which is ideal for dry to combination skin types. Even if you have oily skin you can use it because it penetrates deeply into the skin instead of sitting on top of your skin clogging pores. It absorbs super quickly without giving you greasy or oily feeling. Applying shea butter on skin makes it soft and keeps from drying out. You can also apply it on your baby’s skin to maintain the softness and smoothness.
2. Sun Protection
Shea butter acts as a natural sunscreen because of its sun protection properties. So next time when you venture in not so strong sunlight or especially winter sunlight, prefer having a very thin layer of shea butter on your face and other areas exposed directly to sun. It will not only protect your skin from harmful ultra violet radiations but will keep it moisturised. Besides protecting from sun, it is also an effective remedy for the sunburns. Apply all natural organic shea butter on skin affected with sunburn few times to get instant relief. (Here you can find some more home remedies for sunburn.)
Shea butter contains the goodness of Vitamins A and E which prevents pre-mature ageing. It’s also used in many of anti-ageing products which are available in the market because of its wonderful anti ageing-benefits. If you are in your mid-20’s then start applying Shea butter to slow down the ageing process. If you have aged then also you can use it to prevent wrinkles, fine lines and other signs of ageing. Apply Shea butter all over your body and massage it for 2-3 minutes. Don’t forget your feet, knees and elbows.
Shea butter is a natural moisturising product so it’s not a surprise if I say that it is one of the best natural lip-balms you can use. Whether you have dry, chapped, ageing, sunburned, pigmented lips, Shea butter works perfectly to treat all of these problems. It not only nourishes lips but also heals and improves its overall appearance. It is absorbed easily so you can also use it under lipsticks without feeling heavy. It stays for long and prevents lips from drying out so it’s ideal to be used with matte lipsticks. For all of your lip care needs, and keep your lips soft and supple, just start applying shea butter overnight on your lips before going to bed.
5. Healing properties
Besides those amazing benefits of shea butter for skin, it is also known for its healing properties. Shea butter can actually heal small wounds, marks, insect bites and acne. Shea butter contains the goodness of “Cinnamic acid” which basically reduces the redness and irritation of the scar which eventually helps in recovering from the wound faster. Apply Shea butter on the affected area 2-3 times a day for effective results.