Shea butter is an excellent moisturizer and great for almost any skin type and age, from babies to seniors the benefits of using shea butter seem endless. Deemed a super food for skin, Shea butter is extracted from the tree of the shea or karite tree and has been used and made by the woman of Africa for centuries. This powerful nut is loaded with vitamin A, E and essential fatty acids which help boost collagen production. Shea butter is very versatile and can be used as is for a great every day moisturizer or as an added ingredient in most skin care formulations. It has a firm but smooth texture and will not necessarily liquefy at room temperature but, it still softens up just enough between your hands, making it easy to apply to the skin.
Shea butter is obtained by picking the nuts off the karite trees located throughout parts of west Africa like Ghana, Sudan, Senegal etc. The nuts are then roasted and pounded by hand, after which it is boiled for several hours to extract the butter. The process is time consuming and there are videos on YouTube that I have watched showing exactly how it is done. I have much respect for the woman who do this job. They are often left nameless but without them we in the west would not have this excellent product to enjoy. People ask me all the time if I make the shea butter myself and I could never take that credit, its imported from the beautiful land of Ghana. Due to the nature of the product and the type of nuts harvested at the time, the color may vary slightly from ivory to a light yellow. Shea has a slight nutty scent but once applied is odorless.
Not all shea is created equal either. There is unrefined and refined shea butter available on the market as well as organic vs non organic. When buying shea butter always check for unrefined organic shea butter like the one we sell here at psalms natural. Although they all make excellent moisturizers refined shea has lost most if not all its healing properties due to being over processed and dyes and chemicals may be added which we want to avoid. Unrefined shea is the purest most natural form and organic guarantees free from pesticides and contaminates. Always chose unrefined organic shea butter especially for those with sensitive skin.
Benefits to using shea butter:
- Great moisturizer
- Anti inflammatory and anti fungal
- Reduces the look of stretch marks and cellulite
- Restores skin elasticity
- Anti aging
- Reduces scarring
- Helps prevent wrinkles
- Prevents diaper rash in babies
- Excellent moisturizer for face and body
- Great for hair and scalp
- speeds wound healing
- Relieves eczema itch
- Treat bug bites
- Effective hair balm for re twisting locs
- Important ingredient in most natural skin care recipes
This list could go on and on. Shea butter is an excellent all-around moisturizer. It helps heal dry, cracked skin revealing ageless beautiful skin you can feel confident about. Shea butter can also be used in DIY skin care recipes from body butters to soap bars or lip balms. Whatever it is shea is bound to make an impact. If you aren’t already using shea butter regularly then you should give it a try. I have seen the benefits of using shea butter not only on myself but also on my son. When it comes to effective natural skin care shea butter to me is definitely king! Leave any questions or comments you may have below and feel free to like and share this post.