A Beginner's Guide to Using African Shea Butter

Shea butter as one of Nature's wonders has been used by many generations of African people for skin care, baby care, healing and food. Extracted from the nuts of the Shea tree (Butyrospermum parkii) in the savannah of Western Africa, shea butter is highly acclaimed due to its bounty goodness for your skin, hair, beauty, and health. That’s why shea tree is considered sacred by the local people. Discover the power of shea butter in renewing, repairing, and protecting the skin against aging, ailments, dryness, and harsh climate.


Skin Superfood

The moisturizers in shea butter are found to be similar to the sebaceous glands in our skin that produces lubricating oil (sebum), making it one of the best matches for dry skin. Stimulating the production of collagen in the skin, shea butter restores elasticity to the skin so that the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines is obviously reduced after four to six weeks of use. Long term use also results in a brighter and smoother complexion. High in vitamins A and E, as well as catechins and other significant plant antioxidants, shea butter protects skin from damage, keeping it in the optimal state. Cinnamic acid esters in shea fat shield your skin from ultraviolet radiation damage. Being a novel food, shea butter does its tricks in naturally moisturizing lips.  


Natural Remedies

Shea butter has several anti-inflammatory agents, including derivatives of cinnamic acid. In a related study, researchers concluded that “shea nuts and shea fat (shea butter) constitute a significant source of anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor promoting compounds.” Its abundance of vitamins and healing agents are approved to be effective in fading stretch marks and treating eczema and acne.

Many who suffer from cracked heels and dry cuticles apply shea butter frequently to nurture and grow new skin. For heels that are particularly bad, apply shea butter before bed and slip into cotton socks for the night.  

Hair Savior  

Thanks to its deeply moisturizing qualities, including locking in moisture, volumizing, nourishing the scalp, alleviating dandruff and fixing the dreaded frizz, shea butter is the best treat for your hair. Dry, dull, falling, lumpy or damaged, your hair will always benefit from a shea butter mask. Either using pure shea butter as conditioner or adding it to your shampoo will restore vitality, suppleness and shine back to your hair. Also, applied to just the roots when styling can add extra volume to fine hair.


The Shea butter cure is good anytime, but its magic is more obvious during summertime or in the tropics because of the stress your hair has to handle from the sun and ocean, lake or river water. Keep using to have saloon hair finish every day.


When shopping, the raw or deodorized shea butter is what you want to use because it retains all its precious skin moisturizing, anti-aging and healing properties. The raw unrefined shea butter has a mild nutty-smoky scent and a golden to light ivory color. The odor can be removed thanks to a mild steam treatment that doesn't degrade any constituent. Also, although shea nuts appear to be safe for those who are allergic, if you have tree nut allergies please consult with your physician before using shea butter.



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