If I had to chose ONE beauty product in the world to use for the rest of my life, it would easily be raw Shea Butter… In my shameless pursuit of stunning flawless skin, I’ve used my fair share of lotions and potions. Yet nothing has ever come close to being as organic, efficient, or versatile as this African beauty staple. In a world laden with synthetic cosmetic products, this skin superfood, rich in vitamins A and E, is truly a gift from the skin gods.
I cannot tell you how many people I have converted to the Shea Butter cult in the last decade. It works miracles, let me tell you. I grew up with my grandmother using it for everything. If my skin was dry, or I had a scrape or burn, she would pull some out of her apron and have it as a solution for everything but the hardest of homework. Two decades later, I am still religiously greasing myself up every night. Letting my skin absorb the layers of goodness, and waking up to healthy smoothness.
The ideal beauty hacks should not only be affordable, but also be easy to use. Shea Butter, being both, also happens to be available fair trade and organic too. Just scoop out a small teaspoon and warm it in the palm of your hands until it is a thick oil, similar to the consistency of coconut oil. Then apply to one of its many uses and enjoy!
My 5 Favourite Uses of Raw Shea Butter:
Moisturize dry skin:
Shea Butter is often used to remedy dry skin and help protect your skin’s natural oils. It provides essential fatty acids that nourish your skin to prevent drying, as well as with the nutrients necessary for collagen production. I like to apply a generous layer of Shea Butter to my skin after exfoliating, and leave it on overnight. By morning, it’s all been absorbed, leaving my skin baby soft. My boyfriend may find me gross after I slather myself into an amazonian oil wrestler, but I LOVE being lathered up and oh so luxuriously gooey!
Indulge your pout by applying a light layer of raw Shea butter as you would a lip balm. It helps seal moisture and heal cracked lips. Not to mention you get that gorgeous dewy lip look…
Acne often requires gentle treatments to not exacerbate the problem, so a pure and natural product is usually favourable to one with manufactured ingredients and fragrances. Nonetheless, we generally steer away from natural oil products when it comes to our faces. Probably because adding more oil to an already greasy situation seems counterproductive, but it’s not always! Moisturized skin is happy skin, and Shea Butter helps regulate your skin’s oil production. It is also especially helpful for cystic acne, and can be applied as spot treatment.
Raw Shea butter is used in many a haircare product, and with good reason. It not only defines curls, seals in moisture, and tames frizzy hair. It also offers strands UV protection! Shea Butter uses include being a soothing scalp treatment for dandruff too. It absorbs readily into the scalp and does not clog pores. Whip the butter with some tea-tree oil, peppermint and lavender to make your own batch of scalp ointment that’s both therapeutic and effective. If you have dry hair like I do, use a Shea butter mask once every other week to prevent split ends and bring the life back into your do. Just work it in from the ends to the roots of dry hair and leave it in for 2-3 hours before washing out.
Fade stretch marks:
While authorities like the Mayo Clinic note that the only way to really diminish stretch marks is with Retin-A or laser treatments, there are thousands of testimonies of people who swear by the power of Shea butter for helping in this endeavour. Myself included. With its abundance of vitamins and healing agents, Shea Butter fading stretch marks doesn’t seem like much a stretch, so to speak…
Reading back on this post you would think I was getting paid to get you to use Shea Butter! But alas I’m just a girl, passionate about a beauty product that has CHANGED my life. And I hope for you to have that too 🙂 Know of more Shea Butter uses or have experience with any of these? Leave a comment below and let me know!