Shea butter is a fat which is taken from the nut of the African Shea(Karite) tree. It varies in color form an ivory to a golden yellow. The major components of African Shea butter are stearic and oleic acids which makes it a popular chose to include in cosmetics as a moisturizer, lotion, salve, hair care products and more. Among the many special natural properties of African Shea butter it provides a high amount of vitamin A as well as vitamin E and F (fatty acids) and other healing/nutritional properties that are beyond the scope of this article.
Some of African Shea butters sought after beneficial properties include moisturizer, emollient, humectant, anti-inflammatory, sunblock (approx. SPF 6), protection from wind and intense dry heat and relief of nasal congestion. African Shea butters skincare and healing benefits were first embraced by the ancient Egyptians thousands of years ago, and its many undeniable benefits have caused it to only get more popular and universally sought after. Not only is it used in lotions, shampoos, salves, and other personal care products but you can get many uses from African Shea butter in its raw form and a single ingredient. If you would like to experience for yourself some of the amazing ways you can benefit from using raw pure African Shea butter as a single ingredient here is a list of ways many people are currently enjoying it.
Your 29 uses:
1. Face and body moisturizer.
2. Prevention of Stretch marks. For further reading on stretch marks and their prevention checkout this article from healthform.org.
3. Prevention of scars from small wounds
4. For scars to naturally help collagen production and reduce and minimize.
5. Remove wrinkles and reduce bags from under eyes.
6. As a massage butter.
7. As sun protection (SPF ̴6) and tanning oil.
8. Baby care for skin irritations such as diaper rash.
9. Improve skin elasticity, (fine lines and wrinkles)
10. On hair and scalp – can use as oil treatment (mix with other natural oils like virgin olive oil).
11. After sun exposure (ex: day at the beach) to replenish skin.
12. For eyelids before applying makeup, helps bring out the color and make it last longer.
13. Natural cuticle treatment.
14. Protect lips from the wind and cold instead of commercial lip balm.
15. For sore and raw noses during a cold or flu.
16. For dry cracked skin, such as on the elbows and heels (for heels apply on heels before bed and put socks on over top as to penetrate in as you sleep).
17. For shaving – some shave with it. Most love it for after shaving to soothe skin irritation.
18. Dry skin
19. Skin rashes
20. Heal/recover skin faster after tanning or burning.
21. Evening skin tone and blemishes.
22. Itching skin
23. Small skin wounds
24. Cold weather
25. Insect bites
28. Skin burn damage from cooking with hot grease or medical treatments such as radiation.
29. Daily use to maintain healthy skin.
How to use and apply pure raw African Shea butter and a single ingredient:
First, when you buy raw African Shea butter I recommend to be sure you are getting grade A or organic African Shea butter. Grade A is referring to premium unrefined African Shea butter. Raw unrefined African Shea butter has a nutty aroma which does not have a very glamorous cosmetic appeal. This does not bother most people when weighed against its obvious benefits. For those who prefer a more cosmetic appealing experience it is acceptable to use the grade B African Shea butter. Grade B is refined specifically for use in cosmetic products such as lotions, salves, shampoos etc. It has a white color and the natural nutty aroma has been removed. It does lose some of its nutritional properties but not all and is still wonderfully moisturizing. At room temperature, it is in a solid form like butter. To use African Shea butter for any of these tips or most other uses it is recommended to start with just a small amount. Take out of the jar no more than a pea size amount and put it in the palm of your hand. Rub it with your finger of your other hand and it will melt into the form of an oil. Next apply it to where it is needed for which ever use your intending it for. Depending on what you are using it for you may need more but start small. It will penetrate all the way into your skin leaving a luxurious feel. If you use too much at one time it may give the wrong impression of being too oily and be a turn off. Use it properly and as many before you, you won’t be disappointed.
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