Think You Know Shea Butter?

4 Tips to Using Shea Butter for Your Natural Skin Care and Hair Care Routine

There are sooooo many ways that shea butter is beneficial for both skincare and hair. Like, too many benefits to list in one post. I mean, it’s awesome butter that acts as a powerful moisturizer for both skin and hair. After using it and seeing how well it works, who doesn’t want to strut? Even just a little bit.

It might actually be the most popular butter out there…Hmmmm…

I like me some shea butter, but I’m not sure it’s may favorite. More on that in a future post. 😁

But here a just a few quick facts about the benefits of using shea butter in your skincare routine.

And by quick, I mean three.

1. It’s packed with vitamins A, C and E, which help protect skin from damage from the sun and the environment. You know those free radicals everyone is always talking about. Those guys. Shea butter keeps them from doing what they do, which helps limit damage to your skin when you’re outdoors.

2. It helps promote collagen production in your skin, which leads to younger-looking and healthier skin. Because who over 21 doesn’t want to look younger?

3. It helps treat and prevent stretch marks and scars.

For my DIYers out there, here are a couple of things to consider when you’re using shea butter as an ingredient.
 
1. Don’t intentionally melt it. It’s better to soften soild shea butter in a food processor or mixer. Shea butter has a weird tendency to become grainy when it melts and becomes solid again. While it doesn’t mean that the butter or final product is bad in any way, some people don’t like the grainy feel. So, it’s better if being used in a solid product, or something that doesn’t require melting if you hate the graininess that can sometimes happen.
 
2. In my opinion, shea butter works better for skincare than for haircare. This is personal preference, but something to look out for is how often lint and other random stuff gets stuck in your hair when using shea butter. It’s a great moisturizer, don’t get me wrong. But it does seem to attract…stuff…to hair.
 
3. If you’re a fiend for shea butter, then you’re in luck, because it mixes well with almost everything. I’ve yet to find an ingredient that it doesn’t mix well with. That means, if you love shea for your hair care routine, you don’t have to worry about flakes if you use the butter by itself or mixing it with your favorite styler.

4. Always add a bit of vitamin e oil or other antioxidant to prolong the useful life of your butter. Natural butters and oils can go rancid, so the vitamin e adds an extra layer of protection so that you can use your handmade product for longer.

If you’re not DIYer, that’s cool. Check out my body butters in a ton fragrances for every mood and taste. There’s no reason why you can have great skin, be healthy, and smell great all at the same time. I mean, who doesn’t want to flaunt to that?

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