Shea Butter Facts

Shea Butter Facts

Shea butter has been used for thousands of years as an ideal treatment for dry and aging skin.  It helps to moisturize and retain elasticity in the skin and helps to protect the skin against the damaging effects of the sun. 

Used as a body lotion, its rich, thick texture instantly softens skin and is great for people with sensitive skin, dermatitis, psoriasis, and eczema. It is also great for babies, and can even be used as a diaper rash cream. Use it to heal chapped, broken skin or lips. Use it to heal dry, itchy scalp or split ends. You can also use it to soften your feet and get rid of toe fugus. There are so many ways that you can benefit from shea butter.

It has been claimed internationally to be an effective treatment for the following:

Fading scars, eczema, burns, rashes, acne, severely dry skin, blemishes, dark spots, skin discolorations, chapped lips, stretch marks, wrinkles, and in lessening the irritation of psoriasis.

It is also being used as a sun blocking lotion; although the level of protection against the sun's ultraviolet radiation is extremely variable, ranging from nothing to approximately SPF 6.

In Nigeria, Shea butter is used for the management of sinusitis and relief of nasal congestion.  This is due to its hydrating properties which help in relaxing the tension in the face skin thus easing respiration.

The Vitamins A and E found in Shea butter help in keeping the skin supple and healthy. It also prevents premature wrinkles and facial lines.  Rough and chapped skin is soothed and healed. Shea butter penetrates the skin easily and does not clog the pores.

• Heals blemishes and keeps wrinkles at bay

• Excellent skin moisturizer

• Reduces itchiness caused due to excessive dryness of the skin

• Cures minor burns and tough skin on feet

• Evens out skin tone

• Offers sun and wind protection

• Restores elasticity to the skin

• Restores lost hair lustre

• Eliminates scalp irritation caused due to chemical processing

What is the difference between white and yellow shea butter?

There are many variables that determine whether shea butter is white or yellow. It can be the season in which the shea nuts are picked or the fatty acid in the shea nut itself. The general conclusion is that the color of shea butter is most determined by how it is extracted from the shea nut. If it is boiled or mixed for a longer period of time it normally has a lighter color. If it is mixed or boiled for a shorter period of time it normally has a greener or more yellow color.

Either way there's absolutely no difference in the quality of the shea butter. Some prefer a darker or lighter color because of habit, but the general consensus is that it makes no difference in the use or quality.

Male Skin Care
Shea Butter is especially great for shaving. On sensitive facial skin, using it for shaving is a wonder lotion. It allows the razor to glide smoothly across the facial skin and still allows for a close shave. It also helps prevent razor burn and those little red bumps that shaving can often leave behind. While it is helping men shave, it is also benefiting their skin through some amazing healing properties. Start by using your normal warm water to open your pores and soften the hairs on your face. Then, smooth a generous amount of it on your face. Shave the way you usually shave, and rinse. Use a towel to wipe away the excess Shea Butter. You will notice smoother, softer skin, and easier shaving.

It is great for protecting the skin against irritations. For men who work outdoors, or who are athletic, it can be great. Men who experience heat rashes, bumps, or irritation can smooth it on before their workday or sports. Then after your daily shower, you can re-apply. This will help the skin be protected from the usual irritants that can happen, especially for hot weather.

First Aid

One of the things that it is great for is minor cuts, scrapes, and burns. It has healing properties that can help things like this. If you have a minor sunburn, scrape or something else that doesn't require a doctor's attention, smoothing on Shea Butter can help it heal more quickly and can also minimize the appearance of scars.

Storage And Care

Shelf life - 12 to 18 months.
To prolong the shelf life store in a dark place away from direct sunlight.
Do not melt the shea butter repeatly.
Vitamin can be added to extend the shelf life.