Shea Butter is a fat extracted from the nut of the African shea tree. The rich tree-nut oils in shea butter soak into your skin, creating a smooth barrier that seals in moisture which can last several hours. This makes it an ideal ingredient in skin care products. It is an excellent source to soothe and soften your skin and hair.
Shea butter is a high concentration of fatty acids and vitamins with anti-inflammatory and healing properties and has been reported to have anti-aging properties. The exact mechanism isn't known, but it may be related to promoting collagen production or decreasing the breakdown of collagen that's already present.
To soothe very dry skin, you can make a mask by mixing together:
1 Tbs of raw honey
3-4 drops of grapeseed oil or avocado oil
1 Tbs pure shea butter
Mix well and spread over a freshly cleaned face. Leave the shea mask on for 10-12 minutes before gently wiping away with warm water.
*If you are prone to acne, take care using a shea butter mask as the high fat content may promote an outbreak.
Shea butter is a proven moisturizer for your skin. Used in bath soaps, it provides a very soothing and moisturizing bath bar which softens and helps your skin appear smoother.
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