Wednesday, November 23, 2011

21 Reasons Why I Love Shea Butter

Some of us black girls need to constantly stay moisturized don't we? I have always used lotions that contain a shea butter in them like Keri Lotions but had never tried using these ingredients in their raw form. I didn't grow up seeing shea butter and so had always walked past raw butters at the market - until now. I started using raw shea butter over  the summer and have been loving it oh so much! I use it for everything - body, hair and all and so far, so wonder-ous!!

Shea Butter also known as Karite, comes from the fruit kernels of the shea nut tree. This sweet, pulpy fruit grows wild throughout the dry arid regions of Central Africa. The pits are collected to sun dry and then roasted to get it ready for the difficult work of extracting the creamy, rich solid oil by hand. This butter has an amazing amount of healing properties and softening capability.

Shea Butter is for all skin types and is reputed to work wonders on the following:
1. Dry skin
2. Skin rash
3. Skin peeling, after tanning
4. Blemishes and wrinkles
5. Itching skin
6. Sunburn
7. Shaving cream for a smooth silky shave.
8. Small skin wounds
9. Skin cracks
10. Tough or rough skin (on feet.)
11. Cold weather,
12. Frost bites
13. Stretch mark prevention during pregnancy
14. Insect bites
15. Healthy skin
16. Anti-Aging
17. For before and after strenuous exercise
18. Skin allergies such as poison ivy or poison oak
19. Eczema
20. Dermatitis
21. Skin damage from heat (hot grease while cooking, from radiation treatment etc.)
Whether or not these reasons are scientifically proven, you have nothing to lose by trying it out. Granted my skin has always been soft (because of the regular moisturizing of black girls :), since I started using shea butter it's ten times softer and smoother! The caution though is I wouldn't recommend it for your face unless you have super dry skin because it will clog your pores which can cause breakouts. Other than that, I say make it your new bestie- you won't regret it!

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