Can you tell that I think moisturizing is a crucial step in your beauty routine? One of my favorite products that I use to keep my skin soft and healthy is Shea butter. The product comes from the fat in nuts from the African Shea Tree and has been revered for centuries thanks to its healing and emollient properties. Rich in Vitamins A and E, Shea butter is not only a highly effective moisturizer, but it also reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and can help with wounds and skin irritations like eczema and sunburns.
Shea butter is available in unrefined and refined forms. In its unprocessed state, Shea butter has an earthy, smoky scent and ranges in color from ivory to yellow to light gray. It kind of reminds me of cookie dough! Since it’s unrefined, the vitamins, antioxidants, and healing properties remain intact. Refined Shea butter, on the other hand, is processed to remove the fragrance and is sometimes bleached so that the color is a true white. It’s still very effective as a moisturizer though. It’s the ultra-refined Shea butter that you want to steer clear of—it’s been processed multiple times, so the healing properties are severely diminished.
To incorporate this wonder ingredient into your beauty routine, you can either use raw, unrefined Shea butter or look for products that contain Shea butter. Here are a few of my favorite products out there right now:
- Out of Africa 100% Pure & Unrefined Shea Butter Tin, Verbena ($13.59)
- Boots Extracts Shea Butter Body Butter ($9.99)
- L’Occitane Certified Organic Pure Shea Butter ($40)
- Korres Body Butter ($29)
I like to use a variety of Shea butter products in my skincare regime. I love a good Shea butter body lotion, and the pure stuff is great to use on your cuticles and small cuts. It’s also great to use shampoo and conditioner that contains Shea butter to give some much-needed moisture to my locks in this cold weather!
Do you use Shea butter in your skincare routine? Let me know how in the comments section!