Indulge in the rich, creamy goodness of shea butter – the best way to pamper your skin.
Shea butter (pronounced ‘she’ or ‘shay’ butter) that probably makes up a good portion of the cosmetics on your dressing table today, comes from the ivory-coloured fat that oozes out from the nut of the African shea tree. Now days, this creamy substances is an ingredient in many of your moisturisers, body lotions, soaps and creams. In fact, many chocolate and food industries substitute shea butter for cocoa butter.
Uses of shea butter in the world of beauty
Silky smooth skin: With shea butter, you’re guaranteed to have silky, smooth skin. Due to its excellent hydrating properties, shea butter is a popular moisturiser that gets absorbed easily into the skin, leaving minimal greasy residue. That’s why it’s used in creams, lip balms and all sorts of moisturisers and lotions.
Effective as an anti-ageing product: Shea butter efficiently reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, making it an ideal anti-ageing formula. Loaded with beneficial vegetable fat, shea butter promotes cell regeneration beyond imaginable levels.
Banishes stretch marks: Even stretch marks lighten when you regularly apply shea butter on them.
Rich in vitamins: Furthermore, because it’s enriched with vitamin E and A, shea butter is a clear winner in the test for the best natural skin product.
Good for your hair: For a glossy mane, toss your old shampoo and pick one that has shea butter on its label. Shea butter is especially effective for dry and brittle hair.
As a skin ointment: Apart from establishing its fame in the cosmetic and beauty industry, shea butter is also used in the medicinal world as a base in many ointments and topical creams.
Effective against UV radiation: Also, it has a wonderful property of healing burns quickly and providing good protection against UV radiation, which is probably why you’ll come across it on your sun block label.
Grooming for men: Apply shea butter on your skin post shave and enjoy silky smooth, zit-free skin.
How to make a homemade shea butter moisturiser
A great way to include shea butter in your daily skincare regimen is to whip up this quick beauty must-have. Store it in an empty container in a cool and dry place, and it’s good to go for a couple of months. Here’s what you need:
- Shea butter
- A few drops of your favourite essential oil (lemon works best)
- A vitamin E capsule
- 1 teaspoon corn starch
- A few drops of almond oil
- Distilled water (if required)
- Iced water
In a double boiler, heat the shea butter with a vitamin E capsule and the corn starch and both the oils for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and beat it with an electric egg beater with paddle attachment for 2 minutes as you would for your cake mixture. Once it’s whipped enough, place the bowl in iced water and keep stirring. Store this in a clean, dry container and use it on the go for fresh radiant skin.
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