The Benefits and Uses of Shea Butter in Skin Care

One of my all-time favorite, must-have ingredients for skin care is shea butter. As I began to use more natural beauty products during the last few years, I noticed shea butter as a frequently recurring ingredient, and in each of those products I noticed a commonality - they were all so effective at moisturizing my skin.

Whether it’s in a lip balm, a body butter, or even a hair mask; I know anything with shea butter in it is going to be super hydrating.

Shea Butter Benefits at A Glance

  • Soothing - the lupeol cinnimate in shea butter has been found to suppress pro-inflammatory enzymes.

  • Moisturizing - high amounts of vitamins and fatty acids make shea butter great for moisturizing and protecting the skin.

  • Anti Aging - the oleic, stearic, palmitic, and linolenic acids in shea butter help to protect and condition the skin, while the Vitamins in shea butter help nourish and improve elasticity.

The nutrients in shea butter, particularly Vitamins A and E, are so good for maintaining smoother, more hydrated, and younger looking skin. Other skincare benefits of shea butter include an anti-inflammatory and soothing effect due to its cinnamic acid content. Additional components like rich fatty acids also add to the moisturizing and skin-conditioning properties of shea butter. Even better, while it is very rich and moisturizing, shea butter scores a zero on the comedogenic scale! It can leave a bit of a glossy finish until it has been completely absorbed into the skin, but it won’t clog pores, so it can be used on the face as well as on the body.

Which Kind of Shea Butter is Best?

The best kind of shea butter is pure and unrefined. If the shea butter you're using has been processed, it will not contain as high a level of the nutrients present in pure unrefined Grade A shea butter. My favorite brand of shea butter is Rootine. Their all-natural raw shea butter is 100% unrefined, Grade A, and packaged without any preservatives. Not only has it retained the highest amount possible of the nutrients in shea butter, it's unscented and perfect for creating DIY beauty projects.

5 Ways to Use Raw Shea Butter for Your Skin and Hair

  • Combine it with an herbal oil infusion to create your own face or body cream.

  • Mix it with your favorite essential oils and a rich avocado or olive oil to create an all-natural body butter.

  • Evenly coat your hair and let set for 20 minutes before washing, for a hydrating and repairing hair mask.

  • Place some in a small tin with peppermint essential oil for a DIY lip plumping balm.

  • Mix it with turmeric essential oil for a pain/tension relieving cream.

I've used the Rootine Shea Butter (pictured above) to make everything from a soothing eczema cream for my son to an anti-aging face cream and a moisturizing hair mask for myself. Raw shea butter is very thick in consistency and can be tricky to mix with other ingredients. The best way to go about mixing it for DIY beauty is to melt it slowly over very low heat. This retains the nutrients but allows you to evenly mix it with other butters or oils.

The ROOTINE Shea Butter is priced very well at $19 for 16 oz. I've created multiple creams that have lasted me a few months now, and I haven't even used up half of the container yet! I really do notice the difference in quality. I've used many products with shea butter, and while they've all been very effective at moisturizing, only this pure Grade A shea butter has made a noticeable difference on my wrinkles and scars. Whether you want to make your own beauty products or simply want to use the shea butter on its own, I highly recommend you start with the Rootine Pure Unrefined Ivory Shea Butter.

Which kind of DIY's would you like for me to post on the blog? Let me know in the comments below!

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