Tuesday Tip #5: Shea Butter… The Moisturizing Miracle

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I’ve been searching for the best, most nourishing moisturizer for quite some time now and I finally found it… It’s not a complicated product with tons of fancy ingredients… It’s pure, simple, organic shea butter!

There are so many uses for shea butter, but I purchased this with the primary intent of treating my eczema. You see, I have a type of eczema called dyshidrotic eczema, which causes little tiny blisters on the sides of my fingers and backs of my hands. It gets very dry, then cracks and hurts SO bad. It’s embarrassing to have too, being a makeup artist and all. I finally did my research and saw that shea butter was something natural that could nearly cure this condition, and it almost has in only a week!

I started applying this to my eczema throughout the day, anytime my skin would start to feel dry or tight. I went from having about a dozen dry, cracked blisters, to having two that are nearly all healed up. It’s amazing!

That said, there are also so many more uses for shea butter, like these:

  • Chapped Lips:   It’s taken my lips from dry and chapped to completely smooth and soft.
  • Frizzy Hair:   I rub a tiny amount of shea butter between my fingertips and run it through any frizzy areas of my hair that need “tamed”. I also use it on the dry areas of the ends of my hair.
  • Cuticles:   Rubbing this on my cuticles has made them soft and easier to push back.
  • Dry Heels/Feet:   After I shower and buff my feet with a pumice stone, I rub shea butter all over my heels and the dry, tough areas of my feet every few day. If you do this, make sure to wear socks for a little while so it soaks in and you don’t slip on the floor! It’s made my feet SO much softer… Just in time for sandal weather.
  • Scars:   If you apply shea butter to recent scars, it will help keep the skin supple and help it to heal and reduce scarring. Make sure the tissue is no longer open. This will work on scars from any cut, scrape, surgical procedure, burn, or even acne.
  • Dry Scalp/Dandruff:   Just like shea butter helps with other dry patches of skin, if you have dandruff, you can rub a very small amount of shea butter between your finger to warm it up, them rub it on the dry areas of your scalp to help control dandruff.
  • Rosacea:   For some people that have rosacea on their face, neck, and chest, applying shea butter can help soothe the skin and reduce redness.
  • Psoriasis:   I have heard that shea butter can reduce the amount of redness and flaking associated with psoriasis… A good friend of mine has psoriasis and is going to test this for me very soon!
  • Fine Lines & Wrinkles/Sun Damage:   Because shea butter is full of antioxidants, it can help reduce the appearance of aging if you apply it to your face where you have wrinkles, lines, or sun spots.
There are even more uses for shea butter, but those are the main ones that I can think of right now! It basically calms and conditions dry, irritated, or damaged skin. Shea butter has loads of Vitamin E and other antioxidants in it, so it soothes and protects your skin, helping it heal and restore and retain moisture.
Shea butter has a thick, creamy, slightly oily consistency that thins out once it’s warmed up between your fingertips or on your skin. In tubs like the ones I bought, it’s nearly a solid… kind of like a thick lip balm. It can range from white to yellow in color and has a slight smell, which is minimal if it’s a more refined type of shea butter. The smell is not bad, though, and fades quickly.
I purchased my shea butter from L’Occitane, which is a high-end, somewhat pricey brand, but I know that the quality of it is great and it’s certified organic. For the small 8ml tub, it was $10, while the larger 150ml tub was $40. A little bit will last you a VERY long time, though! You can also find shea butter at most health food store or store, or even some grocery stores that carry organic foods and supplements, like Whole Foods. My mom purchased some from her local health food store for only $6!
If you have any other uses for shea butter or other suggestions, please post them in the comments section… Thanks again for reading!!

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