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What You Need To Know About Shea Butter

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SHEA BUTTER 
"superfood for skin"

Shea Butter is a “skin superfood” that nourishes, brightens, protects, and speeds healing and recovery from skin damage. Shea effectively addresses #acne, dryness, #blemishes, dark spots, discoloration, stretch marks, and wrinkles without- clogging pores. It also shields the skin from harsh environmental elements, especially extreme temperatures.
For this reason, Shea is a key component in many of our product applications because of its multi-functional therapeutic properties.
Here is a quick look at the properties Shea delivers.
  • COSMETIC: Anti-Inflammatory, Regenerative, Anti-Aging, Hydrating, Skin-Conditioning, Softening, Smoothing, Restorative, Collagen-Boosting.

  • MEDICINAL: Anti-Inflammatory, Regenerative, Anti-Microbial, Anti-Fungal, Stimulating, Restorative, Circulation-Boosting.
When it comes to #anti-aging, Shea butter truly is a gold mine! Using shea butter daily means you get to hold onto your youthful appearance for just a little bit longer and it doesn't cost an arm and a leg.

USING SHEA ON YOUR FACE

As stated before, Shea lessens acne, brightens your complexion, protects your skin from hyperpigmentation (blemishes), and helps the skin recover from skin damage. Shea is also surprisingly a great facial cleanser. Our favorite application is actually by hot towel. Dip a steaming washcloth into the butter and scoop a small amount with the cloth, rub all over the face gently to cleanse away dirt, sweat and cosmetics, while depositing a protective, moisturizing emollient.

AS A NATURAL MAKEUP REMOVER

I personally use it everyday to remove any makeup from my entire face, as well as mascara from the #lashes, eyeliner, the whole bit. It is not necessary to follow up with any other product but you can do if desired. Upon awakening in the morning, my first facial wash consists of the same regimen. However, in the morning, I follow with PURIFI Mineral Tonic and a light moisturizer.

USED IN HAIR

Shea Butter moisturizes and nourishes the hair from root to the tip, protects against dryness and brittleness, repairs damage, and conditions without leaving hair sticky or greasy. It's absolutely perfect for #naturalhair styles, loc maintenance and #twist-outs. It's a no-frills, natural, organic, single ingredient solution for dry hair.
Shea butter works well when working with hair that is freshly shampooed and properly conditioned, slightly damp is best, which I also recommend for the skin. Shea butter locks in the moisture by sealing the hair cuticle. Thus, when the hair dries, the result is softness and elasticity.

BENEFITS OF SHEA BUTTER

Although this is more about chemistry, it's good to know why and how Shea delivers. The main chemical constituents of Shea Butter are: Oleic Acid, Stearic Acid, Palmitic Acid, Linoleic Acid, Cinnamic Acid Esters, Allantoin, and Polyphenols (Tocopherol/Vitamin E). These constituents deliver the following benefits:
  • Reduction in the appearance of aging via wrinkles and fine lines
  • Amazingly soft skin from daily use 
  • Clear skin because of its exceptional cleansing properties
  • Soft manageable hair without heaviness or a or sticky residue
  • Quick healing of burns and scars, as well as nicks and cuts from #shaving
  • Quick healing of skin damage associated with eczema and dermatitis
  • Naturally inherent SPF properties that make it act as natural sunscreen
  • Soothes inflammation, irritation, and redness
  • Stimulates cell regeneration, promoting the growth of healthy skin and tissue
  • Improve skin's texture by softening up those rough dry patches
  • Protection against damage caused by UV radiation
  • Stimulation of collagen production 
  • Correction of unwanted blemishes and dark spots, thus balancing skin tone to create an even glow

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HISTORY OF SHEA BUTTER

In some of Africa’s poorest regions, the Shea tree is important to the economy and to the livelihood. In these places, Shea Butter is most commonly known as ‘Women’s Gold,’ due to the fact that Shea Butter production is the source of income for many women in Africa. The women use Shea Butter to purchase food, clothing, personal items, and to afford an education, among other purposes. For its healing abilities, the Shea tree was recognized as sacred.

For use in the harsh desert climates, Shea nuts were crushed, mashed, and boiled into a butter that was used to protect skin and hair from the drying, damaging elements while also being used to relieve insect bites. According to historical sources, the use of Shea Butter has even been traced back to Egypt as far back as the first century at the time of Queen Cleopatra, when it was used largely in skin care products. 

Traditionally, Shea Butter was a staple ingredient used for its medicinal benefits in African pharmacology. Local healers used this nourishing butter – often making it the key ingredient – to address health issues. Studies conducted in the 1940s discovered that the African people who used Shea Butter experienced fewer incidents of skin diseases compared to those that did not use it. 

 

    

  • Can I use if I have eczema? 
    Yes! Shea butter is excellent for eczema sufferers. 

  • How often can/should I use Shea?
    Shea butter, including BODYTRUTH© brand Shea, should be daily to soften the skin and protect it.

  • Will Shea clog my pores?
    No. Shea butter does not clog pores or cause acne.

  • Why should I use Shea daily?
    Shea protects the skin from bacteria which causes skin damage and discoloration. It softens the skin and improves skin's texture and tone. Shea also significantly reduces the chances of ingrown hairs and provides natural sunscreen protection.

  • Can men use Shea butter
    Absolutely. Shea can and should be used daily. Men with coarse beards will benefit greatly from using Shea as a finishing balm, a face & body moisturizer and aftershave treatment.


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