February 08 ,2017 |
Raw shea butter is one of nature’s most powerful healing and protective substances, and has been relied upon in some cultures for hundreds of years. Here are it’s top 5 most common uses…
1. Hands, Elbows, Knees and Feet
Longtime friend of the leathery, worn and wounded parts of the body, shea butter has an unmatched ability to sooth us where we need it most. It’s high in unsaponifiables and emollients – powerful moisturizing agents – and has penetrative qualities that are effective in relieving sore muscles and feet.
2. Stretch Marks, Scars and Wrinkles
Shea butter is a rapidly absorbing "refatting" agent, meaning it replaces important lipids in the skin. This is good news for adventurers, new mothers, athletes, and anyone else who may be experiencing or living with scars and stretch marks. It means less scarring, more firming, softer, and significantly less strained and healthier skin. More recently, these same refatting properties are being used broadly to combat the skin degenerations that come with aging.
Due to it’s thick, melts-to-the-touch nature, shea butter has long been used to nourish damaged hair. Which is part of the reason why you see shea butter increasingly making it’s way into our shampoo and conditioner bottles. It’s also reliable option for safely treating split ends and softening body hair (yes, even in sensitive regions), and is a go-to medium used to control and protect curly and textured head hair.
Unlike Chap Stick and other [less effective] lip care products, shea butter won’t dry your lips out and doesn’t leave a funny taste in your mouth. It’s thick and tough like petroleum jelly, yet nourishing and gentle like traditional lotion. A balance that’s especially important when it comes to lips, one of the most demanding parts of our skin and the part of our body that most regularly undergoes severe changes in moisture and temperature levels.
5. Burns and Irritations
Rich in regenerative Vitimins and minerals (notably, Vitamin E), shea butter is a reliable hypoallergetic raw material used to help protect and sooth any type of skin irritation or burn, including, razor bumps, minor scrapes and sunburn. It’s also used as a non-steroidal option for people with Eczema or Dermatitis.
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This post was written by Faye Lessler, a California born, New York City based advocate for holistic sustainable living. Faye is the author of sustainable lifestyle blog, Sustaining Life, and is passionate about making an ethical & eco-friendly lifestyle easier and more accessible for all. Faye is also a freelance writer and the Events + Talent Manager for the Ethical Writers & Creatives. Faye has been featured in Glamour and NY Magazine and has collaborated with sustainability leaders Eileen Fisher, Patagonia, and Klean Kanteen.