If you like moisturized skin and healthy hair (and who doesn’t) then shea butter should definitely be in your beauty arsenal. This supercharged natural ingredient can transform dry skin and frizzy hair to smooth and soft. Unsure of what shea butter is exactly and how it works? Here's what you should know about natural shea butter.
What is Shea Butter?
Shea butter is farmed in several countries in Africa, such as Gambia, Sudan and Burkina Faso, among others. Shea butter is derived from the seeds of the shea (or karite) tree. It’s filled with beneficial fatty acids such as stereic, oleic and linoleic acids, as well as vitamins, minerals and catechins. Both refined and unrefined forms of shea butter exist, and it’s refined shea that’s made into shea butter. It has many benefits for both your skin and hair.
Five Ways to Use Shea Butter For Hair and Skin
1. Used as a Moisturizer
Shea butter can help to moisturize even the most cracked, dry skin. This is why it is an active ingredient in our Glaminator Beauty Hydrating Body Butter. Once applied to the skin, shea butter takes on an oil-like texture and is readily absorbed. It can help alleviate skin tightness and dry skin by restoring moisture to the area. Shea butter can be used as a moisturizer all year round especially in the fall or winter seasons when colder climates cause skin to become dry and/or flaky. GB Hydrating Body Butter restores hydration and soothes your skin in places where you may be experiencing skin irritation or excess skin shedding. During the spring/summer months, it’s the perfect product to use after a day in the sun to restore skin hydration and calm your sun beaten skin.
2. Used to Soothe Chapped Lips
Suffering from chapped lips? No worries, Shea butter is here to help. Shea butter is perfect for any type of chapped skin you might be dealing with: which tends to be especially common on the lips, especially during fall/winter seasons. Our Hydrating Body Butter helps it heal by simply applying a little dab in the morning and the evening to make sure lips stay soft and smooth.
3. Used to Fight Dandruff and Scalp Irritation
Shea butter has amazing soothing qualities, which helps calm your scalp especially if you're experiencing ongoing dry scalp. Use a small amount of shea butter and massage it into your scalp in a circular motion. If you suffer from dry hair you can also comb the shea butter through your hair and let it set in for up to an hour as pre-shampoo before shampooing.
4. Used for Softening Hands
Shea butter is most commonly used in hand creams, since it can restore dry skin as well as smooth rough cuticles. Quick pro-tip for ultra soft hands: apply our Hydrating Body Butter right before bed time and slip on a pair of gloves or socks. Let the moisture sink in overnight. You’ll wake up with soft, moisturized hands that look and feel it, too.
5. Used as a Smoothing Cream for Frizzy Hair
Coarse, dry, or frizzy hair (or all three) is no match for shea butter. If your hair always tends to get frizzy once it’s dry—or just feels more unmanageable than usual—use shea butter to touch up problem spots. Try smoothing down flyaway hair strands, giving hair a healthy sheen, or taking your frizz halo down a notch with it.
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