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12 ways to use Shea Butter

Shea Butter doesn’t spread well on its own but can be used in skin products recipes to be more user-friendly. Whipping shea butter causes it to spread really well on skin and hair and it’s fairly easy to do. All you need is an electric mixer, some oils, and optional essential oils to add scents.

As much as I like the consistency of shea butter when whipped, it doesn’t hold up long, so I found other techniques that work better in the long run. Homemade shea butter products reduce commercially bought beauty products that contain fillers that does nothing positive for your body.

Here are 12 useful ways you can use Shea butter in your daily regimen.

1. Shea Butter as a body butter

Shea Butter makes an awesome body butter. Use after a shower or any time you need to soothe dry skin. For a kick-ass, magic in a bottle recipe be sure to check out this step by step instructions on how to make your own body butter.

2. Shea butter as a hair moisturizer

Shea Butter makes an awesome hair moisturizer. This magical butter from nature can be used on wet or dry hair as well as by itself or combined with other moisturizers. Shea Butter can be used as a sealant to seal in moisture which means you use a hair moisturizer before the Shea Butter.

For people with hair that tend to get dry such as very curly hair then shea butter is almost magical for that purpose.

3. Shea butter can help to help soothe sunburns

Raw Shea butter contains vitamins E, A and C, stearic and oleic acids which helps to heal sunburned skin. When the summer starts and beach season is in, be sure to have your shea butter with you at all times.

4. Shea butter helps to prevent rough, dry, cracked skin 

If you live in the northern parts of the world that gets cold and during the winter you will know what I am talking about. Skin and heel with deep dry cracks can be typical. Shea butter used after every shower will seal in the moisture and create a barrier from the harsh weather conditions. Live in the south? No problem, your skin will still benefit from using shea butter.

Shea Butter, when made to be a creamy concoction, can be used instead of your lotion.

5. Shea butter for skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis

Raw Shea Butter contains naturally occurring vitamins and skin healing properties. It’s a perfect match for skin conditions marked by considerable dryness such as eczema and psoriasis. 

Shea Butter is the magic in a bottle for all topical skin conditions.

6. Shea butter as shaving cream

Shea Butter is moisturizing and so it has natural “slip”. Try adding some whipped shea butter to your skin to get a clean nice shave. As a bonus the moisture will remain on your skin after shaving, so you are good to go after a shave with shea butter.

7. Shea butter to prevent dry skin itchiness

 If you have dry skin, then you know that dry skin itches like crazy. It’s a whole-body itch that prevents getting proper sleep at night. Winter months are especially guilty of causing the annoying itch and children are more susceptible.

Shea Butter will most certainly solve the itchiness. Give yourself and your kids a good shea butter massage before bed and sleep itch-free.

8. Shea butter as a face moisturizer

Shea Butter can replace your face moisturizer if you are looking for a natural alternative. Just a little will go a long way. If you have an oily face, this may not work as well for you. However, some people with an oily face still gets dry patches they need to work on individually.

9. Shea butter as a lip balm

 Who says shea butter is just for your body? Just add a little to your lips and your dry lips will thank you. I told you it is versatile.

10. Shea butter to slow down the effects of aging

There is no need to buy super expensive ‘miracle’ anti-aging products, often with lots of fillers. Shea butter is chock full of skin healing fats and vitamins and when used regularly will help to prevent wrinkles and skin pigmentation issues.

11. Shea butter to heal acne

Shea Butter is not only moisturizing but it is healing. Add a dab to your acne, so you can be date ready in no time. Again, like an earlier comment, use with caution depending on your skin type. You don’t want your acne to flare up, so test it in a small patch of skin first.

12. Shea butter to prevent or reduce stretch marks

Congrats if you are pregnant! Add a little whipped shea butter to your belly daily to help prevent stretch marks that are an unfortunate side effect of pregnancy. Your baby will also thank you for the daily dose of pre-natal massage you will be giving it; win-win for everyone?

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