Growing up, I remember being one of the only well oiled children in the school. Much of that can be attributed to my mother’s persistent use of All Natural African Shea Butter. No Ashy Larry here, shea butter kept my melanin poppin’ all year round..well that’s until puberty hit and Step-Aunt-Acne came for an extended visit, but that’s a whole other story.
You have probably heard it before, Shea Butter is a miracle natural product from West Africa that can be used for your skin, hair, cooking, around the house and much more. We have put together an extensive list of what you can use it for, but this is by no way an exhaustive list. We encourage you to comment below and let us know how you use Shea Butter and the type of results you have experienced.
Shea Butter For Skincare
- Hydrates and moisturizes skin with it’s vitamins A and F properties.
- Restores softness to rough skin such as elbows and knees.
- The best treatment for cracked skin on your heels.
- Helps prevent or heal stretch marks.
- Heals acne scars and gradually removes them, encouraging tissue cell regeneration.
- Gives the face and body a natural glow due to fatty acids.
- Can be used as a low factor (6-10) sunscreen and UV protection.
- Restores skin tone after sun exposure or sun burns.
- Treats nappy rash in babies without using having to use chemicals.
- It is anti-inflammatory and can be used to treat eczema.
- Can be used for skin problems such as psoriasis. It also soothes the skin and offers additional moisture.
- Acts as a natural wrinkles remover or facial fine lines smoother.
- Calms down irritations from bug bites and insect stings.
- Makes the redness from razors or epilation disappear.
- Great replacement for hand creams and body lotions.
- Can be used as an ingredient in skin exfoliators to prevent dryness.
- Can be used as a mineral makeup primer even for sensitive skin.
- Doesn’t clog pores, some products have a comedogenic rate of zero.
- Helps heal first degree burns by adding natural fatty oils to the skin.
- Keeps skin hydrated and acts as a helper in the treatment of dermatitis.
- Restores elasticity to the skin.
- Can eliminate dark circles under the eyes and droopy eye bags.
- Ease the pain in dry rosacea by keeping the skin moist and elastic.
- Helps reduce and/or eliminate shaving bumps.
- Can fade hyperpigmentation differences in the skin.
- Moisturizes hair and can be used as a replacement for drug store hair conditioners.
- Can be used as an anti-frizz remedy once a week.
- Prevents split ends when applied overnight and rinsed in the morning.
- Can replace hair wax or other styling products.
- Prevents dandruff when use regularly.
- It’s anti-fungal properties help avoid scalp infections.
- Reduces pain from tight braids and prevents scalp redness.
- One of the best forms in hair conditioners for curly hair right after a shower.
- Encourages hair growth by offering nourishment to the scalp.
- Prevents brittle hair from breaking and restores life to dull hair.
- A minimal amount of Shea Butter is needed for hair care. Only use a pea to cherry size amount of product for a full head of hair.
- Can be combined with other oil (cocoa, coconut, lavender) to rejuvenate hair.
- Useful during hair coloring to prevent color transfer to the skin.
- Prevents flyaways when styling hair.
- Can be used a natural remedy for mild Alopecia.
Shea Butter For Beauty Regime
- Removes the dead skin from your lips and it’s a great lip balm.
- Successfully replaces your makeup remover.
- Never use shaving cream again, in fact, you don’t even need lotion if you use shea butter.
- Rub it on your eyelashes to make them rich, long and luscious. Place tissue paper below the lashes to avoid getting it in your eye.
- Tame unruly eyebrows by slicking some shea butter on and giving them a quick brush.
- Share some of it with your man if you lust for a well-groomed beard and mustache.
- Take some time and rub a small amount into each nail and cuticle to make your manicure last longer.
- Mix it with your blush or a bit of tinted gloss to get a matte lipstick.
- If you have recently gotten tattooed, shea butter is a great way to speed up the healing process.
- Make your favorite perfume last longer by applying it after massaging some butter.
Shea Butter For Cooking
- Shea butter can be used as an ingredient for coconut & dark chocolate truffles.
- It is also used as cooking oil for dishes.
- Can be used to make creams, cookies, and even wedding cakes.
Shea Butter As Alternative Medicine
- Reduces muscle soreness when combined with a massage.
- Helps to ease cold congestion when rubbed onto the nostrils.
- Lessens the visibility of varicose veins.
- Reduces joint pain and arthritis especially if mixed with other oils like mint.
- Soothes pain associated with genital herpes (Shea Butter does not cure/treat the cause).
- Treats skin affected by yeast infections, but it is always recommended to obtain medical advice from a healthcare professional.
- Aids in improving skin allergies like poison ivy.
Shea Butter For Around The Home & Garden
- Used to treat and shine wood furniture.
- Polish your leather shoes with shea butter to make them last longer.
- Polish wooden utensils from the kitchen or wooden combs.
- Scrub hardwood floors and doors with it.
- Use it on door joints to prevent squeeching sounds.
- Make scented candles by mixing shea butter with wax and essential oils.
- Polish patent leather.
- Season cast iron pans to prevent food from sticking.
- Take care of your pets’ fur and paws by gently rubbing it on them.
- Shea Butter can be used in making a soothing bar soap that would work great for dry skin.
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