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All the uses of Shea Butter

- 06/17/2021

We love summer. However, it's a season where your skin and hair need extra care: excessive heat, exposure to the sun, sea water and chlorine in the pool, excessive washing... What if we told you that we have the product with which you can have all the care in one?

Shea butter is a vegetable oil that comes from the fruit of an African savannah tree called Butyrospermum parkii. In our case, it is produced in a traditional way by an association of women in Burkina Faso. What does it give us? Shea butter contains antioxidants, such as tocopherols (vitamin E), which act against premature ageing of the tissues. In addition, due to its high content of oleic acid (Omega 6) and linolenic acid (Omega 3), which gives it highly emollient (moisturising) and nourishing properties, unrefined Shea Butter is fantastic for the care of all skin types, in particular for the driest and most malnourished skins and sensitive skins. This butter is also rich in Lupeol, a natural anti-inflammatory that is highly recommended after a day in the sun or after sport.

Do you want to know all its uses?

1. Dry or damaged hair

Its moisturising and nourishing properties mean that it repairs the hair cuticle, adds shine and softness and protects the hair from the sun. It is also an excellent product to soothe dry or flaky scalp. For curly-haired girls, Shea Butter is especially beneficial as it defines curls, adds body, eliminates frizz and prevents tangles and breakage. How do you apply it? Melt a tablespoon* of Shea Butter in a bain-marie or in an oil burner, you will see that it becomes completely liquid. Then let it cool until lukewarm and apply it to dry hair, from mid-lengths to ends. Leave it on for 2 hours and then wash your hair with your usual shampoo. Tip: You can mix Shea Butter with a cold-pressed oil such as sweet almond oil or jojoba oil. This will add extra properties to your super moisturising mask.  

*The amount depends on the amount of hair and its porosity. The amount we have recommended is for shoulder length hair with medium porosity.

2. Dry hands

Due to its high moisturising and antioxidant content, it improves skin elasticity and nourishes dry hands. Men, this is your product too. How do you apply it? Use half a teaspoon (coffee) of Shea Butter and melt it between your hands, you will see that it becomes a very easy to apply oil.

3. Moisturising and anti-ageing for the face

Due to its tocopherol (vitamin E) content, it acts against premature skin ageing, making it a fantastic product to apply to the face. Pure and unrefined Shea Butter acts by covering the skin with an invisible film that prevents dehydration and protects it from external aggressions from the sun, wind or sudden changes in temperature. How to use? Take a small piece with your fingers, break it up and apply it all over your face.

4. Lashes

It strengthens the eyelashes due to its high content of vitamins A and E and also gives them shine and elasticity. We recommend that you apply it before going to bed. How? Undo a small piece with your fingers and spread the oil on the outer part of your eyelashes.

5. Brittle nails

It nourishes, repairs and strengthens nails due to its nourishing and antioxidant properties. In addition, applying Shea Butter to cuticles will help to make them softer and will help your manicure last longer.

6. Cracked feet

Wearing sandals or going barefoot at the beach and the pool tends to dry out your feet. Applying Shea Butter every night will keep your feet well moisturised. In addition, its regenerating action is ideal for repairing cracked feet and rough heels, so, in summer, it will be a super ally to show off beautiful and healthy feet. Idea: when it's time to apply Shea Butter, it's a great excuse to get a good foot massage.

7. Irritated skin or atopic dermatitis

It is very effective in tissue regeneration, has anti-inflammatory properties and relieves the symptoms of damaged and irritated skin. The emollient agents in pure Shea Butter play a key role in the treatment of xerosis and mild to moderate atopic dermatitis because they help restore and maintain the skin's barrier function. How to apply? You can apply it several times a day after showering or before going to bed, on dry skin, take a piece and rub it into your skin.

8. Lip moisturiser

Rich in fatty acids and vitamins A, D, E and F, it is ideal for nourishing dry and chapped lips. It also protects against external aggressions from the sun, wind and sudden changes in temperature. Take a small amount with your fingers and apply it to your lips. Idea: You can keep a piece of Shea Butter in our Henna Morena tin and carry it with you at all times, so you have your own lip gloss that you can use as a lip gloss.

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