Residents of West-Africa have been using Shea Butter for centuries. Long before Shea Butter became a household name in the West, it was being used for skin care, hair care cooking and medicinal purposes. It is a complex fat made up of oleic acid, stearic acid, linoleic acid, palmitic acid, linolenic acid and arachidic acid. These complex fats along with its’ anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, have made shea butter a popular ingredient in the beauty industry. Read on for 14 reasons why shea butter should be included in your daily regimen:
- Skin moisturizing properties
- Hair moisturizing properties
- Anti aging properties
- Relief from joint pain
- Relief from cold and sinus problems
- Prevention of nappy rush
- Fading of skin blemishes
- Treatment of cellulite
- Treatment of Eczema
- Serve as a shaving cream
- Treatment of stretch marks
- Softening of rough, dry feet
- Treatment of frostbite
- For cooking(example, bambara beans sauce)
Images courtesy of Barack Shea Butter and Oilixia
For best benefits, opt for Grade A shea butter. Grade A shea butter is raw or unrefined shea butter extracted with the use of water. Avoid purchasing shea butter with contaminants.
Shishia, a brand owned by a female entrepreneur in Ghana, carries body cleansers, body moisturizers and hair products rich in natural oils. Shishia’s Shea Butter Mix is moisturizing and can be used by all skin types. It is especially beneficial for alleviating dry, itchy skin during the winter season.
Shea Butter is indeed nature’s gift to mankind.
Disclaimer: I have not received payment in cash or kind by representatives of Shishia for purposes of advertising. I simply believe in the quality of the product and admire the initiative of the Founder. This is why I featured her brand.
Written by: Sher