Today, more than ever, people are being drawn and attracted to the use of organic and natural substances for the beauty and cosmetic purposes. This is not a surprise because natural products actually have a whole lot of benefits to offer as compared to commercially produced chemical products. One of such natural products people have been exploring seriously is Shea butter.
Shea butter has had its roots and presence in West Africa for over many centuries. It is found in almost every part of Africa from Senegal to far away in Sudan and to the foothills of Ethiopia. Documents of African history have often made mention of certain forms of rich butter that are contained in jars that are used for skin and hair care and maintenance which were transported during Cleopatras reign. And interestingly, even the Queen of Sheba herself is acclaimed to have used it.
Shea butter is a natural fat, which is extracted from the African Karite tree. This luxurious butter which is extracted from the nut of the tree is a very natural moisturizer that works effectively for the skin and also has healing properties. The components of shea butter that make it so valuable and effective include oleic acid, stearic acid, and linoleic acid. Naturally rich in vitamin E, A, and D shea butter has been known to benefit the skin in a variety of ways. It is used to get rid of unwanted wrinkles, moisturize the skin, and is even said to be a natural skin lightener.
Shea butter also contains antioxidants that are able to neutralize sun damage and prevent aging It gets absorbed quickly into the skin as it melts at body temperature. Its moisturizing and healing properties prove beneficial for many skin issues. It also has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties to some extent which are used in the treatment of many ailments. Its similarity to many vegetable oils makes it suitable for ingestion. The high concentrations of fatty acids and vitamins make shea butter an ideal cosmetic ingredient for softening skin. Using shea butter on your body, especially your face, can condition, tone, and soothe your skin.
How To Make a DIY Facial Mask With Shea Butter
It is very possible to produce a homemade facial mask with shea butter mixed with certain ingredients. Some of these are:
- 1 tablespoon of raw and pure honey
- 3 to 4 drops of grapeseed oil, and
- 1 tablespoon of pure shea butter
Ensure you mix these three ingredients well and properly in a clean bowl, then do well to wash your face first with a cream cleanser or warm water. After cleansing the face, apply the paste formed and spread it over your face. Leave the mask on for 10 to 12 minutes before gently cleansing your face with warm water and a soft washcloth for best results.
Shea butter could also be produced as a mask to treat acne. This is very possible because Shea butter is a natural remedy used to treat acne. For the preparation of medicinal mask, the following will be required:
- 100 ml of Shea butter
- 100 ml of honey
- 1 tablespoon of walnut butter.
- 1 ml of salicylic acid.
First, melt the shea butter and honey together in a clean bowl, then add 1 tablespoon of walnut butter to it and then 1ml of salicylic acid.
This mixture should then be applied to the face. Make sure to stay away from the eyes are the region around the eyes. Then leave on the face for about 20 minutes after which you wash off with warm water.
Benefits Of Applying Shea Butter On The Face
As earlier mentioned, shea butter now has a high value in the world of beauty and cosmetics. This high value is due to its emo properties and other qualities shea butter possesses as discussed previously.
This great natural African product is primarily used in 2 forms to care for and maintain the skin. These are:
#1. In its pure form
#2. As one of the major ingredients or components of home masks, scrubs, creams, and massage mixtures.
Shea butter is best effective when used in its pure form rather than when combined with other ingredients to make a chemical product. Shea butter does a lot of good to the skin such as:
- Awakening the processes of deep regeneration of tired, fading, wrinkled skin. This is possible because shea butter penetrates through the skin layers and saturates the skin with light fats, vitamins, straightens wrinkles, and removes inflammation. Positive feedback is the result of using this product.
- Stimulating the synthesis of natural collagen
- Restoring the skin complexion while serving as a reliable shield against the effects of ultraviolet rays at the same time.
- Shea butter can be used for daily and special skincare or daily skincare routine of entirely any type, including damaged, problematic and dry skin.
- Due to its unique softening properties, it is also suitable for the care of hypersensitive skin.
If it is not possible to get shea butter in its pure form, it is also very possible to benefit from the amazing effects of shea butter from a face cream. Shea butter for skin is also perfect for masks or creams at night. It is strongly advised and much more preferable to make use of shea butter, applying it with a sponge on the face at night before sleeping because if it is done in the morning, using makeup thereafter will be very tedious because the oils and fatty acids contained in the shea butter will still be present on the face.
Side Effects And Risks Involved In Using Shea Butter On The Face
Shea butter is a fantastic and valuable product that provides therapeutic, preventive, and cosmetic effects on the face. Its vitamin composition improves the appearance of the skin, smooths its surface, moisturizes and nourishes it. This cosmetic product is suitable for women of all ages. It helps to fight small wrinkles, protects from adverse external influences. In general, this is a wonderful product that any woman can afford.
Surprisingly, some individuals who have normal allergic reactions to tree nuts, the family that shea nuts belong to, have a low risk of reaction to shea butter on their face. It is assumed that this effect is as a result of shea nuts containing little of the tree-nut proteins that trigger allergies. But in as much as Shea butter is an incredibly low-risk topical ingredient and allergic reactions to shea butter are rare or experienced by very few people in a given population, it does not mean that there are no risks involved in the use of shea butter.
For example, the consistency of shea butter gives it a higher probability of being comedogenic. Also, for those who are prone to acne or those with very oily skin, it is advised to use this face mask at a very minimal level because it could lead to some form of skin reactions for such skin types if used in excess. This is because shea butter has the ability to clog the skin pores and is especially true for those with acne-prone skin.
How To Preserve Shea Butter
The best way to store pure shea butter is in a cool dry place. Although this could lead to shea butter being in a solidified form, it is no cause for worry because shea butter melts quite easily as well.
Then when it is time to apply it to the skin, simply take a small amount on the back of the palm then rub it down with a finger to press it and use that same finger to apply wherever you wish. Applying large amounts of shea butter at a time is not really necessary because the shea butter will absorb easily into your skin and the heat of your finger makes it melt easily.