beauty: Shea’s the one!

Shea Butter: the multi-purpose all natural Vitamin A, E & F skin cream (with SPF 6) is derived from the seed of the Shea (Karite) tree which is found in the dry arid regions of Central Africa.sheabutter1 The pits are collected to sun dry and then roasted to get it ready for the difficult work of extracting the creamy, rich solid oil by hand. This butter has an amazing amount of healing properties and softening capability. Shea butter has been used in Africa and other countries for years as it provides the skin with essential fatty acids and the nutrients necessary for collagen production.  It’s one of the ingredients used to make the “Divine Balm” for “Skin so Divine“.  On it’s own it is very rich but splendid when mixed with the other healing oils which make up this amazing balm.

Here are 21 uses of Shea Butter 

  1. Dry skin
  2. Skin rash
  3. Skin peeling, after tanning
  4. Blemishes and wrinkles
  5. Itchy skin
  6. Sunburn
  7. Shaving cream for a smooth silky shave
  8. Small skin wounds
  9. Skin cracks
  10. Tough or rough skin (on feet)
  11. Cold weather
  12. Frost bites
  13. Stretch mark prevention during pregnancy
  14. Insect bites
  15. Healthy skin
  16. Muscle fatigue, aches and tension
  17. Use before and after strenuous exercise
  18. Skin allergies such as poison ivy or poison oak
  19. Eczema
  20. Dermatitis
  21. Skin damage from heat (hot grease while cooking, radiation treatment for certain medical problems, etc.)

Beauty biz – what makes Shea so much Butter?

I’m sure you’ve heard or read about it before and have seen it listed on many beauty care products.  It’s been around for a very long time.shea1 - Copy

Shea Butter is made from the nut of the African Shea tree and contains a rich amount of unremoveable fatty acid which renders it far superior to cocoa butter and other natural butters, but African women already know this. They’ve been using shea butter for so many years to protect and rejuventate their hair and skin.

This fatty acid is crucial to rejuvenating and moisturizing the skin.  Shea butter provides all the essential vitamins (especially vitamin A) needed to make skin look and feel smoother, softer and healthier.  The therapeutic properties stimulates cellular activity while protecting skin from the elements (wind, cold, sun) and helps wounds heal faster.  It has been used to heal burns, sores, scars, dermatitis, psoriasis, dandruff, and stretch marks.  Shea also contains cinnamic acid, a substance that helps protect the skin from harmful UV rays.

The container here doesn’t look so pretty (certainly won’t be front & center on  my vanity) but buyer beware: some of the companies with fancier versions will alter it in order to have a better fragrance, texture, overall appearance.  The alterations may disturb and in some cases destroy the natural integrity of the product. It will however, look much nicer on your bathroom shelf.

Listed below are some of the conditions that Shea Butter will provide improvement for. As you use this multi-purpose butter, you are likely to discover additional uses. The amount of time required for optimum results may vary with each condition. Wrinkles, for example, require 4 to 6 weeks of daily use. Itching is relieved immediately.

Dry skin

Skin rash

Skin peeling, after tanning

Blemishes and Wrinkles

Itching skin


Shaving cream for a smooth silky shave

Small skin wounds

Skin cracks

Tough or rough skin (Feet, Elbow)

Cold weather

Frost bites

Stretch mark prevention during pregnancy

Insect bites

Healthy skin

Muscle fatigue aches and tension

For before and after strenuous exercise

Skin allergies such as poison ivy or poison oak



Skin damage from heat, hot grease while cooking, radiation treatment for certain medical problems…

What can I tell by looking at the label?  Ingredients on the label should be listed in the order from the ingredient that is the most to the least.  Therefore, you should look for Shea Butter products that list Shea Butter early on the list of ingredients.

TIP: warm it up first in your hands before spreading it on your skin. Some people even put some in the microwave but I wouldn’t do this as it could break down the vitamins, interfering with the benefits.

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