There are many resources on the internet that will give you all wonderful details about Shea Butter, so I am not going to do that here. What I want to share with you are the results that I am personally finding by using Shea Butter, which I have done now for about a month. I will include a link to the actual product that I have been using at the end of this post which also provides you with all the wonderful details about the Karite tree which the nut is harvested from, to how it’s made and all the vitamins and minerals that it possesses.
The Shea Butter I use is in its raw unprocessed state. Raw Shea Butter will be either an off-white or yellowish colour. However, I have read on many sites that there is another type of ‘butter’ made from a different nut, which is also yellow and can be misleadingly referred to as Shea Butter.
I will leave it up to you to do your own research into it, but I personally like the off-white Shea Butter. If you see a Shea Butter cream that is snow-white, it may well be Shea Butter, but it has been processed and therefore, just like with processed foods, all the true goodness will have been lost.
I should begin by saying that I am now 51 and have been plagued by really bad skin all of my life. There have been a few short spells when I have had the luxury of clear skin, but since the age of 13, up until this very moment, it is something that I have learned to live with. I wanted to share that for the simple reason that Shea Butter can feel a little greasy and for those of you who have oily or acne prone skin you may feel that using it would make your skin worse. Obviously we are all unique, so I am not going to generalize. But I believe that you should try it because even if you do not want to use it on your face it works wonders on cracked heels, dry cuticles, chapped lips etc., so it will still be money well spent.
I use the butter both morning and night. I wash my face with black soap first and then I spray my skin with Avène Spring Water. I have done this before applying all the moisturizers I have used, as I like the way it feels. While my skin is absorbing the spring water, I put a small amount of Shea Butter in the palm of my hand and gently rub it so it turns it into a slightly more fluid consistency; I then apply it to my face as you would any other moisturizer.
During the day to finish the look, I apply my mineral powder over the top, swirling it on from the outer edges in with a thick, flat-topped, powder brush. I find that the Shea Butter really helps to prevent the mineral powder looking too “chalky” on the skin and it provides for a nice even skin tone. I find using the butter softens my wrinkles, helps to keep the moisture in my skin and of course has natural healing properties for ‘the blemishes’.
I have to be honest and say that I never really thought too much about this until one of my work colleagues told me that my skin looked great. We were working at a trade show together and I could see by the way she was looking at me that she meant what she said. She mentioned it to me a couple of times over the course of the few days and has since bought some herself, so the Shea Butter must have been doing something!
If anyone else has enjoyed the benefits of Shea Butter please post a comment and share your experience with others. Plus, here is the link I promised you that provides more information and is about the actual product that I am using. If you decide to try it I hope you get great results too.
Oh and I feel that I should point out that I am in no way affiliated or being compensated by the above company. Their website is included on their label so it made sense to share it with you.