Shea butter is a type of fat which is derived from the nuts of the Shea tree, native to Africa. This butter is largely used in various cosmetics for its excellent rehydrating properties. Since ancient times, Africans have used this butter for making candles, cooking, in medicinal ointments, and for waterproofing purposes. However, as more and more people are realizing its benefits, it is widely being used by big brands to promote their range of cosmetics. Creamy in texture, this ivory colored cream soothes the dry patches on your skin, rehydrates it, and restores the lost glow.
With innumerable advantages of using Shea butter for your skin, it is a must-have product in your vanity case. However, if you are too worried about spending on an expensive bottle of cream, you can make some at home too. Here's how.
Shea Butter Moisturizer Recipe
- 1 bowl of Shea Butter
- 6 tablespoons of coconut oil
- 2 capsules of vitamin E
- 3 teaspoons fragrance oil or 10 drops of essential oil
- Empty jar
- Make a double boiler by placing a bowl on hot boiling water. Now pour the Shea butter into the upper bowl. The indirect heat will melt the butter slowly. Keep whipping it to make it smooth and then allow it to cool down.
- Once the Shea butter becomes lukewarm, break the vitamin E capsules and add the oil to the butter. Next, add the coconut oil as well.
- Blend this mixture till it starts looking like a cake's batter and reaches an even consistency.
- Next, add the essential oils or the fragrance oils. Add a hint of vanilla to the cream, as the fragrance is known to arouse your sensuality.
- Once again, continue whipping the cream so that the ingredients are mixed well together.
Moisturizer for Hair
- 1⅓ bowl of Shea Butter
- ½ cup of olive oil
- 1 teaspoon of vitamin E oil
- ½ ounce of fragrance oil
- Once again heat the Shea butter with a low flame on a double boiler. Melt it completely and then remove it from the heat.
- When it reaches a lukewarm temperature, add olive oil to it and then mix it once again.
- Once the butter becomes a little hard to stir, add the vitamin E oil and the fragrance oil to the mixture. Use an electric blender to create the perfect consistency of the mixture.
- While using Shea butter for your hair, remember to first give your head a nice steam to invigorate the pores on your scalp.
- Apply this cream on your hair and use a comb to make sure it reaches your every strand.
- Leave it on for 30 minutes and wrap your hair in a warm towel.
- Doing this twice a week will improve the texture of your hair, eliminate the dryness, and restore its luster.
Shea butter is a rich source of vitamin A, which a crucial ingredient for treating a range of skin disorders such as dermatitis, blemishes, and eczema. Its medicinal properties are known to cure insect bites and other types of skin conditions. This excellent moisturizer is known to bring about an anti-aging effect on the skin, as it accelerates micro-circulation. Shea butter moisturizer is a natural sun block due to its high levels of cinnamic acid. It also soothes burns that are caused by prolonged exposure to the sun.
Topical application of Shea butter on your hair repairs the damage and prevents it from getting brittle and dry. If you have ever colored or straightened your hair, then using Shea butter regularly can restore the vitality of your hair. After listing so many benefits of this natural cream, it is time you make a move to get your skin and hair healthy, the natural way!