The beauty benefits of shea butter
I’m all about buying products with multiple benefits in one. Think: a face oil that doubles up as a hydrating lip balm, or a brow pencil that works well as an eyeliner. The same goes with ingredients that have multiple benefits – which is why I’m obsessed with shea butter. It’s a moisturising wonder that can tackle a range of beauty problems from head to toe.
Let’s learn more about it, shall we?
What is shea butter?
Shea butter is a smooth, fatty cream extracted from nuts from the African shea tree. It contains a naturally high concentration of vitamins A, E and F, and has powerful healing, moisturising and regenerating properties for skin.
How should I use shea butter?
1. As a powerful facial hydrator
This nutty butter is packed with hydrating goodness, so invest in a shea butter face cream and massage it into your skin morning and night to nourish it, plump out fine lines and soothe redness.
2. As an overnight body treatment
Shea butter is perfect for relieving dry skin and sealing in hydration, so smooth it over your entire bod after showering at night, paying special attention to ultra dry areas like elbows and knees. You’ll wake up to a softer, flake-free body.
3. As a nourishing lip conditioner
It’s vital to give your lips a little TLC, especially in the harsh, cold winter months. Pick up a shea butter-enriched lip balm and slather it on as often as you can to stop chapping and peeling in their tracks.
4. As a hydrating foot treatment
Before hitting the hay, moisturise your feet with a generous amount of shea butter foot moisturiser. Then, pop on some socks. This will work as an overnight treatment to hydrate, heal cracks and soothe tired and sore feet.
5. As a softening hand cream
Our hands take a beating on a daily basis, so treat them to a hand cream packed with shea butter. It’ll work hard to repair dry cuticles and dehydrated nails, and keep your mitts soft and moisturised.
Did you know the many benefits of shea butter? Have you tried beauty products containing it?