Natural raw ingredients, such as coconut oil, are having their big moment now but I feel there’s one ingredient that doesn’t get enough attention – and that’s raw shea butter. I really wish I’d discovered it years ago as it would have saved me a couple of decades of dealing with painful skin problems, including regular contact dermatitis flare ups. Ever since I started using shea butter about a year ago, I’ve seen a dramatic difference in my skin – especially my hands which suffer the most, my back where I had scars from teenage acne and the condition of my skin, very prone to dryness, has improved as a whole. I also use shea butter on my two sons, one of whom has eczema and one – a baby, I also used it on my tummy during pregnancy to keep the skin supple and moisturised, and also have converted The Hubby to start using it too. As you can see in the photo below, the results for my contact dermatitis are astounding after just one application.
So today, I’m sharing with you my 25 favourite uses for this miracle product – I really can’t call it anything else but ‘miracle’ as I simply can’t live without it now. I hope this post helps you find something for yourself and/ or your children.
But what is shea butter?
Shea butter is the fat extracted from the nut of the African shea tree. It is naturally high in oleic, stearic and linoleic acids (they help protect, nourish and keep your skin soft and moisturised), as well as rich in Vitamins A, E and F. Vitamin A is especially important for improving a number of skin conditions, such as eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, blemishes and wrinkles. Shea butter is edible and has been used in African countries for health and cooking for years and years.
My two favourite shea butter brands are Fushi and Akoma. Both produce the highest grades of shea butter – organic, raw and unrefined. You should always choose raw unrefined (or Grade A) shea butter as only the highest quality premium grades will offer the health properties mentioned above. So if you are looking for a versatile product that is 100% natural and won’t set off an allergic reaction (as some mineral oil-based products will), then shea butter is for you.
So here are my favourite 25 uses for pure shea butter:
- As a natural all-over body moisturiser, especially for those with dry skin
- As a base for homemade whipped body butters or massage bars
- On its own as a lip balm
- As a base for your own natural lip balm
- To speed up the healing process of scars and wounds
- To heal sore blisters
- As baby nappy balm to treat nappy rash (check out my recipe here – recipe #3)
- By adding a couple of tablespoons to hot bath water for a moisturising soak
- As a base for natural deodorant
- On its own to heal cracked skin on elbows, knees or heels
- As an overnight treatment for eczema/ contact dermatitis flare ups
- As a cuticle softener
- To treat razor burns
- To soothe skin after sunbathing
- As a gentle sun protector (due to its SPF6)
- As an under-eye cream to reduce the appearance of wrinkles
- To reduce the appearance of stretch marks
- As a shaving cream
- To soothe skin affected by burns
- As an eyelid primer to intensify the eyeshadow colour and make it last longer
- To soothe insect bites and stings and to reduce itching and swelling
- On eyebrows to keep them in place and intensify the colour
- To tame frizz on the ends of the hair
- As an overnight moisturising treatment for hands and feet (using gloves to let it sink in)
- To repair peeling and chapped skin around your nose when you have a cold
Have you used raw shea butter before? If so, what do you like using it for?
Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. I’ve purchased all products myself and all opinions expressed in this post are 100% mine and honest.