Here’s my new thing, I know, I know, it’s not new at all, but if you remember, I’ve been hooked on raw coconut oil for moisurizing and hair masks for a while. I then found that Shea Butter is used for the same things. It’s not mixed with anything, just the unrefined raw ingredient extracted from the Shea Nut. I’m well into these ‘Raw’ things, it feels like all the posh moisturisers just bulk things out with all these preservatives and parabens (whatever they are??) and other things we don’t have a clue of on the ingredients lists, I feel like just using the one ingredient is a bit like just cutting out the crap. True, there’s a bit more work involved, you need to melt coconut oil a little before you can use it easily and Shea butter is a little easier, but still needs to be rubbed in your palms a bit to help it melt for easy application. I like that though, it feels good, like it’s a fresh ingredient.
The lovely Lynda Robinson at Shea Care sent me over a big tub and some sample tubs so that I could give it a good test.
Testing of the butter has been great fun, the sun here in Malmo has been shining and so I’ve been visiting the Kallbadhus whenever I can, sunbathing on the decking and detoxing in the wood fired saunas then swimming in the cold sea there is great. I’ve been using the Shea Butter as a hair mask to protect and moisturise in the sauna, then as moisturiser between saunas out in the sun. RESULT- really soft skin and nice shiny hair, I really really love it as a skin moisuriser, I think I like the silkyness of coconut better for my hair, it’s just a bit greasier so can be applied better in my mind, but for the skin this one wins hands down!
Wikipedia lists a load of medicinal attributes to it as well-
Shea butter is used as a base for medicinal ointments, and has been claimed to have anti-inflammatory, emollient and humectant properties.
Shea butter has been claimed to be effective treatment for the following conditions: fading scars, eczema, burns,new tattoos rashes, severely dry skin, dark spots, skin discolorations, chapped lips, stretchmarks, wrinkles, and in lessening the irritation of psoriasis.
Shea butter has been used as a sunblocking lotion, although the level of protection against the sun’s ultraviolet radiation is extremely variable, ranging from nothing to approximately SPF 6.However, studies have shown it to reduce the effects of UV damage on the skin.
I think it’s perfect for my lifestyle, especially if it reduces the effects of UV damage! I love having a tan, god knows I spent 25 years of my life without one, but I worry about all that damage it does, so, this summer will be a Shea one for me : )