Saturday, February 2, 2013

Shea Butter: Nature's Gift

How much do you know about shea butter? You've probably seen a lot of commercials for lotions and conditioners that contain this ingredient. Unfortunately, there are a lot of other ingredients in many of these mass-produced products that dilute the benefit of shea butter. Stuff like methylparaben, propylparaben; ethylparaben (Just how many preservatives do you really need? All 3 of these are found in one baby product.) and alcohol. Often times, shea butter appears closer to the end of the ingredient listings, which means there's a lot more alcohol than shea butter.

But shea butter is so good. Why do you want it lost in a sea of a million other things? It deserves top billing! It's an amazing natural butter derived from Karite Nut trees, native to Africa.

I don't know about you, but I get my exercise outdoors. Yes, even in January. In the northeast. There's just something about getting fresh air into your lungs and admiring all the beauty that winter brings. I live near a large city park with many ponds and lots of wildlife. My morning walk is what I consider to be my "church." But, there's a price for doing 3 miles with severe wind chill. And it's paid my my epidermis. This is where shea butter comes to the rescue! It has a miraculous way of quickly repairing damage brought on by the elements. It actually speeds up skin cell production.

Shea butter contains vitamins A, E and F. These are essential in maintaining healthy skin. Shea butter penetrates deep into your skin, it doesn't just sit around on top or evaporate away. It goes right to work. It has been known to treat eczema and psoriasis. It helps minimize stretch marks by adding elasticity to the skin (Lots of pregnant women swear by it!). It is recommended by tattoo artists for aftercare. It can even be used to help restore moisture to your hair. It's just amazing stuff.

May your skin glisten this winter!


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