There are specific ingredients in the beauty industry that are so well-loved and widely used as their identity as ultra-active ingredients is invaluable. Shea butter is unquestionably one of them. It is extremely effective in nourishing and moisturizing the entire body. There are countless accounts of benefits that Shea butter offers people, its undoubtedly one of the most loved skincare ingredient.
Shea butter is often found as the main ingredient for people who create DIY skincare products. It has a plethora of uses and numerous advantages including moisturizing and anti-inflammatory for the skin. It is high in vitamins A, C, D, and E, as well as fatty acids. It can be used in body lotions, body butters, body scrubs, and lip balms. As an anti-inflammatory with some natural SPF, it’s a must have component in bug bite balms and even skin concern rectifying formulas. Below is a list of 5 DIY uses of Shea butter and its benefits for each.
1. A Moisturizing Body Lotion
An at-home moisturizing body lotion may seem complicated to produce, however with the correct proportions of bases, it's incredibly simple. You just need to be sure you've got the right combination of an oil-based, a water-based ingredient, and an extra thickening agent. You can experiment with it by adding essential oils to Shea butter as a base. Its long proven moisturizing benefits for the skin speak for itself!
2. A Healthy Hair-Mask
Aside from moisturizing benefits, Shea butter is an excellent ingredient for your hair because it contains vitamins and fatty acids that help keep your hair strong and healthy. It’s an excellent base for conditioner or hair treatments, such as a hair mask. There are so many hair cures that include Shea butter as the main ingredient. As DIY at home, you could simply warm some of the Shea butter in your palms and apply it all through your hair from roots to the ends. You can leave this on as a hair mask for 10 to 15 minutes or leave it on overnight for profound hydration.
3. A Hydrating Body Scrub
Body scrubs are among the simplest to make because they only require two key ingredients: a practical exfoliator such as brown or white sugar, coffee grounds, salt or oats and a base like Shea butter, optionally you can add essentially oils. You can easily create a hydrating exfoliator with cleansing and moisturizing benefits for your skin. You can mix and match these ingredients as you please, as long as you have your 2 bases; one that is exfoliating and another that is moisturizing such as Shea butter.
4. A Soothing Lip Balm
Shea butter is one of the ingredients very often present in widely used lip balms brands. Creating your own lip balm is actually quite straightforward, and there are numerous formulas you can experiment with to create something unique to your taste. In order to make a lip balm, you just need an oil base of your choice such as Shea butter, wax and vitamin E. Once you assemble these ingredients, there you have your soothing Shea butter lip balm with antioxidant properties to keep your lips protected and well moisturized.
5. A Healing Body Butter
Shea butter, like many other natural oils and butters, is a multitasker. It is an outstanding emulsifier, which means it not only softens the skin but also helps in filling micro-cracks. It also locks moisture into the skin and safeguards the skin’s natural barrier. You can easily use Shea butter from the head - to - toe as a body butter. Simple mix it with any oil like coconut or olive oil, warm the mixturebetween your hands and apply throughout the body and reap the benefits of Shea butter!
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