Meet Shea: The Butter With 101 Uses

Man, oh man do we love shea. It’s truly a skin gift from the gods. And, it’s not just great for the body, but for hair and face too. Read on to find out the many benefits of this made-in-Africa butter.

Where do we even start? So, shea butter is extracted from the nuts of a tree called the Shea (or Karite) that’s found in West Africa. The dried nuts are grounded into small pieces, roasted in big batches and then water is added until a paste forms. That mixture is then washed and heated again until fat rises to the top. When that fat is hardened, it’s scraped off the pots and voila, shea butter!

Shea is very rich in vitamin E, which is essential for healthy skin and hair. It also has natural SPF, which makes it great for day-time wear. The best part about this baby is that it works very well with essential oils  – basically, it can be fortified with other active ingredients to derive maximum benefits. This is why Corium body butters are ‘the plug’ – Corium uses authentic, premium-quality shea butters, which are mixed with a range of A-grade oils. These include the much-loved Skin Perfecting Body Butter and the underdog that’s loved by those with sensitive skin, the Allergen Free Body Butter. 

Here are some of the many ways you can use shea butter:

  • Target stretchmarks and cellulite
  • Moisturise hair and skin
  • Cleanse the skin
  • Lay hair edges
  • Prime your lips before applying lipstick
  • Treat skin peeling after tanning
  • Soothe insect bites
  • Protect against harsh sun UV rays
  • Use as a massage oil/butter to ease sore muscles
  • Fight wrinkles and fine lines

Remember, you have to read the label to find out what has been added to the shea butter you use. That will determine where and how you use it.

Now, let’s hear from you: how do you use your CORIUM shea butter mixes?

[Source: Wellnessmama.com; Sheainstitute.com; littlehouseliving.com]

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