Ideas for various uses of shea butter

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Shea butter is an allrounder with various areas of usage. Be it for skincare, for hair, as care during pregnancy or even for pets.

Shea butter for the skin

Shea butter is known for its medical skin caring properties. Especially dry, stressed skin is happy about the plant butter. But if you think shea butter is only for dry skin, you are definitely wrong. It is also very popular for normal skin or impure skin (including acne). And as with so many other things: 

  • Try it out, because every skin is different
  • Keeping the balance 
  • Adapt to the season

Shea butter is very similar to our skin fat and therefore does not have a comedogenic effect. This means that shea butter does not clog the pores but allows them to breathe despite its richness. When using pure shea butter, it is advisable to apply it to moist skin. So it only takes a small amount and in combination with the moisture of water or a hydrolate (I love rose blossom water) it can be better absorbed by the skin as our shea butter products are anhydrous. Shea butter in its pure form can get pretty hard in winter. That’s why we designed Shea Body Butter, it’s easier to apply because it’s softer.

Shea butter for dry, flaky skin

Shea butter is very effective when it comes to dry, scaly or cracked skin. It penetrates deep into the skin layers and protects it from dryness, wind and weather. Especially in winter, this can be very helpful. Its composition of ingredients provides the skin with important vitamins and oleic acids. 

Shea butter for sensitive skin

People with sensitive skin know that less can be more. But what can that little be? Shea butter works in most cases.

Shea butter for mature skin

The older we get, the more the skin loses elasticity and the ability to store moisture. This results in wrinkles. Furthermore, the skin produces less sebum, i.e. less skin fat, which can lead to dryness. Shea butter replaces the missing sebum in a natural way and re-integrates the moisture that is supplied to the skin. 

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Shea butter for facial care

Shea butter can be used for face care pure or in combination with an oil, flower water or aloe vera gel. For facial care it is important to know your skin type and the condition of your skin. Plus: don’t exaggerate! Less can be more, especially with highly concentrated raw materials such as shea butter.

Shea butter for vegan skin care

Shea butter is a 100% natural vegetable butter. It does not come into contact with animal products and our shea butter is not tested on animals either. For this reason it is a popular raw material for those of us who live purely from plants. In vegan circles shea butter has been appreciated for a long time. It is often used as an alternative to lanolin or beeswax. 

Shea butter in winter

The skin is generally drier in winter. The reason for this is simple: If it is cool or cold, the sebum in our skin becomes hard and spreads poorly as a natural fat giver on our skin. In winter, anhydrous products are recommended. Because in freezing cold no moisturizing cream should be applied as frostbite can occur if the cream has a high water content.

Shea butter as a cold cream

It is very important to protect the skin from the cold in winter so that the skin has enough fat and the blood vessels are protected. Shea butter and products based on it are perfect as cold protection creams. And all this without paraffin or Vaseline, as they are contained in many conventional cold protection creams.

Shea butter for the lips

The lips do not have their own sebaceous glands and are therefore severely affected by drought, especially in winter when sebum production is greatly reduced. Purely fat-based care such as pure shea butter or homemade lip care with shea butter can help. Important is a care without mineral oil. An intact skin barrier can block mineral oils, but not the lips. 

Shea butter during pregnancy

Pregnant women who have their stomach regularly and lovingly massaged with shea butter (hello future dad!) tend to have fewer stretch marks. We tell you more about optimal, natural body care during pregnancy, as well as Dos and Dont’s!

Shea butter for the hair

What is particularly good for dry skin also helps with dry and stressed hair. Shea butter can help with split ends, brittle hair and strawy tips. Shea butter is especially known as a great remedy for curly hair. These hair types need richer care. Shea butter gives the hair moisture and shine.

An absolute insider tip: A great, cheap and natural hair care product is apple cider vinegar: 

  • regulates the pH value of the scalp without degreasing it
  • strengthens the hair roots and invigorates the scalp
  • has an antibacterial effect
  • works against dandruff and itching
  • makes the hair shiny 
  • makes the hair easier to comb

Shea butter as hair mask and leave-in conditioner 

Shea butter can be used as a mask or leave-in conditioner for all hair types. Depending on the hair type, the amount, exposure time or regularity of application varies. In general, it can be said that the more curly the hair is, the more fat and moisture it needs. It is important that moisture is always bound with fat. Because with only fat, the hair will hang limp and greasy down. 

Shea butter for the itchy scalp

Shea butter can work wonders against dandruff and dry scalp. Massage directly into the scalp, leave overnight and wash out the next morning. The scalp is thus provided with moisture and itching can be alleviated. Already after the first application a difference is noticeable. If desired, shea butter can also be applied to the whole hair and scalp – 2 in 1 – hair and scalp mask.

Shea butter for curly hair

The topic «Care for curly hair» is a divisive one. What is the best hair care? There is no conclusive answer, rather all kinds of recommendations circulate what curly hair needs in terms of care. 

Shea butter for lace care

Shea butter gives a sheen to chapped hair ends and gives them moisture. Use as a mask or leave-in conditioner. Important: Always apply to damp hair, never to dry hair.

Shea butter for pets

Have you ever had the idea to supply your best friend with shea butter? Watch out for dog owners: Shea butter is THE miracle cure for dog paws (also for cat paws). Especially in winter they are strained by snow, ice and road salt. By applying shea butter to the paws you can give your four-legged friend a protective barrier beforehand and afterwards provide relief for the troubled paws. Only you should pay attention to the fact that there can be stains from the oil film on the ground. Not such a thing outdoors, but be careful if you have a delicate parquet floor. Everything already experienced

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