Handcare with shea butter

In these strange and uncertain times it is all the more important to take good care of ourselves. We at SHEA YEAH try our best to stay positive and us this phase productively. This of course doesn’t always work out equally well, but ups and downs are part of it – we are all in the same boat.

What is nice about this state of emergency is that it can bring about a return to the essentials. For example, I haven’t been as much in touch with my friends* and my family for a long time. Besides, I finally got to know my neighbours. More spacial distancing, less social distancing is my motto. If everyone continues in such solidarity and responsibility, we will be fine.

Not only our mind, but also our skin is particularly stressed during this time. All the washing and disinfecting of hands is not without consequences. The cold and dry air from central heating does the rest. So now’s the time to do something good for our hands.

With shea butter, of course!

My favourite is MOTHER, our pure shea butter. Like all our waterless formulas, it should be applied to damp skin. The grease in shea butter needs water to become an emulsion the skin can absorb. And since we’ve got good tap water at home, it doesn’t have to be included in the product.

I always do it like this: First wash your hand thoroughly (our favourite: natural soaps by Soeder). Sing a song, if you like. Slightly dry your hands and apply a thick layer of MOTHER. This works well in the evening – that way the shea butter can sink in over night.

Shea butter MOTHER after washing hands

You like it luxurious?

You got it! The deluxe version is a hand mask with aloe vera. Simply apply aloe vera gel, cover with a layer of MOTHER and wrap everything in a pair of cotton gloves. Let it work overnight and wake up with velvety soft hands.

A great prep for these rituals would be a hand peeling. You can of course use one of our body scrubs for this (e.g. our products JUSTICE or PATIENCE), but you can also do it yourself. Especially now, when some of you may have more free time on their hands. Its’ also a great way to entertain children at home! No strange or expensive ingredients are needed either.

Hand mask with aloe vera gel and sheabutter
Velvety soft hands after a hand mask

Shea butter for DIY natural cosmetics

Our shea butter for DIY is the perfect base for homemade beauty products. For a hand peeling, simply liquify the shea butter in a warm water bath and mix it with oats and sunflower oil. The dosage varies depending on the desired consistency – we recommend starting with small amounts and experimenting a little. To embellish the peeling, you can also add essential oils or a few drops of food colouring. Then simply pour the finished paste into a sterile, sealable container (maybe you’ve got some empty SHEA YEAH – containers!) and there you have it! Here are some further tipps on DIY natural cosmetics.

DIY peeling with shea butter, oats and sunflower oil
body and hand peeling with shea butter, oats and sunflower oil

Gently rub the oat peeling over your hands and rinse with warm water. The oats are gentle, but effective at removing dead skin cells. The shea butter and sunflower oil provide additional care and wrap a protective film around the stressed hands.

Take good care of yourselves, stay healthy and be nice to your hands.

All my love!

Sandra G.

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