While we wear our “product junkie” badge proudly, sometimes there’s just nothing more effective than a single, super-skincare ingredient. If your mind immediately went to coconut oil, because of course it did, we understand.
But when it comes to our faces, we’re currently craving Shea butter to solve our skincare needs. The best part? Raw, pure Shea butter is all you need. No extra ingredients necessary.
What is Shea butter?
Shea butter is a fat derived from the nut of the Shea tree, a plant most commonly grows in west and central Africa. Extracting the butter from the nut is an incredibly labor intensive process and must be done by hand. It can take up to 20 hours to get two pounds of the butter.
Shea butter is made up of some amazing skincare antioxidants; it’s full of Vitamin A and Vitamin E, both of which help reduce the appearance of lines, wrinkles, stretch marks and cellulite.
Raw Shea Butter Benefits For Skin
Non-comedogenic. Shea butter has a comedogenic rating of 0 which means there’s no risk of it clogging your pores. If you have sensitive skin or are prone to breakouts, using raw Shea butter for acne is one of the best ways to safely and effectively moisturize.
Anti-aging. Shea butter is full of Vitamin A and Vitamin E, two powerful antioxidants that fight against premature skin aging. The antioxidants help increase cell turnover and decrease the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Hydrating. Raw Shea butter is super hydrating and is especially good to use in the winter, when the drying heaters and chapping wind can really do a number on your skin. Shea butter’s hydrating properties go deep into the skin, rather than just treating the surface, so that its moisturizing effects last much longer than many other natural lotions and oils.
Plumps skin. Vitamin A boosts collagen production which keeps skin looking plump and young. As we age, our natural collagen production starts to taper off which is why our skin begins to look more drawn and slack. Raw Shea butter helps keep that “baby face” glow as we age!
- Treats inflammation. Raw Shea butter contains cinnamic acid (also found in cinnamon) that is a natural anti-inflammatory agent that’s been proven to soothe and treat various skincare conditions like eczema, dermatitis and sunburns.
How to Use Raw Shea Butter
In its raw, pure form, Shea butter is a solid. You can easily break off pieces to melt in your hot baths, to rub onto your skin while you’re in the shower or to use as in place of lotion right after you get out of the shower. Your skin is most absorbent— and will most easily melt the butter — when its still warm and damp from the shower, so be sure to apply right after you get out.
You can also find raw Shea butter in a whipped form which keeps it in an easy to use texture. When you’re looking for raw Shea butter, be sure to buy cold-pressed; that ensures all its beneficial components are still intact and preserved.
DIY Shea Butter Recipes For Face
DIY Peppermint Lip Balm (Better Than Burt's Bees!)
Photo Credit: Revived Kitchen
- Beeswax pastilles
- Shea butter
- Coconut oil
- Sweet Almond oil
- Peppermint essential oil
This basic lip balm recipe is easily customizable; just swap out the peppermint oil for your favorite scent. For the full recipe check out this post.
Creamy & Moisturizing Shea Butter Soap
A few of the ingredients:
- Coconut Oil
- Olive Oil
- Shea Butter
- Vitamin E
If you're looking for a recipe for homemade soap that helps manage oily prone skin look no further than Tanya's Shea butter soap. You'll need to do a little bit of chemistry with this one so we strongly recommend following instructions and reading about Lye safety (used incorrectly, it can become dangerous) before you begin.
DIY Shea Butter Recipe for Acne
- Raw Shea butter
- Coconut oil
- Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil is a powerful natural anti-bacterial and anti-microbial, making it one of our favorite products to fight breakouts. Because Shea butter is non-comedogenic, this DIY face moisturizer recipe is thus a perfect option for those with oily or acne prone skin.
To Recap: Raw Shea Butter For Your Face Is IT
When it comes to natural skincare, less is almost always more. There are so many safe and effective products that stand on their own without the need for adding chemicals, preservatives or other (unnecessary) ingredients. By now, we hope you consider using raw Shea butter for your face for those exact reasons— you just don’t need anything else!