Benefits of shea butter for your face

Anti-inflammatory and healing properties

Shea butter has been proven to have extensive anti-inflammatory properties. Redness and swelling on your face may be calmed by applying shea butter products.

Emollient properties

The rich tree-nut oils in shea butter can soak into your skin, creating a smooth and soft barrier that seals in moisture. This moisturizing effect can last several hours.

Anti-ageing properties

Shea butter has also been reported to have anti-ageing properties. If true, the exact mechanism isn’t well-known and may be related to promoting collagen production or decreasing the breakdown of collagen that’s already present.

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How to use shea butter on your face

The easiest way to use shea butter for your face is to purchase a cream that includes shea butter from a health food store, pharmacy, or online retailer.

Shea butter can be applied directly to your face before you go to sleep. Applying a cream with shea butter as part of your skincare routine in the morning might take some getting used to. The fatty acids and oils in shea butter may make applying makeup on top of it difficult.

You can also make a facial mask using shea butter and several other ingredients. Wash your face first with a cream cleanser or warm water.

To make your mask, mix:

  • 1 tbsp of raw honey
  • 3 to 4 drops of grapeseed oil
  • 1 tbsp of pure shea butter

Mix well and spread out over your face. Leave the mask on for 10 to 12 minutes before gently cleansing your face with warm water and a soft washcloth for best results.

Take care with these facial masks as they may promote acne if you are prone to it.

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Side effects and risks: Shea butter for hair and skin

Shea butter is an incredibly low-risk topical ingredient. Allergic reactions to shea butter are rare.

Even people who are allergic to tree nuts, the family that shea nuts belong to, have a low risk of reaction to shea butter on their face. Researchers believe this is because shea nuts contain little of the tree-nut proteins that trigger allergies.

But that doesn’t mean there aren’t any risks to using it. Given the consistency of shea butter, it’s likely to be comedogenic.

Some websites on the internet claim that shea butter is non-comedogenic or has a “low comedogenic rating.” It’s not clear where this evidence is derived from since there are no available studies to support this claim.

The American Academy of Dermatology supports the idea that shea butter can clog your pores and cause acne. This is especially true if you have acne-prone skin.

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Things to Avoid: Shea butter for hair and skin

Shea butter is a proven moisturizer for your skin. There are plenty of skincare products, at a variety of price points that contain shea butter as one of the main ingredients.

Shea butter has soothing and anti-ageing properties that may make skin appear smoother and reduce ageing.

However, pure shea butter on your face could lead to breakouts. Even using some products that just contain a smaller percentage of shea butter may lead to acne.

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How to  Buy Shea butter?: Shea butter for hair and skin

When shopping for Shea butter go for the raw or unrefined ones. Unrefined Shea butter is in its natural state and has the highest quality. It has a strong nutty aroma to it while refined Shea butter has been refined to remove the natural aroma for people who may not like it. A plastic-like scent indicates that it has been refined.

Make sure to check the colour before purchasing it. If it is not ivory-coloured this means that the Shea butter has been refined through the process of bleaching.

Do a patch test on your skin before applying it to the scalp. Apply a little amount to your skin to see how your skin and possibly scalp would react to Shea butter.

If you can’t find Shea butter, you can opt for other hair care products that contain Shea butter. Conditioners with Shea butter are a good choice here. You can also use Jojoba oil for your hair as it provides similar benefits.

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Mode of storage

The best way to store Shea butter is in an airtight container and a cool dry environment. Make sure to keep it away from environments exposed to heat. Too warm temperatures will also cause it to melt and return to liquid form. Shea butter usually lasts up to 2 years but if you start to notice an acidic smell it is probably time to toss it in the bin.

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Write and edit by Oluwaferanmi DJIMA On 19/08/22
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