If you follow me on Twitter, you may have noticed that I’m a big fan of shea butter. There are loads and loads of products in pharmacies/drug stores that list shea butter as a main ingredient, but most of these products only actually have a small percentage of shea butter with some containing as little as 8%.
Shea butter is amazing for dry skin, and even better for eczema skin! It’s extremely moisturizing and its effects last for hours without having to re-apply, which if you have eczema you’ll know is a pain to have to do!
OK…let me give you a simple list of its main properties, all of which are good for eczema! These are the advantages I know of, although I’m sure there are many more:
- Shea butter contains vitamins A, E and F which help promote the healing of dry, damaged or inflamed skin. It’s also good for any type of skin not necessarily dry, although it’s perhaps a bit too heavy and greasy for those with oily skin types.
- Shea butter contains cinnamic acid which protects the skin from the sun rays. I guess you can say it acts as a natural sun screen! If you use steroids, or have used them in the past, chances are that your skin is thinner –even if only slightly- as a result. Eczema skin is likely to be more sensitive to sun as a result, so using shea butter as a moisturizer would be particularly helpful for those of you – like myself – who suffer from eczema.
- It contains anti-inflammatory properties, which as you all know is a must if you have eczema.
- When applied to the skin, it acts as a barrier that prevents contact with irritants, so if you have contact dermatitis or are allergic to dust…etc, you’re less likely to have a flare up.
The best thing about it is that you can use it on it’s own without having to add any other ingredients and so it’s 100% natural! Even better if it’s organic!
Shea butter is extracted from nuts that grow in Africa and so African women tend to use it on their skin and hair. My Nigerian friend told me that the nature of their skin and hair tends to be more dry and thick so they prefer it over manufactured moisturizers that are lighter and less moisturizing.
The oily, thick texture is perfect for eczema sufferers. Unlike people with “normal” skin, eczema skin is dry and dehydrated. I think shea butter would be a bit too heavy/greasy for none-eczema sufferers. But for us, the skin sucks up the oiliness from the shea butter leaving the skin feeling smooth, not shiny. So even though it may seem too thick; in fact it’s just perfect!
Oh…another thing I haven’t yet mentioned is that shea butter helps prevents wrinkles and ageing. Damage from the sun is one of the main reasons we develop wrinkles and since shea butter protects the skin from the sun, it acts as a natural anti-wrinkle treatment…yay!
I’ve tried a couple of shea butter products on my face which are good…but I would rather use 100% natural shea butter. I recently made my own organic 100% natural whipped shea butter which I’ve been trying out for the last couple of weeks and I have to say I’m really happy with big thumbs up for me
I’ll write a review on the products I’ve used and will share with you my whipped shea butter recipe…watch this space!