Shea Butter: The Anti-Aging Powerhouse

Wrinkles, fine lines, and pigmentation usually start to appear after the age of 30-35. One of the biggest factors when it comes to aging skin is when it gets dry and dehydrated. Skin that is not properly moisturized doesn’t bounce back as quickly, and develops lines and wrinkles over time.

Shea butter is an anti-aging powerhouse. It is made up of a fatty acid profile similar to that of your skin, so the hydration is able to penetrate the skin more deeply. Shea butter can be used both day and night without making the skin look greasy.

 

Here are some of the ways Shea butter can help prevent or reduce visible signs of aging:

Moisturizes the Dry Skin

Shea Butter, as the name implies, has a buttery and rich consistency that turns your cracked and dry skin into a smooth, supple and nourished skin. Wrinkles and fine lines tend to seem to be more obvious when your skin is not properly nourished. The fatty acids and other nutrients in shea butter can both moisturize the skin, and also form a moisture barrier to lock in that moisture all day long.

Protects from Sun Exposure

Skin damage due to the exposure to sunlight is one of the major causes of signs of early aging. Shea Butter is a versatile ingredient that can shield on your skin from harmful UV rays and prevent further damage from the sun.

Protection from Pollutants

Another common reason for visibly dull and wrinkled skin are the pollutants and free radicals that are present in the environment. Shea butter contains antioxidants that can fight of free radicals, and its consistency can help form a physical barrier to protect against pollutants.
Reduces the Look of Wrinkles

Shea Butter not only prevents skin aging from happening, but it also can boost collagen production to lessens the appearance of the already existing wrinkles and fine lines. It is safe enough to use in sensitive areas of your face, like around your eyes, yet powerful enough to be effective. In just a few minutes, you can whip up a batch of cooling and hydrating under eye cream.

Anti-Aging Under Eye Cream

  • ¼ cup shea butter
  • 2 tablespoons aloe vera gel
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon jojoba oil
  • 3-5 drops geranium essential oil

Melt shea butter and coconut oil. Let cool slightly, for about 5 minutes. Add in aloe vera and jojoba oil and whip with a hand mixer until fluffy. Add in essential oil and whip again for 1 minute. Store in a small jar in a cool, dark place. Apply twice a day, at morning and night for maximum nourishment.

Aging is a natural and beautiful part of life, but we can keep our skin in great condition even longer by living a healthy lifestyle, reducing stress, and using nourishing natural products on our face. Unrefined Shea Butter is rich in the antioxidants and vitamins that your skin needs to protect and repair itself.

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The Healthy Skin Diet

What’s the best kept secret to when it comes to having beautiful skin?

Is it the richest moisturizer? The most expensive face mask? It may not be what you think!

In large part, what you put in your body affects the look and texture of your skin just as much or even more so than what you put on top of it.

Water

Your skin is made up of 64% water! Water gives your skin elasticity and glow. If your body is dehydrated, you skin is most likely dehydrated as well. Water

helps flush out toxins and keeps your cells nice and plump. Skin that is dehydrated ages more quickly, whereas well hydrated skin stays looking plump and youthful.

Always be sure to drink at least half your bodyweight in ounces of water each day to ensure that you’re properly hydrated. If you find you’re not motivated to drink water, try adding fruit such as lemon, cucumber, or berries for a lightly flavored fruit-infused water. Another way to increase your water intake throughout the day is by drinking tea. Tea is a great way to hydrate because it makes water a lot more exciting. Teas, especially green tea, contain lots of antioxidants, which could be good for skin health as well.

Diet

A diet rich in nutrients is always best. Processed foods have lots of added sugar, salt, and oil, all of which can negatively affect your skin. Recent research has suggested that processed foods can cause breakouts due to the excessive amount of added oils. Processed foods with high sodium content can dry out the skin, which can also cause premature aging.

There isn’t one diet that will work for everyone because all individuals have slightly different body chemistry. Pay attention to what you eat and how your skin looks, you can even keep a food journal to keep track.

Micronutrients  Leafy greens have an abundance of vitamins and minerals like vitamins A, C, and E. These vitamins help encourage your skin to produce collagen and protect from environmental damage. Fruits like apples, melons, citrus, berries, and pineapple have a high water content and are extremely hydrating. Nuts and seeds have have omega-3 fatty acids to keep your skin nourished and supple, and have actually shown to help protect the skin from the sun’s harmful rays. Foods rich in antioxidants like tomatoes, greens, and whole grains help protect the skin from within and fight aging by combating free radicals. While you can get these nutrients by taking supplements, it is always best to get them in their whole food form by eating an abundance of nutrient dense foods into your diet every single day.

Less is more

Too many skincare products, especially ones containing chemicals, can congest your skin and irritate it. When it comes to your skincare routine, it is best to keep it simple. A few all natural and effective products, along with lots of water and a healthy diet, can get the job done and leave your skin healthy and glowing.

Why You Should Use Shea Butter in the Summertime

Summer is in full swing, and warmer temperatures mean more time spent outdoors. It’s great to be outside absorbing vitamin D from the sun and breathing in the fresh air, but too much exposure to the elements can take a

toll on your skin and hair. Shea Butter is the extracted nut fat of the African Shea tree. In its unrefined form, it is one of the best moisturizers on the planet– it melts at body temperature and can easily soak into the skin. Summer is fun, but the sun shows no mercy on our skin. Learn how you can protect your skin, repair your hair, and more, all with one ingredient.

U.V. Protection

Shea butter has a natural SPF of about 6-10, so combined with other oils containing natural sun protection like coconut oil or carrot seed oil, you can make your own natural sunscreen. Apply your homemade sunscreen a few minutes before going outside to give it a chance to soak in, and always make sure to reapply often, especially if you are sweating or swimming.

 

Moisturize

If the sun sucks all the moisture out of your skin, you need to replenish what has been lost. Shea butter contains two fatty acids called oleic acid and stearic acid, which makes it similar to the oils that naturally occur in our skin. This makes shea butter easy to absorb into the skin, without feeling greasy. If you’ve been out in the sun or in the pool, and your skin is feeling dry and dehydrated, you can apply shea butter on its own, or you can make your own whipped body butter or lotion.

Heal Burns

If you end up having a little too much fun in the sun and get a bit sunburned, you can apply some shea butter to the affected area. Shea Butter can help in healing burns because it has anti-inflammatory properties to soothe the skin and reduce redness.

Exfoliate

Skin that has been dried out from the sun should be moisturized. To make your skin feel even better, you can slough off dead skin with a scrub to get you skin feeling soft and smooth. Make your own DIY body scrub with shea butter, essential oils, and sugar to exfoliate and moisturize all at the same time. Your perfect summer scrub is ready and so is your hydrated and healthy skin.

Hair Repair

The UV rays from the sun can damage your hair and makes it extremely dry and brittle. If you’ve been in salt water or chlorine from the pool, it is important to repair your hair by replenishing the nutrients. You can apply shea butter to your hair before going out in the sun or in the water to protect it, or you can put it though your hair afterwards as a mask to repair any damage. Vitamin A, F, and E are present in abundance in the Shea Butter and are proved to be the best hair repair vitamins for damaged hair. It can be used weekly (or more often, if needed) as a deep conditioner for healthy and nourished hair.