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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.