Ever since I can remember, I have been using a multitude of creams to moisturise my skin and it is definitely satisfying when my skin is behaving the way it should, no issues, no breakouts, absorbing amazing ingredients and looking and feeling good overall.
Going through the imaginary list in my head, I have used numerous creams. From E45, Astral, Nivea, Dove to those gorgeous body butters from Bodyshop in different flavours and let’s not forget the small lotions that we all store from perfume gift sets, but nothing compares to Unrefined Shea Butter.
Now, as you step into the cold weather, you want to ensure your skin is moisturised and nourished in the right way and Shea Butter acts like a safety blanket, as it provides food for our skin to keep it looking and feeling healthy. As a young girl I suffered from a mild case of acne and eczema, and for years I have been using this cream to prevent dryness and can honestly say I have never looked back.
Shea Butter comes in two forms, you have the refined and unrefined version.
Unrefined Shea Butter – is the natural form of the substance which contains nourishing vitamins A & E and other healing ingredients that is not processed.
Refined Shea Butter – is the processed version which is selling on the market shelves.
Nowadays we are all quite conscious about the products we use, as it can be an all too common occurrence that our skin may react to certain ingredients - and heck do I know what that's like. So, a few years ago I decided to do some research on Shea Butter, and I discovered the various healing and anti-inflammatory properties which act as treatments against acne, skin peeling, eczema, and insect bites and looking back at the list, I have had my fair share of skin issues.
I learnt that this product is derived by nuts of the Shea Tree, which spread across Western parts of Africa, with many tribes using the product in their cooking and everyday life, and although I am allergic to nuts, poor me (sad face) this cream has not given me any annoying or unflattering reactions. Now that's big news!
Now luckily, you don’t need to book a flight to Western Africa, as you can find it in shops such as Boots, Superdrug’s, Bodyshop as well as independent online stores.
You can use the product in your hair to prevent hair loss, it reduces stretch marks, which can be a godsend for mothers during and after pregnancy. And as much as we like to embrace our stretch marks, for those who want to rid theirs I have no doubt that you will see a difference in your elongated mirror ladies if you use Shea Butter daily.
Using Natural products, in my opinion, is definitely something we should all be doing more of these days and if you want your skin to look young, fresh and radiant, then unrefined Shea Butter is the way forward and should be the number one cream on your dresser.
Charlene Foreman is a thirty something Londoner, who works as a fashion editorial writer. She has strong interests in art, fashion, photography, lifestyle and travel and enjoys expressing her knowledge and experiences with others.