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Pure Shea Butter for Dry, Itchy, Winter Skin
Painful chapped lips, stubborn cracked, dry heels and the rash and itching of skin conditions like eczema all seem to worsen in the winter months due to the dryness, and the colder temperatures.
Most of us experience some form of dry to severely dry skin. Some of us even experience flare-ups of conditions, such as eczema, skin rash, skin cracking, skin itching and psoriasis because of the dry air, and lack of moisture.
Feel good in your own skin again with shea butter
Natural shea butter is made from a vegetable oil extracted from the seeds of the fruit produced by the shea tree. Shea trees grow wild in 19 countries across the African continent, with Burkina Faso, which has shea trees on 75% of it’s territory being the country with the largest numbers of shea trees in the world.
It takes five years for the shea tree to mature and start producing fruit, with some trees continuing to produce fruit up to 200 years. Shea butter in its pure form is rich in vitamins A, E, D, and F, and offers natural sun protection. As a result, shea butter has a high level of usaponifiables or healing properties ranging between 7-12%, compared with only 2-6% for other seed oils, such as avocado and coconut oil. Because of its high potency, people in Africa have been using shea butter over the last five-thousand-years for cooking, skin care and healing, as well as ceremonial rituals.
Gaining popularity, but at least 80% pure shea butter offers the most care. Shea butter has gained popularity in the food and cosmetic industry in the last 25 years as an ingredient in chocolate manufacturing, as well as in creams, lotions, shampoos, and conditioners. Pure shea butter, or lotions and creams with at least 80% shea butter provide the most moisturizing, protection for the skin from harsh winter conditions, as well as rejuvenating, and regenerating it.
Shea butter for skin conditions
Pure shea butter, or pure shea butter combined with other pure essential oils however, are the best options to use for conditions such as eczema, rashes, itching, skin cracking and peeling, as well as arthritis pain and other joint pain.
Pure shea butter does not clog the pores, but rather penetrates deep inside the skin to provide rich moisture, and start the healing from inside out.
Quality shea butter brings a better quality of life
Pure shea butter has a nutty, smoky smell that might vary from mild to strong, to very strong. Pure shea butter also varies in colors from yellow to ivory and white based on the maturity level of the seeds used to prepare the butter. The variance in color and smell of shea butter does not have any bearing on quality. The quality of pure shea butter is rather a function of the quality of the seeds used to prepare it as well as the way it has been prepared. The traditional way of making shea butter is by far the best way to make the highest quality shea butter with the highest healing properties and nutrients. The traditional way of making shea butter also affords many women with economic opportunities, which is the reason why shea butter is known as the woe’s gold.
Pure shea butter naturally hardens in cooler weather. Melt the butter between the hands or fingers this winter to warm, and apply, soothing and easing away dry skin naturally for healthy skin and a beautiful glow.
Saidou Maiga is the president of Maiga Shea Butter based in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada. For more information, please visit: www.maiga.com