Shea Butter has been long known for it's healing and moisturizing properties.
But what exactly can it do, and where does it come from?
I turned to Bath by Bettijo's Bettijo Hirschi for some answers.
This lush butter is extracted from the pit of a fruit, resembling a plum, which grows on the Mangifolia Tree, also called the Shea Nut Tree. The moisturizing power of Shea Butter was once a revered secret of the natives in the savannas of Central Africa, where the Mangifolia Tree grows wild. Traditionally Shea Butter has been used in Africa as a healing balm for rheumatism, muscle aches, burns, and light wounds. Shea Butter softens and nourishes skin and is believed to have antioxidant and regenerative properties. This emollient is especially useful for renewing skin suffering from the effects of sun or wind.
Now, there are products that may contain Shea Butter, but to get the true beneficial results from using Shea Butter, you should use it in it's most natural, or raw form. For this, we recommend the following:
Bath by Bettijo's Whipped Shea Butter, which comes in scented and unscented versions. My personal favorite is her Lemon Almond Scent. I keep it in the fridge to keep it cool, as I just love how it melts into my warm summer skin when applied. This is a skin-saver for my hands and elbows.
Another raw version I like is That's Non-Scents Fragrance-Free 100% Pure Refined Shea Butter. This Shea Butter is naturally refined by cold pressing, with no added chemicals or fragrances additives. It is more of a pure butter form. In this form and with no additives, it can even be used on your face, not only to treat sun or wind chapped skin, but used prior to exposure to help prevent it in the first place.