When making your own soaps at home, you are faced with a variety of potential ingredients. You can add just about anything to your soap, including lavender and chamomile. Today, we will discuss the popular shea butter soap base, and how it can be beneficial to your hair and skin.
- Shea butter performs as a natural sunscreen. It helps to protect the skin from the harmful UV rays of the sun. While using a soap or lotion with shea butter is helpful for skin protection, it should not be your only form of protection — always use a traditional sunscreen.
- Shea butter is full of various vitamins and antioxidants, including Vitamin A and Vitamin E, which contribute to its ability to protect your delicate skin from the sun. It also contains different fatty acids and plant sterols that help give it healing properties. Thanks to the vitamins, fatty acids, and sterols, raw shea butter can be used on rashes, scars, burns, frost bite, stretch marks, and even sore muscles.
- Shea butter is also used to provide excellent moisturizing to even the driest of skin. It has been shown to stimulate the production of collagen, which means it can help your skin to look fuller and younger. The Vitamin F it contains means that it can help retain and restore some of your skin’s elasticity, resulting in smoother, tighter skin and a more youthful appearance.
- The moisturizing quality of shea butter makes it a perfect choice for someone looking for a natural remedy for dry or chapped lips. It is also ideal for use on infants and babies as a wonderful moisturizing treatment after a bath. It can be helpful in treating diaper rashes, as well.
- Shea butter is also ideal for hair. Because of its incredible moisturizing qualities, it is almost a natural conditioner all by itself. It does not leave a greasy feeling behind on your hair, as the moisture is essentially locked into each strand of hair.
- The healing qualities of shea butter make it perfect for putting a stop to dry, flaking skin on your scalp, as well as treating split ends.
- Finally, shea butter can help protect your hair just as it protects your skin — from the sun’s harsh rays and from the outside elements.
As you can see, using shea butter in your homemade soaps, lotions, and shampoos is sure to benefit your entire body from head to toe. You can wash your hair with shea butter shampoo, refreshing and restoring it to its natural beauty. You can lather up your body with shea butter soap, moisturizing, healing, and protecting your most important organ — your skin. Last, but not least, you can add an additional layer of protection with the use of shea butter lotion. One final benefit of shea butter is its wonderful aroma — you will never have to worry about smelling too much like a flower or too much like a coconut.
To learn more about shea butter and its benefits, contact us at Essentials by Catalina.