By Eden Dixon
How many bottles and jars of creams, lotions, and moisturizers do you have sitting in your bathroom just collecting dust? If you’re anything like me, I still have stuff from 2012 in what I like to call my “product graveyard.”
As a girl who loves her skin, I’ve spent a lot of time trying to find the right products to take care of it. Sometimes it can seem like that almost iridescent, glowing skin that you see on celebrities is almost impossible to have without breaking the bank. It wasn’t until someone told me about all natural shea butter that I found hope. A native of Ghana, my friend said that all her life she used shea butter on her skin and in her hair. I asked her if it would help clear away some unsightly stretch marks I had on my hips and butt and she told me that if I made a mixture of the shea butter, olive oil, and coconut oil, I should see my scars start to disappear over time.
Desperate, I went to a local African market and bought a pint of the raw butter for about $5. I then went to the grocery store and bought coconut oil as well as olive oil. In total, I spent about $15 for something I was told would last for months.
How I Used It
When I went home, I melted the entire container of shea butter in the microwave, added about two tablespoons of olive oil and three tablespoons of the coconut oil. I also had some scented body oils around the house that I added to the mixture. After letting it sit in the fridge for about 30 minutes, the mixture hardened when it returned to room temperature. By this time, I had just come out of the shower and with my skin still slightly damp, I used a small amount of the shea butter on my body. It absorbed quickly and had a nice earthy scent to it.
After a month of this, I noticed a significant change in my skin. It was softer, suppler, and had a more even tone to it. What about those nasty stretch marks? They’re still here, but they significantly faded and hopefully with time they will disappear altogether.
Where Does Shea Butter Come From? Why Is It So Good For The Skin?
The “butter” is a fat that’s taken from the nut of the shea tree native to Western and Central Africa. Shea butter is rich in vitamins A, E, and F as well as fatty acids that moisturize and nourish the skin. Shea butter also aids in the skin’s natural production of collagen that keeps your skin looking young and soft.
I would advise using shea butter as a moisturizer to anyone, but it’s especially effective for those with darker skin. Studies show that darker skin does not retain as much water as lighter skin, so it’s important to keep the skin regularly moisturized. The batch that I made lasted about two months with daily use, which is a lot longer than most store bought lotions. If you stick to a daily regimen, it is possible to achieve that soft glowing skin without breaking the bank.
READ MORE! 4 Reasons to Use Shea Butter This Week
About The Author: Eden Dixon is a a creative writer and a voracious reader with a passion for civil and human rights. Her goal is to empower women by providing inspiring content that can help them be the best they can be on her blog ObeyEshe.com. Chat with Obey on Twitter and Instagram