Use Shea Butter to Soften & Soothe Facial Skin Conditions

Shea butter is more of a solid fat than butter and is extracted from the seeds or nuts from the fruits of the shea tree that is commonly grown in Africa. A good brand of shea butter will have a slightly nutty smell.

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There are five different classifications of shea butter: A, B, C, D, and E. Their value is based on their purity and how much they have been refined.

There are five different classifications of shea butter: A, B, C, D, and E. Their value is based on their purity and how much they have been refined.

What Are Some of the Benefits of Using Shea Butter for Skin?

Shea butter contains vitamins A and E, which can help to relieve and cure a bad acne condition. The moisturizing properties of shea butter can also help to decrease the appearance of scars from acne. Shea butter can lighten and even out your skin’s pigmentation.

One of the most common complaints middle-aged people experience is the fine lines and wrinkles that can occur on the forehead and around the eyes. Shea butter is also beneficial at smoothing these out, as it contains oleic, stearic, palmitic, and linolenic acids that can make skin look younger.

Shea Butter Facial Moisturizer

If you need some extra help with an annoying facial skin condition, you can make up a recipe utilizing your shea butter.

Ingredients List for Shea Butter Facial Moisturizer

Collect together the following ingredients and supplies to make a shea butter moisturizer for when you’re on the go.

  • 1/8 cup shea butter.
  • 1/16 cup carrier oil. Choose your favorite: sweet almond oil, jojoba, or grapeseed oil.
  • 3 drops of peppermint essential oil or lavender essential oil.
  • One small jar with lid, glass is best. (Remember to save your used containers rather than tossing them in the recycling bin.)
  • Double boiler with water in the base pan.
  • Metal spoon.

Method to Make Shea Butter Facial Moisturizer

Follow these steps to create your soft and calming facial moisturizer.

  1. Measure out your shea butter into the top saucepan.
  2. Double-check you’ve added an inch or two of water in the bottom pan.
  3. Place your saucepans on the stove and turn on medium heat.
  4. Stir your shea butter until it melts. DO NOT LET IT BOIL!
  5. Remove from the heat source and turn off the burner.
  6. Measure out the oil, pour in the pan, and stir to combine.
  7. Add the essential oil drops.
  8. Carefully pour the mixture into your container.
  9. Don’t add the lid until your mixture has cooled to the temperature of the container.
  10. Put on the lid.
  11. Place into the fridge and let it harden.
  12. Remove from the fridge once it’s reached the consistency of skin cream.
  13. Store at room temperature.
  14. The mixture should last about three months until you need to make more.

How to Use Shea Butter on Your Face?

Before placing shea butter on your face, be sure to wash your face with a bar of gentle soap and water and pat dry with a fresh dry towel.

how to use shea butter on your face

One of the best and easiest ways to use shea butter on your skin is directly from the container. Collect a small amount on your fingertips and rub it all over. You don’t want so much that it leaves an oily finish all over your skin, but you want enough to provide softening and soothing benefits. If you think you put on too much, use a tissue to blot off the excess.

If you’re using your homemade shea butter moisturizer, it should have a better blending consistency. But it may be tricky to figure out what is the right amount to apply the first time.

For people who wear cosmetics, you can go ahead and apply foundation and blush on top of your moisturizer after you have let your shea butter moisturizer dry for a couple of minutes.

At bedtime, you can gently smooth some around your eyes to help avoid crows’ feet. You can use a bit more than usual as it won’t matter if you go to sleep with a slightly-oily sheen on your face.

How to Choose the Best Type of Shea Butter for Your Face

Shea butter has five different classifications or grades for shea butter.

A — This is the purest form. It’s raw, unrefined, and has been extracted from the nut through the water technique. Its appearance can be like light yellow whipped butter to a greyish yellow.

B — This is shea butter that has been refined.

C — This grade is highly refined and extracted with gas solvents added, such as hexane, rather than through a hot water process. It’s often a pure white color.

D — A low grade but free of contaminants.

E — The lowest grade that contains contaminants.

A, B, and C are common commercial grades. The other two grades may be used for other manufacturing purposes. Grade A also has that pleasant nutty flavor, while the other grades do not.

You should aim for buying the top grade, as shea butter is still within the budget of most people. The level of natural vitamins and compounds is also at the highest in the A grade.

Important Notes

Here are a few considerations when you are buying shea butter to soften and soothe your facial skin conditions.

  • Grade A shea butter means it hasn’t been filtered, so it may still contain some trace particles of the shea nut. You may slowly heat your shea butter in a pan on the stove, or in a small bowl in the microwave, then pour it through clean cheesecloth or a fine strainer to remove these particles.
  • When using shea butter for recipes, after you’ve done your filtering process, pour them into silicone molds in small pre-measured amounts (for example, one tablespoon/15 ml, etc.) to save you time in the future.
  • Test your shea butter or your skincare recipes on your inner wrist first before using on your face, especially if you have other nut allergies.
  • Discontinue usage if there are irritants.
  • Never use Grades D or E on your skin, as these are used for other manufacturing purposes. It’s unlikely you’ll see them for sale, but beware if you do see them for sale on untrustworthy sites.

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