Shea Butter (popularly known as ori or mai kade in some parts of Nigeria) is such a rich blessing to the African skin. It can be used in so many ways. Most likely, you already use Shea Butter in your daily life, but here are some ways you may or may not know about:
1. Treating Dry Skin
We’re heading to the harmattan season and dry skin is a big problem for us. If you have naturally dry skin or the harmattan makes your skin dry, Shea butter offers great protection. It will keep your skin moisturized all day.
2. Preventing Chapped Lips
If you’ve ever had cracked lips the you would probably appreciate how effective Shea Butter is in preventing this. If you want, you can even make your lip balm coloured and flavoured.
Try this easy Shea butter lip balm recipe from Muslimahanie
3. Baby Care
Shea butter is gentle on the skin and is suitable for babies. You can use it on the nappy area to prevent nappy rash and the great thing about it is that it’s natural with no side effects.
4. Sun Protection
You would be surprised how much damage the ultraviolet rays from the sun do to your skin. Dermatologists always advice that we use a sunscreen with a high protection factor. Shea butter is great for protecting your skin from the sun.
5. Treats burns
If you have a burn, you can use Shea butter to ensure that it does not leave a scar. One warning though, make sure the area cools down before applying Shea butter or the pain can be terrible.
6. Prevents Stretch Marks
This is great for pregnant women. Rub it on your tummy to prevent stretch marks from forming on your skin.
7. Hair Care
Lots of hair care products contain Shea Butter. It isn’t a moisturizer per se, but it serves as a sealant and traps moisture in your hair so that it doesn’t suffer breakages. It’s also great for natural hair.
Share with us how you use Shea Butter and what it’s called in your native dialect.