We’re all familiar with the bottles of Cocoa butter that sat atop our mother’s vanities growing up. Or maybe, you’re more familiar with those unlabeled containers filled with chunky yellow Shea butter, grandma kept around. We’re familiar with them to a point that we may over-look just how nutrient-rich they are. Well it’s time to rethink your skin care routine and think more like our ancestors.
Shea butter and Cocoa butter have been used for generations and there’s a reason why we should continue to use them alongside our skin care routines.
Raw products like Shea butter and Cocoa butter have a lot of little secrets: from protecting your skin to nourishing it, between the two, they have dozens of uses. Shea butter, even got a sexy glo-up with, Ari Lennox and J.Cole’s- Shea Butter Baby. Not to mention there’s no additives and chemicals if you buy from a reputable source at a Grade A level.
So without further ado, here’s 3 reasons to rethink how you take care of you.
From the Vitellaria paradoxa C.F Gaertn tree, Shea butter isn’t just for your body or hair, it can be used for your face. Yes, we are telling you, it’s possible to smear a nice creamy layer of Shea over your skin to replace your expensive overnight mask. Here’s five areas Shea butter might help with.
Packed full of several cinnamic acid derivatives, this is a natural source of the chemical compound, full of antioxidants and light UV-protection. The anti-inflammatory properties may help calm any redness or inflammation you may be experiencing with your skin. Leave your Shea butter on overnight to help heal your skin. Protect from all the free-radicals that your skin comes in contact with daily. Applying it regularly as a preventive for acne breakouts.
Long-term use of Shea butter means softer skin. Shea butter contains Oleic acid, which one study states as detrimental to skin barrier function. Other acids like linolenic acid, stearic, and palmitic, tag-team to smooth your skin and possibly help with collagen protection. Use often and reap the long term benefits of a youthful glow. We know- granny is still looking good.
Bonus use: Use Shea butter as an eye-makeup primer for longer lasting make-up wear.
Almond oil is hypoallergenic, making it good for conditions like eczema and psoriasis. Here’s a great way to use almond oil, you might not have tried:
Try using almond oil as a hot oil treatment the night before a big wash. Leave it on your scalp overnight to help breakup dirt and residue leftover from haircare products. Make sure to cover your hair with a bonnet or wrap before bed to lock in the warmth and let science and nature work.
The omega-3’s, found in almond oil helps dissolve excess oil. The retinoids, found in almond oil also help to promote new cell growth; helping your scalp stay healthier. So when you go to wash your hair the next day your scalp is getting the ultimate treatment.
Pro-tip: Almond oil is excellent as a carrier oil. Try blending it with tea tree or peppermint oil, to replace big-brand hot oil treatments that could contain harmful chemicals.
Like Shea butter, raw Cocoa butter can be used as a nightly face mask. Cocoa butter contains phytochemicals, which may improve blood flow to the skin. The increased blood flow could help nourish skin cells and carry away free radicals. The Aztecs, are actually the first to discover this little trade secret and used cocoa butter to enhance their complexion.
Don’t stop there though, we recommend a full body rub down after you get out of the shower. Helping even out skin tone all over your body. This butter is chalk full of Vitamin K and E, which helps with stretch marks.
I don’t know about you, but I will be doing Shea butter over-night masks and Cocoa butter rub-downs in the weeks leading up to this valentines day and after. Take care of your health the plant-based way and start living.
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---Klarrisa Arafa, BCRX Content Writer