Sometimes when I visit the grocery store, I spend a little time looking at products. In one of my trips, in the beauty section I discovered a jar with a thick cream called Shea Butter.
I opened a number of the test containers and noticed that some had a nice scent. There were Shea Butters with the essential oils or fragrances of lavender, lemon grass, mango and melon. There was also Shea in its natural unrefined state, with no aroma added. I purchased a few of these jars and begun to use them regularly on my skin and hair according to the instructions on the labels.
Shea butter results from the crushing, roasting, grinding and boiling of the Shea nuts which are also known as Karite nuts. These nuts are primarily from west Africa. It is rich in nutrients such as vitamin A, E and F. These nourish, moisturize and protect the skin.
During one of my recent segments on the “Caminemos Juntos” radio show presented by Interamerican Community Action (ICA), I received a phone call asking about possible solutions for spots on the skin. Since I love the topic of using nature, I did a search on Google seeking ideas for skin protection and prevention of dark spots.
I found that the majority of the articles about Shea Butter describe the natural protection that cinnamic acid provides for the skin. I also found that this thick pasty yellowish or ivory colored product is used around the world for softening the skin and for cellular regeneration. As described, it is the cinnamic acid in Shea Butter that helps prevent the formation of dark spots on the skin. This is natural skin protection against UV-A and UV-B sun rays.
If you decide to use Shea Butter, rub it gently in your hands so that you may apply it more easily to your skin. I found this butter to be a bit thick and I notice that is helps me avoid sun burn when I am exposed to the sun for several hours… It seems that the cinnamic acid works for my skin!
Where can you find Shea Butter? Primarily in health food stores or the Internet. The jars that I have purchased have cost me between $10.00 and $20.00 depending on the size and brand.
To lighten brown spots on your skin, you can apply this recipe that I found on the web page of Al Sears, M.D. Start with 1/2 teaspoon of fresh squeezed lemon, one teaspoon of olive oil (other possible oils may be almond or coconut) and 1/4 teaspoon of honey. Leave this on your skin for ten to fifteen minutes while you are at home.
Continue adding good habits regularly. Maybe Shea Butter can be a part of the care for your skin and hair.
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