Monday, July 30, 2007

Shea Butter: The More the Better

We have all heard the saying that sometimes “less is more.” Well when it comes to Shea Butter this simply not true because more is always better. There are two categories of Shea Butter –based skin care products. The first category is those products which contain 5% or less of Shea Butter. The second category is the shea butter skin care that contains 10 % or more.

The products in the second category deliver greater moisturization and healing effects to the skin. In fact, studies have shown that most effective products were those that contain at least 15% Shea Butter. This category produced greater antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, as well as better healing capabilities.

So, buyer beware! Be sure to read the label of your products to ensure that you are receiving high-potent skin care. Just because the front of your skin carecontainer reads the words “Shea Butter” on it, it does not mean Shea Butter is one of the main ingredients at the recommended 15% or greater strength.


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Friday, July 27, 2007

The Dangers of Shea Butter?

We are often asked here at the Shea Butter Blog about the dangers of using Shea Butter. Shea Butter that is pure and organic with no additives or fragrances is extremely safe to use. In fact, Shea Butter is safe enough to eat! For example, it is used as a butter substitute in Japan, in chocolates in Europe, and as cooking oil in Africa.

There have been no toxic reactions to the use of Shea Butter, either externally or internally. Just be sure to choose a Shea Butter product that is organic and naturally extracted to ensure a safe healthy experience.

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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Shea Butter, Pregnancy, and Childbirth

Shea Butter may indeed be a pregnant woman's best friend for the following reasons:

For thousands of years women have covered their growing-baby-bellies with shea butter to improve elasticity thereby preventing stretch marks.


In Ghana, women going through labor and delivery often squat over basins with hot water and Shea Butter to ease labor pains. Some women also massage themselves with Shea Butter to prevent tearing and to prevent having a epiostomy.


Mothers rub Shea Butter on thier newborn babies to protect them from the hot summer sun. They also rub Shea Butter on their babies after bathing to keep skin from drying.
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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Shea Butter, Lipids and your Skin Care

One of the primary purposes of the lipids(or fats) in various skincare regimens is to form a barrier to prevent moisture loss when it is absorbed by the outer layers of the skin. This is what keeps our skin soft and supple.

However, with Shea Butter, the lipids serve this function and more! It goes beyond the formation of just a barrier to prevent the loss of moisture. Additionally, it gives your skin anti-inflammatory support which ultimately retards the aging process. It also promotes the regeneration of skin cells while protecting against infection and irritation as it feeds your skin rich moisturizing lipids.

Remember that in addition to applying lipid rich Shea Butter to your skin, you should make sure your diet has ample “good fats” to moisturize from within.

Steph Hutchins,
Purely Shea – The Leader in Organic Shea Butter Skincare

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Shea Butter for Insect Bites & Insect Repellent

As we are all in the midst of summer, enjoying the great outdoors whether it is camping, fishing or day at the beach is great fun. However, your fun can be instantly ruined due to insect bites.

Due to the dangerous toxic chemicals in alot of the commercial insect repellants, people are turning to more natural alternaives such as Shea Butter. Shea Butter is actually an effective insect repellant.

A study published in a French Medical Journal titled Bulletin de la Societe de Pathologie Exotique, Shea Butter was found to be an effective, affordable, and practical means to prevent insect bites.

And if you happen to get an insect bite because you forgot to put on your Shea Butter before going out, remember that Shea Butter has powerful ant-inflammatory properties to stop itching and to reduce redness & swelling.

Steph Hutchins,
Purely Shea - The Leader in Organic Shea Butter Skincare

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

The moisturizers in Shea Butter

Did you know that the moisturizers in shea butter are the same ones produced by the sebaceous glands in your skin? The sebaceous glands in the skin are responsible for oil production and keeping your skin soft and supple. As we age, these glands produce less and less sebum (oil) which is evidenced by dry wrinkled skin.

Shea Butter actually mimics your natural moisturizers in your skin making it an outstanding humectant and moisturizer. There have beeen several studies conducted that showcase Shea Butter's all-natural anti-aging abilities. We will focus on these studies in our next few posts.


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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Shea Butter and Organic Skin Care

As you all know, we absolutely loooooooove Shea Butter here at the shea butter blog! (Especially the Certified Organic Shea Butter-Unrefined). But we also like some other natural products like Natural Elements in the UK. There products are really nice and their website has some great info about organic and natural skincare.

One of the articles is titled “What Is Organic Skin Care?” and it gives some great background information on the importance of organic certification. Here at Purely Shea – The Leader in Organic Shea Butter Skincare we really appreciate other co-creators in the natural organic skincare world.

Click here to read the full article


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Monday, July 09, 2007

Did you know that damage from the sun produces free radicals? This is important to know because these free radicals increase the rate at which skin ages and can even become cancerous. You skin needs protection especially during the summer months.

Because Organic Shea Butter contains natural UV sun protection, daily usage on the face and body drastically reduces sun exposure while slowing down the effects of aging. It also acts as a natural barrier to protect against elements such as smoke, smog and environmental pollutants in the air.

So before you go out today in the beautiful summer sun, remember that Organic Shea Butter is your skin’s best friend during this time of the year.

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Sunday, July 08, 2007

The Danger of Cosmetics

An article titled "Beauty and the Beasts: Cosmetics might not be as safe as we like to think" written Maggie Koerth-Baker for MSN Health & Fitness popped up on our browser yesterday.

We were surprised to find that mainstream media such as MSN was reporting on this issue. Here at Purely Shea - The Leader in Organic Shea Butter Skincare, we are committed to safe toxin-free skincare. Unfortunately, not all skincare companies are as dedicated to this mission.

The article notes that 4 very suspicious ingredients that you should keep your eye on when using comsetics.

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Saturday, July 07, 2007

Shea Butter :Effective natural therapy for dry cough, stubborn catarrh, runny nose

We just ran across an interesting article in the Natural Health section of the Nigerian Tribune titled: SHEA BUTTER, LIME: Effective natural therapy for dry cough, stubborn catarrh, runny nose by Seye Adeniyi.

The article staes that Shea Butter "... is also medicinal as it has anti fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-viral as well as anti-inflammatory properties. To use it to cure persistence cough, catarrh, runny nose etc, all you have to do is to get the type that is used for cooking purpose, which is also edible, melt it at a very low temperature in order not to denature its medicinal properties, and add little quantity of salt. Mix it throughly and take one to two table spoonfull in the morning before eating as well as late in the evening. Before you know it, that stubborn cough, catarrah and runny nose would have disappeared. It is called shea butter therapy."

Click here to read the whole story and tell us what you think!

Steph Hutchins
Purely Shea - The Leader in Organic Shea Butter Skincare