Thursday, August 21, 2008

Shea Butter: How much shea butter is really in your skin care?

Shea Butter: How much shea butter is in your skin care products?

Everyone has heard of the term “less is more” but when it comes to Shea Butter in your skincare products, this is not the case. For healing purposes, it is always necessary to choose the product that contains the most shea butter.

Two different types of Shea Butter skin care exist:
1) Shea Butter Based Products
2) Pure Shea Butter Products

Shea Butter-Based Products
These particular products contain less than 5% of shea butter and usually contain the words “shea butter” simply for marketing purposes. These type of products may offer mild moisturizing properties at best, however, they will not provide healing for skin conditions such as stretch marks, eczema, psoriasis, and tough dry skin.

Pure Shea Butter Products
This class of shea butter products contains 95-100% Pure Shea Butter. The products in the second category deliver greater moisturization and healing effects to the skin unlike the watered-down shea butter-based products. This category also produces greater antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

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 care container reads the words “Shea Butter” on it, it does not mean Shea Butter is one of the main ingredients. Be sure to use 100% Pure Shea Butter Products for your skin care needs.

Steph Hutchins,

Purely Shea - The Leader in Organic Shea Butter Skin Care

Monday, August 18, 2008

Shea Butter for your Neck & Decollete



As we age, we tend to loose elasticity in not only our face but also the neck area. However, many people do not moisturize their neck as apart of their skincare routine. To prevent lines, wrinkles and “crows” neck it is important that you remember to ALWAYS moisturize your neck along with face using shea butter. Holding your head up as much as possible and avoiding high pillows at bed time will also help to keep your neck wrinkle-free.


This is also a neglected and vulnerable area often forgotten during skincare. This aea deserves the same Shea Butter Treatment we give to our face and our necks. To lock in extra moisture, apply the shea butter after showering with slightly damp skin for superb anti-aging properties and velvety smooth skin.

Steph Hutchins,

Friday, August 15, 2008

Shea Butter Convention 2008

Shea Butter Convention is only about six weeks away so mark your calendars! Here is the information:

  • The 2008 International Shea Butter Convention
  • Friday, October 03, 2008 7:30 am - Sunday, October 05, 2008 3:30 pm
  • Atlanta Airport Crowne Plaza Hotel and Resort1325 Virginia AveAtlanta , GA 30344USA

  • Visit the American Shea Butter Institute website to register today.

Learn what's New, and See What's Hot in Shea Butter. Enjoy the rare opportunity to have experts answer all of your questions about Shea butter. Hope to see you there!

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

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Natural Shea Butter Skin Care

Is Your Shea Butter Skincare Truly Natural?
If you've done any research at all on Shea Butter, you know that it has some really beneficial healing powers. You also probably know that it can be used for anything from lip care to babies to dandruff. There are so many uses, I could probably write a report. However, if you're using refined Shea Butter, you aren't getting all of these benefits. The refining process destroys Shea Butter's healing properties. Is your Shea Butter Skincare truly natural? Here are some great tips to find out.

A truly natural Shea Butter product should have eco-friendly packaging. This means either reusable containers or packaging that has been recycled. This includes using the least amount of packaging needed. When companies use environmentally friendly packaging, it's a good sign that they care about our planet's resources, and also about what they are sending to their customers. Eco-friendly packaging is easy on the environment, and our pockets. Check your Shea Butter container for the recycle symbol.

Sustainable means that the product ensures a better quality of life for everyone. The Shea nut is never wasted. Every part is used. The fruit is consumed, the empty shell is used for fuel, the oil for cooking and the butter for skincare and beauty health. It also provides a fair earning for the native women who collect it. Make sure you're purchasing the Shea Butter product from a company who works with women's cooperation groups. This helps those women with their community, to take care of their children, and to have a better life.

Check the labels on your products for information telling you that the company does no testing on animals. Your Shea Butter product is not all natural if they do animal testing. Cruelty includes but is not limited to – being derived from an animal that was killed specifically for the extraction of that product. Being derived from a live animal through a painful process. Check your labels.

It is not pure if it contains any of the following. Methylparaben, Propylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Imidazalidol Urea, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Octyl Stearate, and Fragrance. You would be surprised to know that there are products that have 'shea butter' listed on the front of the package, and there is actually NO Shea Butter in the product at all!

Fair Trade Practices
Fair trade practices is where a company pays fair and competitive wages to the farmers and workers who produce the ingredients. For example, the women of Africa who produce Shea Butter from the Karite nuts. If your company is not providing fair and competitive wages to the people who do the labor to get these ingredients, chances are it's not pure. Check for all of these things to ensure that you have natural and pure organic Shea Butter that is not refined.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Acne Scars Treated with Shea Butter

Shea Butter is very helpful for those fighting facial scarring due to acne. If used daily, immediate improvements in the scars on your skin will be noted within 10 -14 days.

Shea butter will keep your skin hydrated. Keeping the skin hydrated is very important in the fight against acne scars because the skin is made up of 80% water.

Shea Butter also helps to fight acne scarring because it contains Vitamins A and E, as well as many healthy fats and acids that promote clean smooth skin. Shea butter used as an acne facial treatment is very effective treating facial pimples and blemishes due to its highly effective agent for killing the bacteria that is responsible for acne infection. Shea butter kills the bacteria that causes acne, reduces the sebum production, and helps to get rid of dead skin cells preventing the clogged pores.

If your skin is oily prone, only use a tiny amount of the product-about 1/4-1/2 the size of a dime. If you have dry acne, which is more commonly seen in adult onset acne, use Shea Butter in the amount about the size of one dime for a clearer complexion.

Steph Hutchins,

Monday, August 11, 2008

SHEA BUTTER Stops Sagging Skin!

Shea Butter Stops Sagging Skin

Using Shea Butter is a great way to prevent your skin from sagging by using this natural oil to keep it moisturized. Shea Butter can help prevent the formation of free radicals as well as keep the skin's connective tissues supple and strong. It can also help bring back a youthful appearance by dissolving dead cells on the skin's surfaces.

Shea Butter also acts as a lubricant that will protect the moisture barrier of the skin as well as attract more moisture to its surface. The use of Shea Butter has been shown to restore damaged skin make sure your favorite skin care products contain this powerful natural oil in its organic unrefined form.

Here are some other tips to prevent sagging skin:
-Decrease prolonged exposure to sunlight
-Eliminate cigarette smoke
-Taking fish oil for regular Omega-3 fats in diet
-Take good vitamin supplements with plenty of antioxidants
-Eat a healthy diet
-Exercise regularly

Friday, August 08, 2008

Shea Butter Special Tip # 4


Using Shea Butter as a Cleanser or Make-Up Remover

Shea Butter can be used as a cleanser and make-up remover using the “oil cleansing method” which involves washing the face with shea butter or some other oil.

When you use oil to remove oily dirt you’re employing the chemical principle called “like dissolves like.” In other words, oils will dissolve other materials that have a similar chemical structure. As an example let’s look at Shea Butter. The atoms in Shea Butter (the solvent) are held together by covalent bonds. Now, if the solute is greasy makeup or skin oils (aka sebum), it also consists of atoms that are hooked together with covalent bonds. So that means that Shea Butter is similar enough to dissolve all the gunk on your face. Cool, huh?!

So next time you need to remove dirt or make-up from your face, grab your favorite Shea Butter and massage into your face in circular motions. Wipe off with a gentle cloth for clean healthy face.

Steph Hutchins,

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Shea Butter for your Facial Massage

Shea Butter can be used to revive and refresh your face via massage. Regular facial massage has numerous benefits including the prevention of lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin. It helps to normalize the skin's moisture balance. All of these things help to make the skin look radiant and younger looking. A great tip is to exfoliate your facial skin before you indulge in a facial massage. This will help to remove the dead skin from your face and it will allow maximum absorption of the Shea Butter during massage. Choose your favorite exfoliating product, and remember to be gentle. You want to take the dead skin off, not the healthy skin!

When performing a facial massage, only light touches should be used. You don't want to knead the skin on your face as this can result in lines and wrinkles as well. Facial massages immediately increase blood flow and oxygen to the skin. This improves color, cell activity, and can help with the fight against aging. It also releases the impurities in your skin which can damage your skin's complexion.

Shea Butter can help your skin with a number of different things. It's excellent for dry skin, and helps your skin retain moisture for a longer period of time. It also contains cinnamic acid. This is a great little acid that protects your skin from Ultra Violet rays. Don't forget to add sunscreen too, though. Shea Butter contains Vitamins A and E, and helps smooth and soften your skin. Make sure you get a Shea Butter that is unrefined and organic. Any other kind doesn't contain the health promoting properties that unrefined Shea Butter does.

Steph Hutchins,

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Shea Butter for Discolorations, Uneven Skin, Blotchy Skin

Shea Butter is often a favorite product of those suffering from an uneven skin tone. There are several things that predispose a person to have blotchy, discolored skin and they include:
Scarring from acne, cuts or minor burns
Sun Damaged Skin
Nicotine Exposure
Hormone Changes seen during pregnancy

Hydroquinone, which is a commonly prescribed mediation used to treat discolorations can cause allergic reactions and give you very bad rush. According to the recent scientific research hydroquinone has been associated with risks of liver, kidney and thyroid damage, and with leukemia. It may be dangerous to fetuses and nursing babies. Infact, instead of brightening your skin, hydroquinone has the side effect of darkening the skin under heavier sun exposure as well as tanning lamps.

Shea Butter is a safe, all-natural alternative treatment to even your skin tone. It has the ability to help discolored skin by –
1. Neutralizing of free radicals that damage and age your skin, contributing to brighter clearer skin tone
2. Working to heal and regenerate your skin,
3. Protecting it against ultraviolet light , drying, cracking, burning and wrinkling

So next time you notice blotchy, uneven skin tones anywhere on your body, grab your favorite jar of unrefined certified organic Shea Butter for a radiant even complexion.

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

Monday, August 04, 2008

Shea Butter- Is It A Sustainable Resource?

Shea butter is a very sustainable resource because growing it puts no strain on natural or other resources. It is truly abundant and grows without any need of fertilizers, pesticides or even irrigation. The Karite Tree grows naturally throughout the savanahs, producing an abundance of fruit without human aid.

Pests are not a problem for the Shea Butter tree, because they don't grow in dense belts or plantations. They grow in a huge belt, well spread out. This means no pesticides are required by those reaping its benefits. They are well adapted to the savanna climate, and thus they don't require irrigation. Rainfall is sufficient. They have a tough outer covering which makes them resistant to the fires that commonly spread through dry African savannas.

Its is very interesting to know that efforts to grow Shea Butter trees throughout the world have always failed. They can not be cultivated and only grow naturally in the wild. So the next time you are choosing a skin care product that doesn't deplete's the earth resouces, think about unrefined organic shea butter.
Steph Hutchins,

Friday, August 01, 2008

Shea Butter Secret Tip # 3

Shea Butter Secret Tip #3

So today is Friday, and we are going to continue with our special Friday series:

We mentioned in yesterday’s e-mail that shea butter can be used as a great hair product to control fly-aways, impart shine, etc.

Well we received this tip from one our customers Patrice D. of New Orleans, LA who reported the following: “When I received my two containers of Purely Shea, I stored one container in my bathroom and I decided to refrigerate the other one. Well, when I removed the Purely Shea from my refrigerator I noticed the texture of the Shea Butter was very firm and sturdy like a pomade. So I decided to apply to my hair. The refrigerated Purely Shea “pomade” made my hair super shiny and controlled stray strands. Even my sons, who never notice anything by the way, commented on how nice my hair looked.!”

So there you have it, simply store your shea butter in the refrigerator and you too will have an instant Shea Butter pomade/hairdressing product.

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