Shea butter is amazing stuff. I buy it naturally and you can use it for cooking or as a simple moisturizer. I find that it is a bit oily and it doesn't get absorbed as well as i would like. If you have exceptionally dry skin, i would recommend it.
Absolutely. I use shea butter on my face everyday and all over when I get out of the shower. I have very dry skin so it works awesome for me. It is a bit oily if overused. You don't need much to get the job done. If you use the right amount then it does not feel oily, just nice. Love it soooooooo much!! I couldn't imagine not having it. I use Ethereal Minerals Really Awesome Shea Butter.
I think as long as your skin is fairly normal, you can use it on dry areas of the face. I really don't moisturize my face anymore in general, I no longer believe it is necessary unless there are dry patches that makeup won't go over smoothly. Remember, it is a proven fact that moisturizing does not prevent aging or wrinkles, all it does is make your skin look better temporarily. Sun protection and staying out of tanning salons is the only thing that will help to prevent premature aging.
That being said, I use shea as a lip balm, eyelash conditioner, cuticle cream, and for dry elbows knees etc. Sometimes at night I will take a dab and let it melt between my fingers and then tap it onto my eyelids, just to keep the area moisturized so that in the morning my eyeshadow goes on smoother. You can even use it as a hair conditioner for dry ends or as a styling pomade for a piecey look or for a little texturizing. I get mine from an organic company called Splash Organics (splashorganics.com) They make an awesome shea butter soap too! Great company, I recommend all their products. If you live in NYC or the Poconos (Pennsylvania) you can buy in person, or you can get it online. Their's is the best shea butter I have ever found.
Originally Posted by magosienne /img/forum/go_quote.gif for my oily areas i honestly prefer using coconut oil, but it does wonders on my dry cheeks and lips. That coconut oil sounds like it might be nice. Do you just get the jar of the organic at the healthfood store or is there some company you get a cosmetic form of it? Also how does it work on your oily areas? I am breaking out right now (
). I am older and get to have crows feet starting around my eyes AND I STILL get to have ZITS! Frustrating! I just wondered if it will make it oilier or make me breakout worse? I am getting SO tired of paying so much for skin care and makeup that I am going to see what I can get away with in making my own stuff or using things like coconut oil, shea or olive oil or whatever else I can get away with. I am on to copy the apple cider vinegar uses!TIA
Shea is a little heavy on most faces and can block pores. Not good at all for oily or acne prone skin. And don't forget, any oil is only good as a barrier to keep moisture in. It doesnt add any. The best way to use any oil is on a damp face after cleansing, as you "trap" the moisture into your skin. A great moisturiser is a spritz of rosewater, then for dry skin, a couple drops of olive oil, or for oily, try a lighter one like jojoba or even hazelnut which is very slightly astringent. Hope that helps!
Originally Posted by Micki2984 /img/forum/go_quote.gif Shea is a little heavy on most faces and can block pores. Not good at all for oily or acne prone skin. And don't forget, any oil is only good as a barrier to keep moisture in. It doesnt add any. The best way to use any oil is on a damp face after cleansing, as you "trap" the moisture into your skin. A great moisturiser is a spritz of rosewater, then for dry skin, a couple drops of olive oil, or for oily, try a lighter one like jojoba or even hazelnut which is very slightly astringent. Hope that helps! Yes this is very helpful thanks
Originally Posted by shouyien /img/forum/go_quote.gif I applied it to my face once..and it did help..but I also have oily skin so...=S If you are not overdoing it and apply shea butter every once in a while there will not be harm I think. Shea butter is known to absorbs best into the skin without leaving that greasy feeling most of the pure butters do. Still never depend on it for a good sun protection, it is not enough especially for photo-sensitive skin.