• How Shea Will Save Your Winter Skin Worries

    June 5, 2019 • BEAUTY, DIY RECIPES

    Our skin and hair is often calling out for extra nourishment and moisture during the cool winter months, and we we’ve found your hero ingredient – shea! Packed full of vitamins, nutrients and essential fatty acids, shea works to moisturise, protect, soothe and nourish and will leave your skin and hair looking and feeling wonderful. Use it to soothe dry lips, tame dry hair, moisturise dry legs, and much more! Read on to learn how you can incorporate this simple skin superfood into your winter skin care routine, whether you prefer to make it yourself or buy it ready made.


    The difference between shea butter and shea oil and how to use both

    Shea Butter

    Shea butter is an ivory coloured fat extracted from the nut of the African shea tree and we think it is a skin superfood! It is naturally rich in vitamins A, E and F, and provides the skin with essential fatty acids and nutrients necessary for collagen production.

    Shea butter works to heal, soothe and protect the skin from damaging conditions. It is also used to treat many skin problems, including blemishes, wrinkles, itching, sunburn, small skin wounds, eczema, skin allergies, insect bites, and much more.

    You can apply shea butter directly to your skin. It is incredibly rich and moisturising, so you only need a small amount.

    Shea butter is also a main ingredient in some of our favourite DIY skin care recipes:

    • DIY Lip Balm – Melt 2 Tbs shea butter, 2 Tbs beeswax and 2 Tbs coconut oil together. Pour into 15ml jars. Recipe >
    • DIY Body Butter Whip – Melt 1/4 cup coconut oil and 1/4 cup shea butter together, cool slightly. Whip with electric beaters into a fluffy body butter. Recipe >
    • DIY Vapour Rub – Melt 1/4 cup shea butter, 1/2 cup coconut oil and 2 Tbs beeswax, add eucalyptus, peppermint, rosemary and clove essential oils and pour into a glass jar to set. Recipe >

    Buy shea butter here >

    Shea Oil

    Shea oil provides the exact same skin loving benefits as shea butter, however it is a silky smooth oil opposed to a creamy butter. To make shea oil, shea butter has simply been filtered and the heavier components removed.  This filtering process leaves a lighter, smoother oil that is liquid a room temperature.

    Like shea butter, you can apply shea oil directly to the skin. It is just as moisturising, and its light, soft texture makes it much easier to apply. Shea oil will also absorb much quicker than shea butter, and leave your skin with a nice, radiant glow. Shea oil is also much more suitable to apply directly onto your hair if the ends are feeling a bit dry.

    Shea oil is also great for using in your DIY skin and hair care recipes. Here are some ways you could use it:

    • Face Serum – Combine shea, jojoba and other favourite oils (hemp, almond, rosehip, etc) together in a glass dropper bottle and apply to face daily. Recipe >
    • Hair Conditioning Oil – Apply a few drops to the ends of clean, dry hair.
    • Daily Skin Moisturiser – Apply directly to skin, concentrating on dry areas like legs, knees, elbows and cuticles.
    • Moisturising Bath Oil – Combine 2 Tbs of shea oil with your favourite essential oils. Add to a warm bath and soak.

    Buy shea oil here >

    Who should use shea?

    Shea butter and shea oil is ideal for those with normal, combination, dry, sensitive and mature skin, as well as normal and dry hair. If you have very oily skin, acne prone skin or oily hair, shea may not be an ideal solution for you.

    How to incorporate shea into your skin care routine

    Shea is a popular ingredient in many natural skin care products, so you can get the benefits of shea without the DIY element.  Read on as we share our favourite shea rich products we’ll be using this winter.

    The Physic Garden Winter Lips

    This vegan, palm oil free lip balm will help soothe and protect dry lips this winter. Shea butter and elder flower infused olive oil  hydrate and nourish while candellila wax protects lips from the elements. Peppermint and Eucalyptus essential oils provide clarity during the cold and flu season. Made in Australia, vegan and palm oil free.

    Find it here >

    Simple As That Vapour Rub

    A vapour rub that isn’t based on petrochemicals! Simple As That’s vapour rub is pure and simple, and will work to aid congestion, stuffiness, inflammation and improve breathing. It is made on a buttery base of shea and coconut oil, plus a potent blend of pure essential oils all known for their anti-bacterial, antiseptic, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties. Made in Australia, vegan and palm oil free.

    Find it here >

    Urthly Organics Hand + Body Cream

    This light and lemony nourishing hand and body cream by Urthly Organics is made with cocoa butter, shea butter, neroli and lemon myrtle. It is beautifully scented, non greasy, and suitable for use all over the body. Made in Australia, vegan and palm oil free.

    Find it here >

    Surfpaste SPF30 Tinted Paste

    Sun protection is important all times of the year, even winter, and Surfpaste is one of our top rated face and lip sunscreens. Made on a base of avocado oil, jojoba oil and shea butter with beneficial plant nutrients, Surfpaste helps protect skin and reduce premature ageing caused by sun exposure. Australian made, vegan and palm oil free.

    Find it here >

    Earths Purities Bicarb Free Deodorant Paste

    Another crowd favourite, Earths Purities bicarb free deodorant paste is made on a base of shea butter and coconut oil with real coconut and mango fruit extracts (not essential oil). It works to combat odour and nourish underarm skin. We also love that it comes in a recycled paper box (no plastic!) and is made in Australia, vegan and palm oil free.

    Find it here >

    OmMade Calendula Soothing Balm

    A soothing balm is such a necessity to keep on hand during winter. This calendula infused balm is made on a base of shea butter and coconut oil. Apply topically to dry skin, small cuts and abrasions, rashes, chafing and minor skin irritations. It is made in Australia, vegan and palm oil free.

    Find it here >

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