Am experimenting/trialling individual ingredients for facial skincare and it is becoming quite clear that I cant tolerate butters: coconut, cacao and now shea are causing fairly obvious breakouts.
I did my research and bought the best I could find in my online market (UK): unrefined, organic, raw cold pressed and fair trade.
I was hoping to use as part of a day moisturiser as shea is reputed to have a natural spf.
It melted easily in the warmth of my palms and was a bit pungent, but I'm ok with a strong smell if the benefits are there!
Next morning; the undisputable evidence: small pink pimples on forehead and cheek and a larger, hard, vocano type which is growing larger even though I have stopped using and has been joined by another.
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Well this is my first review on here and I'm glad to start with something that I love so much. Shea butter is amazing, I've suffered with acne prone skin since puberty and that's left me with skin scarring.
Being able to find something that moisturize and heals my skin, is multi-purpose, affordable and organic boarders on phenomenal for me. I highly recommend trying it, I love using it on my face, my body, my feet, my lips, my hair and even on my nails. This and African black soap are my beauty staples. Make sure you get the unrefined shea butter to get the truth benefit of it.
I absolutely adore unnrefined shea butter. My son (now 7) has had mild eczema since he was a baby. The flare ups would get worse during the winter months. His pediatricain recommended Aveenow which did nothing for him. During a trip to NYC, I visited Harlem and a West African lady suggested that I used this along with African black soap. I have not looked back. I use a small amount on him twice daily and he has no traces of dry skin whatsoever. I have found that it is easier to use when melted into an oil. I zap it in the microwive for a few minutes and it easily turnes into a manageable oil. I also use the oil on my face after exfoliating and my skin glows and I have seen a noticeble difference on some old acne scars. It is also perfect for an after bath moisturizer.
I bought this stuff at the Swap Shop because I wanted to try a natural routine. I love how it works on everywhere but my face. I even used it as a warming massage oil for my bf's sore back or feet and it works great. I dont really care for the oily feeling it leaves, but here's what I wanted to get across with this review. I have very redness prone extremely sensitive skin. almost everything i have ever tried has broken me out specially everything i bought at Sephora. DO NOT USE UNREFINED SHEA BUTTER UNDER MAKEUP. I thought I was being creative using this as my primer instead of my typical eucerin redness relief soothing night creme. which is amazing and if ever gets discontinued ill cry. I broke out so bad all over my face and could not figure out why. I blamed my makeup, hormones and everything but the shea butter. I stopped wearing everything for a few days and then returned to my eucerin underneath my makeup and all better. Turns out the shea butter wasnt sinking into my skin well because of the makeup clogging everything up. My skin is back to normal. SO SHEA BUTTER GREAT FOR EVERYWHERE BUT FACE. i do occasionally put around my eyes for a night creme, but thats it.
I recently bought unrefined shea butter of western african origins. Hands down, it is one of the best moisturizers I've ever used. I use it on my feet, heels, elbows, lips, eyes and the parts of my body that are growing with pregnancy. It is an extremely good moisturizer.
As much as I like unrefined shea butter, it's not for everyone. One it has a smoky smell to it that my boyfriend can't stand. I'm in the process of trying to fix the smell with essential oil. It's also greasy and heavy. I found it hard to spread when I first got it, so I added some oils and whipped it with an electric cake beater. It's much softer and easier to apply now. I also found that spraying on some Victoria Secret Body Spray does a good job of masking the scent.
For me, the effectiveness of the product is worth the drawbacks. I can't overstate what a good job it does of softening the rough spots. Next time though, I will buy shea butter from east africa instead of west africa as the smell is supposed to be better even though it has less vitamins in it. Having a vitamin rich lotion is more important for me right now than the smell because I'm pregnant and trying to fight the stretch marks.
Total discovery for me. Up until recently I wasn't really interested in *natural produts*. Last night I purshased a little tiny jar of this & OMG why did it take me so long to get this. Lips, knees, feet, cuticles are what I used it on last night & I was rewarded with soft souple skin this morning. It's often recommended for the eye area on skin care board. I'm a little hesitant to try it there since I suffer from milia. I may try it next winter when my skin usually gets to be a bit dryer. I will very likely go back & get a bigger jar since the one I have will be perfect to keep in my purse.
I use Shea Butter as a moisturizer for my entire face but seeing as this is for an eye treatment I will just review that use. It is very moisturizing and hydrating but not heavy or greasy. It's the only product I've used on my undereye area that actually feels effective. It doesn't irritate my sensitive eyes or give me milia like every other eyecream I tried did. It helps plump up the eye area and diminishes fine lines with extended use. 100% natural and not expensive, I cannot complain!
This seemed to be the most relevant section I could find to put this review in, because I was using pure shea butter as a general body and face moisturiser which included my eye area.
Well first, a little background: I've always had very good skin and almost never suffered from spots. Just a few lines but no more than you would expect for my age. My skin would sometimes feel a little dry and tight which is why I thought I would try pure unrefined shea butter, as I heard it was very good for dry skin. Everything seemed to be going ok for a couple of weeks, it was moisturising my face very well - no more dryness and tightness, but it was greasy and shiny and never really sunk in. However the skin on my body seemed to be getting drier and drier. Then I started getting small breakouts on my face and itching all over. I just put this down to dry air as the weather had just changed. The breakouts got progressively worse and I started getting massive painful deep acne cysts around my nose and cheeks which would make my face swell up! I also got a few on my shoulders and chest. At first I didn't think these breakouts were due to the shea butter because I thought that if I was going to react to it it would be everywhere the shea butter had touched my skin. But the breakouts weren't all over my face. Strange. I'm pretty sure it was the shea butter that made my skin react like this though, because nothing else changed. Whats also strange is that I've read that shea butter is non comedogenic. So now I've gone from someone who rarely wears makeup, to someone who spends an hour piling on foundation, concealer and powder before leaving the house in order to cover up these horrible scars and acne nodules/cysts. I've never suffered from acne, not even as a teenager! I've stopped using the shea butter now (stopped a week ago) and things seem to be calming down a bit. The skin on my body is starting to feel moisturised again since I switched back to a supermarket brand body lotion.
For the eye area it caused milder breakouts, barely noticeable, just lots of small whiteheads, or they might be milia, I'm not sure having never had problems like this. Unfortunately it didn't help with the lines around my eyes.
I tried it on my hair too, just a tiny amount about the size of a grain of rice as a leave in conditioner, and it just made my hair stringy, greasy and full of static. I didn't have any more success using it as a pre shampoo deep conditioning treatment, although it was easy enough to wash out.
I've used commercial products containing shea butter as one of the ingredients, and they have always been nice, but pure shea butter is not for me.
Nothing in a jar is going to give you the results that this stuff does. I mention a jar because if you are buying your shea in a jar it is to some extent refined. My shea comes in a strong plastic bag in a block (and it looks gray with some white spots lines and cracks *no shea should be completely white or yellow* I use a ton of this stuff since finding out about it. To use it i whip it with coconut oil (this is just what i found i liked, but have used any and all oils as additives in this and have loved all of them) and use as an all over body moisturizer after i get out of the shower. As an eye cream i use it raw and use just a tiny amount under and around my eyes before bed.(changed the skin around my eyes for the better) If my face is feeling dry i will use raw on my entire face. i wake up with supple calm skin. I dont think i can ever be without this stuff ever again it has transformed the way my skin looks and feels and i love it.
This is the best eye cream out there. When softened in your fingers and applied a night time, you awake with hydrated eyes. Makeup application looks flawless the next day!