DRY SKIN BLUES? SHEA BUTTER TO THE RESCUE
Winter is in full swing and so are the harsh realities of dry, cracking winter skin. Moisturizing is, of course, key, and what better way to soothe your skin than with shea butter, a naturally-derived fat that absorbs quickly into the skin without leaving a greasy feeling? From hair to nails, lotions to face masks, shea butter is a powerful dryness fighting ingredient found in many products.
No round-up is complete without a nod to the master of shea butter brands: L’Occitane. With a wide range of body care, from its cult classic hand cream to lotions, shampoos, and conditioners, each product has über high concentrations of 100% natural shea butter. We especially love the new Shea Butter Mango Flower Ultra Rich Body Cream ($22), which is made with 25% shea butter.
Another deeply hydrating body treatment to check out is Sunday Riley Disrobe Body Lotion ($65), perfect for daily or weekly rejuvenation. For dry, damaged skin, the shea butter and squalene formula locks moisture in place while humectants pull water into the skin. With each use, Disrobe penetrates deep dermal levels to leave skin feeling firmer, more detoxified, and softer. Disrobe also is formulated with phosphate to improve skin tone, lactic acid to exfoliate dry, damaged layers of skin and promote natural cellular renewal, and yeast extract to encourage skin growth.
Protect your face from the harsh elements of winter with Aveda ‘enbrightenment™’ Brightening Correcting Crème ($58). Formulated with organic shea butter and Ceramide 3 to strengthen your skin’s moisture barrier, ‘enbrightment’ also contains brightening components to help diminish the appearance of dark spots. The cream is derived from a 100% natural “Plant-Powered Brightening Blend” including Ascorbyl Glucoside, mulberry root, and grape extracts to reduce skin discoloration. The soothing, spa-like smell of the cream, made with organic lavender, sustainably-sourced sandalwood, organic rose geranium, and organic rosemary essential oils will leave you feeling calm and your skin soothed.
With sea kelp, argan oil, and shea butter, Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque for Dry, Damaged Hair ($12.99) heals and strengthens hair without parabens or other artificial chemicals. Argan oil restores shine and rebuilds hair elasticity while sea kelp’s trace minerals detoxify hair follicles ridding them of impurities and residue. Shea butter deeply moisturizes and repairs damage to hair and scalp. We love companies that help communities and Shea Moisture is a wonderful example. Using fair trade, ethically-traded ingredients that are sustainably produced, Shea Moisture is a pioneer in community commerce–each purchase helps empower disadvantaged women for a better future.
For ultra-dry, coarse, and truly unruly hair, Fekkai Advanced Essential Shea Ultra Rich Mask ($27) delivers intense conditioning to make hair manageable again. The shea butter gives damaged hair much needed TLC and moisture.
Take shea butter into the shower with TokyoMilk Bees No. 82 ($11), a perfumed French triple-milled soap. Formulated with a pure vegetable base and shea butter, the scent is crisp and verdant with hints of green apple, Japanese bamboo, vetiver, and white musk.
No cosmetics bag is complete this winter without a few heavy-duty shea butter products. Korres Lip Butter ($12) is a buttery lip balm that moisturizes while leaving behind a shiny, tinted finish. Formulated with natural oils and extracts that soothe and condition lips and shea butter and rice wax to provide lasting moisture and softness, Lip Butter is the perfect solution for dry lips this winter. Available in seven different colors ranging from Guava (clear) to Wild Deep Rose (sheer deep red), Lip Butter is perfect alone or over lipstick.
Bobbi Brown, too, has jumped on the shea butter bandwagon with 9 shades of Creamy Lip Color ($24), formulated with emollient shea butter and plant-derived skin conditioners. The lipstick glides on smooth, the color stays put all day, and your lips are left feeling soft and moisturized.
With the heat blasting at home and blisteringly harsh winds blowing on your skin and hair, winter can be a nightmare. The natural components of shea in these products, along with staying hydrated and avoiding dry heat, will keep you looking fresh, renewed, and moisturized all season long.