As the weather warms up spending time outdoors is something we look forward to. It is nice to go outdoors and enjoy fresh air after a long day in the office or at home. While enjoying these benefits, we can prevent skin damage from UV exposure by applying sunscreen. Dark spots, fine lines, skin discoloration and skin aging at a faster rate can be prevented by using proper protection. Apart from sun screen, Shea Butter can also mitigate the effects of sun exposure on your skin.
I have personally seen the benefits of using African Shea Butter in retaining skin elasticity. I stumbled on Shea Butter because I needed a natural moisturizer for my face and started using it even though it is recommended to be used not only on your face but also your hair. I am pleased with how my face looks and would encourage others to give it a try.
So what are the benefits of using Shea Butter? If it in fact reduces UV damage on the skin, can it substitute sun screen?
African Shea Butter is made from the nut of African Shea Tree mostly found in West Africa. Raw or unrefined Shea butter is greyish yellow and obviously provides better skin protection than refined ones. The Vitamin A and E content gives the skin a healthy and clear look.
Shea Butter contains cinnamic acid, a compound also found in cinnamon, which has anti-inflammatory and sun protection benefits. Dry skin, Sun burn, skin cracks, eczema, Dermatitis are also alleviated by using Shea Butter.
Now, should you rely solely on Shea Butter for sun protection? If you have a lighter complexion you would definitely be better off using Shea Butter along with your regular store bought sun screen.
If you are unsure of the chemicals used to make sun screen and since organic brands are costly, you can mix shea butter with coconut oil, zinc oxide powder and beeswax to make your own sunscreen.