How to Make Face Cream With Shea Butter
Shea butter is a type of natural butter which is extracted from the inside of the fruit from the shea tree, a plant which is native to West Africa that can reach up to 15 metres high. Shea butter has many cosmetic properties. One of its benefits includes an ability to deeply moisturise skin, a reason why this butter is a common ingredient in beauty treatments and facial creams.
You can find it in perfume and health food shops for use with other ingredients, then have facials that are as effective as professional ones but in the comfort of your own home. If you want to know how to make a facial cream with shea butter, carefully read this OneHowTo article.
Before learning how to make facial cream with shea butter, it is important to know how this natural butter works on the skin. Thanks to its high content of vitamin E and vitamin A, shea butter is one of the best natural antioxidants, helping to prevent premature ageing and counteract the effect of free radicals.
External use of shea butter also makes dry skin glow, deeply moisturises the dermis, improves the appearance of blemishes and wrinkles, smooths skin tone, improves acne, increases skin elasticity and protects it from sunlight.
In order to make face cream with shea butter we recommend that you buy class A butter, which is the most refined and therefore has a better concentration of butter. To make the face cream:
- Melt a 1/4 cup of butter in a bain-marie
- Remove the cup from the heat and add 1/4 cup of beeswax previously melted in a bain-marie
- Add the contents of a capsule of vitamin E and 1/4 cup of glycerine into the cup of shea butter
- Add half a cup of moisturizing face cream with sunscreen
- Add an essential oil of your choice. If you want to make your own check OneHowTo's articles on how to create essential oil using lemon, grapefruit, chamomile, orange or peppermint.
- Stir the mixture and pour into a glass container. Store it in the refrigerator.
Another way to make face cream with shea butter is to melt a 1/4 cup of shea butter in a bain-marie. Then remove from the heat and add: 1/4 cup of glycerine, half a cup of moisturising face cream with sunscreen, two tablespoons of honey, two tablespoons of an essential oil of your choice, 1/4 cup of distilled water. Mix the ingredients, pour the mixture into a glass container and place in the refrigerator.
You can also make it using a base of coconut oil. After melting a 1/4 cup of shea butter in a bain-marie, add 10 ml of coconut oil, half a cup of moisturising face cream with sunscreen, 1/4 cup of glycerine, 1/4 cup of distilled water, two tablespoons of an essential oil of your choice and the contents of a vitamin E capsule. Mix the ingredients, pour into a container and store in the refrigerator.
Finally, another version of shea butter cream is obtained by melting 1/4 cup of shea butter in a bain-marie and when cold, mix with 1/4 cup of rosehip oil, half a cup of moisturising face cream with sunscreen, 1/4 cup of glycerine, 1/4 cup of distilled water and two tablespoons of an aromatic oil of your choice. Pour the mixture into a container and store in the refrigerator.
These homemade facial creams can be used during the day to help skin to absorb all the nutritional content while protecting it from the sun. Wash your face with a facial gel in the morning, apply the cream and allow it to sink in. After 15 minutes you can apply makeup to your face as usual.
In this OneHowTo we tell you step by step how to incorporate facial cleansing into your daily routine.
You shouldn't experience any problem with these facial creams, however, be very careful and remove the mixture if you feel an itch on your face or anything not normal. You might be allergic to some of the ingredients of the mixture and not know about it, so wash your face immediately if you feel burning on your face or anything else. If this happens, visit your doctor for more information.
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