Your skin is considered to be the largest organ in your body, and it takes up about 16% of your body mass. As the seasons change, our skin can take a lot of damage. Every season comes with its own challenges but one thing seems helpful year round: shea butter.
Spring showers bring May flowers, and flowers often-times bring out the bugs. There is some anecdotal evidence that suggests shea butter can help with insect bites. It is said to help with swelling of some milder insect bites. If you are experiencing severe pain, be sure to see a professional.
Next, along with the summer heat comes many challenges for our skin. Shea butter shouldn’t be used alone as a sunscreen, because it only has an SPF of 3 to 4. But it might be a good idea to layer it on top of your favorite sunscreen for an added layer of protection! On the off days when you forget your sunscreen, shea butter could also be used to help soothe a sunburn or other (first-degree) skin burns. Shea has fatty acids that help soothe the skin by helping it retain moisture during the healing process. Also, the anti-inflammatory components to shea can reduce redness and swelling.
After all that fun in the sun, our skin will need some time to recover. In the fall the air gets dry and cool, this can lead the skin losing moisture and becoming dry and irritated. It is best to apply a moisturizer such as shea after a bath or shower to help seal in and replenish the skin with the necessary water and oils it needs.
Those harsh winter months can wreak havoc on the skin, the extreme cold air can cause cracking, chapping, and certain skin conditions to flare up. Skin conditions like eczema can be very difficult to deal with, and environmental factors such as dry weather can cause skin conditions such as this to flare up. As stated before, shea butter has anti-inflammatory properties which can help by minimizing irritation.
Throughout the year, our skin goes through many different challenges. From extra protection against sun damage, all the way soothing skin conditions that might flare up in the winter. Shea products have so many different uses and they are beneficial at all points of the year. Shea can be used on any skin type, it moisturizes, it won’t make your skin oily and it won’t clog your pores. All Bela Soaps contain raw Shea butter that is also Fair Trade Certified. Try out our soaps to really get a feel for everything Shea butter can do for your skin.