Shea butter is much touted for its hydrating and protective benefits. You’ll find it as an ingredient in a number of moisturizers, but it’s harder to find in its pure form. I tried one of SheaTerra’s versions, which contains certified organic pure shea butter, Kalahari Melon seed oil and natural fragrance. That’s it. No fillers. The company claims shea butter can be used to treat eczema, psoriasis, rashes, burns, wounds, parasitic infections, swelling and arthritis. Whoa, Nelly. That’s a bit much for me. Deciding to start small, I applied the butter only to my legs, which can be as dry as a powderhouse in the winter (It is pretty sticky, so I wouldn’t use it on my face). I expected to have to reapply the next day, after showering, sweating through exercise and my pants rubbing up against my gams. But I didn’t. My legs didn’t feel as sticky as when I first buttered up. In fact, I couldn’t feel the waxiness anymore at all. Yet the scaly, flaky dry skin that looked like I’d rubbed my legs with baby powder was gone. Even better, a portion of the sales proceeds supports children’s education in Africa. Find SheaTerra Kalahari Melon Shea Butter at ebay.com or at africansheabuttercompany.com.
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