African Shea Oil

A while back, I was having one of my girls-night-out-dinner-get-togethers and the topic of skin care came up.  One of my friends, who had a difficult time finding skin care products that don’t irritate her sensitive skin, mentioned coconut oil.  She went on and on about the benefits. And sure enough, her skin was AMAZING and it seemed to just glow. Furthermore, it was natural and AFFORDABLE. I’m all for affordable skin care.  She mentioned getting her products at Mother’s Market.

So I visited a local Mother’s Market and one of the sales girls mentioned she uses Shea Oil instead of coconut oil because it is less oily.  She said that because she wears makeup, coconut oil is too oily for her. She also said that a 40-something year old woman came in and purchased the Shea oil and her skin is like that of a 30 year old. I was SOLD.

Shea Oil is used for protecting skin from harsh weather, and it’s a great solution for skin problems such as dermatitis, eczema, burns, dryness and other irritations. It’s a great moisturizer that helps elasticity in skin.

I’ve been using the shea oil for about a year now. This is the only skin care product I use besides retinal stuff for wrinkles.  I love it. I used to break out on a monthly basis, but now I don’t anymore. I recommended it to a dear friend of mine and she loves it, too. A lot of people are scared because it is oil based.  Since I have combination skin, I’m really not sure what it will do to super oily skin types. If you have any more information about Shea oil, please feel free to comment!

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  • jussta

    July 15, 2009 at 10:44 pm
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    this might be interesting, I've got a combination skin too and finding good cosmetics is always hard for me- most of them are not working […] Read Morethis might be interesting, I've got a combination skin too and finding good cosmetics is always hard for me- most of them are not working the way they should. I will definatelly try that oil, thank you :) Read Less

  • xasianmoon

    July 23, 2009 at 11:58 am
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    This sounds great, my skin is rather dry according to the weather or season and I really needed to find something good that could moisturize […] Read MoreThis sounds great, my skin is rather dry according to the weather or season and I really needed to find something good that could moisturize my skin. I think I will try this! I was also wondering though, is this like the Body Shop 'Shea Butter'? Because my hands are also rather dry and my thighs have a small amount of dermatitis too. I will try this, and hopefully it will prevent me from breaking out. Thanks! ^^ Read Less

  • stela

    July 23, 2009 at 1:41 pm
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    Yes, Shea butter and Shea Oil is the same. One is more "unrefined" than the other. I personally used the oil for my face because […] Read MoreYes, Shea butter and Shea Oil is the same. One is more "unrefined" than the other. I personally used the oil for my face because it's easier to put on. I do use the unrefined shea butter for the body because it helps with dry skin. I do noticed the butter is oilier than the actual oil. How is that possible? Beats me :) A little bit of the butter goes a long way for the body. I would rub the butter in the palm of my hand for a while till it melts a bit before putting it on my body. Read Less

  • sophie

    September 24, 2009 at 12:47 pm
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    I was in search of a new facial moisturizer. I have comibination skin but more on the dry side. I decided to try Shea Oil. […] Read MoreI was in search of a new facial moisturizer. I have comibination skin but more on the dry side. I decided to try Shea Oil. I used it for 4 weeks. At first I didn't like it because it felt heavy on my face but it had a nice smell so I gave it a chance. After 2 weeks into it, I noticed face was shiny and oily. I was breaking out more and more. I stopped using Shea Oil after 4 weeks and switched to Oil of Olay but that didn't last very long either. That too was too heavy and oily. After 2 months in trying to find the perfect and right facial moisturizer and dealing with breaks out, I went and got a facial at Jack Winn's salon in Newport Beach. The esthetician there scolded me about Shea Oil adn Oil of Olay. Being a skeptic as I am, I thought she was just trying to push the salon products on me. It worked because I walked out of there with $200 worth of Sircuit skin care products along with other organic products from Mother's Market to try. Anyway after 4 weeks of using Sircuit skin care and drinking Aloe Vera, my skin seems to be back to its normal self. I love the moisturizer. It's has SPF and very light. The con is that it comes in a tiny bottle and cost $62. Read Less

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