Nature has its own mechanism of restoring what it takes away. Pregnancy and childbirth left my skin dry, patchy, and dull, as the natural oils of my skin got stripped away. And then I stumbled upon a magical skin care product comprising of shea butter, a rich natural fatty acid that brought my skin back to life.
How does shea butter work?
Extracted from the nuts of the shea tree in South Africa, shea butter exhibits several skin benefits that make it an incredible ingredient for the skin. The natural moisturizers in shea butter are similar to the ones extracted from the sebaceous glands of our skin. No wonder then that moisturizing with shea butter, can work miracles on the skin, especially during pregnancy and after childbirth.
Shea butter contains vitamin A, E, and F which takes care of skin allergies, premature ageing and dry skin. What’s more, it is rich in antioxidants, which acts as a protective layer against the harmful UV rays that burn the skin and cause skin damage.
Shea butter for pregnancy and post-delivery
Blemishes, stretch marks, and chapped skin are all testaments of the havoc that your body undergoes during pregnancy and the delivery phase. Wonder ingredient shea butter might just be the solution to all your pregnancy skin woes!
Due to the play of hormones in pregnancy, your skin might look listless and dull. The high amount of fatty acids in shea butter makes it a healthy humectant; it acts as a protective barrier for the skin and prevents moisture loss. Start massaging your belly, hips, and breasts with shea butter creams during your pregnancy to retain skin elasticity. Look for organic skin creams that are devoid of chemicals and toxins.
Pro Tip: Treat yourself to a shea butter face mask once a week. Keep it on for 15 minutes and wash off with cool water. Say hello to gorgeous, supple and rejuvenated skin!
Shea butter contains fatty acids like oleic acid, palmitic, linoleic, and stearic acids that have great healing potential. You should continue using shea butter post-delivery on concern areas like scars, stretch marks, and even for chapped nipples. Regular use of products containing shea butter help in repairing damaged skin and restoring the lost glow. It boosts collagen synthesis and aids in the speedy regeneration of cells. This wonder element can heal almost any skin problem like under eye circles and dry lips.
The cinnamic acid in shea has anti-inflammatory properties that aid in alleviating skin problems like the soreness and redness that occur post delivery. Follow a regular massage therapy with shea butter to reduce skin inflammation of the skin and restore and repair your skin.
Prevents Premature Ageing
The skin gets stripped of its natural oils due to several factors, pregnancy being one of them, and this could lead to the appearance of wrinkles. Dry skin tends to age faster as the skin cells become devoid of nutrients. Shea butter penetrates deep into the skin cells and replenishes the lost moisture levels and other important minerals of the skin. It also acts as a mild UV protection cream, protecting the skin against the oxidative stress which leads to premature aging. Incorporate shea butter as a key part of your skincare regime to iron out the fine lines and wrinkles from your skin.
As an expectant mom, select toxin-free body moisturizing creams that are rich in shea butter that will help your skin regain its lost lustre. A good shea body butter massage is every woman’s best friend as it solves all skin problems in pregnancy, delivery and beyond.