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African Beauty Secrets: Shea Butter and Baobab Oil

  1. African women take good care of their skin and hair, despite the harsh conditions. They have a smooth, elastic skin that shines beautifully and looks well-groomed and supple. How do they do that? What is their secret?

Shea butter

  1. Shea butter, or Karite butter, comes from West and Central Africa and is extracted from the Karite tree. The Karite tree or butter tree, only occurs on the savannah of Africa. The tree takes 15 years to get the first fruits. The berry-like fruits can grow a few centimeters long and consist of more than 50% fat. African women used the shea butter to protect the skin against the strong sun rays, but also against cold and wind. (Note! Western women generally do not have as dark skin as African women, fair skin lets in the sun's rays! Anyone with fair skin needs sun factor protection, which is almost non-existent in Shea butter!)

Dry skin

  1. Shea butter is a wonder for anyone with dry skin. Because Shea butter has a high content of unsaponifiable ingredients, it is ideal to use as a nourishing and repairing care product for skin and hair. Shea butter is rich in many essential vitamins that improve the skin's elasticity and moisturize. Shea butter penetrates very deeply into the skin and makes the skin soft and supple. The use of shea butter is also recommended for dry lips, shins or dry cuticles! Dry baby bottoms benefit from regular use of Shea butter!

Where is Shea butter available?

  1. At the Afro store, Body Shop, Yves Rocher, Avon, and almost every drugstore. The L'Occitane brand (natural beauty products) has various delicious care products with Shea butter both online and in their stores. Weleda has also made various skin care products with the Pomegranate line that include shea butter.

Baobab oil

  1. Baobab oil is made from the fruits and seeds of the Baobab tree that grows in the savannas of Africa and Madagascar. The Baobab tree holds thousands of liters of water and almost everything on the tree is usable. The oil has a strong rejuvenating effect and is ideal for aging skin. It tightens the skin and keeps the skin color nice and even. The oil does not clog the pores of the skin and contains all the essential vitamins, antioxidants and fatty acids that every skin needs.

Face Mask

  1. The terre d’Oc nourishing face mask for dry skin is Ecocert certified and carries the Bio Cosmetique label. The facial mask contains both Baobab oil and Shea butter. It is a wonderful face cream that also works great as a night cream. Baobab products have a strong health-promoting effect on the users of Baobab. The tree is not called "Tree for Life" for nothing and the fruits of the Baobab: "The King of all Super Fruits". Both the fruit and the seeds of the Baoboboom are used in various beauty and care products.

Where is Baobab available?

  1. It is difficult to obtain. Be sure to try the better nature reform shops, Afro shops and various online shops such as Accense.



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