Many people use coconut oil as a moisturizer.
I’ve found Shea Butter works a whole lot better. Here’s my story:
July, 2015: I told you how well the shea butter alone was working on my face and legs.
BEFORE trying it, the clue that I needed to do something about my dry face was when my young son looked at me closely and said, “Mom, your face looks skinny.”
Wait. Something didn’t sound quite right.
I probed and found that he meant “skin-y” … meaning that I had a lot of extra flaked skin on my face. (You know, like lots of bumps means bumpy…. lots of wrinkles mean wrinkly… so it made sense that my face looked “skin-y” <sigh>.)
For the past month, I’ve applied a light amount of shea butter after swimming, or before bed. With more experimenting, I found I could even add a tad of liquid concealer after applying the shea butter to my face and not feel like I had layers of “stuff” on my face.
I asked my readers who purchased it for their face and body to give me feedback, and they have some great responses! (read below). If you’re a do-it-yourself type who wants to experiment, read through the ideas.
Laura in Indiana: I am really enjoying the shea butter I purchased recently. I squeezed my first bag (of the 2 I bought) into a little plastic bowl with a snug-fitting lid. I apply it to my feet, hands, face, and lips every night before I go to bed. I love how smoothly it goes on my skin, and how luxurious it feels to rub it on! It’s really a treat to pamper myself just a little bit this way before I get into bed!
Nancy in CO: I absolutely love the shea butter. I use it on my face and body. It would be nice if it came in a jar. I definitely will be ordering more.
Marilyn: I have used it on my face, legs, hands & arms and it is the best. It really helps with my psoriasis I have on both elbows. They use to get red and scaly and would be so dry they would crack and bleed. After Shea Butter they haven’t bleed once!!! I really like Shea Butter!
Barb: Some of the shea butter I squeezed right out of the bag and used on my feet. It made them feel so soft. I used another bag of the shea butter to make some magnesium body butter with pain/muscle relief essential oils. This batch turned out much more smooth and creamy than a batch I made with a different brand of shea butter. I have more of the shea butter that I was going to use to make body butter or lotion, but I like this shea butter so much that I might just squeeze it into a container and use it plain.
Kimberley : I have used it straight on my arms as a bit of sunscreen as I read that shea butter is a natural sun protector…I haven’t burned, so that’s a plus. I love the shea butter because it doesn’t stink! Have you smelled raw shea butter? Smells not so pleasant.
Sandi: I have been using it as a facial cream at night. It has not made the wrinkles go away but does leave my skin soft and feel so good when applied. I am thinking of adding some essential oils to help with the aging process.
Anonymous: I have used the shea butter directly as a skin cream, but NOT on my face (too heavy for my very delicate skin). It has worked extremely well as a body moisturizer, post-shower. I keep a small amount in a jar in the bathroom for easy access, and the rest is stored in the frig until I need more.
Lauri: I have used the shea butter several times on my feet. I have been a runner for years and have large callouses on a few areas of my feet, and have used your lotion bar for a couple of years on them with good results. I think the shea butter is working equally as well as the lotion bar for me, but is easier to apply to my whole foot/in between my toes and to the bases of my toenails. Nothing has even gotten rid of my callouses, but the shea butter/lotion bar definitely help keep them softer. I did try the shea butter as a lotion on my legs a few times, and once at night on my face, but since I have very oily skin (especially in the summer), it was too heavy for my liking. In the summer, I prefer my usual coconut oil on my face, and either coconut oil or argan oil on my legs after shaving. However, in the winter my oily skin gets dry on the surface (how is that even possible?!), so I will probably try the shea butter more as an overall moisturizer when it gets colder and see how it works.
Anonymous: Today I used it on my face all by itself and I was pleasantly surprised…not greasy but a great moisturizer. My plan is to make as many products as possible and find what works best for me. And as I said before in LOVE with Bee Silk Jr!!!! My skin is beginning to love me back!!!
Jennifer: I was given a lotion (body butter) recipe from a friend and it needed shea butter so I bought some off amazon. It’s SOLID. I wasn’t looking forward to messing with it. Then I received yours and it was amazing! I used half of it in the lotion.
Cathy: I was just thinking about emailing you and telling you how much I love the Shea butter! I put it in a jar and have been using it “straight” as a nighttime facial moisturizer – replacing my expensive one completely. Last night I used my old moisturizer and my eyes burned and I realized that hasn’t happened once with the Shea! My skin looks and feels great! I have also been using it on my rough elbows at night and rubbing it into my hands.
Lloy: I just squeeze it out of the bag rub between my palms and put on my legs. I love it. The only other cream I used that I liked like this was something Mary Kay sold. I would put that on and you could wear dark stockings and no flakes on your legs. Problem was they put a scent in it and it didn’t work the same after that so I quite buying. I am thinking this might be great to take care of that problem. I will let you know when winter comes.
Nancy: I am using it right out of the bag and putting it on my face. Just a tiny end nipped off one end and it lets out just the right amount at a time. If you make it as a facial cream I would suggest adding something to thin it just a tad. Otherwise I really like it.
Anon: I got the shea butter to experiment with. I mixed it with a couple of essential oils (Geranium and Lavender) and have been using it on my face every other night. I like it a lot and will probably make some into a hand cream as well. I like the texture and the lightness of the scent like you mentioned.
Renda: I received the shea butter last month, and I was so surprised at how much I LOVE it! I wasn’t sure how I was going to use it, but I ended up using it right out of the bag as a facial moisturizer. I noticed the difference immediately. I have used some pretty expensive creams in the past, but nothing felt as good as the shea butter. I told myself that I will use it a couple of times a week and use my other cream the majority of the time. It actually worked out the other way. I used the shea butter most nights because I don’t wake up the next morning with a greasy face; it absorbs so quickly and my skin looks great! Definitely make this a facial moisturizer and put it another container besides the bag to make it more convenient to use. I will keep buying it to use a facial and body moisturizer!
Angela: I am using it as a straight-up lotion. Very nice texture and would definitely buy more.
For some, there’s definitely room for improvement, and I want to share those emails as well:
Ariell: I use the shea butter straight from the bag. It works great as a body butter. It does have a nice creamy texture which makes it go on smoothly. I tried it on my face and I felt that it was a bit too greasy. I wear glasses, and throughout the day I noticed little oil droplets on my lenses. I have dry skin, and because there’s no water in the mix, I just felt that it wasn’t moisturizing enough. Like my face was still dry but just coated with butter. This is the first time I’ve tried using an oil or butter on my face. I’m used to a light cream with water in it.
Diane: I believe it would spread easier if it were thinned out (But with what?). I have tried it on my face, but again it felt too thick. I’m wondering if I might appreciate it more during the cold winter months when I’ll be covering my skin with clothing , but I’ll still have the spread-ability issue–and maybe worse because of colder temps.
After getting that helpful feedback, we decided that we’d start selling Simply Shea Facial Emollient by combining shea butter with a bit of rose hip seed oil. Together they make the perfect blend for your face.