Creme de Shea is the only moisturizer I have used on my face for more than 15 years. Shea butter is reported to retain skin elasticity and provide natural protection against damaging sun rays while repairing cellular degeneration from such things as wrinkles, dermatitis, burns and even stretch marks. Shea butter is also packed with antioxidants like vitamin E, as well as polyphenols and phytonutrients. These ingredients make shea butter an anti-inflammatory, which is why it works so well at moisturizing and soothing all types of skin.
Effective for aging, sensitive or very dry skin, Creme de Shea is also a perfect eye cream and a decadent hand or foot cream. It may be also be used as a hair conditioner--apply to wet hair in the same manner as to skin.
I make Creme de Shea with unrefined fair trade shea butter, which has been used by African healers for centuries as the ideal treatment for dry or aging skin. This superior skin loving ingredient is further enhanced with nourishing sweet almond and apricot oils, to make it creamy and more spreadable, and it is finished with a pleasant osmanthus scent. Spread a tiny bit onto fingertips to melt and then apply. Creme de Shea is easily absorbed, and a tiny bit goes a long way! Some say that because the moisturizers present in shea butter are some of the same moisturizers that the sebaceous glands produce it could clog pores if used on the face. I have never experienced this, and assume that it is because I spread a very thin layer onto my face, which is quickly absorbed.
Sometimes there is a slight graininess to products made with shea, especially if shea butter is allowed to sit in a hot environment and melts; this is harmless and the tiny grains will melt at normal skin temperature. To minimize graininess, store in a cool location.