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17 March 2006

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Quote Of The Month--On Children
Feature Article--Four Good Reasons to Use Pure Unrefined Shea Butter
Tips--Five Skin Care Facts
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Quote of the Month

On Children:

"Children have never been good at listening to their 
elders, but they have never failed to imitate them."
James Baldwin, Writer and Activist, 1924-1987

"No child is ever spoiled by too much attention. It is the 
lack of attention that spoils."
 -- Bessie Blake


Hi Friend,

Welcome to this edition of Shea-Skins.

This month's featured article gives you four good reasons you might 
choose to use 100% pure, unrefined shea butter in your 
skin care regimen.

Of course on the website I give you 36 uses for shea 
, but I find that the unrefined pure shea is a very 
heavy oil, so I use it almost exclusively for the purposes noted in the article.

Oh...I almost forget. My new Shea-Skins-Hut blog is up now. Take a look at:

Til next time, remember to

Love the skin you're in,

Your Editor,
Shea-Skins Ezine

Feature Article

Pure Unrefine Shea Butter: Too Heavy for Some Uses, But 4 
Reasons It Might Be the Right Choice for You

Experience the Anti-aging, Healing, Prevention and Skin
Protection of Shea

Remember when you used to believe that since a little 
sunshine was good for you, that a lot would be even 

Well, with the advent of skin cancers and melanomas, it 
seems those days are gone forever. Getting some sunshine 
is still good for most of us, but overexposure can be 
detrimental to our health.

Pure unrefined shea butter is a lot like the sun in that 
regard. While there are at least 36 shea butter uses for 
natural skin care-including being touted for its anti-
aging, healing, prevention and skin protection and 
emollient properties-there are certain skin care rituals 
that are better left to using shea butter in a mixture 
with other natural skin care ingredients.

So why is this?

Well, if you are at all familiar with 100% pure, unrefined 
shea butter, than you know that it is a solid compound 
with a distinctive nutty smell to it. And for some, this 
smell, which dissipates shortly after the shea is applied 
to the skin, does take some getting use to for the 
uninitiated. Of course, you can purchase your shea with 
certain essential oils added to it to mask or enhance the 
smell, but then can you still call it 100% pure?

To use the pure solid shea requires a little extra time to 
spread on to the skin, and if you will be putting it on 
your entire body, most ardent users find it easier and 
faster to melt the shea down into an oil form so that it 
spreads easier and takes less time to apply. You can heat 
it at very low temperatures so that the compound does not 
lose any of its medicinal properties in the process. One 
easy way to do this is to set your microwave on the 
defrost setting to perform the shea melt down.

Once the shea is melted, you will find that it is still a 
very heavy and thick oil, perhaps too heavy for what you 
propose to use it for. In the winter, of course, you might 
use a little of this heavy oil on your face to protect it  
and insulate it from the wind and the cold, but in the 
summer time this oil simply does not work as well in its 
all-natural form. It makes the skin look greasy, so it 
really needs to be cut (i.e. combined with other skin care 
ingredients) if it is to be applied to the face.

So with the extra work that goes into the preparation for 
using the 100% pure shea butter, you can see that you 
almost have to make time to use this product. But the 
benefits are tremendous.

Below are four good reasons to consider making time for 
and using 100% pure and unrefined shea butter in your hair 
and skin care regimen.

1.     Daily Application to Lips, Elbows, Hands, Knees, 
Lower Buttocks and Feet
--The lips are quite delicate and 
can benefit from the moisturizing properties of shea 
butter which keeps them from becoming dry and actually 
rehydrates them. Rough areas of the skin such as the 
elbows, hands, knees, feet and lower buttocks are 
sometimes drier than other areas of the skin and can 
readily absorb this heavy oil. And, in the winter time 
shea butter is even useful on the face to shield and 
protect it from the cold.

2.     Muscle Relaxer--If you suffer from arthritis or 
osteoarthritis, rubbing pure shea butter on the affected 
area can lessen the stiffness and provide some relief from 

3.     Weekly All Over Body Oil Massager--Once a week it 
is a good idea to melt down the shea butter from its solid 
state, jump in the bathtub using about a pound of Epsom 
salt and the aromatic bubble bath of your choice. Of 
course you will need to take a shower after emerging from 
the tub to get rid of any soap residue left on the skin.

Once out of the tub, use this shea butter turned shea oil 
to massage into your skin. You do not need to dry 
yourself, just rub the oil into your skin so that it 
absorbs all the shea. Pay good attention to the feet, 
elbows and other rough areas of the skin that may have 
been neglected throughout the week or that require a 
little extra care. Using shea as a weekly all over body 
oil massager is a good way to keep your skin moisturized, 
soft and younger looking.

4.     Hair Conditioner and Oil--African Americans 
maintaining all natural hair styles will find the use of 
pure shea butter oil as a God-send as a moisturizer of the 
hair. After washing the hair with black soap, apply a 
generous amount to the hair and scalp after towel drying 
it and before braiding the hair or cornrolling it or 
whatever other style you end up with. Shea butter, in 
combination with using the black soap to wash the hair, 
will leave your hair more manageable, easier to comb and 
softer to the touch. The hair will be well moisturized and 
have an almost silky feeling to it.
These are the four main reasons to use the 100% pure 
African shea butter products to create radiant skin and 
shiny, well groomed hair.

For your other natural skin care needs, you can use a 
blend of shea butter combined with other natural 
ingredients added, and it will works well and be less 
heavy. Research has shown that as long as there is at 
least a 15% concentration of shea in the product that you 
are using, the shea can still work well as a healing aide 
and skin protector, provided it has not been overly 
refined or heated to high degrees in the processing of it.


Loretta Crosby, editor of the Shea Butter Skin Care 
Center, is an online natural health and healing advocate, 
providing health solutions for recalling health to the 
mind body and spirit since 2003. She has used shea butter 
for a number of years to manage her hair and skin care … 
naturally. She publishes Shea Skins, a monthly shea butter 
newsletter which she offers fr’ee of charge at or visit the home page at

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Here are five fast facts about your skin:

1.The skin sheds one surface layer of dead cells every 24 
hours and renews itself over 3-4 weeks;
2. It controls loss of water from the body;
3. It regulates body temperature;
4. It eliminates waste and assists in purifying the body 
of toxins;
5. It provides the sense of touch, establishing the 
connection between body and environment.

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