Shea Butter and Manuka Honey: The Dynamic Duo of Skin Care
Healthy skin radiates life and energy. The right skin care treatment for you will help you look and feel your most vibrant and beautiful. The powerful combination of shea butter and manuka honey can restore vitality and even treat problem areas where skin looks inflamed, irritated, prematurely aged, or undernourished. They can even soothe and naturally treat skin problem areas, such as patches of eczema or psoriasis.
Read on to learn how this dynamic duo of skin care -- shea butter and manuka honey -- can bring your skin back to life.
Shea butter comes from the shea tree in Africa. Since the days of the ancient Egyptians, the tree and nuts have been used for health and longevity. The shea tree was carved into funeral beds, the nuts ground into oils for makeup. The Egyptians likely invented makeup and sought eternal life, so it’s no wonder that they looked to the natural resources in the beautiful wilds of Africa and the Middle East for medicinal and beauty products.
The shea nut is rich in essential fatty acids. Traditionally, the nuts are cracked (to remove the hard outer shell), ground with a mortar and pestle and then boiled, using water, to help separate the oils. The ground nuts have a muddy brown color, but when the oil is extracted and unrefined it is creamy yellow. Chemical extraction methods and refining make some shea butter completely white or clear. Our natural shea butter retains its creamy hues, as variant as a field of daffodils.
The extracted oils in shea butter melt at body temperature, so they absorb rapidly and easily into skin. With its healing and soothing properties, one can safely use shea butter for eczema and on flaky, inflamed or irritated skin, in most cases. Shea moisturizers also make excellent daily facial care products.
Manuka honey comes from New Zealand, where bees harvest the nectar of white or pink manuka flowers. The manuka tree itself has many wonderful properties, its extracted oil used in aromatherapy or for its antiseptic qualities for centuries.
Though the prickly leaves deter some predators, the bees feast on the shrub-like Manuka tree. Manuka honey retains some of the qualities of the plant while adding traits only these naturally raised bees could generate. Popular for its exceptional sweetness, manuka honey has been used around the world, but only recently have its remarkable healing properties been recognized outside of the traditional therapies of its homeland.
Manuka honey is naturally anti-bacterial, in addition to containing key nutrients which soothe and heal skin, when used topically.
When Shea and Manuka Meet
When used in combination, shea butter and manuka honey are the dynamic duos of skin care.
- Essential fatty acids hydrate and fill, often reducing fine lines and wrinkles in as little as two weeks.
- Key vitamins and amino acids can reduce redness from sun damage, acne or rosacea. Skin feels noticeable relief in just a few applications.
- Shea moisture for eczema reduces dryness and cracking, often within the first days of use.
- Shea moisture for psoriasis can reduce scaling and itching, particularly in combination with the anti-inflammation properties of our select manuka honey.
Two Weeks to Healthier Skin
When you use lotions, moisturizers, and treatments with shea butter and manuka honey, especially by combining products with both active ingredients, you make a commitment to healthier and more vibrant skin.
In as little as two weeks skin feels softer, smoother, more nourished, and less irritated. Flaking, itching, and scaly skin conditions feel soothed. Fine lines and wrinkles often improve, reducing the effects of damage to the skin and thereby revealing your healthiest skin.