No lady likes snuggling up to sandpaper skin. It’s a rough deal (literally). If you have seriously dry skin, you know all about the pain and itching, and at the worst extent, getting cracked heels and elbows. This condition is even more common with African American skin; in case you didn’t know, we’re more sensitive-skinned gents. To find relief, we turn to our African roots, a culture known for its healing remedies--including the most famous of all, Shea Butter!
What is Shea butter?
Shea butter is the fat extracted from the nut of the African shea tree. Thick and creamy, its rich texture feels just like butter, making it an ideal remedy for cracked skin. Along with its incredible moisturizing abilities, Shea butter also has anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties. So basically, it’s the Rolls Royce of moisturizing creams.
Shea butter is not your average moisturizer. Way more than just a goopy coating over your skin, Shea butter trumps other natural remedies, even coconut oil, because it’s more absorbent. With 60% fat, it has a satin-slick texture that locks moisture deep in your skin. You’ll feel softer for hours.
On the contrary, those quick-fix drugstore solutions, like petroleum jelly and silicone balms, will only give you temporary relief. As they merely protect the skin’s surface, they don’t actually heal the damage in the deeper layers of the skin. That’s where Shea butter differs!
Heals cracked skin & inflammation
Shea butter can also heal cracked skin. For any guy who stands on sore feet all day, you know the pain of pinpricks in your heels. It happens when the dry cracks in your skin become unbearably tight and inflamed-- almost like they’re on fire. And sadly, a foot massage from wifey isn’t enough to help.
Shea butter gives you that spa-level relief. Its hydrating oils can penetrate deep into your skin’s dermis to soften and repair the cracks. You don’t even need to use pure Shea butter; just look for natural moisturizing balms that contain Shea butter as the main ingredient. With a mixture of other organic botanicals, plus Shea butter, the skin treatment is even more powerful!
Apply the ointment 2-3 times per day to promote healing. In a couple weeks, you’ll be back in your normal swing… and hopefully, a bit lighter on your feet.
Heals skin infections
When you let your dry, damaged skin worsen, it can strike back with an infection. This itchy joy-sucker occurs when bacteria enters the cracks in your skin, leaving it extremely irritated and red. Shea butter can help heal these infections-- as mentioned earlier, this ancient remedy is medicinal!
Shea butter contains antifungal and antibacterial properties that can fight off infection. The combination of its cleansing abilities and fatty oils can keep your skin hydrated and healthy.
Whoever said “you can’t have it all” obviously never tried Shea butter. With this remedy, you get the whole package: moisture and nourishment, straight from nature’s goodness. Remember that when it comes to African American skin, dryness is more common. So, show yourself some love and treat your cracked skin with organic Shea butter, a heritage classic.
Stay humbly handsome, gents!