Shea Butter - Where It Comes From, How Is Made And How To Use In Skin Care

Considered a sacred tree, the Shea-Karite tree grows naturally in the wild of the dry Savannah belt of West Africa and this trees can live up to 300 years.  

The shea butter comes from the nuts found on the tree by removing the outer shell. The nuts are crushed by hand so they can be slowly roasted into shea butter. Once this has been done, the butter is kneaded by hand in a large basin of water to separate the oils also known as the fatty acids. These fatty acids are what provides the restorative properties making it one of the best options for skin care and more. To get the final product, the shea butter is removed off the top and cooled until it hardens.

25 years ago The Body Shop started to work with the Tungteiya Women's Association in Ghana and the shea butter was their first Community Trade ingredient.

The Body Shop choose to do amazing things like always and support female entrepreneurs through this Community Trade partnership and together we can empower these amazing women from Ghana that produce the shea butter and helps us #CareWithShea to be able to support their children's education. Don't you love when shea butter does more than just giving you very soft skin?

The Body Shop shea butter is 100% natural and vegan and this moisturizing multi-purpose butter can be used on the body, hair, face and lips. It has an amazing creamy and melting texture and if you wander how many nuts do you need to make 150 ml of shea butter the answer is 192 shea nuts.

My Favorite Vitamin C Skin Boosters And How To Use Vitamin C In Your Skin Care Routine

The antioxidant properties of vitamin C help fight free radicals and damage caused by UV radiation.

Vitamin C will boost your skin's collagen production to give you firmer, more plump skin and smooth fine lines and wrinkles out.

When added to your daily skin  care routine, vitamin C provides a range of benefits, from evening out your complexion, shielding skin from the visible impacts of pollution, significantly  helping and improving the hydration and leaving your skin looking younger, longer.

When looking for a suitable vitamin C product, finding the right concentration is really important. Also the way that the vitamin C is produced is a key factor in how efficient will work for your skin. 

Vitamin C can break down in UV light and lessens its potency, this is why is best to keep your vitamin C skin care in a dark environment.

Here are my vitamin C skin boosters :

Hylamide C25 is a concentrated Vitamin C serum for smoother, brighter skin. The formula is light, effective and easily absorbed. It can be used twice a day and it targets dullness, uneven tone, uneven texture and fine lines.Vegan, cruelty free, silicon free, oil-free, alcohol-free, silicone-free.

The Body Shop Nicaraguan Coffee Intense Awakening Mask

Did you know that coffee is amazing when used in skincare?

The scent of fresh coffee is very calming, uplifting and anti-depressant. The caffeic acids in coffee beans have anti-inflammatory properties and they help to reduce puffiness, boost collagen and promote healthy skin. Coffee is also a rich source of vit, B3 (niacin) and because it will stimulate the production of collagen and elastin in your skin, it will help smooth wrinkles and fight those fine lines.

Have you ever used coffee in your skincare routine? If you didn't yet you should because The Body Shop made this absolutely amazing face mask with Nicaraguan coffee, shea and cocoa butter, 100% vegan. Just looks at this beautiful texture!

Antipodes Holo Skin Brightening Facial Mud Mask

Do you know that sometimes you need to get dirty to get clean ?

The skincare junkie in me wanted a new face mask and I just got my very first product from Antipodes. I've heard so many good things about this skincare brand from New Zealand and I was simply dyeing to try their products. 

I thought it would be a great idea to start with this Holo Skin Brightening Facial Mud Mask enriched with Vinanza Grape & Kiwi, Avocado oil, extract of peony flower and of course volcanic and regenerative mud from New Zealand.

Antipodes has pure, safe and natural formulations created from unpolluted New Zealand nature.

Whatever you add to your skin is ingested, and for the power of beautiful skin and a healthy body, Antipodes is using only the most premium ingredients.

This Antipodes mud mask delivers a high performance detox for a luminous complexion. The volcanic mud is rich in sulfur, calcium, silicon and sodium and it binds to the skin's oils and absorbs them without living behind a dry and dehydrated skin like a clay mask usually does.
Mud is similar to clay as they both come from earth, but they are very different because the mud is water based and its also a great skin healing agent while clay is more harsh and drying. Mud is mineral rich, has regenerative properties and it has been harnessed for beauty treatments all over the world for centuries.