There is nothing unfamiliar or startling about shea butter. But – despite its familiarity –Shea butter is used as a hydrating ingredient in any natural skin care range. People suffering from dry skin needs extra care for their skin to get moisturized it and shea butter is one of the greatest options to get rid of the dry and flaky skin. But if Shea butter is mixed with some great exfoliating ingredient like walnut shell powder, it can help remove dead cells from the surface layers of the skin and prepare the skin to take moisturization and anti-aging or other skin treatments. Let’s take a look at how shea butter and walnut face scrub is beneficial for the skin.
How is Shea Butter and Walnut Face Scrub Beneficial For the Skin?
Shea Butter has shown to be a superb moisturizer, with exceptional healing properties for the skin. It is an all natural healing Vitamin A cream and Vitamin A is very important for many skin conditions including wrinkles, acne, blemishes, and eczema. Additionally, It gets deeply absorbed by the skin and hydrates the skin. Vitamin A is considered as an antioxidant and antioxidants protect skin by limiting the production of free radicals, which can damage skin cells. Shea butter can do a lot for the health and appearance of your skin, including reducing the signs of aging. Shea butter has several derivatives of cinnamic acid that exhibit anti-inflammatory properties too.
Vitamin E found in shea butter is a powerfully regenerative, fat-soluble antioxidant. When applied to the skin, vitamin E helps in a number of ways, not the least of which being the prevention and softening of wrinkles and fine lines, as well as providing relief from dryness. Vitamin E helps to bring the softness back into a rough and leathery complexion. It actually helps to mitigate the damaging effects of photoaging, which include dark spots and sagging skin.
Coconut Oil has the saturated fats that help the skin stay moisturized, with the fat preventing moisture loss through the skin’s pores. These fats give the skin a healthy, smooth and even tone. It’s naturally antibacterial and antifungal, coconut oil for skin is an excellent moisturizer, it can penetrate hair better than other oils. Coconut oil can also help soothe inflamed skin, reduce redness and rehydrate skin.
Kaolin clay has been traditionally used in caring, nourishing, and soothing different skin types. It helps to clear dirt, product buildup and unclogs the blocked skin pores. The clay contains a high content of silica that helps in removing the dead skin and makes it regenerate. This also purifies and detoxes the skin and makes it moist.
Walnut Shell Powder
It may sound strange, but by adding walnut shell powder to a cream, lotion, face wash, scrubs or body wash you actually give the product an additional ability to exfoliate amongst its other purposes. Walnut shell powder gently exfoliates the outer layers of the dermis allowing the cream or lotion to better absorb deeper into the skin. Some cosmetic companies automatically include walnut shell powder into their facial peels, skin cleansers, and scrubs because it has become so popular.
Other exterior uses of walnut shell powder extend to skin issues like acne, eczema, blisters and even ringworm. Many individuals also use it to treat more serious skin problems such as psoriasis and canker sores. Walnut shell powder can generally be used to treat skin conditions that occur as a result of fungal infection. (Source)
Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint essential oil makes skin energized and alive. It does promote blood flow and helps liven up the feeling of your skin. It is helpful for all skin type, as it helps balance natural oils. That means fewer clogged pores. The soothing ability makes it an essential oil to get relief from the sun damage. The antibacterial properties keep the bacteria damaging our skin away i.e it treats acne and keeps the skin free from blackheads and whiteheads.
Procedure to make Shea Butter and Walnut Face Scrub
- 1/2 tablespoon shea butter
- 5-6 tablespoon fractionated coconut oil
- 3 tablespoon kaolin clay
- 1 tablespoon arrowroot powder (Optional – for a non-greasy scrub)
- 1/2 teaspoon walnut shell powder
- 15 drops of peppermint essential oil
- Make a double boiler by adding a few inches of water in a large saucepan. Heat the pan on low flame. In a heat safe glass bowl, add shea butter and place the glass bowl on top of a saucepan. Stir occasionally until shea butter is melted.
- Now, mix coconut oil and combine well.
- When the mixture is little warm, mix arrowroot powder properly then let this mixture cool until it’s room temperature. It should look creamy and thick, but don’t let it get solid.
- Now add kaolin clay, walnut shell powder, and peppermint essential oil into the bowl and mix well until it gets creamy and thick consistency. Make sure there are no lumps in the mixture of scrub.
- Now store it in an airtight glass jar at room temperature. You can keep this scrub for about 2-3 weeks.
- Do not let the water to get inside as well as keep it away from direct sunlight. Water can introduce bacteria that can spoil the mixture.
How to apply
- Remove all your makeup first and cleanse your face with a cleanser. Now scoop the desired amount of scrub with a spoon and apply to your wet face and neck.
- Give a gentle clockwise direction massage to your skin for about 3-5 minutes. Use some water to massage the area properly. Now, take a clean and damp cotton cloth and wipe the scrub off. If necessary repeat it 2-3 times to remove all the scrub residue. Do not wash your face after scrubbing your face with cleanser because it will remove all the nutrients that you will get from face scrub.
- You can repeat this remedy 1-2 times a week.
- You can also use bentonite clay if you are having acne prone skin and if you want to add vitamin E capsule, you can add it also to the recipe.
- Also, You can add your favorite essential oil for added benefit.
- I didn’t use a preservative in this shea butter and walnut face scrub since it is tap water-free, provided you keep it away from water and contamination.
- It contains essential oils so do a patch test before applying it to face.
- While shea butter is quite safe and can be beneficial for the skin, you should avoid shea butter or shea butter products if you have tree nut allergies.