"Natural" butters sold in mainstream beauty stores may not actually be natural


There are TONS of skin moisturizers on the market these days. Stop by your local drugstore and you’ll see a aisle full of name-brand products promising smooth, hydrated skin on the back of their labels. But at what cost? Check out the article, How Plastic Can Affect your Overall Health, for more information.   Not only do studies suggest a greater risk of toxins seeping through the skin from the use of certain skincare products, but you should also watch out for those “natural” butters you see on the shelf of your local skincare/beauty/cosmetic store aisle. 

In your local drug or beauty store, you may find shea and other butters that are marketed as being natural. And although there may not be any other chemicals in the butter, how it was extracted could take away some of those important nutrients that could be found in shea and mango butters. Super-processed methods of extracting butters involve “overheating the product, which can cause the butter to lose some of its nutrients.” 

This is why it’s important to use unrefined butters. An unrefined butter is one that is extracted from the “shea nut, cocoa bean or mango using natural methods.” You want to look for products that have the words “crude”, “unrefined”, or “cold-pressed”. You can purchase unrefined mango and shea butter here at The Melanin Nurse, products will be linked at the bottom of the page.   


Mango Butter

Mango butter has a number of health benefits including preventing aging, relieving sunburn, and hydrating the skin. It’s also great for relieving psoriasis and eczema. Speaking of psoriasis, reality star Kim Kardashian took to Instagram this week revealing a photo of discoloration on her leg, due to a recent battle with psoriasis. The beauty mogul asked her followers, “Does anyone else get pigment loss after their psoriasis clears?” Skin discoloration is a common after-affect of a psoriasis breakout, according to the National Psoriasis Foundation. 

Photo Credit: Kim Kardashian's Instagram story 

Mango butter can dramatically help with both psoriasis and eczema. If used consistently, your chances of seeing improvements with your skin are much greater. Read more about the many different ways you can use The Melanin Nurse’s Unrefined Mango Butter HERE.

Shea Butter 

For thousands of years, West Africans extracted shea butter from the nut of the Shea tree to use for cosmetic purposes. Check out this article to learn how to mix The Melanin Nurse’s 100% Unrefined Shea Butter with other natural ingredients to meet a variety of skincare needs. 

Click HERE to purchase The Melanin Nurse's 100% Unrefined Mango Butter. 

Click HERE to purchase The Melanin Nurse's 100% Unrefined Shea Butter. 

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