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How do I Choose the Best Shea Butter Moisturizer?

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To choose the best Shea butter moisturizer, read the ingredients that are listed on the bottle or jar. If moisturization is all that you require, eliminate choices that contain unnecessary ingredients. The more natural a product, the better results you may receive. Products made with all-natural ingredients also are less likely to irritate skin or cause allergic reactions. If you have sensitive skin, look for a moisturizer that is hypoallergenic.

Hypoallergenic lotions and creams are generally a safe bet for most. Many people suffer from negative reactions to certain chemicals used in lotions and creams. A shea butter moisturizer may have additives that may cause irritation in certain individuals. This is why it is important to purchase a moisturizer that specifically states that it has been tested for sensitive skin.

Even though a shea butter moisturizer is hypoallergenic, this doesn't necessarily mean it is free of chemicals and substances that may cause long-term effects. When you choose your shea butter moisturizer, look for one that is 100 percent pure shea butter. Avoid moisturizing lotions that have ingredients such as perfumes, dyes, and synthetic additives. A lightweight moisturizer is typically best and won't feel heavy on your skin.

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Another consideration is checking whether the moisturizer contains parabens. Many products on the market do contain some form of parabens. These additives have been the subject of controversy, and while there is no evidence to substantiate negative effects on health, many experts believe it is best to avoid products with parabens whenever possible.

Be sure the shea butter moisturizer you select is non greasy. Heavy oily moisturizers may clog the skin's pores and cause breakouts and acne. If you are prone to acne, it is essential that you not use a product that is overly oily.

Many moisturizers contain shea butter as a main ingredient and add natural enhancements such as vitamin A and E. The vitamin complex not only moisturizes the skin, but helps in healing irritations associated with certain conditions. If you suffer from psoriasis or eczema, the vitamins may help to protect your skin while encouraging healthy cell formation.

When shopping for a shea butter lip moisturizer, apply the same basic rules. Look for the same natural ingredients as you would in your body lotions. Vitamin formulas work well to hydrate dry, chapped lips and aid in healing.

In choosing your ideal shea butter moisturizer, you may wish to buy it as a cream or lotion. A cream typically comes in a jar, while lotions usually are distributed by the use of a pump dispenser. The choice has no bearing on effectiveness and is strictly a matter of personal preference.

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