What’s your number 1 body care essential you can’t live without?
Mine is a Shea body butter/cream. The skin of my body is super dry and needs all the help it can get to stay soft and hydrated after the long, hot showers I love to take (I know, bad beauty blogger! But they feel SOOOOOO good 🙂 ).
Shea butter is the only thing I’ve found so far that keeps it happy from morning till evening. But I’m not faithful to one brand. I’m fickle AF so I like to try new Shea body stuff all the time.
The one I’m using now is Mary Kay Satin Body Whipped Shea Creme. Here’s why I’m loving it so much.
By the way, you won’t find Shea butter on the ingredient list. It hides under its Latin name, Butyrospermum Parkii, in there.
Either way, it’s a fat derived from the nut of the Shea Butter tree. It’s chock full of fatty acids like oleic acid, stearic acid, linoleic acid, palmitic acid, and linolenic acid.
No, I didn’t say that to bore you to death. These fatty acids are what makes Shea butter so incredibly moisturising even for the driest, Sahara-like skin types.
Here’s how it works: these fatty acids create a protective barrier on the skin that slows down water loss. Science says it does this even better than mineral oil (that’s what derms think it’s the gold standard for moisturising skin – I beg to differ. 😉 ).
Another study found the moisturizing effect of a 5% shea butter cream to peak “after one hour and persist for 8 hours.” In my experience, it lasts longer than that. ?
Sunflower Seed Oil
Like Shea butter, Sunflower seed oil is another posh ingredient that likes to hide under its Latin name, Helianthus Annuus.
Like Shea butter, it’s made mostly of fatty acids, including Linoleic Acid (48-74%), Oleic Acid (14-40%), Palmitic Acid (4-9%) and Stearic Acid (1-7%). Plus, it has a huge dollop of vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant that kicks free radicals in the butt.
And like Shea butter, it’s super moisturising. Together, they keep even super dry skin soft and smooth all day.
That dollop of vitamin E also helps you prevent wrinkles (your body needs that too).
Let’s Put It To The Test: Personal Use & Opinion
How cool is that whipped design? I almost didn’t want to use it (I hate ruining pretty things).
The texture’s on the rich side, yet it applies smoothly and sinks fast into the skin without leaving a greasy residue behind. My dry skin just laps it all up.
The best part? I can put it on in the morning and forget about it for the rest of the day. I don’t get that tight feeling + rough texture that tells me I need to apply the cream again.
Mary Kay Satin Body Whipped Shea Cream keeps my skin soft, smooth and hydrated for the entire day. But then I knew it would. Shea butter is always a miracle worker for my skin. 🙂
Oh, before I forget… This smells like white tea sprinkled with oranges. It’s subtle and fresh and always reminds me of crisp spring mornings. It hangs around for a little bit too.
Available at: £17.00 at Mary Kay
Ingredients: Aqua, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Pentylene Glycol, Stearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Mangifera Indica Seed Butter, Prunus Armeniaca Kernel Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Parfum, PEG-100 Stearate, Cera Alba, Ceteareth-33, Cetearyl Olivate, Phenoxyethanol, Betaine, Stearic Acid, Dimethicone, Caprylyl Glycol, Sorbitan Olivate, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Polyacrylate, Chlorphenesin, Potassium Stearate, Disodium EDTA, Tocopheryl Acetate, Allantoin, Triethanolamine, Sorbic Acid, Limonene, Citral, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Tocopherol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Cyclohexasiloxane, Sodium Benzoate.
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