Hey MayaIndia Sweeties! As promised, each month we will be featuring a different ingredient used in our Dessert for Your Skin at the MayaIndia Body Bakery and share some of its properties and benefits. Today I'd like to introduce you to a good friend of mine named Shea Butter. Shea Butter is extracted from the shea nut found on the karite tree in Africa. It is edible and widely used in cosmetics as a moisturizer, salve or lotion. According to the American Shea Butter Institute, it contains Vitamin A "which is important for improving a number of skin conditions including blemishes, wrinkles, eczema and dermatitis." In addition to these concerns, the ASBI asserts that with continued use, Shea Butter is known to alleviate dry skin, skin peeling after tanning, sunburn, skin cracks, stretch marks during pregnancy, skin allergies such as poison ivy and skin damage from heat (such as hot grease while cooking). That list gives me a whole lot of reasons to use Shea Butter and that's why we are such good friends! I have received several heartfelt testimonials from customers who have experienced wonderful results subsequent to using Shea Butter following a day in the sun, or a day in extreme cold. However, you don't have to wait for extreme temperatures to use Shea Butter, it can be used every day to keep skin smooth and supple. At MayaIndia, we LOVE Shea Butter and it can be found in several of our products such as our Body Frosting, Candy Bars and even some of our Handmade Soaps. If you are not familiar with Shea Butter, these cold winter months present the perfect opportunity to become acquainted. I am positive that once you meet Shea Butter, you will become good friends too! By the way, if you already use Shea Butter as part of your daily skin care regimen, won't you please tell us about your favorite product containing Shea Butter? We would sure love to hear about it. Until next time..... ~Stay Sweet!