Woman Owned & Mindfully Made
December 07, 2020
Something has been on my mind lately. Being on a few social media platforms with Mom groups and lots of Moms asking a bevy of questions daily. I absorb the information and often the conversations resonate with me. One topic that had me on the edge of my keyboard was age spots. How does one properly manage the spots that may or may not be showing up at any age.
As a child in North East Texas in the 1970s, we played outside. I spent half of my childhood wandering around in the back pastures, standing next to a pond fishing or swimming and sunning at the lake. I can not remember ever wearing sunscreen, a hat, not even a ponytail. As, I got older and started having regular dermatologist skin checks: I remember one dermatologist visit vividly. I visited a new dermatologist as we had just moved to Oklahoma City and the veteran Dr. calmly touched my hands, looked them over and said kindly, "You, my dear, will never have skin cancer." I was shocked, and happy to hear this, but wondered how he could say such a thing. He said my type of skin (olive tone) rarely if ever develops skin cancer. He held out his arms and said now my skin very well could. Well, I still get checked regularly, (not that I don't trust the doc), but my dear Uncle did develop skin cancer and I think maybe the kind Dr was just trying to ease my obvious fears. After years of tanning beds, sunburns and not much sunscreen I started to see some small brown spots on my hands and chest.
Enter IPL... I had my first photo facial, then round 2 then 3. This procedure pulled some small sun spots on my face. IPL will pull the spots to the surface then a laser is used to remove. I am not into the constant need for machines and medicine, I am drawn to a homeopathic and natural approach if possible and much prefer one thing repeatedly and that is pure Shea Butter. IKR!!! You see; I formulate a lot of natural products. Sometimes, the ingredients in my formulations may be left in a beaker or on a spatula. One ingredient that I will not wash away is Shea Butter. I will remove my gloves and massage it into my cuticles and all over my hands. Sometimes, rolling up my pant leg to moisturize the little dry spot on my ankle. For that reason I created a face cream and body butter with a huge dose of Shea Butter & Cocoa Butter. I can report the areas that I have used straight (neet) shea butter the spots have disappeared. I still have some work to do, but hey! While I can not promise these results for every skin type; I can tell you that my personal clinical trial has been amazing. No more laser or invasive procedure, just simple, Shea. My motto has long been, "simple ingredients are key". Shea Butter is a champion on my short list! Now go put on a hat, wear sunscreen and make sure to have regular, dermatologist skin cancer screenings!
photo credit: baraka shea butter
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