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Fight Eczema

Whipped Shea Butter in Orange Blossom
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Whether it is you or your children, the battle with eczema can be very frustrating. I know this because I use to be a frustrated mom dealing with my infant son and his eczema issues. I felt like such a horrible mother because his skin was always red and inflamed. My poor baby was so uncomfortable and I couldn’t figure out what to do. 

I remember taking him to get pictures around 5 months and I didn’t want to do the diaper only photos because his skin was so discolored. His body was literally 2 different colors and I felt ashamed. I tried everything the doctors prescribed even covered him in Crisco. Yeah that didn’t work either, but I was desperate for a solution to his skin issue. I laugh at it now because the doctor told me to try it.

This is where me being stubborn came into play. I started doing my research on the condition to educate myself and this is how Happily Naturally Me was born. It started with me creating a product to combat his eczema and I had succeeded. No more steroids and crappy medicine from the doctor that didn’t work. This mom had figured out a natural solution that has worked perfectly. My son is now 8 and you would never even know he had eczema. So to the parents with children suffering here is how I made my son’s eczema nonexistent:

  1. Stay a way from things with synthetic fragrance. Laundry detergent, soaps, lotions etc. That includes you as well mom because your baby is always laying on you. Happily Naturally Me’s Whipped Shea Butter and Shea Butter Soap was created for this reason, but it isn’t the only benefit. Raw ingredients are used to make both so no watered down supermarket products.
  2. Make sure you are applying your moisturizer right after bathing. Happily Naturally Me’s Whipped Shea Butter acts as a sealant to keep the moisture in. Raw unrefined Shea Butter penetrates all 7 layers of your skin and that is why it is so AWESOME unlike other moisturizers.
  3. Be mindful of the things your baby is eating because sometimes that can also cause flare ups. Your gut health is connected to your skin health. If you breast feed be mindful of this. It might help to keep a diary of what you are consuming and document flare ups. 

So there you have it. Start implementing these things and see what happens. I am by no means a doctor so this is not medical advice. This is my story of how we resolved the eczema problem in our household. 

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Stretch Marks: The Key is Prevention

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Most of us have them and none of us want them. Whether dark or light those imperfections in our skin are there to stay for the most part. Stretch marks are very hard to get rid of and that is why prevention is key to dealing with them. Before you can learn how to prevent stretch marks, you need to first understand how you get them in the first place. So what are stretch marks anyway? To keep it simple, they are just tears in the layers of skin. They are a result of you growing faster than the skin can stretch.

Stretch Marks 3

Pregnancy is the biggest culprit of stretch marks developing because we pack on the pounds very rapidly to bring that bundle of joy into the world. If you just happen to be one of the ones that don’t gain much weight, your stomach is still stretching to carry the baby growing inside and yes I fall into that category. My stomach was hard like a basketball and I knew I needed to keep my body hydrated and moisturized at all times. This was prior to my knowledge of the benefits of shea butter and the science of my skin expanding. I just knew I didn’t want stretch marks so I was slathering on the cocoa butter. It just so happened I was drinking tones of water because certain juices tasted weird during my pregnancy and I was staying away from all soda.

Now that I am way more educated on keeping my skin healthy I look back and realized I was doing the right things. Although cocoa butter is an amazing butter to use, I know now shea butter is more superior because of the extra healing properties it has compared to cocoa butter. Throughout my pregnancy I only developed one stretch mark and I attribute that to me leaving my belly ring in. The stretch mark is right wear the extended plastic belly ring was located, but has since faded drastically.

Stretch Mark 1

So when you know your body is about to go thru a dramatic change, you want to start getting your skin ready sooner rather than later. Unrefined shea butter and cocoa butter are packed full of nutrients that improve the elasticity of your skin and boost collagen levels. This is what makes your skin more stretchy and drastically reduces the chances of it tearing. If you happen to already have stretch marks, don’t get all depressed about them; with the right skin nourishment, you can improve the appearance overtime by repairing your skin.

Happily Naturally Me’s Whipped Shea Butter works wonders for prevention and the fading of stretch marks. My stretch marks from growing into my teenage body are barely visible since I started my natural skin care journey about four years ago.

Thigh Stretch Marks

Happily Naturally Me has just what you need to better your skin. Your skin is the biggest organ you have and you need to give it nutrients. The sooner you start taking care of your skin the better it will be in the future. Preserve your natural beauty with natural products.

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What’s so Special About Shea Butter?

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Butyrospermum parkii also known as Shea Butter is far more superior then all the other seed oils you will come across.  It is extracted from the nut of the Karite Tree which grows in parts of West Africa.  What makes it so special is the fraction of healing properties it contains compared to all other seed oils found in skin and hair care products.  This is why the Karite Tree is called the “Tree of Life”.

In parts of Africa, where the tree is harvested, it is considered “Women’s Gold.”  Shea Butter is the primary source of income for many of the women that live in these areas. With the increase demand of Shea Butter, it has help improve economic conditions to better the lives of the people that live there.

100% pure unrefined Shea Butter contains vitamins A and E in addition to necessary fatty acids. In a nut shell, Vitamin A is great for improving skin cell renewal and contributing to rejuvenated looking skin and Vitamin E increases the blood circulation to the skin and protects the skin against any free radicals that can be damaging. It is said that the moisturizers that are found in Shea Butter are the same as those found in the skins sebaceous glands.  Sebaceous glands naturally protect our skin by keeping it moisturized and waterproof.

Here is a list of some known benefits of Shea Butter:

  1. It helps retain moisture in skin and hair
  2. It improves collagen levels which help with anti-aging, stretch marks, burns and scares
  3. It can be used as an anti-inflammatory and help with other skin irritations
  4. It helps to protect the skin from sun exposure, but should not be used in the place of sun screen.
  5. It can help improve skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis

This article is not a medical guide so please do not use it as such. Always consult your doctor for medical treatment.

Resource: www.SheaInstitute.com