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Shea Butter Baby Eczema

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Are there any home remedies for eczema?
    I have a tiny patch of eczema on my chin and I want it gone. I've gotten this before, on and off for the past 5 years. Usually it goes away on its own, but I am sick of looking at it and feeling it. Does anyone know of any good home remedies that might get rid of it, or at least reduce its severity?

    • ANSWER:
      I HAVE NEVER FOUND COCOA/SHEA BUTTER TO WORK, ALTHOUGH MY DOCTOR AND FAMILY TELL THEY WORK FOR THEM, YOU COULD TRY THOSE. I USED TO HAVE ECZEMA REALLY BAD ON MY SCALP AND MY MOM SAID SHE USED TO PUT OLIVE OIL ON IT AND IT HELPED SHE SAID (WHICH IT OBVIOUSLY HAS BECAUSE I CURRENTLY DO NOT HAVE ECZEMA ON MY SCALP AND I DON'T REMEMBER B/C I WAS SO YOUNG). AFTER YOU WASH YOUR FACE PUT BABY OIL, VASELINE (BRAND) LOTION-- THE ORIGINAL VERSION--, OR PETROLEUM JELLY (VASELINE), THOSE ARE WHAT WORK FOR MY SKIN ALWAYS.

      HOPE THESE HELP

  2. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of eczema?
    Prom is in 2 weeks and I have a patch of eczema on the crook of my elbow.

    It's been coming and going for a week or so, and I've been putting baby eczema lotion on it everyday.

    What products work and what can I do to get rid of it asap?!
    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I've had eczema for ages now and it took me so long to get it all under control. I had to go to an Asian country just to get treated and now my skin's almost back to normal :)

      Here's what I do:
      1) Always moisturize! Moisturize your whole body 5-7 times a day. (I bring my own little bottle of lotion to school to apply it during interval and lunch). I also use St. Ives Shea Butter/Vitamin E because I like how it's really cooling and non-greasy. I also recommend the lotions my dermatologists have given me which all work for me (I just tend to stick with St. Ives since it's the only one that doesn't seem to run out in shops). They are: Aveeno Eczema Therapy Moisturizing Cream, Vaseline Intensive Rescue lotion (the white one) and Physiogel Cream.

      2) I would also recommend applying some Jojoba Oil/Virgin Olive Oil on your skin when you feel really dry/after showering before you apply your moisturizer.

      3) Shower less often or shower for only about 5-10 max. And if you can take it, use lukewarm water/cold-ish.

      4) Try taking antihistamines once a day for about a week or two. I personally take Phenergan.

      5) Drink heaps of water and eat heaps of oatmeal. Try to stay away from foods you're allergic to or foods that usually cause allergies.

      6) Finally, best wishes! I hope you get your eczema under control. I know eczema is forever but IDC 'cause you can hardly tell I have it. I don't itch anymore and my patches are almost gone. From them being all over my body, now you can hardly see them.

      Oh and BTW, you should see results within 2 weeks :) probably even 1 :)

  3. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of my acne scars?
    I am a 13 year old girl with not too much acne, but a few acne scars left over from picking at pimples. How do I make myskin appear flawless?

    • ANSWER:
      Use something called witch Hazel . its in a clear bottle , use it after you use your facial wash or just get up and wash your face with warm water you must do it twice a day , when you get up and before bed . if your face is dry use shea butter its co co butter and you can get it from a dollar general or even wal mart. it will clear your scars up . Trust me I had acne real bad and my baby has eczema.

  4. QUESTION:
    My babys face is sore and weeping?
    Mothers, please help, my baby's face weeps and its really sore
    He has has antibiotics 3 times, fucidin, canesteen with no improvement. They have now referred him but what can I do before his appointment ? I've tried shea butter and nelsons calendula also.

    • ANSWER:
      Have you used any type of Topical steroids on them for eczema in the passed?
      Weeping is a common sign of Topical Steroid Addiction/Topical Steroid Withdrawal/Red Skin Syndrome.
      Babies and Children become addicted to Topical Steroids very fast and severely because of how small their bodies are. Please look up TSA/TSA/RSS. It's more common than you would think, there are thousands of people all across the world suffering from this, and thousands of mothers are in the same situation as you. Please visit ITSAN.org for answers.

  5. QUESTION:
    Is black soap meant to be used only by black skinned people?
    does Black soap work on asian skin? Is it really as good as everyone claims it to be? Does it actually help acne? A lot of questions! Lol!
    Thanks!
    I went to an african shop and asked the guy about black soap and he said ''Its not for you its only for black people!''. Thats the reason i ask. And please let me know if any of you have actually tried it.

    • ANSWER:
      Black Soap, also known as African Black Soap (Anago Soap, Alata Simena,or Ose Dudu), has long been used to heal problem skin. Its good for thinning fine lines, evening out dark spots, eczema, razor bumps and eliminating blemishes. It is also used to lightly exfoliate and give you healthier looking skin. The soap can also be used on your body or hair or for oily skin, dry skin, skin rashes, scalp irritations, body odors and is good for sensitive skin. There are many other claims to the benefits of black soap, which may be proven/disproven by the user.

      Black soap is made from the ash of locally harvested plants and barks such a plantain, cocoa pods, palm tree leaves, and shea tree bark. First the leaves and bark are sun-dried and then roasted in a kettle or pot at an even, constant temperature, which is important to ensure color, texture and smell. Then water and various oils - palm oil, coconut oil, palm kernel oil (including shea butter and cocoa pod powder) - are added to the mixture and stirred for at least a day. After that, the "soap" is left to set for two weeks to cure. Oftentimes the soap is made by women and is fair-traded, though not always.

      Black soap is traditionally made in west Africa, typically Ghana, from secret recipes. Different tribes and communities have adopted their own specific (secret) blend of oils and cooking techniques, which can be seen in the different color variations among black soap. The ash itself was often used to heal cuts. Varieties of black soap actually made in Africa tend to be pure, while soaps made in Europe or the US tend to have added artificial ingredients.

      The plantain skins give the soap Vitamin A & E, and iron. Because the soap has the highest shea butter content of any soap, it also offers UV protection. The soap is also good for sensitive skin, meaning its a good option for babies or the elderly. Some people with caffeine sensitivities may need to test out soap that contains cocoa pods as there is some evidence that the caffeine can be transmitted through contact with the skin.

  6. QUESTION:
    Do you know of a herbal remedy for eczema? And cradle cap?
    My six month old son has very dry patches with little bumps in them. They are really dry and tough. I have been using hydrocortisone, it helps a little but it never goes away completly, and i don't wanna use it forever. There has got 2 b a natural alternative. I also notice that the cortisone lightened his complexion where it was applied. He is a chocolate baby with carmel cheeks. the coritsone did nothing for the few patches on his legs. His cradle cap is very mild. But i noticed all these problems started once we moved to the desert.

    • ANSWER:
      Don't use hydrocortizone!!!It contains steroids, that are harmful to the baby's delicate skin. This is what I used on my own children. Natural black soap, it will not only get rid of the eczema, its safe to use everyday. Wash the baby's hair in it also. Make sure that the baby stays away from dairy, because eczema is also a response to an allergen. Use natural unrefined shea butter for a moisturizer. You can also use that in the baby's hair. You can also buy over the counter baby eczema cream all natural from Gentle Naturals. Your baby's complexion will turn back to normal in time :) peace and blessings!

  7. QUESTION:
    how to cure my baby face rash naturally?
    hello

    my 6 week old breastfed baby started off with a rash on her cheeks it has now spread aroujd her face and ears i used shea butter for 2days..any other sugesstions

    btw i am a eczema sufferer, and quite scared of it being passed down...

    • ANSWER:
      Babies often get rashes that will naturally go by themselves. You might want to check with your doctor or health visitor that it's not anything to worry about, which it probably isn't. Unless the skin is dry or seems to be causing discomfort, it's probably best to just let it settle down on it's own as anything you put on a new babies skin might just make it worse.

  8. QUESTION:
    how do i get rid of dipper rash i have tried rash creams changed his food and dippers please help?

    • ANSWER:
      Raw Shea Butter is the best product in the world. It comes from Africa. There is White Raw Shea Butter, and there is Yellow. It is better than any desiten or baby butt butter you can buy. It heals wounds as well as diaper rash. I sell this product in my store. And if you would like more information on it please email me. It is not that expensive. And one package will last a very long time. It has multiple uses. So you can use it on your baby's bottom and you can use it on a cut or scrape. My email is pleasantlivinggifts @ yahoo . com . Here is some more info on Raw Shea Butter : Raw Shea butter has soothing, moisturizing and protecting effects. Due to the presence of a sizeable quantity of unsaponifiable fats, its content in vitamins and other active elements, Shea butter adds other more precise activities to these general properties. It displays a protecting role against UV rays because of its content in cinnamic acid and can thus be incorporated in solar products. The natural latex contained in Shea butter would moreover prevent certain sun allergies. Shea butter also helps cell regeneration and capillary circulation. This favors the healing of small wounds, skin cracks and crevices, and skin ulcers. In the cosmetic field, this property is an asset against skin aging. It has restructuring effects on the epidermis, also on dry and fragile hair. Dry skin, dermatitis, dermatoses, eczema, sun burn, and burns are all helped by natural Shea butter. It has an anti-elastics characteristic which makes it a good active ingredient against stretch marks. Shea butter can also be used to treat rheumatism and aching muscles, and to ease colds because it decongests nasal mucous tissues. It is very well tolerated by the skin for it does not normally trigger any allergic reaction and can even be used on very sensitive skin areas such as mucous tissues and around the eyes.

      Good Luck!

  9. QUESTION:
    What product should i use for making my legs "smooth"?
    Okay...so i guess i can start off by saying i do not have "naturally smooth legs."and by this i dont mean i have hairy legs or whatever...its just that my legs arent smooth or clear like i want it to be .
    Sooo what product/ technique should i be using????? Advice pleeease?

    • ANSWER:
      I would ex foliate your legs while showering (shaving helps them ex foliate too ;3...not too often though of course! lol), and using a very good moisturizer. Using coconut oil, cocoa butter, shea butter, vegetable glycerin mixed with water, or even argan oil (rather expensive but very good for the skin and hair) daily to hydrate the skin will produce smoother, healthier skin. I have extremely dry, sensitive, combination skin and it is difficult to keep a smooth and clear look with the eczema flare ups and irritants. But when I keep up with the routine of ex foliation and moisturizing, my stays as soft as a baby's :3. Try and see what works best for your skin and you will see results :D. Oo! And Dove Deep Moisture body wash is verrry good as well :3. Hope that helped some! <3

  10. QUESTION:
    My toddler has eczema on his arms?
    My son is 2 and for the last year has had problems with eczema on the inside elbow. The dr said to just keep it moisturized he gave me some strong hydrocortizone for when it flames up. It is always flamed up unless I use this three times a day. What can I do for him poor baby walks around the house crying scratching his arms and when he gets tired he puts our nails on his arms. Please any suggestions. I have tried benydryl lotion and oral.

    • ANSWER:
      I swear by the shea butter which is offered by the L'Occitane website. It is made with pure ingredients, and has been shown to help anything from dry skin to stretchmarks to eczema.

      Because your son is only 2 years old, you might want to try the "Shea Butter Mom & Baby Balm" (as opposed to the "Pure Organic Shea Butter," but you can check with your doctor and see what he suggests). If you want to check it out, the Mom & Baby Balm can be found on this website:

      http://usa.loccitane.com/FO/Catalog/Product.aspx?prod=01BB150KA&cm_vc=ProdCustLike

      If you want to try a smaller size for less money (to see if you like it or not), then you can get the smaller version here:

      http://usa.loccitane.com/FO/Catalog/Product.aspx?prod=01BB050KA&cm_vc=ProdCustLike

      The shea butter which I use for myself (The "Pure Organic Shea Butter") can be found here if you want to check it out:

      http://usa.loccitane.com/FO/Catalog/Product.aspx?prod=01BK150K6&cm_vc=ProdRecView

      (This, too, can be bought in a smaller version if you want to try it out first....but the "Mom and Baby Balm" is made specifically for a child's sensitive skin)

  11. QUESTION:
    Will regular lotion help stretch marks?
    Im tired of the smell of cocoa butter , now im using baby lotion every night...Will this still help with stretch marks?

    • ANSWER:
      You can use shea butter to fight stretch marks. Stretch marks usually makes it appearance upon pregnancy, sudden weight gain, bodybuilding, and growth spurts. When your body expands, your skin also starts to stretch. The underlying layers are not as capable of keeping up with the elasticity demands, and in time, the dermis may tear in several places.
      Stretch marks are commonly observed on the thighs, buttocks, upper arms and also the breast area. They are not easy to get rid of, even with the best skin care regimen. While there are many commercially prepared creams whose manufacturers claim can help fight stretch marks, shea butter is one of the few that has proven to be effective.

      Shea butter is a fatty extract from the shea tree which is at home in Africa’s arid regions. Locally used as a cooking fat, it is now better recognised as an ingredient for cosmetic applications. Although cocoa butter was hailed previously as the number one fat base for emollients as well as moisturizers, the many healing properties associated with the shea tree extract have begun to supplant the former. Shea butter are used in a wide range of lotions including for the treatment of eczema and rashes, as well as sun block lotions. Cracked skin is said to benefit from the use of this substance.
      Since it is entirely absorbed by the skin without leaving the greasy patina associated with the use of baby oil or even olive oil, shea butter has become a favorite for those who have to go long hours without any application of moisturizer. Highly concentrated shea butter is best used to help in the fading of scars and to fight stretch marks.
      Unfortunately because of the limited availability, products containing shea butter is more expensive than products containing say cocoa butter. As a result, consumers who do not know about the benefits of using shea butter to help fight stretch marks are likely to give this product a miss. It takes the savvy shopper and those in the know about using this substance for beautiful healing skin.

      Read more at: http://blog.soliditytrade.com/

  12. QUESTION:
    Eczema in toddler, good products to use?
    My daughter developed a rash in the last two days which looks like eczema. What are some good products to use to get rid of it? (soap, shampoo, lotion, etc.)?

    • ANSWER:
      Do not use any soaps, shampoos, lotions, cortisone or creams. The only thing I recommend using is 100% pure shea butter that is not imitation. Give her warm baths in sea salt and terramin/bentonite clay. The sea salt should help dry this out within a couple of weeks. Espom salt works also, but it is not quite as effective as sea salt. But I still recommend it because, it will help regulate her bowel movements. So, by all means incorporate a espom salt bath into her regime once or twice a week.

      There isn't one solution for eczema, however many people who suffer from eczema have gluten allergies or candidiasis. Try getting an allergy test done to see if there are any other possible food allergies she may have. There are many offending foods that can trigger eczema such as dairy, soy, eggs, and peanuts. So, my suggestion would be to avoid these until you can pinpoint the allergy. Bare in mind though, that eczema is also a toxicity or imbalance in the body (predominantly the colon). It's imperative that you get her on some type of probiotics to achieve balance in her intestines.

      The most important issue of all is diet. If you are breastfeeding and your diet consists of processed foods, high sugar and gluten. Then you are most likely passing it on the baby. If you are bottle feeding then I recommend you start incorporating healthy vegetables and non-acidic fruits. Also, add an omega-3 fatty acid supplement to her/your diet. Some examples of oils that have high levels of omega-3 are olive, fish and flax seed oil. I recommend you start to alter her diet as soon as possible and within a few weeks you will see major improvement. If you'd like to know more just send me an e-mail and I'll gladly help you. Good luck and God bless.

      Oh, I also wanted to give you a website where you can find some insightful information from a woman who cleared her own eczema. This will be a great resource guide in helping you understand how to clear eczema.

      http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/eczema.htm

      Erin, many people who suffer from dermatitis already have an infection on their skin which is part of the problem. Staphylococcus aureus colonization is very common in patients who suffer from dermatitis. That's why the bleach water would be effective at minimalizing the infection. However, sea salt is just as good and is not toxic to the body like bleach. Sea salt has the same, anti-fungal, disinfectant properties. So, please don't use bleach on your baby's skin.

  13. QUESTION:
    What is raw Shea butter good for?

    • ANSWER:
      Using Shea Butter regularly as a facial moisturizer helps you maintain supple, wrinkle free skin.
      Shea butter is wonderful for softening rough skin, especially elbows and knees.
      The Raw butter can be combined with other oils to create a decadent Shea Butter body balm.
      Raw Shea Butter is very soothing if you suffer from eczema or dry skin. Your skin will just drink it in.
      Use Shea Butter as a base for an exfoliating sugar scrub , and gently remove dead skin. The soft, smooth skin you uncover will have you addicted!
      Use Shea Butter to speed the healing of cuts and burns
      Shea Butter is wonderful for soothing your baby’s skin when she has a diaper rash.
      Use Shea Butter after a pedicure to seal in moisture and keep those tootsies touchably soft.
      You can use raw Shea Butter as a scalp treatment if you have a dry itchy scalp.
      Shea Butter used regularly as a lip balm will keep you lips so soft and hydrated, you’ll want to kiss yourself!
      Stretch marks fade noticeably with regular application of pure Shea Butter.
      Shea Butter helps fade dark marks and hyper pigmentation often caused by acne.
      Lessen the affect of sunburn by using Shea Butter after a day in the sun.
      Stop the itching associated with razor bumps by applying Shea Butter after you shave. Also, using a bit before shaving helps your razor glide smoothly and provides a protective barrier for your skin.
      Like a good massage? Melt some Shea butter in your palms and use as massage oil. You’ll be floating away in no time.
      Use raw Shea Butter as a base in natural skin care recipes. It’s one of my favorites.

  14. QUESTION:
    If I use jojobal oil on my face will i break out?
    after washing my face at night My face gets dry and i was wondering if jojoba will cause black heads or clogg my pores .ANY SUGGESTIONS PLEASE?Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Jojoba oil is great for your skin

      jojoba is very similar in composition to human natural skin oils. it can be decolored (clear) and/or deodorized. it can be pasteurized and then filtered to prevent bacteria growth. pure jojoba is a beautiful golden amber with its own aroma, which will vary slightly from one crop to the next. it contains protein, minerals, plant wax, and myristic acid. it also contains the seed's own anti-oxidants, is non-allergenic and won't stain linens or clothing. since it has antioxidant properties, it can keep other oils from going rancid. jojoba oil is similar to, and has replaced, sperm whale oil.

      pure jojoba is the extract of seeds produced by the jojoba plant and is expeller pressed, once. no solvents are used during this process. although referred to as an oil, it is actually an extract, a wax ester that's liquid at room temperature.

      jojoba oil penetrates the skin rapidly to nourish it; also softens and moisturizes mature and dry skin and restores elasticity to any dry skin area.. jojoba helps to heal inflamed skin conditions such as psoriasi, eczema, or any form of dermatitis. it helps control acne, oily skin and scalps since excess sebum is actually dissolves in jojoba. because of the anti-inflammatory properties (myristic acid), this could be a good base oil for treating rheumatism and arthritis. because it penetrates skin so rapidly, it's not a good massage oil.

      it is highly concentrated, don't apply it like a lotion. put a small drop on the back of your hand and massage it in until you learn how much works for you. it's good for all skin types and gentle enough for newborn babies. it can clog pores. may be used full strength or in 10% dilution.

      here are some oils that may be better and wont clog pores

      grapeseed oil (vitis vinifera)
      this darker green oil is an ecologically sound product that is made from the seeds of grapes after the wine is pressed. this oil is nearly impossible to extract through cold pressure due to its very low oil yield.

      grapeseed oil is very rich in vitamins and minerals (high in vitamin e), protein, and is 76% essential fatty acid (linoleic acid, aka omega 6). it is low in saturated fat, contains natural chlorophyll and valuable antioxidants (known as proanthocyninidins), and has a good shelf life.

      it's a light and penetrating oil; the skin absorbs it easily. it's used for massage and in lotions, balms, creams, and soap. also makes great salt and sugar scrubs. it is widely used for hair conditioning and styling, imparting a rich silky luster and enhancing hair growth. it has no perceptible odor. since it is slightly astringent, it tightens and tones the skin. will not aggravate acne. good for all skin types. use at 100%.

      olive oil is slightly green owing to the retention of trace amounts of chlorophyll and contains protein, minerals, vitamins. like avocado oil, olive oil is prone to solidify when cold. olive oil is a very good moisturizer because it attracts external moisture, holds the moisture close to the skin, and forms a breathable film to prevent loss of internal moisture. unlike so many other moisturizing substance, olive oil, (and this is also true of shea butter), does not inhibit the skin's natural and necessary functions, the ability to continue sweating, release sebum and shed dead skin. olive oil has the properties of being calming, demulcent and emollient and can be used pure or in blends for burns, sprains, bruises, insect bites, to relieve itchy skin, and to massage the gums of people suffering from pyorrhoea. it's also used for rheumatic conditions, hair care, cosmetics; nail & hair care, and helpful for inflamed or acne skin. works well in soaps, lotions, creams; it's strong odor will affect how it's used. traditionally it was used to produce macerated oils.

      emu oil (dromiceius novaehol-landiae)
      an emu is a flightless, grey-feathered ratite bird of australia, closely related to the ostrich. the oil comes from a thick pad of fat on the back of the bird that was initially provided by nature to protect the animal from the extreme temperatures of its australian homeland. the color of the yellow therapeutic grade emu oil is due to the natural diet of the animal; the flocks are raised specifically for the purposes of providing food and oil. the lighter colored soapmaking grade emu oil comes from flocks on a different diet. the yellow oil is rendered at a slightly higher temperature compared to the white or soapmaking grade oil.

      emu oil is found in muscle pain relievers, skin care products, and natural soaps. it's also a great addition to balms, creams and lotions. some of its properties are: anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, skin regenerative, moisturizing. it's high in oleic acid (oleic acid has better skin-penetrating qualities than vegetable oils), and it doesn't clog pores; it penetrates through several layers of skin.

      when first applied to the skin, it feels greasy; however, within 5 to 10 minutes one notices that the oil is slowly being absorbed by the skin leaving a great feeling of overall smoothness on the skin. you can use it straight or you can add essential oils of your choice. the bottle of emu oil should be shaken ever so lightly to mix the contents prior to each use.

      corn oil is soothing on all skin types. it contains proteins, vitamins, minerals and can be used at 100%.

      fractionated (refined) coconut oil: this oil is produced by heat, rather than cold pressing (using hydrolysis or high pressure), and is usually deodorized since it's natural odor is rather intense. this liquid, clear, odorless coconut oil will not solidify. this is a favorite of skin care professionals and of massage therapists as it will not stain sheets and clothing. it's quickly absorbed by the skin, glides easily and never leaves a greasy feeling. fantastic for overall body oil. according to some authorities, this oil is the closest substance to human sub-cutaneous fat and more compatible with skin than vegetable oils. it can't clog pores, making it an ideal carrier for oily or troubled skin. it is used for dryness, itching, and sensitive skin.

      virgin coconut oil: this oil, with the true and full smell of coconut oil, is processed using a centrifuge and gravity. the coconut is harvested and the milk is extracted by centrifuge with a density separator. it has the most intoxicating coconut fragrance one could ask for. its texture is a soft-solid with a creamy texture while at room temperature. use straight on the skin, as lip balm, to blend with other fixed and/or essential oils, and in creams and lotions. it's used as a tanning aid for those who like to tan without any protection. use as a sexual lubricant or all over body oil. massage into hair for a truly moisturizing treatment prior to shampooing

      sweet almond oil comes from the edible almond and is known for its extra skin conditioning qualities. use this for making lip balms, salt scrubs, lotions, massage oils, or for adding extra lathering qualities to hand-milled and cold-process soaps. sweet almond oil is obtained from the nut of the tree, which is native to asia and the mediterranean. the oil has very little or no scent and is a great nutrient for softening and conditioning the skin.

      it's been known to be especially suitable for eczema, itchy, dry and inflamed skin. it's very lubricating, but not penetrating, which makes it a good massage oil, and protectant. contains glucosides, minerals, vitamins a, b1, b2, b6 and e. rich in protein. it will turn rancid quickly if not refrigerated.

      olive oil coconut oil almond oil these are my faves and id really like to get grapeseed oil

  15. QUESTION:
    My baby has red pimples on his face ?
    My baby has red pimples for 7 months. I have been using baby seba med soap and baby seba med baby lotion but there is no result yet.....what do you think to do?????

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like eczema. I have had eczema all my life. Keeping it moisturized is key. Raw shea butter is amazing for clearing up the rashes, it has natural healing properties. If you would rather go the traditional route, talk to baby's pediatrician and he may suggest a hydrocortizone cream. The cortizone does clear it up, but I prefer not to use anything medicated.

  16. QUESTION:
    what is the best moisturizing (day cream) you have used?

    • ANSWER:
      SHEA BUTTER CREAM Did You Know Shea Butter:
      Helps bruises to heal.
      Fortifies cuticles and nails.
      Helps heal scars, burns, and stretch marks.
      Firms up aging skin and helps clear wrinkles.
      Prevents ashy skin, chapping, and skin rashes.
      Rejuvenates skin pores and adds elasticity to skin.
      Helps prevent weak hair from breaking, fading, or thinning out.
      Naturally contains vitamins A & E and linoleic & cinnamic acids.
      Helps drain toxins from sore muscles: perfect for sports participants.
      Use after shaving prevents irritation and restores skin's natural luster.
      Ideal for dry skin, dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, sunburn and athletes foot.
      Prevents skin irritation on babies' skin, which in turn helps babies sleep better.
      Ideal as hair conditioner, it protects the scalp against sores, rashes & dandruff.
      Works well as a treatment for arthritis, joint pains, rheumatism & muscular aches

  17. QUESTION:
    Annoyingly dry skin?
    Lately my skin has been obnoxiously dry.. especially after I shower. My skin looks dry and flaky and itches. I have Johnson & Johnson shea and cocoa butter baby lotion and I try to use it but it seems to aggrevate and burn a little. It says hypo allergenic... Lately at night my elbows are so dry they hurt and scratch my blankets even after i rub the lotion on them. Also on the tops of my hands they feel really scaley and have little red bumps.. What lotion do you use? Is there anything else I can do.. is this caused by my pregnancy or just dry weather. Is there an in-shower body soap that will help? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      my skin has been dry and itchy like that since my pregnancy especially with the cold weather i found something that works like a miracle straight out the gates of heaven, It is Palmer's body oil spray for stretch marks and itchy skin. It has the sillhouette of a pregnant woman on the bottle. when i get out the tub as soon as i start drying off i start itching, when i spray this stuff on my skin it immediately stop itching even before i rub it in, and it absorbs so quickly and leaves no residue at all nothing like baby oil its great i highly recommend it, my husband has even started using it on his eczema patches, it only slightly relieves his problem but for me its great

  18. QUESTION:
    Please somebody help!! My baby eczema is really starting to go down hill!!?
    My 7 mnth old has eczema. Now I have been doing everything naturally possible like not bathing her regularly, cuttign back on soap, keeping her moistuirized with Eucerin and now recently with natural raw shea butter, the rest of her body is getting better but in the crease of her arms she scratches them so bad that blood ends up being everywhere. I tried keeping her in long sleeves but she gets hot and it only works on cool days anyway and summer is coming. Im about to start trying the gluten free diet on her to see how it works, but up to now I had just refused to put her on RX meds but its starting to look like I have no other options. Its so bad that When she scratches her self Im starting to cry with her. Im going to pull my hair out pleas help... Iknow it could be worse but lord im having a hard time dealing with this issue here.

    • ANSWER:
      I completely understand your not wanting to put her on prescription meds, but if she's scratching that much and is that uncomfortable maybe you could try it. The stuff I put on my son worked in about 4 applications, and I really haven't had to use it since. Now I can just use Aquafor or Eucerin and he doesn't have any breakouts.
      I also agree with what one person said about milk - I have little spots of eczema that seem to get worse if I drink milk.

  19. QUESTION:
    Whats a Good Lotion Or Cream For Eczema.?
    been using Aveeno eczema cream but it doesnt seem to help.

    • ANSWER:
      any shea butter lotion or cream
      also for my the best is california baby aloe vera cream it works great it heal dry patches on your face on body can by bite pricey but if works also you can to use it like daily moisturizer you can get it at whole foods store all natural .also Dermarest eczema lotion work great it heals eczema of your skin specially if you have dry flaky red patches or itchy skin you find it rite aid stores also Flax seed oil works great it helps to control eczema you need to take vitamin supplement orally your get nice smooth skin you find it at any health store or go to www.puritan.com is where I buy mine vitamins they have nice price with good quality.

  20. QUESTION:
    Any advice on toddler eczema? its usually very minor and barely noticeable...?
    My almost two year old daughter has had eczema twice. One as an infant. And now. It seems to be seasonal. Only occurring in the late fall/winter months. I thought her being in the sun for a few hours was causing the redness to come back but I've read that some treatments use uva and uvb rays.
    At this point its affecting her ability to enjoy going outdoors. Does anyone have any lotions that may help. Or know what it could be that's causing this reaction? I'm already using Aveeno baby lotion. Cortizone when its severe and st ives oatmeal and shea butter

    • ANSWER:
      Try 100% pure shea butter, instead of the St. Ives. You can find it at health food stores and it's relatively cheap :) melt it between your hands before applying, so you don't put too much on. It just lasts longer that way. It works way better than any other moisturizer I've used. It can even heal wounds so they don't scar and prevent or fade stretch marks!

  21. QUESTION:
    What are good products to wash a new baby in and good lotions/diaper creams?
    I am due in 10 days exactly with my twin girls. Got the HE baby detergent that is all natural, went green with everything in the house it seems. Less chemicals, more natural. Well, my aunt just got me a gift card for BabiesRUs & I need to purchase baby skincare products, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion, diaper cream ect...I need to know what brand is good & effective yet gentle & is not loaded with chemicals. I have eczema & my husband breaks out with regular soaps. I can use Clinique's Cream wash, & thier lotion that has shea butter in it & my hubby tends to borry it & it works no problem. He has very sensative skin & tide, all, wisk ect does not work with him. I use 7th Generation & woolite on our clothes now. I am going to assume that my babies will be sensative too since both parents are, so any suggestions on skincare for the babies? Johnson & Johnson make Aveeno & I read the ingredients in both, they are about the same. Huggies not too different. Any suggestions

    • ANSWER:
      Good for you, going green with everything, really! I use the All Free and Clear, No dyes or perfumes, works great. There are lots of lotions on the market with no perfumes or dyes that work great for you and the kids. You don't necessarily need to go with an expensive baby brand for the kids, just as long as it doesn't have any dyes or perfumes in it. Actually, for the eczema, I use aquaphor ointment. That is what I have used on both of my boys since they were a few months old (when they needed it-- but I would only use it sparingly). As far as washing them, Dove is good (the one with no dyes or perfumes of course). And for diaper cream, I have used Triple Paste since my oldest was newborn (5 years ago). I wouldn't recommend anything else (unless they get a fungal rash which is different). Triple paste contains 11.6% zinc oxide, a skin protectant, and is very effective for diaper rash, or simply for use as a protectant in the diaper area.
      Also, since you seem to be a concerned parent (wanting natural things for your kids, etc), I would recommend that you ask for mercury free, thimerosol free vaccines for your babies as well when they are born.
      Congratulations, and get some sleep now as you soon never will (unless you have hired a nanny!)

  22. QUESTION:
    My baby has eczema he just turned a year old.?
    We have tried everything from eucerin, hylira, cocoa and shea butter. We bathe him daily and let him soak in a bath, we have tried everything and nothing seems to work. He itches constantly and he breaks out all the time he is scabbing in areas the skin is so bad. THe Doctor just keeps telling me that he will grow out of it and to keep using the lotion but that isnt helping him at the moment. Has anyone experienced this and have any suggestions????
    We took him to a dermatologist and he is the one that told us to soak him in the bath 2 times a day for 40 minutes at a time. We were only bathing him every few days. It helped for awhile but it just quit working. I have tried the oatmeal bath from aveeno and I have tried all the aveeno skin products and every eczema cream available. My husband also has eczema and his cleared up with the suggestion of the dermatologist. We live in Texas in the dry rough air. We also keep a humidifier going at all times in his room.

    • ANSWER:
      Unfortunately, eczema is one of those things that affects every individual differently and there is no clear cut solution to the problem. I know several children who have eczema and actually my husband has had it for about 5 years but only had a small bout of it with a child. I have been a child care provider in my home for 20 years. One of the little boys I cared for had eczema and his doctor suggested putting Crisco on it. It is non-toxic if he got it in his mouth (most of his was on his face) and it keeps the moisture in. It worked pretty well for him. For my husband, we have gone to dye free and scent free laundry products and bar soap. The odd thing about my husband's eczema is that he'll try something new and it'll work great for a few weeks or even a month or so, but then all of a sudden it'll stop working and he'll have bad flare-ups. The one thing that cleared his up the best and the longest was when we took a trip to Corpus Christi (we live in Michigan) and we swam a lot in the ocean. After a couple days, he noticed that all of his eczema was getting better. By the time we went home his skin looked and felt better than it had in a long time. It lasted for several months than began to flare up again. We tried soaks in water and sea salt in hopes of mimicking the ocean swims, but it didn't work. Most of the creams and lotions he has used with a prescription worked for varying lengths of time and than stopped working. I think he's tried every one available. Right now he isn't using anything prescription but is back to just over the counter hydrocortisone cream and taking Benadryl for the itching until he goes back to his doctor. When he was using a prescription, his doctor recommended scent free Lubriderm frequently since he said keeping the area moist would help. He also suggested short, cool showers since hot water will aggravate it.

  23. QUESTION:
    Found Out that I have is Eczema (a common skin disease that causes irritation of the skin).?
    OK here is the problem. I recently found out that I have Eczema ( it its skin disease that causes irritation of the skin). My skin is peeling pretty badly and it is annoying. It is worse than it has ever been, it's freaking me out. My skin is two tone and the skin that's peeling is very thick in layers and it's practically cover my entire legs. I have some Hydro Cortisone 2.5% and I use Shea Butter for bath and Shea Butter lotion to stay moisturized. I was wondering what else is there that can be done or should I seek Medical Attention for it. Thanks in advance for your answers.

    P.S. I'm allergic to Coconut product( suck doesn't it) for they are the best.
    I do eat pretty healthy according to my blood type. Eat lots of fish and drink plenty of water, Also eat low acid fruits and high in iron veggies. I did not know that stress can cause it to do that. I did not see that when I was read about it, thanks wow!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Generally, that's no cure.
      Frankly, you have to know your skin, cos' it not nessarily
      that you have dry skin, so keeping it moist will increase the itch.
      Going to skin centre only give you more medication.
      But it sometimes work for some people, but not all.
      The solution is to keep clean, and very clean.
      No strong soap. Treat your skin like baby skin, no ppeeling no
      scratching, or it will leave marks.
      You are feeling worst cos' the weather, and your mood.
      Stress worsen the condition.
      Sorry.
      I have Eczema too. After sometime it went away.
      TThat'sthe consolation.

  24. QUESTION:
    Anyone suffer with Facial Eczema, Please HELP? IMAGE INCLUDED?
    Hi people, this is kind of long but I really hope that you can help me out with this.

    I was diagnosed with mild eczema on my face 3 years ago, especially the area at both corners and below of my nose, both corners of my lips, and the area of my chin. It's always dry, peeling, scaly, red, and a bit itchy.

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    I am really sick and tired of all the steroid creams (hydrocortisone, fluocinolone, betamethasone and etc) and non steroid creams (Elidel and Protopic) that I've been prescribed by my local dermatologist. Now I've stop using steroid cream because it gives me pimples. The non-steroid ones does no justice as well. Currently I'm using a Cetaphil moisturizer cream prescribed by my dermatologist. It has been a week and it kind of helps the peeling part, but the redness and scaly thing are still there. Do you think I should continue using this Cetaphil moisturizer cream?

    I've also read many questions regarding eczema and many people recommend a moisturizer product called "Aveeno". I continued reading and came across another question and someone recommended "Gentle Naturals Disney Baby Eczema Cream". So I've checked out these two brands, read the reviews and ingredients, and decided to give it a try. So two days ago I ordered, "Aveeno Active Naturals Eczema Care Moisturizing Cream" and "Gentle Naturals Baby Eczema Cream" online and now hoping that it would arrive before my facial eczema got worse. If the Aveeno doesn't work, I will use the Gentle Naturals Baby Eczema Cream as a backup plan. Yes, this is how desperate I am because this eczema problem really depressed me.

    I have a few questions for those who have facial eczema,

    1) Do you have similiar condition like mine? The dry, peeling, scaly, red, and a bit itchy problems.

    2) Have you tried using any Aveeno product before?

    3) Do you think it will clear up the problems if I ONLY apply Aveeno product for my eczema (without putting steroid cream beneath)? Or am I doomed to depend on steroid cream for the rest of my life?

    4) Do you think it's a good idea to exfoliate my face, scrub?

    Please don't suggest herbal creams like Champori, I have tried that before and it has this dark black green disgusting colour and horrible smell which doesn't really provide comfort for my eczema problem.

    I'm really desperate for help. :(

    • ANSWER:
      My sympathy's. While I don't have facial eczema, I do suffer with it on my hands. I haven't used an Aveeno product but their website looks promising. Oats and Shea Butter are great for skin. As is pure Aloe Vera (you should be able to find in a pharmacy or health food shop) which has performed fabulously in clinical trials.

      Steroidal creams actually weaken the skin by making it grow faster to cover it. That isn't to say they don't have their place, but I only tend to use them if I get a severe attack. I am usually able to manage my eczema for several years at a time (my last severe attack was 3 years ago) by trying to limit exposure to irritants, using creams like Aveeno, aloe and Neutrogena, and managing my stress levels. Try washing in something like oilatum as well. Your pharmacist should be able to help you here. Do you know what is triggering yours?

      I would never exfoliate skin with eczema. A facial scrub will only act like you scratching and won't help.

      I know how horrible it is, but it is manageable when you know the triggers attacks. I hope this helps a little.

  25. QUESTION:
    Eczema on the soles of feet?
    My family doctor has prescribed several ointments that have not worked long term. Hes sending me to a specialist soon but that could take 2 months. Has anyone had success or seen a dermatologist and what did he do for you. This chronic condition has me off work and is so debilitating.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi. I'm sorry to hear that your skin condition is so debilitating. I know exactly how to help. Most lotions on the market contain MINERAL OIL! The molecular structure is too large to penetrate the pores of your skin, sitting on the top layer like saran wrap. This causes dirt and debris to collect on your skin, causing irritation and dryness. Products that contain mineral oil get wiped off over time and have little to no benefit. This is why you find yourself reapplying your lotion three times a day. You need a pure water based product to help with your sensitive skin. Water based products will penetrate the dermis and deeply condition and hydrate your skin. Although it may sound silly, Arbonne's Baby Care line is perfect for people with extremely sensitive skin. The have a body lotion and body oil that are botanically-based and pH correct, dermatologist tested, non-sensitizing, non-irritating, and formulated without nut oils. They're formulated with shea butter which is a unique botanical that soothes, moisturizes and protects skin. With its key components of vitamin A and E, all types of skin (including sensitive) can benefit from shea butter’s supreme, conditioning effects. Its non-toxic makeup and skin-tolerable trait make it ideal for use on sensitive skin. You cannot purchase Arbonne through retails stores. If you're open to trying a free sample, I'll be happy to help you. I think that it's best to try a product to ensure that it's beneficial and works for you before spending your money. Good luck!

  26. QUESTION:
    What is the best baby wash to use?
    My baby has eczema all over her head and on her shoulders and arms. What is the best baby wash to use to help soothe it?
    at this point she gets a very short bath every night. I use Johnson and Johnson with shea and cocoa butter wash and lotion. I also put eczema cream on her spots where I can after she has been bathed and lotioned. If I don't give her a bath daily it gets worse. SHort baths seem to help and she gets the bath lotion and cream before bed and by morning it is really inflamed and red again.

    • ANSWER:
      I suffered from dermatitis as a baby as well. I wouldn't recommend using J & J or any chemical lotions on your baby's skin. All you are doing is irritating it even more. Try something without synthetic fragrance or petro-chemicals. There's a natural liquid soap called Desert Essence "Thoroughly Clean Face Wash," you can use this soap on yourself and your baby and it wont dry out the skin.

      You are on the right track with shea butter, but I recommend shea butter from the health food store with no added chemicals. Shea butter has a very distinctive smell, but fades once applied to the skin. You can apply this pretty thick to her skin and it shouldn't cause any irritation. Also, coconut oil is another great skin soothing agent. Just about any brand will do as long as there's no additives like Hexane.

      Hydrocortison, eucerin, aquaphor, and cetaphil -- I used all these products in the passed and not one ever did anything more than irritate my skin. Most of these creams may provide temporarily relief, but the irritation will reappear within the next day or so. Most times worse than before. But, a tip that I'll recommend to you is watchinhg your baby's gluten, and sugar intake. If you learn to manage this most of her skin issues will vanish. Try checking into some baby probiotics, this may also provide some relief. Hope this has helped you and good luck. God bless.

      EDIT: If you take your baby to the pediatrician chances are they are going to recommend steroids. DO NOT USE STEROIDS OR STEROID SHOTS. These steroids were so painful for me that within 48 hours I would scratch my skin until it bled, so PLEASE don't subject your child to this.

  27. QUESTION:
    Products to improve baby eczema?
    My daughter is 9 months old and has had eczema since she was about 5 months old. It started behind her ears and went to her legs and now her arms and back. Today it seemed a lot worse. Huge patches all down both of her arms. At her 9 month check up the doctor gave her a tube of cream- it works great but we are already all out in 2 weeks! He's like "you're just going to have to find something that works with her skin!". We have been using Johnson and Johnson's Bedtime Bath, Johnson and Johnson's Shea and Coco Butter and Grins n' Giggles wash and lotions. Nothing seems to help at all! I need to find something to help her skin. Do you have any recommendations? The eczema is getting pretty bad and looks a bit painful.
    I bathe her everyday- mostly for the routine. Could the water make her skin worse? Sometimes I just bathe her in water- no products

    • ANSWER:
      Our son has sever eczema as well. He only gets a bath every 3-4 days. The instant he gets in the tub his poor skin starts turing red so to answer you question yes. Baths do make it worse.

      Your doctor is right though about finding what works for her. I can't even tell you how many times it took to find the right one for him. Here is what we did. We finally settled on Lansinoh nipple Cream (Yes you read that right) on his face in the evenings. It's very greasy! Then during the day at each bottle I put some Aveeno severe dry skin lotion on his face. We've been doing this for a couple months now and it works perfect for him! We also use Aveeno sensitive skin baby wash for bath time.

      I hope you can find something that works.

  28. QUESTION:
    What can I do about excema in a toddler?
    My son is 2.5 years old. From the time he was born he has had terrible excema. He's outgrown some of it but it's pretty bad on his arms and legs. It's gotten to the point where he looks like a burn victim.

    We keep him moisturized, but if he's upset for any reason he stractchs it until it bleeds. We use Cetaphil or 100% natural shea butter 4-5x a day. We limit baths to 2-3x a week. He only gets short baths and they are with cetaphil cleanser. We have liminated milk from his diet.

    The prescriptions from the doctor don't seem to help.

    I'm open to suggestions.

    • ANSWER:
      The aim for toddler and baby eczema is to keep the skin soft and moist. Daily bathing is good practice, but use a bath oil and a soap substitute to stop the skin getting dry. An antiseptic should be added to the bath twice a week to reduce the skin becoming colonized with bacteria. The bath water should be warm, not hot, as heat makes the skin itch. The bath can become slippery so use a bath mat to avoid accidents. Cover your child in the soap substitute (eg. Aqueous Cream) before getting in the bath and then limit the bath time to the time it takes to wash off the aqueous cream. Pat the skin dry with a soft towel as rubbing may irritate the skin. Use emollients or moisturizers to keep your toddler or baby eczema skin soft and moist. Moisturisers should be applied at least once a day, usually after bathing, but I often suggest to also apply the moisturizers at least four times a day. If the skin is very dry, you can apply every hour. If you are using a steroid cream as well, wait at least 20 minutes after applying the steroid cream before applying the emollient / moisturizer. You can keep the emollient / moisturizer in the fridge to keep it cool - this is especially useful for the creams you apply before bedtime.

  29. QUESTION:
    Directions for applying cutivate lotion (0.05%) for baby eczema?
    Hello - My 6 month old has severe eczema and her derm prescribed Cutivate lotion 0.05% today to be applied on the affected areas. I was wondering if any of you used it and if so, I have few questions (derm didn't stop to answer these and today being Friday, I am unable to reach him.)

    1. How much quantity did you use? (I think its best to use sparingly but how much is too less or too much/)

    2. Did you first try out on one area before applyig on other parts?

    3. The prescription says apply on affected areas. My daughter has rashes almost all over her body and blisters/boils in certain areas such as legs. So should I be applying the lotion on only the blistered areas or almost everywhere excluding face, scalp and diaper area?

    4. Is there a best time to apply it like before bed? before bath etc?

    5. Can we apply moisturiser on top of it (aquaphor)? should we wait in between?

    Thanks so much for your time and help!

    • ANSWER:
      I have this lotion for my kids.

      1. use SPARINGLY. a little goes a LOONG way with this sutff. a small dab about the size of my pinky nail will do half his arm. rub it in gently.

      2. no - I just put it on all affected areas at once.

      3. apply everywhere. I apply delicately to her scalp though. that's a tricky area.

      4. I apply it before we go out to day care in the morning and after their evening bath. do NOT apply beofre bath....it will wash off. Before bed is also fine.

      5. yes you can, but I would wait 30 minutes after applying cutivate to apply other lotion to allow it a chance to absorb. I have seen great results with Aveno lotion and natural pure Shea Butter.

      I also make their baths very short.

      HTH!

  30. QUESTION:
    How do I heal this stuff in my armpit?
    I think I might have exzema underneath my arm. I needed to rid the hair off of it and I used some Nair hair remover and now my underarms hurt like HELL, they are stinging like crazy! What are some ways that I can heal it or at least stop the inflammation? I have tried shea butter with some essential oils in it, but it just stings and stings and stings. I need some sort of remedy that WILL NOT cause anymore damage or severe pain. Thanks so much! :)

    • ANSWER:
      Poor thing! I know that eczema really sucks! Best thing I would try would be "first aid cream". (the kind that some time's come in first aid kits). Its a very mellow cream, and its very smoothing. If that's not available, you could maybe try some baby lotion (the thick pink kind). Or as a last resort you could even try some type of diaper rash cream, (though that might be kinda messy).
      good luck. i hope this info is useful to you. ;)

  31. QUESTION:
    Help with eczema?
    My neice has really bad eczema. When she falls, she doesnt get scrapes or scratches like other kids. Instead, instead of a scratch, her skin gashes and the top layer rolls up. Her other layers are exposed. HELP PLEASE!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Dr's normally give steroid creams but they are best not used on young children. I had eczema really bad as a child, my father did, and my little sister has it really bad. It does tend to get better over time, but I suggest having her take nice warm oatmill baths, milk baths. Only use Johnson's Baby wash on her skin, nothing else. All other lotions and soaps can burn and cause more inflammation. However, sometimes the lotion can also burn. Coaco/shea butter and Petrollium jelly with aloe is a good combination for a lotion based application. Make sure directly after the bath, it is applied while skin is still damp. I still have it on my face, and I have a daily process I still go through. I hope this helps like it did for me.

  32. QUESTION:
    Help, I'm desperate for suggestions on my dry skin!?
    I have read tons of questions/answers on here to find permanent relief from my dry skin on my legs, and I cannot find anything that works. I've consulted with family and doctors and they all say my skin isn't as bad as I describe it but its my skin and I know how I should feel in it.

    Here is my issue:
    My legs is the only place on my body that's dry. I don't get severe itching, no peeling skin, nothing drastic. Its all about how it feels and it bothers me to the max. I've lowered the temperature of the water when I shower, I've changed soaps/body washes to a more delicate and moisture rich solution, I've been eating healthy and drinking lots of water. I am just stuck and need a better relief/cure for my dilemma.

    Here's what I am looking for:
    I'm trying to go the natural route this time. Meaning I'm giving up on the commercial lotions that i've tried because all of them only provide TEMPORARY relief from my dry skin. I want to find something ALL NATURAL, no chemicals, no extra ingredients that I cannot pronounce, fragrance free would probably be best.

    I've tried using:
    Eucerin
    Cocoa Butter
    Shea Butter
    St. Ives Oatmeal & Shea Butter
    Gold Bond
    Aveno
    Vaseline Brand
    Lubriderm
    Jergens
    Curel
    -The list is endless

    I know I'm throwing a lot out there but I really would like some ideas on what I can use besides these fake name brand lotions that claim to heal but only provide short relief. Maybe some ideas on body washes and soaps too!

    Talking to by dermatologist wasn't effective because she just prescribe some prescription that clogged my pores and it was still only a temporary fix

    I just want to clear it up again. I do not have really bad dry, cracked, peeling skin. It just simply dry skin that won't heal. I need something that will penetrate and heal permanently over time!

    Thank you so much!

    • ANSWER:
      So I have the same problem, except mine worst because I have Eczema. Here's what I found
      Never use a lotion that has a pump, because it has some type of Alcohol in it.
      Almost everyone of the mentioned above has a chemical that drys out sensitive skin. So try California Baby!
      Don't use hot water, use warm.
      Put California baby lotion on right after you get out shower or bath.
      One thing that really help me, is putting oatmeal (real organic oatmeal) into a nylon and take a bath with it.
      Also watch the detergent you use for washing, and the laundry sheets, shampoos, razors, because they have many chemical in them that dry out skin.
      My Eczema is cause by an allergy to man mad chemicals (which is in almost every product out there) I found California Baby product and they work.

      I really hope this help you!

  33. QUESTION:
    Bad eczema after using epilator!?
    I bought a Braun epilator about a month ago and when I use it, I start getting really bad eczema on my legs and sometimes on my arms about a day afterwards. It says in the booklet that all methods of hair removal at the root can cause irritation when you first use it and is a normal reaction but should disappear after 36 hours. I think it lasts longer that 36 hours though, and I have waxed my legs in the past and I don't remember having any eczema afterwards. It says I should use moisturiser on my legs afterwards. Should I continue using it and use moisturiser as well or see my GP first? Has anybody else had the same experience?

    • ANSWER:
      Any tweezering of hair will cause some redness. Epilation is plucking on a grand scale. I have made the mistake of shaving my legs before swimming and when using a new blade it makes them very sore. I use a non perfumed moisturizer and the problem subsides within a couple of days. Eczema is different to skin irritated by shaving,waxing, or epilation. There is a temporary problem where the skin ph has been disrupted and is a form of contact dermatitis. It is not there the rest of the time hopefully and as it keeps you hair free for longer is probably worth persisting with. If you have time use a cooled towel or ice to take away the angry redness. A few epilation units are designed with a cooling gel or head that is chilled before use. It can be the Perfume in products that can cause a reaction to the irritated skin. Use cocoa butter, shea, or coconut butter or cream. They will soothe and be the most natural. A non perfumed baby lotion may be a good cheaper source, rather than anything thing that promises you the moon!

  34. QUESTION:
    Eczema on 18 month olds face?
    My 18 month old son has eczema on his cheeks and chin. I have used A&D ointment Aquaphor neither of them worked. Now I am using a combination of cod liver oil Desitin and Mylanta liquid (takes the burn out of the skin) and it was helping a little better than the others but I wanted to see if anyone has had a problem with this with there baby's face and what they used to treat it. I was thinking about trying hydro cortisone cream 1% to see if that would help. Has anyone used that and how well did it work. Any help on this topic would be greatly appreciated. Thank You

    • ANSWER:
      I use pure Shea Butter and it works very well.
      I also went to my doctor and got prescription cream for when it gets really bad.

  35. QUESTION:
    STRETCH MARKS !!! OH NO?
    well i had a baby nine months ago.. but my stretch marks are still here..what is the best way to rid or reduce the look of stretch marks beside "PALMERS coco butter "? that stuff didn't even work !

    • ANSWER:
      Keep in mind that whatever you are using, you have to be persistant and use it regularly, otherwise, you won't see results.

      Here are a few things that help with stretch marks:

      Vitamin E

      Vitamin E is known as a potent antioxidant which protects the skin from damage by the free radicals. You can use lotions enriched with Vitamin E or buy caplets of it. Apply lots of it and use it regularly. Vitamin E helps restore the skin and heal existing scars.

      Olive Oil

      Olive Oil is also filled with Vitamin E and a great moisturizer that is easily absorbed by the skin. It is also pretty cheap. Same as with Vitamin E: apply lots of it and do it regularly.

      Cocoa Butter

      Cocoa butter smells great and it is a great moisturizer. When used to prepare a lotion bar, it creates a protective layer over the skin which prevents damage by harsh weather or other harsh conditions.

      Shea Butter

      Another great stretch marks remedy is shea butter. Unlike cocoa butter, it doesn't smell that good but it does wonders to dry and damaged skin keeping it soft and elastic.

      Castor oil and Flaxseed oil

      Castor oil is mostly used as a massage oil but one of his benefits is that is draws out toxins and heals the scarring of skin.

      Flaxseed oil greatly benefits the skin but it is to be ingested. It is easily found as capsule at any pharmacy store. It is recommended for treatment of psoriasis, eczema and dandruff. It is also good for nails.

      You can make this Stretch mark cream

      Ingredients

      1 teaspoon vitamin E oil
      2 teaspoons grated beeswax
      1/4 cup of cocoa butter
      1 teaspoon of light sesame seed oil
      1 teaspoon of apricot kernel oil
      1 teaspoon of vanilla extract (smells great!)

      Preparation

      Mix all the ingredients (except vanilla) and heat it until beeswax and cocoa butter have melted. Stir well the whole time. Remove from the heat and add vanilla extract. When it has cooled well, store it into a clean, glass jar and close the lid tightly.

      I hope this helps!

  36. QUESTION:
    HELP! ECZEMA RASH ON MY CHEEK (IMAGE INCLUDED), has anyone tried using California Baby's product with success?
    Ok, this is a bit long but it will only takes about 5 minutes of your time, I really need help on this problem, thank you! :(

    I recently have this eczema pimple lookalike, pinkish-red kind of itchy rash on my right cheek :(

    Image: http://img377.imageshack.us/img377/6934/rashhy6.jpg

    I really don't want to use back hydrocortisone or any other steroid creams anymore, because all these prescription creams has worsen the condition, causing my face sensitive to the sun as well. It's like, when I stop using it, the problem comes back again 3 weeks later, and the problem comes back even greater. I've been prescribed non-steroid cream as well, Elidel and Protopic. Protopic burned my skin, and Elidel gave me cough (it's proven it gives internal side effect).

    I've had bad experience with moisturizer cream that contains Petroleum, Mineral Oil, and Paraffin because all these ingredients actually form an oily film that sits on top of the skin, preventing moisture from evaporating. It has a drying effect, it actually suck out the moisture of your lips/skin, which is why you have to constantly reapplying it.

    I've just change my cleanser from "Cetaphil Gentle cleanser" to "California Baby Shampoo & Bodywash, Super Sensitive (can be used on face)". Because RECENTLY I did a research about this harmful chemical ingredient called Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), it's actually cheap detergent that people used in car washes, as garage floor cleaners, and engine degreasers etc. After the research I looked at the back of the Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser and DANG, it has SLS and another harmful ingredient called "Propylene Glycol". For Christ sake I've been using it for 4 years. :(

    So now I'm looking for an alternative way to deal with this problem because I really don't want to use back the stupid steroid cream or those moisturizer that comes with crappy ingredients.

    Also, I was reading this California Baby Calendula Cream review over this site,

    http://www.drugstore.com/products/prod.asp?pid=54802&catid=26109&crpg=5&tab=1#1

    The product was rated 4.5 out of 5 stars based on 44 users. 90% of them commented that the cream cleared off rash problems like cradle crap, eczema rash on face etc. Even some adults commented that they have facial eczema rash, perioral dermatitis, dry skin etc used this product and has worked wonders in healing their skin.

    So today I just started using the California Baby Super Sensitive wash for my face, and have applied the the California Baby Calendula Cream on my face. It somehow stop the itch a bit, but I am wondering how long it will take to clear off the rash.

    So has anyone of you tried using California Baby Calendua cream with success?

    Also, can moisturizing alone clear off the eczema facial rash? Or am I doomed to use steroid?

    Omg :(
    This is not a spam for christ sake! I posted here because this is a baby section and there's a possibility that mothers here could have tried using CB cream for their baby eczema or whatever rash! I wanna know how long it will take to clear the rash! If you're just going to post useless answer for the sake of the pathetic 2 points I suggest you just f*ck off. I don't mean to be rude but it's people like you that pissed me off. All I need is suggestion and help, that's all I need.

    • ANSWER:
      Sorry hun, maybe people misunderstood you, once I saw a picture up I knew you were more than likely serious. It just doesn't seem that bad in your pic, hmm you are right though.
      Products with mineral oil/petroleum also with SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate/or any sulfates) are not good really. They strip your skin of its natural moisture and are theorized to be supposedly carcinogenic.

      I really don't think any physician should have prescribed a steriod for eczema especially looking at your pic, its doesn't look to be on that level of severity. Also for my 4 month old when I had used steroid creme for her skin it dried her out unnaturally and mad her skin hard!

      I am not familiar with that product you mentioned and on my daughter's cheeks I used burt bees sensitive lotion, it worked for a while for her rash but her cheeks began to dry a little again. It did moisturize the rest of her body greatly! I use aquaphor on them now, its the only thing that works on her face but it does have mineral oil.

      For myself, because I'm very acne prone, I use black soap and a shea moisturizer/shea butter at night. You can be of any race to use it, and I have heard many state that it helped with their eczema. I myself never suffered from it but you can try a sample from their website. Word of caution the shea butter can be oily in the beginning so I just used the shea moisturizer for the first two weeks then eased the butter unto my chin, cheeks etc

      The website is www.nasabb.com.

      They are all natural products so you won't have to worry about any Sulfates or mineral oil/petroleum. No I don't work or endorse for money for these people LOL I just know what its like to severe skin issues and that using prescribed rx's have only made it worse, for me and my little girl anyways.

  37. QUESTION:
    HELP! ECZEMA RASH ON MY CHEEK (IMAGE INCLUDED), has anyone tried using California Baby's product with success?
    Ok, this is a bit long but it will only takes about 5 minutes of your time, I really need help on this problem, thank you! :(

    I recently have this eczema pimple lookalike, pinkish-red kind of itchy rash on my right cheek :(

    Image: http://img377.imageshack.us/img377/6934/rashhy6.jpg

    I really don't want to use back hydrocortisone or any other steroid creams anymore, because all these prescription creams has worsen the condition, causing my face sensitive to the sun as well. It's like, when I stop using it, the problem comes back again 3 weeks later, and the problem comes back even greater. I've been prescribed non-steroid cream as well, Elidel and Protopic. Protopic burned my skin, and Elidel gave me cough (it's proven it gives internal side effect).

    I've had bad experience with moisturizer cream that contains Petroleum, Mineral Oil, and Paraffin because all these ingredients actually form an oily film that sits on top of the skin, preventing moisture from evaporating. It has a drying effect, it actually suck out the moisture of your lips/skin, which is why you have to constantly reapplying it.

    I've just change my cleanser from "Cetaphil Gentle cleanser" to "California Baby Shampoo & Bodywash, Super Sensitive (can be used on face)". Because RECENTLY I did a research about this harmful chemical ingredient called Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), it's actually cheap detergent that people used in car washes, as garage floor cleaners, and engine degreasers etc. After the research I looked at the back of the Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser and DANG, it has SLS and another harmful ingredient called "Propylene Glycol". For Christ sake I've been using it for 4 years. :(

    By the way, I've spent a fortune for this problem and been to many dermatologists and ended up transferred to a senior skin specialist dermatologist, one of the best in my area but still pretty useless. And there was one time in 2006 I put on a full makeup, the brand was Clique. It was the first time and also the final time I applied makeup because after washing off I realised my face was peeling already. Then later that year I did a skin patch test and turned out that I'm allergic to a fragrance called "Lyral". It's is a fragrance that is present in many cosmetic products. I've not been putting any cosmetic to my face ever since that incident. Then this year I took IgE blood test and Food Allergy Test. My IgE stated 73 IU/ML and I asked the laboratory person what does it mean and he said that any number that’s under than 87 is normal.

    The food in the test are Hazelnut, Lobster, Sacharomyes Cerevisiale, Shellfish Mix, Squid, Chicken, Codfish, Corn, Crab, Egg White, Milk, Peanut, Potato, Rice, Shrimp, Soyabean, and Wheat.

    The food allergy test on the print-out all stated class 0, which means I’m not allergic to any of those.

    I did a fungal test before but it turned out negative, which means I don't have it. I've asked the dermatologist if mine was rosacea and he said no. I also once suspect this might be perioral dermatitis so I asked if I could take antibiotic but the dermatologist refused to give it to me and said that my type of eczema is called Atopic Eczema.

    He told me that if I'm so paranoid to use back steroid cream, just keep moisturizing. I asked him if by moisturizing alone would it clear off the rash and he couldn't give me a confident answer, he just replied, "it will improve the condition" -_-

    He gave me this moisturizer called "Physiogel Al Cream", these are ingredients,

    Aqua, Olea, Europaea, Glycerin, Pentylene, Glycol, Palm Glycerides, Olus, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Squalane, Betaine, Palmitamide MEA, Acetamide MEA, Sarcosine, Hydroxyethyl-cellulose, Sodium Carbomer, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum

    After trying out two times I still find it quite greasy even though there isn't any petroleum or mineral oil.

    So now I'm looking for an alternative way to deal with this problem because I really don't want to use back the stupid steroid cream or those moisturizer that comes with crappy ingredients.

    Also, I was reading this CB Calendula Cream review over here,

    http://www.drugstore.com/products/prod.asp?pid=54802&catid=26109&crpg=5&tab=1#1

    The product was rated 4.5 out of 5 stars based on 44 users. 90% of them commented that the cream cleared off rash problems like cradle crap, eczema rash on face etc. Even some adults commented that they have facial eczema rash, perioral dermatitis, dry skin etc used this product and has worked wonders in healing their skin.

    So I've been using the CB Super Sensitive wash for my face, and have applied the the CB Calendula Cream on my face for the fourth time. It somehow stop the itch a bit, but I am wondering how long it will take to clear off the rash.

    So has anyone of you tried using California Baby Calendua cream with success?

    Also, CAN MOISTURIZING ALONE clear off the eczema facial rash? Or am I doomed to use back steroid?

    Omg :(
    P.S.

    I've been on this "detox diet" for close to 6 weeks already, I've stop eating meat and poultry. I only take one meal a day which consist 1 plate of brown rice, and 3 serves of spinach and broccoli, 2 bananas and 2 apples. I'd take fish at most twice a week though. I've also been drinking only water, 12 glasses a day. I used to sh*t twice a week but ever since I started out this "detox diet" I've been sh*tting everyday. Yes, it does help to clean my bowel and liver but I still don't understand why recently I get this sudden rash appearing on my right cheek. :(

    • ANSWER:
      sipmly put- My daughter had the exact same thing I put pure shea butter on it and it went away within two weeks. Shea butter is good for a variety of skin problems including acne and offers excellent results. I highly recommend trying Shea Butter first. Also you could try making a toner out of Apple Cider Vinegar and water mixed 50/50. Just apply to your face twice daily after you wash. The smell will evaporate quickly and it has healing and moisturizing bennefits. You can also try honey. Apply at night like you would face cream and let sit over night rinse in the am.

  38. QUESTION:
    HELPPPP!! prolonged extremelyyyy itchy skin!!?
    during my pregnancy i developed extremely itchy skin. my boyfriend also did. now after i had my son we are still sooooo itchy. my ob thought we had bed bugs so they had a dog sniff our stuff at the hospital but it didnt hit on any. so no bugs. my son developed a rash on his the back of his neck/hairline. its also on his belly/back and a few scattered red bumps on his hands legs and arms. but his doctor said its a normal newborn rash. i took him back to his doc again for it because i was worried it was bothering him but she still insists its normal and prescribed him an oral medicine to clear it up. what do you know it didnt work either!! my itchy skin is driving me nuts and also my bf, i finally went to the dermatologist and she said it was eczema and prescribed a cream. its not working. we dont have dry flaky skin. its just itchy all over with little red bumps. i have cuts all over from breaking my skin open from the intense itching! we lay in bed at night scratching each others backs its sooooo bad!! i went back to the derm and they scraped my skin and found no bugs/scabies. but she gave me another cream used for treating scabies anyways. that didnt work either!! they also said the rash on my son is normal as well. i find it rather interesting that all three of us me my bf and our son all have skin issues all of a sudden. even my mom is starting to get itchy now!!! please does anyone have any ideas what it could be???? we are going crazy from constantly itching!! i dont think its my laundry soap as ive been using the same brand and even scent for over a year. its possible i could be using too much of it and its not rinsing out of the laundry. but i use a different kind for my baby. and my mom does her own laundry at her house. ive never had any skin issues before this. also, my nipples mainly and my breasts have been itchy as well. im also breastfeeding my son. i dont think its thrush. he doesnt have the white spots in his mouth. please anyone with ideas please let me know im so desperate and just want it to stop!!!! thanks in advance everyone!! -Rachelle

    • ANSWER:
      going through that right now! my skin looks better after 1day! use 100% african shea butter, should be at your local beauty supply its about 4 dollars or less. Apply this daily and especially before you go to bed. You only need a dime size of the product because its heavy ( very moisturizing comes from africa) you get a lot in a container and it should last you about 4 months! you can also apply vaseline ( not a lot) an hour after you apply shea butter to your face! this allows my eczema to go bye bye in 4days or 6. I have mild eczema btw on my face -yikes-.....
      drink a lot of water as well! I mean a lot a lot
      I posted this on someone else question yesterday and tada my face is back to normal only took 3 1/2 days! I have mild contact eczema btw

      the skin is going to peel off by its self so dont freak out when u start seeing dead skin on top of your eczema!

  39. QUESTION:
    I need some skin advice!(:?
    Alright, i'm 16 and a female. I've had eczema for my entire life, all over my body, including on my face. My normal, lotion up and leave routine isn't working anymore and i've got peeling patches everywhere, including on my face, and that's pretty unatractive, I mean, who wants a peeling face? XD I started something new last night, I wash my face with johnsons baby wash, then I use Clearasil rapid action face pads, then Ponds face moisturizing creme. I did it before I went to bed and then this morning. Do you think this is a good routine? My face is still peeling, but it seems softer. I know it isn't going to happen overnight but I wanted to know if it sounded like a good routine. I also have an acne problem, not huge, but a couple bad pimples everwhere. I have Noxema and I have Clearasil. I don't really know which one to use, i've heard that Clearasil is better for teens because it takes the oil out of your face, and it did that for me, but dried my face out considerably. Which is better, noxema: or Clearasil? Is this a good routine for my face? Also, what could I do to help the eczema on the rest of my body? Thank you! (:

    • ANSWER:
      going through that right now! my skin looks better after 1day! use 100% african shea butter, should be at your local beauty supply its about 4 dollars or less. Apply this daily and especially before you go to bed. You only need a dime size of the product because its heavy ( very moisturizing comes from africa) you get a lot in a container and it should last you about 4 months! you can also apply vaseline ( not a lot) an hour after you apply shea butter to your face! this allows my eczema to go bye bye in 4days or 6. I have mild eczema btw on my face -yikes-.....

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What are your favorite baby products & why?
    I'm trying to get some ideas as I'm running out of different products that I got for gifts. Here's my list:

    Diapers: The only brand I don't like is Pampers. I feel like the surface of he diaper becomes moist if the baby pees only once. I like Huggies & Luvs the most for name brands & the Walmart brand for store brand.

    Bath stuff: I like Johnson's. Right now I'm using their Shea & Cocoa butter baby bath & lotion since its winter & my baby has dry skin. I use the baby bath on my daughter's hair as well. When my daughter is fussy or if its right before bedtime, I use the lavender stuff & it works wonders for her, not to mention it smells great also. I also use Desitin multi-purpose on her face because she tends to get dry skin.

    Diaper rash stuff: I prefer Desitin but Triple Paste works well too. If she has a diaper rash thats really bad or won't go away, I use Lortimin at every diaper change & at naptime & bedtime I do Lotrimin with Desitin as a barrier.

    Wipes: I forget which brand has them, but there's shea & cocoa butter wipes out there. I like them, but I'm not picky when it comes to wipes.

    Pain/fever relief: I use PediaCare in bubble gum flavor & I've had no issues with her taking it.

    I know it depends on your baby which formula you use, but my baby is on Nutramagin (she has milk protein & soy allergies). And we use plain PediaLyte when she needs it.

    • ANSWER:
      Diapers - Huggies Snug & Dry
      Bath Stuff - Aveeno Baby Wash and Shampoo and Aveeno Lavender Baby Lotion
      Diaper rash stuff - Aquaphor, and it's rarely ever used, my daughter hardy ever gets any rashes.
      Wipes - Huggies Natural Care
      Pain/fever relief - I use store brand (Shop-Rite, Rite-Aid or Walmart) Motrin or Tylenol, preferably Motrin but I will use Tylenol if she has a fever and I need to alternate them.

      My daughter is breastfed.

  2. QUESTION:
    What kind of baby shampoo, body wash and lotion do you use on your little ones?
    What kind of baby shampoo, body wash and lotion do you use on your little ones? What do you like about it compared to other brands that you might have used?

    • ANSWER:
      Aveeno! I just used it for the first time today and I love it!!
      I used to huggies w/shea butter for years, but now they don't sell it anymore.
      I tried good old J & J, skin still dry, then I tried J & J w/shea butter, her skin was still dry.

      LOVE the aveeno!!!

  3. QUESTION:
    What are some unusual or uncommon baby names?
    I'm currently looking at baby names for my first child, but I was hoping for something less common or unusual. I'm after both genders (as I don't know what gender my beautiful baby will be). I'm really not after weird names such as Apple though.

    Any ideas are appreciated. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Girls:

      Hailey Marilyn
      Christiana Ruby
      Audrey Shea
      Mackenzie Reagan
      Melissa Felicity
      Jasmine Lorraine
      Brenna Janet
      Alma Leslie
      Ruby Grace
      Sydney Heidi
      Ruth Zaria
      Sheila Madeline
      Elizabeth Ingrid
      Whitney Chase
      Alana Sophia
      Laney Alexia
      Tess Kirsten
      Kristen Rose
      Elise Marjorie
      Danielle Melody
      Savannah Judith
      Kelly Presley
      Judith Naomi
      Jordan Kenna
      Tabitha Lily
      Claire Virginia

      Boys:

      Daniel Trace
      Kenan Mitchell
      Chase Rowan
      Charles Dennis
      Terrance Duncan
      Logan Sawyer
      Lincoln Trevor
      Bronson Kyle
      Kenneth Jefferson
      Brody Dale
      Russel Eugene
      Spencer Benjamin
      Nash Christian
      Joel Jacob
      Griffin Brook
      Conrad Curtis
      Braxton Hugh
      Cedric William
      Jerry Evan
      Dillon Vance
      Caleb Tucker
      Austin Jerry
      Camden Maurice

  4. QUESTION:
    What products should I use to change my baby's diaper in a dry climate?
    I live in Denver and I'm stocking up on diaper changing items before my baby arrives next month. The climate here is really dry, so would I still need to use baby powder or should I use more creams?

    Any suggestions would help. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I'd say to use more cream ointments! Creamy Desitin is a really good one to stock up on! And I don't use baby powder, it seems to help cause the rash, so I use Corn Starch in stead. My son's little friends down below, have a tendency to stick to the diaper, when it's hot, so I use the corn starch. Also, stock up on the wipes with shea butter in it! It's really great for the skin! Congrats on your baby!

  5. QUESTION:
    What skin care products do you use on your baby?
    Just curious what kind of lotions and creams and cleansers everyone else useson their babies/toddlers. I am also interested if anyone makes their own. I hear olive oil is good but I have not tried it. Also, my baby has eczema so if anyone can recommend any good products for it, that would be great!
    Someone gave a thumbs down to all who said Johnsons. Is there something wrong with Johnsons? Can you elaborate for me?

    • ANSWER:
      We use Johnson's Shea and Cocoa Butter Baby Wash and Lotion. It smells sooo good and moisturizers for 24 hours. Just a note: we had been using the lavender and chamomile when our youngest was small, but hadn't never read the back of it. It says that if the child has allergies it could make them worse. If we would have read the label, it would have saved some allergy trouble with him, considering he has really bad ones.

  6. QUESTION:
    What can Shea Butter do for you and what other products is good?
    Like does it make your skin smooth?
    and what other products can be used in that same subject?
    And to top it off where can you find it at?

    P.S do they have better products for Mix hair and Baby hair
    to make it grow longer and nicer, and I'e need to know before I have a kid for myself.

    • ANSWER:
      i use cocoa butter (some people call it shea butter) on my skin every single day without fail and i moisturise my skin in it heavily when i come out the shower. i get constant comments of people saying my skin is incredibly soft and smooth. my boyfriend LOVES my skin cause its so soft.

      cocoa butter is my main cream however i mix it with olive oil and bio oil to get the goodness from that aswell.

      because of these 3 products i have perfect smooth soft skin, no stretch marks and my skin is allways moist

  7. QUESTION:
    What are some of the best natural baby washes?
    Just curious as to what some people use? i love hearing about new natural baby products. I currently use baby bee by burts bees. I also use OGbaby oil and love it! what are some of your favorites?

    • ANSWER:
      I use baby bee as well, but my favorite is Shea Moisture Organic Raw Shea Chamomile & Argan Oil Baby Head-to-Toe Wash & Shampoo... I love it, it's sold at target and walgreens.

  8. QUESTION:
    What are some traditional or modern but unique baby boy names?
    My friend is having a baby boy in another month. Her and her husband are reaching out to friends and family to brainstorm a baby name list. They both like traditional and modern names but they have to be unique. They immensely dislike popular trendy names. Got any golden oldies that are unique I could pass along to her? Beyond Victorian England I'm at a loss LOL

    • ANSWER:
      Finley, Thatcher, Cruze, Braxtyn, Odin, Orion, Adyx, Nixon, Osker, Cooper, Madden, Sawyer, Jaryn, Kale, Hudson, Rhett, Asher, Shea, Cain, Ryker, Cade, Fenix, Jaxson, Zane, Apollo, Luther, Tyce, Jax, Stratten, Cash, Oliver, Jace, Teague, Hendrix, Dylan, Seth, Logan, Luca, Pierce, Gage, Lennox, Lachlan, Burton, Oakley, Mason, Korbin, Lux, Bennett, Kaleb, Rowan, Mateo, Clark, Shelby, Breckan, Max, Peyton, Connor, Tucker, Uriah, Jett, Carson, Carter, Tyler, Adonis, Bentley, Maverick, Logan, Thor, Ryder, Colter, Foster, Fenix, Finnigan, Thane, Declan, Wyatt, Liam, Jonah, Micah, Kai, Boston, Dax, Brenner, Flynn

  9. QUESTION:
    what hair products can I use on my two year old african baby?
    I want to know what hair products help in hair growth and thickness. My two year old daughter has short hair. I really want her hair to grow longer and thicker. I am currently using natural oils like shea butter, coconut oil and olive oil. I just want to know what products you have used on your little ones and whether you likes them.

    Can you also recommend a product that can help her sides grow?

    • ANSWER:
      coconut oil and shea butter are the 2 i would recommend

      babies & toddlers seldom have "good" hair
      most dont have "proper" hair until they are late 3, into 4 years old
      they have baby hair until then

  10. QUESTION:
    What's the best way to get rid of stretch marks after having a baby?
    Had a baby about 6 mnths ago and I was looking for the best way to get rid or shrink my stretch marks..

    • ANSWER:
      There are a few ways to do it, either you can use the DIY method or try those proven treatment creams out on the market.

      Try to massage the area with the stretch marks about three or four times a day with moisturizers that contain cocoa butter or shea butter as a prime ingredient. This hydrates the skin, making it more pliant. Again, this is most effective only in the initial stage.

      If your stretch marks are already pass the initial stage (when they are red, purple, pink, or brown, depending on the color of your skin) and become white or silver (usually with deep indentation), then it would be far more difficult to minimize them, but not entirely impossible to "remove" them. But before you begin searching for these treatments, try to read more information on these topical treatments first.

      Many are advertised to "repair" stretch marks, but few have actually been proven to be effective. Here's some that are available on the market:

      a) Wheat germ oil - may help improve stretch marks in their early phase.

      b) Glycolic acid - increases collagen production; can be administered in higher doses by a dermatologist (usually costs a few hundred bucks and requires a few visits before you see results)

      c) Vitamin C - certain formulations might increase collagen production, but they'll only help with early-stage stretch marks; for best results, combine with glycolic acid.

      d) Relastin - the effectiveness of this product is unknown and unverified.

      e) Peptide-containing products - these "repair" creams are ineffective; there's no evidence that they work.

      f) Retinoids - they're fairly effective in increasing collagen and elastic production in the early stages, but they should be avoided if you're pregnant or nursing; they're more effective when used in combination with glycolic acid.

      I would recommend treatments that are using "100% natural ingredients" such as aloe vera. Aloe vera has been shown in clinical studies to have a positive effect on wound healing and holds anti-inflammatory properties.

      As stretch marks start out as microscopic tears in skin layers due to overstretching of the dermis, aloe vera helps heal these small wounds without causing scar tissue to form, effectively preventing the appearance of stretch marks. Aloe vera has been used for thousands of years by the Egyptians, Romans, Greeks, Arabs, Indians and Chinese to decrease the appearance of scars and to moisturize and heal skin. The extracts from the aloe leaf protects skin from environmental factors and promotes skin regeneration.

      My friend recommended me this and I have been using for a few weeks now, have shown some positive results but I am monitoring the progress since the product have a 90 days return policy. For more details, you can check out the site here >>> http://is.gd/NHQQ

      You can also read more about stretch marks on wiki below:
      http://www.wikihow.com/Get-Rid-of-Stretch-Marks

      :)

  11. QUESTION:
    What are some of the ingredients in baby wipes that might give your baby rash ?
    I have had a heap of baby wipes given to me for my baby show and ive only started to use them the last few weeks and both our twins got a rash ,I thought maybe teething but maybe it was the wipes cause i stopped using them after that , What are the ingredients that might not agree with them ?

    • ANSWER:
      the fragance,the alcohol could be two things that would bother the babies. My son was allergic to shea butter huggies wipes. So I stopped using them and it cleared his rash up. Along with warm baths and destin.

  12. QUESTION:
    What is the best natural way to improve the texture of my skin?
    I use African black soap to bathe, and shea butter, i love these because I have sensitive. But what are natural ways I can get a perfectly smoothe face, that is also even toned?

    • ANSWER:
      coconut oil. makes you soft as a baby.

  13. QUESTION:
    what is the best way to reduce the appearance of stretch marks?
    I had a baby two months ago, now my stomach is completely ruined. How can i make them GO AWAY!

    • ANSWER:
      I had a baby 9 months ago and they are still there!i used everything like coca butter,almond oil but nothing seems to work!few days ago i heard that pure shea butter works so try that maybe?i think that we have to learn to live with the stretch marks because nothing will help them to go away anyway unless you have money for laser.Good luck

  14. QUESTION:
    What should I use to prevent stretch marks during pregnancy?
    The thickest cream I have ever used is Bath & Body Works Shea Butter. Is this the best cream to use to prevent stretch marks? And, when during the pregnancy should I start using it?

    • ANSWER:
      Hello,

      I got a lot of stretch marks after my first baby. So, before my second, I took Revitol Stretch Mark Prevention and it worked really well. That stuff apparently really prevented me from getting more marks. Give it a try (if you are not satisfied, I think they have 60 day money back guaranteed).

      The earlier you start the better the results will be! And, by the way, of course it is 100% made of natural ingredients.

      All the best!

  15. QUESTION:
    How can I keep my feet in good condition?
    I get quite dry feet and at the moment have cracked heels. I am going to start using a Shea Butter foot cream on a daily basis, but wonder if there is anything else I should be doing to make sure my feet are well looked after? Preferably things that are easy - I know I won't be able to keep up with using a foot file, for example.

    • ANSWER:
      simple but easy...go to cvs,walmart,walgreens or any drugstore near u and get the cheapest apricot scrub (usually with the facial lotion and soap section) and use a sqirt of that on ur feet while they are still dry and then rinse it off in the shower...it exfoliates better if u do it before ur skin gets wet in the shower!! then put baby oil gel on ur feet and cover them with socks before u go to bed and u will have soft baby smooth feet in a few days...trust me it works!!

  16. QUESTION:
    Best baby boy name to compliment these names?
    I have three daughters, and to the delight of me and my husband we just found out recently that we are expecting a baby boy in January. Our daughters names are Meaghan, Erin, and Lyndsey. I am drawing a complete blank on a baby boy name, we don't even have a name in mind. I need as many suggestions as possible to compliment the names of my girls. Our last name is Caron if that helps at all! Thanks in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      Congrats on your little man! Hope this helps! :)

      Finley, Thatcher, Cruze, Braxtyn, Odin, Orion, Adyx, Nixon, Osker, Cooper, Madden, Sawyer, Jaryn, Kale, Hudson, Rhett, Asher, Shea, Cain, Ryker, Cade, Fenix, Jaxson, Zane, Apollo, Luther, Tyce, Jax, Stratten, Cash, Oliver, Jace, Teague, Hendrix, Dylan, Seth, Logan, Luca, Pierce, Gage, Lennox, Lachlan, Burton, Oakley, Mason, Korbin, Lux, Bennett, Kaleb, Rowan, Mateo, Clark, Shelby, Breckan, Max, Peyton, Connor, Tucker, Uriah, Jett, Carson, Carter, Tyler, Adonis, Bentley, Maverick, Logan, Thor, Ryder, Colter, Foster, Fenix, Finnigan, Thane, Declan, Wyatt, Liam, Jonah, Micah, Kai, Boston, Dax, Brenner, Flynn

  17. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have some pointers for a girl with half black hair?
    I am a mother of a beautiful 3 year old boy and a newborn baby girl. I am white and my husband is black. With our son we keep his hair short, with my daughter I would obviously like to do fun stuff with it. It is hard to tell how curly her hair will be since she is only 6 weeks old but she has alot of hair and it is already really curly. Any tips on taking care of it? Any special hair products anyone would recommend? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      .....My daughter is mixed and has butt length curly hair. First off do not wash it everyday with shampoo cause it'll strip it and make it dry. When she was too little for commercial products I used warmed olive oil on her hair and scalp and rinsed it off with plain water everyday. Regular baby shampoo is usually too harsh so I've used Dr. Bronner's pure castile Baby Mild soap for years and it leaves her hair soft and moisturized. Do not use greases of any kind since petroleum is detrimental to hair and clogs the follicles. Use wide toothed combs only on wet hair. No hair lotions cause they contain mineral oil and that is just like petroleum. No relaxers... just watch Chris Rock's Good Hair and you'll see why. Shea butter controls curls and smooths ponytails, just make sure the ponytails are never tight cause it'll rip out her hair and for the same reason don't use rubber bands. It isn't too hard to take care of mixed kids' hair, it just takes some proper product info.

  18. QUESTION:
    Do I need to wait for my stretchmarks to lighten before going to a tanning bed?
    I had a baby 6 wks ago and I'm dying to get to a tanning bed. I have TONS of stretchmarks on my stomach and they are still red. Do I need to wait for them to turn white before tanning?

    • ANSWER:
      I would wait a little for the stretchmark to fade, just in case. Applying an over the counter retinol will speed up the fading process, but you may need to apply a spf (like 8) to the areas you use the retinol, since it can inscrease your risk of sunburn and overdrying. After the retinol (found at just about any drugstore, it's in many anti-aging creams) dries, I apply cocoa or shea butter to keep the area from drying out. It should fade the marks in about 3 weeks so you can tan without risking darker marks. Hope this helps!

  19. QUESTION:
    What are your thoughts on these different and unique baby girl names?
    I love baby names :) Nessa, Nerissa, Natalia, Tangie, Tamika, Tamina, Tamara, Tanika, Jerika, Janelle, Jaelynn, Demitria, Danika, Raelynn, Marley, Maisie, Meadow, Havana, Harley, Harmony, Emerald, Emery, Every, Ember, Clarity, Shalena, Shaylynn, Shamika, Sharaya, Zora,

    • ANSWER:
      Nessa - I like it, but I like Vanessa or Janessa and Nessa as a nickname :-)
      Nerissa - I like Nessa much better :-)
      Natalia - Very beautiful sound! Much better than Natalie
      Tangie - Can't say I am a fan... Not my favorite
      Tamika - It's okay
      Tamina is very pretty and unique
      Tamara and Tanika are not as pretty as Tamina!
      Jerika - I actually had a friend with this name :-) She spelled it differently, but same name. I always admired it!
      Janelle - Pretty. I have a cousin with this name. I will never understand why she changed it to Joni :-(
      Jaelynn - BEAUTIFUL, but -Lynn names are beginning to become monotonous... :-(
      Demitria - Cute but not my favorite
      Danika - Like Danica Patrick? She is a beautiful auto racer/model :-)
      Raelynn - Loke the twist to Rylinn :-) very cute
      Marley - It's okay... I always think Bob Marley
      Maisie - Cute
      Meadow - VERY PRETTY! I've met the sweetest little girl with this name!
      Havana - not liking it. It has a pretty sound, so I'm not sure why... Sorry
      Harley - For a female, I love the spelling Harlee!
      Harmony - Aabsolutely gorgeous
      Emerald - I love this and it's Spanish counterpart, Esmerelda :-)
      Emery - I like this... On a boy
      Every - Nope... Everybody, everywhere, everyone, everytime, everyday...
      Ember is sooo pretty.
      Clarity - Not so much. Sounds like a brand of contacts!
      Shalena is different. I like it, but I don't love it.
      Shaylynn - Not really "Unique". My sister's name is Shea Lynn, and I know a Shealynn and a Shaylynn that both graduated with me
      Shamika - too different for my personal tastes
      Sharaya - It's the best "S" name :-)
      Zora sounds pretty, but is too similar to Zoro...

      Favorites: Natalia, Janelle, Raelynn, Meadow, Emerald, Ember

      Combination possibilities:
      Janelle Natalia
      Raelynn Emerald
      Ember Meadow
      Maisie Havana

  20. QUESTION:
    How did you get rid of streched skin on the tummy after pregnancy?
    I nearly got to my prepragnacy size but the skin on my tummy is just awful. If I put on jeans the tummy just falls over it. I have to wear lose tops. Any advice will be very much appreciated. I know that it is very comon problem after having a baby. May be somebody tried any treatments or may be a particular exercise has helped. I am thinking of trying hoola hoop. But not sure if it helps..

    • ANSWER:
      Hi mam, not only pregancy can have that. People also who are getting biggger too ;D well, i would suggest SHEA BUTTER. try aveeno or Palmer cocoa butter formula but find with shea butter.
      I told my friend to use this and now her streched marks are getting good now, but you cannot get rid just few months but you have to use it for a while plus take vitamin e also. It helps too.
      I have been using both lotions for couple of months now and my stretchs mark are getting good also with vitamin e. I am not a mom yet but i was almost 200 pounds now i am just only 135lbs and was worried about my stretch marks too.

  21. QUESTION:
    What a good stretch mark cream that actually works ?
    I'm 5 months pregnant with my first baby , and my boobs have gotten huge ! I have red/Pink stretch marks all over them :( . Can any moms tell me a good stretch mark cream that you have used & gotten good results .

    • ANSWER:
      Use palmers belly oil to prevent stretch marks there and itching, and same up top. You may want to wait til after baby to use some of the marketed stretch mark creams because some have chemicals, etc. keep everything moisturized with Shea or cocoa butter (Walmart actually carried fruit of the earh lotion back in the day that had both, it was great!) to prevent more. That oil is available on overstock right now (they have other products too) and at motherhood maternity stores. It's he best and it smells Sooo good. I used it after my pregnancy too!!!

  22. QUESTION:
    Is baby oil safe to use as a makeup remover?
    My skin is really dry, so much drier than normal and I usually use baby oil when my skin gets this dry as it helps and works better than anything else. It helps more than anything I use and gets rid of the dry skin quicker than anything.
    I know olive oil is good to use but I can't stand the smell and it makes my skin itch.
    Can I use baby oil to remove my makeup or is it not safe to use?

    • ANSWER:
      I've never heard of baby oil being unsafe - I'm pretty sure I've read about using it as a makeup remover, maybe in magazines? What about facial wipes? Are those too harsh/drying for your skin? If not, I'd recommend those - especially if you look for a store brand, they're actually pretty affordable.
      Also, Johnson's has a product called "baby creamy oil" (brown bottle, baby section) with baby oil and cocoa & shea butters, that I think would be really good for makeup remover/moisturizer. It moisturizes VERY well, without being greasy - it's got more of a thick lotion consistency, but it's got baby oil in it for super moisturizer power (LOL!). Love the stuff, it's awesome!

  23. QUESTION:
    Is it safe to use glycerin vegetable oil on my face and body?
    It makes me skin incredibly soft-like silk. But, I notice when I put it on, as I rub it on I feel a little heat on the surface of my skin. I don't get burned, but is it safe to use? I found it's an ingredient in most creams, and it's cheaper and safer I felt just to buy pure glycerin (vegetable) instead.

    Should I just use shea butter? I liked that as well, it just took long to rub it in.

    • ANSWER:
      It isn't bad for your skin but its not really meant to be used as a moisturizer or lotion. Shea butter is definitely the best out of your choices you could also try baby oil but its doesn't rub into your skin like shea butter would.

  24. QUESTION:
    What is the best option for removing stretch marks?
    A friend called me today asking me about the best option for removing stretch marks. In fact, she gave birth to a baby girl less than one month ago and now she is concerned about the marks that are on her abdomen.

    I know that there are hundreds of products on the internet, but we don't know which one to choose. Please let me know if some one has used a specific brand and it has proved beneficial?

    Thank you,

    • ANSWER:
      Dear,

      There are a few ways to do it, either you can use the DIY method or try those proven treatment creams out on the market.

      Try to massage the area with the stretch marks about three or four times a day with moisturizers that contain cocoa butter or shea butter as a prime ingredient. This hydrates the skin, making it more pliant. Again, this is most effective only in the initial stage.

      If your stretch marks are already pass the initial stage (when they are red, purple, pink, or brown, depending on the color of your skin) and become white or silver (usually with deep indentation), then it would be far more difficult to minimize them, but not entirely impossible to "remove" them. But before you begin searching for these treatments, try to read more information on these topical treatments first.

      Many are advertised to "repair" stretch marks, but few have actually been proven to be effective. Here's some that are available on the market:

      a) Wheat germ oil - may help improve stretch marks in their early phase.

      b) Glycolic acid - increases collagen production; can be administered in higher doses by a dermatologist (usually costs a few hundred bucks and requires a few visits before you see results)

      c) Vitamin C - certain formulations might increase collagen production, but they'll only help with early-stage stretch marks; for best results, combine with glycolic acid.

      d) Relastin - the effectiveness of this product is unknown and unverified.

      e) Peptide-containing products - these "repair" creams are ineffective; there's no evidence that they work.

      f) Retinoids - they're fairly effective in increasing collagen and elastic production in the early stages, but they should be avoided if you're pregnant or nursing; they're more effective when used in combination with glycolic acid.

      I would recommend treatments that are using "100% natural ingredients" such as aloe vera. Aloe vera has been shown in clinical studies to have a positive effect on wound healing and holds anti-inflammatory properties.

      As stretch marks start out as microscopic tears in skin layers due to overstretching of the dermis, aloe vera helps heal these small wounds without causing scar tissue to form, effectively preventing the appearance of stretch marks. Aloe vera has been used for thousands of years by the Egyptians, Romans, Greeks, Arabs, Indians and Chinese to decrease the appearance of scars and to moisturize and heal skin. The extracts from the aloe leaf protects skin from environmental factors and promotes skin regeneration. My friend recommended me this and I have been using for a few weeks now, have shown some positive results but I am monitoring the progress. since the product have a 90 days return policy.

      Feel free to check out my blog here for more information:
      http://cureforstretchmarks.blogspot.com

      Take care... ^(@___@)^

  25. QUESTION:
    Expecting Triplets and need unique baby names?
    My due date is approaching fast i haven't decided names yet. I know it must be pathetic to ask for names for your baby on the internet but i need help. So I already have 4 kids i like middle names too. My last name is Anderson. My first kids are 13 year old twins Beckett Silas and Brayden Wyatt. Then my girl Grace Rose. Then my other girl Kathryn Jayne. I am expecting 2 girls and a boy. I really like obscure names but they can't be to exotic.

    • ANSWER:
      jayden,josiah,jasline
      lance,landon,lily
      harris,hunter,haily harper
      sawyer,seth,sable sadie
      shane,shawn,shea
      cole,caden,cale,carter,cameron,calista,cassidy
      makenzie,maddison,macy
      maddox,malcom,marcus,marshall
      chadrick(chad),channing,chance,chase,christian
      charity,chanelle,chantal

  26. QUESTION:
    What do you use for stretching itching skin while pregnant?
    I've been using Vitamin E and shea butter lotion/creams before and currently while pregnant....now the itching has begun! I'm sure its the normal stretching of the skin, but I'm trying not to itch! What do you ladies use to help prevent stretch marks and ease itching while pregnant? All is welcomed! Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      FIRST OF ALL- DONT SCRATCH!!! i used baby oil every day right after i got out of tub. dont even dry off first. it helps holds more moisture in. just put a thin layer on and then pat dry.
      worked wonders for me. i have two stretch marks. one on each hip that ya cant even see.
      good luck and congrats!

  27. QUESTION:
    What do you think of these baby names? *10 points*?
    I am going to be having twin baby girls soon so I am trying to think of pretty, slightly unique names

    These are the ones I have so far:
    Aria (my favourite)
    Sierra
    Serena
    Sara(h)

    What are your two favourites? Feel free to add some more :D

    Thank you so much!

    • ANSWER:
      Aria is definitely a favorite. Of the other 3 I only really like "Sarah", but it is not unusual enough with Aria. Some names I would consider:

      Serene and Aria
      Minerva and Aria
      Alanis
      Maia
      Shea
      Aoife...(EE fah) Aoife and Aria.........best
      Layla................Laila and Aria..........#2
      Ever
      Allegra
      Sonnett

  28. QUESTION:
    I need to lighten up my stretch marks on my arms and stomach. What Can I use?
    I'm almost 5 month's pregnant and I have ALOT of stretch marks on my belly and inside my arms ( just down from arm pit) I've tried bio oil and coco Shea butter cream but that doesn't help. I want them to lighten up.
    Any ideas on what I can buy or do to lighten them up?

    • ANSWER:
      Stretch marks are so hard to get rid of! After my first baby was born, I had terrible stretch marks, and nothing seemed to work for me. The link below was the final answer in my search. Make it yours.

  29. QUESTION:
    What do you think of these baby names?
    Okay, so I just found out I'm pregnant and I don't know the gender yet, so I've been looking at both boy and girl names and would like your opinions. No hateful comments. The last name is gonna be Kuntz (pronounced "coontz")

    Girl:
    Braelyn Kaye Kuntz or Braelyn Shea Kuntz
    Sophia (need middle name suggestions) Kuntz

    Boy:
    Braden Tyler Kuntz

    Any more suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      Honestly, Braden is awful and Braelyn is considerably worse.

      Sophia is a lovely name. Have you considered Brandon for a boy?

  30. QUESTION:
    What first names would go with these middle names?
    My mom is having a baby next month and she wants me to help pick out the name. She is in love with the middle names Lennon and Quinn. She likes
    Audrey Lennon and
    Aya Quinn, but she's open to suggestions. I think
    Aya Genevieve or
    Lucille Quinn sound better. What do you think? Our last name is Hamilton, if it helps.

    • ANSWER:
      Audrey Lennon is Beautiful! I love it, it's unique and lovely.
      Aya Quin... A little too out there I believe, but still cute.
      Lucille Quinn seems a little too old fashion
      Aya Genevieve is okay, my least favorite out of the choices.

      Here are some middle names for Audrey:
      Audrey Dakota Hamilton
      Audrey Lena Hamilton
      Audrey Tess Hamilton

      Middle names for Aya:
      Aya Noelle Hamilton
      Aya Shaylee Hamilton
      Aya Chanel Hamilton

      Middle names for Lucille:
      Lucille Trista Hamilton
      Lucille Shea Hamilton
      Lucille Whitney Hamilton

      Okay! Now for the First names! (The part you were waiting for! Haha)

      Lennon-
      Amelia Lennon
      Heather Lennon Hamilton
      Elise Lennon Hamilton
      Melanie Lennon Hamilton
      Sydney Lennon Hamilton
      Renee Lennon Hamilton
      Kenna Lennon Hamilton
      Pamela Lennon Hamilton
      Regan Lennon Hamilton
      Tiana Lennon Hamilton

      Quinn-
      Keira Quinn Hamilton
      Grace Quinn Hamilton
      Malia Quinn Hamilton
      Eve Quinn Hamilton
      Jocelyn Quinn Hamilton
      Annette Quinn Hamilton
      Mariah Quinn Hamilton
      Tara Quinn Hamilton
      Alia Quinn Hamilton
      Tori Quinn Hamilton

      Good luck! Hope this is helpful. :)

  31. QUESTION:
    How do I get my daughter's hair to grow faster?
    My Daughter is 1 years old, her hair is very thick and curly (African American). Her hair is pretty long but I want it to continue to grow. The back of her hair is still short from laying on her back as a baby. But I see a lot of 2 and 3 year old's with very long and thick hair, I would love to learn how to get my daughter's hair growing like that. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Saw your question and this is the reply I got from my sister on this. --- My niece's hair was like that when she was young. The easiest solution is to give her a twisted hair style if possible for the lenghth. Not Braids. That could be painful for her age but, take baby friendly rubber bands (elastic, not rubber) and tigh it off in tiny afro puffs. (not the big ones the size of jumbo marshmellows, but the ones the size of regular marshmellows). Then, twist them out to the ends. you may need to beez wax the ends or rubber band the ends to keep them from unraveling. By the end of the style, it should just look like she has skinny little dreads but these dreads should look curly and bouncy... Kind of pretty for a little girl. Stay away from hair grease.... Use hair oils. Preferrably something with Amla in it.

      Make sure when she sleeps, you're covering her head with something that isn't too irrating to her... not anything too hot or nothing that you have to tigh like a bandana... Something more like a stocking cop. Something that will fit snuggly but not too tight. This will prevent her hair from breaking while she sleeps.

      After you do this, you have 2 options... Keep her hair oiled at least 2 or 3 times a week with the style in, and keep the style in for 2 months before taking it out for a day or 2 to let it breath give it a good wash. Wash it occassionally. No more than once a week. Once every 2 weeks would be ideal. If she plays in sand and dirt alot like in the sand box at day care or something, make sure to wash when that happens. If you do this for 6 months you'll notice dramatic growth. --

      Oh and make sure you keep it moisturized. Buy a leave in conditioner of some kind. Cantu Shea Butter is best: You can find it in the african ameircan hair section of walmart. - Make sure you put that conditioner in once a week, alternating between that and the oils. The Hair oil will give it strength, health, and shine. The conditioner will keep it moist, allowing it to breath better and promotes healthy growth and added strength in the process.

  32. QUESTION:
    My legs are so dry that they crack. What can I use tho prevent this or help this?
    I have tried everything from baby oil to expensive lotions and still nothing works. So if someone would help me out I would really appreciate it.

    • ANSWER:
      Since your skin is cracking I Recommend that you go to a pharmacy and purchase a jar of Eucerin. It can be pretty pricey but it helps. If you can not afford it then you can try cocoa butter from Palmers the lotion if you want but since your skin is that dry you should get the spread that comes in a jar but it will take a bit longer to work that Eucerin but your skin will feel better immediately. To get rid of the cracks you may have to apply it three times a day. The goal is to keep your skin moisturized. The best thing I would recommend if you have tried the above items are to avoid skin products with alcohol since that is what dries your skin. Purchase black soap which you can get at any beauty supply store.
      I live in NYC and there is this small company that makes soaps, their name is Nubian Heritage. Their soaps are made from all natural ingredients and you can usually buy it from street vendors in harlem or their store in harlem. Their soaps cleanse and keep the skin moisturized and free from blackheads and such. Go to a small beauty supply store and see if they have any. I recommend the Olive Butter Soap, Lavender and Wildflower, Mango soap, Coconut and Papaya and their african black soap. I have this flyer with their email address :bakoye@netzero.com and their phone number is 212-932-2414 and cell 646-320-3664. Call and email them for inquiry and they may tell you places that sell this stuff and google Nubian Heritage and one of their packages offer customer service at : info@madinaonline.com, www.madinaonline.com. Or if you have a friend or relative in nyc have them go to Harlem Fragrance Inc 2355 8th Avenue (btwn 126 and 127th street), NY NY 10027
      If you dont want to go through all that, I totally understand, Just look for natural soaps or natural cocoa butter or natural shea butter. Or you can get the ambi black soap from Johnson and Johnson but its not the same. What you should do right now though before you go to the pharmacy is put some petroleum jelly (vaseline) on your body. Do this three times a day for a week and then switch to the Eucerin or Palmers. I hope this helps also drink more water, your skin could be more dehydrated. let me know how it goes!

      P.S. Tea Tree oil is great! Just think natural!

  33. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of greasy hair?
    I wash my hair everyday because if I don't it will get greasy. I flat iron my hair daily for about 5 minutes with a heat protectant. I use shampoo (medium-a lot) and a tiny bit of conditioner on the ends of my hair. I sleep with my hair wet and when I wake up and the crown of my head is pretty greasy. What's an easy way to get rid of greasy hair besides baby powder?? Thank you!

    BTW I use Head and Shoulders shampoo and conditioner.

    • ANSWER:
      i washed my hair with shea butter one time(total accident) and I used dawn dish detergent to get it out. My hair was super not oily and wasnt for a good 4 days. But you shouldnt do it often because it strips your hair of ALL oil. And also dry shampoo workd really well if you just spray it on in the morning. Hope i helped!!

  34. QUESTION:
    What are good products to treat severely dry skin on a infant?
    My niece who is 8 months old has severely dry limbs. I know it is really itchy to her cause she fusses alot. I have tried baby lotion.....what else can I do....I don't want to cover her in Vasilene(sp) if I don't have to.

    • ANSWER:
      My pediatrician told me not to bathe my daughter but every other day when she was tiny and to wash her private area of course every day. This is to let her natural body oils have a chance to build up. She still has dry skin today.
      As far as itching, I have that on my arms at times, I bought Gold Bond Shea Butter. Works like a miracle! And a little goes a long way.
      Smells good too! I love it.

  35. QUESTION:
    What do I get my youngest daughter for Christmas?
    My daughter, Bria, is almost 8 months and I dont know what to get her for Christmas. Her sister, Shea, is 2 years old so we already have plenty of clothes and LOTS of toys. I already bought her a sing and glow glowworm, but am stumped at what else to get her, Please help.

    • ANSWER:
      My babies loved the Baby Einstein videos. Also, books are always a good choice. It's never too early to start reading to a child.

      God bless!

  36. QUESTION:
    Remedies that get rid of purple stretch marks?
    I have small purple lines at the very top of my thighs. There only noticeable to me but I'd still like to get rid of them. I've heard that baby oil fades the purple tint on stretch marks, is this true? Are there any other ways to eliminate the colour?

    • ANSWER:
      Truth is stretch marks don't go away u can only fade/ diminish them exfoliate your skin twice a week hydrate inside & out buy drinking plenty of water & moisturize with a good moisturizer try to avoid lotions & creams that contain mineral oil & petroleum olive oil,coconut oil,& shea butter work wonderfully

  37. QUESTION:
    After I have my baby will my stretch marks fade to almost seeing nothing?
    After I have my baby will my stretch marks look as bad as they do now?

    • ANSWER:
      Depends on how deep they are. I can still see mine but they are much lighter. You should take extra good care of the skin on your belly. Try using Bath and Body Works Shea Body Butter. I used this at the end of my pregnancy and I wished I would have discovered it earlier. You can also but stratch mark cream at Target in the lotion aisle. Both these will keep the skin moist less stretch marks.

  38. QUESTION:
    is there something i can use to reduce the appearance of the stretch marks?
    OK I'm young and had a baby, i got stretch marks in my belly and hips so because my skin still young i thing i can reduce them a lot more than an older women, I'm 17, if you know something that really works please let me know and i don't want any kinds of things about the surgical removal because i don't want that!!. thanks!!. ah also tell me how much i can reduce them with what you recommend me. thanks again!!
    also they still kind of pink and red.

    • ANSWER:
      ya palmers cocao butter may help , stretch marks are a form of scars some say to bathe in oatmeal or baking soda, use creams and lotions after u've gotton rid of them to increase the elasticity of ur skin ,
      Cocoa butter
      Rose hip oil
      Emu oil
      Jojoba oil
      Castor oil
      Shea butter
      Vitamin A, E & C
      will get rid of them or at least help
      if u want actuall products then try these
      revitol
      stiPeptin sm
      Mama mio
      ur also young and time will do the trick a lot of the time!
      P.S for some of those u'll prolly have to order online

  39. QUESTION:
    Does tanning reduce the appearance of stretchmarks?
    I just had a baby two weeks ago and I was wondering if tanning would reduce the appearance of my stretchmarks??

    • ANSWER:
      No, Nothing cures stretch marks... You can use a lotion that contains a combo of cocoa butter, shea butter, or mango butter. Also vitamin e & aloe works for stretch marks. Try

      http://www.itsyoursoap.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=2&products_id=34

      Just keep in mind that only time will help

  40. QUESTION:
    Is it good to put baby oil on ur face?
    Iam a teen wit dry skin and my mom says dat outing baby oil on face help and how would it help?

    • ANSWER:
      No!

      Baby oil is really not a great product (sad it's marketed to babies)
      Mineral oil actually dries your skin out more then helps it so use something pure and natural (cocoa/shea butter) and oils are way to heavy for your sensitive face.

      Try drinking more water, take a multi vitamin and use something from Aveeno, or Garnier or Nutregena.

  41. QUESTION:
    Do stretch marks get lighter after a while?
    I had a baby about four months ago. I have a few stretch marks. Will they lighten up?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes they will,keep moisturizing the area, olive oil or shea butter or any cream containing either works well

  42. QUESTION:
    Why do some people get their very young daughter's ears pierced?
    Like, under say, 6/7 years old, where they can't really make that decision. I even know babies under a year old who have their ears pierced. Is there some sort of benefit in getting it done so young?
    I believe even 3 year olds can make decisions, if they understand what's involved.
    And if someone could explain just what the fudge Shea is on about, that'd be ace.
    Which culture is it that pierces them for tradition, not just for pretties?

    • ANSWER:
      Shea: Wow...calm down. Tradition isn't a good excuse to mutilate a baby. But you wouldn't understand that *patpat*
      Shea's just angry that no one understand why she's okay with hurting a child for aesthetic purposes.

      I think because they think it's cute. Or apparently, tradition. Or they get fed up with people thinking their baby is a boy (which really isn't a good reason to pierce a baby). I can understand getting a child's ears pierced around six, maybe even five if the child is responsible and will keep up with the cleaning. But before that? Serious injury could easily happen. And then who would be to blame?

  43. QUESTION:
    How do I was a black babys hair?
    I babysit a cute little black baby on the weekends and need to know how to wash his hair. It is a nappy afro, the hair is quite long if I pull it straight about 10 inches but it curls back down into a nice puffy afro. i don't want to mess up his hair by washing is wrong...do you have to use a certain shampoo? can i brush it afterwards? all tips are appreciated

    • ANSWER:
      I agree with everyone else that you need to check with the parents before doing anything to his hair. You could easily dry it out and cause breakage with the wrong products. But here are my tips.
      DETANGLING TECHNIQUE:
      1. Soak his hair in shower.
      2. Apply a slippery conditioner like Pantene Relaxed and Natural liberally throughout. You can do this before or after shampooing. Don't be stingy, his hair needs lots of product.
      3. Take a section with a wide tooth comb and start at bottom and work your way up to the roots. Do not go from roots to tips as this will cause breakage, tangles, and pain. Take your time, his hair is very fragile which is why it should only be detangled when wet with conditioner. Do this throughout his hair until completely detangled. Do this at least once a week.
      4. Wash out conditioner, apply leave in conditioner.
      5. Put into protective hair style most days. You can leave hair out in an afro but make sure it has a leave in moisturizer and conditioner in it. Good Moisturizers: water, coconut oil, aloe vera gel
      Good Conditioners: gels, nut butters like shea, most oils like olive oil. These seal in the moisture. Or you can just buy a store leave in condish that has some of these ingredients.
      A protective hairstyle is anything where the hair is constrained and/or ends are covered. His hair is too prone to tangles and breakage to leave out every day. Buns, braids, twists, updos are all examples of protective hairstyles.

      HAIR ROUTINE:
      1. No brushing
      2. Only comb hair with a WIDE TOOTH comb/fingers WITH conditioner in it. Pain and breakage occurs in curly.kinky hair combed dry. I like Pantene Relaxed and Natural (brown bottle Walmart)
      3. He should not shampoo every day. Opinion differs, but in general kinky/curly hair can be washed as little as once a week. Focus on scalp when you do wash. Hair gets clean from run off.
      4. Eliminate sulfates from hair products, they build up in curly hair causing frizz and dryness.
      5. Curly hair eats up moisture. Deep treatments every two weeks, condition everytime you shampoo or even co wash (wash his hair with conditioner) and have a leave in condish every day.
      6. Twist/braids at night to avoid tangles.
      7. Apply gel after washing hair, this prevents frizz.
      8. Plop hair with an micro fiber towel rather than terry cloth.
      9. Touch hair very little throughout the day.
      10. Most days his hair should be "protected" in styles like braids. If you do not already, you can learn how to cornrow, braid, twist, flat twist on youtube. Just type in How to ______. Also note that these protective hairstyles are good for a lot of things. Decreasing tangles and breakage are two good benefits in kinky hair which is prone to breakage and tangling. BUT there can be too much of a good thing. Cornrows in particular can be tough on his scalp and actually cuase breakage.
      These tips should decrease frizz. NOTE: His hair may be kinky which means he will never have "curls" but hair that is an afro texture. Just remember his hair is not straight and should not be treated like it.

      HAIR PRODUCTS:
      1. Ones without sulfates/silicones are best. These are found online Jessicurl, Mixed Chicks, DevaCare, Blended Beauty, Karen Body Beautiful, Kinky Curly Custard are some of the best.
      2. Mainstream products for his hair: Pantene, Herbal Essences, Suave, and Clairol are the best. Pantene is great because it makes detangling a breeze. Terri @ biracialhair.org has great advice on washing and conditioning.
      http://biracialhair.org/CurlyPrimer.aspx
      3. Styling helpers: gels like LA Looks or Fantasia IC, setting lotions, nut butters like shea butter, leave in conditioner.

      Conditioner, conditioner, conditioner, his hair will be very porous (curly hair is) so it will gain/lose moisture fast. Conditioners seal moisture in. Dry hair is more brittle, tangly, and frizzy. While still wet apply a condish.

      Great youtube natural users:
      http://www.youtube.com/user/richeau
      http://www.youtube.com/user/curlychronicles?blend=1
      http://www.youtube.com/user/rusticbeauty?blend=1
      http://www.youtube.com/user/itsmsheathernicole
      http://www.youtube.com/user/naturalnana
      STYLE INSPIRATION:
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5IPH5F2ptIE&feature=channel_page
      Definitely go to the below websites for more information. Many of them have forums just for parents or caretakers to ask advice for their little nappy babies.

  44. QUESTION:
    What should I use on my daughter's really dry skin?
    She is 2 and I've been using baby lotion like johnson and johnsons but it doesn't seem to be helping. Her skin isn't cracked or anything but It's like bumpy and dry. I know it must itch. Also should I change her soap? I use johnson and johnsons baby soap for that also.

    • ANSWER:
      Shea butter does wonders. The unrefined stuff, not loitions with it in it. Go to a health foods store or you can even buy it online. Its really cheap and is a all natural skin moisturizer, and has a ton of uses. My niece and nephew both have really bad excema and nothing works for thier skin (weve tried aveeno, eucerin, even prescription creams with steroids in them) my sister is now using the shea butter and said she sees an improvement.

  45. QUESTION:
    What can I use on my baby's face? Is 3 months too early for cereal?
    My daughter is 11 weeks old. She has to wear mittens on her hands when she goes to sleep because she scratches her face when she wakes up. Well, she also rubs her face really hard which has caused her cheeks to turn rough and look like they are burned. I have been using pure shea butter but that doesn't seem to work. Any suggestions on what I can use to keep her skin soft and heel her cheeks? My second question is, can I give her a little bit of cereal in her milk for her night bottle to help her with her sleeping. All of my family members tell me my breast milk is so thin and that is why she doesn't stay sleep at night. They think her hunger wakes her up. I was going to wait until she was 4 months. Is 3 months ok, (She will be 3 months next week). Thanks for any suggestions.

    • ANSWER:
      my daughter has the same thing going on with her face and the only thing i used that works is Aveeno Baby soothing relief moisture CREAM.

      i would call the doc and ask him about the cereal. thats what you pay him for!

  46. QUESTION:
    Women is there a cream that really work on you for stretch marks?
    I just had a baby on Nov. and i have stretch marks in some places but my boyfriend dont want me to have surgery...
    i only weight 120, i hurd is not good to have surgery when you that skinny...but tell me what cream work for u please

    • ANSWER:
      Wish I could tell you that they go away, but they don't. They will fade, but they are the battle scars of motherhood. I have had 2 and they are older and the marks are still there. You can diminsh them by using cocoa butter and stuff. I use a cream called Super Duper Soothing All Purpose Salve. You can use it for your baby as diaper cream and for cradle cap and for burns, it has tons of purposes, but it has a high content of Shea Butter and Cocoa Butter to help condition your skin and some oils to help reduce redness.

      The surgery is long and painful and recovery is a bitch and if you are planning on having anymore kids I would just wait until you are done. I was 115 when I got pregnant so I know how you feel.

  47. QUESTION:
    What moiturizer can I use for my baby's hair?
    My baby is 4 months old and her hair gets really dry. (african american baby) I am currently using shea butter on it but that seems to be leaving a residue. I was told that other baby products for a baby's hair may dry it out more and even damage the hair shaft. Are there any suggestions on what I could use? Her hair is currently curly and soft, just very dry scalp. Oh, I wash it about once a week. Thanks in advance for your suggestions.

    • ANSWER:
      I just use the Johnson & Johnson's Baby Lotion. It works really well. You also might want to try to wash her hair a bit more. The moisture from the water is really good for the scalp. Put the lotion on while the scalp is still wet, that way you lock in the moisture.

  48. QUESTION:
    Survey: Which moisturizer do you use ladies if you have very dry skin?
    I am having such dry skin that I am bleeding on my legs, and it hurts badly. Every winter time, my skin on my legs does this and I have been using baby lotion and shea butter. I need a very very absorbent lotion, what do you ladies recommend?

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I think I know why the moisturizer you use doesnt work well... A dermatologist told us why most moisturizers and lotions don't work... It's because they have excess of buttery substance in their lotion and its oily or fatty substance

      And you know fatty or oily substance doesn't dissolve in water and our body is made up of about 70% water so the dryness on your skin stays.

      oh yea dont use shea butter, baby lotion is ok i guess but i guessing its not working on you... Butter leaves the fat and oil from the moisturizer on your skin and it stays on the surface of the skin so it won't go through the skin since our skin has 5 layers... it just says on the 1st or 2nd layer of our skin...

      Also even though people love how some lotions are so soft and silky but they constantly have to keep using it because it gets dry again in about 6 hours or so because its not going through your skin entirely... I used to like how soft it feels, but now anymore, i think its too oily and slippery...

      I had dry skin on my arms and legs but they don't bleed but when i scratch it it turns white cuz its so dry... So i began to use other moisturizers on my face and body

      This is my website... unfortunately you can only buy it online... this one has vitamin A, E, and c and aloe vera, sweet almond
      its hydrating lotion so i guess that means to opposite of dry haha
      http://www.marketamerica.com/sandee888/product-2198/royal-spa-smooth-as_silk_hydrating_lotion.htm#

      oh aveeno is a pretty good lotion too

  49. QUESTION:
    Boys and girls names that are posh and unique without being boring or stupid?
    Hi, we are not sure what sex baby we are having yet, me and my partner are struggling to find any names that we both like. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      Seraphina- highest of all angels
      Ariella- lioness
      Maya- dream, illusion
      Naomi- pleasent
      Lila- night
      Leila- dark haired beauty
      Genevieve- white wave
      Diana- Goddess of the woodlands
      Coralie- little maiden
      Naida- water nymph
      Aurelia- golden
      Aurora
      Shea- fairy palace
      Tatiana- Fairy queen
      Arden- great forest

      August: German, Polish and Scandinavian form of Augustus. Means "great" or "venerable". Also a month name.
      Ezra - Hebrew - Helper.
      Elliot - Hebrew - The God is the Lord.
      Sebastian - Greek - Reserved.
      Jasper - Greek/Persian - Treasure holder.
      Owen - Scottish/Greek - Born of youth.
      Silas - Latin/Greek - Forest.
      Elias - Greek/Hebrew - The Lord is my God.
      Julian - Greek- Jove's Child.
      Ephriam - Hebrew - Fruitful.
      Brody- brother
      Max- greatest
      Rhys- a stream

  50. QUESTION:
    How do you oil your locs?
    I have thick and dry hair. Usually, I retwist my locs with shea butter and use olive oil spray. I notice that my hair is still pretty dry. What do you oil your locs with, and how great does it work? I'm tryng to stick to natural oils that wouldn't cause residue.

    • ANSWER:
      I NEVER DO.

      I just use shampoo. We also have soft water, and . . .
      Washing less often, builds the natural oil your hair needs, to get them smoother, shinier, silkier, softer. Man-made products are just temporary, until you wash them again, and at the same time washing off the natural oil your hair NEEDS. Hair products just absorb on your hair if they're dry, like a sponge.
      Causes for dry hair:
      The sun is very damaging & drying, even get sunburn, so does the hair.
      Washing in hot water, if it's bad for baby skin, so does the hair.
      Too many shampoos per week, 2x is enough.
      Alcohol products, hair sprays or gel containing alcohol, very drying.
      Chemicals, perming, hair dyeing, chlorine.
      Hair straightening tools or curling tools, even with hair protectant sprays or lotions, does not protect hair 100%.
      Hair dryer, I use it but only for 5 mins per wash, per week, longer than, too drying.
      Sun-exposure can also cause dryness of the skin, while chlorine and other chemicals in the water deplete moisture. Chlorine is also known to cause rashes, while one can pick up other skin conditions like a fungus infection from swimming pools.
      Chlorine strips the hair of oils and makes it dry, tangled, matted and rough. Chlorine also affects the cuticles and makes the hair dull. The cuticle is the outermost layer of the hair and contributes to its shine. Repeated exposure to chlorine can make the hair brittle, leading to problems like split-ends and hair breakage.

      My dh has that hair in HS, it's like an Afro!

      Now? He started to finally listen to me, and it took him over 4 decades to listen. Yes, he's stubborn.
      He was buying hair cream, in 2 hours his hair is as dry as before, so why bother? Because it was 'addicted'. Before that, he was blow-drying his hair. He also washes his hair everyday.

      But he ran out, on our trip one day, and he started using Gold Bond hand lotion - leftover from his hand. Now, he washes his hair 2x a week. His hair is softer, well managed, silkier. He also just comb his hair when it's damp and air drying it. Even during a windy storm, his hair no longer gets frizzy or poffy. We did a lot of walking in the wind, cold 30 below by the time he came home they weren't messed up, still styled nicely!

      My method is a lifetime, while man-made products is temporary until you wash your hair again.

      HAND LOTION: Matthew Morrison keeps his hair soft and smooth by using body lotion instead of styling products.
      Matthew Morrison uses body lotion in his hair. The 32-year-old actor- best known for playing teacher Will Schuester in musical TV drama 'Glee' - claims his biggest beauty secret is his unusual choice of product for his locks, which he says makes them smooth and soft. He said: "My hair is very soft, right? It's because I put Lubriderm in it. It's just body lotion. "I used to use gel and products, but my hair got kind of hard. Then, one day I ran out of whatever I was using and that was the only thing there, this lotion. It ended up being the best my hair ever looked." Matthew's hair is often the subject of jokes in 'Glee' but he insists he doesn't mind because everyone is mocked on the show.

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Eretile Dysfunction

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    I have a problem of eretile dysfunction...wat should i do...m getting soon...pls help me out?

    • ANSWER:
      If you have erectile dysfunction (ED) the treatment that you will receive will depend on the underlying cause of the condition. The treatment options for ED are explained below.
      Treating underlying conditions
      If your ED is caused by an underlying health condition, such as heart disease or diabetes, that condition may need to be treated first before treatment for ED can begin. In some cases, treating the underlying cause may also resolve the problem of ED.
      Hormone therapy
      If a hormonal condition is causing ED, you may be referred to an endocrinologist. An Endocrinologist is a healthcare professional who specialises in the treatment of hormonal conditions.
      Hormones are chemicals produced by the body. Many hormonal conditions can be treated using injections of synthetic (man-made) hormones to restore normal hormone levels.
      Lifestyle changes
      The symptoms of ED can often be improved by making changes to your lifestyle to reduce the impact of known risk factors for ED. These include:
      losing weight if you are overweight –
      giving up smoking if you smoke -
      moderating your alcohol consumption -
      not taking illegal drugs -
      exercising regularly -
      reducing stress -
      SILDENAFIL, TADALAFIL AND VARDENAFIL
      Sildenafil and vardenafil work for about eight hours and they are designed to work "on demand". Tadalafil lasts for up to 36 hours and is more suitable if you require treatment for a longer period of time, for example, over a weekend.
      Depending on the type of PDE-5 inhibitor you are taking and the dose, you may need to take the tablet 30 minutes to an hour before sexual activity. With sildenafil and vardenafil, you should be able to have sex from one hour after taking the medicine up to eight hours later. After taking tadalafil, the effects will last for up to 36 hours.
      It may take longer to notice the effects of the tablet if it is taken with food, so you should take your PDE-5 inhibitor on an empty stomach. You can then eat after an hour without affecting the medicine.
      Only take one tablet within a 24-hour period.
      You may have the choice of which PDE-5 inhibitor to take as sildenafil, tadalafil and vardenafil are likely to be equally effective. Your GP should explain the benefits of each medication and how it works. The choice may depend on:
      how often you are sexually active
      whether you have tried any of the medications before
      There have been many studies to test the effectiveness of sildenafil, tadalafil and vardenafil. In general, at least two-thirds of men report having improved erections after taking one of these medicines.
      If you do not find that PDE-5 inhibitors are effective it may be because:
      you have not waited long enough after taking the dose. you have waited too long after taking the dose. the dose is not high enough.
      You have not had enough sexual stimulation. These medications are triggered by sexual stimulation, so you also need to be aroused for the medication to work.

  2. QUESTION:
    Lately i have been having problems with errections? what will the doctor do?
    im nearly 22 years old. For the last 6 months -year, i have had on and off erectile dysfunction. im extremely concerned about the problem.

    I have been on zoloft for nearly 9 years

    I had symptoms of a urinary tract infection about 3 months ago so I went to the doctor. I did not tell her about the erectile dysfunction, or the problems achiving an orgasm. I assumed that the doctor would find the cause without me telling her. i was certain I had some kind of UTI.

    They did a Urnalisys and did not really find anything significant, but see dianosed me on symptoms instead of confirmed medical test. she prescibed antibotics. i started taking the antibiotics and noticed a improvment with my errections, however I did not finish the bottle.

    a couple of months later I started having the same problem only this time it was a little easier to achive an errection but almost impossible to achive an orgasim. I went back to a different doctor and told her my symptoms, again, nothing significant concerning a infection was found. this time i was not prescribed anything, she just told me to lay off the cokes.

    Frustrated i went back home and started the taking the antibiotics I recieved a couple of months ago, and again withing 2-4 days my condition improved. a few weeks later again it got worse. I dont know what the problems is I feel like there is no blood flow. I also have muscle spasms between my anus and scrotum, and sometime shooting pains.

    could it be prostate problems, or prostitis instead of a UTI?

    • ANSWER:
      Your zoloft could be a reason.

      So could be the anxiety related to all this. Then, off course, you have various known causes for eretile dysfunction like Diseases such as diabetes, kidney disease, chronic alcoholism, hypothyroidism, multiple sclerosis, atherosclerosis, vascular disease, and neurologic disease, being overweight, certain other medications, injury etc. and you & your doctor only can rule them out.

      Medications such as Viagra and Sildenafil increase blood flow to the penis which enhances sexual performance.

      Although these drugs can help to treat the problem, they have some adverse side effects which include headache, upset stomach, flushing and vision problems and even cardiovascular problems.

      More serious conditions such as low blood pressure and heart attacks may occur as a result of these side effects

      There are also a number of natural and holistic treatments such as nutritional supplements, herbal remedies and acupuncture that are highly effective in treating impotence. A variety of herbs have been identified as having strong aphrodisiac properties along with the ability to improve sexual functioning and overall systemic health.

      Herbs such as Epimedium grandiflorum, also known as Horny Goats Weed are natural sexual stimulators that encourage performance and testosterone production. Tribulus terristis contains aphrodisiac properties and also promotes muscle strength and prowess.

      One of the most well known herbs, Eleutherococcus senticosis which is also known as Siberian ginseng, promotes male or 'yang' energy, aids circulation, supports natural vitality and also acts as an overall systemic supporter.

      You may get more info on these over here http://www.healthherbsandnutrition.com/remedies/e/erectiledysfunction.htm

      In addition, Smilax ornata (also known as Sarsaparilla) is used as a supportive tonic for male genital development while Kola vera combats fatigue and increases energy levels. Be sure to source your natural remedies from reputable companies to ensure maximum safety, efficacy and therapeutic dosage.


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Shea Butter Lip Balm

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How many years lip balms are good to use?
    I have shea butter lip balm from The Body Shop which I bought during Christmas time in 2009. And I still have some left in it. I was wondering is it good to use or just throw it away.
    Also in general, how long any lip balm can be used?

    • ANSWER:
      They say a year but I believe that if it doesn't smell or look weird then nothing will happen to you if you use it ..

  2. QUESTION:
    My sister tried a shea butter lip balm and her lips swelled up?
    It's weird because she's never shown any kind of allergy to nuts (or anything at all).
    She went to sleep with chapped lips, put on the balm, and woke up with numb, slightly painful, swollen lips.

    I suppose this is a question mostly out of curiosity. What happened? Has she developed and allergy to shea butter, or perhaps this is the fault of something else in the lip balm? (Sorry, I don't know the brand name.)

    • ANSWER:
      search google: shea butter allergy it is possible that shes allergic...

  3. QUESTION:
    How to keep your lips from being chapped?
    Dr. Oz said that Lip Balm was bad for you because it prevents new skin on your lips from sluffing off the old skin and rising to the surface. Is it it possible to buy 100% pure coconut oil, cocoa butter or shea butter in a tube and use that as a lip balm?? Thanks!:)
    Is Badger Balm any good? Especially the creamy cocoa cocoa butter lip balm or the Classic Lip Balm Stick Unscented? I just want a lip balm that won't prevent the skin on my lips from sluffing off but will also keep my lips moisturized. Thanks!:)

    • ANSWER:
      Lip balm isn't bad at all, in fact I think it helps as it provides a protective layer for your lips. Lips have only a few layers of skin compared to the rest of your face, which is why you can see the redness of them through this thin layer (the red is the blood vessels underneath), so they need all the help they can get.

      A layer of lip balm won't prevent old skin from sloughing off, lip balm naturally wears off your lips anyway and will take any 'old skin cells' with it. It's not like it seals your lips... You can help this process by putting Vaseline on your lips then gently removing this with a warm wash cloth. I wouldn't recommend anything harsher than this because, again, lips are so delicate.

      A lip balm with a sunscreen will do more for your lips then not wearing it. Really important!

      You can use coconut oil, shea butter etc, these are the ingredients that are often in lip balms anyway and provide a really good emollient - which seals in moisture.

      One really big tip to prevent chapped lips is to not lick them. At all. In fact, try to keep your saliva away from your lips as much as possible haha. Saliva contains an enzyme used to break down food so this isn't good for lip skin!

      Hope this helps - basically... wear lip balm if you like it as it protects your lips and keeps them moisturized. Choose over the counter or pure coconut oil etc, protect them from the sun and do not lick them!

      (I'm a beauty therapist by trade and have a lot of experience, both with clients and personal :)

  4. QUESTION:
    Homemade lip balm with these ingredients?
    What measurements do i need to make lip balm out of the following:

    beeswax
    shea butter
    sunflower oil
    honey (optional-i dont have my heart set on it-its in my kitchen)
    olive oil(optional-i dont have my heart set on it-its in my kitchen)
    peppermint essential oil

    your answers would be great!

    • ANSWER:
      It seems most people like to find a combination of ingredients that works for them. I once tried to make lip balm and the hardest part for me was getting the right consistency.

      * 40% (By WEIGHT) of your recipe should be any cosmetic grade oil that is liquid at room temperature (sweet almond, apricot kernel, avocado, grapeseed, hemp seed, macadamia, olive, sunflower, etc.)
      * 25% of your recipe should be any cosmetic grade oil that is solid at room temperature (coconut, lanolin, palm, mango butter, shea butter, etc
      * 20% of your recipe should be cosmetic grade Beeswax (white or yellow, pellets or solid blocks)
      * 15% of your recipe should be any cosmetic grade oil that is brittle at room temperature (cocoa butter, palm kernel, etc.)

      Here are some links that could be helpful to you.

      http://bleuarts.blogspot.com/2006/11/how-to-create-your-own-lip-balm-recipe.html
      http://www.notmartha.org/tomake/lipbalm
      http://www.lemelange.com/lip_balm_recipes.htm <scroll to the bottom for recipes
      http://www.fromnaturewithlove.com/recipe/recipes.asp?category=19

      Hope this helps!

  5. QUESTION:
    Am I the only married man at work today wearing red satin hipster panties with matching lace bra?
    I am also wearing Shea Butter body lotion with a nice femal fragrance, girly colorless lip balm, secret deodorant and a nice girly face cream.
    My boobs are female like and nice looking. I removed all hair from them. I am a 44 B :-)

    • ANSWER:
      Well you sound rather..colorful.

  6. QUESTION:
    where can i find empty beautty product containers for sarting my own business?
    i am trying to start a business with my homemade whipped shea butter and lip balm...i need containers to put my cream and balm in at an affordable price and also where to get labels for the containers

    • ANSWER:
      online on wholesale supply websites or at a wholesale supply store/warehouse

      here's some online websites
      http://www.freundcontainer.com/category.asp?start=72&plastic_bottles=&c2c=ln&c=36
      http://www.freundcontainer.com/category.asp_Q_c2c_E_ln_A_c_E_67_A_tins
      http://www.specialtybottle.com/index.asp?PageAction=Custom&ID=33
      http://www.specialtybottle.com/index.asp?PageAction=Custom&ID=32

  7. QUESTION:
    How can I make a lip butter that is smooth and spreadable?
    Just wondering because I recently made a balm out of beeswax, shea butter and sweet almond oil. I followed the recipe but when it set up and cooled first all the mica had settled at the bottom...and second it was so stiff! I want to make that creamy lip butter that is slippery and smooth, and not stiff in the jar. Also how do i keep the mica from falling? Should I add an ingredient or something to make it more smooth? Any help or even receipes are appreciated!!

    • ANSWER:
      adjust the ration of solid oils to liquid oils, (solid beeswax)

      Shea butter at room temp(2-4oz)
      put in mixing bowl whip until creamy
      slowly add 1/2 mica
      whip again about 10 min.
      add sweet almond oil/mango oil or jojoba(2 oz or a mix or 2 of them)
      vit E (1 tsp)( its cheaper sometimes just to buy the capsules
      the amounts I do are by the pound so I am going to give my best answer here guessing you have a small amount of Shea.

      Add beeswax as your whipping again do not melt the shea butter. Add less this time of the beeswax
      It is to hold the product together so it will not melt as quick.
      well that is if your using the bleached beeswax.
      Get the natual wax when you can not the bleached for some reason its better for me in my recipes.

      beeswax has a melting point of 143 to 148 degrees F. and should only be heated using a double boiler. Caution can cause fire.

      tired hope I made sense here.
      You want to make a suspension of mica and Shea butter and almond oil ,throw in some Vitamin E-oil I use for a preservative, whip it in a mixer,let rest(10 min.) and come back and whip again. you can let this whip for some time makes it better the longer you whip and adding the beeswax slowly at the end just whip I can let mine run 1/2 our to and hour. I have a mixing bowl type...
      put into a baggie(clip corner off) or cake decorator you can squeeze into the container

      Do not put Shea butter in iron, bronze or copper.
      Can be put into Coated steel, plastic containers, dark glass.

  8. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of extremely dry lips?
    I have CHRONIC dry lips and they hurt too .. i have this everyday practically its so weird
    I've tried lip balm with shea butter, still doesn't work

    • ANSWER:
      Try carmex! Tastes like shit, but works like a charm

  9. QUESTION:
    What to use instead of Petroleum Jelly for lip balm?
    I am making lip balm for all my friends for Christmas. I was wondering if you guys know any substitutions for Petroleum Jelly. And I don't wanna use anymore lip gloss or anything. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Since you seem eager to make lip balm without one of the most common household item: petroleum jelly, I will assume you have, or are willing to make additional purchases.

      Natural alternatives to petroleum jelly for a lip balm base include:

      beeswax (just as common as petrolatum)
      cocoa butter
      shea butter
      coconut oil (solid at room temp)

  10. QUESTION:
    I'm looking for an alternative to beeswax in a lip balm recipe?
    I need an alternative to beeswax so that the lip balm will harden - any ideas?
    Would I just replace the same amount of shea butter as beeswax then?

    • ANSWER:
      I make a nice balm with just shea butter and beetroot powder, It gets a little bit hard, but not quite as much as beeswax. Extra virgin coconut oil hardens, but you have to make it in very small batches, or it gets a bit crumbly.

  11. QUESTION:
    where to buy real shea butter and natural hair products online?
    I just wanted to know where i could buy real shea butter and other natural hair care products from a well respected, reputable website.

    • ANSWER:
      You can get it from various offline and online store like Amazon, Best Buy, Target and Walmart. But which one is the best? I think the best place to buy this Larabar is at Amazon.com. This giant online retailers give the best price which included FREE Shipping (in US only)

      Slice Of Nature© Organic Nilotica Shea Butter Lip Balm. Real Bourbourn Madagascar Flavor. 13ml ~ Slice Of Nature
      Price: .99

      Direct product link at Amazon:
      http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0038J290O?ie=UTF8&tag=uniqstuf-20&linkCode=xm2&camp=1789&creativeASIN=B0038J290O

      Good luck

      Happy to share with you.. (^_^)

  12. QUESTION:
    Which is the best lip balm that is safe for daily use?
    I've been using carmex lip balm for several years on a daily basis but a friend of mine said that its bad for the lips cuz of the ingredients. Which lip balm is safe for everyday daily use?

    • ANSWER:
      The ingredients in Carmex lip balm are the following

      Menthol — Kills germs and relieves discomfort.
      Petrolatum — Reduces inflammation and helps heal.
      Shea Butter — Penetrates to soften dry, cracked skin.
      Vitamin E — Reduces damaging free radicals.
      Aloe Butter — Helps heal and soothe
      Salicylic Acid — Exfoliates and relieves pain.
      Cocoa Butter — Moisturizes and protects.
      Lanolin — Softens, lubricates and protects.
      Phenol — Kills germs, exfoliates and anesthetizes.
      Camphor — Alleviates pain.
      Menthol — Kills germs and relieves discomfor

      None of These ingridients are bad for you.. so just keep on using that, here's the website to read more about the ingredients
      http://www.mycarmex.com/how-it-works/default.aspx

      Heres some other suggestions if ya still wanna switch

      Did you know that your lips are just as sentive to sun as your skin?? So when picking out the perfect lip balm make sure it has SPF in it heres some lip balm with SPF
      Blistix (My personal Favorite)
      Chapstick Ultra (has SPF 30)
      Vasleine (No SPF but works like a charm)
      Soft Lips (Makes your lips so soft)

      You also wanna get a lip exfoliant to keep your lips smooth and healthy

  13. QUESTION:
    Something to use instead of petroleum jelly for lip balm?
    I want to make a lip balm and i have everything other than the most important ingredient and that is petroleum jelly/vaseline is there any way i can use something else? Also i don't have beeswax.

    • ANSWER:
      you can use SHea butter or cocoa butter is very similar
      to Petroleum jelly but is more natural great for lips.

  14. QUESTION:
    Does lip swelling need to get worse befor better?
    I have chapped and swollen lips for 7 years from mouth breathing during the night because i have allergies. I started using cordi balm (hydrocordisone lip balm) recently. It seems that my lips are getting worse, but everything makes it worse even plain coconut oil. I went to my dermatologist 7 years ago and did a biopsy and found nothing. Is it normal for my lip swelling to get worse befor they get better?

    • ANSWER:
      No. Cortisone is well known to make things worse in some people. You need to be using one of two things at night before bed. Either pure shea butter, or tea tree oil lip balm. Put it on thick thick. Also, take at least one fish oil capsule a day with a meal (so you don't burp)

  15. QUESTION:
    How can i reduce the size of my lips?
    I am 13 and i sort of lick my lips alot, and now there is a red line area around my lips, it wont go away, whenever i put lip balm on it doesnt help at all. Please help.

    • ANSWER:
      You just have chapped lips, stop licking your lips for a start as that is making them worse!

      Exfoliate your lips, you do this by putting oil such as olive oil onto your lips, then you use a wet wash cloth to gently rub your lips to get rid of any dry skin (put the cloth between your lips and pull from side to side, this is the easiest way to do it), makes your lips much softer and gets rid of ragged bits that you may have a tendency to bite.

      Try treating your lips overnight too, if you mix half a teaspoon of honey, half a teaspoon of lemon juice and half a teaspoon of castor oil and apply it to your lips before you go to bed it should help condition your lips, the honey is also a mild antiseptic so will help fight off infection if you have split lips. If you don't want to try that then just some oil such as olive oil or coconut oil.

      Carry a small pot of lip balm at all times to use when your lips are dry, homemade lip balm is good as you can pack it with moisturising ingredients (coconut oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, olive oil), or just go for a store bought lip balm – in particular get lip balm with sun protection and try to go for a good quality brand that is particularly thick, so look at tubs rather than tubes or chapsticks.

      Don't use Vaseline or anything with petroleum or mineral oil if you can help it, these act as an impenetrable layer to prevent moisture leaving the skin, but at the same time they also prevent any moister getting into the skin, so although in the short term it may protect your lips and make them seem moist in the long run it does more harm than good.

  16. QUESTION:
    What is a good alternative to sweet almond oil?
    I want to make beeswax lip balm and all the recipes I've seen call for sweet almond oil. The only problem is I have a friend who I see very often who is DEATHLY allergic to almonds, she can't even be in the same room with them. Is there anything else I can use that won't kill her?

    • ANSWER:
      Overall, coconut oil is the best. The oil itself contains the milk extracted from the coconut; giving the oil many nutrients for the skin. The substance itself though is rather thick; so apply accordingly.
      Other good options:
      Grape-seed Oil- Also has many moisturizer elements to it; although it's a very light and runny oil.
      Shea Butter- This is an african plant that has been known to easily cure eczema. (Eczema is a noncontagious skin rash). It will also do moisturizing in itself; since the plant itself holds the nutrients in it's own substance. You might have heard of this in some shampoos or lotions, but it wouldn't be the real stuff.
      Shea Butter link:
      http://www.amazon.com/32oz-African-FILTERED-CREAMY-Butter/dp/B002N6SBJ6/ref=sr_1_3?s=beauty&ie=UTF8&qid=1311172675&sr=1-3
      Grapeseed Oil:
      http://www.amazon.com/Now-Foods-Grape-Seed-16-Ounce/dp/B000RZPVV6/ref=sr_1_1?s=beauty&ie=UTF8&qid=1311173003&sr=1-1
      Coconut Oil:
      http://www.amazon.com/Unrefined-Organic-Virgin-Coconut-Oil/dp/B004284VWO/ref=sr_1_9?s=beauty&ie=UTF8&qid=1311173130&sr=1-9

  17. QUESTION:
    How can I avoid my lips being so dry?
    I've used Chapstick, Blistex, Lip Balm and Moisturizer on my lips and none of them keep my lips from being dry without having to constantly put this stuff on. I've even used stuff with sun protection. Any ideas on how avoid dry lips?

    • ANSWER:
      Use plain old vasoline every night when you go to bed. Chapstick has some ingredient in it that makes you have to keep using it, so avoid chapstick. I love stuff with shea butter in it for during the day!
      Also, try not to lick your lips because there are enzymes in saliva that break stuff down.

  18. QUESTION:
    Is there a petroleum free and unscented nor unflavored lip balm?
    Preferably one that I can get over the counter. I'm using burt's bees replenishing lip balm now. Hate the smell.
    Petroleum is bad for lips!
    Skin in general

    • ANSWER:
      I use L'Occitane's 100% shea butter. It's a tin, but it's worth it. It has no smell or taste. You can get it at Sephora, Nordstrom or a L'Occitane store

  19. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have tips for my chapped lips?
    I have very chapped lips and was looking for any home remedies for my lips? I've tried many lip balms and lip conditioners, but they aren't helping anymore. Please! Any tips or suggestions will help!

    Thank you!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Since you didn't list specific brands of lip balm, I am unsure of what you may have tried. There are many brands of lip balm that are very cheap and don't do much for you. More expensive lip balms such as the Burt's Bees line and EOS have a longer list of "moisturizing", "nourishing", and "conditioning" ingredients. More cheaper lip balms will contain mostly petrolatum as a cheap filler.

      If you have tried the more pricey lip balms with more expensive ingredients, it is possible you may need to see a doctor as it can be a skin condition. Either that, or you aren't drinking enough water. But seriously, it can also just be that you aren't using the best quality lip balms.

      If you aren't into cosmetics in the sense that you don't have a stash of ingredients found in lip balms, such as coconut oil, shea butter, sunflower seed oil, jojoba oil, etc, you can still make your own with common ingredients found at home.

      Petrolatum does not condition, moisturize, or nourish, it simply protects by creating a barrier to prevent moisture loss. If you have a small container that is clean, you can use that later. Try mixing these 3 common house hold ingredients: petrolatum, honey, olive oil. If you happen to have more, you can add them! Such as vitamin e oil. If you have the pills, you can poke a hole in a couple and squeeze the oil out.

      Petrolatum will make about 50-70% of the lip butter, followed by a few drops of honey. Maybe about half a teaspoon or so, or however much fits your taste. You can also add a few drops of olive oil, less than the amount of honey though. However you decide to melt the ingredients is up to you, but try to melt it slowly to not burn anything. Overheating may make the performance less. Also try to melt the ingredients in order of most solid to most liquid. Petrolatum is a semisolid, so melt that first, and add the liquids at the end.

      NOTE: Honey does not melt, so if you are going to use honey, you are going to need a toothpick to stir the final product UNTIL it turns from a liquid (melted state) to a creamy consistency. If you just let it harden, the honey will sink to the bottom. Mixing until the formula turns creamy ensures the honey is spread out throughout the entire product. Once it becomes thicker, you can let it sit.
      ------
      This is for a cheap and fast way to make lip balm if you are scarce on ingredients. If you haven't already tried, try a good quality lip balm! ;)

      These are my order of recommendations, #1 being my fave (in my opinion)

      1. Chapstick Naturals Line - there are 2 types, the lip butter and the botanical medley. The botanical is harder, but I feel they both work well.

      2. EOS Lip Balm - this has a VERY LIGHT coverage, and it won't feel like much is on your lips. This really annoys me as I like the feeling of stuff on my lips, it makes them feel protected. HOWEVER I am impressed with how well it moisturizes for such a light coverage.

      3. Carmex - This is a thick formula as petrolatum is their main ingredient mixed with other ingredients to moisturize.

      4. Burt's Bees - in my case, BB lip balms don't work for me. The only one I have had the best experience with, was their original beeswax lip balm.

      Good luck! :D Hope this helped! :D

  20. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of line in mouth when wearing lipsticks?
    Okay, so I have dry lips. I exfoliate often, but it barely helps. When I wear lipsticks, glosses...even lip balms, and they dry, there's this prominent line in the inside on my mouth where the lip product stops. So after a while, I have this dry, cracky lipstick with this weird looking line. It looks horrible! How do I get rid of this?

    I apply a lip balm first and then the lipstick/gloss/whatever.

    • ANSWER:
      You need to shop around for a lip balm that smooths your lips. You might end up with a collection of unsuccessful lip products, but when you find the one that works it'll be worth it. Try L'Occitane Shea Butter lip balm. And start wearing product to bed. Some people swear by Vaseline for bedtime but I like Aquaphor and Carmex. Either of those might work for you during the day, too.

  21. QUESTION:
    Where can I buy the following ingredients?
    I need to get the following ingredients. What place can I buy them and they won't cost to much money?

    Ingredients:

    Food coloring
    Plain lip balm
    Petroleum jelly (Vaseline)
    Essential oils
    Lip gloss
    Carmex
    Raspberries
    Eye shadow
    Beeswax
    Almond Oil
    Vitamin E
    Cocoa butter
    Lemon balm
    Shea Butter
    Blush
    Glitter

    • ANSWER:

  22. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to cure severely chapped lips?
    I've had really chapped lips for a year now, and I've tried a whole bunch of different things like chapstick, vaseliene, and such but it only helps short term (like, for a day) what are other (cheap) ways on how to get my lips cured?

    • ANSWER:
      Hydration starts from the inside. You need to drink more water and make sure you have a good intake of the essential vitamins and minerals. The health of your skin (that includes your lips) starts with what you put inside. While you start to take care of your insides, I'll tell you my personal lip care routine. Everyone says I have beautiful lips, so here goes: I wash my face with simple Ivory soap and a small exfoliating facial buffer. I use this on my lips as well to gently massage away any dead skin. This leaves my face and my lips ready to absorb my moisturizer. Yep, I use my facial moisturizer on my lips too. After that, I also apply a plain shea butter lip balm. The difference between a shea butter type and the waxy and petroleum based products you've tried is that the shea butter will be absorbed by your lips whereas waxes and petroleum just sits on top doing nothing. Those things protect lips that aren't chapped! They really don't do anything for lips that already are. Use that lip balm daily, three or four times a day. Nurture your lips daily. And drink your water.

  23. QUESTION:
    Is it normal for my lips to turn dark when I use Carmex?
    It's my first time to have chapped lips. At first it was just the upper part of my lips. When I applied Vaseline on it, it just became worse. Both of my lips have gotten dry and I can't even open my mouth wide enough because the sides of it are cracking. Then I bought Carmex. I've been using it for a week or so, but I feel like my lips are just getting thicker and thicker every day. And they are getting dark like I smoke cigarette :( I hate it. Is this experience normal? Should I continue to use Carmex? Will my lips go back the way it was? When will it heal?

    • ANSWER:
      Probably this is burning your like because carmex have menthol
      and Salicylic acid this reason your lips are getting darker.

      I find pure vaseline is better or shea butter lip balm.

  24. QUESTION:
    Can you really get addicted to lip balm?
    I know a few people who say that they're "addicted to chapstick." Can this really happen? Can your lips actually chap and go into relapse when you don't have it on your lips if you're addicted to it?

    I don't want any silly answers.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes. Most brands add drying agents to their lip balms to cause that effect. It's a very clever trick. It'll will happen if you use Vaseline as well. I would either try a lip balm without water and with a high content of lanolin. The ingredients listed first on the back of the product, will be the ones there is the highest concentration of. Otherwise I would recommend that you buy a jar of coconut oil, raw shea or cocoa butter, and use that. Coconut oil is not "oily" btw, because it is a solid oil. Basically the same texture as lip balm (-ish) :)

  25. QUESTION:
    What is the best lip balm you have ever used?
    Pls don't suggest Carmex cuz it always dries out my lips.

    • ANSWER:
      Well I don't know if you mean the Carmex Squeezy Tube one, but I use the Carmex Moisture Plus lip balm. It comes in a gray tube with a slanted angle. It doesn't have salicylic acid, which was in the squeezy tube of Carmex, that dries out lips. It has vitamin e, aloe, and shea butter, which moisturizes. It's my absolute favorite!

      But if you don't want to "risk" (you may think) buying this Carmex product, then you can try Softlips. Chapstick is so-so.

  26. QUESTION:
    How to stop having dry lips without vaseline?
    my lips are really dry and hard and i always end up peeling them, is there any home remedies that work instead of gonig out and buying something?

    • ANSWER:
      Olive oil works well for dry peeling lips. Any fat or oil should help, some are better than others. Some helpful fats and oils: Olive oil, fish oil, mashed avocados, shea butter, cocoa butter, coconut oil, and good old fashioned lard. My old order Amish grandma used lard for all her skin issues. It really didn't make her look younger nor did it prevent aging, but she never ever had chapped lips and she worked outdoors no matter what the weather. Whatever you use, first lightly exfoliate your lips before bed, a washcloth is fine, then slick on whatever you are using, oil, chapstick, vaseline before you fall asleep. In the morning your lips will be soft and smooth. Use a bit of oil on your lips through the day, but nothing beats a good emollient lip balm, The Body Shop's cocoa butter stick is the very best that I have used, with shea butter coming in a close second. Consider the money spent a worthy investment soft, moisturized lips

  27. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know any remedies for making your lips really soft?
    Okay well my lips get really dry and i use medicated chapstick but it doesnt work so my doctor said to make a lip softner like with stuff I can find in my house.. Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      • Honey is a great moisturizer. Rub some honey to your chapped lips to heal them fast and retain their moisture.
      • Apply some mustard oil into your naval. It is one of the most effective remedy to get rid of chapped lips.
      • Mix together one tsp each of glycerin, lemon juice and castor oil. Apply this on your lips and leave it overnight. Wipe it off with cotton dipped in water in morning.
      • Apply milk cream on your lips to heal the lips and to keep them soft.
      • Apply a paste of honey and Vaseline on the lips and leave them for 10-15 minutes. Remove it by using a cotton ball dipped in warm water.

      Some Do’s and Don’ts:
      • To avoid dry, dark and patchy lips always apply sunscreen on your lips before stepping out.
      • Never peel the dead dry skin from the lips.
      • Keep your body hydrated by drinking lots of water. People who do not drink sufficient water are more prone to get dry lips and dry skin.
      • Gently buff your lips, using a soft toothbrush, to get rid of the deposit of dead cells that will cause more drying and flaking.
      • Never ever lick of bite your lips, it will cause more chapping.
      • Vitamin A rich food, like, carrots, tomatoes and green leafy vegetables should be included in the diet to solve the problem of chapped lips.
      • Apply lip balm every night prior to sleeping. Use pure shea butter if possible.

      I have a bad habit of licking my lips, and so I suffer from chapped lips problem very frequently. At times the condition becomes so worse that my lips split and bleed. No point telling the immense discomfort it creates.

      Causes of Chapped Lips:
      Some factors that lead to chapped lips are

      • Deficiency of vitamins, iron or essential fatty acids.
      • Allergic reaction to some chemicals.
      • Dehydration
      • Excessive licking of lips
      • Exposure to sun radiations
      • Smoking
      • Certain medications
      • Change in climatic conditions

      Home Remedies for Chapped Lips:
      • Coconut oil is very effective in treating chapped lips. Simply apply small amount of oil on your lips several times daily.
      • Aloe Vera is an amazing healing agent for our skin. Put a small amount of Aloe Vera gel on your lips daily to cure chapped lips.
      • Crush some rose petals and add few drops of glycerin on them. Apply it on your lips every night before going to bed. It will help you to retain the color and lost moister of your lips.
      • Rub a slice of cucumber on your lips to get rid of chapped lips.
      • Apply castor oil on your dry lips to make them smooth and pink.
      My Reccomendations Below>¡
      • EVA Lush Lips Nourishing Lip Balm Strawberry
      Bite.
      • Blistex Medicated Lip Balm
      • Nivea Lip Care Repair & Protection Lip Balm
      THE END Peeps BYE!

  28. QUESTION:
    How to make your own lip balm?
    So I've been watching these YouTube videos on how to make lip balm. A bunch need all this complicated stuff like coconut oil, almond oil, etc. Is there a simple way using vaseline/petroleum jelly and a few other things? I dont need it to be scented or flavored. Also a way to completely make it from scratch, not using old lip balms. Thanks (: (: (:

    • ANSWER:
      Assuming you have watched several DIY videos, including the PROFESSIONAL ones and not just the little girls who are wanna-bee DIY'ers, I am going to skip a few of the important information, but will still mention a few.

      If you seriously don't have access to basic lip balm ingredients such as cocoa butter, shea butter, jojoba oil, vitamin e, sweet almond oil, coconut oil, etc. The only thing I can suggest you use are ingredients that nearly every household has.

      Those include petroleum jelly as a base, and a few drops of olive oil. You can also add honey as a moisturizer and sweetener, but please note that with honey, you cannot get a "new looking" surface. Honey does not melt or dissolve in lip balm ingredients, it will sink to the bottom when the petrolatum is fully melted. You will have to continuously sir until the ingredients have solidified into a warm paste. This ensures the honey is mixed in.

      Also, add the hardest (highest melting point) ingredients first. Beeswax is hard and takes the longest to melt out of most lip balm ingredients. Always add the softest ingredients, including liquids and oils LAST, and the liquids after you turn off the heat. Liquids and oils exposed to heat begins to lose its properties. So don't let your olive oil or vitamin e suffer through the melting process just because beeswax likes to take its time to melt.

      Stay away from imitation flavors. These tend to contain water and alcohol, which does not mix with petrolatum unless you had another ingredient with emulsifying properties. Considering you cannot even get coconut oil, chances of you getting an emulsifying ingredient is rare.

      you're welcome :P

  29. QUESTION:
    I am on a challenge given to me to make a specific lip gloss, read on please?
    My friend is almost vegetarian and allergic to almost everything,
    I need to make a non vaseline, non petroleum jelly, non cocoa butter, non wax, lip gloss. The only oils she can use are soy and corn. Please help.

    • ANSWER:
      if she can tolerate beeswax (all natural!) do 50/50 with favorite oil (either corn or soy would work, but maybe see if she can tolerate apricot kernel oil -- good for lip balm!).

      other than that you may have a difficult time -- you need something that is firm to make the lip balm firm. of course she could just put some oil on her lips - works about the same, but doesnt feel good and is kinda sloppy. have her try shea butter -- it is simliar to cocoa butter, but not chocolatey, and GREAT for lips/skin. Can use it by itself as a lip gloss (a little on the finger) or mix it probably 70% with about 30% of other oil...

      worth a try!

  30. QUESTION:
    I want to wear makeup but i get allergic reactions to alot of things?
    Im allergic to sunscreen, lip products. I always break out. im defiantly allergic to coco butter tho. I was wondering if there is any bb cream, concealers, lip products that are deffintly hypoallergenic. I was also wondering if you know if EOS lip balm and baby lips are hypoallergenic. PLEASE HELP thank you for your time :)
    xoxo

    • ANSWER:
      Look for products that are marked on the packaging as "hypo-allergenic" "oil-free" "noncomedogenic". A lot of organic products are safe, though not all of them will be marked oil free, as they contain good oils for your skin. Bad oils would be coconut oil, if you're sensitive, which is also in shea butter. Also stay away from sulfates. Almay makes a sulfate free foundation. They also have Almay TLC foundation which does contain sulfates, but is hypoallergenic, oil free, and non irritating. If you're REALLY sensitive, you are going to want to stay away from the drugstore. Check out www.sephora.com and filter your search to fit your needs. They have everything.

  31. QUESTION:
    What is the difference between Lip balm, and chap stick?
    I wanted to get my girlfriend some chap stick because she collects them. I wanted to know if they are the same thing.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm sorry, I had to laugh for 2 seconds and then facepalm my self at these answers. -.-* The user J was the only one that was right, but he didn't elaborate, which I shall do for him! :D

      The difference between lip balm and ChapStick is...well, although they are the same, lip balm is the term used to describe the cosmetic product that goes on your lips.

      "ChapStick" is a brand-name, therefore ChapStick is just one of many brands of lip balm. ChapStick Lip balm! Other notable brands:

      -ChapStick lip balm (right)
      -Blistex lip balm --------------------- Blistex chapstick (wrong)
      -Carmex lip balm ------------------- Carmex chapstick (wrong)
      -Burt's Bees lip balm---------------- Burt's Bees chapstick (wrong)
      -Nivea lip balm-------------------------- Nivea chapstick (wrong)
      -EOS lip balm-------------------------- EOS chapstick (wrong)

      Since ChapStick is a very popular brand of lip balm, and probably one of the most commonly used one, people have gotten used to calling any type of lip balm, ChapStick! :D I can't tell you how many times one of my friends will say " I need ChapStick" and then pulls out a tube of BLISTEX!

      Lip balms are just intended to protect, moisturize, nourish, condition, and hydrate your lips. Some brands are better than others. By that I mean, there are some brands that use petrolatum as their base ingredient because it is so cheap. Petroleum jelly does not moisturize, it protects. More expensive lip balms like EOS have "nourishing" and "conditioning" ingredients that are absorbed into the skin and soften them.

      Another term you might see is "lip butter". These are more often found in a jar or tub as they tend to be a bit softer. Genuine lip butters will contain actual butters, like avocado butter, shea butter, olive butter. All these help to soften and nourish your skin. Cheap lip butters will often contain some form of petroleum as their first ingredient. (example: petrolatum, mineral oil). Especially mineral oil! It gives the illusion of a butter consistency.

      Sorry if I went off-topic, lol. But ChapStick, is a brand-name, it is a type of lip balm! :D

  32. QUESTION:
    What chapstick should I use for my very chapped and dry lips?
    my lips are very chapped and dry so what brand of Chapstick would you recommend that you can buy at Giant

    • ANSWER:
      Look for lip balm ingredients like Aloe Vera, Green Tea, Anti-Ozonate, Coconut Oil, and Shea butter. Also, get a balm with SPF -- without it, your lips will get worse. Stay away from petroleum (vaseline) products and alcohol and menthol. Those will make it worse. Here's an article on chapped lips:

      http://www.examiner.com/skin-care-in-san-diego/tips-to-treat-chapped-lips-during-the-fall-and-winter

  33. QUESTION:
    Anything i can do to make my lips softer?
    I've always hated my lips & i'm constantly putting on chapstick. Its like my addiction haha. But anyways i was wondering if theres anything i can do that can make my lips softer? They used to be so chapped and cracked. The chapstick helped a little but they still get like that again. What are some things i can try? I don't wanna buy anything i just want to know what i can do with like common things.

    • ANSWER:
      chapstick contains ingredients that actually dry your lips out, thast why you feel the NEED to re-apply

      since you dont want to spend anything
      exfoliate your lips properly
      with an old toothbrush, and something slippery, like a little butter
      use small round strokes, and your lips will feel lush and soft

      stay clear of things like vaseline

      i make my own lip balm as i have the same problem
      and i use shea butter, cocoa butter, sweet almond oil, beeswax and vitamin E cream
      you need to look after your lips, the very best way you can

  34. QUESTION:
    how to keep your lips soft all the time?
    i have a spontaneous boyfriend and he could kiss me at anytime. how can i treat my lips and keep them soft all day without hurting them. i use softlips chapstick. should i apply vaseline everyday?? tips or links please.

    • ANSWER:
      Bath and Body works has got this GREAT chapstick and it has many flavors to choose from :)
      They also have Shea Butter Lip Balm that is really great but chapsticks are just more handy for me :)
      And all of there chapsticks and lip balms are 100% natural.

  35. QUESTION:
    How to make my own lip balm without vasaline?
    I don't have petroleum jelly :( All of the youtube tutorials require vasaline, anything else I can use that I probably have?

    • ANSWER:
      You will need:

      * Bowl
      * Spoon (teaspoon)
      * Pan
      * 2 tsp shea butter
      * 2 tsp almond oil
      * 1 tsp Vitamin e oil
      * An essential oil of your choice if you want a fragrance (optional). I used real vanilla.
      * Container of some sort (I used an old hand cream)
      * An old lipstick to tint (optional)
      * Edible glitter for shimmer (optional)

      The video below should help! ♥

  36. QUESTION:
    What is the best sheer lipstick or tinted lip balm?
    Please recommend only sheer. I'm not interested in heavy or drying color.

    • ANSWER:
      Revlon Lip Butter
      Rouge Bunny Rouge Sheer Lipstick
      Bourjois Sweet Kiss Naturel
      100% Pure Lip Glaze
      Tarte 24.7 Lip Sheer
      Origins Smileage Plus
      Badger Lip Tint
      Vasanti cosmetics Ultra Moisturizing Tinted Lip Balm
      Pacifica Tinted Lip Balm
      Natio Mineral Lip Butter Pots
      Lucy B Lip Tint
      L'Occitane Tinted Shea Butter Lip Balm
      Eyeko Fat Balm
      Une Beauty Sheer Lips
      Fresh Tinted Lip Balms
      Alima Pure Tinted Lip Balm
      Lucy Minerals Tinted Lip Balm
      LA Minerals Tinted Lip Balm
      NYX Tinted Lip Spa
      NYX Color Lip Balm
      Clarins Sheer Lipstick
      Crazy Rumors Tinted Lip Balm
      Kiko Makeup Milano Sheer Lipstick
      EcoLips EcoTints
      Milani HD Advanced Sheer Lip Color
      Becca Cosmetics Sheer Tint Lip Color

  37. QUESTION:
    what is a great long lasting moisturizing lip balm?
    And im not talking bout chapsticks and other cheap glossy pretty ones. I need a good moisturizing balm, creme etc., specifically to nurture sensitive lips. Is there such a thing? What brands etc and pro/cons please? I dont mind if its pricey. thanks guys!
    thanks for all the tips. appreciate it! ;)

    • ANSWER:
      Vaseline is bleached petroleum. Not exactly chemicals I want on my mouth.

      Most other products have chemicals with known health risks.

      If you want the best, get some shea butter and jojoba.

      Mix the two together in a tiny container.

      Shea is incredibly nourishing. Unlike petro-chems, your body can use and process the nutrients in this incredible oil.

      Jojoba is a humectant, meaning that it draws moisture to the top layers of your skin - perfect to control chapped lips. Again, any nutrients that are dermally absorbed are good for your body.

  38. QUESTION:
    What should my skin care routine be for a swimmer?
    I swim everday for two hours except Sunday. I'm not sure when I should wash my face. My skin and lips also get very dry any suggestions?( from a swimmer)

    • ANSWER:
      I swim non stop too so my face gets really dry also. for my face i use nivia moisterized soap but really any moistorized cleanser/soap would work well and immediatly after showering use a moisturizer or even shea butter products (they even make a lip balm for dry lips with some brands). and for the lips i do a honey and sugar scrup that is really easy to make and a shea based lip balm.

  39. QUESTION:
    Is there any way I can keep my lips from going chapped?
    I'm in my school's theater program, and every time I'm in a show, especially a stressful show, my lips somehow ended up chapped, painfully chapped. I was wondering if there was any natural home remedy that would help them calm down, or maybe I need to calm down more, maybe I'm biting them or something. But it gets rather frustrating, they hurt a lot, and I still have two more shows before the end of the year.

    • ANSWER:
      The best solution I have found (after suffering severely chapped lips from going to the mountains without lip balm) is pure aloe vera gel then wait 20 seconds until it absorbs and then pure shea (karite) butter or a natural lip balm. It takes a couple of days if lips are already chapped but if you do the routine regularly, you should have no problem when you're on stage.

      Also, apply lip balm regularly during your performance season, drink lots of water and make sure you're eating enough good fats like those in avocado, walnuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, flaxseeds and soy beans (non GM).

      A good source for natural lip balms is www.mylipstuff.com

  40. QUESTION:
    How can i protect my henna tattoo from fading in the pool?
    I got a henna tattoo a couple days ago & i wanna go swimming in the pool. But I'm scared it's going to come off completely or fade. How can i keep that from happening?

    • ANSWER:
      Cover it with a cocoa/shea butter based lip balm or moisturiser. Do not use Vaseline, it will suck the colour out.

  41. QUESTION:
    How do you get rid of chapped lips?
    Chap stick won't work I've tried it won't work. It is almost winter and my lips look horrible. Please help

    • ANSWER:
      I use the eos lip balm. You can find it anywhere at most convenient stores. It's 95% organic; they added shea butter, jojoba oil, vitamin E, etc.

      http://evolutionofsmooth.com/products/lipbalm-sphere/

  42. QUESTION:
    How to maintain luscious healthy lips?
    Mine is so dry and chafed. I've been taking vitamin C since dry lips means lack of it. What else should I do?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Pink

      Here is a testimonial on healing the issue.

      SHEA BUTTER
      11/26/2007: DZ from New Canaan, CT writes, "Reponse to Sandy regarding her peeling lips: I have had similar reactions after using lipstick from MAC a few years ago. However, I discovered after spending weeks trying to heal them that most lipsticks and even chapsticks, balms, etc. (even the natural ones) contain some type of alcohol! So the peeling cycle never ends. I believe this is a marketing scheme by the companies that manufacture the products. If your lips are dry you will continually apply the product -- very sneaky!! I suggest you only use 100% natural products like shea butter (my favorite, worked in 2 days after applying 2x a day). Coconut oil might also work. I have also used Vaseline but it didn't work as fast as the shea butter (which I bought very cheaply at iherb... make sure it's 100% shea).

      Best of health to you

  43. QUESTION:
    How to make lips naturally red ?
    Hi guys,

    my lips are really good shaped, but since i m male, before it was not that much black.. I smoke 3-4 cigarette dally..i really cant use lipstick, but i want to make it blood red and visible. any suggested product , or tips ?

    • ANSWER:
      Tips to Have Natural Red Lips

      1. Extract ginger juice and mix it with the yolk of a village chicken’s egg. Have this with your breakfast every day. You will see the difference in no time.

      2. If your lips are allergic to lipsticks, you can add egg yolk and honey to green coconut water and drink daily.

      3. Apply few drops of olive oil mixed with honey or sugar on your lips. Make sure your lips are free of lipstick. Rub the mixture gently on your lips and then wash it off.

      4. Make paste of a beetroot and apply on your lips. Wash it after half an hour and you will find the instant and natural redness in your lips.

      5. Increase the intake of fresh fruits and vegetables.

      6. Do not lick your lips often. This will make it dry and pale.

      7. Use a lip moisturiser during daytime, especially when you go out. Make sure the moisturiser has sunscreen.

      8. Make a paste by mixing 1 tablespoon of sugar with olive oil, coconut oil or cocoa butter. Brush your lips with this mixture constantly for 30 seconds and then wash them off.

      9. Use lip balms that contain Vitamin E, almond, shea butter or jojoba. If you use this balm regularly, you will be able to preserve the softness of your lips.

      10. Massaging your lips with coconut oil daily will reduce fine lines and wrinkles on it.

  44. QUESTION:
    What are your favorite brands of lip balm?
    I personally would like to hear about the ones with color, shimmer, or shine. :)

    • ANSWER:
      I am a lip balm junkie and have over like 5 kuh-jillion, but my top faves would have to include...
      (top faves, #1 being all time fave)

      1. EOS
      I discovered EOS I believe either early this year, or late last year. I have the full set of the spheres except for the pomegranate raspberry that I missed during its limited edition sale. I do not have any of the stick forms. My fave is the summerfruit. Smells good and also has the taste. I like how it is so light and yet keeps my lips soft (I usually like heavy coverage like Carmex) I was hesitant to try EOS at first because I previously tried Burt's Bees. I have the full collection of the Burt's Bees lip balms except for the Res-q one in the green packaging and honestly, NONE of their lip balms have worked for me. Sure they smell nice but I did not have any positive moisturizing experiences from using them. So I figured that EOS wouldn't be any different except for the fact that they are also 95% organic. Burt's Bees is not organic.

      2. Carmex
      I discovered Carmex about 1 and a half year ago during the winter months and I immediately fell in love with it as I was amazed at how well it worked at protecting my lips in the cold wind. My first one was the cherry in a jar and to me, it smells like that cherry lollypops you get during valentines. Artificial sugary cherry. lol. Previously used to use a lot of the Blistex Lip Medex therefore I am immune to menthol/medicine scents/tastes. I too have most of the Carmex lip balms. Carmex has the scent, but not the taste. Not the best taste actually, but I can handle it.

      3. ChapStick NATURALS
      Their Naturals line, such as Botanical Medley and Lip Butter. It has a very faint scent, no flavor, the wax is white and no color. That’s a bit of a downer that it isn’t very exciting, BUT, I find that it works amazingly great! ;D I prefer the lip butter version which becomes creamy on your lips. The effects are similar to that of EOS for me, just without the delicious scent and flavor.

      4. Badger
      I've been wanting to try this for months, and a few weeks ago while visiting another state, I managed to get a hold of a few. Badger, like Burt's Bees has a rep for making all natural products. EXCEPT Badger is not only natural, they are certified organic. Their lip balms do not contain many ingredients like EOS or Burt's Bees, but of their small selection of ingredients, I find that their product does work. I like how it glides on sooo smoothly (probably because extra virgin olive oil is their first ingredient listed) I have most of their lip balms, missing like 2 from the full collection) Badger has the scents, but not the taste. :(

      5. Aquafina
      I have the set that comes in the rectangular tubes, and the slim tubes. I like how these are also pretty smooth and soft. Has a bit of a refreshing feeling. Not "tingly" like Carmex gives off, but a "refreshing" feeling. This lip balm also, does not have many ingredients but it works. I notice that a lot of lip balm products that contain "jojoba oil" and "shea butter" work really well for me. Aquafina just so happens to have both. Burt's Bees has a lot of ingredients, but no Jojoba oil or Shea butter, maybe that's why I don't like it? I dunno. Anyway, overall I like the Aquafina brand lip balms. Has somewhat the scent, and the taste.

      6. Vitamin schtick
      Honestly I do not like these as a lip balm/moisturizer but I do like the scents and I love to collect them. I have all the flavors except for the lip gloss forms and jumbo sizes. I may get them one day. If anything, I consider these "sunscreen/block" lip balms, not really "moisturizers". I think they are cute lol. They are my display only! :D

      PLEASE NOTE: everyone is different, what works well for me may not work well for you or the next person. Can’t tell you how many times people have suggested SoftLips or Burt’s Bees for me. Those two common popular brands that get good reviews just don’t cut it out for me. In my opinion, I feel they dry out my lips. The only one by Burt’s Bees I found to be quite descent is their original beeswax lip balm, probably because it is thicker.

  45. QUESTION:
    How can you make your own homemade chapstick?
    I really want to make some chapstick with my little cousin. The only thing wrong is: idk how to make it.. Help?:)

    • ANSWER:
      Hey girl,

      Purchase tubes and plastic tubs like the ones shown here (cosmetics jars are also ideal).

      Ingredients: 3 teaspoons grated unbleached beeswax; 5 teaspoons carrier oil (sunflower, castor, or jojoba); 6 or 7 drops essential oil; 1 teaspoon honey, for flavor

      1. Melt the beeswax and carrier oil together in the top of a double boiler, stirring to combine. Remove from heat; add honey and essential oil. Mix thoroughly so the honey does not clump.

      2. To add a little color, stir in a tiny dab of lipstick with a coffee stirrer. Pour the mixture into containers; let sit 20 minutes before covering or moving. For glossier lip balm, use 2 teaspoons wax and 8 teaspoons carrier oil.

      Here are a few more recipes(:

      Olive Oil & Beeswax Flakes
      Chapsticks are perfect cure for chafed, chapped and even suntanned lips as they come loaded with the goodness of vitamin E, beeswax, camphor, petrolatum and more. The easiest way to have your own homemade chapstick is to get hold of 1 cup extra virgin olive oil, ¼ cup of beeswax flakes or pellets and 4 large-sized vitamin E capsules. Now, take all the ingredients and put them in a double boiler or a medium sized saucepan filled with water and melt them over low flame. Wait till the ingredients have melted. Take care not to bring the mixture to a boil. When done, put off the flame and stir the ingredients. Take chapstick tubes or jars and pour the ingredients into it. Allow the mixture to cool before storing it away for use.

      Soy Wax & Shea Butter
      You can also use soy wax, shea butter and virgin olive oil to pamper your pout. All you need to do is mix 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil, 4 tsp of soy wax, 4 tsp shea butter and 15 large-sized vitamin E capsules in a heat-safe measuring cup or bowl. Place the ingredients in a double boiler or a large saucepan of water over low heat. Allow hot water to melt ingredients, but prevent from boiling. Remove from heat and stir until well combined. Pour into small lip gloss bottles and allow to cool completely before using. You can add essence and sweetness to your lip balm by adding few drops of essential oil. You can go for flavors like peppermint, lemon and cherry that won’t just leave you with kissable lips, but a great taste too.

      Shea Butter & Jojoba Oil
      If you would like to play with more options, you can go for shea butter and jojoba oil. Just take ¾ oz of shea butter, 2/3 oz of jojoba oil, 1/3 oz of extra virgin olive oil, ½ oz of white beeswax flakes or pellets and 1/4 oz candelilla wax flakes. Take all the ingredients and melt them over low flame. Empty the contents in chapstick containers and allow them to cool before use.

      Vanilla & Lemon
      You can also indulge into the goodness of exotic items like vanilla to pep your lips. Just take 5 drops of vanilla flavor oil, 5 drops of warm sugar flavor oil, 10 drops of lemon essential oil and ¼ tsp of vitamin E. Melt all the ingredients and stir well. Allow the mixture to cool and store it in jars. You can also add a bit of shimmer to your lip balm by using iridescent glitter.

  46. QUESTION:
    Homemade lip balm without beeswax, vaseline, or coconut oil?
    I really want to make a bunch of homemade lip balm and sell it if possible. But i do not have vaseline, beeswax, or coconut oil. I would like to avoid those, so please list a way if possible.

    Thanks :)
    sorry, i cannot use petroleum jelly either.

    • ANSWER:
      Shark liver oil? Lanolin? Shea butter? That and what you've listed are pretty much all the greasy things that could be in a good lip balm.

  47. QUESTION:
    What are some cold weather beauty tips?
    I recently moved to Toronto from California and am pretty much experiencing seasons for the first time. The cold weather has dried out my skin and given me a rash. My hair is also drying out. Cold weather pros, I beseech you! Is there some trick to this? I feel like it's gone beyond lotion and conditioner. Any advice you have would be great.

    Thanks so much!

    • ANSWER:
      To bring moisture to skin and heal the rashes, I would recommend all natural lotions, oils and salves, such as: Badger Healing Balm, Badger Evolving Body Care Oil, Coconut Oil, Argan Oil, 100% Pure Aqua Boost Serum and raw cocoa or shea butter. The Balm Balm line of oils, lip balm and moisturizers are simple yet versatile.

      Use gentle cleaners and exfoliators (plain ground oatmeal mixed with honey is a wonderful treatment that not only rids dead skin but also adds moisture.) Stay away from products with SLS and SLES (sodium lauryl sulfate/sodium laureth sulfate) since they will irritate the skin, stripping away the natural moisture. Dr. Bronner's Unscented Liquid Soap is easy on the body, only ridding dirt and not natural oils.

      Switching to mineral/natural makeup has helped many skin types from dry to oily to breakout prone (allows skin to breath without chemicals). Though Bare Escentuals markets itself as pure, it is not. Checking ingredients is a must. Good brands are: After Glow Cosmetics, Monave, 100% Pure and Zosimos Botanicals. If at a drugstore, the best option (though not 100% "natural") is Organic Wear by Physicans Formula along with Burt's Bee's.

      For hair, only use hot styling tools when needed and try a leave-in hair conditioner (Dr. Bronner's Hair Conditioner & Style Creme, Giovanni Direct Leave-In Conditioner or a dab of an oil.) Instead of shampooing often, a dry shampoo will erase the oil without stripping the ends. Two (or 3) weekly deep treatments also help; try Extra Virgin Olive Oil (coat scalp and hair, leave on 30-40 minutes and shampoo), Neem Oil, Avocado Hair mask (works double duty as a face mask). If in a rush and you cannot make an avocado hair treatment, try Burt's Bees Avocado Butter Pre-Shampoo Treatment.

      Incorporating foods with omega 3 works from the inside out. Raw, unsalted walnuts are a wonderful source and easy to throw into cereal and make for an easy snack. Flax seed is another fab source of omega's. This article gives a wonderful list and detailing on 20 foods/minerals for healthy skin (including hydration needs): http://www.ecosalon.com/best-foods-for-healthy-skin-and-hair/

      Hope I was able to help. The tip from the previous commenter about layering clothing and wearing warm accessories (beanies/hats, scarves, lined gloves, warm tights or socks) will help greatly. (Apply some body cream then layer on the socks & gloves; it will work as a daytime deep treatment thanks to the bodies own warmth allowing the rich ingredients to penetrate the skin at a deeper level.)

  48. QUESTION:
    What is the best product or home remedy to use on dry or cracked lips?

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.herbsmd.com/detail/shea-butter-lip-balm-vanilla-8465.htm
      This will hopefully work as natural best product for you to relieve and heal you from ugly, painful cracked lips.

  49. QUESTION:
    How can i achieve this? 10 points for best answer?
    I really want to be able to get the healthy look without having to use makeup. I want to be able to get clear, bright skin, big bright eyes, pink lips and nice smooth shiny hair. What ways can i get this without having to use makeup? Are there any natural ways? Lip balm is ok. Im a teenage girl btw

    • ANSWER:
      shiny hair.
      after you wash your hair, rinse it with cold water. this helps lock the shininess in your locks, and seals the cuticles.
      Vitamin E is very important. so leafy green vegetables, nuts, and brown rice should deff. be in your diet.
      smooth hair;
      add some anti frizz serum to the tips of your hair.
      add some volumizing mousse to the roots and very top of your hair.
      before you get a shower, brush through your hair,
      if you have tangles, use a detangler shampoo, or spray instead of ripping through the knots,
      bright skin.
      peel a whole grapefruit then cut it in half. cut a pineapple in half&&cut off the ends. _use only one half_ cut lemons in half. take one cup mineral sea salt and pour it in a bowl. pour one half of oatmeal in the sea salt. take the grapefruit&&squeeze the one half in the sea salt&&oatmeal. cut the pineapples up in the bowl. squeeze the two lemons in, and then mix. make sure its thick, but still smooth. continue mixing. cover it, and leave it a room temperate over night. clean your skin before you use this and apply the scrub!
      youll need to drink at least eight glasses of water a day,
      After care moisturizer, Raw Shea Butter,
      bright eyes.
      moisturize the skin around the eyes daily. it probb. should contain vitamin E,
      get alot of sleep, so you wont of dark circles.
      clear skin,
      wash your face before bed.
      wear sunscreen daily.
      dont poke pinch or do anything like that to your face.
      get rid of break outs, id use clean&&clear. love itt(:
      wash your face after you do your hair.
      change pillowcases often.
      pink lips.
      Apply Vaseline on your lips. Leave it on for 2-3 minutes. Wet a toothbrush and use that to exfoliate your lips.
      hope i helped(:

  50. QUESTION:
    What are the best lip glosses you have ever tried?
    They could be drugstore brands or higher brands :)
    And why?

    • ANSWER:
      Drugstore lip glosses can sometimes offer more for your money, considering that many drugstore brands are actually owned and created by higher-end cosmetic companies. There are so many lip glosses to choose from. How can you choose which drugstore lip gloss is best for you? It all depends on whether you are looking for pigment (color), stickiness/non-stickiness, or flavor.

      L'Oreal offers its very popular Color Juices, which are the drugstore version of Lancome's Juicy Tubes, and cost half the price.

      L'Oreal also has found popularity in its Glam Shine lip glosses, which feature micro-crystals to reflect light and provide a superb shine. This smooth, non-sticky formula plumps lips, while providing moisture for lips that sparkle and shine. Glam Shine lip glosses provide a wand applicator in the tube.

      Cover Girl's Lip Slicks have been around for quite some time, and are well-known for their lipstick-style appearance (a twist up tube), and their sheer color and shine.

      Revlon's Super Lustrous lip glosses are also quite popular. These sheer-colored and pigmented glosses are formulated to be smooth and creamy, not sticky. They have a sponge-tip wand applicator in their tubes.

      Revlon also offers Lip Glides, which can be found in sheer and pigmented shades. These lip glosses are click-pens, which you click to release more lip gloss into the applicator, which is a sponge-tip, similar to a felt-tip pen.

      Maybelline offers Wet Shine Diamonds Liquid, which feature light-reflecting micro-pearls, providing a sparkling diamond effect. These glosses range from sheer to pigmented, and offer radiant shine. They are not thick or sticky, but they include liquid moisturizers to keep lips smooth and moisturized. A sponge-tip wand applicator is included in the tube.

      Maybelline also has found popularity in its Lip Polish, whose unique gel-based formula promises vivid shine, and features a variety of sheer and colorful shades. This tube features a sponge-tip wand applicator.

      Maybelline's Shiny-Licious lip glosses provide a highly-pigmented, high-shine finish, while moisturizing lips, keeping them hydrated. They are thick, lasting, but non-sticky. The varying scents are those of their namesakes, such as Cola-Float, Sugar Plum, and Caramella. Shiny-Licious lip glosses feature a squeeze tube, with a soft sponge-covered slanted applicator.

      With the popularity of expensive high-end flavored lip glosses, which offer a better taste for kisses, there are several classic brands available in the flavor competition.

      Bonne Bell, which is no longer just for little girls. They have two sub-brands: Smackers, which is marketed toward younger girls, and Bonne Bell, which is marketed to older teens and young adults. Their flavored lip balms, known as Lip Smackers, have been around for years, satisfying every little girl’s craving for a yummy lip balm. Lip Smackers offer increasing flavors, especially for holidays. Original Lip Smackers come in a twist-up lip balm tube. Some popular product lines have included their soda flavors (including the popular-for-years Dr. Pepper lip balm), and candy glosses, such as Starburst and Skittles.

      Bonne Bell's Lip Frostings are one of the most sought-after Bonne Bell lip glosses. Featuring flavors that match their names, these sheer, shimmering lip glosses have gained popularity among kids and grown women alike. whipped cream, strawberry, and birthday (birthday cake) are some of the most popular flavors. Lip Frostings combine Vitamin E, shea butter, and aloe, for a moisturizing formula. These squeeze tubes feature a round-tip applicator for easy application.

      Lip Lites are another brand of popular lip glosses by Bonne Bell. These are lightly pigmented and offer a finish that is thick, non-sticky, and moisturizing. Packed with flavor, names such as Champagne Frost, Cream Pop, Vanilla Swirl, and Mocha Mousse beckon lips of all ages. These tubes feature a sponge-tip wand applicator.

      Bonne Bell's Lip d'Votion and Lip d'Votion Shimmers offer a lasting alternative to higher-end lip glosses such as Stila's Lip Glaze. Featuring a click-tip pen with a brush applicator, one just needs to twist until the desired amount of lip gloss is pushed into the brush. These lip glosses are very sticky, and provide lasting high-shine and color, depending on which shades you choose.

      Naturistics offers several lip glosses which have been popular for quite a while: their Roll-on Lip Gloss, and their Automatic Lip Gloss (with a sponge-tip wand applicator), among others. These two feature flavors from real fruit extracts, so watermelon really tastes like a slice of watermelon. Both offer high-shine, and moisturizing ingredients such as aloe and Vitamin E.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    what is Mediterranean olive oil hydrating face mask used for?
    Also what is african shea butter nourishing face mask used for too? is it for your hair? or you face? for the both of them!

    • ANSWER:
      Well, if it has the word "face" in the name, it's typically used on your face. Olive oil and shea butter are both used a moisturizers, so those masks are for moisturizing dry skin.

  2. QUESTION:
    What is Mediterranean olive oil hydrating face mask used for?
    What is Mediterranean olive oil hydrating face mask used for?
    Also what is african shea butter nourishing face mask used for too? is it for your hair? or you face? for the both of them!

    • ANSWER:
      both ix equally good for hair and face..

  3. QUESTION:
    What are the benefits of 100% raw Shea butter? Is it good to use on the face?
    I have raw shea butter and i was just wondering of all the full benefits of it....Also, i have dry acne skin on my face and I was wondering if it will clog my pores or if its good to heal the acne? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      nope its not good to use on the face because it is so thick. its being thick causes your pores to clog and in turn making pimples.

  4. QUESTION:
    What kind of shea butter should I use on my skin?
    I heard of organic shea butter and a shea butter product from a department store or a drug store. Which one should I use? I want to moisturize my dry skin, get rid of the sunspots, and reduce the scars on my face.

    • ANSWER:
      I love body shop Body Butter in Shea.

  5. QUESTION:
    How does it take for shea butter to help fade scars?
    i have a scar on my face i really want it to go away . i heard shea butter worked and leaves your skin soft but how long does it take for it to fade away ? And how much times do you have to apply it for it to fade away ?

    • ANSWER:
      I would recommend using Mederma instead of shea butter. It is better for fading scars, and works faster. You can buy it at any drug/grocery store.

  6. QUESTION:
    Anyone who uses shea butter in their hair, do you find that the butter produces spots on your forehead?
    I don't wear my hair over my face.
    What can I do to prevent the spots, apart from stopping the use of shea butter.

    • ANSWER:
      Is it natural shea butter? If not switch to the unrefined stuff, but if the bumps still continue you may just be allergic to the shea butter . I've never gotten any spots from using it. you could try to not use it so close to your hairline/forehead. good luck.

  7. QUESTION:
    How is it that shea butter soap could dry out my skin?
    I'm practically at a loss when it comes to finding a facial cleanser that won't dry out my skin. I have to be very careful because I'm also acne-prone. I finally tried an organic shea butter soap and it still dries out my skin! Isn't shea butter supposed to do the very opposite? Any other suggestions for me?

    • ANSWER:
      yes it is, but you are using a soap form. Soap isnt recomended for facial cleansing. You need to get a face wash. Soaps are all mainly harsher then we think. Shea butter cream is the stuff that will soften dry skin. I recommend looking in Aubrey's. I use Aubrey's number 2 which is for dry skin but they have all types. They are very safe and gentle on skin and doesnt dry it out. I also use Dr. Haushka stuff as in a claryfying toner, and normalizing day oil which helps my skin with breakouts ive noticed, especially the toner, whichs main greatness is to fight bemishes and redness.

  8. QUESTION:
    Does shea butter get rid of old acne scars?
    I have scars from picking my face and I was wondering if 100% shea butter would get rid of these marks? If not, what will work?

    • ANSWER:
      exfoliate your skin twice a day with a good exfoliator. works for me. that way you don't have to worry about clogging your pores or having a reaction to the oils in the shea butter. good luck! =D

  9. QUESTION:
    Is this to much makeup for me to wear 8th grade year?
    -Clean and clear moisturizer
    -Lip Gloss
    -Eyelash Booster
    -And Shea Butter (For My Face)
    Because my friend wants to by makeup for school and she asked me yesterday when we were texting do i still want her to do my makeup i said sure.So she said she gonna by some and do it on me. But i want to start wearing makeup my Shomphore or Junior year high school. So is that to much. And dont be mean either.

    • ANSWER:
      Don't let your friend force you to wear makeup. Simply tell her you think you're too young or you don't want to..
      I'm gonna be a freshman and I'm just gonna wear mascara... I only like mascara and that's all.
      But what you wrote isn't too much. It's probably perfect!
      (:

  10. QUESTION:
    What's your experience with using shea butter on acne?
    I have an allergy to glycerin which makes it nearly impossible to find face moisturizer I can use. The only all natural moisturizer I could find at the health food store that is glycerin-free contains shea butter among other ingredients. Is this a bad idea to try it on severely acne prone skin? I've read very mixed reviews on this subject. Any acne sufferers out there that can shed some light on this?

    • ANSWER:
      My sister tried that, you'll break out horribly, the shea butter makes your skin VERY oily.

  11. QUESTION:
    How to use carrot-seed essentil oil on the face?
    I heard it can protect from the sun. So I want to use it every morning under some clear mineral powder. How much do I have to dilute it? I like to take a little shea butter and put one drop in, and put it on my face.
    Is this a good idea? Should I mix another essential oil in there?
    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      carrot-seed oil is not a sunscreen but because of the vitamin A it will help with the skin. You can use it by itself not necessarily dilute it. Yep, can mix with the shea butter.

  12. QUESTION:
    What is the best moisturizer to use on your face ?
    Which of these oils are the best for moisturizing your skin?
    Emu oil
    Shea butter
    Kukui oil

    Are there any particular brands that you could recommend.

    • ANSWER:
      emu oil and shea butter are great. "Emu Tracks" is really great, you can order offline here:

      http://www.emutracks.com.au/

      It works great on try skin.

      Hope this helps:)

  13. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of dark spots on my face?
    I've tried hydroquinone products, cocoa butter (which worked until I turned 30), and shea butter. None of them work for me. Are there any products I can buy from a drug store other than the 3 just mentioned that actually fade spots, and aren't just moisturizers in disguise?

    • ANSWER:
      I think the only real treatment that will actually make them disappear forever is skin peels. There are many kinds but not all of them are ideal. Years ago I bought the Skin Culture 4000 peel (online) and it got rid of my annoying dark marks on my cheek. Very expensive though. Peels make sense because you're peeling layers of the skin which reveals new skin underneath. There are cheaper peels like Glycolic peels and TCA peels you can buy from professionals on ebay and amazon, I hear they work wonders for any kind of dark marks, scars, blemishes...etc. Read their feedback first from other users. If you decide to do that, ask one of the sellers what they suggest for your skin type to get you the best peel and the best results. Best of luck to you.

  14. QUESTION:
    What is the best natural way to improve the texture of my skin?
    I use African black soap to bathe, and shea butter, i love these because I have sensitive. But what are natural ways I can get a perfectly smoothe face, that is also even toned?

    • ANSWER:
      coconut oil. makes you soft as a baby.

  15. QUESTION:
    Is it safe to use glycerin vegetable oil on my face and body?
    It makes me skin incredibly soft-like silk. But, I notice when I put it on, as I rub it on I feel a little heat on the surface of my skin. I don't get burned, but is it safe to use? I found it's an ingredient in most creams, and it's cheaper and safer I felt just to buy pure glycerin (vegetable) instead.

    Should I just use shea butter? I liked that as well, it just took long to rub it in.

    • ANSWER:
      It isn't bad for your skin but its not really meant to be used as a moisturizer or lotion. Shea butter is definitely the best out of your choices you could also try baby oil but its doesn't rub into your skin like shea butter would.

  16. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of this chronic itching?
    A few days ago I went the cheap route and bought suave body wash instead of the usual dove. (coca butter and shea butter for extra dry skin) I have been using it for about three days. After the first day I used it I noticed that my skin felt weird last nite was my third time using it and I stayed up all night b/c I was itching all over (from my face to the bottom of my feet) and I am still itching. I also have a whole bunch of bumps. I have sensitve skin, where some soap products will dry out my skin but I never aquired this chronic itching that is plaguing me now.
    I have tried coca butter, skin so soft and benydrl, noting is working.

    • ANSWER:
      Try the lotion 'Curel'.. it can really moisture your skin. They sell it in every Target, or Walmart.
      And discontinue the use of the body wash. If you don't get any better in 3 days, go to see your Doctor.

  17. QUESTION:
    How can you turn dark skin into light skin ?
    I have dark skin marks on my face , on my chest and I've tried everything from Cocoa butter , Shea butter even vinegar and baking soda . Nothing works . Can somebody help me . I have camp in the next two weeks .

    Peace & Subscribe - Bye !

    • ANSWER:
      I beleive you should feel confident in any skin color you are in. The best known way i have known to change your skin color is to bleach yourself. But dont! Sometimes if you want to change yourself, it doesn't take you changing your whole self. Just certain parts like your hair color and the earrings you wear. Or even the way you dress or talk! Take this advice. trust me, i wanted to change my skin color too but it wasn't worth it!

  18. QUESTION:
    Is it safe to use African Black Soap on my face every single day?
    I know it can be rather drying, but I do use pure shea butter as a moisturizer at night.

    • ANSWER:
      yes use African soap ONCE a day and night you can use cream cleanser
      like Cetaphil this Prevent any dryness after apply Moisturizer.

  19. QUESTION:
    Is it good to mix lotion with makeup before you apply?
    Iknow its good to mis moisturizer with it, and that now they have tinted moisturizers, etc. But the lotion I have is shea butter lotion its still good for you but its not technically a daily moisturizer or it doesn't say on the bottle. I'm just curious if it'd be okay to mix that with my makeup then apply to my face or should I just stick with a moisturizer?

    • ANSWER:
      Go with a real moisturizer that's meant for your face. Unless it says on that lotion it can go on your face, I wouldn't use it. It can make your face look greasy and I wouldn't be surprised if it messed up your makeup and clogged your pores.

  20. QUESTION:
    Am I the only married man at work today wearing red satin hipster panties with matching lace bra?
    I am also wearing Shea Butter body lotion with a nice femal fragrance, girly colorless lip balm, secret deodorant and a nice girly face cream.
    My boobs are female like and nice looking. I removed all hair from them. I am a 44 B :-)

    • ANSWER:
      Well you sound rather..colorful.

  21. QUESTION:
    Is it okay to wash your face with body wash?
    The body wash I use is True Blue Spa: Lay it On Thick Shower Cream with shea butter.
    I've used it with a loofah sponge once or twice for my face while in the shower, and my skin felt a bit softer after.
    I was just wondering if it's a bad idea to use body wash on your face.

    Also, what are some easy ways to moisturize your face fast?

    • ANSWER:

  22. QUESTION:
    Is shea butter too oily for my face?
    I use a lovely homemade shea butter cream with oils but have been getting spots around the edge of my face.

    • ANSWER:
      Just use shea butter by its self. I am allergic to coco butter some what so I don't use it on my face. Just use enough to cover but only enough that it absorbs entirely.

  23. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of the acne scars - hyperpigmentation?
    I am African-American and I have had acne issues since I was 13. I am looking for a product or proceedure that will help lighten the dark spots on my face. Ive tried Ambi, and it doesn't work. I've heard of lemon juice and shea butter. Can any one give me suggestions of products or proceedures that REALLY have worked for someone with my same problem?

    Thanks in advance for your help!

    • ANSWER:
      i heard ACV is great (apple cider vinegar) combine it with 50% water and 50% ACV .. and a few drops of pure lemon juice if you want. apply it at night with a cotton ball or something like that.

  24. QUESTION:
    What cream or lotion do you put on your face before bed?
    I've been using shea butter balm and it's been working so good.

    • ANSWER:
      This new line by Olay. It works great!

  25. QUESTION:
    What is your secret to beautiful skin?
    I am talking face, body and feet! Personally I am a fan of proactiv for my face (i have clear skin to begin with- proactiv just makes it glow) and shea butter for my body. What do you use?

    • ANSWER:
      i use 3lab face wash and biotherm moisturizer and then i use philosophy body lotion! :)

  26. QUESTION:
    Which is better Black soap and Shea butter lotion or generic brands?
    I bought two bars of 100% black soap and two tubs of 100% shea butter and i was wondering if using those for my hair and body is better than using bottle shampoos and conditioners and lotion Etc... and how much black soap should i use for my face, body and hair? How much shea butter should i use also?

    • ANSWER:
      Oh wow. That's a lot of shea butter and I'm Nigerian. My mom was using that for herself and me since day one. First off, black soap and shea butter is good for skin. I know some people try to use them for hair, but black soap can be drying especially for hair. Shea butter is not a hair conditioner let alone and oil. It won't moisturize hair or skin, but it works great to seal in moisture in skin and possibly hair that comes from water, lotion, or conditioner.

      I personally don't use black soap for hair. I have dry hair and it is too drying for me, but it works out great for my skin as a bath soap and a facial cleanser. I've found that it can even skin tone and slightly reduce acne scars.

      As far as shea butter goes, I love it, but I don't buy it in such large quantities for personal use. How to use it depends on what you're using it for. Raw shea butter is great for dealing with muscle aches like those caused by serious exercising on one day when prior to that you didn't exercise at all for a long period of time. For my body, I use it to make body butters/balms that don't include water so it doesn't spoil and it doesn't require preservatives. I usually melt it and mix it with olive oil, coconut oil, grapeseed oil, safflower oil and/or palm kernel oil. It works as a pretty good remedies to mildly cracked or dry heels when mixed with a lotion or thick water-based body butter.

      Most importantly, I can tell you what I do w/ black soap and shea butter, but I can't tell what to do with it or how to use it. Especially when I don't know exactly how much you have since containers of black soap and shea butter come in sizes ranging from 8 oz. to 1-5 lbs. Also, most natural/raw products have a shelf life of 1-3 years so you don't need to buy it in bulk unless its being used extensively or by more than one person.

      Main thing you need to do is experiment with black soap and shea butter and find out how or if they work for you.

  27. QUESTION:
    How can i get rid of acne scars and blackheads inexpensively please.?
    i heard shea butter might work, anything natural and cheap. i have moderately mild acne. mostly blackheads and little acne. thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Try an aspirin mask - crush up some unbuffered aspirin tablets and mix them with water. Spread the mix on your face and let it dry for 10-15 minutes. The active ingredient is aspirin is acetysalicilate, a chemical exfoliant. Also, try mixing baking soda into your regular cleanser for a great exfoliating scrub.

  28. QUESTION:
    What can I do to clear up the skin on my shoulders?
    I have brown spots, acne & these little white bumps(theyre not really white, theyre more just the color of my skin, I heard a description of heat bumps one time which they may be) will vitamin e oil or cocoa or shea butter work?

    • ANSWER:
      You need to exfoliate about once a week with a good salt and oil scrub, preferably an all natural product like:
      http://www.amazon.com/Herbal-Salt-Scrub-Peppermint-Rosemary/dp/B00016X3GG/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/104-1804115-6512715?ie=UTF8&s=hpc&qid=1192331773&sr=8-1
      http://www.amazon.com/Herbal-Salt-Scrub-Lavender-23/dp/B00016X3G6/ref=pd_bbs_sr_7/104-1804115-6512715?ie=UTF8&s=hpc&qid=1192331773&sr=8-7

      I also do a skin mask every other week to get rid of impurities and deep clean:
      http://www.amazon.com/Frightening-Natural-Organic-Deeply-Purifying/dp/B000NEEFYA/ref=sr_1_35/104-1804115-6512715?ie=UTF8&s=hpc&qid=1192333755&sr=1-35

      Switch to an all natural, vegetable based, gentle moisturizing soap containing oatmeal, clay or honey, like:
      http://www.amazon.com/SOUTH-FRANCE-SOAP-NATURAL-HONEY/dp/B000F8FMEQ/ref=sr_1_9/104-1804115-6512715?ie=UTF8&s=hpc&qid=1192332490&sr=1-9
      http://www.amazon.com/LAVENDER-OATMEAL-EXFOLIATING-Handcrafted-Natural/dp/B000FENUGC/ref=sr_1_135/104-1804115-6512715?ie=UTF8&s=hpc&qid=1192332505&sr=1-135

      Wash with a soft washcloth (not a scrubbing sponge). Wear clean clothes each day and wash your bedding and towels regularly. You may try using an all natural laundry detergent too - I like Sun & Earth and Seventh Generation.

      I have found that a lot of the over the counter acne products can actually increase acne over time, so be careful with these. Use a mild salicylic acid skin wash on problem areas once every other day - if after two weeks that doesn't help, then try alternating between that and a mild benzoyl peroxide skin wash (they affect different types of bacteria, so alternating tends to work better on serious cases than using just one of the two). Neutrogena makes some good products.

      Don't overwash - once in the morning and once in the evening is fine. After you wash, you can use a skin toner or astringent (again natural is better) followed by a light moisturizer which is non-comedogenic (i.e. does not block pores) - again all natural and hypoallergenic is better - try and find one with spf15 for during the day. And it doesn't matter if your skin is dry, oily or in between - you need to use a moisturizer - just try a lightweight, non-oil based one if you tend to have oily skin. F/Y/I, I had bad acne at one time and using this regime together with a heavier, emollient-rich moisturizer which contained honey at night to help heal the acne scarring (worked great) - my skin cleared up in about a year and eventually I stopped using the acne washes except for occasionally (like once every couple of months). Reviva and Avalon Organics have good products - some of Kiss My Face is good too.

      If your acne is very bad, you can also get acne spot treatment and if you have deep blackheads, you can try the clear pore strips to see if they help - never did me any good but a lot of people swear by them. I think exfoliation and a clay mask works better.

      Exercise, sauna, massage and drinking 8 glasses of water per day are also big helps, especially the water.

      Hope this helps.

  29. QUESTION:
    Is there any natural herbs that I can take to control my Lupus? Also to get rid of discoid Lupus naturally?
    Is their a way that I can naturally control my lupus with out taking a great deal of medication. Also I have discoid lupus on my face, can something like shea butter help

    • ANSWER:
      No. It is not normal for your immune system to attack you. That's what happens in lupus.

      Lupus symptoms, whether in the skin or the body, are controlled when the overactive and confused immune system is suppressed. Shea butter moisturizes. Period.

      You have a choice. You can run around looking for the magic "natural" bullet or you can bite the bullet and work with your doctors.

      By the way, hemlock and arsenic are quite natural, but they can kill you. I have systemic lupus. Early on, I was sure there was some "natural cure" out there.

      I take very few meds now, despite the fact that I had severe organ involvement (heart, lungs, bone marrow, kidneys). I am 98% vegetarian, severely limit processed foods, do not eat fast foods or junk foods, exercise daily, practice yoga and meditation AND follow the treatment regimen that my doctor and I have worked out.

  30. QUESTION:
    How to keep your lips from being chapped?
    Dr. Oz said that Lip Balm was bad for you because it prevents new skin on your lips from sluffing off the old skin and rising to the surface. Is it it possible to buy 100% pure coconut oil, cocoa butter or shea butter in a tube and use that as a lip balm?? Thanks!:)
    Is Badger Balm any good? Especially the creamy cocoa cocoa butter lip balm or the Classic Lip Balm Stick Unscented? I just want a lip balm that won't prevent the skin on my lips from sluffing off but will also keep my lips moisturized. Thanks!:)

    • ANSWER:
      Lip balm isn't bad at all, in fact I think it helps as it provides a protective layer for your lips. Lips have only a few layers of skin compared to the rest of your face, which is why you can see the redness of them through this thin layer (the red is the blood vessels underneath), so they need all the help they can get.

      A layer of lip balm won't prevent old skin from sloughing off, lip balm naturally wears off your lips anyway and will take any 'old skin cells' with it. It's not like it seals your lips... You can help this process by putting Vaseline on your lips then gently removing this with a warm wash cloth. I wouldn't recommend anything harsher than this because, again, lips are so delicate.

      A lip balm with a sunscreen will do more for your lips then not wearing it. Really important!

      You can use coconut oil, shea butter etc, these are the ingredients that are often in lip balms anyway and provide a really good emollient - which seals in moisture.

      One really big tip to prevent chapped lips is to not lick them. At all. In fact, try to keep your saliva away from your lips as much as possible haha. Saliva contains an enzyme used to break down food so this isn't good for lip skin!

      Hope this helps - basically... wear lip balm if you like it as it protects your lips and keeps them moisturized. Choose over the counter or pure coconut oil etc, protect them from the sun and do not lick them!

      (I'm a beauty therapist by trade and have a lot of experience, both with clients and personal :)

  31. QUESTION:
    I have dark skin but my skin is very dull looking how to get it brighter?
    Well im a dark skin lady and my skin looks very dry everywhere besides my face which is oily.I use real shea butter from Ghana on my skin but still my skin still looks dull I only apply cream on my skin at night.Ive tried exfoliating skin but still my skin is dry but not extremly so have any of use goin threw this.

    • ANSWER:
      drink lots of water it will help with the dry skin .. use dove soap .... after your shower apply lotion (i like coco butter) use a deep cleanser for the oily spots (i have combo skin and it does help)

  32. QUESTION:
    I need any doctors in the house or somebody?
    My face is really really dry. I put shea butter to make it not as dry but it only last's for about 25 minutes.Please recommend me any type of lotion not caring the price or what type home-made products can I use.

    • ANSWER:
      Facial mud and clay masques can work wonders on skin and the best part is, you need not set up an appointment at a salon for the perfect facial! Many brands offer great facial masque products, like Freeman’s Beautiful Skin® Facial Mud Masque or their Beautiful Skin® Mineral Clay Masque. Queen Helene® offers a very effective product, The Original Mint Julep Masque, which goes on green and just zaps the oil from your skin. These are just a few of the countless facial masque products out there. This is for oily and dry skin

  33. QUESTION:
    I have to change in a dressing room with other people but I have self harm scars?
    They're deep and purple (I've stopped, so no freaking preaching, kay?) And there is a ton of them and they wrap almost all they was around my butt on both sides. I've been using scar cream/shea butter lotion on them but they haven't changed colors. I don't know what to do, because I have dance recitals coming up, and I don't want anyone to know, we change together since there is no where else to change, so please help?

    • ANSWER:
      China to be too self-conscious there are so many people in this whom have had problems and come to hurt themselves. More people than what ever ever admit. Don't worry so much about how other people look at you worry about how you look at you because once you become resolved to the fact that you have problems and either needed to feel or whatever the case maybe it'll be easy for you to say all that's from a bad time that I don't really care talk about . The most important thing to remember and is that you do your best not to do that anymore not what other people think about you because everybody has their faults and in the end everybody's going to be judged their own way. At least you weren't hurting someone else you did it at your own will and to yourself believe it or not that's something to be proud of. Ask yourself truly are you more worried about how they look at you or how you're going to look at yourself when face the reality of what you done. And what you did was not that bad or you wouldn't be here. If you are sorry and never hope to do it again and do your best not to if you do need to do it again there's a reason and hopefully you can find a better way . There's nothing to be ashamed and I hope I've helped you good night .

  34. QUESTION:
    The skin on my face is always tight how can i treat this?
    like when i get out the shower after washing my face it gets tight and dry. so i decided to just wash my face with just water for five seconds. then i moisturize my face with shea butter . is this helpful? please answer?

    • ANSWER:

  35. QUESTION:
    What kind of shampoo and soap do you use?
    Now have clean minds here people I don't want my question to get pulled again. Just curious maybe your works better than mine..

    I use Shea butter body wash and Head and shoulder Shampoo.

    • ANSWER:
      John frieda shampoo, which is so good for the price. i also use giovana and bumble & bumble which are my favorite and work great, but they are more expensive.
      Soap i use soft soap coconut body scrub which i love and is cheap, i also use bar soap that i find at boutique types of stores (or i have used dove white moisture bar which i would reccomend as it makes your skin very soft!!) , and after basketball practice i was always use Kiss my face active athletic body wash, which works amazing, and i highly highly reccomend it after sports or excercise when you sweat! :)

  36. QUESTION:
    Skin Purging when switching to all natural products?
    I'm about to start a new skincare regimen, which involves all natural products. I've heard that when your skin is so used to chemicals from commercial products, the skin purges in order to get the toxins out. Is this true? If so, how long does this process last? Here's what i'm going to start using just in case it matters:

    Remove eye makeup: Olive and Grapeseed Oil
    Wash face: African Black Soap
    Moisturize: Unrefined Shea Butter and Grapeseed Oil
    Thanks for the help!

    • ANSWER:
      just want to commend you on making the change to an all natural line up!

      As far as purging goes, its just a myth. It has never been proven, and is usually a misdiagnosis. As far as the unrefined shea butter goes, you might do well with a shea butter mix that includes grapeseed oil. There is a product by a girl on youtube who makes a lot of tutorials. Her name there is prettydimples01.

      The site with shea butter is: http://www.heavilyrooted.com/

      Enjoy the all natural line-up!

  37. QUESTION:
    Survey: Which moisturizer do you use ladies if you have very dry skin?
    I am having such dry skin that I am bleeding on my legs, and it hurts badly. Every winter time, my skin on my legs does this and I have been using baby lotion and shea butter. I need a very very absorbent lotion, what do you ladies recommend?

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I think I know why the moisturizer you use doesnt work well... A dermatologist told us why most moisturizers and lotions don't work... It's because they have excess of buttery substance in their lotion and its oily or fatty substance

      And you know fatty or oily substance doesn't dissolve in water and our body is made up of about 70% water so the dryness on your skin stays.

      oh yea dont use shea butter, baby lotion is ok i guess but i guessing its not working on you... Butter leaves the fat and oil from the moisturizer on your skin and it stays on the surface of the skin so it won't go through the skin since our skin has 5 layers... it just says on the 1st or 2nd layer of our skin...

      Also even though people love how some lotions are so soft and silky but they constantly have to keep using it because it gets dry again in about 6 hours or so because its not going through your skin entirely... I used to like how soft it feels, but now anymore, i think its too oily and slippery...

      I had dry skin on my arms and legs but they don't bleed but when i scratch it it turns white cuz its so dry... So i began to use other moisturizers on my face and body

      This is my website... unfortunately you can only buy it online... this one has vitamin A, E, and c and aloe vera, sweet almond
      its hydrating lotion so i guess that means to opposite of dry haha
      http://www.marketamerica.com/sandee888/product-2198/royal-spa-smooth-as_silk_hydrating_lotion.htm#

      oh aveeno is a pretty good lotion too

  38. QUESTION:
    Which is the best remedie to cure my acne and acne scars?
    African raw shea butter soap w/ pure vitamin E. Or African black soap & pure vitamin E.? Btw. I pop the capsules and put the oil on my face.

    • ANSWER:
      I believe the black soap. Shea butter is good but better for moisturizing. a couple of good websites that sell both are

      http://www.sheaessentials.com/

      http://www.butters-n-bars.com/index.html

      O yea and another thing you can consider is called bentonite
      http://shop.blackonyxworld.com/Bentonite-Me-Baby-Bentonite-Clay-8oz-AN4.htm

      try typing in bentonite in youtube to see some reviews

      so I say try going with black soap or bentonite

  39. QUESTION:
    Which is the best remedie to cure my acne and acne scars?
    African raw shea butter soap w/ pure vitamin E. Or African black soap & pure vitamin E.? Btw. I pop the capsules and put the oil on my face.

    • ANSWER:
      Please read The best way to use unrefined Shea butter on your body at: http://blog.soliditytrade.com/the-best-way-to-use-unrefined-shea-butter-on-your-body/

  40. QUESTION:
    is Olay soap with shea butter okay to use for washing face?
    is Olay soap with shea butter okay to use for washing face?

    • ANSWER:
      yes you can I try Olay shea butter on my face it leaves my skin very soft hydrated
      it says the back of the soap is great even is a soap is really good.

  41. QUESTION:
    Accidentally popped a pimple while washing face?
    I was washing my face last night and accidentally popped a pimple and started bleeding. I held a cotton until it stopped (didn't take long) and washed it again and went on to put acne cream (differin). Today I woke up and the spot was a little red.

    Has it scarred? I've been moisturizing with shea butter.

    • ANSWER:
      You mentioned that it was bleeding. If you're not referring to the wound bed or scab when you say ''spot was a little red'', then you are probably referring to redness of the skin around the wound. This is most likely a local inflammatory reaction, in which you're immune system secretes chemicals to dilate your capillaries and blood vessels. This results in blood and serum leaking from your central vascular system into the ('interstitial') space between your cells.
      What you see at the end of this process is your initial wound, surrounded by pink or red inflammation. This inflammation is blood, serum, and busy immune cells attacking infection- literally eating the bacteria that caused your acne and some surrounding damaged skin cells.
      A scar won't form until a certain depth or width of skin tissue is damaged; when the wound edges have to naturally pull back together using fibrous connective tissue. There are also other variables involved in whether or not a scar will form- nutrition, hydration, age, and consequently the type of skin cells that your body replaces the injured skin tissue with (-collagen, elastin, or the connective scar tissue fibrin)...

  42. QUESTION:
    What should I do about my skin?
    I am sooo sick of having breakouts. I have very mild acne I guess. It is so frustrating. I've tried multiple things to try and clear up my face. Thing is when I try new products I automatically breakout before they start to work so I just give up because I don't have time to try new stuff and be breaking out. Recently I tried this bentonite clay and apple cider vinegar mask it really worked as far as opening up my pores and cleaning them out! But I can't use this everyday because it will dry out my skin. Btw I have dry skin in certain places on my face like around my mouth. My main problem areas are the areas next to my nostrils on my cheek, and my chin! Lord my chin is theeeee worst area! I use neutrogena acne face scrub morning and night and I miniaturize with Shea butter mixed with vitamin e oil and coconut oil. Should i just quit trying natural products and home remedies & just try out some proactive or something? Help!!
    -impatient bumpy face

    • ANSWER:
      It may sound weird at first........ But..... Use apple cider vinegar.... This stuff is absolutely AMAZING!!! It can heal just about ANYTHING! Acne, scars, burns, scabs, etc..... All in less than a week!!!!!!!!

  43. QUESTION:
    I was wondering if this is a good face moisturizer?
    I'm 15 years old and don't really have acne but I was wondering if Johnsons Baby Creamy Oil *cocoa and shea butter* is a good facial moisturizer for me?

    Will it cause breakouts?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes it is a good moisterizer and does not cause breakouts and it is gentle to skin and not full of all the harsh chemicals

  44. QUESTION:
    Where can i get Shea butter cream for face at a cheaper price in US?
    Also I need multanimetti and kastoori turmeric powder. I would aprerciate if you answer to this.

    • ANSWER:
      u can buy jergens shea butter moisturiser from walgreens , walmart , cvs
      its hardly below 10 $

      u can get multanimetti n turmeric from indian grocessory stores

  45. QUESTION:
    What can I use on my baby's face? Is 3 months too early for cereal?
    My daughter is 11 weeks old. She has to wear mittens on her hands when she goes to sleep because she scratches her face when she wakes up. Well, she also rubs her face really hard which has caused her cheeks to turn rough and look like they are burned. I have been using pure shea butter but that doesn't seem to work. Any suggestions on what I can use to keep her skin soft and heel her cheeks? My second question is, can I give her a little bit of cereal in her milk for her night bottle to help her with her sleeping. All of my family members tell me my breast milk is so thin and that is why she doesn't stay sleep at night. They think her hunger wakes her up. I was going to wait until she was 4 months. Is 3 months ok, (She will be 3 months next week). Thanks for any suggestions.

    • ANSWER:
      my daughter has the same thing going on with her face and the only thing i used that works is Aveeno Baby soothing relief moisture CREAM.

      i would call the doc and ask him about the cereal. thats what you pay him for!

  46. QUESTION:
    i have a small patch of skin on my face thats always dry. why and what can i do to make it go away?
    ive tried different lotions as well as cocoa and shea butter but it won't go away. i don't wear make-up that often either. what could be causing this? it wasnt always there. recently, i noticed another dry patch on the other side of my face. whats going on?

    • ANSWER:
      I had a problem just like that last year! I went to the dermatolagist and gave it a big fancy name and made me use special face scrub and it went away in like a week. Its really nothing to worry about. Just go to the dermatolagist. :]]

      hope it helped!
      xoxo
      `*ella

  47. QUESTION:
    How do I keep my face from being dry and ashy?
    Places like school and everywhere I go people stare. People call me names like crusty rusty and ashiness and I want it to stop. I ve tried using palmers shea and coca butter formula and that doesn't work.People talk about me like I can easily get rid of it.Even the teachers act like they hate me. I tried asking my dad for help but he want listen and he want even talk about taking me to a demertalogist, and my mom is no longer in the picture. Please please help me!

    • ANSWER:
      i guess your not SMART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      put freken cream on it
      DUH...............

  48. QUESTION:
    Why did raw African black soap make my face darker?
    I recently started using raw African black soap and Shea butter. It work well at clearing the little acne that I had, however I experienced a weird side effect... My face got about a shade darker right where I was using the soap. Right under my eyes my skin is its natural color then under that my cheeks and forehead are darker. What could have caused this? And how long will it take to get my natural color back?

    Oh and I stopped using that soap today and went back to purpose soap..

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds as if the soap had an adverse drying effect on skin and depleted it natural moisture. Drink plenty of water and intesify moisturinzing affected area.

  49. QUESTION:
    Which is the best remedie to cure my acne and acne scars?
    African raw shea butter soap w/ pure vitamin E. Or African black soap & pure vitamin E.? Btw. I pop the capsules and put the oil on my face.

    • ANSWER:
      Talk to a dermotologist. Instead of the random people here that have no idea wat to do

  50. QUESTION:
    my 2 month old has dry skin on her face and its flaky with a few bumps. can i use pure shea butter on her?
    she was braking out at first and i was told to wash her face with plain water and nothing else. weeks later her face is dry and flaky. I haven't gone to the doctor yet but i want to use this on her body. should i dilute it in water then put it on her since it is pure shea butter? I love it and i want to use it on her.

    • ANSWER:
      use baby aveeno! my daughters had severely dry skin and i used aveeno on them and it worked wonders!!! I was told never to use adult lotion on babies for a couple different reasons! 1. most contain alcohols that dry skin even more or burn baby skin! 2. it is too harsh for their delicate skin!!! you can get it anywhere!! i loved the baby aveeno lavender stuff! it smelled good and worked fabulously!! i just put in on them every night after their bath! they also make baby aveeno bath wash!! my sister also uses it on her kids and they both have psoriasis!! hope i helped!!

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Is it safe to use African Black Soap on my face every single day?
    I know it can be rather drying, but I do use pure shea butter as a moisturizer at night.

    • ANSWER:
      yes use African soap ONCE a day and night you can use cream cleanser
      like Cetaphil this Prevent any dryness after apply Moisturizer.

  2. QUESTION:
    is shea butter good for wrinkles on your forehead?
    i have been using pure shea butter on my face but i wonder if there is a shea butter lotion that anyone knows of is good for wrinkles?

    • ANSWER:
      shea butter contains viteamin E and A nd F!!!
      it is highly known for its healing properties. and it moisturises REALLY WELLL!!!
      i even use it under my eyes!!!
      U'LL NOTICE LESS LINES IN 3 DAYS ( i promise!)

  3. QUESTION:
    my 2 month old has dry skin on her face and its flaky with a few bumps. can i use pure shea butter on her?
    she was braking out at first and i was told to wash her face with plain water and nothing else. weeks later her face is dry and flaky. I haven't gone to the doctor yet but i want to use this on her body. should i dilute it in water then put it on her since it is pure shea butter? I love it and i want to use it on her.

    • ANSWER:
      use baby aveeno! my daughters had severely dry skin and i used aveeno on them and it worked wonders!!! I was told never to use adult lotion on babies for a couple different reasons! 1. most contain alcohols that dry skin even more or burn baby skin! 2. it is too harsh for their delicate skin!!! you can get it anywhere!! i loved the baby aveeno lavender stuff! it smelled good and worked fabulously!! i just put in on them every night after their bath! they also make baby aveeno bath wash!! my sister also uses it on her kids and they both have psoriasis!! hope i helped!!

  4. QUESTION:
    What can I use on my baby's face? Is 3 months too early for cereal?
    My daughter is 11 weeks old. She has to wear mittens on her hands when she goes to sleep because she scratches her face when she wakes up. Well, she also rubs her face really hard which has caused her cheeks to turn rough and look like they are burned. I have been using pure shea butter but that doesn't seem to work. Any suggestions on what I can use to keep her skin soft and heel her cheeks? My second question is, can I give her a little bit of cereal in her milk for her night bottle to help her with her sleeping. All of my family members tell me my breast milk is so thin and that is why she doesn't stay sleep at night. They think her hunger wakes her up. I was going to wait until she was 4 months. Is 3 months ok, (She will be 3 months next week). Thanks for any suggestions.

    • ANSWER:
      my daughter has the same thing going on with her face and the only thing i used that works is Aveeno Baby soothing relief moisture CREAM.

      i would call the doc and ask him about the cereal. thats what you pay him for!

  5. QUESTION:
    Is it safe to use glycerin vegetable oil on my face and body?
    It makes me skin incredibly soft-like silk. But, I notice when I put it on, as I rub it on I feel a little heat on the surface of my skin. I don't get burned, but is it safe to use? I found it's an ingredient in most creams, and it's cheaper and safer I felt just to buy pure glycerin (vegetable) instead.

    Should I just use shea butter? I liked that as well, it just took long to rub it in.

    • ANSWER:
      It isn't bad for your skin but its not really meant to be used as a moisturizer or lotion. Shea butter is definitely the best out of your choices you could also try baby oil but its doesn't rub into your skin like shea butter would.

  6. QUESTION:
    How to keep your lips from being chapped?
    Dr. Oz said that Lip Balm was bad for you because it prevents new skin on your lips from sluffing off the old skin and rising to the surface. Is it it possible to buy 100% pure coconut oil, cocoa butter or shea butter in a tube and use that as a lip balm?? Thanks!:)
    Is Badger Balm any good? Especially the creamy cocoa cocoa butter lip balm or the Classic Lip Balm Stick Unscented? I just want a lip balm that won't prevent the skin on my lips from sluffing off but will also keep my lips moisturized. Thanks!:)

    • ANSWER:
      Lip balm isn't bad at all, in fact I think it helps as it provides a protective layer for your lips. Lips have only a few layers of skin compared to the rest of your face, which is why you can see the redness of them through this thin layer (the red is the blood vessels underneath), so they need all the help they can get.

      A layer of lip balm won't prevent old skin from sloughing off, lip balm naturally wears off your lips anyway and will take any 'old skin cells' with it. It's not like it seals your lips... You can help this process by putting Vaseline on your lips then gently removing this with a warm wash cloth. I wouldn't recommend anything harsher than this because, again, lips are so delicate.

      A lip balm with a sunscreen will do more for your lips then not wearing it. Really important!

      You can use coconut oil, shea butter etc, these are the ingredients that are often in lip balms anyway and provide a really good emollient - which seals in moisture.

      One really big tip to prevent chapped lips is to not lick them. At all. In fact, try to keep your saliva away from your lips as much as possible haha. Saliva contains an enzyme used to break down food so this isn't good for lip skin!

      Hope this helps - basically... wear lip balm if you like it as it protects your lips and keeps them moisturized. Choose over the counter or pure coconut oil etc, protect them from the sun and do not lick them!

      (I'm a beauty therapist by trade and have a lot of experience, both with clients and personal :)

  7. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of the acne scars - hyperpigmentation?
    I am African-American and I have had acne issues since I was 13. I am looking for a product or proceedure that will help lighten the dark spots on my face. Ive tried Ambi, and it doesn't work. I've heard of lemon juice and shea butter. Can any one give me suggestions of products or proceedures that REALLY have worked for someone with my same problem?

    Thanks in advance for your help!

    • ANSWER:
      i heard ACV is great (apple cider vinegar) combine it with 50% water and 50% ACV .. and a few drops of pure lemon juice if you want. apply it at night with a cotton ball or something like that.

  8. QUESTION:
    Which is the best remedie to cure my acne and acne scars?
    African raw shea butter soap w/ pure vitamin E. Or African black soap & pure vitamin E.? Btw. I pop the capsules and put the oil on my face.

    • ANSWER:
      I believe the black soap. Shea butter is good but better for moisturizing. a couple of good websites that sell both are

      http://www.sheaessentials.com/

      http://www.butters-n-bars.com/index.html

      O yea and another thing you can consider is called bentonite
      http://shop.blackonyxworld.com/Bentonite-Me-Baby-Bentonite-Clay-8oz-AN4.htm

      try typing in bentonite in youtube to see some reviews

      so I say try going with black soap or bentonite

  9. QUESTION:
    Which is the best remedie to cure my acne and acne scars?
    African raw shea butter soap w/ pure vitamin E. Or African black soap & pure vitamin E.? Btw. I pop the capsules and put the oil on my face.

    • ANSWER:
      Please read The best way to use unrefined Shea butter on your body at: http://blog.soliditytrade.com/the-best-way-to-use-unrefined-shea-butter-on-your-body/

  10. QUESTION:
    Which is the best remedie to cure my acne and acne scars?
    African raw shea butter soap w/ pure vitamin E. Or African black soap & pure vitamin E.? Btw. I pop the capsules and put the oil on my face.

    • ANSWER:
      Talk to a dermotologist. Instead of the random people here that have no idea wat to do

  11. QUESTION:
    Even using a pumice stone, I still have bad calluses on my feet. How can I prevent them?
    Is there something I should/shouldn't be eating or a vitamin that will help? Shea butter and other creams don't work long term.

    • ANSWER:
      I use a product from a company called True Blue Spa that is called "Heel of Approval". If you use that with a foot scrub called "Toe the Line" every day for about a week...amazing results will happen on your feet. I had huge yellow and cracking callouses that are gone now. I use another product called called "Shea It Isn't So" every day and the more expensive "Heel of Approval" only once in a while.

      Taking care of your feet is like brushing your teeth...you really have to lotion up every day to keep that ugly off your feet. My feet are as soft as a child's and I had terribly ugly problems before. I swear by this product.

      Reading some of your other answers reminded me of something else...don't go bare foot on carpeted floors...the carpet sucks the moisture out of your feet. Wear socks and comfortable shoes. Bad shoes will give you callouses to but the ones I got were dry heels and toes from wearing sandles in the summer time...bad in dry climates. Moisturize and keep your feet covered most of the time. The bottoms of my feet feel like my face...and my face isn't all that bad! :)

      One more thing you can do for yourself is drink more water. Nothing moisturizes the skin better than lots of pure clean water.

  12. QUESTION:
    What is the best type of moisturizer for very dry skin?
    I know gels are for oily skin... So should I use cream moisturizer? Oh and this is for my face. Do you have any good moisturizer recommendations for me that are not too expensive? My skin is dry and flaking( I have been using AcneFree Severe, which is marvelous at clearing blemishes, but is super drying to my already mildly dry skin.)

    • ANSWER:
      pure shea butter... google it
      : )

  13. QUESTION:
    bought dr.organic tea tree skin lotion, how long do i use it for to see a difference?
    it contains tea tree, aloe vera, cocoa butter, shea butter and sunflower seed oil. its a daily skin moistureriser but im using it to try and get rid of my acne and acne scars. first, will it get rid of my scars and acne? and secondly, how long will it take if im applying it once everyday?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Kye,

      Tea tree lotion is unlikely to help your acne, unless it has a 5% tea tree oil concentration.

      As for helping with your scars it can't hurt, but again a 5% tea tree oil concentration is better. I'd even say a minimum.

      So if your skin lotion does not have 5% tea tree oil. Do the following.

      Use a hot damp towel, and leave it on your face for a couple of minutes. Then use pure tea tree oil on a cotton ball and swab the acne affected area. Let that work for about 10 minutes, then use a facial cleanse (as natural as possible) and apply your skin lotion to hydrate your skin, and if it doesn't contain 5% tea tree oil, add some to your hand with your lotion.

      The hot damp towel will open your pores.

      The tea tree oil will deep clean your pores and skin surface.

      Cleaning your face will remove any residue.

      Applying the lotion will re-hydrate your skin.

      You might also take note that generally acne is not just a skin surface issue...but is also caused by our body's chemistry...hormones and such. You might need to adjust your diet plan, and supplements to regulate your body.

      Hope this helps.

  14. QUESTION:
    What type of inexpensive skin care including a mask to get rid of dicoloration,blemishes and acne for oily ski?
    Seems as though everything I use put more oil in my skin I'm 44 yrs. Old I've had acne until now I've spent a lot of money to get the mark out of my face I don't feel comfortable without make up!

    • ANSWER:
      Awww Hun I had the same problem. Proactive and oxy stuff burnt my skin. And most of the expensive skin care lines are all the same ingredients as the drug store stuff!

      This is what I finally found that worked:
      Wash with African Black soap- I got mine from amazon, the one with shea butter in it.
      Toner- I use plain ole witch hazel. It's cheap, natural and found in the pharmacy.
      Moisturizer- I use pure jojoba oil. Just a few drops.
      Makeup- I use the Valley Girl foundation from L.A. Minerals. It soaks up oil, and has Allantoin to heal acne. I use a lot of their makeup cuz it's natural and doesn't irritate my skin.
      For my T zone I put L.A.s Oil Control powder on. Soaks up oil for hours!

      Hope this helps.

  15. QUESTION:
    How can I have flawless skin affordably?
    I do have oily skin. To be precise, only my face is oily. I don't eat junk and I'm very healthy. What could be the problem?

    • ANSWER:
      use facial cream scrubs preferbly st Ives apricot srub which can be purchased at Wal mart or Queen helen's facial scrub which comes in a variety: cocoa butter, oatmeal, apricot and mint julep. But yet and still your gonna have to use a moisturizer after scrubbing your face with any of these products because they really do own up to their abilities "scrubs" Also try Queen helen's mint julep mask or any facial mask and leave it on for as long as you like, rinse and moisturize your face lightly(natural cocoa butter cream or pure shea butter or any other cream) in order to keep it from feeling rough. And drink 4 liters of water aday and stay away from make up foundation which is made to conceal. A naturally flawless face is more prettier than one that is covered with make up. And im not talking eye shadow or blush, im talking make up that is used to cover up and conceal.

  16. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of spots using natural ingredients?
    I am 13 and I get quite a lot of spots especially on my chin, forhead and nose. I want to know how to get rid of them using natural ingredients as I don't want to use harsh chemicals on my skin. Is there anything I can use or make such as a face mask? Please help!
    Sometimes the spots are really red and raised, and sometimes they have white stuff in them

    • ANSWER:
      To prevent spots from developing on the skin, it is imperative that you avoid too much exposure to the sun. Protect the skin by wearing a scarf or a hat or carrying an umbrella to shield the face and body. Apply an adequate amount of sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 25. Remember to wait for about half an hour after applying the sunscreen, as it needs this much time to take effect. A very effective way to minimize dark spots is to massage the skin with vitamin E oil before sleeping at night. Lemon juice is an excellent natural bleach and fresh lime juice applied to the affected areas of the skin will help greatly in lightening the spots. Apply this to the skin overnight and rinse off in the morning. Gel of aloe vera is also beneficial in treating dark spots. Apply it before going to bed and wash it off in the morning, as it needs to remain on the skin for at least eight hours daily.

      You may also add a teaspoon of onion juice to a couple of teaspoons of vinegar and apply it to the spots by rubbing it in gently. Apple cider vinegar and orange juice may also be used for reducing dark spots. The insides of the watermelon skin are a very effective natural remedy for treating skin blemishes. Gently rub it over the skin and then rinse it off with cool water. Pieces of horseradish soaked in milk also work well to lighten black spots on the skin. Castor oil has been known to be effective in treating age spots. You may dab a bit of oil on the spots and rub gently twice a day. This should bring positive results in a month’s time. Honey is very effective in improving the skin and may be added to yogurt or cream and applied on the face daily. There is lactic acid present in the yogurt which helps to lighten the spots, while the honey provides a moisturizing effect.

      Without knowing what kind of spots you are talking about, it is very difficult to give a good answer on this one. I am going to assume liver spots or age spots as these are the most common. As their name indicates, they are caused by a poorly functioning liver…something that is common in the elderly. The best way to get these to go away is by taking milk thistle and dandelion to help the liver function increase. Drinking plenty of pure water will help flush additional toxins out of your system.

      To temporarily minimize the appearance of liver spots, you can make up a paste of lemon juice, hydrogen peroxide, and sugar. Apply this paste to the spots and let it soak for 30 minutes before washing off with warm water. Do this twice daily and follow up with a good moisturizer like cocoa butter or shea butter. Avoid exposing your hands to the sun for long periods of time as this can make the spots appear darker as they tan just like the rest of your skin. Wear gloves when gardening or if you are going to be outside for a long time. If the spots are on your face, wear a sun hat when outside to protect your face

  17. QUESTION:
    Do you have a hard time deciding on which cosmetics to use?
    Tanners or moisturizers, wrinkle creams or repair creams, sunscreens or eye creams, daytime creams or night creams, foot and hand creams, celluit creams...

    Seems like the cosmetic world wants us to spend all our time on creaming ourselves for nothing. Sometimes, I find myself drawn into the cosmetic world by attractive commercials like "Use this cream for your elbows" "Use this one for your eyes" "Use this on your celluits" "This cream is perfect for aging" "This body cream will make your skin super smooth" But then I realize I can't do that for life! Man, it's a lot of time and money. So, now I only use a moisturizer with spf on my face and tanner on my legs and arms in summers.

    I wonder what other women use and how they feel about cosmetics.

    • ANSWER:
      I feel the same way you do; I mean if a cream is good for your feet, it should be good for the rest of your skin, right?

      I did a bit of research a few years ago, and I ended up buying pure shea butter. I have used it religiously and exclusively (no other creams) for 4 years. My skin looks great. I have no dry patches, my face never breaks out and I can even use it for a hair gel. 1lb. of shea butter gets me through 9 months and it only cost (or about) per pound. That's a big savings when you consider the cost of skin creams and hair gels.

      Do a google search on shea butter and see what I am talking about.

  18. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know a cure for really dry skin?
    My face gets really dry and i nothing works. What should i do or use?
    I have really dry skin on my face and nothing works. What should I do or use?

    • ANSWER:
      The advice someone else gave you about diet is good but we can't forget how important it is to treat dry skin from the outside as well.
      For starters, Don't ever wash your face with any kind of soap no matter what they advertise and also never use any cleansers that have an ingredient that begins with "sodium laureth" or even any thing that sounds like that. This is a foaming complex in products that is eextremelyharsh and drying. You need to find a cream cleanser that does not foam and is not heavily perfumed.

      Next, you need to exfoliate and I actually recommend getting an exfoliating glove and using it gently with your cleanser. Do this 2-3 times a week.

      Then you need to apply some type of serum and a really good moisturizer. A really good moisturizer is one that does not have any ppetroleum mineral oil, or silicone. These ingredients sit on top of the skin and just give the illusion of hydrated skin. Another tip is to put on your serum and mmoisturizerwhile your skin is still damp- This makes a huge difference.

      For the night time, you could use a pure shea butter. Melt it in your hands and apply it all over.

      It's a little hard to recommend products because it says you are on yahoo U.K but I used to work for a line that had and excellent line for dry skin and I think you can get it over there. It's called Decleor. In Canada it's a little hard to find and it's a little expensive but a really nice line. Don't bother buying an exfoliant from them though- they are terrible. Just do the glove cleanser thing. The line for dry skin is called Nurti-delice and there cleansing milk is super mild.

      I hope this advice helps you. Good-luck

  19. QUESTION:
    How can I get rid of dry, peeling skin?
    Its on my face, and yes I do moisterize twice a day. It doesn't seem to go away and makes my makeup look REALLY bad. (I put it on before I put on my makeup and let it dry before applying my makeup) and I recently bought a makeup that was made for dry skin so my makeup isn't it either. Also, how can I make red spots due to pimples go away or atleast conceal them well? I put concealer on, but it tends to rub off. Okay thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Kelc

      Here are some testimonials on healing the issue.

      MILD SOAP AND FINISH WITH COLD WATER
      12/17/2007: trisha from crescent city, calif. writes: "ive been using noxzema skin wash since i was 11 or 12 yrs old, im now 54, and people say i look much younger than i am, at least 40 or 41 yr old, my face is not wrinkled or messed up like most 53 yr olds,i wash with cool water, then use noxzema skin wash, rinse, then put light cream on my face."

      PURE SHEA BUTTER
      1/6/2008: Diana from Vinings, GA writes, "I have been using pure shea butter on my hands and cracked feet since the weather turned cool. I also apply it around my nose to help cracked, peeling skin from contact dermatitis. It is one of the few moisturizers that doesn't aggravate the condition! Well, recently I ran out of my expensive Q10 face cream and decided, it being winter and my skin being dry, that I would use the shea butter on the rest of my face. So I took about a dime size from the container and rubbed it in my palms, (it is solid and needs to be "melted") and then massaged it into my skin. The next day I noticed that my pores were visibly smaller! I have continued to do this each night to see what happens.. I wake up in the morning with my face glowing and it is not my imagination, my pores are smaller. I really massage the butter into my skin with small circular movements -- my face gets a little red from the increase of circulation from the massage.

      MILD SOAPS AND COCOA BUTTER
      11/28/2007: Linda from Memphis, TN writes: "Clear Dry Skin . I'm a 42 year old female, often mistaken for 28 years old. I've suffered with dry skin, growing up but if you used only pure mild soaps with moisturizers and cocobutter it will work wonders on dry skin."

      Best of health to you

  20. QUESTION:
    How can I get rid of very dry and flaky skin? Help Please?
    My face mostly, I have tried exfoliating and peels twice a week, but it always starts to come back the next day. I put on lotion every time I get out of the shower, but nothing seems to work, and now since it's winter, it's worse. My body also is getting dry and itchy. What can I do for my face to hydrate it back to normal and smooth, and how do I get my body nice and soft?

    • ANSWER:
      shea butter - the real kind from africa - pure, not mixed with anything is really, really good. It goes on a little slick, but really soaks in. Here are a few places, but you can google pure shea butter and find tons!

      http://www.crabapplesoap.com/rawsheabutter.html

      http://sheabutterhut.com/

  21. QUESTION:
    How to fix my skin tons of tiny holes on my skin?
    i have literally hundreds of tiny holes in my face from acne and black heads over the years and i would like to fix these things, i would like to close them or smooth them out til they are barely noticeable. Is there any way of doing this?

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like you either have acne scars or enlarged pores.

      If they are acne scars, try using 100% pure shea butter on your face every night. If they don't go away, you may need to get laser treatments.

      If you have enlarged pores, use a facial cleanser that is specifically for larger pores. Wash your face with warm water to open up the pores and cleanse them out, and rinse your face with cool water to close your pores.

  22. QUESTION:
    What are some good homemade natural facial mask for dry,sensitive african american skin?
    I have dry african american skin and its very sensitive to the sun. I also started having dark spots on my cheek and have no way to get rid of it, i need answers.I also need facial masks for my face for the spots.The best answer gets 10 points...oh btw im 13. :)

    • ANSWER:
      Use a clear glycerin soap to cleanse your skin. This type of soap doesn't contain any harsh ingredients and is perfect for your sensitive skin.

      Use pure, unrefined shea butter as a moisturizer. This will nourish your skin, even the tone, and provide a bit of protection from the sun.

      Apply sunscreen whenever you're going to be in the sun.

      Good luck!

  23. QUESTION:
    Should I or Should I Not Dilute Tea Tree Oil?
    Ok, so I hear from some sites that you SHOULD dilute tea tree oil, because it can cause drying, peeling and irritation. But from other sites I hear that it is entirely fine to not dilute it.
    I have I guess moderate acne all over my face, and for the past 2 nights I have been using a tea tree oil stick that I'm pretty sure is 100% pure tea tree oil.
    I also hear that it can be used to shrink pores? Is this true? I have blackheads on my T-zone. And what type of oil should I use? My mom is a soap maker so we have olive oil, sweet almond oil, shea butter and coconut oil. Stuff like that.

    Please help? Your help is much appreciated. :)

    • ANSWER:
      To dilute or not to dilute that is the question... :-)

      Either way do what your body feels like. Another thing you may like to look into us using equal parts Honey/Oat Meal/Baking Soda mix on your face twice a day. My wife has acne and this has helped her immensely. It takes about 2 weeks but after that it is AMAZING!

  24. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know of any organic brands that are suitable for nut allergy sufferers?
    I'm allergic to nuts in their purest form, but i also had a nasty reaction to a product containing shea butter.
    I'm looking for organic makeup brands, (that obviously don't test on animals.) that are preferably available in the UK . Anyone know any? :-)

    • ANSWER:
      Mulondon, his products are good value for money suitable for all vegans and amazing to use.
      You can e mail the company direct (or phone) and the owner will advise which of their products to use. Small pots are £7 and larger around £20 depends on which one buy but they last ages.
      His moisturisers are amazing and i can use all sorts on my face but have never found anything better
      .
      http://www.mulondon.com/

  25. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to get rid of acne?
    I am 26 years old. Still have bad acne break outs especially when I get stressed out. Was wondering what there is that I can do that I might not have already tried. Please help!

    • ANSWER:
      If you aren't on it already, get on birth control. For most women acne is hormonal.
      I've literally tried every single "natural" acne reliever and stupid acne relieving system.
      If you find that it's around your period and they hurt then please, get on birth control!
      and it is so worth it to see a dermatologist. They offer great pills to reduce the inflammation and decrease the outbreaks. This obviously isn't something that can be cured with surface treatments.
      On top of birth control and other medical things, I suggest hair/skin/nail pills.
      For me personally, I use the most basic face cleaner I can. I use just a simple soap, kind of like liquiderm. You want to use something that's gentle.
      I also use pure shea butter as a night time moisturizer. It's the only thing that doesn't give me break outs.
      Using all of these things together has cured my acne.

  26. QUESTION:
    Which is most effective to fade a burn scar: Mederma, cocoa butter, or pure shea butter?
    The burn is a couple month's old and is completely healed, but the scar is very noticeable.

    • ANSWER:
      It probably depends a lot on the individual qualities of the scar and where it is on your body. Some areas have naturally darker pigment than others and might make it harder to fade. And if it's on your face cocoa butter or shea butter might be a very bad idea. Try Mederma first since that's what it's made to do.

  27. QUESTION:
    how to get rid of flaky skin on my face?
    how do i get rid of my flaky skin from my face i tryed drinking water scurbs almost eveything .i get this evey day it makes my skin looks dirty i want it all gone how can i do this?

    • ANSWER:
      It could be just plain dry skin or you could have seborrheic dermatitis. Do you have dandruff? seborrheic dermatitis is like dandruff of the skin and usually if you have it, you would have dandruff too. But not always. Supposing it's just plain dry skin #1 wash your face with a cream cleanser. Do not use anything that foams up or has Sodium Laureth ingredients. #2 exfoliate twice a week. Most exfoliants(scrubs) are create equal but again, do not use anything that foams or has sodium Laureth ingredients. And do it as hard as your skin will allow. It should never hurt or leave your skin abnormally red. #3 Moisturize with a heavy moisturize but make sure it does contain petroleum or mineral oil in it. They just sit on top of the skin and do not penetrate. At night you could even use pure shea butter (not cocao butter) you can get it at a health food store. You could use it during the day if you don't find it too greasy. Another tip is to put your moisturizer on when your skin is still damp. And keep drinking all that water. If you are using toners or any masks that dry on your skin, stop- you don't need them. Also, don't wash your face more then twice a day. It takes time for your natural oils to seep back into the skin after you've washed it. It's called your acid mantel and is a vital protective layer on your skin and makes up your skin's PH balance.

      Hope I have helped you good luck.

  28. QUESTION:
    Would the african Black soap be a good investment for me ? How did it work for you?
    I don't really have acne, maybe a pimple every now and there, however i used to have acne, and i have a few dark marks which i hate. My skin is very uneven too, id like to get an even, bright tone. I'm half african american, and my friend suggested African Black soap. whats your input?

    • ANSWER:
      i would say there is nothing better than this as have personally used it. if you do choose to use this you will be to step up to purely soft skin.

      Enjoy the ultimate luxury with our newest Dudu Osun AfricanBlack Soap. Specially formulated entirely from natural ingredients and herbs, this African black soap will have you feeling refreshed and silky smooth. Restores damaged skin and is helpful in healing chronic eczema, acne, freckles, and dark spots. Scented with osun (camwood extract), citrus juices, and native honey. With aloe vera and natural vitamins

      INGREDIENTS:
      Pure honey, Shea butter, Osun (Camwood), Palm kernel Oil, Cocoa pod ash, palm bunch ash, Aloe Vera, Lime Juice, Lemon Juice, Water and Fragrance

      i will post Testimonials from people who bought and used this soap in the past three Years.

      TESTIMONIALS:

      This is an amazing soap! I could not believe how clean and refreshing it smells when you open it. It lathers like shower gel which just blew my mind! The real proof is in the usemy face was smooth and clearer and my skin was very soft and you feel very clean. I also like that it has a healing affect. I had a minor rash and after showering with this soap my skin is healed. This is my #1 soap of choice for regular daily use. I do not use any commercial soaps any more. You will love this soap if you try it and use it on a regular basis.
      2/18/2012

      Great lather! I have sensitive skin and this soap is gentle and leave my skin soft and doesn't dry it out.
      11/21/2011 7:44:35 PM

      The very first time I used Dudu Osun in the shower, my skin came alive and I felt it breath through its pores. Unlike the socalled cleansing soaps regularly found on store shelves, it actually cleaned my skin and left it moist and healthy. I recommend Dudu Osun to all of my customers and friends. It's now one of my most sought after products. Carnell
      10/3/2011 9:59:20 AM

      This is the #1 soap on the Planet, I am a Cosometoligist and deals with the skin daily and Istarted of with 8 bars and it sold right away and then got a case of it. It does wonders for any skin problems my customers loves it. I recomend this for all skin problems and all different Races .
      8/16/2010 9:04:20 AM

  29. QUESTION:
    How to get a good tan if you have pale skin?
    I have pale skin with freckles and I am able to tan but I've never really tried to get a deep tan (I'm Colombian so i figure it might be kinda easy for me). I don't like tanning beds or fake tans so please don't tell me to get one. Summer is coming and I was just wanting some advice on how to start tanning during spring break so i can look good for the last days of school.

    • ANSWER:
      You don't want to burn as it's bad for you and will just mostly peel off, so start with a high factor sun cream like 20 and work your way down, 15, 10, 8. I would say don't go lower than 15 on your face though - remember - Sun causes wrinkles!
      Also the key to keeping your tan is moisturising well. Use pure shea or cocoa butter to make sure you don't let flake away the dead tanned skin. The time of the day the sun is hottest is 12-3pm, but make sure you drink lots and don't burn!
      I personally love being pale :)

  30. QUESTION:
    What are some easy techniques to keep facial skin healthy?
    I really love my skin and want to keep it clean fresh and smooth and I've tried different techniques but I can't seem to see a difference and I'm 13 and I want to look my best in school :) thank you! And so I wouldn't be all drowsy in the morning as worn out

    • ANSWER:
      FLAWLESS SKIN:
      - I have a little homemade recipe for flawless skin: 1 egg, 1 lemon (or lemon juice), 2 tablespoons of honey, and about 2 cups of plain yogurt. this will show you results fast, within a few weeks even. you'll notice your skin tone even out, acne scars will disappear soon, and you'll have a bit of a glow :)
      - to clear oily skin and clean all the dirt out of your pores, get a cotton swab and apply rubbing alcohol to it. it can also clear your face of blackheads
      - wash face with a facial wash that contains exfoliating beads. it will say if it has them on the label, and this shouldn't be hard to find.
      - use pure coco or shea butter, apply to yout face at night. do not use a lot, because it can feel oily. but this will also even out your skin tone (and even get rid of any stretch marks you have!)

  31. QUESTION:
    Can I continue with my Face Routine in this order?
    ~Exfoliate(I do once a week)
    ~Cleanse(I use The Bar)
    ~Moisturize

    I use AMBI Face Products(I'm African American) and they help my face out alot. I do not tone becuase it's to drying.

    And I notice that some girls Cleanse before Exfoliate and other girls Exfoliate before Cleanse. I mean is there a difference or something?
    I'm 16 and a Junior in High School and my Older sister is 17 and a Senior in High School. And like once a month we'll have the Typical Girl Party and things. We'll stay up late and talk about celebs and boys and things like that. And My sister and her friends they Cleanse First then Exfoliate but my Friends and I Exfoliate then Cleanse. It's weird at times because we are always having "Fun Fights" debating over which one is better and all.

    Tyra Banks is my Idol and I hope to meet her one day. I am just like her. I want to become a Model, Fashion Designer and Pastry Chef. I am in love with Vaseline and Cocoa Butter lol. Those are my two must have beauty items.

    What are some of your must have items?

    Thanks A Bunch!

    • ANSWER:
      It really doesn't matter if you cleanse first or exfoliate first. The result is the same. My must have beauty items are Smashbox blush and shadow, Sunsilk Hydra TLC shampoo and conditioner, cocoa or shea butter lotion and Garnier Pure skin care line. Can't live without them.

  32. QUESTION:
    How can I get off my pimples on my face?
    I putting cream for almost 2 month but I still doesn't change

    What will I do?

    • ANSWER:
      I'm so sorry to hear what your going through..You are NOT alone, I have been suffering from very bad acne since the age of 10, I not only have it on my face but also on my back and arms. If you have a regular dermatologist I strongly suggest you change him/her. I have gone to doctor after doctor who have prescribed a load of junk that never worked, I get so upset that people think that doctors are God and their word is always right, no, most doctors today are in it just for the money and want a quick fix by prescribing you harmful RX drugs like Accutane. What you have to do first is stop touching the acne if you are, this was VERY hard for me and took almost two years of hard work and self discipline. The fact is when you touch or pop the acne it drives bacteria even deeper into your pores, spreads the acne and causes scars. For every one pimple you touch two form. I DO NOT recommend you see a regular Dermatologist but rather a Homeopathic doctor, which is a doctor that treats people without harmful pills or chemicals (RX drugs are VERY bad for our bodies and in the long run cause cancer). There is no one cause of acne, its a combination of many things, I strongly think it is a combination of hormones, meaning you are going through puberty or a hormonal imbalance, genes, if your parents have it and your environment, also please don't think because you're older you can't have acne, this is the biggest misconception people have, ANYONE can get acne because acne is not just cause by hormones. Heres what I did and I want you to do:

      1.) Stop picking at the acne if you have trouble join this great support group that helped me..Stoppickingonme.com

      2.) See a Homeopathic doctor (if you can)

      3.) Get a test for your hormones, you might have a imbalance like high Testosterone if your female or high Progesterone if your male which most certainly causes acne and body acne and I was diagnosed with..do NOT take the first answer, get multiple tests done..it took me three tests to find my premonitions right.

      4.) Start eating 100% ALL ORGANIC food, the food in our grocery stores is packed full of chemicals which cause obesity, cancer, acne and so many other conditions. The FDA did not want people to know this since they make WAY too much money off selling drugs but the good thing is people just now are catching on to this and there is organic foods available in stores now.

      5.) Start using ALL NATURAL body washes, shampoos and soaps..it is rare to find them in stores, many are misleading by saying "natural" when in fact they are still packed full of chemicals but many stores on the internet have them, I order mine off ebay, type in "100% organic soap", if you are young and do not have a credit card you can send a Money Order on ebay. The soaps you are using now have over 1000 harmful ingredients and any ONE could be causing your allergy's and acne.

      6.) Buy PURE UNREFINED Shea Butter which clears scarring and alleviates dryness, this is such a great cure, make sure its organic and unrefined though.

      7.) Use soaps with Tea Tree, Chamomile, Lavender..all three are proven natural skin healers for centuries, especially the Tea Tree, Proactiv, the highly priced and commercialized product is nothing more than Tea Tree oil and the harmful chemical Benzol Peroxide (DO NOT USE BENZOL..it dries your skin and causes premature aging and wrinkles in the long run)

      8.) Exercise and drink LOTS of filtered, clean water..it detoxifies your system and clears your body of all the chemicals you have been exposed to for all the years you have been alive.

      9.) Don't wear tight clothing, this causes oils to get trapped into your pores which causes acne..wear loose fitting, synthetic fiber clothes at home.

      10.) Get a good organic sea salt scrub that will help buff off dead skin cells.

      If you follow all this I GUARANTEE you you will be cured of acne, eczema or any other skin diseases. Good Luck!

  33. QUESTION:
    I thought PURE UNREFINED shea butter was non-comedogenic?
    I bought some PURE UNREFINED shea butter from agbangakarite.com, i've used it on my face a few times but it's been breaking me out.....i heard unrefined shea was non-comedogenic?

    • ANSWER:
      it IS non-cosmedogenic, you may be simply allergic to it (are u allergic to nuts or latex?) I think agbangakarite is a pretty reputable store, so i don't believe they'll sell u tainted shea butter. You may have a bad reaction to it but shea butter can't clog pores because it absorbs into the skin.

  34. QUESTION:
    What are some cold weather beauty tips?
    I recently moved to Toronto from California and am pretty much experiencing seasons for the first time. The cold weather has dried out my skin and given me a rash. My hair is also drying out. Cold weather pros, I beseech you! Is there some trick to this? I feel like it's gone beyond lotion and conditioner. Any advice you have would be great.

    Thanks so much!

    • ANSWER:
      To bring moisture to skin and heal the rashes, I would recommend all natural lotions, oils and salves, such as: Badger Healing Balm, Badger Evolving Body Care Oil, Coconut Oil, Argan Oil, 100% Pure Aqua Boost Serum and raw cocoa or shea butter. The Balm Balm line of oils, lip balm and moisturizers are simple yet versatile.

      Use gentle cleaners and exfoliators (plain ground oatmeal mixed with honey is a wonderful treatment that not only rids dead skin but also adds moisture.) Stay away from products with SLS and SLES (sodium lauryl sulfate/sodium laureth sulfate) since they will irritate the skin, stripping away the natural moisture. Dr. Bronner's Unscented Liquid Soap is easy on the body, only ridding dirt and not natural oils.

      Switching to mineral/natural makeup has helped many skin types from dry to oily to breakout prone (allows skin to breath without chemicals). Though Bare Escentuals markets itself as pure, it is not. Checking ingredients is a must. Good brands are: After Glow Cosmetics, Monave, 100% Pure and Zosimos Botanicals. If at a drugstore, the best option (though not 100% "natural") is Organic Wear by Physicans Formula along with Burt's Bee's.

      For hair, only use hot styling tools when needed and try a leave-in hair conditioner (Dr. Bronner's Hair Conditioner & Style Creme, Giovanni Direct Leave-In Conditioner or a dab of an oil.) Instead of shampooing often, a dry shampoo will erase the oil without stripping the ends. Two (or 3) weekly deep treatments also help; try Extra Virgin Olive Oil (coat scalp and hair, leave on 30-40 minutes and shampoo), Neem Oil, Avocado Hair mask (works double duty as a face mask). If in a rush and you cannot make an avocado hair treatment, try Burt's Bees Avocado Butter Pre-Shampoo Treatment.

      Incorporating foods with omega 3 works from the inside out. Raw, unsalted walnuts are a wonderful source and easy to throw into cereal and make for an easy snack. Flax seed is another fab source of omega's. This article gives a wonderful list and detailing on 20 foods/minerals for healthy skin (including hydration needs): http://www.ecosalon.com/best-foods-for-healthy-skin-and-hair/

      Hope I was able to help. The tip from the previous commenter about layering clothing and wearing warm accessories (beanies/hats, scarves, lined gloves, warm tights or socks) will help greatly. (Apply some body cream then layer on the socks & gloves; it will work as a daytime deep treatment thanks to the bodies own warmth allowing the rich ingredients to penetrate the skin at a deeper level.)

  35. QUESTION:
    how do i get smooth skin without it being to expensive?
    i want smooth skind and i don't know if i should use body lotion every time i take a shower, wear all day and use none to sleep or what the helll! also, how do u remove blackheads?

    • ANSWER:
      African shea butter...I prefer using the unrefined kind that you have to warm up in your hands first. It's more for your face but you can use it on your body too. It will also help with acne and lighten discolorations, brown spots and completion.
      You can also buy "shea butter" creams and lotions in stores but they have added ingredients and fragrances most of the time. Which is fine if that's okay with you. Now, if you DO decide to get the natural unrefined kind, make sure it's pure and REAL(There are "imitation" shea butters around if you're not careful). Do a lot of research on it and what the real stuff is supposed to look like, smell like etc. This might not be what you were looking for but you can look into it if you're interested. For blackheads I put baking soda on my face, or just the areas with blackheads and use warm water and gently massage the areas. It loosens up the blackheads, and if you do this regularly it will help a lot. Also try looking into Biore Pore Perfect nose or face strips. They work well too, but if you use them too often they can enlarge your pores.
      Good luck!

  36. QUESTION:
    How to even out skin tone best answer 25 points?
    After using blush for a couple of times I been noticing pale cheeks I have a light brown skin tone how to even it out and make my skin a bit lighter????

    • ANSWER:
      wash your face with pure black soap /Shea butter.On the first use it may tingle but it will work
      i myself have bad skin tone .I have dark brown and light brown on my skin my aunt said it works well and i am starting by tomorrow she said it works well and use sunscreen during the day

  37. QUESTION:
    Girls what are your favorite beauty products and tips?
    I can't spend alot of money so I need ideas on less expensive products and stuff I can do to make my skin clear up.

    • ANSWER:
      cheap but good?
      Let's seee..

      For your face, try cocoa butter with shea butter. Both have natural vitamins that not only clear up your skin and moisturize it, they fade scars pretty fast, too. Another bonus, if you're out in the sun a lot, shea butter works as a sun block, so it protects your skin, and keeps scars and acne from getting red from sun exposure. Only bad thing, it makes your skin look oily if you use too much, so just a small amount is good. But because of how cocoa butter smells, I use pure shea butter during the day, and the mixed formula overnight (:
      If you'd rather a face wash formula, I recommend St Ives Apricot Scrub. I used that a lot until a few months ago, when I sprung for a slightly more expensive clay face wash from Avon. Both work very well and clear out your pores nicely.
      To make any acne fighter more effective, boil water in a pot, and place on a table. Sit with your face over it and a towel over your head. It's like an at-home-sauna. Opens pores and clears your sinuses :D

      For makeup;
      Covergirl is pretty cheap, and most of their stuff is really good. I use the powder foundation and a brown eyeshadow, to make my black/brown eyes look more brown O:
      On occasion I'll use their eyeliner, too. But I prefer revlon's eyeliner and mascara, but those are each about , which is a bit pricey for those..
      But covergirl doesn't smear or smudge, so that's definitely something to look into.
      If you can go up a couple dollars, definitely look into Loreal and Revlon, too. They're my two most trusted brands.
      Never go too cheap though, NYC and LA Colors eyeshadow and nail polish run really bad, so I stopped using them when I was 13 :p
      There are organic make-ups for acne prone skin from nearly every brand name, even as cheap and simple as Covergirl and Loreal. Just as organic and effective, too.
      Bare Minerals foundation is good, but the rest of their products don't apply right, to me, anyhow..

      Best of luck to you :3

  38. QUESTION:
    Does any body know about a good effective cream for sun spots or age spots on face?

    • ANSWER:
      Porcelana fade cream
      Ambi fade cream
      Pure shea butter
      Perlop pearl cream
      Elicina snail cream
      you find amazom

  39. QUESTION:
    I cant get rid of these ugly blemishes?
    So, I've had this horrible acne covered skin for three or four years now and I cant get rid of it. I've tried proactive, Xout, nutrogena, but none of them work. I wash my face three times a day but I stil keep breaking out! My mom would never let me go see a doctor about this and I dont know what to do. I'm tired of walking around with ugly pimples and blemishes on my face. I just want pretty skin for once.

    • ANSWER:
      I had been struggling with acne for 7 years. I have used everything in the market, nothing worked. I thought maybe I'll have to go on accutane. I wanted something that would get rid of it and help fade the scars. It seemed like an impossible task but I searched on the web, youtube, makeup alley, and I came across african black soap. I've been using it for about 3 months, it does not take away acne completely but it has made my skin significantly better. This is my routine wash my face with african black soap Mon-Sun. Put unrefined shea butter on Mon- Thurs but only at night since it is a little too oily to use during the day. Than on the weekends I use pure jojaba oil, also only at night. Also diet may not seem important but it is. Once I started eating better the acne started to go away also. I eat oatmeal daily for dinner, and drink 2 cups of green tea a day. The oatmeal also helps me sleep. Coastal Scents has good african black soap and unrefined she butter. I hope this helps :) Good luck

  40. QUESTION:
    how can i get rid of acne fast and without wasting money?
    how can you get rid of acne fast!!!i need help, i want to know how to rid of acne on your own without buying any product..please help me

    • ANSWER:
      Acne treatment products are a multi-million dollar industry. They are designed to treat your acne, but keep you breaking out at the same time. Clearisil, Proactive, Murad -- all are EVIL corporations!

      There is indeed a 100% miracle cure for acne that is cheaper than you could ever imagine!!! It's only 3 bucks for 3 bars of soap! And I swear to God almighty it will work for you no matter what skin type you have!

      I've used every acne product there is, including proactive which did an OK job, but I always still had at least one pimple at all times. Then I ran out, and I just used my Irish Spring (with aloe) bar soap on my face, and it works 100% of the time. People say it must be the aloe in the soap that does the magic, but I think all those other complex chemicals do a good job of cleaning the skin also.

      As long as I wash my face really good with Irish Spring every 12 hours, my skin stays perfectly clear. And I can use whatever shaving cream I want, and whatever lotion on my face, and I never get breakouts, except lotion with shea butter or coco-butter (Wash your face in the shower with Irish Spring *before* you shave).

      The only other thing that makes me break out is Nestle Semi-sweet chocolate chips in cookies. So I never eat any nestle chocolate anymore, just hershey's.

      I guarantee if you use Irish Spring bar soap (the new one with *aloe*) you will never get another pimple for the rest of your life! It's awesome! I wish I would have known about it back in highschool so I never would have had pimples in the first place, but they didn't have aloe in Irish Spring back then.

      And I use to get acne constantly on my back when I used coca-butter Tone bar soap. But now with Irish Spring, no pimples anywhere, just nice smooth skin. And the ingredients of Irish Spring are a lot of crazy industrial chemicals, but they do the trick! Better than any organic soap I've tried for acne. I promise you, after trying Irish Spring with aloe, you will thank God I told you about it!

      *To renew your skin and remove old acne scars, use pure aloe vera gel on your face for one hour every day, then wash off with Irish Spring.

      It's the luck of the IRISH!

  41. QUESTION:
    Does acne solution become thinner with age?
    I used some last night and it looked really old. It was a night cream that you leave on while you sleep. Well, it was really thin and I didn't think that kind of cream would be so thin. Any real answers appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      Acne treatment products are a multi-million dollar industry. They are designed to treat your acne, but keep you breaking out at the same time. Clearisil, Proactive, Murad -- all are EVIL corporations!

      There is indeed a 100% miracle cure for acne that is cheaper than you could ever imagine!!! It's only 3 bucks for 3 bars of soap! And I swear to God almighty it will work for you no matter what skin type you have!

      I've used every acne product there is, including proactive which did an OK job, but I always still had at least one pimple at all times. Then I ran out, and I just used my Irish Spring (with aloe) bar soap on my face, and it works 100% of the time. People say it must be the aloe in the soap that does the magic, but I think all those other complex chemicals do a good job of cleaning the skin also.

      As long as I wash my face really good with Irish Spring every 12 hours, my skin stays perfectly clear. And I can use whatever shaving cream I want, and whatever lotion on my face, and I never get breakouts, except lotion with shea butter or coco-butter (Wash your face in the shower with Irish Spring *before* you shave).

      The only other thing that makes me break out is Nestle Semi-sweet chocolate chips in cookies. So I never eat any nestle chocolate anymore, just hershey's.

      I guarantee if you use Irish Spring bar soap (the new one with *aloe*) you will never get another pimple for the rest of your life! It's awesome! I wish I would have known about it back in highschool so I never would have had pimples in the first place, but they didn't have aloe in Irish Spring back then.

      And I use to get acne constantly on my back when I used coca-butter Tone bar soap. But now with Irish Spring, no pimples anywhere, just nice smooth skin. And the ingredients of Irish Spring are a lot of crazy industrial chemicals, but they do the trick! Better than any organic soap I've tried for acne. I promise you, after trying Irish Spring with aloe, you will thank God I told you about it!

      *To renew your skin and remove old acne scars, use pure aloe vera gel on your face for one hour every day, then wash off with Irish Spring.

      It's the luck of the IRISH!

  42. QUESTION:
    how can i make myself look attractive?
    I just mean in general like a beauty regime to get rid of acne and black heads and oily skin.

    • ANSWER:
      When in the shower, take a usual shower and then scrub your face with a loofah. When you step out of the shower, use a blackhead scrub on your face and neck. Pat dry and apply 100 percent pure shea butter on your face, neck and lips. Apply shea butter to the rest of your body as well. <<<this will make you glow in 2-4 weeks.

  43. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of natural tan?
    Hey, I know many people who would kill for a tan, but you know the saying: we always want what we don't have? Well, that mantra, in this case, applies to me. I have a tan and it really doesn't compliment me at all! I just wish I didn't tan so easily sooo... does anyone have any recommendations of home remedies, lotions etc that could help clear my degrading tan?? Many thanks :)

    • ANSWER:
      Soap and lotions with shea butter! You can even get pure shea butter from an organic store or most African goods stores. I was deployed 4 different times and got horrible "uniform tans" when I started using those two it not only got my complexion back to normal but it helped me NOT to tan. I also use Aveeno complexion something cream...can't remember the name, but it has shea butter in it. I use the face wash and the face lotion with spf, smells really good

  44. QUESTION:
    How long takes for the skin to recover from chemical peel?
    how many chemical peels are needed to make acne scars disappear??

    • ANSWER:
      Hopefully you are going to a licensed aesthetician or board certified dermatologist! I have a great dermatologist who has a PhD and has taught me so much about good skin care.

      The number of peels depends on how bad the scars are. Dermabrasion is a good option. Recovery from chemical peels is often a month or more. Do not rush this. I can see what happens with rushing. Shea butter is an excellent moisturizer post-treatment. The aesthetician I went to for years AND my dermatologist BOTH touted the benefits of shea butter (which is not a butter, but comes from an African nut tree) for the healing benefits for the face.

      I found one could get pure shea butter at a health food store for amazingly low prices. The cost in high-end department store moisturizers which contain minute amounts of it are ridiculous!

      The other thing my dermatologist advised was a mild cleanser which set my skin at the right pH. She recommended Cetaphil, which is sold in drug stores and grocery stores. And regular Neutrogena products for any other moisturizer needs. Simple and not expensive solutions.

  45. QUESTION:
    Shea butter smooth out minor acne scars?
    Would Shea butter help smooth out minor acne scars? Like shallow scars less than a year old?

    Will use pure unrefined all natural kind, with natural black soap chunk.

    • ANSWER:
      Hey there. About a year or two ago I was breaking out really bad and would get acne scars around my cheek area. In the past few months, I've been using this Thai pearl cream and facial soap that I bought from my local store(.99 total). It completely STOPPED my break outs and lightened my face. The other day, I bought this mitten scrub looking thing from Walmart and used that to apply the soap on my face and scrubbed it. Amazingly enough, my face BARELY has visible acne scars, or rather none at all and now my skin is really smooth!! Plus, there's this mud mask that I've been using from China that works really well to revitalize me skin =).

  46. QUESTION:
    Recipes using shea butter, cocoa butter and coconut oil?
    I am wanting to make my own body butter or lotion, does anyone have any recipes that have shea butter, cocoa butter and coconut oil? does it make a big difference if you use all three?

    All recipes for body butter are welcome!

    • ANSWER:
      You have to be careful and use only unrefined certified organic shea butter in its pure and natural state There are no chemicals, toxins, or other harmful additives. The same applies to cocoa butter. And you should only use organic coconut oil. Many have found using just extra virgin olive oil an easier way to go. I have used it on body and face for many years with wonderful results.

  47. QUESTION:
    what can I do to treat acne blemishes. Something that is affordable please?
    I have blemishes like on the bottom of my face and where my cheeks are. i have used coco butter the kind and shea butter the pure kind also but I don't really think that it works what can I use. please someone tell me

    • ANSWER:
      use a blackhead clearing scrub like from clean and clear with salycilic acid (sp?). use it daily (once a day, otherwise it will dry out ur face.)
      at night, do spot treatment with an acne cream, with benzoyl peroxide or salycilic acid to reduce redness and usually it will be gone in a few days, if not the next day.
      this is what i do, and its been working so far.

  48. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know of a kid-friendly soap making recipe?
    I have these ingredients:

    -Coconut Oil
    -Palm Oil
    -Olive Oil
    -Castor Oil
    -Wheat Germ Oil
    -Lye
    -Solid Fats
    -Lavender, Geranium, & Rosemary Essential Oils
    -Dried Rosemary & Lavender

    I just don't want to use the lye with the kids. Is there an alternative, do I have to use it? It is toxic, and I can't use that with the little ones...any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      I'd use coconut, palm, olive and castor to make kid friendly soap or soap for anyone. The coconut oil will be cleansing, but it can be drying, so I don't use that high of a precentage. Olive will be mild and gentle for most any skin, and castor oil is more moisturizing than most butters such as cocoa, shea, mango. I'd be careful with the EOs for children. Lavender would probably be your best bet. It seems to work for most everyone, too. I wouldn't put dried rosemary or dried lavender in the soap b/c it could scratch a child's soft skin, and isn't gentle. A little ground oatmeal is good is good for children's soap.

      Regardless of what kind of soap you make or what kind of base you buy to make soap, there is always going to be lye in the soap. Soap can't be made without lye. The lye is toxic in it's raw from of crystals or flakes. It will be toxic when you pour it into your water, and when you mix it with the oils. However, the lye will neutralize as the soap goes through saponification. If the lye is still active after you unmold and cut your soap, it will still neutralize. However, you will need to let your soap cure for at least four weeks, so most of the water can evaporate, thus, producing a hard bar of soap.

      There's no need to be scared of lye, but it is to be respected. You should wear protection when making homemade soap. Wear long pants, a long sleave shirt, socks and shoes, gloves, eye goggles or a face shield (can get at Walmart), and I'd ever wear an apron b/c I find myself wiping my hands on my apron. Keep you kids away from lye! And I wouldn't make soap while your kids are home or awake in case you have to stop b/c they need you. It's hard to discipline children while making soap, too. It's not a good idea to have any pets around either. Do you have a set of scales to weigh all of your ingredients?

      On the other hand, you can get soap bases, but make sure to read all the ingredients, so you won't be getting ingredients that are in all the store bought "detergent" bars. The whole point is to have a real gentle soap for children.

      There are plenty of soapbases on Ebay and at soaping supply stores, and also at craft stores such as Hobby Lobby, Jo-anne's, and Micheals. All you have to do to make melt & pour soap is grate the soap base, put it in the microwave to melt it, take it out, and add whatever ingredients you want. You can add the lavender, and any of the oils you have, but don't add too much b/c it'll make the bar soft. Ground oatmeal will help to soak up much of the oils you put in the melted base, so it will be a harder bar. I tend not to use any colorants in my children's soap, but that's only a personal preference and not that big of a deal. Mica makes a good colorant for melt & pour soaps. You can google "making melt & pour soaps" or "melt and pure soap recipes" and you'll most likely get lots of good info, and recipes for different ingredients to put in your soap.

      I use all my soap on my three year old son, and my neighbor uses the olive oil soap on her seven month old son. I hope this helps some. If I can help any further, please feel free to email. Good luck!

  49. QUESTION:
    Affordable beauty products for african american skin?
    I am 26. African American. I want to start taking serious care of my skin as to put off as long as possible wrinkles and and other skin problems that may come with age. What products are good for my age and skin. I shop at Meijers alot (or ebay), and would like something that could be brought there or that is just affordable. I still deal with acne and acne scarring also. What would also be a good vitamin (or viatmins) to take? Any that would also promote healthy hair and nails, etc? Is there anything else I should be doing to preserve and maintain my health and beauty at this age?

    • ANSWER:
      Hello!
      Vitamin A and vitamin E are good for nails and skin. While Vitamin B and D are excellent for nails and hair.
      Anything with shea butter, oatmeal and cocoa butter that helps with wrinkles.
      Makari has a deep cleansing lotion for greasy skins with a tendency to spot formation. Its superior combination ensures cleansing action, pore dilation, decreased proliferation of "acne bacteria".
      Makari has also a caviar face lightening cream revitalizes and restores major skin functions and prevents the appearance of premature expression lines (such as wrinkles). Your facial skin will soon appear visibly lighter, finer and firmer.
      I can give you the introductory price of for these two items and you get free samples of Makari Beauty Whitening Milk, Makari Night Whitening Cream and Makari Whitening Serum.
      Other options would be to buy a cleanser to clean the skin, a toner to redefine the skin and a lotion to moisturize the skin. The following brands are available on the market : Aromesential skin care Alpha-Hydroxy cleanser, toner and lotion for .99 each;
      Bio-Glow exfoliationg face scrub, rejuvenate moisture cream for .49 each;
      If you want Vitamin treatments, you can choose :
      Queen Helene pure vitamin E oil 1oz for .99;
      Queen Helene Vitamin E hand and body lotion 16oz for .99;
      Queen Helene Shea Butter solid concentrated 6oz for .99.
      Email me back if you interested in any of those products above. I'll be happy to assist you.
      Mary Kay products DO NOT work well. There is an incompability issue with African American skin, especially with darken skin tones. It will burn and/or strip off your skin. It will leave scars. You can be in pain. It's like if you put bleach on your skin, even worse...

  50. QUESTION:
    Can someone recommend some Good Moisturizers?
    Lately Ive been putting lotion on and two days later my skin is chapped red and HURTING its so dry. If someone could recommend a good moisturizer I would really appreciate it. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Try pure unrefined shea butter. It's a nut butter from Africa and it's the most moisturizing thing I've ever found. I used to have horrible dry skin (I lived in Las Vegas, super desert) and that was the only thing that would help. I use it on my body, my hair, and my face and it's amazing. It also supposedly helps keep your skin from aging, and it has made my face much clearer and just looking better. Shea butter in it's unrefined state is yellow and smells smoky, but once you rub it in your skin the smell disappears. I don't purchase mine in stores because I have yet to find a shea butter in a store (even Whole foods!) that is unrefined. THe brands in stores refine or bleach the shea butter so it looks "pretty" but I want mine unrefined and natural. I buy mine online, and if you google shea butter there are several sites that sell it for a good price. A little goes a long way so it lasts for a long time.


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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How good does The Shea Mouisture Souffle work?
    Ive heard lots about ths Shea Moisture Hair products. Mostly the Smoothie Cream and The Souffle. People say the souffle works really good.

    • ANSWER:

  2. QUESTION:
    where to buy real shea butter and natural hair products online?
    I just wanted to know where i could buy real shea butter and other natural hair care products from a well respected, reputable website.

    • ANSWER:
      You can get it from various offline and online store like Amazon, Best Buy, Target and Walmart. But which one is the best? I think the best place to buy this Larabar is at Amazon.com. This giant online retailers give the best price which included FREE Shipping (in US only)

      Slice Of Nature© Organic Nilotica Shea Butter Lip Balm. Real Bourbourn Madagascar Flavor. 13ml ~ Slice Of Nature
      Price: .99

      Direct product link at Amazon:
      http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0038J290O?ie=UTF8&tag=uniqstuf-20&linkCode=xm2&camp=1789&creativeASIN=B0038J290O

      Good luck

      Happy to share with you.. (^_^)

  3. QUESTION:
    what hair products can I use on my two year old african baby?
    I want to know what hair products help in hair growth and thickness. My two year old daughter has short hair. I really want her hair to grow longer and thicker. I am currently using natural oils like shea butter, coconut oil and olive oil. I just want to know what products you have used on your little ones and whether you likes them.

    Can you also recommend a product that can help her sides grow?

    • ANSWER:
      coconut oil and shea butter are the 2 i would recommend

      babies & toddlers seldom have "good" hair
      most dont have "proper" hair until they are late 3, into 4 years old
      they have baby hair until then

  4. QUESTION:
    What are some good hair products to keep my natural african american hair moisturized?
    I just recently cut the rest of the perm out of my hair. Now Im just searching for hair products to keep my hair moisturized and healthy. Any suggestions??

    • ANSWER:
      Many swear by shea butter or products with shea butter included.

      It's hard to say, though, because different hair textures react well to diff products. Check out nappturality.com.

      There are so many posters on that site with various textures. You've a good chance of finding someone who's also done the big chop and has great tips on where to take it from here.

  5. QUESTION:
    has anyone used Sheamoisture shea butter shampoo?
    I have all natural african american hair and i have been using pantene in my hair. I found out that the pantene makes it so dry and i switched to herbal essences. It's not as bad as the pantene but not any good either. So now i heard that shea moisture shea butter hair products are great with natural african american hair. I need to know if anyone has used that line of hair products before, and if yes, how is it?

    • ANSWER:
      It works like heaven on me...

  6. QUESTION:
    HOw often should i use hair products to help my hair hydrate?
    Hello, i have african hair, but lately it has been coming off because it is very dehydrated and worn. people suggested me to use Olive oil, and hair products ( conditioner and shampoo mainly) to improve my hairs health. but i don't know how often i should use them. any tips? thank you

    • ANSWER:
      If you use a product too much or too often, it'll cause your hair to feel weighed down. I use my products/oils every other day or after two days. So for example, I just oiled my scalp with my raw shea butter oil. I wont do it again until wednesday or thursday.
      It also depends on your scalp. I have a dry scalp (as most black people do) so I wash my hair every 2 weeks or every month. I wish you would describe your meaning of "African" hair. I'm assuming you mean hair that is tightly coiled or have very small, tight curls.
      Curls need moisture, so you need a moisturizing shampoo/condish like Aussie Moist or Herbal Essences Hello Hydration and/or Break's Over.

      Hoped I helped

  7. QUESTION:
    (For natural hair women ONLY) What are good natural hair products that are recommended and good for your hair?
    I just need to know what are some good natural hair products. The type of hair I have is naturally curly. It's the type of curly that produces waves when it is slick back by gel. So please if you know, leave your answer on good natural hair products that doesn't have ingredients bad for your hair.

    • ANSWER:
      It really depends on your own hair, but I find myself gravitating more and more toward natural and organic products. I use Wen cleansing conditioner; its a completely natural line and is even patented. I also use Giovanni and Yes to Carrots hair care lines; both are organic and can be found at some Walgreen's. Giovanni is very light on my hair, and Yes to Carrots Cucumber conditioner gives my hair lots of moisture; I just bought the leave-in and so far it's great and very moisturizing. Dr. Bonners is a 100% organic hair care line that I've heard good reviews about, but never tried it.

      There are many natural and organic hair care lines to choose from, and many of them can be found at health foods stores. Just keep in mind that many products pretending to be natural might only have a few natural, or organic, ingredients. Yes to Carrots and Giovanni have nearly 100% organic ingredients and Dr Bonners is completely organic.

      I also use raw products like shea and cocoa butters and jojoba, olive, and coconut oils.

      I bought the Pantene Texture puddy to slick back my hair with and it's soft just like gel. It's not natural though, and I think it has alcohol, which dries out the hair. I've also heard great reviews about Carol's Daughter, which is natural. There's also Mixed Chicks, which is for curly hair types, but I don't know if it's natural.

  8. QUESTION:
    I heard that hair products with petroleum jelly and mineral oil are not good, is this true?
    Are mineral oil and petroleum jelly really bad for your hair? It seems like every product make for African Americans has these oils in them. Does anyone know of natural hair products that don't contain these oils?

    • ANSWER:
      Have you tried jojoba oil? Coconut oil? Both of these oils are natural and good for hair. Coconut oil is fab for pre-wash oiling to condition and moisturize hair. Jojoba oil closely mimics your natural sebum. It is wonderful for after washing oiling. Shea butter is also good for hair. A tiny bit, melted and worked through your hair ends and length. Very moisturizing.

      All are available in your local natural or whole foods store.

      Personally, I don't put petrolium products in my hair. Or on my skin.

  9. QUESTION:
    What are good black hair care products for natural and transitioning hair?
    I am currently transitioning and am 3 months in. I still have a ton of relaxed hair left. I have a dry scalp and I am looking to find ORGANIC hair products for natural and transitioning black hair.

    • ANSWER:
      You will need a moisturizing shampoo (without sodium laureth sulfate, commonly known as sls; it dries the hair out and strips it of it's natural oils and moisture) you may want to try aubrey organics products for this (can find them at whole foods stores); next you will need a protein deep conditioner: organics hair mayo (in a jar) or organics replenish packs. both of these work great for me (i've been transitioning for 7 months) and they help tame my natural hair. also, invest in a moisturizing leave-in conditioner and a protein leave-in conditioner. I use giovanni direct leave-in for my protein conditioner and i'm still on the lookout for a moisturizing leave-in (I'll probably invest in pure shea butter or aloe vera with glycerin). this is what works for me; there's so much information out there for properly caring for hair, especially when dealing with two textures. the key is to have patience and to learn and understand your hair and what it's telling you. if you would like more detailed information you can email me at my yahoo address.

  10. QUESTION:
    What is the best shampoo and conditioner and/or hair product?
    I have kind of thin hair, but my hair gets so tangled and dry. I need a better shampoo and conditioner. I hate combing my hair because my hair is tangled. I think that's probably why my hair is thin too. If you can, please tell me the best kind of shampoo and conditioner is good for my hair. Also, any kind of hair product like a leave in conditioner. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Your hair is getting tangled because you don't comb your hair. The more you avoid it, the worse the tangles get; I know it's time consuming, but just remove all the tangles once and for all. After that, comb your hair regularly and use products like a detangling spray or leave in conditioner to make hair softer and easier to detangle. Shampoos and conditioners won't help with your problem, but here are some of my favorites for dry hair:
      Shampoos: Hello hydration by Herbal Essence, Suave almond and shea butter, Giovanni smooth as silk.
      Conditioners: Any brand will help with dry hair.

      Good luck.

  11. QUESTION:
    Are cantu Shea butter hair products good?
    I'm a black female with wavy hair thinking of changing my hair products since the one I'm using right now leaves hair in the sink and bathtub. Any advice? And if so what other hair products are good & what others are bad?

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  12. QUESTION:
    I'm trying to strengthing and make my hair healthy, what kin of hair products will do?
    I need shampoo, conditioners, deep conditioners, leave in conditioners ,and other hair products.

    • ANSWER:
      If you don't have a very high budget, try the Suave Professionals line. It's new and the prices are great. 28 ounces of conditioner is .74 at Walmart. And it really is good quality. Try the Suave Professionals Almond and Shea Butter Conditioner and the Suave Professionals Rosemary Mint Shampoo. I also really like Aussie, and most of the products are or less. There is the Aussie 3 Minute Miracle, which I really like. I use it once a week for deep conditioning. Aussie also has leave in spray- which you can find at most drug stores- and a cream leave in conditioner, which I can only find at Target.

      If you can spend a little bit of money, I recommend you try the sulfate free system from L'Oreal- called Eversleek. The products are a little pricey for drug store, but it's worth it. Sodium lauryl sulfate is bad for your hair and it's commonly found in hair products. So the whole line doesn't use sulfate, which a lot of users find improves their hair. If you only get one product from the line, you should get the Everstrong Deep Replenishing Masque. It's almost , but it's a fairly big jar, and if you only use it once a week, it should last 2 or 3 months. If you can afford more products from the line, go for it. I think they're all good quality and worth your money.

      If you want salon quality, I like Biolage. You can find it at Walmart and Target, and also in salons. The products are from to over . It's good if you can afford it, but I don't think your hair's missing out if you can't.

  13. QUESTION:
    what Organix hair products can be ussed on african american hair?
    im going to get my hair relax and starting all new hair products. and i need a shampoo conditioner, blow dryer cream or serum, straightner serum too.

    • ANSWER:
      oh try the shea butter smoothing! it has the shampoo, conditioner and a serum all fairly cheap at target

  14. QUESTION:
    What would be good all natural hair products for African-American children?
    I have a 2 year old daughter and I'd like to start using all natural hair care products on her hair. I'm considering Aubrey Organics (Honeysuckle shampoo) and Qhemet butter cream. Has anyone used either of these or have suggestions for other products?
    I forgot to mention that she's allergic to dairy, wheat and nuts so the products shouldn't contain either of those.

    • ANSWER:
      STAY AWAY FROM MISS JESSIES BUTTERCREME! It contains Wheatgerm Oil.

      READ THE LABELS!

      1. Making your own products that way you know what you're getting. Visit EbonysBraidery.com for recipe ideas.
      2. Qhemet Biologics
      3. Curlie Q
      4. Blended Beauty
      5. Oyin Handmade
      6. Who says you can't add what you want to any product? I cut many of my products with distilled water or shea butter to add more nutrients or to water down the "bad ingredients." Essential Oils are great additives as well. Visit www.EbonysBraidery.com for more info.

  15. QUESTION:
    What is the best shampoo and conditioner to smooth and control curly hair?
    Any other hair products to tame my crazy hair (creams, serums, miracle in a bottle) ?!? My hair also has an odd texture (or textures). It goes from sort of fine to thick (top to bottom) which doesn't help me control it at all!

    • ANSWER:
      Most curly hair is coarse. Coarse hair is usually porous, which means it quickly absorbs moisture and other chemicals applied to it. Coarse hair is sometimes the result of over processing. Thus if you often perm, color or straighten your hair you may have course hair. Usually coarse hair is dry. Because of this, you'll want to select a moisturizing shampoo that will help infuse more moisture in your hair. This can also help tame fly aways, common in coarse hair.

      Some ingredients are better than others for helping out coarse hair. These include shea butter and shampoos with coconut oil. You'll also want a deep conditioner. Conditioners with silicone products usually help tame frizzies and keep hair smooth.

  16. QUESTION:
    What is the best store to buy products for African American hair?
    I'm a black female with natural hair and i'm looking for hair products like moisturizers, deep condition, and protein. I don't have money to buy online. I was thinking about going to either Walgreens or Target. I'm looking for products that are natural and maybe fragrance free. Does anyone know any stores i'll have luck finding these products?

    • ANSWER:
      target is way better to buy black hair products in my opinion. there's a certain brand i use and they only sell it at target its called shea moisture its a very good brand for African Americans who are all natural or transitioning to natural. http://www.target.com/sb/health-beauty/shea-moisture/-/N-5xu1nZ5t9qz#?lnk=sr_rd_shea%20moisture you can either buy it at target or online

  17. QUESTION:
    What is the best hair product i can use for my hair?
    i wanna grow my hair More and along keep it healthy.name me a good product for it.
    I hard proactive is a good product for face. Any hair products?

    • ANSWER:
      A biotin supplement will make your hair grow faster. A gelatin supplement makes your hair grow thicker. Make sure you take these supplements every day - this will of course only affect new growth so you will notice in couple of months. You can only use hair masks and treatments but these make your hair stronger and don't have an effect on how your hair grows. My fave products for hair are coconut oil (leave in as a conditioner), APhogee keratin reconstructor (from beauty stores). If you just want to moisturize instead of reconstruct - I recommend Ion hair masks, Frederik Fekkai overnight protein treatment, or even the FF shea butter mask :)

  18. QUESTION:
    Good hair products for curly hair that you straighten a lot?
    I'm planning to cut my hair short because I have a lot of split ends, but the only problem is I'm probably going to straighten it a lot. So I need some suggestion on good shampoos, conditioners, hair mask, heat protecting product, etc. etc. Anything that will help prevent split ends and if you could also suggest some hair products that will help me not have to straighten my hair so much. That will help relax my curls and I also have thick hair if that's relevant

    • ANSWER:
      Shampoos:
      Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo
      Elucence Moisture Balancing Shampoo
      EO Shampoo

      Conditioners:
      Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner
      Tresemmé Naturals Nourishing Moisture Conditioner
      Herbal Essences Honey I'm Strong
      Herbal Essences Hello Hydration
      Herbal Essences None of Your Frizzness

      Hair Masks/Treatments:
      Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Mask
      Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Repair Masque
      Moroccan Oil Intense Hydrating Mask
      Moroccan Oil Restorative Hair Mask

      Leave In Conditioner/Moisturizer:
      Kinky Curly Knot Today
      CHI Silk Infusion Leave-In Treatment
      Infusium23 Original Leave In

      Heat Protectants:
      Beyond Zone's Turn Up the Heat Protectant
      CHI 44 Iron Guard Thermal Protection Spray
      John Frieda Frizz-Ease Heat Defeat Protective Styling Spray
      Redken Smooth Down Heat Glide Protective Smoother

  19. QUESTION:
    What hair care routine do you follow in a week?
    What kind of products do you use and how often do u use them? Do you straighten or curl your hair often? What brand of shampoo, conditioner and other hair products do you use?

    • ANSWER:
      Products I use: I use conditioner, a deep conditioner, a leave-in conditioner, a moisturizer, gel, and butters and oil

      How often I use them: I use conditioner, leave-in conditioner, gel, a moisturizer, and butters/oils everyday. I deep condition once to twice a week.

      I don't straighten my hair at all. I have curly, very kinky hair that's only about 5 inches long. So everyday, I detangle in the shower, and gently pick it out. If I want my hair to be really big, I'll blow it out

      Brand of shampoo: L'Oreal Paris Intense Smoothing Sulfate-free Shampoo
      Brand of conditioner: (I use 3 different kinds) Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose, Garnier Frutis Triple Nutrition, and Yes To Carrots

      Others: Taajaah Woods Moisture Mist Bodifier, Shea butter, coconut oil, vitamin e oil, soy oil, ecostyler gel

      That's it:)

  20. QUESTION:
    What are the best hair care products for natural African American hair?
    I have natural 'nappy' hair, no color, no relaxer. I want to know the best hair care products to promote growing, healthy natural hair.

    My daughter is 3 years old, she also has natural hair. Unlike me she has very dry hair, dry scalp, and split ends. I would like to know what i should use on her hair and is safe for children.

    please address both issues.

    • ANSWER:
      The term "nappy" is used by a lot of people with a lot of different hair types. If you are referring to what's normally considered type 4 hair which is kinky, coily, and usually very dry and lacks sheen, I would suggest the following:

      1) Try to avoid using shampoos with sulfates. Type 4 hair is naturally very dry and lacks oil. Most commercial shampoos strip your hair of it's natural oils. Instead, co-wash your hair once or twice a week using a cheap conditioner like Suave Coconut. Only opt to wash your hair with a clairfying shampoo once or twice a month to avoid product build-up. You can also clarify your hair naturally with baking soda and water.

      2) Deep condition your hair for at least 30 minutes every week with heat (meaning: cover your hair in a plastic bag and sit under a hooded dryer or wrap your head with a hot towel). I use Queen Helene Cholesterol Conditioner mixed with Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

      3) Use a good moisturizing leave in conditioner such as Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioner or Infusium 23.

      4) Seal in moisture using a good sealant such as castor oil or pure shea butter.

      5) Avoid applying direct heat to your hair.

      6) Moisturize and seal your ends every night if you can.

      7) Avoid combing and brushing your hair too much. I only style my hair with my fingers. I detangle my hair with a wide-tooth comb once or twice a week only when my hair is saturated with water and a good detangling conditioner like Pantene Pro-V.

      I've been doing all of the above for the past 7 months. My hair is growing like crazy and my ends are no longer dry and brittle. Also, I do not suffer from dry scalp or split ends. I also have natural hair with no color or relaxer.

      You should join a social network dedicated to hair for black woman such as www.hairlista.com or www.lhcf.com. I got all of my information from both of those places.

      Good luck!

  21. QUESTION:
    What would s-curl do to a white persons hair?
    Just curious...I found some of my husbands hair product under the sink, he has the kit and isnt going to use it. I was just wondering what it would do to my (semi curly) hair. What i really want to know though is how to make my hair evenly curly. I have half ringlets and half straight hair.

    • ANSWER:
      I don't think you really have straight strands I think you just brush out some waves. Please don't use s-curls. It's a "texturizer",(close kin to relaxer) it's permanant and if you leave it on too long hair could go completely straight or even break off. Just so you know. It's damaging and there's better ways to bring out curls and waves.

      THE CG METHOD:

      http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlta...a...
      and
      the book Curly Girl by Lorraine Mssey
      (I hope that link worked but if not you can find before and after pics of the CG method at naturallycurly.com, curltalk, general discussion about curly hair forum)

      TERRI'S METHOD:

      http://biracialhair.org/PhotoHistory.asp...
      and
      http://biracialhair.org/TheRules.aspx
      and
      http://biracialhair.org/CurlyPrimer.aspx

      (1st is her photo history becuase I wanted you to see your hair can look different 2nd link are the basic rules and 3rd is her washing and conditioning routine)

      SHINGLING METHOD:

      This works well for people with smaller curls but bigger curls can be defined this way too.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmFyhnPBe...

      (just so you know that video makes it seem like hairrules is the only product you can do this with but there are many others: miss jessie's, kinky curling custard, shea butter, etc. I can get the shingling effect with any heavy cream conditioner/humectant. Experiment and find out what's best for you. You don't have to have kinky hair to shingle)

      SUMMARY OF CG METHOD:
      1. No brushing
      2. Only comb hair with a wide tooth comb with conditioner in it.
      3. Do not wash every day. Opinion differs but it can anywhere from every other day to once every two weeks. Focus on scalp when you do wash. Hair gets clean from run off.
      4. Eliminate sulfates from hair products, they build up in curly hair cuasing frizz.
      5. Curly hair eats up moisture. Deep treatments every two weeks, condition everytime you shampoo or even co wash (wash hair with condish) and have a leave in condish every day.
      6. Twist/braids at night.
      7. Apply gel washing hair or a humectant, This prevents frizz.
      8. Plop hair with an micro fiber towel rather than terry cloth.
      8. Touch hair very little throughout the day.

      What's the difference between these three methods? Very little actually. Any method that defines curls will include only combing with conditioner/braiding to avoid tangles/and a humectant to keep curls clumped. As for products Terri uses sulfates and shampoos while the CG method doesn't.

      Like I said find out what works for you and I hope you find your curls girl! And also check out the other great sites I found on my way to great hair.

  22. QUESTION:
    Any tips on moisturizing hair without over doing it?
    I have long fine dry hair. Especially now that it's winter it's a dry mess. Any tips on good hair products to keep my hair healthy and static free? Because I have fine hair I don't want to weigh it down. But I haven't found that "miracle" product yet.

    • ANSWER:
      I have long hair also and this has helped me keep the ends of my hair strong and my hair healthy. Use a good salon product I use Redken's smooth down shea butter conditioner. when i am in the shower i wash my hair then apply conditioner using a large tooth comb to comb the conditioner through. then i pull my hair up on top of my head using a clip to hold it on top of my head so that it can not get wet again. then i bath, shave and use a sand stone on my feet. just give at least 5 to 10 min with conditioner on. the last thing i do before getting out of shower is rinse conditioner out of my hair. if my hair gets static during the day a dryer sheet helps or hairspray.

  23. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have some pointers for a girl with half black hair?
    I am a mother of a beautiful 3 year old boy and a newborn baby girl. I am white and my husband is black. With our son we keep his hair short, with my daughter I would obviously like to do fun stuff with it. It is hard to tell how curly her hair will be since she is only 6 weeks old but she has alot of hair and it is already really curly. Any tips on taking care of it? Any special hair products anyone would recommend? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      .....My daughter is mixed and has butt length curly hair. First off do not wash it everyday with shampoo cause it'll strip it and make it dry. When she was too little for commercial products I used warmed olive oil on her hair and scalp and rinsed it off with plain water everyday. Regular baby shampoo is usually too harsh so I've used Dr. Bronner's pure castile Baby Mild soap for years and it leaves her hair soft and moisturized. Do not use greases of any kind since petroleum is detrimental to hair and clogs the follicles. Use wide toothed combs only on wet hair. No hair lotions cause they contain mineral oil and that is just like petroleum. No relaxers... just watch Chris Rock's Good Hair and you'll see why. Shea butter controls curls and smooths ponytails, just make sure the ponytails are never tight cause it'll rip out her hair and for the same reason don't use rubber bands. It isn't too hard to take care of mixed kids' hair, it just takes some proper product info.

  24. QUESTION:
    Which Hair Care Products That Are Geared Toward Caucasians Are Best For African American Hair?
    I'm looking into buying new hair care products that are not geared towards black people because they tend to actually be worthless. I'm natural (I don't use relaxers in my hair). I need products that will make my hair soft,shiny and healthy. Right now it's dull and dry. I've heard that tresemme is pretty good. Thanks to all who answer my question.

    • ANSWER:
      Well it all starts with what you wash you hair with. Get a good moisturizing shampoo, and conditioner. most importantly, get a great moisturizing leave-in conditioner. i use the Cantu shea butter leave-in conditioner works great for me. you can find it at any Walmart. also get some sort of hair cream or lotion. the thing about having natural hair, (I'm natural 2) is that you have to see what hair products work for you. some really good products are olive oil, virgin oil, shea butter, coconut oil, jojoba oil, and tea tree oil. as i said, its all about finding what works for you. hope this helps. XD

  25. QUESTION:
    How long will it take to grow my hair 12 inches?
    I need to grow my hair. any tips? should I keep braiding it? (cornrows)
    how often should I trim , any hair product tips for african american hair? should I keep getting perms etc etc.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi :) please read this because I took my time to fully answer your question.
      So,
      1) how long will it take my hair to grow 12 inches?:
      most hair grows 1/2an inch a month, or 6 inches a year, but African American hair grow slower because it's very delicate. It only seems to grow slower because it brakes off easily.

      2a) i need to grow my hair, tips?:
      taking a multivitamin or a prenatal vitamin pill will help your hair grow a bit faster. If you don't like taking pills eat very diverse diet of vegetables, fruits, grains, and meats to get a lot of nutrients.
      2b) drink a lot of water.
      2c) you must keep the hair safe so it doesn't break; use a wide tooth comb and brush hair only after applying conditioner but before you rinse it out. This will stop most hair from breaking off.
      DON'T CHEAMICALY STRAIGHTEN IT OR USE ANy HEAT ON IT, that includes the blow dryer! Once your hair has grown you can start but it still isn't good. It weakens hair and your more Likely of it breaking and loosing length.
      Be careful when drying your hair with a towel. Blot it dry, don't rub it. It will break.
      Massage your head, it gets the blood flowing around your follicles and promotes hair growth.
      Go easy on the shampoo, it's not good for your hair. Instead try the CO washing method. Just wash your hair only with conditioner (silicon free) and it will be shinier and softer and there are products is conditioner that actually clean your hair.
      If you tie your hair, use a silk or satin scrunchy. It stop the friction on your hair and it won't pull your hair out when you remove it, so you won't lose length of the shaft of your hair.
      Sleep with a satin or silk pillow case so you also don't get breakage and lose length of your hair.
      Tie your hair into a pony tail all night near your forehead (like a pineapple) also to stop breakage.
      Don't use any styling gels, cremes, nothing. Have it all natural or with oils or natural butters like Shea butter.

      3) If you do braid your hair make sure it's no micro braids as they put a lot of pressure on your roots and pull out a lot of hair, get thick braids with little pulling on your scalp. But you don't need to braid it to be safe during the day. People do protective styles because they don't like the look of the hair without it being straightened or blow dried. So ya, it's not needed. Just tie it with a silk or satin scrunch if there's wind, you don't want friction with your hair.

      4) if your taking great care of your hair you can trim it every 5 months but most people trim every 3 because they straighten and burn their hair and get split ends from not protecting it.

      I hope you took your time to read this because I took my time to write this. I care deeply about you and your hair and the site of all these unhelpful answers sickened me, :/

  26. QUESTION:
    what is a good african american grese for hair growth besides doctor miricle?
    i want my hair to grow back i cut it when i was younger but what is a fast working hair product?

    • ANSWER:
      Try black castor oil or shea butter. Hair grease like blue magic is not good for your hair. It actually clogs up your hair pores preventing your scalp to breathe and hair growth. For more hair tips, check out my hair blog specifically for black women on hair growth. Become a follower. blackhaircommunity.blogspot.com

  27. QUESTION:
    What are the best shampoos for black girls with thick course hair?
    None of my ideas are working what are some good shampoos/hair products for black girls

    • ANSWER:
      This is long, so to get to the point of your question, in case you don't feel like reading all of that, lol. ... I currently use the following shampoos:

      1.Giovanni 50:50 Balanced Hydrating-Clarifying Shampoo-
      http://www.giovannicosmetics.net/item.asp?prodtype=HAIR%20CARE&category=ECO%20CHIC&model=SHAMPOO&item=5050S-8

      2. Shea Moisture Moisture Retention Shampoo.
      http://thegreenists.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/shea-moisture-raw-shea-butter-moisture-retention-shampoo-12-oz.jpg
      .............................................................................
      Now, to bore you to death, lol...

      Though we may have the same hair type..everyone's hair responds differently to certain products, so it may be harder to find what works for you. Certain shampoos work differently on your hair depending on if its relaxed or natural. I'm telling you this because my hair is now natural and if yours is relaxed, your results may be very different from mine.When my hair was relaxed, I stopped using shampoo because they were too drying and I couldn't find one that I felt really worked for me. In all honesty, I probably didn't look too hard.I just cleansed my hair with conditioner. However, since I stopped using relaxer, I started paying more attention to my hair. I now know that the main reason shampoos dried my hair out was because of the sulfates that are found in a lot of shampoos. So, since our hair is naturally drier, I will advise against using shampoos with sulfates. Especially Sodium Lauryl Sulfate & Sodium Laureth Sulfate .

      You should take a look at these lists. They mention other ingredients that can be harmful to hair:
      http://blackhair101.com/category/hair-science/ingredients-to-avoid

      Conditioners actually have enough cleaning agents to get your hair clean without using a shampoo, it's really your choice. Though, if you do wash you hair with only conditioner AND you also use a lot of products that may leave build-up on your hair, you should also use a "clarifying shampoo" at least once a month, but never more than once a week.
      ......
      I wash my hair twice a week(Sundays and Wednesdays), but I only use shampoo twice a month. (First Sunday of the month, I'll use a clarifying shampoo...3rd Sunday of the month I use a moisturizing shampoo).. Every Wednesday and every other Sunday(besides the 1st and 3rd), I wash my hair with a conditioner.

      -"Shampoo"
      1. Clarifying: I currently use Giovanni 50:50 Balanced Hydrating-Clarifying Shampoo. My hair is not left feeling completely stripped of oils and it still feels clean. You can buy this at Wal-mart, Target, drugstore.com, and other places for - for 8.5 fl. ounces. Or get it from vitacost.com or iherb.com for -. You could also buy it from massagewarehouse.com in liter and gallon sizes that are also pretty cheap.

      2. Moisturizing: Right now I use the Shea Moisture Organic Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo. I really like this shampoo, because my hair is always left feeling moisturized and soft. It is a thick consistency and lasts for a long time. The only negative is the smell, sort of reminds me of "old lady perfume" lol. It's pretty strong. You can buy this at Walgreens, target, and some Wal-Marts. it's usually .98 or .99 for 12 fl. oz.

      *3. A third recommendation from me, you could also make your own shampoo from Castile soap and add whatever ingredients you like so that it meets your personal needs.

      http://www.drbronner.com/DBMS/LS.htm

      This lasts a long time is cheap, especially since you can use it for just about anything. If you use castile soap, always dilute it!
      For me, I usually do :
      1 cup of Castile soap of my choice(I like the tea tree because it's good for scalp issues)
      3/4 cups of water
      1/4 cup of natural oils(your choice, but I personally love either Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Extra Virgin Coconut Oil.)

      Here's some websites with Castile soap shampoo recipes:
      http://www.tbyil.com/Homemade_Castile_Soap_Shampoo_Recipes.htm
      http://hmbeautyrecipes.homestead.com/HAIRshampoorecipes.html

      Castile soap(Dr. Bronners) can be bought at Target, Walgreens, healtth food stores, iherb.com, or directly from the Dr. Bronners website. There are other brands that make castile soap, but I've only used Dr. Bronners.

      You have to find what's right for you and to be honest, that could take some time. Also, though shampoo may be important for you when it comes to hair care, you also should look into finding good conditioners that fit your needs. More specifically, one thing that definitely shows an improvement in dry, black hair is deep conditioning.

      ...Sorry this was soooo long, but I was trying to be thorough. lol

  28. QUESTION:
    What products can I use during this transition and thereafter?
    My hair has been relaxed for about 15 years now. I've decided to let it go back to its natural state. It's very curly from the roots to about two and a half inches of hair. The rest is relaxed. I've already cut it and it's about 7 inches long altogether, but quite thick. I can't cut anymore because I have a big head (lol) and it really isn't shaped for low hair. What products can I use during this transition and what are the best products for natural hair?

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Pretty much anything you use for transitioning you can use for natural hair. I like cantu shea butter leave in, its my favorite product.

  29. QUESTION:
    What kind of hair products are great for African American hair?
    I want my hair to grow long and i have been using various greases and shampoos. Is there a 100% black girl out there who has long hair that can give me some advice on hair care!!??!!

    • ANSWER:
      Black hair is extremely fragile. A gentle touch is required to avoid unnecessary breakage and hair loss. Therefore, always use a wide tooth comb or pick when combing the hair. Avoid fine tooth combs as they snag and pull out curly/kinky hair. Invest in a quality brush; natural boar brushes are the best.

      Curly/kinky hair needs moisture, moisture, and more moisture! Consider this when purchasing hair care products. Avoid drying products such as hair spray, mousse, holding gels, etc. Opt for moisturizers, leave in conditioners, and styling lotions.

      All products are not created equal. Just because a product claims to be created for "curly hair" doesn't guarantee that it will be suitable for ethnic curly hair. Products created for Nicole Kidman's curly hair may not work for Angela Bassett's. Caucasian hair tends to produce more sebum (oily secretion created by the sebaceous gland) than Black textured hair; therefore, Black hair requires more oil. Read, no, scrutinize the ingredient list. Look for natural oils and quality ingredients. Remember, the ingredients are listed in order of volume.

      We’ve discussed the need for natural oils for Black hair. However, you must know that not all oil is good oil. One misconception that plagues African Americans concerning hair care is the use of grease. Grease (thick pomade-like product that usually contains mineral oil and/or petrolatum) is commonly used to moisturize dry hair and scalp. Do not use products that contain mineral oil or petrolatum. Both of these cheap oils clog pores, rob the hair’s moisture and can retard hair growth. Natural oils are the best bet. Jojoba and coconut oil are great conditioning oils. Shea butter is an excellent moisturizer. Pomegranate seed oil is my personal favorite. This exotic oil has excellent moisturizing and nourishing properties and is rich in lipids and essential nutrients. These impart brilliant sheen. It is also an excellent remedy for scalp issues such as dandruff and psoriasis, and has natural sunscreen properties.

  30. QUESTION:
    what is a good Shea butter shampoo and conditioner that really works with curly hair?
    i have every thick curly hair and is their any real hair products with sea butter in it or sea butter shampoos or conditioner for my hair let me know. what do you comment on me getting . i like my hair to be straight when i wash it since my hair is curly . i get relaxers once a year.

    • ANSWER:
      Frederik Fekkai Shea Butter Shampoo and Conditioner work excellent for naturally curly and chemically straightened hair. It's a bottle, a little expensive for some but definitely worth it.

  31. QUESTION:
    good hair products for african americans?
    im african american & no matter what hair products i use i still have dry brittle ends. do you have an tips or suggestions of what im doing wrong? what are some good hair products for african americans?

    • ANSWER:
      Oils, natural ones like shea and coconut
      ApHogee products
      Creme of Nature shampoos
      A good water based leave in moisturizer
      A good cream moisturizer
      conditioners with keritin, cholesterol, and amino acids....
      no mineral oil or petroleum based products
      limit use of products that contain silicones (any chemical that ends in "cone")
      no shampoos or conditioners that contain sulfates...

  32. QUESTION:
    I need a list of hair products that are good for coarse African American hair?
    My natural hair is very coarse, thick, and unruly. I used to get relaxers but now I get texturizers. I need something to tame my roots in between touch-ups because it's so hard to manage. Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      Shea Moisture
      Kinky Curly
      Miss Jessies
      Uncle Funky's Daughter

      I've seen some natural hair products that cater to kinky/afro texture hair at whole foods, and target. You can view videos on youtube to see what others are using for their hair.

  33. QUESTION:
    How do I grow an Afro and What with?
    I am in the process of growing an Afro. I don't really know how. Does anyone know what type of hair products I need, Where to get them. How Im supposed to maintain it, etc. Plus, Can you please tell me how to keep it from getting NAPPY!!! It would help.

    Thanks for everything!

    • ANSWER:
      Firstly, nappy is the makeup of your hair and isn't something you can change or needs to be fixed. Learn to be proud of the hair that was given to you because of your black heritage; never be ashamed of your ethnic features.

      Secondly, "nappy" by its definition means tightly curled or coily. If you want to change that then get a relaxer or jeri curl.

      To grow your hair longer you will need to keep it from breaking off, that's all. It's easier said than done, but the main thing you need to do is to try not to comb, brush, or use heat on it too much. This is called low manipulation. Doing those things roughly or too much can cause breakage, which will keep your hair short.

      There are many ways you can keep your hair moisturized during this process: you can use a curl activator, which will activate your natural curls (assuming you don't have a 4b hair type that doesn't curl, but makes a z-pattern instead) and keep your hair moisturized. I used it last summer and it was okay. Some people use gel, like curl activator gel or a soft gel. I use a cream-based moisturizer and seal with natural olive oil. Sealing with oil is imperative because it keeps your hair from drying out throughout the day.

      When you detangle your hair then do it only when it's soaking wet and has conditioner in it. Use a wide-tooth comb and start at the ends and work your way up. You can go over each section with a small tooth comb afterward to remove any smaller tangles. Gently pull apart tangles and knots or else you'll rip out your hair. Find a conditioner that makes it easier to detangle - some are better than others.

      Don't shampoo every day because this will dry out your hair. Use a natural or organic shampoo because regular shampoos have sulfates which make the hair dry. Always condition your hair after shampooing to restore moisture and make it healthy, and always use a leave-in conditioner when you're finished. Deep condition your hair about twice a month - do it once or twice a week if your hair is extremely dry.

      You can find hair products at a beauty supply store or places like Walgreens, and even Krogers and Wal-mart. Personally, I don't shop in the black hair care isle because those products are usually infused with bad ingredients that no one should put in their hair, like petroleum. I use Nexxus, Neutrogena, Giovanni, and Yes to Carrots products. I also use natural and raw products like raw cocoa and shae butters and natural oils like olive, jojoba, and coconut. You can find many natural and organic hair products and butters like shea and cocoa in health foods stores.

  34. QUESTION:
    how to start a small hair and beauty products store?
    Just looking for ideas of starting a small business just curious how much it would cost for startup,
    -supplier in southwestern Ontario area
    -what products sells best I was thinking of wigs, synthetic hair and other products that cannot be found in major retail stores,
    -Natural products for kinky looks
    -My own line of shea butter products
    you answers are appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      I run several businesses and a clothing design store as well as internet businesses, I also have a hair salon and sell beauty products but I specialize in hair weaving products. You will need to offer whatever is ot available in your area. If wigs, synthetic hair and other Shea type products are what you see are needed then go for it. You will do well, whereas here in NY, hair weaves are the best sellers and most women do not care for synthetics because they care fire very easily so why sell something that could cause you to lose your lice. If you are going to sell wigs then you should make sure they are laced in the front.

      Establishing your own line of Shea products is going to be a little difficult if you do not have a patent. Otherwise, it's a lot cheaper to just resell existing products until you find one that everyone loves. Then you can always become a reseller or direct distributor of that brand and most manufacturers will work out licensing for you under your own name. It's a heck of alot easier that way than to put out alot of money on your own product and have to pay manufacturers because you are going to go broke i the longrun because you have no way of knowing if other women are going to buy your product line. Been there done that girlfriend and it's a waste of time, effort and money!!!.

      The first things you will need to do are the following:

      1. SETUP YOUR REGISTERED NAME AND LICENSE IN YOUR STATE
      2. GET YOUR EIN # FROM THE IRS
      3. IF INTERNET BUSINESS,BUILD YOUR WEBSITEE AND GET IT UP AND BE SURE TO PURCHASE SEO SEARCHES.
      4. IF STOREFRONT, HAVE A GRAND OPENING AND OFFER DISCOUNTED SERVICES UNTIL YOU BUILD YOUR OWN CLIENTELLE ON A REGULAR BASIS.

      Good luck!!!

  35. QUESTION:
    what shampoo and condition do you, from experience, think is the best for african american hair?
    I am look for an african american hair product that will be able to keep my hair healthy and growing long.

    • ANSWER:
      shea moisture coconut hibiscus shampoo-its all natural and no sulfates or anything that can harm the hair(can be found at walgreens or or at target)
      suave naturals conditioner -its natural and good for any hair type (can be found anywhere)

  36. QUESTION:
    What hair products are the best for going back natural?
    I've been without a relaxer for a few months and plan on cutting it off and wearing it short. The problem is I don't know what products to use when I do cut it off. My hair is thick, wavy, and soft and because of where I live--very humid--difficult to manage. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Shea moisture hair products

  37. QUESTION:
    What products do you recommend for African-American (black) hair ?
    If you get the chance, please list all ?
    I need hair products for my hair care regimen.
    Shampoos & Conditioners
    Moisturizers (NO petrolatum or mineral oil)
    Detanglers
    Oils

    Products that I can easily find at drugstores or a Beauty Supply store ?

    Thanks :)

    • ANSWER:
      I use Wen and Carol's Daughter's products. THe cheap drugstore crap is just that - cheap crap. I once thought the drugstore brands were great, especially the cheap junk like V05 until I started buying salon brands and then I realized, from better results, that salon brands truly are superior to that cheap crap.

      Oils I use coconut and sometimes olive oil. Make sure they're the real thing and not some product that has them included as an ingredient. The only ingredient should be the oil.

      If you want to go cheap then I recommend Nexxus products. I use their protein treatment (Nexxus Emergency) and that's perfect for my hair. I've also used their conditioner. I've used bioInfusion's natural shampoo and conditioner, which is okay, but not as good as the salon brands and definitely not as good as carol's daughter shampoo or the Wen Cleansing Conditioner.

      Moisturizers I use carol's daughter, shea butter, or wen.

      Detanglers I use a carol's daughter product.

  38. QUESTION:
    What hair products are good for black natural hair?
    Any recommendations on shampoos, conditioners, protein products, treatments etc. that are all really good for natural without all the bad stuff?

    • ANSWER:
      Kinky Kurly (favorite)
      Dudley Q
      Oil---of any kind especially olive and argon
      Design Essentials-conditioners
      Shea Butter!!!
      Go on Youtube for Natural hair tips and advice

  39. QUESTION:
    What are the best hair products to use on my daughters naturally curly hair?
    I am African American and I wear my hair in its natural curly state often. My 5 year old would like to wear her hair out which is great but I'm sure the products I use are too strong for her hair. Does anyone have any good suggestions for products I can use on children that won't cause extra frizz and holds the curl? No mousse because it has alcohol and dries the hair out. Thanks in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      I completely understand your concern about controlling frizz... I'm a natural hair stylist and can tell you that the best method to controlling frizz on you and your daughter's natural hair is using 'All Natural Products'. I have discovered that natural hair care products controls frizz better than any other products because they don't include the alcohol and other damaging ingredients that can cause stripping of the hair and dryness which ultimately leads to breakage, dryness, and frizz.

      I use 'Shea Moisture' and 'Curls Unleashed' products for my natural hair and my clients. Shea Moisture has a kid's line of products you can use on your daughter's hair, as well as an adult line you can use on your hair. The Shea Moisture Products can be purchased directly from Walgreens and the Curls Unleashed Products can be purchased directly from Walgreens and Sally's Beauty Supply.

      These products are quite pricey but well worth it, but if you'd like to first try the products out before spending lots of money on the shampoo, conditioner, etc., I recommend trying these two items first to control frizz. From there if they work for you and/or your daughter's hair you should then purchase the shampoo and conditioner. My hair type is 3C and in my avatar photo I have 5 day old curls from using these products without having to re-wet or co-wash my hair everyday.

      1) Curls Unleashed Cream (averages .99-.99). The week of 9/15-9/22 it's on sale at Walgreens for .99. This cream is amazing and does not cause shrinkage. It moisturizes hair very well and is not greasy.

      2) Shea Moisture Shouffle (averages .99). The shouffle is more like a light gel but it defines those curls so well. Be sure to use a little because it's very greasy.

      I hope this information helps. Please advise if you have further questions about natural hair, controlling frizz, etc.

  40. QUESTION:
    What are the best hair growth products for African American hair with severe breakage?
    I get my ends clipped regularly, but some reason i still have breakage and my hair doesn't seem to be growing. I wash my hair every three weeks (I have to extend my washes because my hair is very dry and frequent washes make it brittle) and condition with cholestrol but my growth is VERY slow. Any recommendations???
    I have used DooGro, B&B Super Gro and Dr. Miracle's.

    • ANSWER:
      Look for products that have protien in them. Stay away from products with petrolum and mineral oil, they're VERY bad for your hair. Look for products with Shea butter and coconut oil. Don't limit your hair product selection only to the ethnic sections of the store. Dont use so much heat on your hair. Wash hair no more than 1x per week and learn to use conditioner in between washes. Products i recommend: Organic Root Stimulator Olive Oil Shampoo and conditioner, Doo Groo Mega Thick Growth Oil, Vitamin E oil (can purchase this at CVS). Deep Condition once a week, wear satin cap at night or sleep on satin pillow cases. Keep straightened hair wrapped. Use 100% boar bristle brush only, use wide toothed combs when combing hair. Oil scalp every other day/night. NEVER EVER USE DR. MIRACLE'S!!!! It's a load of CRAP!

  41. QUESTION:
    What kind of hair products to use when braiding my hair?
    I want to do kinki twist( you just braid a little and twist the rest) and i need to know what can i use on my hair so it wont get dry. i've done these braids before and i used gel and some type of oil but my scalp would continually be dry and would itch.

    • ANSWER:
      i would suggest u use shea butter its all natural and it makes your hair soft shinny and it will make it grow i use it all the time and my hair is down my back, it works really well you can get it at a african store or on line and it wont make your hair itch and it will moisturize it good luck! oh yeah make sure u put it in your scalp at least every 2-3 weeks

  42. QUESTION:
    What are some good hair products fo transitioning from relaxed to natural?
    Im transitioning from relaxed to natural and wanted to get some healthy products for my hair. Any help Please. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Some natural products that don't use chemicals and seem to have consistently positive reviews are:
      Aubrey Organics (Whole Foods, Vitamen Shoppe, Online)
      Shea Moisture (Target, SheaMoisture.com, Amazon.com, Online)
      Yes to Carrots, Cucumbers, Tomatoes (Rite Aid, Target, Online)
      Mill Creek (Vitamen Shoppe, Online)
      Oyin Handmade (oyinhandmade.com)
      Mixed Chicks (Online)
      Carol's Daughter (Online)
      Giovanni (Vitamen Shoppe, Whole Foods, Online)
      Kinky Curly (Whole Foods, Online)

      Also, some people create their own products:
      moisture spritzes using distilled water, vegetable glycerin, and aloe vera.
      Oil mixtures to seal in moisture using oils like coconut oil, olive oil, safflower oil, etc.

      You're not supposed to comb from root to tip. Part your hair in sections. Then, comb hair from the bottom and work your way up to the root to remove tangles.

      More information can be found on natural/black hair blogs and sites like:
      http://www.treasuredlocks.com/
      http://newlynatural.com/blog/
      http://www.naturallycurly.com/
      http://nappturallynigerian.blogspot.com/
      http://www.hairmilk.com/
      http://www.blackhairplanet.com/blog/

  43. QUESTION:
    What hair products would be good for my hair?
    I have curly hair when it's wet but when I brush it out it is a poofy frizzy mess. What products (preferably not too expensive) would take away some of the frizz and be good for my hair?Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      These are the products that I use and I have curly hair!

      Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Curling Shampoo
      Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioning Milk
      Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Curl and Hold Smoothie
      Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Curling Souffle

      All these products are sulfate free, organic and super good for you hair!They are great for frizzy curly hair. Each product is 10 dollars and its worth it!!

  44. QUESTION:
    Which specific chemicals are bad for African-American hair?
    Hi, after the frustrating and damaging effects of relaxes, I have decided to go natural. I've heard some things like staying away from like shampoos other hair products with mineral oil, petrolatum, sodium lauryl sulfate, etc. Are there any other chemicals that also are not good for our hair?

    • ANSWER:
      Hello, I am natural too.

      DMDM Hydantoin, Urea, methylparabens, synthetic dyes, artificial fragrances (which often times contain toxins that are able to seep though to the scalp). Some times naturtal products can cost a tad bit more than drug store brands because they are organic and derived from natural plants, when the costs of food rises so does the price of natural products. As for the SLS, there are different types of SLS and the one most people are concerned about can be avoided if you use Sulfate-Free products. There are a lot of misconceptions about shampoos and in the Natural Hair Care circle many people will tell you to just stay away from shampoos altogether...this is simply not true...you CAN and SHOULD use a shampoo...you just need to use one that contains no sulfate. Currently, I have switched over to a 100% natural hair care line for Black women called Mineral Indulgence. Unlike Carol's Daughter, they don't use chemical preservatives or DMDM Hydantoin, so it works best on natural hair. The Napturally Sulfate-Free Shampoo, the Shea & Mango Butter Conditioner, and the Kiwi Coconut Hair Smoothie work fabulously on natural hair. The shampoo deeply cleanses the scalp, but because it contain aloe butter moisturizes and detangles the hair VERY well, the conditioner adds a nice sheen to the hair furthering the detangling process, and the Kiwi Coconut Hair Smoothie accentuates your natural hair curls and softens it as well. There are many other chemicals to look out for, but I think that on the site they go deeper in to detail as to which ones are potentially the most dangerous.

      Hope I helped.

  45. QUESTION:
    Would I be able to use natural hair products on my relaxed hair?
    I currently have relaxed hair but I wanted to try and use products meant for natural hair on my relaxed hair. Would it be a good idea to do this?

    • ANSWER:
      Most products on the market for naturals are perfectly fine to use on relaxed hair. Actually, the list of ingredients may be better than products for those with relaxed hair. Naturals usually HATE products filled with mineral oil and petroleum jelly -- fillers that do nothing for your hair. A lot of hair products sold in beauty supply stores may claim to be "shea butter" or "coconut oil", but those ingredients are FAR down the list and masked by those undesirable ingredients. Certain things, like heavy oils, may have to be washed out rather than left on the hair because they could weigh the hair down. Styling products designed to enhance a curl pattern probably wouldn't be of much use on relaxed hair. Try out some moisturizers, conditioners, and shampoos that are natural--your hair will thank you :-)

      Look at some of the products on these website
      http://oyinhandmade.com/
      http://darcysbotanicals.com/
      http://www.curlmart.com/

  46. QUESTION:
    What hair products do you recommend I use?
    I have fine, semi-wavy hair that isn't color treated and I wash it every other day. I do straighten and curl my hair every so often. My hair always feels dry and frizzy and lacks shine and volume. What shampoo, conditioner, serums, sprays etc. should I use?

    • ANSWER:
      I would recommend the suave sleek am shine shampoo and conditioner or the suave almond and Shea butte shampoo and conditioner. I would also recommend Aussie 3 minute myracle deep conditioner and garnier fructis sleek and shine anti frizz serum. All are cheap drugstore items but they work really well! Hope I helped you out! (:

  47. QUESTION:
    How to make your hair longer?
    I used to have hair a little under my chest area and I cut it now its up to my shoulders. I'm really sad cause I miss my hair and I really want my hair back. So now I'm wondering on how to make your hair longer without extensions or bad hair product

    • ANSWER:
      Biotin, keratin. Use all natural things like Morracan oil, coconut oil, Shea butter. It'll take time. Moisture doesn't have to do with heir growth but, take those pills & with proper care, your hair will grow. Citing tour hair has nothing to do with its growth btw . Your hair grows from the roots not the ends.

  48. QUESTION:
    How would i get different fruit extracts for my homemade hair product?
    Im trying to experiment with my own shea butter mixture i would like it to have some type of lite sweet smell. i read fruit extracts are good for the hair and smell good. does anyone know where i could get them? whether local stores or online?? or any other ideals for smells?

    • ANSWER:
      you shouldn't put most fruits in your hair because of their acidic quality.

      try mashing one avocado with one egg and one tbsp. olive oil. Put it on damp hair and leave for 10 minutes. Rinse well and shampoo/condition as normal.

  49. QUESTION:
    How can I lighten my hair without using bleach?
    I have jet-black hair and I want to change it to a honey gold blonde color, but i don't want to use bleach. My hair is very very healthy and i don't want to damage it using harsh chemicals. Is there a way to lighten up my hair without using bleach?

    • ANSWER:
      Using lemon juice won't help that much. Using lemon juice and things like "Sun-In" is for natural blondes who want their hair a little lighter, so it won't make that dramatic of a change in your hair. My hair is dirty blonde/light brown and I bleach mine lighter blonde. If you don't want to deal with a lot of damage, but you still want the lighter hair, there's some things you can do. I get my hair products from the "African-American" hair section. For shampoo and conditioner I use Tresemme Color Care, which really helps and keeps my hair soft, and then like once every two weeks or so, I use this Palmer's Coconut Oil Formula Deep Conditioning Protein Pack (it was less than ), and every day I use this Cantu Shea Butter Leave In Conditioning Repair Cream (it's a big jar and it was only like ). It can be used as a leave in conditioner, or a deep conditioner, etc. It's helped so much with my hair. My hair was constantly breaking and once I started using those, my hair started growing a ton again. It grew like 3/4 of an inch in a month (which stopped happening since I started bleaching it, so it was amazing!).

      My hair is really strong now, and that's about all you can do to keep it nice!

  50. QUESTION:
    What is a good hair product that makes your hair silky and smooth, and that actually works?
    My hair isnt like dry, but it's not silky smooth. I want something that actually works.

    Thanks :)

    • ANSWER:
      Usually when people dye there hair in the hair dye box they get a small conditioner about 125 ML
      which usually contains "Shea Butter" it makes your hair SO smooth best thing ever used :)

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How is it that shea butter soap could dry out my skin?
    I'm practically at a loss when it comes to finding a facial cleanser that won't dry out my skin. I have to be very careful because I'm also acne-prone. I finally tried an organic shea butter soap and it still dries out my skin! Isn't shea butter supposed to do the very opposite? Any other suggestions for me?

    • ANSWER:
      yes it is, but you are using a soap form. Soap isnt recomended for facial cleansing. You need to get a face wash. Soaps are all mainly harsher then we think. Shea butter cream is the stuff that will soften dry skin. I recommend looking in Aubrey's. I use Aubrey's number 2 which is for dry skin but they have all types. They are very safe and gentle on skin and doesnt dry it out. I also use Dr. Haushka stuff as in a claryfying toner, and normalizing day oil which helps my skin with breakouts ive noticed, especially the toner, whichs main greatness is to fight bemishes and redness.

  2. QUESTION:
    What kind of shea butter should I use on my skin?
    I heard of organic shea butter and a shea butter product from a department store or a drug store. Which one should I use? I want to moisturize my dry skin, get rid of the sunspots, and reduce the scars on my face.

    • ANSWER:
      I love body shop Body Butter in Shea.

  3. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of this chronic itching?
    A few days ago I went the cheap route and bought suave body wash instead of the usual dove. (coca butter and shea butter for extra dry skin) I have been using it for about three days. After the first day I used it I noticed that my skin felt weird last nite was my third time using it and I stayed up all night b/c I was itching all over (from my face to the bottom of my feet) and I am still itching. I also have a whole bunch of bumps. I have sensitve skin, where some soap products will dry out my skin but I never aquired this chronic itching that is plaguing me now.
    I have tried coca butter, skin so soft and benydrl, noting is working.

    • ANSWER:
      Try the lotion 'Curel'.. it can really moisture your skin. They sell it in every Target, or Walmart.
      And discontinue the use of the body wash. If you don't get any better in 3 days, go to see your Doctor.

  4. QUESTION:
    What is a better natural moisturizer - Extra Virgin Olive oil or Shea Butter?
    I have dry skin in the winter. My cheeks get red and dry, and I get little red marks and pimples.

    I have sensitive skin and i'd like to moisturize naturally. However i think that EVOO might smell too strongly. What do you think about EVOO vs raw Shea Butter?

    • ANSWER:
      Both would do the job for you, though personally I would recommend using Jojoba Oil.

      It's a great moisturizer. Jojoba Oil penetrates into the skin and does not clog pores. It can be used on all skin types, it contains vitamin E and antioxidants which are great for fighting aging signs and moisturizing the skin. it is also antibacterial making it great for treating acne breakouts.

      Jojoba oil works in two ways. First its moisturizes your skin first and then diffuses into the skin to soften and smooth. It's 100% Natural and you should be able to find it in most good health food shops or you can get it online.

      Hope this helps!

  5. QUESTION:
    Survey: Which moisturizer do you use ladies if you have very dry skin?
    I am having such dry skin that I am bleeding on my legs, and it hurts badly. Every winter time, my skin on my legs does this and I have been using baby lotion and shea butter. I need a very very absorbent lotion, what do you ladies recommend?

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I think I know why the moisturizer you use doesnt work well... A dermatologist told us why most moisturizers and lotions don't work... It's because they have excess of buttery substance in their lotion and its oily or fatty substance

      And you know fatty or oily substance doesn't dissolve in water and our body is made up of about 70% water so the dryness on your skin stays.

      oh yea dont use shea butter, baby lotion is ok i guess but i guessing its not working on you... Butter leaves the fat and oil from the moisturizer on your skin and it stays on the surface of the skin so it won't go through the skin since our skin has 5 layers... it just says on the 1st or 2nd layer of our skin...

      Also even though people love how some lotions are so soft and silky but they constantly have to keep using it because it gets dry again in about 6 hours or so because its not going through your skin entirely... I used to like how soft it feels, but now anymore, i think its too oily and slippery...

      I had dry skin on my arms and legs but they don't bleed but when i scratch it it turns white cuz its so dry... So i began to use other moisturizers on my face and body

      This is my website... unfortunately you can only buy it online... this one has vitamin A, E, and c and aloe vera, sweet almond
      its hydrating lotion so i guess that means to opposite of dry haha
      http://www.marketamerica.com/sandee888/product-2198/royal-spa-smooth-as_silk_hydrating_lotion.htm#

      oh aveeno is a pretty good lotion too

  6. QUESTION:
    What are the benefits of 100% raw Shea butter? Is it good to use on the face?
    I have raw shea butter and i was just wondering of all the full benefits of it....Also, i have dry acne skin on my face and I was wondering if it will clog my pores or if its good to heal the acne? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      nope its not good to use on the face because it is so thick. its being thick causes your pores to clog and in turn making pimples.

  7. QUESTION:
    How do I great severely dry and itchy skin?
    My husband and I both suffer from extremely dry skin on our hands, knuckles and legs during winter. It itches and burns and gets really rough.

    We've tried just about every "moisturizing" lotion there is, as well as shea butter/cocoa butter and Vaseline, but nothing works, even after repeated applications.

    Any other ideas??

    • ANSWER:
      Have you tried Gold Bond? Try not using extremely hot water in the shower. And apply moisturizer right after you get out of the tub to lock in moisture. And use a mild soap like Dove.

  8. QUESTION:
    What should I focus on for dry skin?
    I have dry skin and it gets worse when winter hits. When purchasing a lotion from the store, what should I be focusing on? There's so much variety out there today. Shea butter, cocoa butter, oatmeal? Which is best for dry skin?

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  9. QUESTION:
    What is a good facial mositurizer for dry acne skin?
    Ive tried visibly even..not moisturizing enough...cetaphil..i think it makes me break out and im using shea butter now and it makes me shiny..what are some good moisturuzers that wont break out my skin and make my dry skin go away?
    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I work as a cleark at a chain drugstore. I know quite a number of good products to use. Of them, Cetaphil is one of the best for your condition. If you're really serious about clearing up acne and treating your dry skin, try proactiv solution. I know you've seen the commercials, but it works. You can usually pick up a small kit for at a local mall. Hope that turns out alright for you.

  10. QUESTION:
    help I hear shea butter is better then cocoa butter is it? and what are the skin benefits of both?
    I hear both can help lubricate very dry skin, help with rashes, acne, and skin dicoloration.. but I still here that shea butter is the better out of the two is this right? what are the skin benefits of cocoa butter and shea butter and is shea butter better then cocoa butter?

    • ANSWER:
      I heard that shea butter is just good for moisturizing- while I use Cocoa Butter for scars, moisturization and too even out my skin tone and it works well. Palmers Cocoa Butter is the best to use in my opinion.
      I haven't actually used shea butter though, it's just alot of peoples opinions and what they've used. No one reacts the same to creams and stuff.

      If you have any other questions about this or anything else, you can contact me at ;
      curleynicole@ymail.com

      Much love.

  11. QUESTION:
    Is this lotion okay to use on a new tattoo?
    I just got a new tattoo yesterday and I'm wondering if this lotion is okay to use on it. It is Aveeno Active Naturals Skin Relief Moisturizing Lotion with soothing oat essence. It says it relieves itchy, extra dry skin, moisturizes for 24 hours and it has natural shea butter. It's fragrance free.

    • ANSWER:
      Im no tattoo artist but I have alot of them.

      Normally your artist will recommend something, if they don't give you any samples or any recommendations then I would follow advice on here.

      I would stay away from lotions with scents, I would stay away from lotions with lots of unnecessary chemicals. Personally I used a little bit of Vaseline because I was so itchy.

      Keeping your ink moisturized is vital to its preservation and longevity. Its going to scab a little bit and thats okay, it will go away on its own. Do not pick at the scabs, picking at it will cause it to become splotchy and in some cases you'll have to get touch ups.

      Use sunscreen on it at all times when your outside, try Tattoo Balm, its a very good sunscreen that you can sometimes find at tanning salons. Id search the web for it to see a its closest retail location.

  12. QUESTION:
    How to get a natural glow on dark skin?
    So I'm darker skinned, but I want to find a product that would help with my skin a natural glow, without having the shinny look as Vaseline and some Shea Butters do. I was wondering if anyone with my type of skin or someone with knowledge of skin might recommend?? I have dry skin, and its sensitive if that matters.

    Thanks a lot =]

    • ANSWER:
      Try to use natural creams, and herbs that aid the skin. Good website called valsherbs.com, try it out

  13. QUESTION:
    how long should i wait to see improvements on my dry skin by using a product?
    i hav bad dry skin in one area, i have started using shea butter today now im wondering how long will it be until i start to see improvements?thankyou

    • ANSWER:
      You will get a much better result if you increase your water intake and your consumption of essential fatty acids. Using creams is only cosmetic if you are dehydrated.

  14. QUESTION:
    What should I do about my skin?
    I am sooo sick of having breakouts. I have very mild acne I guess. It is so frustrating. I've tried multiple things to try and clear up my face. Thing is when I try new products I automatically breakout before they start to work so I just give up because I don't have time to try new stuff and be breaking out. Recently I tried this bentonite clay and apple cider vinegar mask it really worked as far as opening up my pores and cleaning them out! But I can't use this everyday because it will dry out my skin. Btw I have dry skin in certain places on my face like around my mouth. My main problem areas are the areas next to my nostrils on my cheek, and my chin! Lord my chin is theeeee worst area! I use neutrogena acne face scrub morning and night and I miniaturize with Shea butter mixed with vitamin e oil and coconut oil. Should i just quit trying natural products and home remedies & just try out some proactive or something? Help!!
    -impatient bumpy face

    • ANSWER:
      It may sound weird at first........ But..... Use apple cider vinegar.... This stuff is absolutely AMAZING!!! It can heal just about ANYTHING! Acne, scars, burns, scabs, etc..... All in less than a week!!!!!!!!

  15. QUESTION:
    How to treat dry skin on my face?
    I have really bad dry skin on my face, legs and arms. I've been using "Suave Cocoa butter with Shea." But that isn't really working. So how do I treat it?

    • ANSWER:
      Once a week take a milk bath it will nourish and smoothen your skin. Mix two table spoons of milk powder in your bucket of water and use it for bathing and rinse with plain water in the end. There are many helpful tips to cure dry skin at http://useinfo-dryskin.blogspot.com/

  16. QUESTION:
    Is shea butter lotion good for dry skin?
    I must wash my hands a million times a day & they are dry!

    • ANSWER:
      I really like shea butter...especially for dry skin. Out of personal experience, I would suggest going to Bath & Body Works and getting Look Ma-New Hands lotion. It's great!

  17. QUESTION:
    Which is the best to treat extremely dry skin, Bio-Oil or Organic Shea Butter?
    My best friend suffers from extremely dry skin and i want to help her find the best product for her!
    Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      I can't speak about Bio-Oil but I have used virgin shea butter. It's a great moisturizer but I still got dry after a while...plus real shea has a smoky smell which I just couldn't get used to. I have extremely dry skin in the winter with eczema patches. I finally figured out the best thing for me was to use Eucerin creme (not the lotion) or some type of cream with mineral oil or petroluem. The mineral oil and petroleun helps create a moisture barrier to keep moisture in. I know many people are against mineral oil and petroleum but there is plenty of research that says it's safe.

  18. QUESTION:
    How long will it take for me to notice the effects of shea butter?
    I've been using Palmer's shea butter lotion for about three days now. I was just wondering how long it would take for me to see the effects (such as the fading of scars and stretch marks) of applying it?

    • ANSWER:
      I used it for months without results. It really doesn't do much to fade stretch marks or scars after you have them. Shea Butter can sometimes help prevent stretch marks, though. Shea is a great moisturizer and moisturized skin will look plumper and more full than dry skin, and that might help reduce the appearance of stretch marks or scars. Just remember that reducing the appearance isn't the same as the marks going away, it just makes them less noticeable.

  19. QUESTION:
    There are lots of different Dove Body Washes - How do I know which would be best for me? I have very dry skin?
    Alot of you recommended Dove Body Wash for me as I have dry skin, but I just went to the Dove website and there are alot of different Dove Body Washes available. Since I have really dry skin, I'm thinking of getting the one called Dove Deep Moisture Beauty Body Wash. Is this the one you all would recommend for me? I also want it to smell nice, not flowery overpowering, just nice and clean too.

    • ANSWER:
      I have very dry skin as well as a skin condition caused from my dry skin. I use the Olay products and have found three that work awsome. I use olay body wash with shea butter on a loofa and scrub my body, then follow up with olay shower lotion with shea butter, it is used in the shower and feels really good, you just put it on and rinse it off and the steam from the shower makes it like a lotion. Then when I get out of the shower I use olay body lotion for extra dry skin and it too has shea butter. They will say right on the front if they have shea butter in them. I also use olay bar soap with shea butter. I have never had such silky smooth non dry skin. It sounds like a lot, but it really isn't and it works great. Hope this helps.

  20. QUESTION:
    How do I make dry skin thats around my mouth and under my nose go away?
    I have dry skin thats around my mouth and under my nose. I went to my doctor and prescribed a creme, and it doesnt work! any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, there. Are you using any products that may be drying-out your skin? Do you have any idea what's causing the skin to become dry? I recommend using pure Cocoa Butter or pure Shea Butter on the skin every night before bed and right after bathing in the morning. Palmer's has a lot of good products that contain Cocoa Butter. You can also buy either butter in bulk from www.herbalsoapsbyrj.com.

      I do NOT recommend using Vaseline/petroleum jelly, as it is a petroleum by-product that is very comodogenic (clogs pores) and is a known carcinogen. It hasn't been banned here, yet, but it is not approved for use in the EU. It's not a horrible product, but there are much better things you could put on your skin! If you want something that's the consistency of petroleum jelly, blend 2 oz of olive oil with 1 oz of beeswax (or 2 oz soy wax). Heat gently to melt everything, and then stir until it cools. This will make an all-natural super-moisturizer that contains many healing benefits from the beeswax and the olive oil. I wish you the best of luck!!

  21. QUESTION:
    If I'm allergic to peanuts, can I still use shea butter on my skin?
    Hi everyone,

    I had a blood test for my allergies and found that I'm slightly allergic to peanuts. Would this mean I can't use shea butter on my skin? As they say it's the best thing to use for dry skin. But I don't want to make it flare up.

    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Does shea nut butter posed any risk to tree nut- or peanut-allergic consumers?

      An exhaustive search of the worldwide clinical literature provided no evidence to indicate that any allergic reactions have ever been reported to shea nut butter. Allergic reactions to shea nuts have not been described either, although they are not widely eaten.

      Recent research indicates that shea nut butter does not contain any detectable protein residues and does not contain detectable residues of proteins from peanut or various known allergenic tree nuts (walnut, almond, pecan, hazelnut). Since allergens are proteins, this research indicates the absence of detectable allergens in shea nut butter.

      Thus, refined shea nut butter does not pose any known or likely allergenic risk to consumers including individuals with pre-existing peanut or tree nut allergies. Products containing refined shea butter can be safely used by all consumers.

  22. QUESTION:
    The skin on my body is so so dry and it wont get any better?
    I have really bad dry skin on my back tummy and under my breasts and no matter what I do it wont go away? I body brush before the shower and use a soap for dry skin and use the body shops shea body butter but its not getting better? Please help! Thank you.

    • ANSWER:

  23. QUESTION:
    How many times a day should I apply shea butter to my stretch marks?
    No comments about shea butter working or not. I only want to hear from other people who use it, used it and have seen it's affect. No naysayers please.

    • ANSWER:
      I'd go with before you go to bed and after you shower in the morning. Before bed is the most important, but if you feel your skin drying out throughout the day feel free to apply more.

  24. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of dry skin, for good?
    I'm 13 and Ive always had dry skin. Right after I use clean and clear face wash, I have to put on nivea cream so my skin doesn't get extremely dry. I pat my skin dry after washing btw. But I hate putting on tons of cream because if I do, my face looks oilly. If I don't, my face gets way to dry Please help. Thank you :)

    • ANSWER:
      My daughter used to have dry red patchy skin. A pharmacist recommended the PharmDerma shea butter cream and it has really even out her skin. She has nice soft skin now. It has no fragrance and dye. The great thing is that it is not greasy and but still very moisturizing. Give it a try and you will like like. Check out their website, Pharmderma.com, for more advices.

  25. QUESTION:
    Is dandruff caused from a dry or an oily scalp?
    I have really bad dandruff that makes me scratch my head almost continuously. I only have a few highlights and use very moisturizing shampoo & conditioners like Redken Extreme and Shea Butter shampoo & conditioners and sometimes I use hot oil treatments so I don't know how my scalp could be dry. I have combination facial skin also.

    • ANSWER:
      I've heard that it's an oily scalp that causes dandruff, which seems strange I know. You need to stop what you're using and get some Head and Shoulders. That will probably take care of it after a few shampoos. If that doesn't work, look for T-Gel or something like that.

  26. QUESTION:
    My cat has dry skin please help! What can I use for my cat temporary?
    There is going to be hurricane tonight so I'm not going out my poor little kitty has dry skin, I called my God mother and she said use cocoa butter or shea butter, wouldn't that harm the cat?

    • ANSWER:
      I agree with the other poster who says that it an improved diet will help. You might want to feed your cat food specifically formulated for dry/flaky skin. The better quality foods definitely have such food available in either dry or canned food. You might want to try a little fish oil (buy it at the pet store), but call your vet first to make sure that it's okay for your cat to ingest. Also you could try to brush him with a flea comb (or any other comb/brush you might use to groom your cat with) to loosen the flakes, and then get a damp (not dripping) washcloth (use warm water!) and wipe the flakes from the fur. The brushing/wiping will act like a massage, and it's great bonding time for you and your cat.

      I couldn't tell by your question if he had any bare spots or any visible irritated skin. I hope s/he doesn't! If that's the case, you should definitely call your vet once the weather calms down. Speaking of which, I hope it doesn't cause a mess for you and your family! Stay safe!

  27. QUESTION:
    what exactly is the shea butter being used in the cosmetics and lotions?
    it use to be coco butter and now it is this shea butter thing. what i would like to know is where does it come from and how is it better than anything else. i find it to be slightly more greasy than other lotions. thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Shea butter is known especially for its cosmetic properties as a moisturizer and emollient. It is also a known anti-inflammatory agent.[2] Shea butter can be effective at treating the following conditions: fading scars, eczema, burns, rashes, severely dry skin, blemishes, dark spots, skin discolorations, chapped lips, stretchmarks, wrinkles and in lessening the irritation of psoriasis[citation needed]. Shea butter provides natural UV sun protection although the level of protection is extremely variable, ranging from none at all to approximately SPF3 so should not be relied on. Shea butter absorbs rapidly into the skin without feeling greasy.

      Shea butter is comparably richer than other emollients but scarcity of supply results in an erratic market price[citation needed].

      [edit] Uses
      Shea butter can be found in many high end moisturizing skin products. It is also used in hair conditioners to add and maintain moisture in dry brittle hair, in addition to revitalizing, repairing and preventing breakage.

      Besides its cosmetic uses, shea butter is also used as a cooking oil in West Africa.

      Shea butter is also used in some indigenous ceremonies. Followers of the Holy Spirit Movement rebel group of Uganda smeared their bodies with shea butter in the belief that it would stop bullets.

      Handcrafted shea butter is also used in Togo, West Africa for ceremonies among the Fulani ethnic group.

      Many carvers of djembe shells and other african drum shells will use shea butter to condition the wood. Shea butter is also used to condition the goat or cow skin heads of these drums.

  28. QUESTION:
    What is a good foundation for really acne-prone skin and extremely dry skin?
    I have the driest skin ever. I have medicated moisturizer from a dermatologist. If I don't wear it, my face will completely dry up and crack through layers of skin. The only problem is that I also am really prone to acne. I use a cream acne wash from Neutrogena. I need suggestions for foundation, moisturizers, and tips for natural ways to fix this.

    • ANSWER:
      Sometimes very gentle products can actually clear up acne problems. This facial treatment program is made with Shea butter and is very moisturizing but will not cause further acne outbreaks.

      http://www.mysensitiveskincare.com/acne-sensitive-skin-treatment.html#Acne

  29. QUESTION:
    What are some types of lotions that will help dry skin?
    My skin particulary my legs are dry. My favorite lotion is St .ives Oatmeal and shea butter and I use body cream from bath and body works but it only helps a little. I need some new ideas thanks
    Thanks what type of avenoo

    • ANSWER:
      Don't use Bath & Body Works lotion, it smells good but, it stinks as a lotion. Use aveeno, that's what I use and I have eczema (is that how you spell it?) I use the regular, unscented kind. Just plain lotion.

  30. QUESTION:
    How can I start selling homemade products such as candles and soaps online?
    When my son was born his skin was super sensitive and dry. I then researched and created a shea butter formula for his eczema like rashes. That was about 7yrs ago and I have since learned how to make soaps and other personal care products. I thought that starting off as a mail order or ecommerce site would be a great way to sell these products and hopefully someday be able to make it a full time business.

    • ANSWER:
      Thank GOD for e-commerce. If you believe in your products, create a website and sell your stuff.

      ....and yes I believe in the magic of shea butter. I use the raw stuff from head to toe!

  31. QUESTION:
    What are your favorite baby products & why?
    I'm trying to get some ideas as I'm running out of different products that I got for gifts. Here's my list:

    Diapers: The only brand I don't like is Pampers. I feel like the surface of he diaper becomes moist if the baby pees only once. I like Huggies & Luvs the most for name brands & the Walmart brand for store brand.

    Bath stuff: I like Johnson's. Right now I'm using their Shea & Cocoa butter baby bath & lotion since its winter & my baby has dry skin. I use the baby bath on my daughter's hair as well. When my daughter is fussy or if its right before bedtime, I use the lavender stuff & it works wonders for her, not to mention it smells great also. I also use Desitin multi-purpose on her face because she tends to get dry skin.

    Diaper rash stuff: I prefer Desitin but Triple Paste works well too. If she has a diaper rash thats really bad or won't go away, I use Lortimin at every diaper change & at naptime & bedtime I do Lotrimin with Desitin as a barrier.

    Wipes: I forget which brand has them, but there's shea & cocoa butter wipes out there. I like them, but I'm not picky when it comes to wipes.

    Pain/fever relief: I use PediaCare in bubble gum flavor & I've had no issues with her taking it.

    I know it depends on your baby which formula you use, but my baby is on Nutramagin (she has milk protein & soy allergies). And we use plain PediaLyte when she needs it.

    • ANSWER:
      Diapers - Huggies Snug & Dry
      Bath Stuff - Aveeno Baby Wash and Shampoo and Aveeno Lavender Baby Lotion
      Diaper rash stuff - Aquaphor, and it's rarely ever used, my daughter hardy ever gets any rashes.
      Wipes - Huggies Natural Care
      Pain/fever relief - I use store brand (Shop-Rite, Rite-Aid or Walmart) Motrin or Tylenol, preferably Motrin but I will use Tylenol if she has a fever and I need to alternate them.

      My daughter is breastfed.

  32. QUESTION:
    What is the best olive oil soap?
    So it seems the best known are Kiss My Face, L'Occitane en Provence and Savon de Marseille. The first one is much cheaper than the other ones, but no indication of the percentage of olive oil in the soap.

    Has any of you tried any of those? What do you prefer?

    FYI: I have dry skin, acne prone.
    Would be great to have a moisturizing soap and not have to use a lotion/cream/moisturizer afterward.

    A quick other question: Is shea butter more moisturizing than olive oil?

    • ANSWER:
      Olive oil is good for all body,but the scent is not to delightful, buy a lotion with Olive Oil and a Soap made with Greek Olive oil.

  33. QUESTION:
    Is it ok to use olay ultra moisture with shea butter for a new tattoo?
    I got a new tattoo about a week ago and used A&D ointment for about 5 days then switched to a lotion...I have been using olay ultra moisture with shea butter. Is it ok to use this type of lotion? The tattoo kind of looks a little faded now but then again I'm not sure if its just because of the skin pealing. Any help greatly appreciated. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      No, you cannot start using lotion until after a month, a tattoo does not heal in one week, the lotion can cause it to fade and also get infected, you have to keep using ointment, even though it looks healed on the outside it is not on the inside, a normal tattoo takes up to one month to heal according the detail and size, you have to see a tattoo as a 3rd degree burn, plus lotion can make it dry out and start to scab up due to your internal is not fully healed, keep with the ointment

  34. QUESTION:
    How to remove itchy dry skin patch?
    I have this dry skin patch on top of my ankle which is ruining my chances of wearing tan stockings which i like. The patch is about one inch and itchy ,tried many creams nothing works please help!

    • ANSWER:
      Have you tried The Body Shop Shea Body Butter, E45 or Hydrocortisone cream?

      If it's not sore, try exfoliating then moisturising. Is it your footwear causing an irritation?

      xxx

  35. QUESTION:
    What are the best producta for dry skin?
    i have dry skin & redness on my nose and cheaks. ive tried st ives apricrt & green tea scrub and it didnt help.. im currently using the vichy cleanser to take off my makeup and the cream for my face and ots been okay. but i need a less expensive product to use. im planning on trying neutrogena pink grapefruit wash or scrub.. is it any good? if not, which product will be good?thanks ;)

    • ANSWER:
      * Argan Oil has so many benefits for skin and so it is very popular skincare product among women. For centuries, Moroccan women have used argan oil to treat several skin problems. Some of the benefits of argan oil for skin are as follows:

      * Argan oil is a highly effective skin moisturizer with antimicrobial properties. It is a lot more than a simple moisturizer because it does not contain any cholesterol. Argan oil is more effective than other natural skin moisturizers such as shea butter and olive oil due to high content of fatty acids.

  36. QUESTION:
    I have dark skin but my skin is very dull looking how to get it brighter?
    Well im a dark skin lady and my skin looks very dry everywhere besides my face which is oily.I use real shea butter from Ghana on my skin but still my skin still looks dull I only apply cream on my skin at night.Ive tried exfoliating skin but still my skin is dry but not extremly so have any of use goin threw this.

    • ANSWER:
      drink lots of water it will help with the dry skin .. use dove soap .... after your shower apply lotion (i like coco butter) use a deep cleanser for the oily spots (i have combo skin and it does help)

  37. QUESTION:
    Are Bath and Body Works body lotions and creams moisturizing?
    I have been using drugstore body lotion my whole life. Brands like Dove, Nivea, and Olay. These seem to work fine. I will get ones with like shea butter or cocoa butter. I wanted to know if the bath and body works body lotions and creams are moisturizing and how long does the moisture last. I don't have really dry skin but I like having moisturized skin. I wanted to try these lotions.
    i want to try bath and body works because of the scents, but if they aren't pretty moisturizing then i wasn't going to bother.

    • ANSWER:
      well brands like nivea and olay are really great when it comes to moisturizing. but bath and body works has lotion in wonderful scents! :P if you want lotion that works well for a few hours and smells great then go with bath and body works. if you don't really care for smell and just want smooth skin stick with what you're using :)

  38. QUESTION:
    What is the best type of moisturizer for very dry skin?
    I know gels are for oily skin... So should I use cream moisturizer? Oh and this is for my face. Do you have any good moisturizer recommendations for me that are not too expensive? My skin is dry and flaking( I have been using AcneFree Severe, which is marvelous at clearing blemishes, but is super drying to my already mildly dry skin.)

    • ANSWER:
      pure shea butter... google it
      : )

  39. QUESTION:
    Any good facial moisturizers for dry skin?
    I have dry itchy skin around my nose and mouth. I need some kind of facial moisturizer. Price does not matter. I would like more high end. Links are great!!! Thank you. And please share any personal experiences with the product you are recommending if any. Thank you.

    Best answer will be chosen!

    • ANSWER:
      Exfoliate your face once a week.

      Make sure your Cleanser isn't too harsh (maybe this is drying your skin) absolutely avoid dry skin care products. NaturalElements organic dry skin products range will help revive dryness. Make sure there is no alcohol in any of the products you use.

      If your face skin is dry, try not to wash it with tap water since it often contains chlorine, fluoride & other undesirable chemicals. Instead, use cold mineral water or ice made with it, or, better, clean your face with an alcohol-free cleaning lotion, toner, or cosmetic milk, made of natural ingredients. Never, ever use hot water. In the morning, apply a spray of mineral water on your skin misted on with a plant sprayer. (Do not use a sprayer that had been used for spraying insecticides.) Lightly pat dry.

      They gently refresh dry skin without causing irritation, while respecting its balance of moisture. Toners and milks effectively remove daily impurities and makeup, purify and refine pores, and leave dry skin feeling clean, soft, and hydrated.

      Also make sure you use a good moisturizer every morning & before you go to bed. . Moisturize the right way… Dry skin is usually sensitive & since winter tends to worsen the condition, it requires thorough care. The best approach to managing dry skin is to avoid using commercial creams & lotions that contain mineral oils & other petroleum products. Creams & other skin-care products that are based on natural hypoallergenic ingredients are the best.
      Every morning after showering, pat your entire body with virgin coconut oil, cocoa butter, or shea butter. They contain naturally occurring nourishing ingredients, such as essential oils, skin-friendly Vitamins A, C, D and E & protein. Natural creams & lotions are extremely beneficial for dry skin - they heal, deeply moisturize & protect skin from aging.

      If you have dry skin I don't think you should use compressed powder because it will make your face dryer. Try an oil free foundation instead..

      -Beauty Mask for Dry Skin-
      *1 egg
      *1 teaspoon of honey,
      *1/2 teaspoon of olive oil
      *A few drops of rose water
      Mix the ingredients thoroughly & use as a mask.
      (Always leave masks on for 10-15 minutes)

      Consider investing in a humidifier (or even a pan of water placed near a radiator) placing it in your bedroom or other apartment area where you spend a significant amount of time. The additional moisture in the air will help your skin condition improve almost immediately.

      Do not smoke. Smoking has a harmful effect on the skin for several reasons. Nicotine constricts the blood vessels, including the tiny capillaries that serve the skin. This deprives the skin of the oxygen & nutrients it needs for good health. Smoking also can make the skin dry and leathery.

      Stay out of overheated rooms; avoid sudden changes in temperature; protect yourself from wind and sun.

      Once a week take a milk bath. It will nourish & smoothen your skin. Warm your bath water & put in 250 gram of powdered milk & half a tablespoon of almond oil. Then just lie in it & let your mind wander while the wholesome foam works wonders on your dry skin. Do not use very hot water when bathing or showering.

      If your skin or scalp develop dry, irritated, itchy spots, do your best to avoid scratching. Apply shea butter or coconut oil several times a day & try to prevent water from splashing on irritated areas.

      Aloe vera is soothing, healing & moisturizing. It also helps to remove dead skin cells. Apply aloe vera gel topically on affected areas.

      Drink teas of camomile, dandelion or peppermint.

      Tea tree oil has been known to penetrate into the skin's cellular level. Add 1 drop of oil to your favorite day or night cream to help moisturize & smooth skin.

      Diet Recommendations for Dry Skin
      *Eat a balanced diet that includes vegetables, fruits, grains, seeds & nuts. Eat quality protein from vegetable sources. Increase your intake of raw foods.
      *Eat foods such as garlic, onions, eggs & asparagus that are high in sulfur, which helps to keep the skin smooth & youthful.
      *Consume plenty of yellow and orange vegetables. These are high in beta-carotene, an antioxidant. Carrots are especially good.
      *Unrefined, cold-pressed flax seed oil used daily on salads & baked potatoes, or mixed into any dishes which do not require heating to high temperatures will make dry skin moist & supple. Flax seed oil contains the essential fatty acids omega-3 alpha linolenic acid & omega-6 linoleic acid. These are converted in the body into hormone, like substances called Prostaglandins, which support skin health.
      *Cantaloupes, carrots & apricots are heating foods for dry skin because they are rich in the vitamins A & C, both important for a supple, smooth skin. Eat them whole or take as fresh juices.

      Good Luck

  40. QUESTION:
    My knees and especially my elbows are totally gross and dry. What is a good way to get the moisturized?
    My knees and elbows are totally gross. My elbows especially look dirty all the time and are all scrunchy and gray and dry looking. I have tried things like Shea butter, but it doesn't work well enough. The rest of my skin is not dry at all. I don't get it. Is there any kind of regime to make them look better? I have taken to wearing quarter sleeve blouses all summer long I hate them so much.

    • ANSWER:
      get an exfoliator and scrub those elbows and knees! slather on some palmer's cocoa butter lotion and keep it on!
      for those "dirty" looking patches on your elbows, cut a lemon in half and prop your elbow on the cut side for about 15 minutes. Rinse well and MOISTURIZE!

  41. QUESTION:
    How can you get rid of dry itchy skin?
    I have really itchy dry skin on my cheeks and around my mouth and I don't know how to get rid of it

    • ANSWER:
      First, use something that contains zinc oxide to kill the bacteria (in a lasting way, not just washing and reinfecting 20 minutes later)

      Make sure it doesn't contain lanolin.

      If yuo want to go natural choose 100% jojoba oil or shea butter.

      Good and very affordable shea butter :

      http://www.iherb.com/Now-Foods-Shea-Butter-7-fl-oz-207-ml/1110?rcode=VIS035&at=0

  42. QUESTION:
    How can I get my soap to lather allot and not dry out the skin?
    I just made a soap consisting of shea butter base, and a touch of mango butter and some essential oils. However the soap does not lather vey well and appears not be moistuizing the skin. Is there a recipe that I can use utilizing Shea butter soap base and Mango Butter.

    • ANSWER:
      Add some glycerine.

  43. QUESTION:
    what is the best drugstore moisturizer for dry skin?
    I need to find out a moisturizer for dry skin, and i can find it at cvs or target stores, and also it has to be cheap!

    • ANSWER:
      Olive or coconut oil...100% shea butter... Burt's Bee's & Alba are sold at Target & CVS and are safe!

  44. QUESTION:
    Can you recommend a product for my dry skin?
    Help! I have got very dry scaly skin on my legs and hips and it has a few red bumps that I really want to get rid of and soon. I have tried moisturizers and some body scrubs but they don't give me the smooth skin I really want. Can you recommend me a product that is effective but also relatively cost efficient? Thankyou so much!

    • ANSWER:
      Hi try Dermalogic's skin care range, http://www.dermalogica.com The most researched skin care regime there is. Loccitane is good to, specially the shea butter. http://www.loccitane.com

  45. QUESTION:
    Which is the best to treat extremely dry skin, Bio-Oil or Organic Shea Butter?
    My best friend suffers from extremely dry skin and i want to help her find the best product for her!
    Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      I'd probably go with the Shea Butter. It would probably effective, and be good for yourself as well.
      Personally, i use eucerin intensive repair hand cream.
      Though it's for hands, i use it on my face and it should work for your legs as well.
      Hope that helps!

  46. QUESTION:
    What are the best products to treat eczema?
    I currently use Oil Of Olay Shea Butter body wash, and then use Curel on my dryer areas after I shower.

    I also use Cortaid or Dermarest for when I get especially dry patches.

    This can all get pretty tedious at times, and I guess what I'm looking for is a body wash that moisturizes well enough that I would only need to use lotion minimally after I shower.

    Also, any recommendations on how to fade out scars from areas where I scratched too hard and broke skin would be great, too. I currently use Palmer's Cocoa Butter lotion, but it kind of leaves a greasy residue.

    Any help would be much appreciated, thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      My daughter has suffered with eczema since she was born. The doctor recommended Eucerin cream in the jar for her. That worked very well. As far as something that you can use, you could try the Oil of Olay cream that you use just before you get out of the shower. You rub it on and then rinse it off and pat your skiin dry. It works very well. Or you could use one of those spray on oil mists that you spray on in the shower, rinse off lightly and then pat your skin dry. Eucerin also has a cream in a pump bottle that works well and doesn't leave your skin too greasy feeling. My daughter has been lucky enough to have outgrown most of her eczema problems, which the doctors said she would probably do. But I know that the Eucerin cream in the jar was about the only thing that gave her relief. Good Luck.

  47. QUESTION:
    Is using body butter on normal skin a bad idea?
    My skin is sometimes dry, but it's not problematic and more or less goes away on its own.

    I keep reading that body butter is for people with really dry skin, as it's the most moisturizing?
    Is using a body butter on normal skin a bad idea?
    Should I use cream instead?

    • ANSWER:
      Bad No way Body butter are shea butter enriched super hydrating
      are very hydrating you just apply Once your hydrated All day it can
      feel a bit heavy and greasy if you apply alot but is not bad for any skin type

      Ive Normal and sensitive skin on Body I Love the bath and body works and
      The Body shop butter this best super hydrating smell great I enjoy it at winter
      when the weather gets a bit cold.

      Body cream are good great for summer because ARE less heavy but if you
      want hydration use Body butter i find GREAT.

  48. QUESTION:
    What can I do to clear up the skin on my shoulders?
    I have brown spots, acne & these little white bumps(theyre not really white, theyre more just the color of my skin, I heard a description of heat bumps one time which they may be) will vitamin e oil or cocoa or shea butter work?

    • ANSWER:
      You need to exfoliate about once a week with a good salt and oil scrub, preferably an all natural product like:
      http://www.amazon.com/Herbal-Salt-Scrub-Peppermint-Rosemary/dp/B00016X3GG/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/104-1804115-6512715?ie=UTF8&s=hpc&qid=1192331773&sr=8-1
      http://www.amazon.com/Herbal-Salt-Scrub-Lavender-23/dp/B00016X3G6/ref=pd_bbs_sr_7/104-1804115-6512715?ie=UTF8&s=hpc&qid=1192331773&sr=8-7

      I also do a skin mask every other week to get rid of impurities and deep clean:
      http://www.amazon.com/Frightening-Natural-Organic-Deeply-Purifying/dp/B000NEEFYA/ref=sr_1_35/104-1804115-6512715?ie=UTF8&s=hpc&qid=1192333755&sr=1-35

      Switch to an all natural, vegetable based, gentle moisturizing soap containing oatmeal, clay or honey, like:
      http://www.amazon.com/SOUTH-FRANCE-SOAP-NATURAL-HONEY/dp/B000F8FMEQ/ref=sr_1_9/104-1804115-6512715?ie=UTF8&s=hpc&qid=1192332490&sr=1-9
      http://www.amazon.com/LAVENDER-OATMEAL-EXFOLIATING-Handcrafted-Natural/dp/B000FENUGC/ref=sr_1_135/104-1804115-6512715?ie=UTF8&s=hpc&qid=1192332505&sr=1-135

      Wash with a soft washcloth (not a scrubbing sponge). Wear clean clothes each day and wash your bedding and towels regularly. You may try using an all natural laundry detergent too - I like Sun & Earth and Seventh Generation.

      I have found that a lot of the over the counter acne products can actually increase acne over time, so be careful with these. Use a mild salicylic acid skin wash on problem areas once every other day - if after two weeks that doesn't help, then try alternating between that and a mild benzoyl peroxide skin wash (they affect different types of bacteria, so alternating tends to work better on serious cases than using just one of the two). Neutrogena makes some good products.

      Don't overwash - once in the morning and once in the evening is fine. After you wash, you can use a skin toner or astringent (again natural is better) followed by a light moisturizer which is non-comedogenic (i.e. does not block pores) - again all natural and hypoallergenic is better - try and find one with spf15 for during the day. And it doesn't matter if your skin is dry, oily or in between - you need to use a moisturizer - just try a lightweight, non-oil based one if you tend to have oily skin. F/Y/I, I had bad acne at one time and using this regime together with a heavier, emollient-rich moisturizer which contained honey at night to help heal the acne scarring (worked great) - my skin cleared up in about a year and eventually I stopped using the acne washes except for occasionally (like once every couple of months). Reviva and Avalon Organics have good products - some of Kiss My Face is good too.

      If your acne is very bad, you can also get acne spot treatment and if you have deep blackheads, you can try the clear pore strips to see if they help - never did me any good but a lot of people swear by them. I think exfoliation and a clay mask works better.

      Exercise, sauna, massage and drinking 8 glasses of water per day are also big helps, especially the water.

      Hope this helps.

  49. QUESTION:
    If Raw African Black Soap has shea butter in it, then why does the soap dry out the skin?
    Isn't shea butter a good moisturizer?

    • ANSWER:
      Because soap has other things in it that are drying. The Shea butter cannot overcome the drying effect of the other ingredients. If you want to moisturize, use a shea butter lotion or cream and minimize soap use.

  50. QUESTION:
    Why does this happen when I put on face masks/face products on my face?
    When I'm awake: Has no effect, doesn't do anything, just stays there.
    When I'm asleep: Amazing results, goes in my skin and it totally works instantly. O_o
    Even if it's like the smallest application of shea butter or cream on some dry skin, or a full face mask..it's so weird..why does this happen to me?? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      It's because when your awake your muscles are tensed and when your asleep your muscles are realaxed so the face pack absorbs into your skin and when your asleep the face pack stays on your skin for longer than when your awake.


shea butter dry skin

Errectial Disfunction

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Im having sex tomorow help!!?
    Okay so im gonna try having sex again' im still a virgin because every time i tried doing i just couldnt get a darn errection!! My doctor said it was because i masturbated too much would kinda makes sense but ive been abstinent from masturbation for 2 weeks. i really love this girl an she is super atractive' we' did forplay last time but my penis would just go up and then down' i couldnt get a good hard errection. Iwe've been togther for a year and im 18 already. Im not nervous before im doing it' im calm but i just wont get hard' if i dont score tomorow i definetly have errectial disfunction something please help!! Tips anything! What helps you guys??

    • ANSWER:
      I can tell this is giving you a lot of anxiety. Just chill out, and relax a lil. Here's some tips.. I really think you maybe you should pleasure yourself, and ask this girl to do the same while you watch each other. Tell her how it feels and it gives you to watch her touch herself, and touch you....try some oral slowly, and offer her oral while she gives you the same. Be very slow and sensual. Don't get in a hurry. If you are used to masturbating, then show her how to do it to you and what feels good fast or slow, with or without lubricant. Gently put your finger inside of her and gently show her how good it feels. You don't have to penetrate with your manhood, but getting used to thinking really sexual in your own head, and moving forward with it will help you a lot. Don't feel pressure, but anticipation of how much you want to put your manhood inside of her when she is lubricated, and ready. Be slow and aware of what is tripping her trigger. It will make you so ready to penetrate and give her your manhood.
      Im afraid I am going to be censored for this.

  2. QUESTION:
    can you get errectial disfunction from beating off too much?
    just wonderin

    • ANSWER:
      No actually Drs. say it keeps everything healthier longer. UNLESS you develop a problem where your fantasies are more important or exciting to you than another body, in which case you can have ER. However, that is a mental emotional issue and not physical.

  3. QUESTION:
    Do men. Like sex ? And. Will they do kegels to improve their errectial disfunction without pills?
    I love sex and I can have multiple. Orgasims at first my husband try his best then he told me he went a year no sex and no morning errection but with my love he has been having errection with my patients and small practice he has improved he told me I am not normal I like it to much he will try. So the last time he was able to make me cum many times and when he came we still cum together this I love soooooo much. I still need him to do his kegels to improve. His strength how do I encourage this. Please anyone with advice

    • ANSWER:
      Most men love sex. And kegels should improve his ability to perform. If you have sex with him more often, he will gradually become better at it, and will be able to last longer.


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Can I Use Shea Butter On My Face

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    what is Mediterranean olive oil hydrating face mask used for?
    Also what is african shea butter nourishing face mask used for too? is it for your hair? or you face? for the both of them!

    • ANSWER:
      Well, if it has the word "face" in the name, it's typically used on your face. Olive oil and shea butter are both used a moisturizers, so those masks are for moisturizing dry skin.

  2. QUESTION:
    What is Mediterranean olive oil hydrating face mask used for?
    What is Mediterranean olive oil hydrating face mask used for?
    Also what is african shea butter nourishing face mask used for too? is it for your hair? or you face? for the both of them!

    • ANSWER:
      both ix equally good for hair and face..

  3. QUESTION:
    Is it okay to use the Cetaphil intensive moisturiser with shea butter for the face?
    I just got the Cetaphil intensive moisturiser with shea butter, and i didn't read the box clearly but it says that it's ideal for hands,elbows and cracked feet? Is it okay to use it as a normal moisturiser for the face?

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  4. QUESTION:
    What are the benefits of 100% raw Shea butter? Is it good to use on the face?
    I have raw shea butter and i was just wondering of all the full benefits of it....Also, i have dry acne skin on my face and I was wondering if it will clog my pores or if its good to heal the acne? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      nope its not good to use on the face because it is so thick. its being thick causes your pores to clog and in turn making pimples.

  5. QUESTION:
    What kind of shea butter should I use on my skin?
    I heard of organic shea butter and a shea butter product from a department store or a drug store. Which one should I use? I want to moisturize my dry skin, get rid of the sunspots, and reduce the scars on my face.

    • ANSWER:
      I love body shop Body Butter in Shea.

  6. QUESTION:
    How does it take for shea butter to help fade scars?
    i have a scar on my face i really want it to go away . i heard shea butter worked and leaves your skin soft but how long does it take for it to fade away ? And how much times do you have to apply it for it to fade away ?

    • ANSWER:
      I would recommend using Mederma instead of shea butter. It is better for fading scars, and works faster. You can buy it at any drug/grocery store.

  7. QUESTION:
    Anyone who uses shea butter in their hair, do you find that the butter produces spots on your forehead?
    I don't wear my hair over my face.
    What can I do to prevent the spots, apart from stopping the use of shea butter.

    • ANSWER:
      Is it natural shea butter? If not switch to the unrefined stuff, but if the bumps still continue you may just be allergic to the shea butter . I've never gotten any spots from using it. you could try to not use it so close to your hairline/forehead. good luck.

  8. QUESTION:
    How is it that shea butter soap could dry out my skin?
    I'm practically at a loss when it comes to finding a facial cleanser that won't dry out my skin. I have to be very careful because I'm also acne-prone. I finally tried an organic shea butter soap and it still dries out my skin! Isn't shea butter supposed to do the very opposite? Any other suggestions for me?

    • ANSWER:
      yes it is, but you are using a soap form. Soap isnt recomended for facial cleansing. You need to get a face wash. Soaps are all mainly harsher then we think. Shea butter cream is the stuff that will soften dry skin. I recommend looking in Aubrey's. I use Aubrey's number 2 which is for dry skin but they have all types. They are very safe and gentle on skin and doesnt dry it out. I also use Dr. Haushka stuff as in a claryfying toner, and normalizing day oil which helps my skin with breakouts ive noticed, especially the toner, whichs main greatness is to fight bemishes and redness.

  9. QUESTION:
    Does shea butter get rid of old acne scars?
    I have scars from picking my face and I was wondering if 100% shea butter would get rid of these marks? If not, what will work?

    • ANSWER:
      exfoliate your skin twice a day with a good exfoliator. works for me. that way you don't have to worry about clogging your pores or having a reaction to the oils in the shea butter. good luck! =D

  10. QUESTION:
    Is this to much makeup for me to wear 8th grade year?
    -Clean and clear moisturizer
    -Lip Gloss
    -Eyelash Booster
    -And Shea Butter (For My Face)
    Because my friend wants to by makeup for school and she asked me yesterday when we were texting do i still want her to do my makeup i said sure.So she said she gonna by some and do it on me. But i want to start wearing makeup my Shomphore or Junior year high school. So is that to much. And dont be mean either.

    • ANSWER:
      Don't let your friend force you to wear makeup. Simply tell her you think you're too young or you don't want to..
      I'm gonna be a freshman and I'm just gonna wear mascara... I only like mascara and that's all.
      But what you wrote isn't too much. It's probably perfect!
      (:

  11. QUESTION:
    Is it okay to use Palmer's Shea Butter Formula on your face?
    I have severe dryness in between my eyebrows after I shower, and I found Palmer's Shea Butter, and it says, "Nature's Treatment for Soft, Radiant Skin." It comes in a small round case, so I don't see that it would be for hands, as you would run out quickly. Is it okay to use on my face?

    • ANSWER:
      If it does not specifically state that it is for facial use, I would not do that. It may likely contain ingredients that are too comedogenic for your face, or even too irritating and strong. I'm guessing it is designed for dry areas of the body - elbows, feet, hands, etc.

      Instead, perhaps try unrefined shea butter if you can find some locally. Otherwise, when showering, simply do not place your face under the water. I do not wet my face in the shower (simply because I cleanse my skin before showering).

  12. QUESTION:
    What's your experience with using shea butter on acne?
    I have an allergy to glycerin which makes it nearly impossible to find face moisturizer I can use. The only all natural moisturizer I could find at the health food store that is glycerin-free contains shea butter among other ingredients. Is this a bad idea to try it on severely acne prone skin? I've read very mixed reviews on this subject. Any acne sufferers out there that can shed some light on this?

    • ANSWER:
      My sister tried that, you'll break out horribly, the shea butter makes your skin VERY oily.

  13. QUESTION:
    How to use carrot-seed essentil oil on the face?
    I heard it can protect from the sun. So I want to use it every morning under some clear mineral powder. How much do I have to dilute it? I like to take a little shea butter and put one drop in, and put it on my face.
    Is this a good idea? Should I mix another essential oil in there?
    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      carrot-seed oil is not a sunscreen but because of the vitamin A it will help with the skin. You can use it by itself not necessarily dilute it. Yep, can mix with the shea butter.

  14. QUESTION:
    is shea butter good for wrinkles on your forehead?
    i have been using pure shea butter on my face but i wonder if there is a shea butter lotion that anyone knows of is good for wrinkles?

    • ANSWER:
      shea butter contains viteamin E and A nd F!!!
      it is highly known for its healing properties. and it moisturises REALLY WELLL!!!
      i even use it under my eyes!!!
      U'LL NOTICE LESS LINES IN 3 DAYS ( i promise!)

  15. QUESTION:
    Suggest me some shea butter product for the face?
    I know that the shea butter is nice but I don't like the smell of it, it smells horrible like the kid's vomit. so please suggest me the brand that has the nice smell one?

    • ANSWER:
      for natural based, not tested on animals products try:

      watkinsonline.com
      Personal Care
      J.R. Watkins Apothecary (Traditional)
      Shea Butters

      5 different scents in jars or tubes to choose from that has a money-back guarantee. I think you'll like what you see, if not check out the lotions, creams or mists.
      you can use Your Associate's ID # 052962 while shopping this site.

  16. QUESTION:
    What is the best moisturizer to use on your face ?
    Which of these oils are the best for moisturizing your skin?
    Emu oil
    Shea butter
    Kukui oil

    Are there any particular brands that you could recommend.

    • ANSWER:
      emu oil and shea butter are great. "Emu Tracks" is really great, you can order offline here:

      http://www.emutracks.com.au/

      It works great on try skin.

      Hope this helps:)

  17. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of dark spots on my face?
    I've tried hydroquinone products, cocoa butter (which worked until I turned 30), and shea butter. None of them work for me. Are there any products I can buy from a drug store other than the 3 just mentioned that actually fade spots, and aren't just moisturizers in disguise?

    • ANSWER:
      I think the only real treatment that will actually make them disappear forever is skin peels. There are many kinds but not all of them are ideal. Years ago I bought the Skin Culture 4000 peel (online) and it got rid of my annoying dark marks on my cheek. Very expensive though. Peels make sense because you're peeling layers of the skin which reveals new skin underneath. There are cheaper peels like Glycolic peels and TCA peels you can buy from professionals on ebay and amazon, I hear they work wonders for any kind of dark marks, scars, blemishes...etc. Read their feedback first from other users. If you decide to do that, ask one of the sellers what they suggest for your skin type to get you the best peel and the best results. Best of luck to you.

  18. QUESTION:
    What is the best natural way to improve the texture of my skin?
    I use African black soap to bathe, and shea butter, i love these because I have sensitive. But what are natural ways I can get a perfectly smoothe face, that is also even toned?

    • ANSWER:
      coconut oil. makes you soft as a baby.

  19. QUESTION:
    Is it safe to use glycerin vegetable oil on my face and body?
    It makes me skin incredibly soft-like silk. But, I notice when I put it on, as I rub it on I feel a little heat on the surface of my skin. I don't get burned, but is it safe to use? I found it's an ingredient in most creams, and it's cheaper and safer I felt just to buy pure glycerin (vegetable) instead.

    Should I just use shea butter? I liked that as well, it just took long to rub it in.

    • ANSWER:
      It isn't bad for your skin but its not really meant to be used as a moisturizer or lotion. Shea butter is definitely the best out of your choices you could also try baby oil but its doesn't rub into your skin like shea butter would.

  20. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of this chronic itching?
    A few days ago I went the cheap route and bought suave body wash instead of the usual dove. (coca butter and shea butter for extra dry skin) I have been using it for about three days. After the first day I used it I noticed that my skin felt weird last nite was my third time using it and I stayed up all night b/c I was itching all over (from my face to the bottom of my feet) and I am still itching. I also have a whole bunch of bumps. I have sensitve skin, where some soap products will dry out my skin but I never aquired this chronic itching that is plaguing me now.
    I have tried coca butter, skin so soft and benydrl, noting is working.

    • ANSWER:
      Try the lotion 'Curel'.. it can really moisture your skin. They sell it in every Target, or Walmart.
      And discontinue the use of the body wash. If you don't get any better in 3 days, go to see your Doctor.

  21. QUESTION:
    How can you turn dark skin into light skin ?
    I have dark skin marks on my face , on my chest and I've tried everything from Cocoa butter , Shea butter even vinegar and baking soda . Nothing works . Can somebody help me . I have camp in the next two weeks .

    Peace & Subscribe - Bye !

    • ANSWER:
      I beleive you should feel confident in any skin color you are in. The best known way i have known to change your skin color is to bleach yourself. But dont! Sometimes if you want to change yourself, it doesn't take you changing your whole self. Just certain parts like your hair color and the earrings you wear. Or even the way you dress or talk! Take this advice. trust me, i wanted to change my skin color too but it wasn't worth it!

  22. QUESTION:
    Is it safe to use African Black Soap on my face every single day?
    I know it can be rather drying, but I do use pure shea butter as a moisturizer at night.

    • ANSWER:
      yes use African soap ONCE a day and night you can use cream cleanser
      like Cetaphil this Prevent any dryness after apply Moisturizer.

  23. QUESTION:
    Is it good to mix lotion with makeup before you apply?
    Iknow its good to mis moisturizer with it, and that now they have tinted moisturizers, etc. But the lotion I have is shea butter lotion its still good for you but its not technically a daily moisturizer or it doesn't say on the bottle. I'm just curious if it'd be okay to mix that with my makeup then apply to my face or should I just stick with a moisturizer?

    • ANSWER:
      Go with a real moisturizer that's meant for your face. Unless it says on that lotion it can go on your face, I wouldn't use it. It can make your face look greasy and I wouldn't be surprised if it messed up your makeup and clogged your pores.

  24. QUESTION:
    Am I the only married man at work today wearing red satin hipster panties with matching lace bra?
    I am also wearing Shea Butter body lotion with a nice femal fragrance, girly colorless lip balm, secret deodorant and a nice girly face cream.
    My boobs are female like and nice looking. I removed all hair from them. I am a 44 B :-)

    • ANSWER:
      Well you sound rather..colorful.

  25. QUESTION:
    Is it okay to wash your face with body wash?
    The body wash I use is True Blue Spa: Lay it On Thick Shower Cream with shea butter.
    I've used it with a loofah sponge once or twice for my face while in the shower, and my skin felt a bit softer after.
    I was just wondering if it's a bad idea to use body wash on your face.

    Also, what are some easy ways to moisturize your face fast?

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  26. QUESTION:
    Is shea butter too oily for my face?
    I use a lovely homemade shea butter cream with oils but have been getting spots around the edge of my face.

    • ANSWER:
      Just use shea butter by its self. I am allergic to coco butter some what so I don't use it on my face. Just use enough to cover but only enough that it absorbs entirely.

  27. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of the acne scars - hyperpigmentation?
    I am African-American and I have had acne issues since I was 13. I am looking for a product or proceedure that will help lighten the dark spots on my face. Ive tried Ambi, and it doesn't work. I've heard of lemon juice and shea butter. Can any one give me suggestions of products or proceedures that REALLY have worked for someone with my same problem?

    Thanks in advance for your help!

    • ANSWER:
      i heard ACV is great (apple cider vinegar) combine it with 50% water and 50% ACV .. and a few drops of pure lemon juice if you want. apply it at night with a cotton ball or something like that.

  28. QUESTION:
    What cream or lotion do you put on your face before bed?
    I've been using shea butter balm and it's been working so good.

    • ANSWER:
      This new line by Olay. It works great!

  29. QUESTION:
    What is your secret to beautiful skin?
    I am talking face, body and feet! Personally I am a fan of proactiv for my face (i have clear skin to begin with- proactiv just makes it glow) and shea butter for my body. What do you use?

    • ANSWER:
      i use 3lab face wash and biotherm moisturizer and then i use philosophy body lotion! :)

  30. QUESTION:
    What is the safest moisturizing cream I could use having a dark skin?
    I used Palmers with cocoa butter but now I'm trying vaseline for a while. But I really want to avoid dangerous chemical products like titanium dioxide and aluminium for instance. Do you know any natural moisturizing cream with cocoa and shea butter?
    Wne- Sti thank you for your experience and advice but Carol's daughter is a little bit expensive for me right now!
    Kali, I don't mind and I do appreciate your concern!

    • ANSWER:
      I use Palmer's Shea Butter. My daughter is mixed race, and she uses it too. For her face she uses Cetaphil cleanser and also moisturizer as recommended by her pediatrician.
      When she is out in the sun, she tends to get lighter spots on her face caused by dry patches/excema and her doctor said to use Cetaphil. Since we have been using it she has very smooth skin and no spots.

  31. QUESTION:
    Which is better Black soap and Shea butter lotion or generic brands?
    I bought two bars of 100% black soap and two tubs of 100% shea butter and i was wondering if using those for my hair and body is better than using bottle shampoos and conditioners and lotion Etc... and how much black soap should i use for my face, body and hair? How much shea butter should i use also?

    • ANSWER:
      Oh wow. That's a lot of shea butter and I'm Nigerian. My mom was using that for herself and me since day one. First off, black soap and shea butter is good for skin. I know some people try to use them for hair, but black soap can be drying especially for hair. Shea butter is not a hair conditioner let alone and oil. It won't moisturize hair or skin, but it works great to seal in moisture in skin and possibly hair that comes from water, lotion, or conditioner.

      I personally don't use black soap for hair. I have dry hair and it is too drying for me, but it works out great for my skin as a bath soap and a facial cleanser. I've found that it can even skin tone and slightly reduce acne scars.

      As far as shea butter goes, I love it, but I don't buy it in such large quantities for personal use. How to use it depends on what you're using it for. Raw shea butter is great for dealing with muscle aches like those caused by serious exercising on one day when prior to that you didn't exercise at all for a long period of time. For my body, I use it to make body butters/balms that don't include water so it doesn't spoil and it doesn't require preservatives. I usually melt it and mix it with olive oil, coconut oil, grapeseed oil, safflower oil and/or palm kernel oil. It works as a pretty good remedies to mildly cracked or dry heels when mixed with a lotion or thick water-based body butter.

      Most importantly, I can tell you what I do w/ black soap and shea butter, but I can't tell what to do with it or how to use it. Especially when I don't know exactly how much you have since containers of black soap and shea butter come in sizes ranging from 8 oz. to 1-5 lbs. Also, most natural/raw products have a shelf life of 1-3 years so you don't need to buy it in bulk unless its being used extensively or by more than one person.

      Main thing you need to do is experiment with black soap and shea butter and find out how or if they work for you.

  32. QUESTION:
    How can i get rid of acne scars and blackheads inexpensively please.?
    i heard shea butter might work, anything natural and cheap. i have moderately mild acne. mostly blackheads and little acne. thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Try an aspirin mask - crush up some unbuffered aspirin tablets and mix them with water. Spread the mix on your face and let it dry for 10-15 minutes. The active ingredient is aspirin is acetysalicilate, a chemical exfoliant. Also, try mixing baking soda into your regular cleanser for a great exfoliating scrub.

  33. QUESTION:
    What can I do to clear up the skin on my shoulders?
    I have brown spots, acne & these little white bumps(theyre not really white, theyre more just the color of my skin, I heard a description of heat bumps one time which they may be) will vitamin e oil or cocoa or shea butter work?

    • ANSWER:
      You need to exfoliate about once a week with a good salt and oil scrub, preferably an all natural product like:
      http://www.amazon.com/Herbal-Salt-Scrub-Peppermint-Rosemary/dp/B00016X3GG/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/104-1804115-6512715?ie=UTF8&s=hpc&qid=1192331773&sr=8-1
      http://www.amazon.com/Herbal-Salt-Scrub-Lavender-23/dp/B00016X3G6/ref=pd_bbs_sr_7/104-1804115-6512715?ie=UTF8&s=hpc&qid=1192331773&sr=8-7

      I also do a skin mask every other week to get rid of impurities and deep clean:
      http://www.amazon.com/Frightening-Natural-Organic-Deeply-Purifying/dp/B000NEEFYA/ref=sr_1_35/104-1804115-6512715?ie=UTF8&s=hpc&qid=1192333755&sr=1-35

      Switch to an all natural, vegetable based, gentle moisturizing soap containing oatmeal, clay or honey, like:
      http://www.amazon.com/SOUTH-FRANCE-SOAP-NATURAL-HONEY/dp/B000F8FMEQ/ref=sr_1_9/104-1804115-6512715?ie=UTF8&s=hpc&qid=1192332490&sr=1-9
      http://www.amazon.com/LAVENDER-OATMEAL-EXFOLIATING-Handcrafted-Natural/dp/B000FENUGC/ref=sr_1_135/104-1804115-6512715?ie=UTF8&s=hpc&qid=1192332505&sr=1-135

      Wash with a soft washcloth (not a scrubbing sponge). Wear clean clothes each day and wash your bedding and towels regularly. You may try using an all natural laundry detergent too - I like Sun & Earth and Seventh Generation.

      I have found that a lot of the over the counter acne products can actually increase acne over time, so be careful with these. Use a mild salicylic acid skin wash on problem areas once every other day - if after two weeks that doesn't help, then try alternating between that and a mild benzoyl peroxide skin wash (they affect different types of bacteria, so alternating tends to work better on serious cases than using just one of the two). Neutrogena makes some good products.

      Don't overwash - once in the morning and once in the evening is fine. After you wash, you can use a skin toner or astringent (again natural is better) followed by a light moisturizer which is non-comedogenic (i.e. does not block pores) - again all natural and hypoallergenic is better - try and find one with spf15 for during the day. And it doesn't matter if your skin is dry, oily or in between - you need to use a moisturizer - just try a lightweight, non-oil based one if you tend to have oily skin. F/Y/I, I had bad acne at one time and using this regime together with a heavier, emollient-rich moisturizer which contained honey at night to help heal the acne scarring (worked great) - my skin cleared up in about a year and eventually I stopped using the acne washes except for occasionally (like once every couple of months). Reviva and Avalon Organics have good products - some of Kiss My Face is good too.

      If your acne is very bad, you can also get acne spot treatment and if you have deep blackheads, you can try the clear pore strips to see if they help - never did me any good but a lot of people swear by them. I think exfoliation and a clay mask works better.

      Exercise, sauna, massage and drinking 8 glasses of water per day are also big helps, especially the water.

      Hope this helps.

  34. QUESTION:
    Is there any natural herbs that I can take to control my Lupus? Also to get rid of discoid Lupus naturally?
    Is their a way that I can naturally control my lupus with out taking a great deal of medication. Also I have discoid lupus on my face, can something like shea butter help

    • ANSWER:
      No. It is not normal for your immune system to attack you. That's what happens in lupus.

      Lupus symptoms, whether in the skin or the body, are controlled when the overactive and confused immune system is suppressed. Shea butter moisturizes. Period.

      You have a choice. You can run around looking for the magic "natural" bullet or you can bite the bullet and work with your doctors.

      By the way, hemlock and arsenic are quite natural, but they can kill you. I have systemic lupus. Early on, I was sure there was some "natural cure" out there.

      I take very few meds now, despite the fact that I had severe organ involvement (heart, lungs, bone marrow, kidneys). I am 98% vegetarian, severely limit processed foods, do not eat fast foods or junk foods, exercise daily, practice yoga and meditation AND follow the treatment regimen that my doctor and I have worked out.

  35. QUESTION:
    How to keep your lips from being chapped?
    Dr. Oz said that Lip Balm was bad for you because it prevents new skin on your lips from sluffing off the old skin and rising to the surface. Is it it possible to buy 100% pure coconut oil, cocoa butter or shea butter in a tube and use that as a lip balm?? Thanks!:)
    Is Badger Balm any good? Especially the creamy cocoa cocoa butter lip balm or the Classic Lip Balm Stick Unscented? I just want a lip balm that won't prevent the skin on my lips from sluffing off but will also keep my lips moisturized. Thanks!:)

    • ANSWER:
      Lip balm isn't bad at all, in fact I think it helps as it provides a protective layer for your lips. Lips have only a few layers of skin compared to the rest of your face, which is why you can see the redness of them through this thin layer (the red is the blood vessels underneath), so they need all the help they can get.

      A layer of lip balm won't prevent old skin from sloughing off, lip balm naturally wears off your lips anyway and will take any 'old skin cells' with it. It's not like it seals your lips... You can help this process by putting Vaseline on your lips then gently removing this with a warm wash cloth. I wouldn't recommend anything harsher than this because, again, lips are so delicate.

      A lip balm with a sunscreen will do more for your lips then not wearing it. Really important!

      You can use coconut oil, shea butter etc, these are the ingredients that are often in lip balms anyway and provide a really good emollient - which seals in moisture.

      One really big tip to prevent chapped lips is to not lick them. At all. In fact, try to keep your saliva away from your lips as much as possible haha. Saliva contains an enzyme used to break down food so this isn't good for lip skin!

      Hope this helps - basically... wear lip balm if you like it as it protects your lips and keeps them moisturized. Choose over the counter or pure coconut oil etc, protect them from the sun and do not lick them!

      (I'm a beauty therapist by trade and have a lot of experience, both with clients and personal :)

  36. QUESTION:
    How do i get rid of scars from pimples? Home remedies that actually work? or cream?
    So the scars aren't that bad, but they are bothering me, my face used to be all clear....anyways I have heard of mederma? shea butter? lemon juice? ... I want to buy something or use something on my face that actually works and doesn't ruin my skin you know?.....so if you actually know something that works..I'd appreciate it...Thanks in advance :)

    • ANSWER:
      Mild acne scars might fade away in a few days, but some could take weeks, months, and even years to fade away! Scars will heal faster on healthy skin! You can achieve healthy skin by having a healthy diet & lifestyle. Start by eating foods rich in vitamin C which helps heal scars & reduces how much melanin is produced in skin. Melanin is what causes skin to darken. Scars can become darker & more permanent if you are in the sun without wearing sunscreen! Homemade or over the counter scar fading treatments will help remove MILD scars. SEVERE or DEEP scars will have to be removed by a professional doctor. You can always go to the doctor for a quicker & stronger treatment to remove MILD scars also.

      PREPARE YOUR SKIN FOR TREATMENT
      1) Wash face with warm water & cleanser, preferably Purpose Gentle Cleansing Bar by Johnson & Johnson
      2) Apply toner, preferably Witch Hazel, because its gentle & non-irritating
      3) Apply homemade or over the counter scar fading treatment
      4) Apply oil-free sunscreen or a moisturizer that contains sunscreen
      5) If you wear makeup, you can use an oil-free foundation that contains sunscreen

      TRY ONE OF THESE HOMEMADE TREATMENTS
      1) Hydrogen Peroxide. Using a Q-Tip, apply to the scar only! Do not use all over face! Dilute with water if to strong!
      2) Lemon Juice. Cut open a fresh lemon. Using a Q-Tip, apply to the scar only! Do not use all over face!
      3) Organic Apple Cider Vinegar With The Mother, such as Bragg. Using a Q-Tip, apply to the scar only! Dilute with water if to strong!
      4) Aloe Vera. Apply aloe to the scar. Buy an aloe vera plant or use Lily Of The Desert Aloe Vera Gelly, it's 99% organic, contains vitamin A, C, E! Don't use other brands of aloe, has very little aloe & to much junk in it which can irritate skin!

      TRY ONE OF THESE OVER THE COUNTER TREATMENTS
      Only Use Oil-Free Products That Won't Clog Pores & Cause Acne!
      1) Murad Post Acne Spot Lightening Gel
      2) Sudden Change Scar Zone
      3) Mederma
      4) Ambi Fade Cream For Oily Skin (for people of color)
      5) Salicylic Acid, Alpha Hydroxy Acid, Beta Hydroxy Acid, Lactic Acid, Glycolic Acid heals acne and scars! Try acid products by Perfect Peel Solutions, Cellbone Technology, Skin Laboratory, Alpha Hydrox/Neoteric Cosmetics.

      Six Things Must Be Done Everyday To Reduce Or Prevent Acne! Doing One Or A Few Of These Things Will Not Keep Your Skin Clear As Possible! Do The Following:

      1) Wash, Tone, Moisturize Your Face Everyday! Do this at least 2x a day, morning & night (possibly 3rd time, midday, if super oily/sweating). Natural and gentle products are sometimes more effective than acne medication, try this routine: Wash face with warm water & Purpose Gentle Cleansing Bar by Johnson & Johnson. Tone face with Witch Hazel, try Thayers or Dickinson's, its gentle, minimizes pores, heals acne. Moisturize face with Lily Of The Desert Aloe Vera Gelly, its 99% organic, contains vitamin A, C, E, heals blemishes/scars!

      2) Keep dirt & bacteria at bay to prevent more breakouts! Don't touch face with hands, Clean phone often or don't let phone touch face, Keep hair clean or don't let oily dirty hair touch face, Don't lean face on objects, Clean glasses often, Wash pillowcase, bedsheets, blanket, washcloth, towel often. Wash hands before applying face products. Use fresh makeup, not old makeup. Wash or replace makeup tools often.

      3) Eat Healthy Food, Limit Junk Food! Eat healthy food everyday - fruit, vegetables, lean meat, fiber, beans, wholegrains, foods rich in omega 3 fatty acids, zinc, vitamin A & C. Limit intake of frozen meals, dairy, milk, fat, oil, butter, greasy/fried foods, sugar, candy, salt, dessert, caffeine, coffee, pop, alcohol. Always avoid cigarettes, tobacco, illegal drugs! The book, The Clear Skin Diet by Alan C. Logan & Valori Treloar has detailed information on what to eat & not to eat to help reduce or prevent acne & it explains the hormones involved in acne & how to control them with food!

      4) Take A Multi Vitamin Mineral Supplement Everyday! Its hard to get all the vitamins minerals your skin needs on a daily basis, so take a supplement everyday! Caution! Overdosing on vitamins and minerals whether from food or supplements is toxic and dangerous!

      5) Drinking about 64 oz of Pure Water everyday improves skin quality, flushes out toxins, delivers nutrients to skin! You can also include 100% Fruit Juice as part of your daily total.

      6) Doing 20 to 30 minutes of Aerobic Exercise everyday (or every other day) increases circulation & delivery of nutrients to skin cells, encourages good blood supply, helps remove toxins, controls acne breakouts! Stay hydrated by drinking water before, during, after workout! Immediately take a shower to remove sweat and dirt!

  37. QUESTION:
    I have dark skin but my skin is very dull looking how to get it brighter?
    Well im a dark skin lady and my skin looks very dry everywhere besides my face which is oily.I use real shea butter from Ghana on my skin but still my skin still looks dull I only apply cream on my skin at night.Ive tried exfoliating skin but still my skin is dry but not extremly so have any of use goin threw this.

    • ANSWER:
      drink lots of water it will help with the dry skin .. use dove soap .... after your shower apply lotion (i like coco butter) use a deep cleanser for the oily spots (i have combo skin and it does help)

  38. QUESTION:
    I need any doctors in the house or somebody?
    My face is really really dry. I put shea butter to make it not as dry but it only last's for about 25 minutes.Please recommend me any type of lotion not caring the price or what type home-made products can I use.

    • ANSWER:
      Facial mud and clay masques can work wonders on skin and the best part is, you need not set up an appointment at a salon for the perfect facial! Many brands offer great facial masque products, like Freeman’s Beautiful Skin® Facial Mud Masque or their Beautiful Skin® Mineral Clay Masque. Queen Helene® offers a very effective product, The Original Mint Julep Masque, which goes on green and just zaps the oil from your skin. These are just a few of the countless facial masque products out there. This is for oily and dry skin

  39. QUESTION:
    I have to change in a dressing room with other people but I have self harm scars?
    They're deep and purple (I've stopped, so no freaking preaching, kay?) And there is a ton of them and they wrap almost all they was around my butt on both sides. I've been using scar cream/shea butter lotion on them but they haven't changed colors. I don't know what to do, because I have dance recitals coming up, and I don't want anyone to know, we change together since there is no where else to change, so please help?

    • ANSWER:
      China to be too self-conscious there are so many people in this whom have had problems and come to hurt themselves. More people than what ever ever admit. Don't worry so much about how other people look at you worry about how you look at you because once you become resolved to the fact that you have problems and either needed to feel or whatever the case maybe it'll be easy for you to say all that's from a bad time that I don't really care talk about . The most important thing to remember and is that you do your best not to do that anymore not what other people think about you because everybody has their faults and in the end everybody's going to be judged their own way. At least you weren't hurting someone else you did it at your own will and to yourself believe it or not that's something to be proud of. Ask yourself truly are you more worried about how they look at you or how you're going to look at yourself when face the reality of what you done. And what you did was not that bad or you wouldn't be here. If you are sorry and never hope to do it again and do your best not to if you do need to do it again there's a reason and hopefully you can find a better way . There's nothing to be ashamed and I hope I've helped you good night .

  40. QUESTION:
    The skin on my face is always tight how can i treat this?
    like when i get out the shower after washing my face it gets tight and dry. so i decided to just wash my face with just water for five seconds. then i moisturize my face with shea butter . is this helpful? please answer?

    • ANSWER:

  41. QUESTION:
    What kind of shampoo and soap do you use?
    Now have clean minds here people I don't want my question to get pulled again. Just curious maybe your works better than mine..

    I use Shea butter body wash and Head and shoulder Shampoo.

    • ANSWER:
      John frieda shampoo, which is so good for the price. i also use giovana and bumble & bumble which are my favorite and work great, but they are more expensive.
      Soap i use soft soap coconut body scrub which i love and is cheap, i also use bar soap that i find at boutique types of stores (or i have used dove white moisture bar which i would reccomend as it makes your skin very soft!!) , and after basketball practice i was always use Kiss my face active athletic body wash, which works amazing, and i highly highly reccomend it after sports or excercise when you sweat! :)

  42. QUESTION:
    Skin Purging when switching to all natural products?
    I'm about to start a new skincare regimen, which involves all natural products. I've heard that when your skin is so used to chemicals from commercial products, the skin purges in order to get the toxins out. Is this true? If so, how long does this process last? Here's what i'm going to start using just in case it matters:

    Remove eye makeup: Olive and Grapeseed Oil
    Wash face: African Black Soap
    Moisturize: Unrefined Shea Butter and Grapeseed Oil
    Thanks for the help!

    • ANSWER:
      just want to commend you on making the change to an all natural line up!

      As far as purging goes, its just a myth. It has never been proven, and is usually a misdiagnosis. As far as the unrefined shea butter goes, you might do well with a shea butter mix that includes grapeseed oil. There is a product by a girl on youtube who makes a lot of tutorials. Her name there is prettydimples01.

      The site with shea butter is: http://www.heavilyrooted.com/

      Enjoy the all natural line-up!

  43. QUESTION:
    Survey: Which moisturizer do you use ladies if you have very dry skin?
    I am having such dry skin that I am bleeding on my legs, and it hurts badly. Every winter time, my skin on my legs does this and I have been using baby lotion and shea butter. I need a very very absorbent lotion, what do you ladies recommend?

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I think I know why the moisturizer you use doesnt work well... A dermatologist told us why most moisturizers and lotions don't work... It's because they have excess of buttery substance in their lotion and its oily or fatty substance

      And you know fatty or oily substance doesn't dissolve in water and our body is made up of about 70% water so the dryness on your skin stays.

      oh yea dont use shea butter, baby lotion is ok i guess but i guessing its not working on you... Butter leaves the fat and oil from the moisturizer on your skin and it stays on the surface of the skin so it won't go through the skin since our skin has 5 layers... it just says on the 1st or 2nd layer of our skin...

      Also even though people love how some lotions are so soft and silky but they constantly have to keep using it because it gets dry again in about 6 hours or so because its not going through your skin entirely... I used to like how soft it feels, but now anymore, i think its too oily and slippery...

      I had dry skin on my arms and legs but they don't bleed but when i scratch it it turns white cuz its so dry... So i began to use other moisturizers on my face and body

      This is my website... unfortunately you can only buy it online... this one has vitamin A, E, and c and aloe vera, sweet almond
      its hydrating lotion so i guess that means to opposite of dry haha
      http://www.marketamerica.com/sandee888/product-2198/royal-spa-smooth-as_silk_hydrating_lotion.htm#

      oh aveeno is a pretty good lotion too

  44. QUESTION:
    Which is the best remedie to cure my acne and acne scars?
    African raw shea butter soap w/ pure vitamin E. Or African black soap & pure vitamin E.? Btw. I pop the capsules and put the oil on my face.

    • ANSWER:
      I believe the black soap. Shea butter is good but better for moisturizing. a couple of good websites that sell both are

      http://www.sheaessentials.com/

      http://www.butters-n-bars.com/index.html

      O yea and another thing you can consider is called bentonite
      http://shop.blackonyxworld.com/Bentonite-Me-Baby-Bentonite-Clay-8oz-AN4.htm

      try typing in bentonite in youtube to see some reviews

      so I say try going with black soap or bentonite

  45. QUESTION:
    Which is the best remedie to cure my acne and acne scars?
    African raw shea butter soap w/ pure vitamin E. Or African black soap & pure vitamin E.? Btw. I pop the capsules and put the oil on my face.

    • ANSWER:
      Please read The best way to use unrefined Shea butter on your body at: http://blog.soliditytrade.com/the-best-way-to-use-unrefined-shea-butter-on-your-body/

  46. QUESTION:
    is Olay soap with shea butter okay to use for washing face?
    is Olay soap with shea butter okay to use for washing face?

    • ANSWER:
      yes you can I try Olay shea butter on my face it leaves my skin very soft hydrated
      it says the back of the soap is great even is a soap is really good.

  47. QUESTION:
    Accidentally popped a pimple while washing face?
    I was washing my face last night and accidentally popped a pimple and started bleeding. I held a cotton until it stopped (didn't take long) and washed it again and went on to put acne cream (differin). Today I woke up and the spot was a little red.

    Has it scarred? I've been moisturizing with shea butter.

    • ANSWER:
      You mentioned that it was bleeding. If you're not referring to the wound bed or scab when you say ''spot was a little red'', then you are probably referring to redness of the skin around the wound. This is most likely a local inflammatory reaction, in which you're immune system secretes chemicals to dilate your capillaries and blood vessels. This results in blood and serum leaking from your central vascular system into the ('interstitial') space between your cells.
      What you see at the end of this process is your initial wound, surrounded by pink or red inflammation. This inflammation is blood, serum, and busy immune cells attacking infection- literally eating the bacteria that caused your acne and some surrounding damaged skin cells.
      A scar won't form until a certain depth or width of skin tissue is damaged; when the wound edges have to naturally pull back together using fibrous connective tissue. There are also other variables involved in whether or not a scar will form- nutrition, hydration, age, and consequently the type of skin cells that your body replaces the injured skin tissue with (-collagen, elastin, or the connective scar tissue fibrin)...

  48. QUESTION:
    What should I do about my skin?
    I am sooo sick of having breakouts. I have very mild acne I guess. It is so frustrating. I've tried multiple things to try and clear up my face. Thing is when I try new products I automatically breakout before they start to work so I just give up because I don't have time to try new stuff and be breaking out. Recently I tried this bentonite clay and apple cider vinegar mask it really worked as far as opening up my pores and cleaning them out! But I can't use this everyday because it will dry out my skin. Btw I have dry skin in certain places on my face like around my mouth. My main problem areas are the areas next to my nostrils on my cheek, and my chin! Lord my chin is theeeee worst area! I use neutrogena acne face scrub morning and night and I miniaturize with Shea butter mixed with vitamin e oil and coconut oil. Should i just quit trying natural products and home remedies & just try out some proactive or something? Help!!
    -impatient bumpy face

    • ANSWER:
      It may sound weird at first........ But..... Use apple cider vinegar.... This stuff is absolutely AMAZING!!! It can heal just about ANYTHING! Acne, scars, burns, scabs, etc..... All in less than a week!!!!!!!!

  49. QUESTION:
    I was wondering if this is a good face moisturizer?
    I'm 15 years old and don't really have acne but I was wondering if Johnsons Baby Creamy Oil *cocoa and shea butter* is a good facial moisturizer for me?

    Will it cause breakouts?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes it is a good moisterizer and does not cause breakouts and it is gentle to skin and not full of all the harsh chemicals

  50. QUESTION:
    Where can i get Shea butter cream for face at a cheaper price in US?
    Also I need multanimetti and kastoori turmeric powder. I would aprerciate if you answer to this.

    • ANSWER:
      u can buy jergens shea butter moisturiser from walgreens , walmart , cvs
      its hardly below 10 $

      u can get multanimetti n turmeric from indian grocessory stores

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