JUL 2017

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[22] • # dayspamagazine • july 2017 in focus by Stephenie Overman © GETTY IMAGES I t's said that Cleopatra used to smooth shea butter onto her body to counteract Egypt's scorching climate. Centuries later, people around the world are still turning to the versatile ingredient for all manner of concerns and applications, including soothing scrapes and treating parched hair. But shea butter's benefi ts don't end there, as savvy spa pros know. The rich emollient, derived from the nuts of the karite tree that grows wild in central and western Africa, is a powerful tool when harnessed in skin care. It traps moisture, promotes elasticity and helps fade age spots—and as a result, it crops up in treatments on spa menus across the country, from manicures and pedicures to body wraps and facials. Shea Butter Rich, creamy and moisturizing, this multipurpose skincare staple is an esthetician's best friend. A The best shea butter for skin care, according to the American Shea Butter Institute (ASBI), is prepared using cold press methods without added chemicals or preservatives. A The ASBI classifi es shea products as A, B, C or F. Class A is premium shea butter, while Class F is poor quality shea moisturizer. QUICK FACTS

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