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Butter Me Up!

By: Mary Bemis
Posted: October 14, 2008, from the June 2006 issue of GCI Magazine.

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At New York’s Ajune Medical Day Spa, spa director Margaret Lora believes that shea butter treatments are becoming more in demand because of the ingredient’s universal healing properties. “It’s wonderful for pregnant women, as the shea butter helps to prevent stretch marks,” she says. Ajune’s shea butter body treatment also is requested frequently by pregnant clients because it doesn’t involve heat.

Hydrating Benefits

Meanwhile, in drier climates, such as Arizona, shea butter treatments are in high demand. “The No. 1 complaint of travelers to Arizona is the dryness of their skin,” says Toni Nurnberg, spa director at The Spa at Sedona Rouge. “Shea butter is by far the most nourishing lotion. When our clients leave, they can’t believe the difference in their skin, which is soft, supple and hydrated. It is a great treatment for anyone living in a desert climate or who suffers from dry, irritated skin.”

Deborah Waldvogel, director of spa operations at Mii amo, a destination spa at Enchantment, also in Sedona, adds, “Our reason for adding shea butter is because most of our clients, regardless of what part of the world they are from, find that their skin is quite dehydrated after a few days of sunshine and outdoor activities. Shea butter is an incredibly rich moisturizer that revitalizes the skin and renourishes the hands and feet.”

And, speaking of other body parts, shea butter often is used in manicures, pedicures and even scalp treatments. “Shea butter has great nourishing properties and penetrates into the core of the hair,” says Dan Pierotti, vice president of spa development and operations for Noble House Hotels and Resorts. “It restores and smoothes the damaged shaft. Regular application will leave your hair silky, healthy and shiny.” The African Shea Butter Hair Treatment is an add-on that Pierotti developed for each of the Spa Terre properties at Noble House Resorts.

Shea it with Butter

Incorporating shea butter treatments offers clients a unique, natural ingredient that contains deep-healing properties. Use it in body treatments or after a massage as an added value. Clients not only will see results in their skin, but feel great as well.