close-up picture of an opened container with raw shea butter by Korean brand Elizavecca

Are you struggling with dry, flaky skin that just won't quit? If so, you're not alone. There are millions of us with flaky skin, especially in the wintertime! Thankfully, there are effective and natural remedies against those annoying patches and tight feelings on the skin. Today, we're diving into the world of Elizavecca's Milky Piggy 100% Pure Shea Butter, a popular moisturizer known for its intense hydration and natural ingredients.

This review will explore my first impressions of the product, including its claims, texture, scent, and initial effects. We'll also delve into its potential benefits and drawbacks to help you decide if it might be the solution to your dry skin woes. So, let's get started!

close-up picture of an opened container with raw shea butter by Korean brand Elizavecca

About Milky Piggy Shea Butter by Elizavecca


Elizavecca Milky Piggy Shea Butter* is a moisturizing skincare product formulated with 100% shea butter. It is an essential product for all of us with dry, patchy, and dehydrated skin! Moisturizer delivers intense hydration for dry skin, plus it soothes and reduces inflammation. You can use it anywhere you want: face, neck, hands, and feet, or for your hair.

  • Packaging


The product comes in classic Elizavecca packaging – a sturdy, plastic container with a protective cap and a plastic spatula. You can use this spatula to scoop out shea butter, instead of using your fingers. This makes for a slightly more hygienic skincare routine. The label features the iconic Elizavecca Poggy in a cute polka-dot dress. I love these cute little details on packages!

  • Texture and scent


Shea Butter moisturizer by Elizavecca is solid at room temperature. It has a pleasant eggshell, or ivory color and a 'snowy' texture with a grainy feeling to it. The scent is almost absent and slightly reminds me of the tree bark scent. 

  • Ingredients


This skin moisturizer is made of 100% Butyrospermum parkii, which is a former name of commonly used and known shea butter. 

close-up picture of an opened container with raw shea butter by Korean brand Elizavecca

What is Shea Butter?


Shea butter is a fatty substance extracted from the nuts of the shea tree (Vitellaria paradoxa), which is native to Africa. The shea tree is also commonly known as the karite tree. Shea butter has been used for centuries in various African cultures for its cosmetic, culinary, and medicinal properties.

Its versatility and natural origin make shea butter a wonderful ingredient in the beauty, culinary, and skincare industries. There is a wonderful short documentary on YouTube that shows the hard work involved in making shea butter. I suggest you check it out to learn more about this rich and expensive ingredient.

spatula scoop of pure shea butter

5 Benefits of Pure Shea Butter for Dry, Flaky Skin


As we know, shea butter is a mega-popular natural ingredient loved for its skin moisturizing and nourishing properties. When it comes to addressing dry skin, shea butter offers several benefits. Here are five major advantages for dry skin type:

  • Intense Hydration: 


Pure shea butter is a natural emollient that helps trap skin moisture. This is because it's rich in fatty acids, like linoleic, oleic, palmitic, and stearic acids, which help prevent water loss and keep your skin hydrated. It is also rich in various vitamins (A, E, and F), which contribute to its skin-nourishing properties.

  • Soothes and Reduces Inflammation: 


Dry skin can often be itchy and irritated. hea butter's anti-inflammatory properties can help soothe irritation and calm redness. This makes it beneficial for those with conditions like eczema and psoriasis.

  • Promotes Healing: 


Certain compounds in shea butter, like lupeol and butyrospermol, might stimulate the production of collagen and other components crucial for tissue repair. Shea butter's emollience helps create a barrier on the skin's surface, protecting the wound from further irritation and promoting a moist environment conducive to healing.

  • May Help Prevent Signs of Aging: 


Shea butter is rich in antioxidants, which help protect the skin from free radical damage. This damage can contribute to wrinkles and fine lines. While shea butter may not be a miracle cure for wrinkles, it can help keep your skin looking healthy and youthful.

  • Gentle and Suitable for Most Skin Types: 


Pure shea butter is non-comedogenic, so it won't lead to breakouts and won't clog pores. This makes it a good choice for most skin types, including sensitive skin. 

close-up picture of an opened container with raw shea butter by Korean brand Elizavecca

How to Use Shea Butter Moisturizer?


For the best results, start (as you always do!) with clean skin. Wash it with gentle body wash or cleanser. Pat your skin dry, leaving it slightly damp for better product absorption and longer hydration. Before applying shea butter on your dry skin, it is best to warm it, as shea butter can be quite solid at room temperature. There are two ways to do this: you can place the container in a warm water bath, or gently rub the butter between your palms for a few seconds to warm it up.

Application:

Shea butter is concentrated, so a little goes a long way. Begin with a pea-sized amount for your face and adjust based on your needs. Use your fingertips to gently massage the shea butter onto your skin in circular motions. I like to focus my attention on dry areas of my face, like the forehead and cheekbones as well as dry body skin, usually, it is elbows, knees, and heels. I can't imagine my body care routine without a rich skin moisturizer! 

The shea butter time to fully absorb into your skin before applying makeup or clothing. This might take a few minutes depending on the amount used and the thickness of the product.

 

Final Verdict


In conclusion, Elizavecca's Shea Butter Moisturizer is a must-have for everyone with dry skin and hair. Combined with my favorite hack for lasting skin hydration, this is a game-changer. Pure shea butter offers a luxurious and effective solution for combating dryness and restoring skin hydration. Solid consistency may feel a bit heavy on the skin, so I recommend using just a small amount of shea butter, and slowly adding more product if necessary. 

The skin and hair feel revived immediately after the very first application. If used regularly, shea butter continues to work its magic by deeply nourishing and hydrating the skin, leaving it supple, soft, and radiant. I think shea butter is a wonderful alternative to coconut oil (coconut oil can block pores, causing acne and blackheads). If you like using gua sha or sculpting face massage, then you should definitely try substituting coconut oil with shea butter.